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.
According to Barack Obama, the problem is he overestimated you dumb rubes’ ability to appreciate what he’s been doing for you. “That I do think is a mistake of mine,” the president told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I think the assumption was if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on this provision or that law or if we’re making a good rational decision here, then people will get it.”
But you schlubs aren’t that smart. You didn’t get it. And Barack Obama is determined to see that you do. So the president has decided that he needs to start “speaking directly to the American people.”
Wait, wait! Come back! Don’t all stampede for the hills! He only gave (according to CBS News’s Mark Knoller) 158 interviews and 411 speeches in his first year. That’s more than any previous president — and maybe more than all of them put together. But there may still be some show out there that didn’t get its exclusive Obama interview — I believe the top-rated Grain & Livestock Prices Report — 4 a.m. Update with Herb Torpormeister on WZZZ-AM Dead Buzzard Gulch Junction’s Newstalk Leader is still waiting to hear back from the White House.
The first part of disaster relief is uncontroversial: food, water, medicine, shelter. Surprisingly, that doesn't cost a whole lot, nor take very long. It's the "peace and development" programs that follow which absorb the big money -- the growing of permanent new branches of bureaucracy to mind the population thus saved.
Haiti is not a basket case from the absence of foreign aid. Quite the contrary.
I lived many years in Asia, and much of my journalistic work was focused on "development issues." I've seen the consequences of aid dependency with my own eyes. It is the same story everywhere, where people are desperately poor: they have no freedom, they are landless, everything belongs to an exploiting class. And that exploiting class is, almost invariably, "leftist," and the nearly-exclusive beneficiary of foreign aid.
As I understand it, the world has poured billions into this hell hole. It appears to be the warehouse for illegal drugs coming from south america and entering the USA. The money that, in the past, was donated to Haiti, all required that they meet certain goals, infrastructure, building industrial bases, schools, water, etc.....none of which were met.
Now the world is going to give them billions more, with absolutely no goals or requirements.....does this make sense to you? Only if you factor in that it is imperative for Haiti, as it is, a failed state with a lot of corrupt hands in the pot, to continue AS IT IS.
Here is a quote from Annenberg Foundation:
"If you go back historically in the last twenty years, the number of Fortune 500 companies that have been headquartered in Los Angeles has changed dramatically," said Aube. "There's been a mass exodus of these companies, and it was the senior management that had a vested interest in local nonprofits."
Who could've known that bringing in millions of illegal lettuce pickers would cause the high profile corporations to leave a state with plenty of sunshine, opportunity, and taxes!
The Barone article will work using a tinyurl link. Your software doesn't parse "boob bait" correctly, which is part of the URL. I tried to send a tinyurl link that will work, but your @#$%$&@@*%$# software blocked my posting as spam.
Many years ago as an undergraduate I was required to take a public speaking course. The Professor told us if the audience doesn't get it, that's your fault and you wasted everybody's time. Obama is a typical lefty and he believes if you don't buy what he is selling, you are stupid.
The phrase "boob-bait" has an underscore character before the first b, and another after the t. The Maggie's Farm site software reads that as meaning "underscore this phrase," so it does that, and incidentally screws up the URL. Gringo's tinyurl link works correctly.
I use Firefox with the CopyURL-Plus add-on, and I find it trivial to create a link from a page. I just right-click on the page and choose the option to create an HREF link. Also, I use the UrlBarExt add-on, which allows me to create a TinyURL with one click.