We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"In politics today, intention, symbolism, and rhetoric are everything; facts, nothing." A must-read. VDH: Parallel Lives.
Barrister emails: Forget politics. Politics is a power and money game, of course, because many humans get a kick out of those things. But how does Rangel keep his chairmanship, much less remain in the darn House, after these revelations? Or am I naive as hell?
Absolutely. Deficient creative thinking going on in the political class, clearly due to the amount of effort pols are putting into posturing, blaming, patronizingm,and general rent-seeking. Look at the hearings going on this very minute --not a soul has mentioned the frozen and rapidly depreciating value of the unsold fleet already produced.
Why not instead of the 34 billion going to the three co's GA, just buy the damn cars?
--keep the money in the channel whose emptiness is the problem.
Buy at cost plus, then trade the fleet to China as interest payment-in-kind on the treasury debt owed.
The going-to-zero evaporating value (of the unsold fleet) would then be realized, the car co's would have the needed immediate cash flow, the Chinese buying entity can buy discount wholesale and sell (in their gigantic hungry market) retail premium --and for the money the USA taxpayer at least gets to 'call' some bonds and retain the yield stream now flowing out.
I say “Why?” not out of sarcasm, but out of real bewilderment, I just fell on the floor laughing. Bewilderment from a man of his intellect? Come on VDH you know the answer; it's been written about for the last four decades. It's decadence, the slouching toward Gomorrah that Robert Bork wrote about but most of all it's about the fact that "THEY HAVE THE POWER TO GET AWAY WITH IT.
POWER POWER POWER let it sink in fully that We the People count for nothing and that a ruling class, entrenched and beyond the law (unless you're a Republican and even then it's iffy) are no longer playing by the Constitution or any other laws but that of raw POWER.
We might as well get over it for now there are too few of us who understand our history and what this country WAS suppose to be that we can't affect meaningful change. We have lost the homogeneous Judeo-Christian majority white population to what is now simply a territory inhabited by mongrels from the rest of the world.
The mongrels don't assimilate, have no allegiance, and provide nothing but a tattooed gutter ethos. Bewilderment? VDH I like your writing but that’s the wrong word to hang on the situation. Sorry dude.
Habu ... you pointed out something in the above post which I have been concerned about for quite awhile, and hesitated mentioning since it might seem more racist than I am or want to be. But I do feel that as long as we had a homogeneous Judeo-Christian majority population, most of whom were white, we could assimilate other immigrant populations successfully into the larger mass of our general population, which provided a stable base..
But in the past 40 to 50 years, we have acquired, through our oblivious generosity, more and more immigrants from societies hostile to our ethics and culture. The don't want to assimilate, to form an allegiance with us and our Judeo-Christian ethic, to become part of the American people. They emigrate here with the express plan of changing us to match them. They want us to succumb to sharia law, as they are trying to force Great Britain to do. They want Roman Catholic schools to install foot-washing sinks in their bathrooms so that they, the non-Catholics, can wash their feet before they pray to Allah. They want to be cashiers in Wal-Marts and Targets but they refuse, as checkout-clerks, to check out the bacon and pork products the customers want to purchase. They feel free to carry out honor killings of their relatives and are indignant if they are arrested for it.
We have assimilated other people from cultures which are very different from ours, but they had the innate courtesy and understanding of other human beings not to try force their beliefs on us. These new immigrants, mostly from the Mid East, but some from other areas of the world who share these same absolutist religious beliefs, feel we should adjust to them, not they to us.