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.
Every prognosticator on television news shows is proved wrong about everything within a week's time. Paul Krugman can't predict what's going to happen at dinnertime while he's having lunch. Newspapers can't even tell you what already happened. But a bunch of clowns in 1979 got it about right. Americathon:
They miscast a John Edwards lookalike as President Chet Roosevelt instead of an Obama clone, but they did predict that China would go capitalist, so we'll give them a pass. I wonder if we'll try going capitalist anytime soon? You know, after the telethon.
I remember this movie pretty well. It was very funny, although it is quite dated. The track suits crack me up. The clown shoes fad? LOL, sure I remember that.
Still, it is remarkable how much of this seems to presage our current dilemma. "I have nothing on my mind, it's clear of clutter" sounds like a terrific Obama soundbite.
Getting back to the real issue, though - at what point do they actually start dealing with the real problems? Even if they balanced the budget today (which would have had to happen if they just didn't increase the debt ceiling), the interest payments alone are taking up massive portions of our spending...and will grow as interest rates rise, even if we start paying down some of the debt.
There is no question the "depression" of 1920-1921 is the model by which we should always adhere to in a debt driven recession. Better to force a massive restructuring, engage hard times head on, and then allow the bounce off the bottom to force us higher in the long run.
The current attempts to make everyone happy, somehow, even if it means more taxes, is absurd.