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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Whitman’s Gamble

So what’s the big whoop about Meg Whitman? I mean it’s her money, let her spend it the way she wants. Has anyone asked the ad folks, the networks, the local T.V. stations, the print shops, the campaign office landlords? Oh hell no. They just look at $100 million spent and cry EXCESS! SHE’S TRYING TO BUY THE ELECTION!!

Well now, let’s reflect. When Steven Spielberg spends $200 million over six months, writing, producing and promoting a movie that makes $600 million, we don’t hear a peep.

When we find out that Charlie Sheen makes $800,000 per episode for 2 and a Half Men, that only about 2 million of us watch, I see yawns. Or when we discover that Jay Leno makes some $750,000 every weeknight, we just wonder how many cars he will buy this month. Now that’s Leno making $100 million every six months, or so, and nobody cares.

But Meg Whitman gambles her own fortune to save the State of California from inevitable insolvency and disaster and eyes roll all over America. Well you bunch of short sighted A-holes.

Has the notion that this woman might just be willing to spend much of her considerable fortune, endure endless and baseless personal attacks, as well as have her character assassinated, all to save the state she loves, ever occurred to anybody but me? No, I didn’t think so.

How about we all just take a deep breath and let the show go on? How about we put our partisan grudges on hold, or at least into context for the next 49 days and you won’t be watching her spend any more of HER own money, so foolishly? Quite frankly, anybody that criticizes her for her efforts is just a short sighted, Liberal hack, lacking any historical perspective for her efforts.

After all, she is just attempting to do something that the Legislature in Sacramento has been trying to undo for over 20 years…save the 8th largest economy on the planet.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Talk Is Cheap

Talk is Cheap

So here I sit listening to the Sunday morning talking heads debate our sad economic existence and how we’re going to get things straightened out. Funny though, the only thing that’s being discussed is continuing or not continuing the Bush tax cuts. Hoookaayyy! Like that’s the magic bullet.

So, here I go one more time, weighing in on what a small businessman sees as the problem and solution. To keep this simple, so that even the most seasoned mouthpiece understands it, Dumbplumber is going to use a metaphor. (For the folks at MSNBC that means a figure of speech to make a point.)

Let’s say our economy is an overloaded donkey stuck in a muddy ditch. Now it’s bad enough that he is knee deep in thick goo that has doomed many before him. But this poor beast has a burden upon him that was all that he could carry, even in the best of times. (That my MSNBC loving friends is all the taxes, regulations, fees, permits, levies, duties, tributes, tolls, tithes, dues, obligations, codes, decrees, edicts, unions, ordinances, statutes, agencies, duplicitous bureaucracies, (did I mention laws?), etc., etc. AND etc..

Now, for the sake of this conversation, is where our economy is right now. So what do all the experts say to do? Well, the Right want to cut taxes and let things take their course. On the other hand the Left wants to heap more taxes, regulations (just 70,000 this year alone), and government bureaucracy on top of bureaucracy and sell it to us as job creation. Then to maintain the fa├žade of respectability, they want to borrow more trillions from China and hand it over to unions and State governments to maintain the bloated bureaucracies they already have and call it saving jobs. Oh yeah, how‘s that working for you?

The Dumbplumber hasn’t heard one word about taking the load off the donkey, getting him out of the ditch then return a load that he can pack under his weakened state. No, they just want him to magically claw himself out and keep on truckin‘, while the ‘experts’ stand on the sidelines and debate a remedy. And this Pilgrims is the difference between the Donkey and Jackasses.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Here Comes the Train Wreck

Ok, now I’ve had it. On Sunday’s Fox News Sunday, with Chris Wallace,
the first 20 minute slot was assigned to the Democrat Party head, Tim Cain, and Fox’s own Republican mouthpiece John McCain (who I’m sure has his own parking spot at Fox, as he is on it so much), each performed their shticks on America’s economy without using the words “union”, “Obamacare”, “deficit” or “national debt” once. Now a conversation about our economy without referencing the above is the equivalent of discussing global warming without mentioning the sun.

So, you’ll pardon me if I begin to doubt whether or not any of these two clowns understand just how deep in feces America is. Nevermind that if we DID roll back every spending measure signed into law in the last 18 months, we can’t continue to carry the debt and regulation we already have anyway. Of course, Cain was spouting the political tripe you would expect: “We’re digging ourselves out. Things are getting better, but not fast enough, yada, yada”. This you would expect.

But McCain!!! Not one word about any of the lunacy from Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Just McCain with his “shtop shpending”, “build the damn fench” and “America ‘ish’ angry“. Well, duh! Hey John, exactly WHY America is angry might have been informative here!!!! Doofus.

NO, America isn’t interested in the status quo. We don’t want to be led by the Party of NO. Middle America (and those that love her) wants you guys to undo about 20 or 30 years of overreaching and then go to work fixing the 30 years of un-Constitutional behavior before that. Our message to you is DO YOUR JOBS ACCORDING TO OUR CONSTITUTION AND NO MORE!!!! Stop ignoring your governing document, stop taxing and spending and stop regulating every moment of our lives. Then begin to unravel the mess left by your predecessors.

Believe me when I tell you that returning Social Security and Medicare to its roots would be a giant step forward in rebuilding your brand. And although there is NO Constitutional basis for either’s existence, we made this contract under good intentions, took the money, then ‘bastardized’ their
mission until they are not just unrecognizable, but basically just piggy banks for deadbeats and politicians.

Oh, there have been the calls for privatizing Social Security, reforming Medicare and abolishing the Education Department along with any other duplicitous bureaucracy, but those calls are already being labeled radical by both party leaders. No, we are so busy trying to stop the spending binge of the last 4 years (note, I dragged Bush in this mess), that our leaders aren’t even looking beyond the hangover.

And with the latest announcement that Mitch McConnell, senator from Kentucky, is poised to take the leadership of the Senate, I have severe reservations about the major overhaul this country needs. So, I envision the Boehner, McCain, McConnell scrum huddling up and running roughshod over the new incoming Turks and pushing them aside to spend the next two years squandering more of our money saying NO to Obama. Not exactly what America needs while it peers into the abyss.

Therefore, with the old dinosaurs at the helm, the Liberals might just be right. The leadership of the GOP has NO plan. Yes, I said it. Beyond “enough is enough”, they have no plan, except for the likes of Michele Bachmann, Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Senate hopeful Sharon Angle, only Chris Christie, governor from New Jersey, has actually taken on the Enemies of the State-- unions, bureaucracy and taxes. Other than them, I haven’t heard much from anybody else except for NO.

So unless the Tea Party and Libertarian leaning Republicans take over the Republican Party in November, you can expect more business as usual from the ruling Congress, which I doubt will take on the 70,000 new regulations enacted just in the last year, not to mentions the tens of thousands of others over the past generation.

But if there is any good news, we will have screwed ourselves so deep into the ground, those solar flares generating the magnetic storms predicted in 2012, paralyzing everything it hits, will be the least of our worries.