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Panic!

Heh, that’s what is gripping the left as November comes. Just a measly 2 years after they swept the elections and declared the end of the conservative movement and the new age of progressive big government “Hope & Change” bullshit, we are staring at an election where they are going to be slaughtered. The American people are in a foul mood now that they have figured out what the progressives promised them when they spoke of “Hope & Change” was that they would make all of us equally destitute and beholden to the big state for anything & everything. People are losing their jobs and their homes at record rates. The dollar is tanking, and inflation and a massive trade deficit are surging. This is what the new most ethical and promising congress/administration ever has begotten us. Blame Bush, doesn’t work anymore. Some might still believe the problems are Bush’s fault, but 2 years of “Demcorats gone wild” should dissuade all but the most illogical and insane libs of that idiotic notion. these kinds of gimmicks. Even the threat of repercussions from big government no longer can contain the fact that what we have gotten from the donkeys is is unaffordable.

So now comes David Brooks whom in this NYT article decries the fact big government is breaking everything. Brooke’s decries the fact that:

Both sides are right. But what nobody seems to be asking is: Why are important projects now unaffordable? Decades ago, when the federal and state governments were much smaller, they had the means to undertake gigantic new projects, like the Interstate Highway System and the space program. But now, when governments are bigger, they don’t.

Here is the simple answer: governments in the past did not try to do the kind of moronic things the progressives now have straddled them with. We can predict the cost of a road, a dam, or a space program, and clearly measure the success or failure of these. Yeah, even when you factor in all the roadblocks by government and organized labor. But government can not solve poverty, especially when the goal posts move constantly, make healthcare available to everyone while making it cheaper at the same time, provide for retirement with a Ponzi scheme it denies others the ability to use and even sends them to jail for trying, or have inefficient government be the enforcer of social justice, just to name a few. Not only has progressive government become an obstruction to economic freedom and growth, it has taken on impossible “feel good” bullshit tasks that can’t be done. Not even with all the money in the world.

All progressives and their schemes can give us is equality of misery. Well, for the shlobs. The elite will, as always, manage, and thrive, and the big problem is that the progressives’ voting base, the same one that is so stupid to ask why people that should obviously vote for demcorats vote against their interests when demcocrats are against their interest, still all believe they can be part of that lucky elite. History be damned.

So now we are back at the crossroads. The American people have been shown what the progressives are really about. Incompetence, lies, outright theft, and all the class, race, and gender warfare in the world isn’t enough to create enough smoke & mirrors to confuse the majority of voters. People are wising up. Even Brooks isn’t smart enough to see the problem is progressive ideology and government. Those blinders sure suck, and pretending that the fix is for big government to do what’s anathema to it, is laughable. Good luck come November fools!

Update: More Panic!!!1!!

WASHINGTON—A late effort by Democrats to match record fund raising by conservative organizations has come up short, leaving the party more reliant than usual on the campaign efforts of labor unions.

The only people still giving to demcorats are unions and the usual beholden corporations that have not been totally abused by these crooks & liars.

Posted by AlexinCT on 10/14/10 at 01:49 PM (Discuss this in the forums)

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Posted by on 10/14/10 at 03:49 PM from United States

Both sides are right. But what nobody seems to be asking is: Why are important projects now unaffordable? Decades ago, when the federal and state governments were much smaller, they had the means to undertake gigantic new projects, like the Interstate Highway System and the space program. But now, when governments are bigger, they don’t.

So Brooks is an economic illiterate just like most of our politicians and journalists…

Law of diminishing marginal utility anyone?

We are long past the point of maximum utility for government.

Posted by on 10/14/10 at 09:16 PM from United States

You’re funny because you think republicans taking over government will help. You seem to have forgotten they DESTROYED the economy and our country just 2 years ago. If they do get back in power the only thing that will be helped is clarifying how useless they are. They have no solutions that will improve the economy or jobs. None! They cut government and job losses will go up. They cut taxes and deficits will go up further. And dopes like you think that they will some how help the economy or Republican causes. They try to cut Medicare and Social Security and they will be skewered. Their controllers want more jobs outsourced and more money for their Wall Street backers. They don’t give a shit about middle class tools like you except to have you to wipe their asses with.

When Reaganism took over years ago the economy was strong enough to stand up to its abuse for several decades. It finally crumbled under their contiued mis-management like it did in 1929. Now in its weakened state if their policies are re-instituted things will turn sour fast.

You guys are brainwashed idiots .  These republicans totally sold out our economy and our country and like a beaten housewives you defend your abusing husband.Dope asses!!!

Posted by on 10/14/10 at 09:21 PM from Germany

cognitive dissonance much?

You need to spit Kos’s cock out of your mouth and actually think for yourself sometime.

Posted by on 10/14/10 at 11:18 PM from United States

undertake gigantic new projects, like the Interstate Highway System

not a really good example, a lot of the interstate system back east were not built with Federal Highway dollars, the NYS Thruway, Ohio Turnpike, NJ Turnpike, and MASS Turnpike among others were built by the states them self, at the time they were built states could not use Federal money to build tollways, the states issued bond and paid them off with tolls, the bonds have long since paid but the state found the roads to be cash cows, NYS put the Erie Canal System under the NYS Thruway authority, when Rocky was gov of NYS he tried to issue bond against the Thruway to use for other roads not connected with the Thruway.  Ed Rendell of PA asked for permission to turn I80 in PA from a turnpike to toll road.

Posted by on 10/14/10 at 11:27 PM from Germany

Toll roads are coming back to Seattle - the 520 bridge, which was paid off decades ago, is getting tolls added back to it.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 05:11 AM from United States

Muirgeo is SO funny!

Didn’t the dems have control of BOTH housed for the last 4 years?  AMAZING!

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 05:42 AM from United States

The American people have been shown what the progressives are really about.

No for people who ARE paying attention and NOT being brainwashed by right wing media they understand the Republicans ... after totally tanking the economy could do NOTHING but be obstructionist. They have NO solutions and they clearly put party before country. They clearly represent the interest of Wall Street over main street. They clearly will pursue more outsourcing and further destroy our economy. They clearly support Multi-national corporations over small business and over the American working people. They clearly are OK taking money from foreign sources to run their campaigns. They are clearly un-American and the only way they can win is via fear and mis-information.

The republicans know they have a base of gullible low information AssWipes to motivate with fear, hatred, bigotry and mis-information. They use these tools to get their vote then they cut off their heads and crap down their necks. And these incredible stupid pussies will vote over and over again for the destruction of American.... the outsourcing of America, the selling out of America to Communist China.

I ain’t panicking. I am a smart one and a survivor. But I am buying more and more guns because at some point it may be the only solution to rise up along with all these dumbasses against the amasses power and fortune of the ruling class once things truly fall apart. I don’t think we’ve seen anything yet. It’s going to have to get a lot worse before it ever gets better… if it ever does.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 05:50 AM from United States

Wall Streeters after destroying our nation are going to take about $144 billion in bonuses this year.

Yeah they so earned it.... and that’s why we should vote Republican so we can make sure Wall Street keeps getting paid well to rob our treasury.

YOU FUCKING DUMBASSES. Wake the fuck up!!!

Do you guys realize how stupid you are?

You dumbasses are unable to separate your sports from your politics. You pick a team and stand by them no matter how bad they are. In sports its called loyalty. In politics its called fucking stupid being an asswipe for signing off on the selling out of your country to billionaires who think thy need a little more.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 06:12 AM from United States

The wealthy elites who have come to power brainwashing the gullible feeble-minded right into thinking government OF, BY and FOR the people is a bad thing have pushed things too far. They know they love government because controlling it gives them ever more wealth and power. The funny thing is too control government they need to convince people how bad government is. In doing so they are simply taking government away from the people and into their own hands. Their message has come through loud and clear. Many Americans think we’d be better with less and less government. We are going that way. The people are handing over their government to the kleptocracy. Government is becoming more and more paralyzed and useless and eventually things will really crash. The current mortgage foreclosure crisis is a tell-tale sign of the dangers to come. The rule of law is breaking down.

The good thing is these Royalist of ungodly wealth who made their fortunes destroying government OF, BY and FOR the people will eventually see the value of good governance. The good governance that allowed them to be safe and accumulate ever more fortunes and made way for a massively prosperous middle class has now given way to one that serves only the extreme wealthy amongst us. When it crumbles and desperation and TRUE PANIC overwhelm the masses these wealthy elites will themselves come to recognize the value of good governance. Because when government has truly crashed and the masses storm their gates, and crash them and begin ripping arms and legs from bodies and heads from shoulders they will understand the value of good governance that last second before the shimmering shiny steal blade flashes before their eyes and through their necks ... their last thoughts of good governance being an instant when their head is no longer a part of their body.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 06:15 AM from United States

“Utilitarian economists, skeletons of schoolmasters, Commissioners of Fact, genteel and used up infidels, gabblers of many little dog’s eared creeds the poor you will have always with you. Cultivate in them while there is yet time the utmost graces of the fancies and affections to adorn their lives so much in need of ornament or in the day of your triumph when romance is utterly driven out of their souls and they and a bare existence stand face to face Reality will take a wolfish turn and make an end of you”

Charles Dickens , Hard Times

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 06:16 AM from United States

Muirgeo1 - Who are you to decide if they earned it or not?

November is coming and that will be a sport! I guess we can all see your LOYALTY to the Obama Administration regardless of the shortcomings. I guess that would make you a hypocrite.

I feel sorry for you muirgeo1, you seem so sad, so wealth envious. Perhaps you should be innovative, perhaps you should create a demanding business, perhaps you should be creative, instead of being so sad and unfortunate. Boo hoo!

.....and for the record, unicorns do not exist, rainbows do not produce gold, and whale farts is not a viable energy source.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 06:17 AM from United States

*are* instead of *is*

My bad.

Posted by AlexinCT on 10/15/10 at 06:45 AM from United States

Muirgeo1, you reek of desperation. You are trying every clichéd & stupid thing possible to deflect from the fact that what your side believes in only leads to ruination. You are so obsessed with class warfare that you reek of old style communism. You blame Wall Street for our ills, but ignore the fact that it is the party you belong to that set up & controls the very rules & policies by which evil Wall Street is made to operate. When Wall Street, or for that manner any big business needs favors - be it to make big cash at the tax payers expense or to use the power of government to squash any real competition - they find a demcorat to buy. Same thing with union bosses that have long stopped representing the best interest of their constituents and are only focused on their own enrichment and how to keep the politicians they can buy favors from in power. Let’s not even focus on how destructive government shell corps like Fannie & Freddie have been , or how corrupt and vile the politicians that defend and maintain the status quo for them are. Oh, and don’t forget that while the left continues to blame Bush, they forked over several trillions of tax payer dollars, long after Bush left, to their buddies, operatives, and donors, pretending that it was being done to save the economy, increasing the national debt in a single year by a lot more than the 8 years of Bush, with hefty help from the democrat controlled congress of 2006, tacked on. We have just begun seeing the disaster that government takeover of healthcare is going to wreak on our economy and on citizens in general. This behemoth is going to destroy us all. That’s the reality most sane Americans have grasped.

You can make ludicrous statements about how right wing media is responsible for misinformation – something that should elicit a hefty laugh from anyone that knows how left wing biased the media really is – and you can keep spouting your idiotic rants that ignore the facts and pretend the stuff your side is doing isn’t going to destroy this country, but please don’t expect those of us not gripped by your idiocy to do anything more than ridicule you and what you believe, even if we might pity you on the rare occasion, if you so persist in pretending that demcorats are by far more destructive than the worst republicans out there. Besides, if the republicans fook up, they will join demcorats in oblivion. That’s what has really frightened the left: Americans are now poised to leave both parties behind if neither of them will stop the destructive growth of government.

And I second SO’s advice about KOS’s cock: it makes your already insane rants much harder to understand when you try to mumble around it.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 07:23 AM from United States

When Reaganism took over years ago the economy was strong enough to stand up to its abuse for several decades.

Yeah, the economy was doing just great in 1980… Must be why people (including you if your claims are to be believed) voted to oust the incumbent president by a huge margin.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 08:34 AM from United States

You’re funny because you think republicans taking over government will help. You seem to have forgotten they DESTROYED the economy and our country just 2 years ago.

The repubs were in control 2 years ago?  Wow! Did anybody else know that?  I sure didn’t.

This goes to show that there is absolutely no end to the delusions that liberals will put themselves through in order to revise history so nobody will ever be able to blame them for anything.  Ever.

“It’s Bush’s fault we’re in this mess!”

Bush spent too much for sure but the dems have spent more in a shorter amount of time.

“If Bush had not gotten us into this mess we wouldn’t have to spend more money than he did in order to fix it.”

It reminds me of that episode of The Simpsons where someone leaves a note describing the location of a buried treasure (ala “It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World).  Once they find the spot, the whole town starts to dig.  Eventually they realize that they can’t climb out of this hole and someone asks, “Hey...how do we get out of here?” Homer replies, “I know! We’ll dig our way out!”

My favorite line is when Chief Wiggum corrects another digger, “No, no.  Dig up, stupid!”

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 08:36 AM from Germany

He’s not ignoring facts, muirgeo1 is just incapable of comprehending them.

Posted by Miguelito on 10/15/10 at 08:39 AM from United States

They clearly are OK taking money from foreign sources to run their campaigns

I see you’re keeping up on the latest liberal talking points.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 12:50 PM from United States

Posted by AlexinCT on 10/15/10 at 05:45 AM from
Muirgeo1, you reek of desperation....

I AM desperate. I do love my country and I hate seeing it go down the drain. I hate seeing the middle class and small businesses being sold out to communist China, multinational corporations and the allowance of massive concentrations of power and wealth. I hate seeing un-informed middle class people turning on their fellow Americans and shooting themselves in the foot.

You call it class envy… whatever… I guess back in 1776 you would have sided with King George, the East India company and the Tory loyalist. You’d have called the revolutionaries out for their class envy?

Posted by AlexinCT on 10/15/10 at 01:28 PM from United States

I AM desperate. I do love my country and I hate seeing it go down the drain.

Which country is that the USSR of A? Cause I doubt you love the USA considering your obsession with changing it into a commie hell hole.

I hate seeing the middle class and small businesses being sold out to communist China, multinational corporations and the allowance of massive concentrations of power and wealth.

And you are stupid enough to think this was done by republicans, huh? Because, you know, the biggest corporations moving there and the people making the biggest money from China, including politicians that get illegal campaign contributions from Chinese agents, I should add just to twist that dagger a little more, are all evil republicans! The first companies to make the move to China are all in bed with demcorats. The great facilitator, the same guy that got $2 million for his presidential campaign, was a democrat. He, amongst many such things, overrode a Pentagon recommendation to block Hughes Electronics and Loral Space & Communications Ltd, after the Chinese lost 2 rockets – likely on purpose – from giving China missile technology, allowing them to leap frog 20 years of R&D;. Google these. Ever heard of GE? That’s a donkey company. The list goes on & on. But you can continue to spout off this nonsense about how it is republicans that are selling us off to China.

Besides, I don’t think you have much of a problem with communism except for the fact that you think saying communist China might fool some people into thinking you aren’t a believer. Then again, sift through all that class warfare bullshit, and the red shines through.

I hate seeing un-informed middle class people turning on their fellow Americans and shooting themselves in the foot.

Ah, yes. This old & tired demcorat canard about how these people vote against their own interest again. These stupid fools don’t know that the only party that really cares is the one that constantly enacts policies and laws that all but guarantee to make us all equally poor and miserable. At least we will all be equal! Moron.

You call it class envy… whatever…

How does that saying go? Quacks like a duck, walks like a duck….

I guess back in 1776 you would have sided with King George, the East India company and the Tory loyalist. You’d have called the revolutionaries out for their class envy?

LOL! Man are you this stupid to hand me this kind of a club to beat your stupid ass down with Muirgeo1? Public education fail, I guess. I bet hist_ed, is going to be wondering where you got this nonsense from, because it is embarassing for history teachers to have to hear people say this sort of nonsense and actually pretend they paid attention in history class.

You do know that the revolution you mention above, the one in 1776, was because King George decided to steal from the colonists, under the guise of taxation to boot, to enrich his government – well, to pay off the debts the British crown incurred fighting the many wars in the very colonies he then wanted to soak – and himself? Kind of like what the left is doing right now. Those revolutionaries basically had enough of the taxation without representation and threw the bums out. There wasn’t any kind of class envy, they felt a tyrannical government was stealing their possessions and future, and they took matters in their own hand. Kind of like is going to happen in November.

Thanks for the easy beat down opportunity muirgeo1! I know I should feel sorry for you, but I just can’t bring myself to it.

Posted by on 10/15/10 at 07:03 PM from United States

Thanks for the easy beat down opportunity

yeah right. You’ve proved you are the one who wasn’t paying attention during history class. The problem wasn’t a tax hike it was a tax cut for the rich corporations… the East India Tea Company.

If you think the revolutionaries would have sided with you and corporations over government OF, BY and FOR the people I wold like you to take a trip with me back to that period in my time machine and see was ass they shoot full of lead. Rich Tory supporting fucks like yourself were sent packing back to the Kingdom or to Canada.... and we partied in their mansions.

Posted by HARLEY on 10/15/10 at 08:39 PM from United States

Dude, you do not have a clue do ya?

Posted by AlexinCT on 10/17/10 at 10:21 AM from United States

yeah right. You’ve proved you are the one who wasn’t paying attention during history class. The problem wasn’t a tax hike it was a tax cut for the rich corporations… the East India Tea Company.

When you are that stupid, you need to be schooled. Please feel free to show me where the “East India” tax cut you mention factored in. The taxation part, especially the taxation without representation by an all powerful and disconnected government, as well as the fact that the taxes were primarily for the crown to pay off the high costs of the wars to keep the land under the crown’s banner, are there however. Methinks you are the one that didn’t pay attention nor has a clue, but then again, that’s obvious.

Here is another tidbit for you: about the East India company. Note how it was a British owned company, and the issue wasn’t that it got a tax break, but that the British crown - the evil government for you, dunce - decided to pass laws making them the only company legally able to transport the stuff. The British crown basically decided to milk the colonies dry to keep it’s coffers going, so it could keep the British elite and crown happy.

Kind of like the demcorats are doing like now with their buddies: picking the winners & losers based on who helps them the most, and in the process destroying the economy. As we are already seeing history repeats itself.

See you in November Muirgeo1. It will be fun.

Dude, you do not have a clue do ya?

A clue could bit him in the ass, and he would still not get it.

Posted by on 10/17/10 at 12:45 PM from United States

I have to say I have kinda lost the gist of the East India Company thread, but I suppose I throw in a bit of history (might weigh in more on the current stuff later-gotta go spend most of my Sunday grading-sorry for the self pity there guys, but it is a really nice fall day here and I want to go play).

The East India Company was, of course, a quasi-governmental entity.  It had its own military and, at various times, directly ruled a lot of territory.  Because of its enormous wealth and importance it was quite powerful in British politics. Governments granted it special rights (monopolies, etc-Alex the tea monopoly applied to tea shipped into Britain and was imposed long before any revolutionary stuff started brewing-many Americans profited because of it, see below) because it was seen as pushing British national policy and was in bed with prominent politicians(hmmmm, maybe, kinda shades of Fannie and Freddie?). 

The idea that the American Revolutionaries were class warriors is absurd; they were the upper class of colonial society. 

Finally, the Tea Acts: Our official history is a bit of a myth.  The Tea Acts indeed imposed a tax on tea.  However, they made tea significantly less expensive for colonists.  Prior to the Navigation Acts, as part of the mercantilist economic theory that the European empires of the time espoused, all intra-colonial trade had to be shipped through Britain and taxed in port.  Thus, tea from India bound for America was shipped first to London (by the East India Company-they held a monopoly), unloaded, charged a tax, reloaded and then sailed for colonial ports.  This was astoundingly expensive and accounted for 60-70% of the cost paid by colonials for their tea.  Any free market devotee will tell you that such a huge regulatory cost would give rise to smuggling.  There was a large market for smuggled tea (mainly from Dutch colonies) and many Americans got rich taking advantage of this illicit market (including, almost certainly, some of the founders as passive investors).  The Tea Act allowed the East India Company to ship tea directly to the colonies.  It fiddled with taxation in several ways, but one effect was that instead of paying an invisible tax (i.e. the tax paid in London as tea was imported), the colonists had to pay a visible tax.  With the taxation level roughly equivalent, the price of legal tea in the colonies plummeted because of the shipping savings.  This threatened to put the smugglers out of business, so they started screaming about taxation without representation.  There were, of course, people who really were mad about a lack of representation in London, but the economic motivation was also a strong one. 

Regarding your little bit about Royalists Murgy, I think I probably would have been one in the American Revolution.  That doesn’t mean I want it reversed, but I think the crown had a reasonable argument for the time.  It had just finished a world war on behalf of its colonies and taxing them a bit to pay for future defense seems reasonable to me.  Britain itself was not terribly democratic (maybe 5% of men had the vote), so being without representation wasn’t too unusual back then (There are some interesting alternate history pieces about what would have happened if the US lost the Revolutionary War.). 

Whew, I’m done-that was longer than I thought it would be.  Back to grading maps

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