From about $700 billion to $30 billion. I would be dancing in the streets, but I am skeptical. Is this funny Washington, DC math, again? One thing is sure – our government experts do not understand national economics. But then, did they ever?
“. . . women . . . , the poll suggests . . may stay home this year. . . giving more of the decision-making to men by default. . . “:
Two thoughts came to mind as I read this: (1) For all these years, I thought women wanted to get out of the house. (2) Referring to people who would not exercise their authority, my mother’s favourite saying was: If you do not sit in your chair, a dog will. Got that ladies, about giving default authority to men.
Just think of pocket-book (“economy” for the educated types) issues. You may conclude that the Democratic party might be better. What sayeth, all you’all?
By way of full disclosure, I am a rationalist -for now it means a liberal independent with Democratic party leanings.
We need to fight the mid-week blues. Unfortunately, like phantom leg pain in amputees, even the unemployed go into this Wednesday funk. So, let us , as a diversion, imagine that Hamid Karzai loudly proclaims that he wants to root out corruption in the United States. Everybody in Afghanistan will laugh and all the camels there will, quite likely, miss the humor. Let us laugh with the Afghans – after all, we are trying to help them. If nothing, laughter might alleviate the Wednesday depression without the annoying side-effects of SSRIs.
These three instant thoughts crossed my mind, when I read the “. . . Shy[ing] . . .” headline:
1. “Your greatest strength is the weakness of your convictions” (line from the TV sitcom The Golden Girls)
2. Cowards die a thousand deaths . . . (from Indian stories on Rajput bravery)
3. It is such Democratic wimping that gave us 8 years of George W. Bush and 2 wars (based on my 40+ years as an American observer)
Obama appears to have lost his “fire”. I agree he should have done more for Main Street than for Wall Street, but he is our best bet, compared to the Republicans -especially the “ideas-bankrupt-John -A.- Boehner” types who are gleefully looking for an American train wreck. Come this November, if he becomes the Speaker of the House, then we Americans would have spoken quite unwisely.
[By way of full disclosure, I am an independent (I prefer “rationalist”, but that would require a lengthy explanation) who is more sympathetic to the current Democratic administration/Congress and think that, at least, they are weakly trying/trying weakly to help the declining middle class and the growing poor.