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Now on the disquisition.
Your Humble Contrarian
Thought of the Day
So in the vein of the law prohibiting insurance companies to refuse customers for preexisting conditions I think we should expand that to include all insurance: Life insurance for example. I think I should be able to call up an insurance company after my spouse dies and demand that they provide me with life insurance coverage. About 5 million dollars worth would be just about right.
Similarly I should be able to call a 24 hour hotline from the scene of an accident to demand coverage for my totaled car.
Yep I can see endless possibilities here.
Ben-ism of the Day
Optimism: Pathological ignorance of imminent doom.
"There is nothing to fear but fear Itself!" - The phrase most often used to lure a bunch of half-wits that do not consider the factuality (or idiocy) of that statement to their doom.
Those who lack the courage to attempt the impossible may forever deny themselves the knowledge of just how majestically they can fail... (B. Owen 2011)
So I just listened to Obama's budget Spiel.
I had two thoughts on it. The first was "My ears are bleeding!" The
second was "Damn he's good." The fascinating question I always ponder
when listening to his speeches and watching him is "Does he really believe
the words that are coming out of his mouth?" I mean really, does he
actually believe what he's saying or is he so committed ideologically or
politically to his position that facts really just don't matter? As the late
great Tony Snow would oft muse: "He's living in a fact free universe!"
It really is amazing; He will state his position or intentions repeatedly on
camera, and then he will unequivocally reverse his position, again on camera.
When Fox News puts the two videotapes side by side to highlight
the competing Obama's he simply goes on TV again and does his amazing
Jedi mind trick. He stares directly in the camera without flinching and say's
most emphatically In that Obi Wan Kenobi voice: "I did not say what you
just heard me say. So I sit in front of the screen, probably like millions of
others across the land staring blankly at the screen. The words come dully from
my lips: "You did not say what I just heard you say." I get up
and shuffle blankly to the fridge to pour myself a glass of milk while
muttering the words Hope... Change... I sit here pondering the half empty
glass of milk, my breathing becoming tight an wheezy as I remember that I am
allergic to milk. There's something I was supposed to remember. Something
important, but I can't remember what it was. All is well... hope...change...
So, on to what this rant was supposed to be about. Deficits. There are two
camps of progressives today. One calls themselves "Democrats",
and the other likes to call themselves "Republicans." The divide
between their ideologies is mostly in their preferences for a huge federal
government or a massive one. The Republicans have shown their recklessness
of a teenager with their first credit card. Spending is Good! Yet they have no
understanding what that envelope is that they get at the end of each month from
their credit card company. This leaves them indefensibly open to ridicule from
the left due to the bloated debts and deficits. And the left has the cure! They
are going to pay off the maxxed out $1000 credit card with a shiny new
$5000 credit card which they will soon max out as well. Not to worry
though: An envelope with a "pre-approved $10,000 credit card offer
just appeared in their mailbox. Life is good.
So Obama gets up there at the podium, by all appearances channeling Ronald
Reagan. "Tax Cuts... Fiscal responsibility... Tighten our belts...
wasteful spending..." He is going to get these Bush created deficits under
control. Well there are only two ways in the known universe to reduce deficits,
and if you know of a third please, please, educate me in the comments section.
These are: spend less, and/or tax more. Now Obama in true old fashioned grandma
and grandpa fiscal conservative fashion has promised not to waste a dime on
frivolous stuff. After all peanut butter and jelly are just fine for lunch every
day, and quite nutritious! Meanwhile he is installing a huge new 70 inch flat
screen TV on the living room wall. He shows us a few examples of glaring redundancies
and waste in government spending that he will excise from the budget with the gleeful
and industrious efficiency of a French Revolutionary with a shiny new
guillotine. There’s a 22¢ saving here, and an 83¢, savings there. These will
surely offset the additional million dollars of indispensable new expenditures.
After all it’s really just a matter of prioritizing. And remember his priorities
are your priorities; and if not you’re probably just a Teabagger.
Definitions are the key. When Obama and his ideological kin speak “Deficit
Reduction,” and "investments in our future" they mean one thing and one thing only. Taxes; Lots and lots of new
taxes. They will drag out the old saw “We will only tax the rich,” to the
vacuous cheers of their lemming worshippers.They will spread them around with myriad Orwellian titles of marvelous
creativity. All the while we will hardly notice as the mega-wealthy stand
beside us thrusting their fists in the air chanting heartily with us: “Tax the
Rich, Tax the Rich.” We will be assured that these taxes will only effect the
other guy, and the other guy in his philanthropic zeal would never consider passing
on this additional burden to you. Just remember one thing if nothing else. [And
I will plagiarize here unabashedly from Fred Thompson] …They will only take
water from the other side of the bucket.