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.
That is why we are SEVENTEEN TRILLION DOLLARS IN DEBT!!!!!
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.