We Need an Intervention


Wild Bill Jacobson at Legal Insurrection:

Republican poll chasers and the madness of crowds
Do what’s right, and worry about the polls closer to November 2014

Another conversation I had with myself on Twitter.

Last time it was about The Republican Brand. This time it’s about the lunacy of Republicans — stoked by the media — panicking over polling last week showing Republicans dropping like a stone into a mountain crevice.

Today Pew released its polling, and it found essentially no change in Republican favorability over the past year. Democrats poll better in terms of favorability, but that’s been the case for a long time.

Republicans actually are in a slightly better position today than a year out from the 2010 Republican landslide, and are rated better in terms of handling the economy and running government.

I don’t say Pew knows any better than the other pollsters, or vice versa, but that’s the point. Do what’s right, and worry about the 2014 polls closer to November 2014. For God sakes, Republicans, stop acting like bouncing Super Balls based on the latest polling.

There is a bunch more and you should go read it. I stole enough of his post for today.

This country has a problem. Actually, we have a lot of problems, but I’m thinking of one in particular. We are addicted to spending.

For most of us as individuals the problem is self-correcting. We spend too much, we run out of money and credit and then we have to stop spending. A lucky few are wealthy enough that they never run out. Most of us eventually learn to manage to live within our means.

Collectively we are out of control. I am referring to our federal government. The strength and weakness of democracy (or constitutional republic) is the rule of the majority. Our government does what’s popular, but not necessarily what’s right.

There will always be a great temptation for politicians in systems like ours to tell us what we want to hear and make promises that cannot be kept. This is especially dangerous when we give them our national credit card as we have done the past 30-40 years.


Face it, we need an intervention.

There are a lot of people out there (including most of the news media and all of the Democratic politicians) who claim that if we don’t keep borrowing and spending at the current rate that it will be a catastrophe. They claim that if we even slow down our spending as little as 3% that vital government services will be cut.

Oh! The humanity!

There is tremendous pressure being exerted on the Republican politicians in Washington D.C. to do what is popular rather than what they think is right. I am not optimistic about the outcome.

There are two possible ways out of this mess. The first is to keep going until the whole fucking charade comes crashing down. What will China do when we tell them we can’t pay our bills? Ever seen a failed state?

There is another possible outcome. It will require some hard choices and tough love. It won’t be fun, but rehab never is. It can be done, but it will take some serious belt-tightening and national self-discipline. Most of all, it will take some leaders who are willing to stand on principle and to tell us what we don’t want to hear.

The first step is admitting we have a problem.

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63 Responses to We Need an Intervention

  1. But….but……but, you don’t understand. It isn’t REAL money!!!

  2. George says:

    Everyone, including you, always address the “out-flow” …..never raising revenues……….Trump made the point……….want to save SS, rev up the economy ………………with some old fashioned FDR “credit” issued only for physical assets…..no speculation……..that won’t happen until Wall Street stops sucking everything into the derivatives bubble…………reinstate Glass-Steagal to stop that!

  3. The Klown says:

    Here is a classic example of why the media is worse than fucking useless:

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  5. wmcb says:

    There’s an ex-Soviet-state economics guy on Twitter who has an interesting take on things. He says that corporate lobbies are not a monolith – that there is the industrial/commodities/oil/etc sector (the real economy in my mind), and then there is the banking/financial sector.

    The banking sector is who wants the free money gravy train to continue, because THEY are the only ones benefitting from it. The industrial lobbies are starting to push back, because the banksters are being greedy pigs to save their own asses – none of that QE and monetizing is doing a damn thing but propping up the financiers. It’s not helping those who actually produce things.

    He is saying that we NEED at least a partial collapse of the financial sector (Not the entire economy, but that sector). Not total chaos, but enough to make them sacrifice some banks, write off all the crap fake value that is being propped up. Yes, that’s painful, but as soon as you get past it, things rebalance and any QE then starts going to productive sectors as well.

    He says behind the scenes the big sticking point has zippo to do with Obamacare. It has to do with a House provision that barred Treasury from using “extraordinary measures” if we hit debt wall. I.e. they can’t fiddle with who gets paid, who gets propped up, what T-bills get extended.

    He says that the big movers and shaker behind the curtain is a knock down drag out Titan battle between the giant banking lobbies and the giant industrial lobbies, because industry is sick of banks sucking ALL the air out of the room.

    Not sure I totally buy it all, but makes some sense, and his comments intrigue me.

    • Lulu says:

      Who does everyone think is backing Cruz? Oil and gas that is who. And yes the commodity, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors are waging war on big finance. Banking has turned into a parasitic sector and most know it. Obamacare is but a symptom of the rent seeking that has reached crisis proportions from big finance which includes insurance.

      • wmcb says:

        I have my issues with the industrial lobbies as well. But in this particular fight of the Big Dawgs? I’m rooting for them to take the bankers down a notch.

        • Lulu says:

          It really is a fight of the titans. None of them are what I consider good guys but at least some of them actually produce something and employ people. Did you read that Cruz was meeting with a bunch of Conservative House members at a taco joint off capitol hill last night? What is he? The Energizer Bunny.

        • Constance says:

          I’d love to see the bankers grovel. They are the pigs who blew up our economy in 2008.

      • wmcb says:

        @ektrit (Ektrit Kris Manushi) He’s Canadian, but I think from Eastern Europe? He tore some starry-eyed prog up the other night over wishing for swell communism. She snootily told him he had it all wrong, and to read some history.

        He was all “I LIVED THAT HISTORY, so STFU you moron.”

    • 49erDweet says:

      The financial lobby is quaking in their boots thinking about Cruz or Palin.

  6. Wanda says:

    Live within your means? And what fucking “means” might those be? The ones I’m supplying through some federal entitlement program on whose teat you seem to latched? I don’t know if you’re scamming SS disability, the VA or whatever, but you’re definitely not living on your OWN means. Fucking bullshit hypocrite.

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    • 49erDweet says:

      There is no well defined “Republican Party” currently. It is a loosely applied brand to a bunch of knaves, stalwarts and dreamers. That is the problem.

      • wmcb says:

        Establishment is going all out to lay 100% of blame for failed negotiations today at feet of Cruz, Lee, TeaParty reps.

        None of them will say what they supposedly did to blow it up, when a deal was imminent. But GOP hacks are just screaming: “I TOLD YOU SO! THAT HORRIBLE CRUZ CAUSED THIS!”

        Really? How? What did he do? Even if you thought his filibuster was dumb strategy, what did he do today? What unreasonable demands did he make in these negotiations?

        I keep asking, repeatedly. No one will answer me. But they are *positive* it was those radical Hobbitses that must’ve done something.

        • 49erDweet says:

          What the E’s fail to comprehend – or discard – is placing blame on anyone imparts “cred” to them. Once imparted, “cred” is muy dificil to take back. Cruz is getting stronger and stronger. Not sure I like that but it’s a fact of life.

        • The Klown says:

          When you undercut your teammate’s strategy it’s inappropriate to crow “I knew it would fail!”

  11. 1539days says:

    From a purely selfish standpoint, Republicans win by fighting Obamacare.

    Prior to the 2010 election, Democrats used their last months of a super-majority to pass a bill written by Senators who wanted to keep getting insurance company contributions . The House bill, which was much more likely to go against insurers had 0 contribution to what became the ACA.

    Running almost entirely on Obamacare, the Republicans gained 63 seats in the House (and lost 2). Lost in the headlines about Democrats “keeping the Senate” is that Republicans won 2 out of every three seats up for election that year, 2/3 of which were held by Democrats. Republicans had a net gain of 670 seats in state government. That means the Tea Party really was a grassroots organization.

    What happened? The Defund Obamacare fight happening now didn’t happen two years ago. John Boehner instead fought the debt ceiling increase and got a concession the Republican Senate is already trying to dismantle. Then the GOP started punishing the Tea Party. Then they supported the grandfather of Obamacare, Mitt Romney. Romney would be a decent president, but he really became a hold-your-nose candidate near the end of the 2012 election.

    Stopping the debt ceiling is a win-win for Republicans. If the Democrats don’t repeal Obamacare (which is what I would suggest) the money stops. Then the states have to pay the bills. Then they stop collecting federal taxes on their citizens. Then the federal government finally goes on a diet and we get state authority back. The House should pass all 13 budget resolutions, sans Obamacare and go home. Don’t come back until the Obamacare repeal passes the Senate.

    This is how Republicans get the Senate back.

    • The Klown says:

      The GOP establishment wants to have their cake and eat it too.

      They want to oppose Obamacare, but lose. They WANT to lose.

      That way the Obamacare boondoggle remains the law but they can claim credit for opposing it. Win-win.

      The GOP establishment LOVES BIG GOVERNMENT!!! They love handing out government largesse to their crony capitalist buddies and sponsors. But they don’t want to pay for it so they oppose raising taxes. Win-win.

      • 1539days says:

        Democrats with less taxes.

        The only thing is that there is little to any Republican ESTABLISHMENT anymore. There is pressure from the status quo to up and comers that future presidential campaigns will be bankrolled by the rich plutocrats that have been donating Republican for generations.

      • wmcb says:

        I think the constitutionalist/pocketbook/libertarian coalition wing of the GOP is fed the fuck up. 2014 and 2016 are end game, period.

        If the populists can gain ground in 2014, they may be encouraged and stick around and fight in 2016. If neither happens? GOP is dead as a doornail. The populists will defect en masse. That’s my read.

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    We had no roads but gas prices were $1.75 or less a gallon.

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    • wmcb says:

      New ACA compliant system is still being worked on in the two hospitals where my husband works, because it’s a disaster. HUGE disaster. Confusing and horrible.

      Get this: When doc is in a patient’s chart, entering orders and medications and treaments and stuff, sometimes he hits a menu link for dosage or whatever and a DIFFERENT PATIENT’S window for that pops up. Name is tiny up top, and this smaller window of a DIFFERENT PATIENT pops up INSIDE the chart you are already in. Not like a whole separate deal – a mini window for John Smith as a popup INSIDE Jane Doe’s window.

      Um, no medical records system should EVER enable you to be in several patients’ charts at once unless they are totally separate windows. Small popups for one chart should NEVER occur overlaid on another chart. This thing is going to kill someone, when a harried doc or nurse enters an order for heart meds on the WRONG damn patient.

      My husband went ballistic the other day, because he’s been telling them for months, and get this: The response from IT was ” *shrug* Well, you’ll just have to be careful.”


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