Donkey Punch

I’m pretty sure the Donks misread the message of the “anti-austerity” movements in the EU. Perhaps those movements are more accurately called the “fear of austerity” movements because, as Investor’s Business Daily notes, no EU austerity packages ever were enacted, only “stimulus” packages were.

If you listen hard, you will hear the same bitching and moaning that comes from the OWS crowd. Gimme. Gimme. Gimme. You have it, I want it. You hear the same thing every day in any kindergarten. Waaaah! But you promised! I want my nanny [state]!

We all know how well that has worked out for them – first Nancy Pelosi and team were their ideological soulmates, now Team Donk has forgotten how to spell “OWS”. Remember when we debated the good Dr. Karpf? Good times…good times.

I said then that:

Because they now know that this is yet another issue manufactured to help re-elect Obama, one that isn’t catching on. Obama and the Democrats who endorsed these fools don’t have to worry, though – #OWS will be flushed down the memory hole before you know it – purged from the TV and the front pages.You watch – by Thanksgiving, this “movement” will be relegated to the police blotter on page 27.

Now the OWS kiddies can’t even get arrested…oh, wait…that was then, this is now – now they can get arrested. Life is funny that way when you run with a pace of asses.

Well, the Democrats think that this is a good sign for them. Your humble servant (me) remains unconvinced.

From the Washington Examiner today:

Democrats say that the angry, anti-austerity elections this week that saw voters throw out reform-minded French and Greek leaders could be good news for them, a signal that their plan to spend billions more than the Republicans is a vote winner.

Those elections “confirm the position that many of us have taken, which is the most important thing right now is to sustain and nurture the very fragile economy,” said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., the ranking member of the House Budget Committee.

“While we have to develop and implement a long-term deficit reduction plan, we should be very careful in designing that, that we do nothing to hurt the fragile economy. In fact we believe that we should make some additional investments,” he added.

For example, he’s pushing for the passage of a massive $50 billion-plus infrastructure spending bonanza offered by President Obama, as well as spending on education, science, research and Middle Class programs. The reason: it would inject money into the economy and cut the 16 percent unemployment in construction and fix roads and bridges.

What’s more, Van Hollen, at a newsmaker breakfast to promote the Democratic alternative to the GOP budget plan, said that the Republican idea to “cut and grow” to economic prosperity is akin to the type of tight-fisted plan the people of France and Greece rejected this week in dumping President Nicolas Sarkozy and Karolos Papoulias.

OK, stay with me here. The EU has had the same tax, spend and borrow cycle going on for years. Their national government’s share of those economies has been steadily increasing over this period. Countries like Greece, Portugal and Italy heaped government largess on the populace resulting a lesser need for that population to produce, thereby reducing the amount of tax money coming in, increasing liabilities (debt) and then borrowing from the till like John Corzine to keep kicking the can of DOOM! down the road.

But the Day of Reckoning came earlier than planned. Doom! is here. Now ledgers must be balanced, commitments kept and debt settled.

But they can’t. There is no money. That is an easily observable fact.

If government spending truly is stimulative, the EU should be the Land of Perpetual Orgasm. It isn’t. It is more like the Land of Infinite Erectile Dysfunction. (Greece is more like the Land of Premature Ejaculation, they do tend to go off half-cocked, so to speak.)

So, tell me again what part of “let’s just spend a lot more and see what happens” is a good idea? Chris Van Hollen is 1) a fool, 2) an idiot, 3) a partisan “progressive” jackass or 4) all of the above.

The real lesson here is that euro-socialism in a European style social democracy is just as unsustainable as the communism of the USSR.

It isn’t the way forward.

Jackasses are called jackasses for a reason.

13 thoughts on “Donkey Punch

  1. Maybe some deeper analysis?

    Let’s see- france elected it’s first “socialist” in what, 3 decades? A “socialist” who won much of the far right vote by promising to persue anti muslim and anti immigrant policies- as opposed th the moderate right Sarkozy who had wildly supported islam and immigrants while denouncing republican and christian indoctrination.

    The answer is not so simple. There is the old line from John Alberg- “Absolute power corrupts absolutely” and we have seen that, and its consequences in governments around the world in recent years- regardless of their political bent. We have seen economic collapses in everything from strongly capitalist to strongly democratic sociaist societies.

    So maybe, just maybe, the root of the problem is NOT in the politics. But in the people. As an employer, and a workaholic, I have seen a steady…well…increasingly rapid decline in americans that are actually willing to work. There is a sense of entitelment that has nothing to do with government- but that we are americans, and we DESERVE a large house, new cars, 56″ flat screen TV with 800 channels, a smart phone so we can watch cats licking their balls on youtube… And as much as I may have issues with it- it is 9 times out of 10 immigrants who come to me with not only the skills, but the work ethic to do the job. And this has nothing to do with wages- I pay WELL above the industry average, and provide extremely good benefits. In my field I need people with both skills and the willingness to get the job done in a timely and professional fashion (and we are talking well above average base salary, and 30++ hours a week overtime at time and a half or double time)) . And I have a really hard time finding americans who are up to it.

    I’ll be the first to agree- some socialist programs have gone to far. But I see much ofthe same sense of entitlement among our youth regardless of political spectrum. it’s the american dream gone awry.

    I don’t know…it’s easy to pick scapegoats. But if the people don’t take a good long, hard look in the mirror I don’t think it matters one iota who is “in power”.

    • It is also easy to pick causes.

      Governments are made up of what again? That would be people. Politics follows culture, not the other way around. The EU is socialist because their people want to be socialist, so in this sense, the people and the government are the same.

      Thinking that government and social policy doesn’t matter is willful ignorance. People also respond to stimuli, if they didn’t, advertising wouldn’t work, so maybe feeding at the government trough is an incentive to do less, to work less.

      I don’t dispute that our relative societal affluence has made us soft. My kids did not work like I did because they didn’t have to. That is part of it – but for many people, they expect this level of relative ease to continue, so it is easy to turn to government for relief.

      Socialist states promise much to their citizens, they are far more prone to widespread misery when they can’t ring the bell.

      France has not been “right wing” as compared to the US, they have always leaned left even when they had a “right” leaning government.

      • Ah…but the masses are asses so to speak. One need only turn on the TV, look around at the offerings at the grocery store, walk into a wal-mart…to see how easily people are led.

        To be fair- many people around the world are too busy working and triving to support their families and have a life to be really paying attention anymore.

        But whether it is corruption in governments, corporations, or the media/entertainment industry (which are increasingly the same) the people overwhelmingly do what they are told- whether they realize it or not.

        I have spent good chunks of my life in western canada- which for decades had a strong socialist democratic bent- and it has long been one of my favorite places on earth. And the real problems there started well after the right took power.

        But the issue is NOT right or left- neither is a parfect system for an increasingly complicated world. And I don’t think any political or religious belief system is going to save us.

        I DO believe we, pretty much around the world, have “jumped the shark”. We expect too much, while expecting to do too little.

        For the record- I work 70+ hours week doing work few people in this country can do. I live in a 900 sq ft house, don’t have cable/sattelite, don’t have home phone service because a smartphone on the jobsite is indispensable, drive an early 90’s truck that is maintained impecably, have one credit card that is solely for renting cars or equipment as needed and paid off, and have 0 debt.

        And yet I look around and virtually everyone I know has thousands, if not tens of thousands of credit card debt, car payments, morgatge payments…they are living the high life and yet not only do they own nothing…they will…eventually…loose it all. And I am to believe this is the result of socialism…and not capitalism?

        • For the record- I work 70+ hours week doing work few people in this country can do. I live in a 900 sq ft house, don’t have cable/sattelite, don’t have home phone service because a smartphone on the jobsite is indispensable, drive an early 90′s truck that is maintained impecably, have one credit card that is solely for renting cars or equipment as needed and paid off, and have 0 debt.

          And yet I look around and virtually everyone I know has thousands, if not tens of thousands of credit card debt, car payments, morgatge payments…they are living the high life and yet not only do they own nothing…they will…eventually…loose it all. And I am to believe this is the result of socialism…and not capitalism?

          Do you realize you just described a conservative (as in founding fathers – not modern American conservatism) life style and then said that it has placed you in a solid financial position? I hazard to guess the rest of your life is fairly well grounded – and for the same reason.

          Now, when we look to socialist (I prefer collectivist) societies/attitudes, we find the tendency to think money doesn’t matter — and look at the problems almost universally associated with this belief.

          You seriously do not see a connection there?
          cicero quote

    • Right and left in Europe do not mean the same things as they do in the U.S. You might want to be careful with that as it will usually trip up anything you say unless you have that distinction made very clearly. (not an attack, dude, just a word of caution).

      As for your critique about the American people (European as well???), I agree – 100%. But let me ask you, please, where does that sense of entitlement come from if not from having things given to us? Looking back, I see I am less than my father because he gave me too much – and he gave me very little. Now I see I failed my kids by giving them far too much – and it shows in their attitude (MY fault). So how can it be any different if the govt. is doing the giving – if not worse?

      • Valid points. And I can’t give a complete answer…

        But I grew up/came of age during the Reagan/Bush years. And the whole american dream…well…it became augmented by the rise of the credit card.

        I don’t know- I never had more then a grand in debt, and never for more then a few weeks. But I grew up in a society where, for the first time in america, it became socially acceptable…even desirable…to live beyond your means.

        And yes- I have travelled, for work for the most part- and more or less understand the distinctions. Though to be honest, I increasingly find it hard to understand those that wrap themselves in the right/left banners at home- much less throughout europe, canada, south, and central merica…

        But then again…I was always the kid in the record store going ‘what to you mean XXX is category YYY?!?!” I wish we could get beyond the comfort zone of labels and discuss the things that actually matter…

        • Agreed on all points. And I do not claim to have all the answers, either. But I know this: having studied these issues – debt included – I have discovered they are all connected to the morality of a society (the prevailing individual moral strength of every individual within a given society) and that society’s embrace of faith. If we look to when the majority of our social ills started, we will find they all spike starting in the late 60’s – at exactly the same time we kicked God out of our schools and government and the most spoiled generation in history came of age. I will not claim causal effect, I’ll only say there is a strong correlation and I believe the two factors combined to form a ‘perfect storm’ so to speak, a storm that destroyed the moral foundation necessary to maintain a free and self-governing society.

          I simply cannot find any other explanation, and the one I have found seems to affirm everything the founders warned us to guard against. So that’s my take on the bigger picture.

  2. 2nd law of thermodynamics: everything tends to decay – to seek the lowest possible energy state. In society, that is anarchy and sloth. If you give handouts, you facilitate that decay. It is just society following the laws of this universe – nothing more.

  3. Well, I agree with your points B3 and Utah and see where Drugs is coming from also. But hasn’t it always been the American standard that you want your kids to have it better than you did as a kid?

    I know that’s what our Dad wanted for me and my brothers.

    Drugs has a point about immigrants wanting to work more than the average American. I don’t know what kind of business he’s in, but most of the immigrants in our area are doing landscaping and construction work. They also work much cheaper than I and other friends of mine in the trades. I’ve got over 30 years experience as a carpenter and I’m NOT working as a carpenter for 10 bucks an hour! That was my wage 20 years ago.

    • No, G,

      I see what Drugs is saying, and he’s correct – to a point. But give the children of these immigrants 2-3 generations of success and then let’s talk about the attitude their decedents have then. Our founders told us success breeds social decay because – like you say – we do not do what we need to do to make sure our children understand what we understand. It gets worse with every generation until tyranny takes hold. Then the tree of liberty must be fertilized with the blood of patriots; must be fought for and won at a cost so it is appreciated again. And so the cycle starts anew. It is the way of things, like with the fire/growth cycle in the West and the hibernation/spring in the north.

      It’s just that, given men have memories and brains, you would think we would learn to avoid this cycle – and some try. But others are caught in their own ignorance/arrogance. The trouble is, those are the ones who are most often convinced they are the first in history to know how to break the cycle without following natural law and, thus motivated by their ‘moral imperative’ and ‘superior intelligence/understanding,’ they lead man into atrocity instead of freedom. This is another part of the same cycle.

      At least, this is my read on history…

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