Two posts by Ace encapsulate my recent thinking:
I can’t believe TFG is still president.
Four more years. Think about that. America is serving a medium-term prison sentence.
This is part of the reason I’m encouraging people to look to other things for happiness. I know it’s going to be very difficult for me to get through this. For the past four years I’ve had a mindset of “Just get to January 13, 2013, and then it’s all smooth sailing.”
I’m having a difficult time ratcheting myself up for “Just get yourself to January 2017, and then we’re on easy street, baby.”
Awwww, four whole years? I am currently closing in on TWELVE YEARS of waiting out a bad presidency. I’ve been doing it four years at a time – “Just get to January 2005”, “Hang in there until January 2009”, and “Just a little bit farther” is what I’ve kept telling myself.
Know I know it will be at least 2017 before I see another POTUS who isn’t a walking, talking clusterfuck of a miserable failure.
Karl argues he should at Hot Air, suggesting that the GOP might have to illustrate to the public how massive our spending is by actually ratcheting up taxes to finance all this spending.
At the moment, the public is not actually confronted with the cost of the expanding government because we’re currently borrowing from China to pay for it (and will do so, until China realizes we can’t cover our debts, in which case we’re going to try some hyperinflation (which, of course, has always worked in the past)).
Let it burn.
I don’t really care what Disgusting Pigboy advocates, but I agree with the concept. The longer we delay in restoring fiscal sanity, the worse things will get. It’s called “compound interest.”
If you really want to destroy social spending and programs like Social Security and Medicare, don’t face reality. Then somewhere down the road reality will face us all. We might all be dead by then, but we have kids and grandkids that will be suffering the consequences. Neither side wants to tell us the truth because it won’t be easy or pleasant.
Once upon a time in this land natural fires burned out the underbrush on a regular basis. Sometimes those fires were set by people. When the Europeans arrived the commented on the park-like nature of the American forests.
Then for many years the government made firefighting a priority. Any and all fires were treated as foes to be fought. Our park-like forests became choked with underbrush.
Now when fires start they burn out entire forests.
Sometimes it’s better to let it burn. It causes less damage in the long run.
Howard Dean admitted today that everyone will have to pay more taxes, not just the rich. Let me be clear – I am not some Paultard Libertarian who wants to get rid of the government. It’s just that people need to face facts.
We can have low taxes or high government spending. But not both.
For several decades we have had an unholy alliance in Washington of big spenders and tax cutters.