Friday, December 5, 2008

Smells like Recession, Top 20 Politicians

Today our illustrious President gave a news conference saying that we were in a recession, he wishes us the best of luck, and then walked off without taking any questions of guff from anyone. It's funny how we have to have an official announcement to know if we are in a recession or not, and did Fed chief Paulson just want to keep it a secret while announcing all of the other bad news?

By now it may have sunk in that economics is more akin to philosophy or astrology than resembling any kind of hard science. There sure are plenty of fingers pointing in every direction at the factors that contributed to our current economic meltdown. Each argument seems right depending on your political filter. If you really want to delve into it, click on the link to the left for the Financial Times of London. Just remember: there are lies, there are damned lies, and then there are statistics!

Areas we can find money to help the economy are, stopping the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that currently cost 288 billion per year, cutting nuclear weapons cost 21 billion per year, the cost of the war on drugs 70 billion per year, and the amount added to the budget by legalizing drugs that currently comprise a black market economy, 350 billion per year. The total is 729 billion dollars that can help pay for the bailouts and economic recovery, maybe even balance the budget in a few years. Then, our local police can focus more on important services like tossing foreclosed mortgagees out on their butts and their belongings out on the sidewalk...

Ben Cohen, on his website the Daily Banter, has created a list of the Top 10 Republicans that should immediately leave the public scenery. He got so much flack from right wing whiners that he decided to create a Top 10 Democratic list. At number 1 and number 10 is Joe Lieberman, who represents just about everything wrong there is in a politician, who tries to suck up to whomever he thinks will be in power, and constantly is misjudging. The voters in his state should kick him out on his butt come next election and replace him with someone who is Black/Hispanic, female, and a gay evangelistic under 30 years old..

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