Whenever I don’t post much, or don’t post on serious topics much, it’s an indication of something. I’m not sure what it’s an indication of, necessarily; sometimes I’m frustrated, sometimes angry, sometimes busy, sometimes fill-in-the-blank. The best word to describe me lately is “numbed”, I guess, as regards the state of this country. It’s a numbness produced by shock at what is taking place. For one thing, George W. Bush is selling us down the river. It’s utterly astonishing to me that this administration has willingly presided over what looks like the rapid socialization of our economy. $700 billion in loans to banks that have messed up and done stupid stuff (then again, in some cases, the fault lies squarely with our own government for imposing stupid, counterproductive regulations on the banks in the first place). Now this ridiculous automotive bailout (which thankfully failed in the Senate last evening), but of course the Bush administration is talking about taking money from the $700 billion and shoving it to the “Big Three”. No…when we bail out failure, we get more failure, a basic economic concept (shoot, it’s not even “economic”; if you pay ransom for hostages, you get more hostages!) that you get what you’re willing to pay for/reward. Rewarding incompetence and greed will breed more of the same. No, the “Big Three” need to go Chapter 11, and to be restructured in such a way that the UAW doesn’t have the clout.

I’m sorry, I’m rambling; put it down to the numbness. But I’d never have believed that this administration would sell our country down the river like it has. Though I’m not looking forward to an Obama administration, I am looking forward to the end of this administration. As I heard Glenn Beck say in searching for a silver lining to Obama’s election, at least we won’t have to keep saying, of a supposed “conservative”, “no, that’s not conservativism; no, that’s not either; no, that’s not what conservatism stands for.” I’ve defended this president in a number of ways over the last eight years, and still will on some items, but frankly, I’m done with him. What is this country coming to???

UPDATE: The president of the UAW blames Republicans for thwarting the $14 million auto bailout.

Well, I certainly hope so…

UPDATE II: Jennifer Granholm, the mediocrity that the state of Michigan has elected to the governorship in that state (twice, I think; sorry, but we get the government we deserve), says that it’s un-American to have voted against the Big Three bailout.

How despicable. Miz Granholm wouldn’t know “American”, apparently, if it bit her in the backside.


  1. Graham on December 20, 2008 at 10:51 am

    It was, after all, a Conservative party Prime Minister, Ted Heath, who in the early 1970s decided to throw taxpayers’ money left, right and centre at failing industries.

    Within 5 years (there was by then a Labour Government following the same route), interest rates had gone from 5% to 15% and unemployment had doubled.

    In those circumstances Lady Thatcher is needed to sort out the mess.

    • Byron on December 20, 2008 at 1:39 pm

      Lady Thatcher busy these days? Seems like we could use her over here.

    • Byron on December 20, 2008 at 1:40 pm

      Oh, and Tricky Dick Nixon was doing some preposterous and anti-conservative things about the same time as Ted Heath.

  2. Don on December 29, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Yep, and I believe you were playing Little League..

  3. Flash McDirt on December 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    That’s back when he was training for his first run at the International Tiddly Winks Championship

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