Random ramblings of a mind damaged by years of disuse and abuse. Also a place to go to be bored to tears.
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Words to live by...
"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."
(The right to looseness has been officially given)
"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."
Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Oh Look! Another Kerfuffle
Just a thought: If you or I lie to the federal government, it's a felony. If the government lies to us, it's called "politics" and completely legal.
Woodward is in the news this week. It seems he had the audacity to to
do two things: point the finger at Obama over sequestration and to take a
comment by Gene Sperling (Obama economic advisor) as a threat.
an email after a testy exchange between Woodward and Sperling, Sperling
apologized for raising his voice and said that Woodward would regret
saying that Obama was "moving the goalpost" in relation to the possibility of a deal regarding the sequestration. Sperling's actual words
are: "I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will
regret staking out that claim."
This is a non-issue, a
distraction, something to divert attention. I don't see it as a threat
at all but more as a suggestion that the White House will be able to
avoid blame and that Woodward might feel some embarrassment in having
made the claim. As the youths of today say, "meh", it isn't a big deal,
not even newsworthy.
The White House's take on sequestration is
that they thought it up, perhaps, but never intended for it to go this
far and that it is all the Republican's fault. Maybe. But actions
often do have consequences and most of them are unintended.
think what the White House wanted was for Republicans to fold completely
under the threat of sequestration and wimp out on demanding cuts while
accepting tax increases. They did initially but suffered a backlash for
doing so. And when part II of the sequestration drama began to play out,
they have decided to call Obama's bluff.
I also think the public is supportive of that tactic.
the average American does not get the raise he expected, he doesn't go
to his boss and demand the raise he wanted. He goes home and tightens
his belt; he adjusts his budget to suit the reality of his paycheck. And
he doesn't understand why Washington doesn't do the same.
sequestration does not mean that budgets will actually be cut. That is,
it does not mean there will be less money spent in the next year than
has been spent this year. It means that the increase in the amount of
spending will be lower than what is desired by Washington.
this crying of late that the danger of sequestration is in the lack of
discretionary control over the reductions in the growth of spending is
also simply a diversion. A red herring, if you will. So that blame can
be put on the Republicans for not acting (meaning "not caving"). There
was nothing preventing the Defense Department and all others potentially
affected from moving money around in preparation of the pending
sequestration. Instead, it was "business as usual" as the assumption was
that the Republicans would cave (as they have for decades) and spending
would continue as before.
I think the public is truly fed up
with these games that Washington plays and is ready to see this played
out and the bluff called.