One of my closest friends is on the edge of closing up shop. He is despondant after nearly a decade of 12+/7 work. Yup, welcome to the brave new world. I guess he can suck hind tit for 99 weeks no? Wait, he won't because some of us won't and the self employed don't qualify.
Yeah, I am angry because all this was so utterly unecessary and such a waste. I am so glad my parents are not here to see this.
Milton was right no? Better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven?
I replied five days later, asking whether this shutdown was because of the election.
No he is upset because the election means ansolutely no chance of real growth. Just more dependancy and psychobabble about teachers, infrastructure. Some of us realize that we're on a spiral path to fiscal collapse. Where exactly do people like you and Obama think wealth comes from? Government? The nations busted and the best you can offer is the election of a feckless fool and more entitlement spending? Oh and higher taxes on the rich LOL.
I know, math is hard and reality is harder.... How about I put it in a riddle? What process results in the creation of wealth? Hint: value added?
I could go on but what's the point. The only saving grace now in the economy is the new oil boom but I am sure if you liberals work really hard you can kill that off to?
Perhaps we should try a different approach. Justify a trillion plus welfare state to me? Lets take 99 weeks of unemployment as a example? My take is, if you cannot get a job in 99 weeks your a total loser. I have been unemployed one week since I was 19. I am a engineer with decades of experience yet I would dig ditches if that's what it takes. I am not above physical work.
So justify it? Take a stab.... Can you do it? How about welfare? Really?
When its all gone who's going to pay the tab then?
I didn't think so. No, I doubt you will rebut. I was raised by a father who went from nothing with no formal education to a Fortune 500 position. AKA self made? A concept alien to the left. Oh sure we have our wealthy liberals. A enigma to me. In any event, you ever pour concrete? Split firewood? Haul lumber, sell scrap metal? No, I doubt it. I did not read your bio so I am guessing but I meet and know a lot of self made men (yes and women) and none of them are happy right now.
You can joke and laugh at the obtuse foolishness of my opinions but the reality is, I built something from nothing and I had my own dreams. Now those dreams are at risk and at my age, that is a deep concern. Obama is a fool and you are to blinded by your ideology to see it. The ruling classes are selfish morons, I mean Biden? Really? Your going to advocate Biden as a intellect to me? LOL. Biden is a ass, in fact, a amusing ass.
Here is a poem my father taught me.... I think it is says it all and is why this nation is in deep decline. The Chinese are going to build the worlds tallest building in 90 days and we cannot rebuild the WTC in 10 years, LOL. The poem is the apex of extremism. Why, I suspect I could be tried for treason for this:
I am the foundation of all business and the font of all prosperity.
I am the parent of genius.
I have laid the groundwork for every fortune in America.
I must be loved before I can bestow my greatest blessings and achieve my greatest ends.
Loved, I make life purposeful and fruitful.
I can do more to advance a youth than his own parents, no matter how rich they are.
Fools hate me. Wise men love me.
I am represented in every loaf of bread that comes from the oven, in every newspaper that comes off the press.
I am the mother of democracy.
All progress springs from me.
Who am I?
I am Work.
Lol, no spending cuts, only tax increases. The whole mess is because we're not taxed enough. Why the genius of liberal thought is astounding.
The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. Marcus Aurelius
A day later
Yeah didnt expect a response. Watching Rome burn is depressing, no?
Enjoy, some of us will never succeed to mediocrity.
November 29, 2012 Most of these messages (like, sadly, most email I get) I didn't answer, or gave brief responses. For whatever reason I did send a real answer to this one, which in fairness I quote too.
From: James Fallows
It's possible that Obama is to blame for all of your and your friend's business problems.
There are other possibilities. One of my immediate relatives founded a tech company ten years ago, with one partner. In California no less, with its onerous taxes. (It also was not involved in any way with government business or defense contracting, though it is an Internet-based company.) It has become a very substantial business and is expanding now. The same is true of another immediate relative, also based in California, who started his tech business more recently and has fewer employees. But every year he has done more business and hired more people, and in the past two months I know that he has taken more new employees than the ones you say you have laid off.
So, it could all be the fault of Obama and "the 47%" that your business is struggling. There are other possibilities too.
And his response.
Never said I was doing bad, I said a friend and no, he is not defense related. He is struggling because demand in manufacturing is at a ebb. You know, that industry that creates wealth as in, value added?
Defense is not all my business is defense either by any means.
Anyone can cherry pick examples, I know some companies that are doing well because of the new oil development (which I am sure the left hopes to end) Fine, I concede, why since your relative is doing so well the economy as a whole must be thriving as well? Why growth is just around the corner and up the shining path?
It is a matter of principle. The economy could be growing briskly if we had a sane fiscal policy, period. Instead we get unlimited entitlements and taxes. Hell, Obamacare will be a unmitigated disaster and it has not even kicked in yet.
Since government revenue regardless of rates typically average about 18% of GDP regardless of tax rates why the big push for more taxes that, unless your very mathematically challenged, will not amount to squat relative to the deficit why all the hot air about taxes on the rich? The upper 50% pay 84% or so now? I mean, what is it about reducing the size and scope of government that is so hard to accept? Why, in any world, should half the nation pay little to no taxes? They get all the same benefits of the roads, fire, police and have no skin in the game? How about everyone pay taxes? Is asking able bodied people to work a offense? Oh, well there are no jobs? Why the economy is slow? Then we come full circle no?
Since revenues never exceed 18% of GDP then why should the size of government be any larger than 18% of GDP? I suppose that is to simple. Instead we need 25, 30, 40% of GDP? I am very curious, at what percentage do you see as fair?
I see your site is now advocating an end to the 401K "subsidy".
Interesting since allowing me to keep my own money is a subsidy? I love the choice of words. It is sort of like government spending are "investments" and "budget cuts" are a reduction in increases....
The 401K I have saved in is my money so how is that a subsidy unless your pandering to the ignorant?
One of my favorite lines is "you need to give back". This implies I took something, no? So if I make a payroll and provide benefits, what did I take?
It is absurd. Really, the entire socialist dogma can be summed up in the Seven Deadly Sins.
Here is a comment from your site that sums it up well...
"That is pigdog talk from a capitalist hoarder. We need to reallocate the money from these greedy hoarders and give it to those that would spend it, which, in addition to being sound economic policy, would reduce income inequality, the ultimate goal of any federal government."
Such brilliant thought. It must be interesting to play host to thinking so astoundingly profound as this. The amount of grey matter devoted to this comment might equal the solar mass? I especially love the last line. Imagine the shock to discover that the goal of the federal govt is not to protect and uphold the natural rights of men but income inequality...
LOL, what the hell does income inequality mean anyway? Really? LOL, if not so feckless it would be funny. Is this implying that we should ALL make the same amount of money?
Or is this Norwegian for "nobody has to much and nobody has to little"? All this inequality crap is predicated on envy (one of those sins, no?).
Why, yuk yuk, "if Romney wins well be working in the fields again"? Sigh, this is pointless.
December 2, 2012
Might be interesting to note. In the last days of Rome the number one export was dung....
December 5, 2012
I am sure this is lost on your readers, maybe you but I found it interesting since you talked about your relative.
Why is keeping the fruits of our labors a sin. Please tell me because I am to stupid to understand.
You mocked me about John Galt..... Have you considered the consequences if I am right?
December 7, 2012
I apologize it I write to often but:
Since math is hard, when is your party going to step up to the plate and accept reality? We're broke and taxes ain't gunna fix it?
Why is reality so impossible to swallow?
Dec 13, 2012
Being a extremist is hard work, LOL, it means having to wake up every
day and face something called reality.... I feel OK though because I
know Obama cares. He really cares about me, right?
January 16, 2013