Friday, March 19, 2010

It's Friday

Go read this.

And consider that it is, again, Friday.

Something bankrupt this way comes

I'm a bit behind in email reading, so you may have already seen this if you've followed my advice to subscribe to Whiskey and Gunpowder.

When a government’s debt grows to equal annual GDP, the game is essentially over.

That, boys and girls, is the money quote from the article. I humbly suggest you get yourself over there and read the whole thing. Consider how many countries throughout the world are basically there. After that, consider what the cost of "health care reform" will do to aggravate the situation in our own country.

Then feel free to hit the grocery store, Walmart, the local gun shop--all those places that have what will soon be "comfort items".

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Still shambling

I'm watching as the Zombie Democrats in Congress still lumber and lurch toward their goal of "". If it wasn't deadly serious, it would be entertaining. As it is, it's nearly as frightening as real zombies showing up in my front yard.

Currently, it seems to be a game of "Let's Make A Quiet Deal", because no one wants to see what fun catch phrase comes after the "Louisiana Purchase" and the "Cornhusker Kickback". Some Dems who were against are now for, and a few who were for are now against. The numbers change depending on day, the deals, who's keeping count and the polls.

Currently, they plan to vote on Sunday. Of course, any number of such deadlines have passed; I suspect this one is a pathetic attempt to build momentum by creating a false sense of urgency. I also suspect it means that they've counted their votes and still come up short, but are hoping for the best. And if the best doesn't show, why, it can always be delayed again.

In the meantime, we have the Marxist in Chief on FoxNews showing the world who he is and what he wants. (Of course, because interviewer Bret Baier pressed him to, you know, actually answer the freaking questions he was asked, the remainder of the media has castigated Fox and the Baier for being rude to their God-King.) We have now looked upon the face of comu-socialism in America. Know him for what he is.

We stand at a fork in the road of the history of our country. One branch leads to totalitarianism and eventual ruin. The other leads...we know not where. We just hope that it's better than the alternative.

Keep the pressure on the Congresscritters, and keep adding to your stores. If the one fails, you're really going to want the other.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Never thought I'd see that

For the past week, I've been watching the Democrats in Washington lurch and stumble, zombie-like, toward..."". It's been fascinating.

It's obvious that our elected betters aren't listing to the people who put in these jobs in the first place. Most polls hover around the sentiment that 2/3 of the American public does not support the current moves toward "reform". Reasons vary from "I've seen public housing; I don't want to see public health care" to "It must be single payer and the government must be the payer".

Realistically, this pile of steaming crap just needs to be buried so that it stops drawing flies. No one wants it, most people think it stinks, and anyone with any sense knows that delay will not improve the situation.

However, I have seen one thing that I never thought I'd seen. I have always firmly believed that if a politician could do nothing else reliably, they could count votes. I have also firmly believed that no politician would do something in broad daylight that would likely result in losing that position that they have so long lusted after. (In a back room with a page or staffer, sure. But not in front of the media--fawning or not.)

But this time, I'm seeing dozens of Democrat politicians who are willing to sacrifice their seats and probably their political careers on the alter of "health care reform". They're not only going to vote for it, By God they're proud to say they are going to vote for it.

Now it's possible that they cynically (a possibly correctly) believe that the American public, which in general has the attention span of of a kid with ADHD on an unmedicated day, will simply forget about a "yes" vote before the next election. Given that the next election is in November, I'm not too fond of this explanation. I think that, on truly big issues, people will remember it a least a year, and that will be long enough for politicians opposed to the idea to gin up a healthy case of voter outrage.

I've had at least one person tell me that it was because they all know that their retirement is a done deal, and they don't care if they lose their seats or not. I tend to discount this because it goes against everything I ever observed about the species politicus americanus.

What it looks like to me, and what sincerely terrifies me, is that our elected betters actually that this is the right thing to do, no matter the price. In other words, they are "true believers" in "health care reform". That is a frightening possibility, and one that, if true, does not bode well for us in the future.

Because it's a long time to November.