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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Not stupid enough...

Why won't the economy get moving again?

Why won't businesses borrow and invest or the consumer borrow and consume?

Why don't us small people respond to the policies of our government and get stimulated?

In DC, both parties and their academic enablers and think tankers agree that it's because we don't (and probably lack the capacity to) understand what they are doing for us. When they get the policies dumbed down and sound bited enough for us poor little citizens too grasp we'll respond.

Problem is that those of us who don't know the difference between fiscal and monetary policy are not collectively stupid enough to buy any of their crap.

Maybe we're hunkering down because we realize that we've just witnessed at least 20 years of federal government economic incompetence and that the current gang is raising it to a new level.

Willy balanced the budget on the tech bubble while denying and even encouraging the terrorist threat with breaks to play with cigars and Monica. Somewhere in there they decided they could legislate wealth via subprime mortgages.

W fought a necessary and expensive war poorly and naively. Then he and the GOP forgot to pay for it. Cheap money kept the party going.

When all of this hit the economic fan, we picked the smart,cool Kumbayama over the stiff,fiesty if slightly erratic tough guy. I can see why this seemed like a good choice to some of us at the time. Since then he's added a trillion bucks worth of pork to the deficit while babbling(glibly) about how it's not their fault. He failed at the one task he had the experience for, running errands for the Daly machine(although he may have got the Bronze).

Of course,We could draw confidence from the GOP which offers no detailed ideas but is currently fronted by the deep voiced , suntanned Sales Manager Boenher. Many of us unemtired are old enough to remember him coming out on the lot in a white belt and shoes to close the deal on the station wagon.

If only we were stupid enough to have confidence.

1 comment:

  1. The Problem is, like you said, both sides can make a compelling and simple argument that sounds a lot like truth. But neither is.

    Supply siders like to champion the "free market" when they don't know what that means, but it sounds nice. Maybe they should rename it, lets call it the "liberty market". Just the word liberty should be good for a few percentage points in the poles. They also tend to be the guys who happened to be conveniently born into the "supply side" and not the other side, which they consider the "not smart enough to be on our side" side but is often the "not corrupt enough to get onto the supply side side"

    Dem's like to take what I call the "puppy dog" approach, which can be summed up as follows: everyone likes puppies! They are cute! *** Therefore the government should fund puppies for everyone. (the *** is where the sneaky logical inconsistency is)

    But the reason that I will support "Kumbaya" (at least until he runs against a non-deuchebag), is because he doesn't use the divisive scare tactics that fox news, sarah palin, and most republicans use.

    Neither side is right, I'll take the one that doesn't try to tell me the boogeyman will get me if I don't vote for them. Unfortunately, many voters ARE children, and this does work on them.

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