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Thursday, September 17. 2009
Why Dems are balking at health care reform
From Doug Ross, on What do Jimmy Carter, Maureen Dowd and Mike Lupica have in common?
Simpson at Am Thinker:
We linked to Cloward-Piven last year thus: "Here's an excellent explanation of it. Yes, it's Alinsky/Gramsci-type strategy."
How Waxman-Markey would be a gigantic middle-class tax. As the guy says:
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The belief that President Obama has no connection to ACORN has as much validity as the idea that Bill Ayers is just a guy who lives in the neighborhood. Unless he is served by the truth, President Obama has little use for it.
CapNTrade is either a fraudelent money-raising scheme or completely bad public policy and it can be both. Whether or not we are in recession, sucking money out of everyone's pockets, then sucking some more from pockets that look deeper to put some back in pockets that will vote for you, is a really good way to ruin the economy. This process will also try to hide the government's role in the sucking process by hiding it in the costs of all goods and services. If you thought gas was stiff at $4, wait until CapNTrade takes it to $6 or higher. If you think dinner out costs now, wait until CapNTrade pushes up the costs of the restaurant. If you think employment is hard now, wait until people can't afford to eat out and the jobs for low-skill workers fall away.
Not all that many discrete objects can be rightly called 'evil', if for no other reason than the high standard set by those few items that certainly for certain qualify. Cloward-Piven has to be one of those. A deliberate host-killing parasite in the heart of mankind's last best hope.
Piven is still @ CUNY, busily training new cadres of little Constitution-killers. Do a search --and wonder what other death-deserving document in history would've guaranteed such a person such a career.
Geoff ... Cap&Tax/tax/tax is in effect a Value Added Tax, such as several European nations have. The effect is to tax every stage of manufacture of complicated products and services, so that the final cost is much higher than the free market system would ever permit openly to be marketed.
It's a dangerous and dumb idea, especially when the national economy is so fragile and so much money has already been wrung out of it. If we have to try to absorb the real emergencies placed upon us by the Universal Health Care Rationing Plan, having Cap&Tax/tax/tax/ added on to it is like piling Pelion on Ossa to the nth power.
Re Honduras (source: Chase me ladies, I'm in the cavalry)
OPEN LETTER TO THE PEASANTS OF HONDURAS
I don’t want to give you compassion fatigue or anything, but try to see it from my point of view.
I haul my weary carcass out of bed each day before I am rested, and get on a train with the other lame-os. Most days there are signal failures. I don’t know where they buy their signals, or why they can’t get some that work, but there you go. Some days the driver stays in bed with a bad back. No doubt you have such trains in Honduras.
Sooner or later the train will show up, if I stand there long enough, and I’ll waste the rest of the day in some stinking office up a tower, surrounded by oafs, scrotes, scrubbers, louts, buffoons, toadies, tossers, illiterates and football fans.
Mine is a pig’s life.
At lunch I sit in the shopping precinct and eat my sandwiches, washed down with five or six tins of cider. And as I eat my sandwiches and drink my cider, I open The Guardian, and see that there has been another military coup in Honduras. Or perhaps it’s the same coup as the one a couple of months ago. It is hard to keep track. Someone must know.
Either way, there doesn’t seem to be much that I can do about it, since Honduras is more than 100 miles away, and my influence there is limited. But reading about it has depressed me even more, and I was already as miserable as hell. The train, the office, the shopping precinct, Honduras… wherever one looks, this world is just a vale of tears.
Then I go back to the office, lock myself in the stationary cupboard and sob for twenty minutes, about Honduras and about my life.
I would be happy to donate £10 for the oppressed peasants of the Andes, or wherever it is, but I’m not going to read about it anymore.
I got my own troubles, Honduras.
It's that damned Industrial Revolution again, isn't it.
You all know, don't you, that Harry Hutton has his own blog under the title of ChaseMeLadies I'm in the Cavalry. Been reading him and enjoying his subversive Brit humor, and that of his cheerfully obscene commenters, for years.
Re: Cap n Tax
Cap n Tax in concert with the destruction of the dollar will slowly bleed the American economy. As the Clinton team famously said, "it's the economy stupid". Congress and the Whitehouse need to focus on advancing American prosperity instead of chasing rainbows with trillions of taxpayer dollars. The more indebted our government, the more devaluation of the dollar. In a global economy, this is the same as inflation to us. Why do I keep hearing reports that there is no inflation???
The inflation, as perma-bear Peter Schiff keeps reminding, is already here (or better, 'already done') --it's the new fiat greenbacks --the inflated supply of Dollars.
What's 'not here yet' is the 'price inflation' --the adjustment to the dilution.
Jim Cramer yesterday called the top of the bond market --IOW, he expects long rates to be rising from here on. He's so well-connected @ Government Sacks that someone must've given him the high sign that Bernanke likes the recent economic-recovery numbers enough to begin the so-called 'escape' --the fight against the inflation he used to fight the deflation introduced by the recession/financial collapse.