I’m not exactly procrastinating doing the things that must be done today, I’m just saving them till I’m REALLY READY so they’ll be as good as they can be. So, while I eat this pizza, here’s some stuff that’s been cooking in the noggin…
First, let’s get the political stuff out of the way, because it’s always the least inspiring. Can we just talk about the fact that Elizabeth Warren wants to expand Social Security? And she has a two-pronged approach apparently, driven by the maths: tax the wealthy more, and bring more people into the system, which this piece (probably rightly) assesses as a nod to immigration reform. But here’s the problem: this cabal of the “wealthy” is getting poorer every day in an economy that doesn’t favor them and taxes and regulates them to the point that they may not make their remaining wealth available to be taxed in the various ways that can be done. And adding more people into a system like social security — where people have been paying their fair share for years in the hopes of getting something back in the end — just means those new people, very likely pretty low earners, are not going to be adding to the system as much as they will be burdening the system. But that extra tax on the still-maybe-kinda wealthy should make up the difference? This is an absurd notion. Think of it this way. Let’s say you’re a farmer and, for whatever reason, you lose one of the 5 people you sell to (maybe they went out of business because you overcharged them so much for your yield, and they were forced to pay because there was no other supplier of your product in town, that they ultimately couldn’t pay their bills with what they were making selling your product) so that revenue is no longer coming to help you sustain the farm. So you decide to do two things: charge the remaining stores more for your yield (and they see from the example of the store that went out of business that your product doesn’t give much back to them in terms of real dollars so that’s not all that appealing for them) AND have a few more kids to help work the farm so that you can increase your crop size a little to produce more of your product (that’s still not lucrative) that you can then sell more of to the stores at that same higher price to make up for the lost revenue of the out-of-business store. But guess what? Babies cant work just yet. They’re just going to eat and consume for the first several years and maybe, given enough time, they’ll give back to your farm system enough to grow the size of your crop, but some of that revenue you plan on bringing in will go to feeding them — and now their kids. And you still haven’t made the purchase of your product all that appealing to the stores because you haven’t lowered the price for them — because you want YOUR lost revenue, dammit! It’s a wonky example, but all that is to point out that if you try to make people poorer by taxing and regulating them to death (or overcharging them for a product they can’t recoup the cost of), it is logically inconsistent — and dare I say crazy? — to rely on them to be a source of revenue to you in the long run. For one, they’re poorer. And for another, they’re going to stop doing business with you if they can. And adding more people into a system to help grow it, unless they are immediately putting in enough to develop a one-to-one ratio of putting in what they will eventually use, you’re going under pal. Collectivism, along with dehumanizing the individual, is also really bad business. And this is the lady that there’s already rumbling might be a Presidential contender. Geesh.
Speaking of bad business, and not to sound like a traitor because this isn’t terrible for me personally, but the bureaucracy doesn’t produce anything…except more bureaucracy. So I’m not sure throwing the entire economy at it is the wisest investment. But this one’s on you people of America…it’s all about how you vote. We can talk more about that later.
Yeah, I’m not so harsh with Winfrey on this one because I (think) I know what she meant by this, but the racism thing is out of control. Everybody needs to watch this scene from the hilarious and underrated movie Boomerang:
And I’m leaving it there.
My friend/editor wrote a nice piece on the weird old guard conservative dislike of libertarians thing. It’s a good piece and, I think, an important one, because if we keep on mean girl bitching about each other and not letting the Rand Pauls sit with us because he’s wearing sweatpants, we don’t have a chance conservatives. Especially when some of the complaints are, read the piece, not exactly true.
And we have to get on the same page people because it’s really, really bad. This article made me really angry. And, progressive children who sang and danced behind all this pied piper nonsense, I’m trying really hard to forgive you. I have to watch this frequently and remind myself why that’s a good thing.
This guy is set as a google reminder so I know never to read his trash. Was that what you were after Politico?
Okay, now the fun —
The black jaguar is my spirit animal:
So I nearly fell out when I saw this sweatshirt. Cheesy? Probably. But I would wear the hell out of to dance class and maybe even out because I can see it with a pair of dark jeans and a black blazer. I don’t need you to like my style.
Whoa. Thank God for centripetal force I guess.
As usual, something good for the Southerners. All about how we self-identify the way we do. And it is a weird thing — I’ll be Southern till the day I die, no matter where I live or for how long, no matter what some old book — probably written by a Northerner — says.
Now this looks more like the Muppet movies I remember as a kid. Can ya picture that? (You win if you get that reference)
Oh dear God but I love a good sandwich.