The new job is keeping me really, really busy. So busy, in fact, that posting anything bordering on semi-rational will be a challenge. But here goes nothing…
Tiger Woods’s confession/press conference was predictable. Period. He said all the right things to calm the corporate body, and sets up a return to golf in the future. That in itself is minimizing the damage that he has done to his marriage, to his wife, and to his children. In other words, it was a self-promoting selfish display. There are a few lessons to be learned from Tiger’s example:
First – It doesn’t matter how rich, successful, or admired you may be, you may not be a happy person. Some of the happiest people I know are salt of the earth, hard working people that don’t have much money. Having fame & fortune does not equate to happiness.
Second – Never build your heroes or examples around sports figures. Instead, be a hero to your kids, and be the example to be followed (if you are a sports personality, then toe the line or be tomorrow’s headline).
Third – It’s more of a question – Why are people only sorry for their actions when they get caught? Why not before?
As I stated in a previous post, I didn’t think that Obamacare was dead with the election of Scott Brown. I just had that feeling that the Democrats were going to push for it somehow.
So now the Campaigner in Chief is going to publish and push for his vision of Healthcare, truly making it the Obamacare Mandate. With the fumbling of Healthcare legislation by Pelosi and Reid, the “one” is going to take over. Supposedly, the proposal is to be published on-line on the White House, and the reconciliation process is to be televised. Where was any of this when Congress was meeting behind closed doors and making deals?
But regardless, I somehow don’t think that a government mandate into health insurance coverage is going to fly with the American people. There are enough rumblings out there that the President and Congress should be paying attention to, but aren’t. As Mitch McConnell stated:
Using reconciliation would be an acknowledgment that there is bipartisan opposition to their bill, another in a series of backroom deals, and the clearest signal yet that they’ve decided to completely ignore the American people.
And yet, in the meantime, the economy and the loss of jobs weighs heavily on everyone. The Obama solution is an insane policy of spending to prosperity with pubic funds and heavy borrowing against those funds. An author, David Warren, says this from the perspective of our neighbor to the North:
Canadians tend to feel smug about this, for we look south at a fiscal catastrophe that had nothing to do with us. For the last generation, we have been trying to claw our way back to budgetary conditions before Pierre Trudeau broke the bank. This had once seemed a small price to pay for his "just society" (or "just watch me"). Surely it was worth mortgaging our children’s future, and that of their children, and children’s children, for the transient privilege of being governed by such a man. (I can still hear the erotic screams of the women, from the 1968 general election, as Trudeau passed by.)
By about 1984, we had had enough. Michael Wilson balanced the operating account, then Paul Martin balanced the overall budget, and today Jim Flaherty tries to keep the federal debt "shrinking" in proportion to national income. (Of course, the debt itself grows and grows.)
We feel smug because we are watching President Barack Obama do for the United States what Prime Minister Trudeau did for us — although in their case, on top of what Obama’s predecessors did. The U.S. national debt now exceeds $12.3 trillion in a $14.2 trillion economy, and the U.S. government is now piling it on with unprecedented new deficits. The U.S. Treasury’s borrowing requirement is, as it were, coming up against the Great Wall of China.
Little things, such as the heart of the U.S. space program, are being gutted to make way for metastasizing social security entitlements and debt service payments that will soon swamp the entire federal budget — thus requiring the elimination of more little things such as the army, navy and air force. At some point the entitlements simply can’t be paid, without hyperinflation.
I am not exaggerating. The American debt is now at levels that ring bells at the International Monetary Fund. And as the world’s biggest debtor rapidly accelerates its borrowing, the fiscal carrying capacity of the rest of the planet comes into question.
Several generations of our grandchildrens’ future earnings are going to be needed to pay off the massive debt that the Obama administration and Congress have saddled the country with. And it will continue forever because our government will continue to allocate increasing levels of spending in future years for this, that, and the other. Governments tend to grow, not shrink. Thus, the 800-lb gorilla that will beat us to death unless we feed it…
So much for change…
h/t to Conservative UAW Guy for finding this.
And I’m still waiting to see what the jobs bill is supposed to cover in addition to what the Stimulus Bill didn’t. I fully expect to see pork sandwiches slathered with mustard in it.