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.
The end of hunting season is always a sad time. After all, how many hunting seasons does a fellow have left? Maybe 25, maybe none. Image above from Mr. Free Market.
"Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." - Noam Chomsky. That seems to apply right now. (Found that quote while perusing Kos to try to find out whether the Kos Kidz are happy yet. They are not, nor will they ever be).
The prima facie immorality of wealth. Come on, Ron. That's nonsense. Does that apply to Barbra Streisand, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Jimmy Buffet, Donald Trump, A-Rod, J-Lo, Paul McCartney, Hillary Clinton, Rafael Nadel, Luciano Pavarotti, Jim Carey, John Updike, Yo Yo Ma, Rush Limbaugh - and my local neurosurgeon? And my high-school drop-out friend who built up a 50 store-and-gas chain of mini-marts from one run-down gas station, beginning when he was 19, and then sold his chain for many millions? Populist envy, I think. People at the top of competitive fields often end up making lots of money. Why would it be different for bankers? Good on all of 'em, say I.
A truly reprehensible article from Ron Rosenbaum at PJM. He should know better. The calls from politicians for the heads of the "plutocrats" often end in tragedy. The biographies of famous 20th Century populists such as Huey Long, Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler and Josef Stalin are illustrative of this. I, for one, find the language of Obama in his first two weeks - talking up the downturn in the economy as a disaster, labeling private enterprise as the culprit, and excoriating "wealth" as prima facie evidence of dishonesty - thoroughly disturbing and counterproductive. And Mr. Rosenbaum supports this kind of talk? The only growth industry in the U.S. is government. And that's a good thing?
Boqueronman is right --the awful rhetoric is usually trivialized as political speech, but it induces a market risk based on the fact that the guys with the police power just don't like the markets. becomes a new fundamental, in effect. And in terms of doing what we can to regain growth, Obama could hardly do more damage.
And BTW, re 'sleaze', with all these tax return errors, why don't Democratic pols ever accidentally over pay?
re mark Steyn's piece, right, Pelosi harvests "for the children' constantly, using it to create "for the children" a depressed banana republic to grow up sick and miserable in --rather than the shining place on the hill that we had before her like came along and poisoned so many voters.
if those people actually gave a rat's ass about the children, they'd leave 'em an adequate defense, rational energy, and a government tap no greater than the usual double tithe. they're not walking but sprinting hard in the opposite direction of all three. The only thing they do for the children is make sure they have plenty of bicycle helmets and porn.