Campaign Finance Reform and Debt

Do we remember how all those folks had a cow when the Supreme Court ruled that corporations could speak freely, just like people?

It turns out that big entities really are just like people.
When I’m in debt by a few hundred, and I come across a little extra, I use that extra to pay off the debt as quick as possible. When I’m in debt by a few thousand, eh, that little extra isn’t going to make much difference so I might as well spend it when I want something new and shiny.

When the government is only in debt by billions, folks are up in arms about debt. But when the government is in debt by trillions, and there sits almost a trillion just waiting to be spend and they want something new and shiny…….

Good luck using it to pay down debt guys, they even call it a “Piggy Bank” and completely forget where the dang stuff comes from!!

HT Three Sources

Wonderland 2

Yes, children, here in wonderland you can write for a major newspaper by talking about bullshit.

David Brooks:

These days we are all co-religionists in the church of multilateralism. The Iraq war reminded everybody not to embark on an international effort without a broad coalition.

Someone who actually counted coalition members and did the math:

Fact: Bush Had 2 Times More Coalition Partners in Iraq Than Obama Has in Libya

Who again, calls themselves “The newspaper of record”?

Wonderland

Yes children, here in wonderland you can spend years decrying the evils of oil, oil companies, carbon pollutions and oil spills so that you quit granting anyone the right to explore and then a) finance exploration off shore in a currently in need of no oil country because they instead use those good renewable forms of energy and then b) go on a trip to that country to increase exports to it, but instead ask for more exploration so that the oil found can all be imported here keeping our shorelines clean and our bank accounts empty.

It’s a funny world.

Leading from the Front

I heard from my inside the beltway source that this column by Michael A. Walsh (linked my me) hit a nerve with Republicans there. Here’s the part that hurt:

Fifty-four House Republicans bucked their leadership Tuesday, voting against a farce — the farce of passing “continuing resolutions” to fund the government in stages in the hopes of forcing the Democrats into significant cuts in so-called discretionary spending.
The measure passed anyway, with support from 85 Democrats — averting the meaningless fiction of a “government shutdown” for another three weeks.
But at least the attempt was made — no thanks to Speaker John Boehner, who has been at least temporarily abandoned by his conservative and libertarian Tea Party allies and must now rely on Democrats to keep the shell game going, while avoiding the much more serious issues at hand.

Apparently Republicans don’t know how to handle the tea party members who voted against the continuing resolution that cut $6 billion from the 2011 budget during that 3week period.

The mainstream GOP are concerned that if these Tea Partiers are confronted then it will look like Republicans are at “war” with each other and the Democrats will just swoop right in and eat the crumbs. My source suggests that these 54 Republicans are whacked and need to get on board.

My suggestion: Lead!! The GOP is currently in charge. The GOP has not impressed the masses over the last 10 years with their fiscal responsibility. The GOP certain is not making any impression right now while folks like Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are out in public speaking their minds.

Tangent: Are tea partiers whacked? Maybe. Why would that be? Because to get their freaking point across, both Dems and Reps joined forces to create said tea party. This movement was sooooo scary that no one in any actual position of leadership worked to take hold and embrace these people. Instead the tea party was left to it’s own devises and worked to put in place anyone but X, because X certainly had not been fiscally responsible in the past. GOP, it’s your own damn fault. End Tangent.

Do any of you even remember the name of person who took Michael Steele’s place? I sure don’t….maybe Amy? I certainly haven’t heard from her.

I hit and miss talk radio. I hit and miss newspaper articles. I assume I miss many things, but in the end if all I’m hearing are words from the left or words from tea partiers and not a thing from the mainstream GOPers, then they sure the hell aren’t out there.

I was told by my insider that if Social Security were changed (ie raising retirement age) then I would be whining. My column and Michael Walsh’s column says no, I won’t. I promise. If I were 60, yes, I would. But I’m not. So someone get out there and grow up and lead from the front. Something needs to be done.
Gather SS money from income greater than $95,000.
Raise the retirement age incrementally.
Means test if necessary.
People out here in the hinterlands understand that we are in dire straights and we want our children to be able to live without the burden of debt.

If having 54 of your members vote against you on principle hurts your feelings or makes you afraid for the future, then walk over to their offices and convince them that their principle is wrong. Talk to them about a potential entire 2011 made up of continuing resolutions that in the end will have the greatest cuts in history-if that’s your secret plan. Don’t assume that these people are just whackjobs. They probably figured out first that is was safe to vote “no” so they could take that principled stand.
Then get yourselves out in public. Talk to radio programs and newspapers. Be available and don’t be ashamed of your beliefs.

If Bachmann’s $105,000 isn’t a real figure, then go over to her office and show her what the real figure is! You’re stewing over new members without actually using any basic management techniques to teach them about the so-called truth of what you know.
And from this side, the tea partiers appear to know more than you while you are just protecting your own jobs.

You’re all so much in a fret about a government shutdown you can’t move. Yet the reason Gingrich got blamed for a government shutdown is because Clinton could handle the pr. Do you seriously think that Obama can outsmart you?

Do you seriously think any of us will miss the nonessential personnel were the government to shutdown for a week or two. Not likely. We didn’t miss them last time, but Clinton managed to make the GOP look irresponsible. He led from the front.

Today you have Joe Biden, once again making Republicans “feel bad” by comparing them to rapists.

“But it’s amazing how these Republicans, the right wing of this party – whose philosophy threw us into this God-awful hole we’re in, gave us the tremendous deficit we’ve inherited – that they’re now using, now attempting to use, the very economic condition they have created to blame the victim – whether it’s organized labor or ordinary middle-class working men and women. It’s bizarre. It’s bizarre.”



And you, Mr. Speaker of the House will probably let this slide because it’s too stupid to think about. It isn’t. It’s the left changing the paradigm to make you feel bad so that you’ll quit cutting all that spending. The Republican response is to ask for an apology about comparing anything to violence against women. Biden, of course didn’t mean that and that isn’t the worst of what he said.

What about asking for an apology for twisting the truth so badly that he ended up comparing government spending with the virtue of women? Or the twisted truth about an “inherited deficit”.

Get out there. Talk!
And for crying out loud find a freaking candidate for President in 2012 by this summer who can lead!!!!
You people are just waiting patiently in the back of the crowd for someone to step up.
Lead!!!

Friday Fun

Hadron Collider working on time travel – or at least sending messages back and forward through time.

One of the major goals of the collider is to find the elusive Higgs boson: the particle that physicists invoke to explain why particles like protons, neutrons and electrons have mass. If the collider succeeds in producing the Higgs boson, some scientists predict that it will create a second particle, called the Higgs singlet, at the same time.
According to Weiler and Ho’s theory, these singlets should have the ability to jump into an extra, fifth dimension where they can move either forward or backward in time and reappear in the future or past.

OMG!!! There are Lobbyists in DC!!

This story in the Washington Post today cracked me up because of the order in which it is written.
First of course is the title:
Lobbyists Flock to Capital Hill Jobs
(haven’t they always?)

Then take this paragraph (please). My comments are in brackets:

New tallies indicate that nearly half of the roughly 150 former lobbyists working in top policy jobs for members of Congress or House committees have been hired in the past few months. [Isn't there a slew of new congresspeople also hired in the past few months and wouldn't they need staff of their own?] And many are working on legislative issues of interest to their former employers.
…….[oh - another paragraph down, they mention this]
Washington has long had a revolving door between advocacy and government work, with a steady stream of lawyers, lobbyists and corporate officials moving between the public and private sectors. But the trend picked up on Capitol Hill this year, when an influx of more than 100 new lawmakers provoked a round of hiring by newly named Republican committee chairmen in the House.

Or here is this bit:

More than four-fifths of the lobbyists hired this year for top jobs on personal staffs went to Republican offices, partly because of openings created when the GOP won control of the House in the midterm elections. Some aides said [I love "some aides said] Republicans are more likely than Democrats to turn to those who lobbied on behalf of trade groups and corporations because of the party’s close connections to business groups.
[next paragraph down]
But Democrats also have hired former lobbyists.

This however is my favorite paragraph:

These and other restrictions were strengthened under a 2007 ethics measure co-sponsored by then-Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). As president, Obama has barred registered lobbyists from being hired by agencies they lobbied without a special waiver. He also set a two-year ban for those who leave the administration on lobbying the agency that employed them.

Here is a list from Feb 3, 2009, just days after Obama started work, of the lobbyists in his employ with his special waiver.

The point I’m trying to make is that the article has the appearance of being fair and balanced but the way it was written leaves one to believe that Republicans have this devil on their back, not Democrats.

Lobbyists are of course the experts on their subject matter. They may hold influence, but if and only if the person we the people elect is such a mealy mouth that they don’t bother looking for the wholes in the arguments of the lobbyist who is putting forth their opinion on the subject matter.
I like to think – oh yes, we’ve established I’m naive – that we elect better than that.

Libya

There is no keeping up with what’s going on in Libya for me as there is now a ceasefire by Gaddafi.

If I may boldly make a prediction…..1)ceasefire, 2) UN relaxes, 3) Gaddafi works on killing more rebels, 4) UN makes a newer resolution 5) ceasefire 6) UN relaxes etc, etc, etc. With any luck, at the end of all the rounds, the good guys win and democracy (that includes women) prevails.