One:

…this, from a fiscal conservative himself (Sullivan). John Cole voted for Bush twice before abandoning what is now the Crazy Party. “We’re not going to let the President speak to our kids about staying in school and studying hard?” That’s mental.

THAT’s the part I don’t get. The Republicans sort of “own the brand” of fiscal conservatism, but haven’t demonstrated any for most of most people’s lifetimes.

This is also pretty interesting, with respect to fiscal priorities.

Two:

See, I’m no pussy when it comes to military power. I want us to have the biggest, baddest killing force in the world, forever (though history tells us it won’t matter).

So, I’m having trouble figuring out how we can’t do that plus some other great stuff given the numbers. The health care debate has magically transformed to “the trillion dollar threshold,” for no real reason that I can come up with other than the emotional impact of the number, when if fact we could pay for the whole health care mess with a 15% cut in military spending ALONE over 10 years (we’ll have money coming out our asses if the Bush tax cuts expire at the same time), which could also have the added benefit of getting into fewer unwinnable wars of choice half way around the world, while still retaining the by-a-mile best-funded military in the world. All this is, to me, WJWD.

Facts are sometime uncomfortable things. (The WWJD thing being only a guess, obviously.)

Simplifying and adding total transparency to the tax code, getting rid of the breaks for the super-wealthy (not even me and you!) would save us billions. Ending the WOD would save us millions/year. No more tax cuts for politically motivating “religious organizations,” no more off-shore tax breaks, end the “corporations are people, too, except for the responsibility” exemption which came about sometime in the 1800’s, stop trying to impose change military but don’t stop it economically, tightening up media conglomerate (and conglomerate in general) law, if you do it morally with respect to the values you support you’ll spread the wealth without much pain to anyone but Big Money, no discernible change for anyone but them, and they won’t hurt…and so on.

Too late for us, though! I’m buying a shotgun with a bayonet clip on the end. And I plan on being proficient with it. 🙂

Take care, X. Best to you and yours.

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Names changed to protect the guilty:

On Jan 30, 2009, at 9:13 AM, Ralph wrote:

Using scare tactics to push crap through congress that doesn’t address the real problems was a 700B mistake when Bush did it and now Obama/Pelosi are making an even bigger mistake.

If we actually had the money some of these programs may be worthwhile but now is not the time. The stimulus should only be for projects that can put the money to immediate use and hire people immediately. Like fix the infrastructure.

This is nothing more than borrowing money from China and Saudi Arabia to pay for special interest pork! Politicians borrowing money we don’t have to pay off lobbyists. It’s making McCain’s idea to give relief directly to homeowners look good.

Go to http://www.nostimulus.com and sign the petition.

http://www.senate.gov/pagelayout/senators/one_item_and_teasers/burris.htm

durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm

All right, Ralph, I’ll go along with you not because I agree it is a good idea, necessarily, but to play “politics” with you.

If I said OK, I agree to killing the bailouts, if we’d all stipulate that mega-gobs of bailout money have already funded several landscaping, personal-chef/exerciser, and housekeeping small businesses, would you take McCaskill’s proposal tonight to limit max comp to a paltry $400K to any person in a company who has received any public funds, no matter when it happened, in exchange? These fuckers are paying RETENTION BONUSES to the same morons who crashed the bus. And these same people are wapping us in the face with their wanks, Ralph, you and me both, laughing their asses of all the way to the fucking golden parachute bank.

There aren’t even 20% of conservative economists who don’t understand we’re down to our last bullet. Plus, I’m not, and neither are you, Ralph, going to be fixing any potholes I’m slaloming past right now on every road in the world, repairing any bridges, bringing broadband nation-wide, and greening the economy with that fucking tax cut Republicans seem to think is the solution to every problem from losing your car keys to building high-speed rail networks. (a.k.a., Supertrains.)

Wealth spreading is a real deal, no matter who is in charge. Life, and its twin, politics, is all about deciding where it gets spread. Trickle up economics is finally getting people pissed off.

Beware The Man. That crazy motherfucking Communist, President and General Eisenhower warned us…

J