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To all the folks who said "McCain would be like a third term of Bush!!!11"
...and to whom we replied, even though we weren't all that fond of McCain, that Obama would be like a second term of Jimmy Carter...
All that's left to say now is ... we told you so.
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What is known as the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to overthrow capitalism by overwhelming the system with impossible demands, which creates (again, deliberately) a crisis and then eventually, collapse.
They've gotten quite far in this strategy. Will America awaken and stop it before completion?
Ahhh yes, the vast left wing conspiracy. the_mgt knows the real story behind that one -- Obama is actually working for Bill Drummond and the KLF, Bill wants his million quid reprinted.
hahaha, never really made that connection, but know that you say it, I remember owning a mixtape in the 80s with some music by them. (I was around 10 yo then and only discovered the books 5-6 years later.)
About the political situation in USA, I believe in the Tzarist Occupied Government theory and the democrans/republicrats conspiracy the late RAW proposed while candidating for his Guns 'n' Dope party. http://www.gunsanddopeparty.com/
Equal rights for ostriches!!!
Gnaaaa, Loanshark! I didn't listen to that tune for about 20 years and now the melody of Justified & Ancient haunts me!!!
TURN UP THE STROBE!!
Subject: Editorial: "compromise" and the unbalanced budget
This was originally posted as a response to a message my long time friend Matt H. posted on his blog [ http://technospiritualist.blog.com/2011/07/30/senator-john-boehner/ ]. It has been slightly edited in its appearance here, mainly to detach it from the context of the original post.
Many people are now calling for our governmental critters in Washington to find a "compromise" that will get us past this nasty little budgetary stalemate regarding the August 2 debt ceiling deadline.
They are calling for a compromise, but on what? The reason the Tea Party exists in the first place is because partisan politics have gotten out of control. Would a compromise involve accepting a tax hike (or as the left now calls it, "revenue enhancements")??
The dirty little secret that the media doesn't tell you is that the government won't pay off its credit cards just because they raised taxes. If you look at their spending history for the last half century (enough of a time span that you can't really blame one political party or the other for this) -- for every dollar of new tax revenue the government brought in, they added $1.17 of new spending.
Lest anyone think I'm making this up, here's the easiest citation, although it can be confirmed elsewhere as well: [ http://goo.gl/katgJ ]
Tea Party reps know this. And they're not loyal to the Republican establishment; they are loyal to the American people and the Constitution. That's why they're taking such a hard line. They know that a "compromise" just kicks the can down the road.
And because they know this, one of the things being rejected by the ideologues on the left is any "compromise" that only lasts one year. One year should be ample time to get things in order, right? But they know it isn't; they know that the Obama camp isn't going to take that year to say "ok, we spent too much, this health care thing is unsustainable so we'd better roll it back" -- no way, no how. They will only accept a plan that raises the debt ceiling high enough to kick the can down the road for TWO years -- in other words, well past the 2012 election.
The "cut, cap, and balance" plan is a compromise. It includes a balanced budget amendment. When you think about it, it's insane that we even need a balanced budget amendment -- the idea of keeping the budget balanced should have been common sense and standard practice ever since the beginning. So why is it a compromise? Because when Boehner's camp tells you that they're willing to cut a trillion dollars, they're talking about cutting a trillion dollars from a baseline of a NINE trillion dollar increase. Where I come from, nine minus one is eight. That's +8.
Google "the penny plan" to see what we really ought to be doing. The penny plan balances the budget by:
- Cutting total federal spending by one percent each year for six consecutive years,
- Setting an overall spending cap of 18 percent of gross domestic product in 2018, and
- Reducing overall spending by $7.5 trillion over 10 years.
[ source: http://minx.cc/?post=319378 ]
By the way ... the idea that rolling past the August 2 deadline without raising the debt ceiling is going to suddenly plunge the Known Universe into a catastrophic chain reaction that implodes the entire space-time continuum -- that's nothing but scaremongering. It will indeed cause a few problems, but the sun will rise in the east on August 3.
However, I'm just a computer engineer who's never had to rely on either, or ever been on a gov't payroll, so there may not be much streamlining to be done to either--though I highly doubt that. Regardless, though, any cuts to either of those programs will be met with a lot of resistance--at least from the constituency, if not the representatives themselves.
Even past that, though, I'd surmise that the Penny Plan would meet resistance on both sides just for the simple fact that it would mean all those pet projects that congress-people like to push would now be under a lot more scrutiny. This may affect Democrats more than Republicans if the party stereotypes hold true, but I think everything would be fair game at that point.
Don't get me wrong, though. I like the simplicity of the Penny Plan, and, with my Libertarian leanings, it would most likely lead towards a smaller government. I just think it would have a bit of an uphill battle, to say the least.
It's only the libertarians and paleocons (aka "tea party") who actually want to fix the problem. And the reason those groups make up a minority (although the results of the 2010 elections suggest that this may change) is because everyone wants spending cuts, but only to programs which benefit someone else.
Quite frankly I think the government deserves to lose the AAA rating on its municipal bonds. They've proven that they're not financially responsible.
Well, if they don't pay social security out, they should allow the rest of us to stop paying into the damned thing.
I'm sure there are plenty of municipal bonds that are not AAA rated. The AAA thing only really applies to Treasuries.
But basically, it boils down to this: you ran up your credit card too high. You still **pay the bill.* And fix your spending habits.
boomers to start dying off faster than expected. Way faster. Sooner
or later, every Ponzi scheme must collapse.
Donner Party 2012.
It's like takign your kids college education fund to pay for your new house. You have a nice house, but your kid is going to grow up and IF you want to pay for their college you won't be able to. (Of course this doesn't entail the fact that the kid could work and go or do other things so it's not the greatest of analogies)
The college fund analogy would work well if it was the child who was putting money into it, only to have the account raided by mom and dad to pay for a new house.
Now with the "deal" finished, we have a weird situation: all sides are simultaneously declaring victory *and* blaming the others for how bad the deal is. Particularly heinous was the Biden/Doyle series of comments calling the tea party hardliners "terrorists" because they "have made it impossible to spend any money." WTF?
The only ones who are actually serious about reining in spending are being compared to religious fanatics who kill innocent civilians?
They were bluffing, all along...
If the U.S. gov't actually went ahead and defaulted, sure there would be some pretty dire consequences to our economy. However, with all the money that's owed, I'm sure someone out there would rather bite the bullet and negotiate a lower rate than to not get anything at all. Not a tactic I'd necessarily approve of as more as an option to consider if things really do hit the fan.
Well, the government did lose its AAA rating, despite not having defaulted.