Thursday, February 28, 2013

Want to hear THE TRUTH? Get a load of this...




The author is Laura Hollis is:

Current: Associate Professional Specialist and Concurrent Associate
Professor of Law at University of Notre Dame.


Past: Director at Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Associate
Director and Clinical Professor at University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign.


Education: University of Notre Dame Law School , University of Notre Dame.


Summary: She has 20+ years' experience in curriculum and other program
development and delivery.



I am already reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the disaster that was this year's elections. I (Laura Hollis) am adding my own ten cents.

Here goes:

1. We are outnumbered. We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics, evangelicals - they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn't enough. What we saw in the election was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who desire a free republic with a free people than there are those who think the government should give them stuff. There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and free enterprise. There are fewer of us who do not wish to demonize successful people in order to justify taking from them. We are outnumbered.


For the moment. It's just that simple.

2. It wasn't the candidate(s). Some are already saying, "Romney was the wrong guy"; "He should have picked Marco Rubio to get Florida/Rob Portman to get Ohio/Chris Christie to get [someplace else]." With all due respect, these assessments are incorrect. Romney ran a strategic and well-organized campaign. Yes, he could have hit harder on Benghazi . But for those who would have loved that, there are those who would have found it distasteful. No matter what tactic you could point to that Romney could have done better, it would have been spun in a way that was detrimental to his chances. Romney would have been an excellent president, and Ryan was an inspired choice. No matter who we ran this year, they would have lost. See #1, above.

3. It's the culture, stupid. We have been trying to fight this battle every four years at the voting booth. It is long past time we admit that is not where the battle really is. We abdicated control of the culture - starting back in the 1960s. And now our largest primary social institutions - education, the media, Hollywood (entertainment) have become really nothing more than an assembly line for cranking out reliable little Leftists. Furthermore, we have allowed the government to undermine the institutions that instill good character - marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches. So, here we are, at least two full generations later - we are reaping what we have sown. It took nearly fifty years to get here; it will take another fifty years to get back. But it starts with the determination to reclaim education, the media, and the entertainment business. If we fail to do that, we can kiss every election goodbye from here on out. And much more.

4. America has become a nation of adolescents The real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity. Responsibility. The understanding that liberty must be accompanied by self-restraint. Obama is a spoiled child, and the behavior and language of his followers and their advertisements throughout the campaign makes it clear how many of them are, as well. Romney is a grown-up. Romney should have won. Those of us who expected him to win assumed that voters would act like grownups. Because if we were a nation of grownups, he would have won.

But what did win? Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies. Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible spending. This does not bode well. People grow up one of two ways: either they choose to, or circumstances force them to. The warnings are all there, whether it is the looming economic disaster, or the inability of the government to respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, or the growing strength and brazenness of our enemies. American voters stick their fingers in their ears and say, "Lalalalalala, I can't hear you." It is unpleasant to think about the circumstances it will take to force Americans to grow up. It is even more unpleasant to think about Obama at the helm when those circumstances arrive.

5. Yes, there is apparently a Vagina Vote. It's the subject matter of another column in its entirety to point out, one by one, all of the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the Democrats this year. Suffice it to say that the only "war on women" was the one waged by the Obama campaign, which sexualized and objectified women, featuring them dressed up like vulvas at the Democrat National Convention, appealing to their "lady parts," comparing voting to losing your virginity with Obama, trumpeting the thrills of destroying our children in the womb (and using our daughters in commercials to do so), and making Catholics pay for their birth control. For a significant number of women, this was appealing. It might call into question the wisdom of the Nineteenth Amendment, but for the fact that large numbers of women (largely married) used their "lady smarts" instead. Either way, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are rolling over in their graves.

6. It's not about giving up on "social issues" No Republican candidate should participate in a debate or go out on the stump without thorough debate prep and a complete set of talking points that they stick to. This should start with a good grounding in biology and a reluctance to purport to know the will of God. (Thank you, Todd and Richard.)

That said, we do not hold the values we do because they garner votes. We hold the values we do because we believe that they are time-tested principles without which a civilized, free and prosperous society is not possible.

We defend the unborn because we understand that a society which views some lives as expendable is capable of viewing all lives as expendable. We defend family - mothers, fathers, marriage, children - because history makes it quite clear that societies without intact families quickly descend into anarchy and barbarism, and we have plenty of proof of that in our inner cities where marriage is infrequent and unwed motherhood approaches 80 percent. When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, many thought that the abortion cause was lost. Forty years later, ultrasound technology has demonstrated the inevitable connection between science and morality. More American than ever define themselves as "pro-life." What is tragic is that tens of millions of children have lost their lives while Americans figure out what should have been obvious before.. There is no "giving up" on social issues. There is only the realization that we have to fight the battle on other fronts. The truth will win out in the end.

7. Obama does not have a mandate. And he does not need one. I have to laugh - bitterly - when I read conservative pundits trying to assure us that Obama "has to know" that he does not have a mandate, and
public, his willingness to rule by executive order, and the utter inability of so he will have to govern from the middle. I don't know what they're smoking. Obama does not care that he does not have a mandate. He does not view himself as being elected (much less re-elected) to represent individuals. He views himself as having been re-elected to complete the "fundamental transformation" of America , the basic structure of which he despises. Expect much more of the same - largely the complete disregard of the will of half the American another divided Congress to rein him in. Stanley Kurtz has it all laid out here.

8. The Corrupt Media - is the enemy too strong? I don't think so. I have been watching the media try to throw elections since at least the early 1990s. In 2008 and again this year, we saw the media cravenly cover up for the incompetence and deceit of this President, while demonizing a good, honorable and decent man with lies and smears. This is on top of the daily barrage of insults that conservatives (and by that I mean the electorate, not the politicians) must endure at the hands of this arrogant bunch of elitist snobs. Bias is one thing. What we observed with Benghazi was professional malpractice and fraud. They need to go. Republicans, Libertarians and other conservatives need to be prepared to play hardball with the Pravda press from here on out. And while we are at it, to defend those journalists of whatever political stripe (Jake Tapper, Sharyl Atkisson, Eli Lake) who actually do their jobs. As well as Fox News and talk radio. Because you can fully expect a re-elected Obama to try to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in term 2.

9. Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst For all the blather about "Wall Street versus Main Street ," Obama's statist agenda will unquestionably benefit the biggest corporations which - as with
the public sector unions - are in the best position to make campaign donations, hire lobbyists, and get special exemptions carved out from Obama's health care laws, his environmental regulations, his labor laws. It will be the small business, the entrepreneur, and the first-time innovators who will be crushed by their inability to compete on a level playing field.

10. America is more polarized than ever; and this time it's personal. I've been following politics for a long time, and it feels different this time. Not just for me. I've received messages from other conservatives who are saying the same thing: there is little to no tolerance left out there for those who are bringing this country to its knees - even when they have been our friends. It isn't just about "my guy" versus "your guy." It is my view of America versus your view of America - a crippled, hemorrhaging, debt-laden, weakened and dependent America that I want no part of and resent being foisted on me. I no longer have any patience for stupidity, blindness, or vulgarity, so with each dumb "tweet" or FB post by one of my happily lefty comrades, another one bites the dust, for me. Delete. What does this portend for a divided Congress? I expect that Republicans will be demoralized and chastened for a short time. But I see them in a bad position. Americans in general want Congress to work together. But many do not want Obama's policies, and so Republicans who support them will be toast. Good luck, guys.

11. It's possible that America just has to hit rock bottom. I truly believe that most Americans who voted for Obama have no idea what they are in for. Most simply believe him when he says that all he really wants is for the rich to pay "a little bit more." So reasonable! Who could argue with that except a greedy racist? America is on a horrific bender. Has been for some time now. The warning signs of our fiscal profligacy and culture of lack of personal responsibility are everywhere - too many to mention. We need only look at other countries which have gone the route we are walking now to see what is in store.

For the past four years - but certainly within the past campaign season - we have tried to warn Americans. Too many refuse to listen, even when all of the events that have transpired during Obama's presidency - unemployment, economic stagnation, skyrocketing prices, the depression of the dollar, the collapse of foreign policy, Benghazi, hopelessly inept responses to natural disasters - can be tied directly to Obama's statist philosophies, and his decisions.

What that means, I fear, is that they will not see what is coming until the whole thing collapses. That is what makes me so sad today. I see the country I love headed toward its own "rock bottom," and I cannot seem to reach those who are taking it there.

Laura Hollis





66 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Overall, I agree with this assessment.

Marine4Ever said...

And the truth shall set you free -- but it'll be after my ground pounding days are over, I'm afraid. I have to agree with EVERY point Laura Hollis made. It's a sad thing -- watching a grown man cry; especially a Marine.

conservativesonfire said...

I'm no longer sure that America will wake-up even after it has hit rock bottom. The scrweaming children will claim it is all the fault of capitalism. They will never accept that they have been wrong for the last fifty years.

Silverfiddle said...

That is a dead-on assessment. I pretty much concluded the same thing awhile back, but she has said it so much better that I did.

I pray that the yapping lapdogs in the state-run media will follow alpha dog Bob Woodward's example, and begin spreaking publicly of The Madness of King Barack

Ducky's here said...

Kos gives the reply


Ducky's here said...

8. The Corrupt Media

----
I'm surprised z hasn't posted a column on Breitbart, Hegel and the "Friends of Hamas" fiasco.

Joe said...

"...they will not see what is coming until the whole thing collapses."

Very well said. We have already fallen over the cliff. The only thing left is to crash on the rocks below.

Silverfiddle said...

This is kinda related, so please forgive me, Z, for going on a tangent.

Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein of the Simon Wiesenthal Center wrote this in an article today entitled, Are Christians the New Jews?

"Jews felt the power of conviction—of belief that if you are fortunate enough to possess the truth, you do not compromise or sacrifice it, even if it means that you continue on only as tiny fleck of mankind."

Now, I am not comparing American conservatives to a persecuted remnant, but the quote is apt.

I also realize that poisonous gas clouds like Ducky will drift in and immediately focus in on the word "Truth," but nonetheless, the core message still pertains:

Just because a ranting horde of group-thinkers says we're wrong doesn't make it so.

Z said...

Cons On Fire's right; I think rock bottom will only throw more stupid unfounded blame only on Republicans.

Silverfiddle; I think we all have but she sure did say it well.
We have to pray for that.

and you're right.."just because.... doesn't make it so"

They're a very arrogant group, liberals. They know what's best for us, they want us to do their bidding, they're always right...
and they think KOS's response is balanced :-)

This woman's 100% right. It's hard for them to swallow.

Tenmei said...
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Tenmei said...

Thank you Z for this post. I agree completely with what Ms. Hollis is saying. We have one option only, to hold tightly to our beliefs and refuse to surrender to the growing insanity in our country.

If I may borrow from history, Winston Churchill included the following in a speech on October 29, 1941:

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy."

"Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak rather of sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days — the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race."

We must believe, if we have not already surrendered to despair and madness and grief, we must believe that we can win; we can restore our land, our culture, our freedom. We can and must begin with a step in the right direction, as I believe Z does with her blog. Do what is right, and help each other however we can. We have enough precedent for inspiration. Remember Nathan Hale. Even John Kennedy said a few words worth remembering, "Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain".

Z, my words disappoint my intention but I offer them as a reminder. We ARE a free people, we ARE good people harassed by ravening dogs of expediency. Do not fear but go forth with the courage that you are right.

~ Will

Ducky's here said...

Kind of a routine article, Silverfiddle.

Interesting that he ends quoting Eliot, a hardened anti-Semite.

JonBerg said...

"there is little to no tolerance left out there for those who are bringing this country to its knees - even when they have been our friends."

How true! I have cousins, that used to be like siblings, with whom I'm no longer on speaking terms with.

Great article Z; I've shared it with many.

Anonymous said...

FROM Z:

JonBerg, I can't tell you how many Conservative friends have told me they're done with their lib family/friends because of having voted again for someone who'd taken us down such a bad path already.
They're indecent.

Ducky "routine article?" What's that mean exactly? :-)
No other way to ridicule?

You should recognize a "hardened anti-semite"..........and, in your thinking (as you always do), we write the excellent thinking off because Eliot's quoted? :-)
Life doesn't work that way, Ducky.

There IS NO PERFECTION..get it? What WILL it take for liberals to understand that?

Anonymous said...

"These are not dark days; these are great days — the greatest days our country has ever lived"

______________________________________

This part certainly doesn't apply to America today. Winston was appealing to a people who were still brave, resilient, strong, united and unafraid of the battle that had been brought to their shores and home.

We are no longer those type of people.

-FJ said...

2. It wasn't the candidate(s).

BWAH-HA-HA-HA-HA!

-FJ said...

btw - I do agree with her assessment that NO REPUBLICAN candidate could have won, though.

When you offer no PRESCRIPTION FOR CHANGE, then one monkey as president is as good as any other.

...Ryan's "finger in the dyke" plan wasn't change.

-FJ said...

9. Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst For all the blather about "Wall Street versus Main Street ," Obama's statist agenda will unquestionably benefit the biggest corporations which - as with
the public sector unions - are in the best position to make campaign donations, hire lobbyists, and get special exemptions carved out from Obama's health care laws, his environmental regulations, his labor laws. It will be the small business, the entrepreneur, and the first-time innovators who will be crushed by their inability to compete on a level playing field.


No duh! But how is putting a BIG CORPORATE statist like Romney in charge of a COMMAND ECONOMY any better than putting a BIG GOVERNMENT statist any "remedy" for the problem?

Answer? It's NOT.

-FJ said...

Until America goes back to "In G_d we Trust" and the "Invisible Hand" of the FREE MARKET, we're doomed.

It's long past time we STOPPED letting politicians "choose" America's economic winners and losers, and let the MARKET do it.

Tenmei said...

@anonymous

"We are no longer those type of people."

Really? Do you speak for yourself, or for those whose vision extends only to their clutching empty hands?

You decide each moment of each day what is true for you. It is fallacy to say "those type of people". There is only you, there is only me. Strive to be a light in the darkness, not one who eulogizes the sun.

While you have breath, there is hope, and that hope is one all tyrants fear.

~ Will

Joe Conservative said...

The message that has fallen on DEAF Republican establishment ears...

Anonymous said...

@Tenmel

"there is hope, and that hope is one all tyrants fear."...

Not with this crowd in power. It's that "hope" he sold that's making him a tyrant, suppressing freedom and selling out to our enemies.

My "hope" takes a very different route to deal with this National Emergency.

And many of our hands are NOT empty.

Anonymous said...

FROM Z:

FJ, I don't want to fight this point again but anybody who thinks Romney wasn't considerably different than OBAMA is so agenda-driven that they're not seeing the forest for the trees.

Romney's no great innovator or staunch conservative, but ANYBODY would have been better.

It's for the fact that conservatives didn't vote that we're in this huge trouble ...bigger than we would have been.

Tenmei said...

@anonymous

To the liar, Hope was a sales pitch. Ultimately we all decide to stand, with empty hands (or not), or to surrender.

Your every word is powerful. Let your words inspire hope for the future. Someone's life may be changed by the smallest of your thoughts. I feel this strongly because I am a cynic and have long fought with my own pessimism.

This mess we find around us is temporary. Progressivism is a social disease. No society ever was founded, nor can be sustained, by marxist lies. True, you and I may fall victim to such despots, but speak words to encourage, not discourage. I will try to do the same.

;-)

~ Will

Liberalmann said...

Mitt Romney was a phoney and more Americans who voted for McCain, even the dumb ones, saw right through him.

Ducky's here said...

I think she represents the "new" Republican. She mentioned Benghazi more often than Reagan.

Thersites said...

Z,

Offering Americans the choice between being "raped" or "sodomized" is hardly a "difference" worth bragging about. But thanks for pointing out that there IS a difference.

Anonymous said...

The country is in desperate of another Mark Felt...along with more Woodwards.

Anonymous said...

From Z:

FJ, if you think we're going to have a hand to head moment "AHA!" because of a Leonard Cohen song, you're wrong.

If you can prove we would have had Obama even if Republicans and other non-socialist, money-grubbing Americans had voted for Romney, please do.


Ducky, I don't think she represents the new Republican, either...most of us have felt this way for years.

Thersites; some of us deal with reality better than others, apparently.

Thersites said...

Perhaps you can tell us how Romney was planning on fixing the economy, Z.

Oh, that's right. He wasn't.

Shaw Kenawe said...

"Jews felt the power of conviction—of belief that if you are fortunate enough to possess the truth, you do not compromise or sacrifice it, even if it means that you continue on only as tiny fleck of mankind."

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.”


― AndrĂ© Gide

Lisa said...

'Reclaim America'. Sounds like a good campaign slogan.

Anonymous said...

Thersites, oh, that's right!
Romney was planning on keeping on spending, growing entitlements like Obama has, screwing our military, being in greater debt to China and not understanding that it's in times of lower taxes that we thrive.

WHAT?

Anonymous said...

Z:

Thanks, Shaw..we really need an aetheist to define Judaism? That makes sense.

Ducky's here said...

He was also a commie, z.

Z said...

Ducky? What's the point?

Z said...

I'll be gone till Sunday night.

have a great weekend, everybody.

My buddy Elmer's Brother will be deleting any vulgarity, ridiculous leftwing hubris, or anything else he feels doesn't belong here.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

My Sunday Faith Blog will be here Sunday morning. Please come by.

xxx Z

Anonymous said...

"My buddy Elmer's Brother will be deleting any vulgarity.."

My apologies in advance...buddy EB.


Sorry but I feel compelled to use some vulgarity...Bob Beckel, Obama, Axelrod, Moochele, Rahm, Jackson, Sharpton, Waters, Rangel,Cuomo, Conyers, Jordan, Kerry, Hagel, Clinton x's2 and and the "F" word...Feinstein.

Gee....I feel better now.

beamish said...

1. We are outnumbered.

Who is "we?" Romney supporters? Thank God for that.

2. It wasn't the candidate(s)

Sure it was. The GOP made a STRATEGIC error in trying to parlay the "anybody but Obama" zeitgeist into support for "worse than Obama."

3. It's the culture, stupid.

No, dumbass, it's the core ideologies and principles conservatives were supposed to "set aside and vote for Romney anyway."

4. America has become a nation of adolescents

No. America has become a nation of adolescents and preschoolers doomed to pay for the debts run up by the most useless, lazy, and worthless freeloaders to ever walk the Earth, also known as "Baby Boomers."

5. Yes, there is apparently a Vagina Vote.

And there is no Penis Vote?

6. It's not about giving up on "social issues"

Yet we were told do so and "vote for Romney anyway?"

7. Obama does not have a mandate.

Nonsense. As long as Obama's allies in the "Tea Party" controlled House of Representatives continue to finance his agenda off budget in gross dereliction of their actual Constitutional duties, his mandate is whatever the #$%@ he wants to do any day all day.

8. The Corrupt Media - is the enemy too strong?

The most watched media outlet in America is Fox News. Their reporting is insubstantial at best. They actually have hosts on who believe Mitt Romney is a conservative.

9. Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst

Only if their business model was "let's rely on government subsidies."

10. America is more polarized than ever; and this time it's personal.

Yep. Good luck winning support from conservatives for any Republican unwilling to forcefully expel Romney supporters from the party. The GOP f'ed up foisting that assclown on us. Job one is making that right. Or else.

11. It's possible that America just has to hit rock bottom.

Which is what?

Z said...

beamish, you sound like a broken record and nobody's listening. Keep it up; we lost because of people like you. A realist knows that nobody was there who could really catch on, who could get the money needed. man.


Z said...

EVERYBODY:

Did you hear that Lanny (dyed in the wool liberal but sometimes fair) Davis admits people were also threatened by the Obama WH for things he'd written in their papers?

Is the house of cards finally at least starting to fall?

is the MEDIA waking up?


nnnaaaaaaaaaaaaa but I can dream

beamish said...

beamish, you sound like a broken record and nobody's listening. Keep it up; we lost because of people like you.

I appreciate the backhanded compliment. I wish I could take credit for Romney losing. All I did was pitch in my efforts at making it more likely he would lose.

But Romney himself spent $300 million smearing "people like me" (we prefer to be known as conservatives) to make it happen.



Anonymous said...

'is the MEDIA waking up?"


Whaaaaaaat? Two itty bitty grains of sand in an ocean of media sewage? LOL

Means they're waking up? They'll be as forgotten and as crushed as Benghazi and F&F. 5 Dead Americans so far under the immoral Kenyan boy...and not one orange jumpsuit or indictment?

Quite the opposite. All involved have skated or been promoted or might have the "qualifications" for the next POTUS in 2016? Talk about corruption and bullshit.

Z said...

Anonymous, please...there are expressions that we all use and I'm right...I spend a lot of time just watching the media (all of it) and it's remarkable that two very big liberal pundits are speaking out against THE ONE. Don't kid yourself.

Anonymous said...

" it's remarkable that two very big liberal pundits are speaking out against THE ONE. Don't kid yourself.."


So...after 4 years of media whores, lies, outright corruption of the media in the sack for Obama....(Clinton had one "Lewenski" as far as we know.) all the media whores are still ready willing and able to give whatever Obama wants...more "Lewenski's".

Now we're supposed to believe it'll be any different cause two screwballs got loose?

So far the only one I've seen who's really stepped off the Obama plantation is Ben Carson...but wait...we thought the same about West and the pizzaa guy too.

Anonymous said...

Wanna hear the truth? Then ignore Shaw's blog, nothing can be further from the truth at that crap house.

Anonymous said...

Want to know the definition of a DOPE is?
Read this commenters blog.

Anonymous said...

LMAO. Z, perfect reply!

Silverfiddle said...

@ Ducky: Interesting that he ends quoting Eliot, a hardened anti-Semite.

And you guys embrace racist eugenicist Margaret Sanger, so stuff it, Canardo Quacker.

Darth Bacon said...

Left wing hubris ?
Shocking!

Darth Bacon said...

Perfect......

Thersites said...

Romney was planning on keeping on spending, growing entitlements like Obama has, screwing our military, being in greater debt to China and not understanding that it's in times of lower taxes that we thrive.

WHAT?


...Right... Democrats are much worse when it comes to spending than Republicans....

Oooops.

Z said...

yes, Thersites, according to your graph, Obama IS worse. Thanks.

And I have NEVER said Republicans didn't spend under Bush. It's not like he had a Republican Senate and House, either.
OR that Bush was such a staunch conservative.

Z said...

I hear Obama on TV in the other room...press conference to REALLY get his bully pulpit mischaracterizations known by a gullible public?

The reason I write this is because I love it when he says "by law..." as if he's lawful.
"By law, he's supposed to have had a BUDGET"

what an awful little man.


I've GOT to go get ready for this trip!

See you all Sunday! xx

beamish said...

Z,

Look at the graph FJ provided more closely. Federal spending under Nancy Pelosi's years as Speakerette of the House (2006 - 2010) peaked at $3.5 Trillion in 2009 before it started dropping. Then the far left entitlement junkies of the Tea Party took over and federal spending has leapt higher ever since. Without a budget, and absolutely zero Republican Congressmen clamoring to shut down government until there is a budget.

This is symptomatic of a larger issue than the neon glowing absurdity that is that more than one person in the GOP thought Mitt Romney was a viable candidate.

As bad as we can complain about Obama on federal spending, it is the DUTY of the House of Representatives to supply the funds to do so, and the "Tea Party" takeover of the House has not resulted in anything but a cut to the military that those far left isolationist welfare state pricks loathe so much.

Thersites said...

according to your graph, Obama IS worse. Thanks.

What about the "slope" of the lines?

beamish said...

The slope

Thersites said...

Wow. Those curves make Jimmy Carter look like the greatest president ever!

FreeThinke said...

Unfortunately we live in a world where "truth" is whatever the loudest, most persistent voice with the biggest gun says it is.

We long ago arrived in Orwell's World where the pigs walk upright and some people are more equal than others.

It's hard to believe that Almighty God, who IS Truth, could let this happen, but He gave us free will, remember. I truly believe that all our troubles come from trying to disconnect ourselves from Him.

It can't be done, so the pain we suffer from this vain struggle is excruciating.

beamish said...

Wow. Those curves make Jimmy Carter look like the greatest president ever!

Depends on the perspective really. I'm sure Lt. Peanut would have squandered America's wealth and treasure faster were there more Baby Boomers at the time old enough to vote for more debt in the future.

-FJ said...

I'm glad that you've decided to continue to pay, but righteously not collect any Social Security owed you beamish. Thanks. More for me. :)

FreeThinke said...

There's nothing like bravado,
Lawyers' use it to upbraid
No braying avocado
Could without it ply his trade!


beamish said...

I'm glad that you've decided to continue to pay, but righteously not collect any Social Security owed you beamish. Thanks. More for me. :)

You cashing in now? Better hurry up and do so while you can.

Social Security isn't a trust fund. What you paid in has already been spent. It's a transfer from worker to retiree (or worker to self-disabled meth-head, as the case may be) minus whatever the government skims out for other stuff. And that's already failing.

Annual revenue from Social Security taxation hasn't been enough to cover annual Social Security disbursements since 2009, and that gap has been rapidly widening since. In around 5 years, Social Security will begin bankrupting America almost as fast as Medicare is currently.

You can have all the more of nothing you want.

Thersites said...

I'll take 1,000 acres in lieu of payment, beamish. Just send me the deed.

Thersites said...

...but I'll get paid one way or another... with or without burning DC to the ground.

beamish said...

Molon Labe ;)