Archive for April, 2010

Don’t cry for me, America

April 27, 2010

Found this PowerPoint presentation courtesy of KOA’s Mike Rosen.  I’ve converted it to video to make it web-friendly.

Are we following in Argentina’s footsteps?


George Carlin, meet Earth Day

April 27, 2010

A little palate cleanser for all the righteousness surrounding Earth Day.  Profanity warning!

Reflections on the Tax Day Tea Party

April 17, 2010

While attending the Fort Collins TDTP, one of the speakers mentioned the movie I.O.U.S.A. (view the short version here).  After watching this, it is shocking how much has changed since the film was made (2007 or  2008).  The deficits the movie predicts to occur in the 2030s now appear to be arriving around 2020.  This is not good news.

While many tea party supporters would like to see smaller government and lower taxes, history tells us it simply is not going to happen short of a catastrophic event that breaks the link between the governments at all levels and those dependent on the dole.

Here are options on the table for paying for government programs, ranked in descending order of political palatability (as I see it):

  1. Borrowing
  2. Tax increases
  3. Cutting services
  4. Cutting benefits

Let’s look at these separately.


The coming collapse

April 3, 2010

Check out this column.  When Moody’s announces that the US is approaching the point of losing its AAA bond rating, you would think the implications of this would be headline news.  The government is facing the prospect of paying much higher interest rates to refinance the current debt and borrow even more.  Of course, there is always the option of selling the debt to the Fed and stoking the fires of hyperinflation.  It’s going to be a fun ride!

“I don’t worry about the Constitution”

April 2, 2010

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) is the epitome of a progressive.  This is what to expect as we become a nation of men, not a nation of laws.

Followup to my editorial

April 1, 2010

Most of the comments in reply to my Coloradoan editorial amount to little more than bashing of one side or the other.  Here is one I felt it would be worth responding  to:

Mr. Anderson,  You should get the correct facts before you post. I know that is impossible for the right, but at least give it a shot.

My reply:

OK, I’ll bite. Here’s your chance to refute what was in the article, if you can. Are you capable of debating a topic without resorting to insults?  Time to put up or shut up.

It will be interesting to see if BlogOut can respond without foaming at the mouth!

Update #1: No reaction so far, so I’m guessing that the Coloradoan site doesn’t contact posters about replies.  I sent the following to BlogOut via private message:

In reply to my editorial, you assert that I didn’t check my facts.  I have issued a public challenge in the comments for you to state what you think I have gotten wrong.  Have at it!

Update #2: BlogOut responds!

I was so unimpressed with your post, I don’t even remember what it was about.   Sorry.

What a wanker!

We’re in the very best of hands

April 1, 2010

Oh my.  Do we really want to let guys like this run our lives?