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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Three Things I’m Not Pissed About
I decided to combine these things into one post. There are three stories that are running through the punditsphere that seem to have everyone in a tizzy. My take is that they range from silly to pointless to semi-serious.
The Silly: Obama and the Gulf
First, the BP oil spill. I’m more than willing to be angry at the oil company that appeared to be careless and the regulators that, as I blogged earlier, were more interested in smoking meth than watching what BP was doing. Those are legitimate regions of complaint. But the calls for Obama to “do something” about the ongoing spill puzzle me.
I’m not sure what exactly people expect the President to be doing. If I have an oil well gushing filth into the ocean, I want an engineer, not a fucking politician. Unless Obama is planning to plug the hole up with his ego, he needs to stay away. Moreover, my view is one I would expect to be the default among conservatives. As Larison points out:
The oil spill is being described as “Obama’s Katrina”. Perhaps. But Katrina was the sort of thing government is supposed to take care of. In fact, a New Orleans hurricane was one of three disaster scenarios that FEMA has specifically studied. The main response needed was moving people and supplies into place. However fair of unfair the criticism was of Bush, he was at least being criticized for something that was his responsibility. I don’t see that similar logic applies here. What I see is people who think Bush was unfairly criticized for Katrina trying to “get even” by blaming Obama for the oil spill.
If the investigation shows that the Obama DOI was lax in their regulation or that he didn’t move to clean up the supremely corrupt MMS, then we can call for Obama’s scalp. If he drags his heels on the coming clean-up, we can shout down the mountains. Until then, let’s be grateful he’s not standing in a dinghy, commanding the oil to go back into the Earth.
The Pointless: McGinness and Palin
The second outrageous outrage of the week is something that’s so political insidy, I feel like punching myself for even mentioning it. Joe McGinniss is writing a book about Sarah Palin that is likely to be unflattering to say the least. He’s now rented the house next door to the Palins. The Right is responding with outrage and making dark implications about his intentions toward Palin’s kids. America’s Leading Amateur Obstetrician—Sullivan—is trying to make Palin the villain here for posting a pciture of McGinniss on Facebook.
I’m actually sort of with Palin on this one. McGinniss gave an interview with Weigel where he tries to play this off, but he comes across as self-serving and rationalizing. He sounds like the criminals I used to hear on jury duty, trying to make everything they did seem innocent and routine. There were many places he could have rented in Alaska. Why take the home next door if not to annoy her?
Moreover, McGinniss has a history. He famously cozied up to Jeffrey MacDonald to get his story even after he became convinced that MacDonald had brutally murdered his wife and kids. A lawsuit resulted, with a hung jury. When you manage to make a jury equally sympathetic to you and a triple murderer, you’ve pretty much crossed the line into the part of the map that reads, “Here There Be Assholes”.
This just crosses me as more assholeishness. Thanks a lot, Joe. You’ve made me sympathize with Sarah Palin.
The Semi-Serious: Sestak
The final outrage of the week is the implication that Obama may have offered a position to Joe Sestak to keep him from challenging Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania primary. This is legitimate, as such an offer would be illegal. Morrissey has a run-down. The short version is that the White House asked Bill Clinton to talk to Sestak to see what his intentions were but never actually offered anything.
Several points to make here. First, the President’s defenders are right that no laws appear to have been broken. They’re also right that this sort of thing is very common. Earl Warren turned the 1952 convention into a Supreme Court seat, for example.
However, the President’s critics have a point here, too. Most of the wheeling and dealing happens at conventions, when delegates are swapped for theoretical vice presidencies and cabinet positions. They do not involve sitting Presidents offering positions. Moreover, weren’t we supposed to be getting all this change and stuff? The most ethical administration ever and all that?
Let me stray afield a bit. In Judaism, there are laws known as Gezeirah. These are laws instituted by Rabbis that go beyond Biblical prohibitions. They idea is to build “a fence around the law” to keep people from accidentally violating the law. The classic example is the Kosher Laws against mixing milk and meat. The Biblical injunction is to not boil a kid in its mothers milk. But by banning all milk mixed with meat, you insure that the law will not be approached, let alone violated.
A truly ethical administration would follow something similar—build a fence around the law so that they can be sure of not violating it. They would not be playing lawyer word-parsing games to justify their actions. I don’t think the Administration violated the law. But I do think they were in the neighborhood, pricing the houses. That’s fine for a standard politician. It’s not really acceptable for someone who claims to be a breath of fresh air.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/29/10 at 06:25 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Friday, May 28, 2010
Well, it’s getting close to official. The House voted last night to allow the military to rescind Don’t Ask Don’t Tell if they deem it appropriate. Only a handful of Republicans voted for it, one of whom was Ron Paul, who is frequently smeared as a crazy extremist lunatic (that link is a must-read, BTW). Paul has previously supported DADT, but changed his mind:
Needless to say, this does not represent the mainstream of the GOP. Fortunately, most of them are being reasonable about it, to some extent. There are some fringe groups who are claiming that gay blood will contaminate the army (army personnel are screened for HIV) and others who claim it will mean soldiers getting gay raped. But then again, these guys think the Nazis were gay, so they’re not exactly in Earth orbit.
But the bulk of the GOP are sticking with the “it will disrupt the ranks” meme. That’s not an unreasonable view, even if, in my opinion, it’s an incorrect one.
We’ll see what the Pentagon’s assessment is. I expect they’ll go ahead and repeal it. We simply don’t have enough soldiers to go turning perfectly suitable ones out of the ranks.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/28/10 at 06:36 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Yet Another Bailout
While the GOP may be, sort of, hearing us, it’s clear that the Democrats are not:
This is a bailout of the multi-employer pension plans, like that run by the Teamsters. The idea would be to split off the employees of companies that have collapsed and have the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation fund them. To correct Fox News here, $165 billion is the total potential obligations, if the entire pension system collapsed. The $165 billion number is like the several trillion dollar number people were throwing around for the previous round of bailouts and guarantees. If the system collapses that badly, we’ll be too busy keeping the barbarian Canadian hordes from pillaging our cities to worry about taxes. The actual liability is likely to be “only” $8-10 billion.
But it’s still wrong. The PBGC is not a bailout program; it’s an insurance program funded by the pensions that participate—premiums these multi-employer plans never paid. Indeed, the entire point of multi-employer plans was to pool the risk in order to protect employees and obviate the need to join PBGC. It’s ridiculous to ask the taxpayers to cover the stupid decisions of the pension fund managers and it’s unfair to allow the pension programs to never pay a premium but get the insurance benefits anyway (although that’s not stopping the Democrats from doing the same thing with health insurance).
Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/28/10 at 06:03 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Ivy League Asshat
That’s what Scott Raab calls the President for trying to poach Lebron James for the Chicago bulls.
There’s nothing profound here; just a profane fan primal scream that I found highly amusing. Obama’s need to comment on everything, be everywhere and say anything is beginning to grate even on his supporters.
Opposite Videos, Same Party
Two videos for you this morning. The first is more “common sense porn” from Chris Christie. Refreshingly, people are asking him tough questions about his budget cuts. And even more refreshingly, he’s defending them.
Incidentally, Red State claims that the teacher in question makes $86k. Assuming they’re correct, that sounds pretty reasonable to me.
It’s amazing to watch a politician tell the simple truth: we’re out of money. No one likes cutting budgets, but responsible politicians have to do it. That’s why they get elected.
In a similar vein, but an opposite direction, we have this video from J. Gresham Barrett, defending his support of TARP.
And you know what? I like this one too. Barrett isn’t crawling away from his vote. He’s saying that he made an unpopular decision because he thought it was necessary.
(TARP was something I was initially ambivalent on. I didn’t like bailing out banks but it’s easy to forget how spooked the markets were and how close we came to a complete meltdown. At least one money market fund had “broken the buck” and others were teetering. I do think it should have been smaller and should have mandated firings at companies that took the money. I also think the fund has been relentlessly abused by both administrations to bail out the auto companies, for example. But while I still think the initial vote was wrong, I don’t think it’s indefensible.)
In any case, I’m slowly getting less pessimistic about the direction this country is headed. Both of these videos show politicians responding to voter anger, even if they are responding to it in opposite ways. We are being heard.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/27/10 at 08:25 AM in Elections Election 2010 • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Diddling While BP Burned
As the foul mess that is BP’s oil spill continues to spread, more information is coming out. For example, BP ignored warning signs that something was badly wrong. But we expect to find such things. After all, oil rigs don’t just explode and gush foulness on their own. Accidents like this can usually be traced to someone being stupid.
What is surprising, however is this:
There’s something to emphasize here. This wasn’t a problem with a lack of regulation. This was a problem with an agency not doing its damned job. Now every company has its worthless employees. I’ve certainly known a few who showed up to work stoned or hungover. But this is way beyond your normal bad employees. This is cesspool as foul as the gulf it failed to protect.
The blame for this has to be placed squarely on the last administration. The report goes up until 2008, when Bush was still in office. And the fall guy was a leftover Bush appointee. We are, once again, reaping the fruits of Bush’s worthless Presidency. Ken Salazar has asked the investigation to be expanded into 2009 and has called for MMS to be abolished and replaced. The latter I think is absolutely called for. When an agency becomes this corrupt, this diseased, it has to be taken out behind the barn. There’s no fixing it.
It remains to be seen whether MMS cleaned up its act at all when Obama took power. However, I am extremely skeptical. Partially because he left a lot of Bush people in place. But also because I don’t think MMS can be fixed by anyone, least of all an administration that appears so clueless on energy.
Update: Correction: S8 points out that Oynes was a
Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/26/10 at 06:08 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Taxes, National Security and Trust
One of the fun things about being a conservative is that, if you ignore the brain-dead national party, there’s a lot more intellectual vigor on the Right than the Left. Right now, there’s an interesting debate going on about whether we are going to have to acquiesce to tax increases in order to balance the budget. Bruce Bartlet is arguing that this is a national security issue, a position about which I’m somewhat dubious. But I like Bainbridge’s response:
I’ve slowly come to believe that we may have to raise taxes—or at least let the Bush tax cuts expire—to balance the budget. Our population is simply too old and the interests too entrenched to do otherwise (you can try to balance the budget with only spending cuts here). However, the last decade—and the state’s response to the stimulus money—has shown what happens when governments get oceans of new revenue. They do not use it shore up their finances and balance their budgets. They use it to start new programs with new future obligations. Look at Obama. We’re facing a huge fiscal crisis right now. He has proposed and passed numerous tax increases. However, these are targeted not at deficit reduction but at new programs, new entitlements and new obligations.
No, Bainbridge is right. If new taxes are coming, we need something more than promises to ensure that we’re righting the fiscal ship. The current leadership can’t even go two months without ignoring PAYGO. They haven’t earned any more of our money.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/25/10 at 06:52 PM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Keeping his promise…
Well, considering how many promises he has broken so far and how many more look like they will have to be broken to keep the scam alive, I feel I should give Obama his props for keeping at least one promise.When he told Joe the Plumber that he believed that the wealth should be spread around, he seems to have meant it. And the latest statistics seem to back his promise to do so up. Of course there is always a little twist, and when he spoke about spreading the wealth… Well don’t take it from me, here is the article’s take on it:
Other than the fact I get irked whenever the MSM refers to that government scam that funneled close to a trillion of our tax payer dollars to demcorat operatives & agents, past and future donors, friends and entities, and finally to the demcorat politician’s campaign chests, to “stimulate” their chances come the 2010 elections, as a “federal stimulus program”, I would say that they got the gist of what this new breed of statist collectivists are all about down pat.
The irony is that at a time when the socialist nanny state is clearly failing in Europe, our politicians are breaking all records recreating the same failed economic model in our country. And while the collectivists now running the US are downplaying the whole European crisis and unavoidable collapse of the whole socialist nanny state – wealth redistribution without the creation of new wealth, something the socialist state excels at, only works for so long, after all -the Chinese are worrying. The statists are taking us in the wrong direction. In their ever expanding need for cash, these demcorats are already looking at such “solutions” as taking over everyone that isn’t working for government’s retirement funds. Props to Obama, however, for keeping a promise....
Posted by AlexinCT on 05/25/10 at 06:36 AM in Decline of Western Civilization Deep Thoughts Elections Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Monday, May 24, 2010
Show trial quietly dropped…
Remember all the feigned anger by the donkeys in charge at AIG, for those big bonuses they got Dodd to sign off on, after they took bailout money, back when? Well, as I predicted, all the hoopla and accusations and investigations of evil capitalists running amok and stealing from us, turned to be bull, and now the case has been dropped:
Of course, if there was any justice we would be getting an investigation into the role Dodd and other demcorats played in this big pay-off scam, that diverted hundreds of billions of tax payer dollars to private industry, and which these demcorats still continue to pretend is all Bush’s making, when anyone that has been paying attention can figure out quickly that they have far surpassed the original $350 billion - which was already $350 billion too much - Bush asked for, but we all know that’s never going to happen.
Speaking of justice, when are we going to have an impartial investigation of and regulation of Freddie Mac and Fanny Mae? Want to know why we are in this economic mess? Demcorats and those two institutions play key and front & center roles. Instead we get tons of show trials, where haughty demcorats accuse evil capitalists of being the incarnation of Satan himself, and capitalism the cause of all our ills, while the vile truth and their own criminal behavior gets a pass. It’s not a coincidence that big companies donate the lion share of their cash to demcorats.
Posted by AlexinCT on 05/24/10 at 10:51 AM in Elections Election 2010 Left Wing Idiocy • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Did the WH offer Sestak a job to let Specter win in PA?
If this story pans out, the WH is going to be in big trouble. Of course, I expect the MSM to either ignore the story or cover for them, but the fact is that if Obama and his people tried to buy Sestak off with a job offer, to keep that traitor party switcher career politician Specter from going down in flames like he did anyway, they broke the law that forbids government from trying to influence elections by offering or threatening job loss to sway someone.
I say we need an investigation at a minimum. Can you imagine the news cycle if this happened while Bush was in the WH? At a minimum, if it comes out that Sestak was playing fast & loose with the facts, embellishing or misrepresenting what happened, for whatever reason, it should be public knowledge before the election. Like that moron in my state, Blumenthal, they should not get passes for this kind of stuff. If Sestak however is telling the truth, there should be consequences for these most ethical people ever. At a minimum we should get to rub these condescending liberal’s faces in the dog doo as they deserve.
Posted by AlexinCT on 05/24/10 at 08:52 AM in Elections Election 2010 Left Wing Idiocy The Press Machine • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
The economy, government spending, and healthcare..
I have been busier than a one legged man at an ass-kicking contest the last month or so, and have not posed much, but today I have finally gotten some slow time and decided it was time to get back at it. And I think the appropriate place to start is with the current economic crisis gripping the world, and closer at home, this whole government healthcare takeover thingy, better know as Obamacare. Since everyone but the usual bureaucrats seem to understand the budgetary problems facing the great Western socialist paradises on the verge of economic collapse are caused because the parasites “working” in government have had a great run for the last few decades buying themselves both power and bennies with other people’s money, and are discussing the fact that we can’t keep spending at the rate we are, it should be obvious that this massive government expansion would remain unpopular and continue to get more unpopular as people realize the economic impacts associated with it. In fact, the numbers for those of us wanting it repealed, have climbed to 63%, and they are just going to keep going up as even the CBO now has to admit. I am sure the democrats are quite surprised that it now looks like Obamacare will not save us anything but actually cost more. And that is with a shameful slight of hand/scam used by those promoting this most massive government expansion since the first day of the Roosevelt socialist takeover, that allows the government to collect taxes for 10 years, but then only offer services for the last 5 or 6 years in a 10 year cycle. As I have pointed out repeatedly, it should be blatantly obvious that there is no arguing that even if the program doesn’t end up as I suspect it will deep in the red in the first decade, come the next 10 year cycle, the program is going to be short a trillion or more from the start.
The left made a successful run at power starting back in 2008 by pointing out the lack of fiscal discipline by the demcorats. Of course, many forget that despite the president’s best efforts spending is done by Congress, and that Bush’s worst years are those after the demcorats took over in 2006. The left of course blamed Bush’s “warmongering” for the out of control spending despite the obvious fact that this stuff was peanuts compared to the massive, bloated, and ever expanding social spending. Many like me laughed hard at the demcorats pretending to be fiscal hawks, and warned others that they were being lied to. Now but 18 months after they sweeped, we have tacked on, in a single year no less, more than all the Bush years combined. And we are going to tack on oodles more, even if we discount the disastrous Obamacare government takeover of the healthcare monies and decision making process (because that is really what this was about) masquerading as healthcare reform, because that’s what these people are about. Call me cruel or insensitive to my fellow man, but I still remain unable to quantify any benefits for society as a whole from all this social spending, and see it doing far more damage than good, but that’s neither here nor there. When we have created a whole new ever expanding class of serfs dependant on government for their daily subsistence – people that have trade freedoms in return for minimal security, and have as a result neither – that are akin to slaves, lacking in any desire to contribute to the advancement of mankind, other than by the means, I see very little good coming from all this spending. At least the money spent on the military provides decent and good jobs for hardworking taxpayers. Hey, maybe I am just biased that way…
The fact is that this collectivist stuff, past anything other than a family unit, is unsustainable. No, that’s not just my opinion, as the facts clearly prove. The people that see government and this socialist stuff as the answer to everything are trying to reverse course with actions like this one, or this one, all the while maligning and blaming the only system that has actually created new wealth and helped improve our standard of living on this planet, while the collectivists remain good, and that is me being generous because they even suck at that, at wealth redistribution and destruction schemes. The stuff that has gotten us where we are now (no, it was not Bush), and the people that know, are predicting even more bad times.
I often wonder why so many still do not realize or see how Obamacare is going to serve only to speed up our demise. And it isn’t even as if we are actually going to get something good from it. Oh, sure the usual morons have argued about the evils of private insurance and how this government takeover addresses that, but anyone making that argument is an absolute moron. If anything, you will see the very things that so concerned and angered them when done by private insurance companies, happen with more frequency now that a broke government looking to drag out the circling process that is taking us all down the drain as long as possible, will be in charge. You think those evil insurance people were bad? Wait until you have to deal with a spiteful and petty government employee that gets off on the power that their ability to make your life miserable by denying you services, gives them. At least when the insurance companies did it you were under the illusion that you could seek redress from government. Who will you turn to when it is government that is putting the screws to you? Other government employees? Yeah, good luck with that. Don’t worry though. At the rate we are going we might just implode and all end up without healthcare or anything else for that matter, returning to a 19th century standard of living. But in the eyes of these collectivist that would be a good thing – social justice has been served since we are all equally miserable – considering that the only evil they see is that life doesn’t guarantee equality of outcome.
UPDATE: Arthur C. Brooks has this absolutely awesome piece titled “America’s new culture war: Free enterprise vs. government control” over on the WaPO opinion pages. A must read to understand what is currently going on.Close this post...
Posted by AlexinCT on 05/24/10 at 08:37 AM in Deep Thoughts Elections Europe and the UK Health Care Left Wing Idiocy Polls and Surveys War on Terror/Axis of Evil • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
Sunday, May 23, 2010
This and that
I have not been holding up my end here so, I decided that I would post a few thing that i found interesting today.
It seem that our good friend, Hugo Chavez, has decided to take more control of his nation economy. Using the old saw of the poor against the rich bankers, he has launched raids against brokerages who were trading in the local currency and American dollars. It seem that Chavez, is closing down the competition to the Central Bank of Venezuela.
From DC this heart warming tale of Free Condoms, has some in a uproar. It seems that the budget condoms that they were handing out were just not good enough for those that were receiving them. Students in DC have demanded the pricier name brand Trojans, and the District has acceded to their demands.
The investigation into AIG, has been dropped. I have to wonder what the fuck is really going on here, they did not find anything or did they? \
In other crimes, a fund-raiser for both Clinton and Obama was nailed for fraud. No lets just pretend that He was a fund-raiser for Bush and Cheney, and imagine the media and political reaction.
Now this is gonna sound like a gun nut rant, but this reversal of a Bush era policy is worrying to me. Now yes this Arms Trade Treaty is designed to control and regulate the arms market, you know to keep the guns and ammo out of the hands of bad guys. Now for my part, from what i have read, this would allow the Fed Gov more power to control what is being imported into this nation, such as Arms and Ammo. I fully expect that this will be used to block importation of cheap ammo from nations like Russia and Turkey. Better stock up guys.
Oh and another thing, i cant find my link to it but is seem that the Obama administration is toughly pissed off at BP and looking to remove them from the capping operation is some success is not made soon. BP has one hell of a clusterfuck going on down there, and the lack of progress, is pissing everyone off. I for one am not confident that the FED GOV would do the job any better, but we will see.
Change the Brits Can Believe In
As you may know, Britain is currently under an unlikely coalition of Tories and Liberal Democrats. I have been cautiously optimistic about this unusual alliance. I think the combination could produce some good things for Britain.
Looks like I was right:
That’s six billion right away. The real test will come when the Brits have to cut government employees and social services. But, in a week, they’ve already cut six billion more than Obama has in a year and a half.
There’s more. Nick Clegg, now deputy PM, and with the backing of the Tories, has stated they will start ripping down some of the surveillance state in Britain, investigate allegations of torture, put in place a massive electoral overhaul and roll back the excesses of the criminal justice system. Read this:
This is inspiring stuff, guys. It’s not just words; it’s their official platform.
Now this is still a British government, so there are no plans to dismantle the NHS or anything. But it looks like the UK is about to take a huge step in the right direction. And this is, in no small part, because they had to form a coalition of two parties. This allow real ideas to move forward, while giving both parties political cover. It makes you wonder what might happen if the Libertarians ever got their heads out of their asses and became a viable third party.
In the meantime, our Candidate of Change is comfortable with the War on Drugs, sees no need to reform the criminal justice system, is arguing in court that he can disappear people in Bagram and had a fit because the Supreme Court lifted restriction on corporate speech. In short, as Radley Balko noted, Obama is keeping every promise he made when it comes to taking away our freedom. He is keeping none of the ones that involve giving it back.
Look at the Cameron-Clegg partnership. Look at Obama. Who is the force for real change?
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Now That’s a Mob
It’s one thing to protest against Bank of America. Hell, sometimes I feel like marching up and down with a placard on their lawn. I and friends of mine have had plenty of bad experiences.
It’s another thing to go to someone’s home and try to intimidate them:
I don’t even need to ask about what would happen if the Tea Party did this. What I do have to ask is what they hoped to achieve, besides needlessly frightening people.
Update: More classiness from the Left wing protesters, this time on immigration.
Friday, May 21, 2010
The Budget Simulator
In dissing the GOP’s website on budget cutting, I wished for a tool that was far more thorough. Here it is. I got the deficit down to 60% of GDP by 2018, while not making any cuts I considered particularly tough. Choices I made included:
Reducing Afghanistan/Iraq troops to 30,000 by 2015.
Allowing all Bush tax cuts, except the AMT, to expire.
Grow discretionary spending at the President’s projection (although I would grow non-security spending instead of security spending).
About $170 billion in defense spending cuts, canceling TARP and reduce food stamps to 2008 levels.
Raise the Social Security retirement age, change the COLA and include state workers.
Reduce insurance subsidies and enact Medicare vouchers (the tool actually increases the debt if you cancel healthcare reform completely, which is ... dubious).
Cut the federal work force by 5%, cut farm subsidies, earmarks and and some transportation programs.
Increase payroll tax, gas tax and carbon tax—balanced by a cut in the corporate tax.
Trim the mortgage interest deduction and kill biofuel subsidies.
The tools is not perfect, but I love it for giving people a taste of reality. If you plugged either the Democrat or GOP platforms into it, the program would burst. For example, is I take GOP boilerplate (maintain troops levels, cut all taxes, cut nothing on defense or Medicare, cut foreign aid and earmarks and TARP) we end up $4 trillion away from the objective with no possible way of balancing the budget. You simply can’t make things work without cutting popular sending or increasing taxes.
Here’s the thing: as I went through this, I kept saying, “Well, I’d cut this, but there’s no way Congress would.” But none of these should be sacred cows, really. Only in Washington are things like farm subsidies untouchable. I’m reminded of a rant this week from Glenn Greenwald on the recent elections:
Glenn’s mad about different things than I am. But across the country, incumbents—Republican and Democrats—are getting thrashed. And it’s precisely because so much of Washington “wisdom” is anything but. It’s because so many of our problems have obvious solutions, but those solutions are politically painful and will get politicians unelected. The American people are getting sick of this attitude. They seem to be saying, “You can stand for something and get unelected; or you can stand for nothing and get unelected. Might as well do something.”
They could start by playing that budget game.
Posted by Hal_10000 on 05/21/10 at 04:17 AM in Politics Law, & Economics • (0) Trackbacks • Permalink •
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