The Teabag movement is like a wave sweeping the country. Ride the wave, count the votes and get elected. I listened to several Tea Party home town meetings and it was summed up by one moderator, “We will stand behind you [the Congressman having the town meeting] in making those cuts in spending.” What these town hall meetings lacked in youth, they more than made up for with participants my age or older. When it comes time to make cuts; out comes a list of things that can’t be cut. That there, gives you an idea of how serious the concept of cuts are. Of course, the cuts I deem reasonable are not the ones my neighbor agrees on, so how do we cut any program? The solution was simple, until we tried to implement it.
Then we have an 8 trillion dollar commitment guarantee to save the Fanny and Freddie GSE’s (prop up property prices). Add to that, about 4 trillion in insurance guarantees to bail out the banks, some of which are “too big to fail.” Actual out of pocket so far, is a vague amount. It is kind of like throwing a party on a budget. When you see the estimated bill, for 10 cases of vodka, two hookers and 1000 condoms, you know the party isn’t going to be as advertised; expectations for the hookers were set a tad too high.
Let’s move to Egypt. The people there think that they have overthrown a dictator. I can’t quite figure that out. The dude Mubarak was 82 years old. All they had to do was pop a paper bag behind his back to induce heart failure. I think all this guy wanted to do, was die in office and get the tribute of a free State funeral. It’s not like he needed to kill a few more people to keep the regime going. The country has been a dictatorship since 1958. The youth of the country think that things have changed and they are now in control, the naivety of their thinking will be tested very shortly. The Egyptian military still runs the country.
So where are we now? Everyone wants change, but the money needed is not there. We can have less, but not more. The Well is dry. Obama proposes a budget of 3.7 trillion dollars with a savings of over 1.1 trillion over 10 years (I guess the savings are all in the 10th year). Tax collections this year are about 2.1 trillion. Here we have a President standing up and announcing a budget that is underfunded by 1.6 trillion dollars claiming a savings of 1.1 trillion over 10 years. The real implied statement here is that the President thinks the general population is dumber than a sack of rocks. I don’t have any problem with that; I think he’s on to something. I get irate for being grouped with the Hoi Polloi (the sack of rocks).
Our political representatives have promised us that lobster and steak dinner and believe it or not, they are going to serve it to you at McDonald's. It looks like three card Monte and selling well know bridges are passé. I’m getting hungry, let’s go to McDuck's for Surf and Turf!