Archive for July 7th, 2010

Just some friendly advice for my fellow liberals.

Jul 07, 2010 in Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives, Disappointing Dems

When the chairman of the RNC slips up and admits Afghanistan is a foolish mission, don’t sound like a Republican peddling old excuses for Bush. Support him, say he’s got the right idea. Observe who he pissed off most: neocons.

Obama has set things up so that he won’t be held to a course until he makes a choice. Yes, it’s supposed to be July 2011, but if he wants to stay, he will. If he wants to roll into the election owning the Afghanistan war, that shit won’t fly. The “I’m against dumb wars” guy will be coming back to us with a dumb war on our hands.

Meanwhile, “sober” expectations of Pentagon cuts range around 30 billion in a few years. 30 billion? It’s better than nothing, but it’s hardly a dent in the spending problem. We need to scale down the war and military spending, and every voice helps, because it needs to be a bipartisan consensus to ever happen.

-hw

Another skull added to my trophy cabinet…

Jul 07, 2010 in Politics

Sometimes I just have to go over to CPST and knock’em around a little bit. Real wingers can only handle a few exchanges of actual point-counterpoint debate before they descend into some noisy attacks and declare, “I’m outta here!”

Deceit is their inspiration, deception is their intention, presumption is their method, and fabrication is their first resort. Previously, I thought it was a reading comprehension problem, but that’s not it. Than I concluded it might be the result of a modern public school education. But that’s only part of the problem. Now, I see it’s just plain dishonesty masquerading as stupidity. Technically, they may not actually be all that stupid, but they wear the fool’s mask in order to cover their dissimulations. I’m largely through playing straight man with liars and posers. My patience is running thin, my time here may not be long, and I’ve got other fish to fry.

That’s the sweet sound of winger surrender. They literally cannot admit defeat, so when they’re out of answers, they run out the door calling names. From the ISCA bbs to newsgroups to blogs, the trend remains the same. I stand there, a rock that they break against, with the last post of real substance. Of course, they scream and claim they are great and I am terrible, etc., but without the goods it lands like baby punches. They tickle me.

Oh, for bonus points I toyed with a 9/11 truther, blubonnet. My habit of not suffering fools lightly does tend to result in a lot of skewered righties, but I’ll eat a truther for breakfast any day!

-hw

Sacred cow chainsawed.

Jul 07, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives

Rightwingers, plug your ears! (tip: Sullivan)

Plenty of European countries have markets about as free as those in the land of the free. Look at the ratings provided by the annual Economic Freedom of the World report, co-published by the Cato Institute. On four broad categories of economic freedom — legal structure and security of property rights; access to sound money; freedom to trade internationally; and regulation — the United States was slightly “freer” than Sweden, the United Kingdom, Austria, Finland, and Switzerland. Meanwhile, Ireland, the Netherlands and, by a wide margin, Denmark were found to have freer markets. Note that the two highest scorers have two of the biggest welfare states in the world — which just goes to show that blurring issues of regulation and redistribution, as Brooks tries to do, leads to intellectual confusion.

Co-published by the Cato Institute? And they didn’t automatically plug America into the #1 spot? Traitors!!!

This is good too:

A 2001paper, “Why Doesn’t the United States Have a European-Style Welfare State?” by economists Alberto Alesina, Edward Glaeser, and Bruce Sacerdote, provides powerful evidence that race is at the center of the story. There’s a strong negative relationship between a country’s racial heterogeneity and its levels of social spending, and within the U.S., states with larger black populations spend less on welfare programs. “Americans think of the poor as members of some different group than themselves, while Europeans think of the poor as members of their group,” the paper concludes.

Two words: Welfare queens. The GOP is still convinced that there’s lazy darkies out there getting all their tax money; it’s one of their animating beliefs. Whether aid has positive benefits or not, whether it’s good for the country or not, the (white) identity politics prevail.

-hw