does it take to make a hockey stick? Twelve, apparently. -- J. Hansford
Motion is not progress
"Hasty innovation may be a devouring conflagration, rather than a torch of progress." ---- Russel Kirk, "The Conservative Mind" 1953
Sharing the poorth
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." -Winston Churchill
"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session." -Mark Twain (1866)
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."
“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”
-- Thomas Jefferson
Basic populist government economics
"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.
You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
~~ The late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931- 2005
Which came first, the reality or the representation?
“More and more accustomed to testing reality by image, we will find it hard to retrain ourselves so we may once again test the image by reality. It becomes ever harder to moderate our expectations, to shape expectations after experience, and not vice versa. For too long already we have had the specious power to shape ‘reality.’ How can we rediscover the world of the uncontrived?” --- Daniel Boorstein
Now, remove 8 zeros and pretend it's a
. Annual family income:
. Money the family spent:
. New debt on the credit card:
. Outstanding balance on credit card:
. Total budget cuts:
Sort of brings the issue "home" doesn't
Yahyah, I hear it. "You can't compare the national budget to a family budget. Unexpected things come up and the country has to invest in the things that will drive the economy in the future (like broadband)." So, when is enough enough? Eventually we will be one disaster over the amount some far east country is willing to lend. Maybe it's time to start charging premiums for disaster relief, since everyone seems to think it means "just like it never happened." Since when did we start expecting the government to kiss the calamity booboo and make it all better?