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.
Remember the winter of 94 (or maybe 96)? Remember when the local papers were full of stories about people freezing to death in flyover country, but there was nothing about it on the national news or in the coastal papers? Remember what was the big news in those coastal papers and national news outlets, those fires in California that killed nobody?
Sustained bad policy, FED and legislative, an asset bubble as well as a credit crunch are the characteristics of the current slowdown/recession/soft depression. The presence of all three traits make the situation relatively unique. Low interest rates, falling commodity prices, at least for the time being, offer some hope for a weak recovery of some sort. Not all 4Q earnings have been horrible so far although revenues are generally weaker. Corporate balance sheets are ok and there will be winners. The problem right now is this fraudulant 'stimulus' craze being pushed by the left. Markets don't like it but the left doesn't seem to care. What's the agenda? Destroying the productive economy and aggrandizing the state might be part of it. That's the concern. There's a kind of ideological craziness to a lot of this stuff and some brzen misinformation and crisis mongering going on here. I wonder why? Are they that dumb? I hope so.
In my cruising the 'Net this morning, I read something, I think it was on Townhall, that made what I think is an excellent suggestion, viz., that Republicans should not focus on dissing Obama, tempting though that might be, but instead focus our attention on asking awkward questions of Nancy Pelosi and her personal gang of incompetents. Or Harry Reid and his tired band of corrupt defenders.
It's kind of like when people insult your wife or husband, whom you love. You get indignant and don't listen to the points they are trying to make because you love her or him and you're loyal. But you are more ready to listen when someone criticizes a person in whom you don't have an emotional investment.
Right now, the majority of the American public feels great loyalty to President Obama. They don't want to see his feet of clay. They're still enchanted with their own great and noble tolerance which got him elected. Instead, we should do some basic research on the details of Pelosi's political life, her family, her rise to her present level of incompetence. We can't count on the press to do it. They're invested in keeping her secrets. But those secrets are out there somewhere and they've left a trail in print. The same is true of Harry Reid. I've seen traces in my cruising through the Internet of several corrupt deals he's been involved in over the years.
Questions need to be asked of both Reid and Pelosi. Only last summer, IIRC, Pelosi shut down the House of Representatives for a weekend so she could go home and officiate at her daughter's wedding. Think about that for a minute. That's staggering arrogance for you. The press never took her to task about it. But they should have. Can you imagine Pat Moynihan doing that? Or any other Democrat in history?
We have OBS - Obama Doubt Syndrome. As far as I'm concerned, those in positions of 'changing' our lives as dramatically as Pelosi and Reid are should be held responsible for every move they make.
We're much too passive, but I believe it is in the nature of the conservative beast to be mercurial and cold and bypass the 'derangement'. We could call it "Dechangement Syndrome." Period. Time to quit wringing our hands.