Category: Deep Thoughts

Penal-tax bites the single-payer loving turds

Knowing full well what the repercussions at the polls will be once Americans figure out how fucked they are by Obamacare and the taxes hidden as fines and penalties that are part and parcel of this government takeover of the healthcare system, democrats likely impacted during the next election cycle are asking for rule breaks. It looks like the law that had to be passed so people could find out what was in it, has a few seriously frightening hiccups in it that worry these collectivists that passed it:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.

Three senior House members told The Associated Press that they plan to strongly urge the administration to grant a special sign-up opportunity for uninsured taxpayers who will be facing fines under the law for the first time this year.

The three are Michigan’s Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, and Lloyd Doggett of Texas. All worked to help steer Obama’s law through rancorous congressional debates from 2009-2010.

The lawmakers say they are concerned that many of their constituents will find out about the penalties after it’s already too late for them to sign up for coverage, since open enrollment ended Sunday.

That means they could wind up uninsured for another year, only to owe substantially higher fines in 2016. The fines are collected through the income tax system.

Mind you, that I am quite sure that only an idiot should believe these scoundrels are concerned about the impact this government sponsored Leviathan has on the serfs. This faux concern is fueled solely by their self-preservation instincts. If they really were worried about how Obamacare was going to squeeze people, they would never have passed that steaming pile of shit in the first place. People are going to freak out when they realize how hard this law will screw them over come tax time. Of course, most of them will deserve the painful discovery that they are now slammed with new taxes, hiding as fees and penalties, since they were stupid enough to think other people would be paying for this “free shit”. The taxman cometh!

This year is the first time ordinary Americans will experience the complicated interactions between the health care law and taxes. Based on congressional analysis, tax preparation giant H&R Block says roughly 4 million uninsured people will pay penalties.

The IRS has warned that health-care related issues will make its job harder this filing season and taxpayers should be prepared for long call-center hold times, particularly since the GOP-led Congress has been loath to approve more money for the agency.

If we ever needed another reason to scrap the current tax system and institute a flat tax, this crap from the politically motivated IRS should make due.

Obamacare: the gift that keeps on giving.

The left must really be desperate

The desperate leftards at WaPo have written an idiotic article which seems to basically be impugning Scott Walker’s credentials to be POTUS because he of all things dropped out of college. As Donald Trump points out, this reeks of desperation when these fucking idiots have tried to make a mountain out of this molehill when they have basically conveniently ignored far more for the asshole in the WH.

You have to wonder if these people simply lack common sense, a moral compass, or intelligence. Me, I think it is all of the above. Credentialed twerps that got their indoctrination and marching orders from the marxism infested academic swamps they now want to pretend one needs a seal of approval from to qualify for success doing a desperate projection, is all we have here. Maybe these morons would love for everyone to forget that getting credentialed by the Ivy league hasn’t really served us well, while successfully kick the living shit of marxist cock suckers in a seriously blue state.

BTW, George Washington, Abe Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan, all successful presidents that accomplished great things, also had no college degrees, while the fucking douchebag Manchurian candidate now in the WH is credited with all sorts of useless academic bullshit. The left is desperate, and I am loving the tears!

UNEXPECTEDLY! They spend a shitload again

We have had discussions here about the fact that the Obama administration has presided over an unprecedented growth of deficit spending and US debt. Most of us have pointed out things are not good and heading in the wrong direction. Some have argued otherwise. This administration looks like it wanted to settle the argument once and for all:

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government ran a bigger deficit in January, pushing the imbalance so far this budget year up 6.2 percent from the same period a year ago.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for January stood at $17.5 billion compared to $10.3 billion a year ago. For the first four months of the budget year that began in October, the deficit widened to $194.2 billion from $182.8 billion during the same period last year.

The budget deficit has gradually narrowed since 2012, which was the fourth straight year in which it topped the $1 trillion mark. The improvement reflects the country’s economic recovery from recession. The government is seeing higher tax revenues as people go back to work and smaller payments for safety-net programs such as unemployment assistance. It also represents efforts by Congress to control deficits through higher taxes and across-the-board spending cuts.

First off, the AP political hacks are full of shit when they pretend there has been an economic recovery of any kind. These assholes have been playing fast and loose with the numbers for 6 years now to convince people that the idiotic tax and spend, big government nanny-state, central planned practices favored by the collectivists in charge, actually work. But the facts are that the only people doing well are the super-rich and the freeloaders. And of course the political class has really raked in the dough and drastically expanded their ability to lord it over us serfs. The middle class however, is getting hammered. The number of employed people in this country is at an all-time low, and the trending shows that it will go lower despite all the efforts to pretend otherwise. The number of freeloaders has also hit a new record, and the trending shows that it will continue to go up. The really rich, the people the left loves to pretend to hate, are raking in the cash. The country is being invaded, by design, and with help from the nanny-state entities in our government that want to fundamentally change the balance of power by making the freeloader class undefeatable at the polls. That’s “social justice” and the signs of an economic recovery for the left I guess.

Recovery my fucking ass. And the government is raking in a ton of cash in taxes despite their actions and efforts, mostly by fucking over businesses and the upper middle class. The point that should never be lost is that the left will never lower spending. These excuse makers responsible for this propaganda piece masquerading as news all but admit that they are cool with the insane jump in spending, because the tax revenue is up! The label “Tax and spend” is absolutely accurate. I bet they saw a projected 3% jump in revenue, so they did a 6.2% jump in spending. That’s what leviathan does.

We need to get rid of the collectivists and dismantle the “vote for a living” state they have created before the whole house of cards comes tumbling down.

Too big to fail uber alles!

Why would anyone be surprised to find out that collectivists pretending to be solving a financial problem opted to implement more of the too big to fail and centrally planned solution, despite the fact we have history showing this approach will lead to trouble and failure?

A new study by Marshall Lux and Robert Greene reports that since the enactment of Dodd-Frank community banks have lost market share at twice the rate that they did prior to Dodd-Frank.

The authors note that many of the regulations implemented pursuant to Dodd-Frank are not linked to the size of the institution, thus there are economies of scale in regulatory compliance. Thus, regulatory costs tend to fall proportionally heavier on smaller banks, which, in turn, tends to promote consolidation of the industry (as I noted several years ago when I predicted that Dodd-Frank would promote industry consolidation).

The study has lots of interesting data on the industry patterns of lending by various types of banks as well, most notably that large banks tend to make fewer agricultural loans than community banks.

This result was to be expected and is only news to people that believe doing the same old dumb pseudo-marxist shit will suddenly produce a different result. If anything, history, replete with examples of how this stuff fails, stagnates, and breeds inefficiency and trouble, shows us that the statists on the left believe in an unholy alliance between state and big business. In their minds it provides them with the ability to micro manage and centrally plan. That it only serves to create a monopolistic environment where innovation and cost reduction are destroyed by ever growing protectionist regulation and that the people forced to deal with these entities lose out, seems to escape these moron’s ability to cogitate.

The demcorats created the “too big to fail” entities they then successfully managed to convince an ill informed and low information based public was Boosh’s fault. Dodd-Frank upped the ante here. Those of us that pointed that out were told that it was needed to curtail evil people in the financial industry, as if the problem wasn’t with the system, the rules, and implementation of contradictory and bad regulations that encouraged the bad behavior in the first place. People should not be surprised that what we end up with will be giant unresponsive, bloated, inefficient, and costly financial conglomerates, in bed with our own government, and a system that remains fragile and prone to costly and painful implosions.

But don’t worry. The democrats responsible for the problem in the first place will be more than happy to throw oodles of tax payer dollars, syphoned from the productive, at the problem. Then they will blame the rich, the financial sector, republicans, and anyone they can conveniently scapegoat instead of themselves and their wealth redistribution schemes and scams. They will demand the right to fix the problem they conveniently blame on others, like they did when they created Dodd-Frank. And when their regulation results in even more of the same, but just on steroids, they will rub their grubby hands together and laugh at the envy and jealousy driven idiots that will go along with them yet again.

Collectivism sucks.

Real world intrudes on stupid collectivist’s delusions

My state, “The People’s Republic of Connecticut”, overrun with moochers and other blue staters that have been living large on the work of the few productive, is in dire economic straits now that its government has done what the left always does: mismanage their tax & spend agenda. So now, with skyrocketing taxes and an orchestrated class warfare campaign backfiring on them they are worried about the super rich moving:

“There are probably a handful of people, five to seven people, who if they just picked up and went, you would see that in the revenue stream,” said Kevin Sullivan, the state’s commissioner of the Department of Revenue Services.

I hope these people move. Even if the collectivists that are running the place into the ground would then just solve the problem by jacking up taxes on the middle class, yet again. It would be worth watching their anguish. How dare people do what is in their best interest when collectivists with their own idiotic agenda want things from them? And I bet that everyone of these super rich are democrat donors and voters. Fucking idiots.

It is only a failed presidency if you don’t understand the destruction is by design

Town Hall has a post up dealing with Obama’s failed presidency. Those of us that no longer remain in the dark know better. Obama has achieved a lot of what he set out to do, as he promised he would when he made the claim he would fundamentally transform America, but the problem is with the people that think he meant to improve things. To the left and Obama the only failure on their part was to not straddle us with even more destructive marxist bullshit. More fast growing debt, millions of illegals sucking at the government’s teat, millions of people unable to find work and forced to suck at the government’s tit, millions of people that have made sucking at the government’s teat their way of life, and the middle class under assault and driven to collapse by the government tax and regulatory burden, have all been bonuses to these fucking crooks. That’s the plan they had from the start, because they think we are all too stupid and in need of micro management.

Oh yeah, the LSM must be doing battlespace preparations for the coming elections as well, considering the number of articles telling us that lying is not a bad thing. Sure this is not really about politics, but this belief that lying is a good thing is part and parcel of the left’s modus operandi. Remember Obamacare? Shit, might as well say “remember the Obama presidency?”, because it has all been lies and criminal acts.

There is an agenda, and it profits them, not us

Because of the controlled and lying media in the US, which is both scrutinized and attacked by the people in power if they don’t play ball with the left and this administration, we are forced to get the facts about how fucked up things are elsewhere. Most of the time we are only able to glean the facts through the miasma of smoke & mirrors created by the LSM from the foreign press. Especially when we are talking about the economy or the economic impact of the shit done by the statists currently in charge. Case in point, and article of all things in Al Jazeera, pointing out the effects of the past six years of social justice policies by the Obama administration and the left:

The first data on 2013 incomes show continuing bad news for Americans, my analysis of a new Internal Revenue Service report shows.

Average income fell 2.6 percent in 2013, even though the economy grew 3.2 percent in real terms over 2012.

Average inflation-adjusted income in 2013 was 8 percent lower than in 2007, the last peak economic year, and 6.9 percent less than in 2000, the year President George W. Bush set as the standard to evaluate the effect of his tax cuts and regulatory policies.

This is the latest sign of a disturbing trend. An ever-shrinking share of national income flows to individuals while corporate profits expand.

Yeah, you might want to take this with a grain of salt because the report is compiled by a politically motivated attack dog of this administration that has been proven to target and attack the enemies of the state and has an agenda. And Al Jazeera, despite the fact that it was dumped by Al Gore the climate warrior to a conglomerate of oil men, also suffers from some credibility problems because of its usual anti-American agenda. But the truth is that we can glean most of these details that back up how terribly unjust these “social justices” schemes and scams the left engages in, for profit, by ourselves, and with just a little bit of research. The leftists love big business and hate small business, and the actions of the last 6 years show that. It is nothing more than that whole central planning shit that worked so well for communist countries rearing its ugly head with our credentialed elite class. The leftists in charge have pissed away trillions of tax payer dollars pursuing this unicorn, and things are worse than they were before, especially for the middle class, which they absolutely want to eliminate in their vision of what an utopian society should look like.

TARP, for example, was nothing but an attempt to keep afloat those companies that because of a couple of decades of horrible politically motivated legislations and behind the scenes encouragement to engage in horribly stupid and risky lending practices, followed by government assisted laundering of the bad paper tied to these politically motivated schemes and scams, got in huge financial trouble when the house of cards came crumbling down. Tax payers footed the bill for the obvious consequence that indubitably always follow in the wake of social engineering attempts like this one. That was accompanied by the left, under the pretense of to wanting to fix the problem they caused in the first place, and in the most self serving way possible, producing a slew of new legislation that did nothing to address the fundamental underlying problem, only to then come full circle again. Tax payers better be ready to have another trillion dollar or more bill served to them, some time in the not too distant future, to correct for the same problem that caused the previous meltdown.

Then we had the trillion dollar Porkulus bill that served to do nothing more than funnel a shit-ton of money these crooks stole from the productive to democrat friends, activists, causes, or donors. From fucking over investors in favor of their union buddies at GM to pissing away billions on shitty green projects that went nowhere, many connected democrats and democrat friends made oodles of money, often at the expense of others. Democrat politicians were then richly rewarded for that largess with fat donation checks. A ton of criminal shit happened too – check out old New Jersey’s governor Jon Corazine and how a big donation to the Obama administration let him get away with the crime of the century – and is still going on. Big money pissed away making democrat élites and their connected buddies rich.

And let us not forget Obamacare, which is by far the best example of how fucked up these “social justice” scams are, and was only passed by lying to the public at large about what the real intent was. In a nutshell, Obamacare boils down to the crooks in government that want to destroy healthcare in America – so they can finally force the single payer system they can’t get otherwise on us – getting in a temporary arrangement with the very same evil insurance industry companies they blamed for the need to this shit for in the first place. How is that working out for you, huh? Stupid and envious idiots that bought the lies about other people – particularly the rich – paying for this, are now all shocked that they are the ones getting slammed in the ass with the costs. And the high price all comes with very little to show for. Wait until this mess plays itself out to see how much damage it will do to the middle class.

I can go on and on about how horrible things are for everyone but the liberal elite and their connected friends, but you should get the picture by now. That is, unless you are one of the true believers of this collectivist bullshit cult’s “social justice” nonsense. My one consolation is, unless you happen to be one of the lucky freeloaders, that the damage being done is fucking you envious collectivist a-holes over just as hard as it is me. And even the free loaders are going to be screwed by the left’s desire to fuck us over with millions of illegal immigrants they hope will become good democrat voters in return for tax payer provided largesse.

At least my 401(k) is soaring for now because of this unholy union between the collectivists and the big business conglomerates. The problem is that might not last long either considering that these collectivists already are trying to raid the savings of the middle class to keep their unicorn on life support for a little longer.

The lesson here is that “social justice”, like many other such collectivist buzz words, is really code for criminal behavior.

The Tragedy of the Military or a Tragedy of Government

As Alex noted in his post below, there have been a number of Hollywood trolls saying negative things about American Sniper. Most have not seen the film, obviously. My understanding is that Sniper is similar to Eastwood’s earlier Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima. Both movies were respectful of the military but not “pro-war” in any sense. (They are also both very good movies, especially Letters).

It’s also not the first film with a sniper as the protagonist. The solid film Enemy at the Gates had, as its hero, sniper Vasily Zaitsev. I don’t recall the Hollywood idiotorati complaining then. I guess Communist “mass murderers” are OK. Actually, given the affection Hollywood lefties have for people like Mao and Che, we know they’re OK with mass murderers as long as they’re communist mass murderers.

In any case, the discussion about Sniper got me thinking about this recent article from James Fallows. In it, he uses recent Hollywood movies about the military as an example of the American public’s poor thinking about military matters in general:

From Mister Roberts to South Pacific to Catch-22, from The Caine Mutiny to The Naked and the Dead to From Here to Eternity, American popular and high culture treated our last mass-mobilization war as an effort deserving deep respect and pride, but not above criticism and lampooning. The collective achievement of the military was heroic, but its members and leaders were still real people, with all the foibles of real life. A decade after that war ended, the most popular military-themed TV program was The Phil Silvers Show, about a con man in uniform named Sgt. Bilko. As Bilko, Phil Silvers was that stock American sitcom figure, the lovable blowhard—a role familiar from the time of Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners to Homer Simpson in The Simpsons today. Gomer Pyle, USMC; Hogan’s Heroes; McHale’s Navy; and even the anachronistic frontier show F Troop were sitcoms whose settings were U.S. military units and whose villains—and schemers, and stooges, and occasional idealists—were people in uniform. American culture was sufficiently at ease with the military to make fun of it, a stance now hard to imagine outside the military itself.

Let’s skip to today’s Iraq-Afghanistan era, in which everyone “supports” the troops but few know very much about them. The pop-culture references to the people fighting our ongoing wars emphasize their suffering and stoicism, or the long-term personal damage they may endure. The Hurt Locker is the clearest example, but also Lone Survivor; Restrepo; the short-lived 2005 FX series set in Iraq, Over There; and Showtime’s current series Homeland. Some emphasize high-stakes action, from the fictionalized 24 to the meant-to-be-true Zero Dark Thirty. Often they portray military and intelligence officials as brave and daring. But while cumulatively these dramas highlight the damage that open-ended warfare has done—on the battlefield and elsewhere, to warriors and civilians alike, in the short term but also through long-term blowback—they lack the comfortable closeness with the military that would allow them to question its competence as they would any other institution’s.

Fallows sees this as a window into our thinking about the military. Because so few serve now, it is exotic territory to many Americans. As a result, our politics are dominated by people supporting our troops but not thinking about them too much. He argues that foreign adventures are engaged in with little thought and with supreme confidence that our soldiers can deal with whatever problems face them. Pentagon programs and the Pentagon’s budget are regarded as sacrosanct. He points out that Solyndra has gotten massive media attention but its cost is a hundredth that of the troubled F-35’s cost overruns. He argues that our distance from the military has created a “chickenhawk nation” — a nation that supports endless numerous military engagements but has little interest in either serving directly or providing the kind of critical thought military engagement deserves. And our debacles in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria reflect this.

Too much complacency regarding our military, and too weak a tragic imagination about the consequences if the next engagement goes wrong, have been part of Americans’ willingness to wade into conflict after conflict, blithely assuming we would win. “Did we have the sense that America cared how we were doing? We did not,” Seth Moulton told me about his experience as a marine during the Iraq War. Moulton became a Marine Corps officer after graduating from Harvard in 2001, believing (as he told me) that when many classmates were heading to Wall Street it was useful to set an example of public service. He opposed the decision to invade Iraq but ended up serving four tours there out of a sense of duty to his comrades. “America was very disconnected. We were proud to serve, but we knew it was a little group of people doing the country’s work.”

Moulton told me, as did many others with Iraq-era military experience, that if more members of Congress or the business and media elite had had children in uniform, the United States would probably not have gone to war in Iraq at all.

In short, he sees America as disengaged, unwilling to see the military as an institution with shortcomings and weaknesses. And our popular culture reflects this disengagement.

I think a few points are in order. First, on the popular culture front: the reason we aren’t getting military comedies anymore is because modern Hollywood sucks at comedy. Most movies have to be “serious” except for big action movies. It used to be that when people wanted to criticize the military, the did it with either gentle affection (Mister Roberts) or biting satire (MASH). Now they do it with over-serious highly politicized movies that no one watches.

Second, there is a big difference between reverence for “the military” as an institution and reverence for the people who are in it. The latter deserve nothing but respect; the former less so. There have been many people critical of military decisions, military contracting, military spending and military engagements. Defenders of aggressive foreign policy have taken to cowering behind our soldiers, equating any criticism of military policy as criticism of the people serving. That’s garbage and Fallows doesn’t really pick that apart as he should.

Third, the military get inordinate respect in our society because they earn it. No matter what the conflict, they have undertaken it without complaint and done as good a job as can be done, even when faced with impossible tasks. Their behavior in even the most awful theaters has been exemplary. And, as Fallows notes, you can’t help but be impressed when you meet soldiers. I haven’t met one who wasn’t respectful, hard-working, smart and dedicated. The only problem I’ve ever had is that they look so good in their uniforms, they make me feel spectacularly underdressed.

Reverence for soldiers, if not necessarily the entire military industrial complex, is a good thing. It’s a great thing, actually. A few years ago, I read my way through the entirety of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It is a great, if extremely long, read. And it’s an important read because I believe the Roman Empire is the nearest historical parallel to the United States.

Three things I learned reading Gibbon:

1) If anyone tells you that the Roman Empire fell for Reason X, they are probably full of it. I’ve heard the Rome fell because of going off the gold standard, because of too many foreign adventures or because of the decline of morality. None of these hold up when you read Gibbon. In fact, the decline of Rome began almost exactly at the same time they abandoned paganism for Christianity and stopped conquering people.

2) In fact, Gibbon partially blames Christianity for the fall of Rome. He believe that the Romans became too focused on the afterlife and not focused enough on real life.

3) I think Gibbon overreaches a bit on Christianity but he does get to the fundamental truth: Rome fell because the Romans stopped defending it. Their military might had decayed, their Emperors had become incompetent and their defense of Rome consisted mainly of trying to bribe their way out of it.

In the Notebooks of Lazarus Long, Robert Heinlein says:

No state has an inherent right to survive through conscript troops and in the long run, no state ever has. Roman matrons used to say to their sons: “Come back with your shield, or on it.” Later on, this custom declined. So did Rome.

God knows our nation isn’t perfect. But a world with America is a giant improvement over a world without it. The survival of our nation depends on our willingness to defend it and the skill and courage of those who choose to defend it. We had better have respect for those who stand between us and the ash heap of history.

But as I noted above, there’s a difference between respecting the people and respecting the institution. Even movies that respect the soldiers can be and often are critical of the military and our political leadership. Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers, for example, makes a point about the politicization of the soldiers who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Other recent films, like Blackhawk Down, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker have focued laserlike on our soldiers and the difficulties they face but either left the politics aside or criticized them in a very subtle way.

In short, Americans understand what a lot of pundits like Fallows don’t: it is possible to revere our soldiers and loathe the men who blithely send them into harm’s way with no clear objective of what they’re supposed to accomplish. Majorities of Americans now oppose open-ended foreign engagements like Syria. Still more want our engagements to come with a clear game plan and objective. Obama’s push to get into Syria was deeply unpopular. But if we’d gone in, the American people would have had no less respect for the men and women going into battle.

And that gets me to the main point. I think Fallows identifies a lot of problems with our military. He’s right that the F-35, a massively overbudget program designed to replace the cheaper and devastatingly effective A-10, is a scandal. He’s right that we are too willing to send the military into situations they aren’t suited for. We’ve gone from a conventional wisdom that the military can’t do anything to a conventional wisdom that they can do everything. Hell, we even sent them to fight Ebola last year and I’m pretty sure bullets don’t work on a virus.

Here’s where I think he misses the mark: this is not unique to the military. It’s more pronounced because the military is the biggest government program and the most visible. It’s more pronounced because we have a combination of neocons and liberal interventionists who have decided that the only “serious” approach to foreign policy involves bombing people.

But other programs have similar problems. As I noted a few weeks ago, California is about to throw $100 billion at a semi-high-speed-rail system. That’s one of dozens if not hundreds of massive bloated expensive infrastructure programs around the country. Bridges are being replaced at a hundred times the cost and in five times the construction time they were originally built. Subway lines and rail lines are being built at a cost of hundreds of millions per mile. And yet, what do we hear? Nothing but platitudes about how we need to build infrastructure and create jobs.

Public schools spend insane amounts of money and achieve mediocre results. Head Start is a gigantic babysitting program that even our government has concluded has no measurable effect on children. Yet education is sacrosanct. When Bush tried to cut programs that everyone agreed were wasteful, redundant and ineffective, he was pilloried because some of those programs were educational .. wasteful, redundant and ineffective but educational.

My own agency, NASA, has frequently had massive cost overruns (and, like the Pentagon, protects its big programs by spreading them out in multiple Congressional districts). Farm subsidies always wind up costing more than projected. It’s only recently that our massive vile War on Drugs and the two million people we’ve jailed has come under criticism.

In short, Fallows is identifying a symptom, not a disease. That military budgets are bloated, that programs like the F-35 are massively over-budget, that we keep sending our military into theaters where they have no clear mission is a symptom. The disease is a government that is dysfunctional, that cowtows to both special and general interests, that is driven by crack-brained pundits and egghead analysts, that never takes one step back to say, “should we really be doing this?”

You want to cure the symptoms? Cure the disease. Government agencies bloat. That is what they do. They secure their positions, they spread out their tendrils, they get powerful interests on their side and they defend themselves. And our leaders find new things for them to do. Government agencies aren’t programs; they are organisms.

Our federal government has 15 different departments. What they should do is put them in a 15-year cycle. Each year of the cycle, one department is completely torn down and replaced with a new department (or abolished, if we don’t think it’s necessary. I’m look at you, Commerce.) So in year T-2, you decide what agencies you need in the new Department and what functions it should have. In year T-1, you decide where the federal employees should go, which ones should be let go and what facilities need to be repurposed or sold. Then in Year zero, you transition to the new department.

I know a lot of people are saying, “why don’t you just do all the departments at once?” But ending or reorganizing a federal department is a massive undertaking. A 15-year cycle means that a lot of federal employees can be pushed into early retirement if necessary; it allows some institutional knowledge to be built and preserved; it allows time for the massive undertaking that reorganizing a department would be; it allows the organizations to accumulate bureaucratic cruft to make the effort worth it. I’m not even convinced you could do one a year. Some, like the Department of Defense, would need to be done over several years. A 20-year cycle might be better.

But the point is that the problems in Washington — including those in DoD — are a result of creating massive permanent untouchable institutions in Washington. Sunsetting those institutions or subjecting them to periodic reorganization would do lot more good than “demystifying” the military.

Post Scriptum: I didn’t have a place for this, but did want to note it. Part of the purpose of Fallows piece is to flog the work he did with Gary Hart’s commission on military reform. I’m not sure how Hart came to be regarded as a genius on these things. He was pushing himself as a military reformer in the 1980’s but his ideas were terrible. They mainly consisted of railing against new-fangled technologies like chobham armor and fly-by-wire fighters. He thought they would be unreliable and that we should be mass-producing older “more reliable” weapons systems. This point of view had some respect from old generals who thought it was done better in the old days, but not much respect among anyone else. And history has proven him wrong.

I remember this because my dad, the Air Force colonel, was going through the War College at the time and I was his research assistant. He showed me an Air Force Magazine article that hilariously took apart Hart’s criticisms. I hope I can find it one day and share it with you. It was so awesome I still remember it thirty years later.

One example: Hart criticized modern armor because it used aluminum, which he said was inflammable. Powdered aluminum is inflammable, but the aluminum alloys used in our armored vehicles was not and is not. The writer imagined a general discussing how to build tanks of inflammable materials without letting the soldiers catch on. They pondered building tanks out of wood or highway flares before settling on aluminum alloys.

When you suck, double down on what makes you suck.

The once victorious left is getting its ass handed to it after showing the world how fucked up the shit they believe in is in practice in just a short 6 year span. Oh don’t get me wrong. The LSM has tried real hard to hide the damage being caused, but it has failed. Who still believes anything done by this administration fixed anything? I mean, we have had the LSM telling us for 6 years now how the recession was over and things were getting better. Sure, if you are one of the people that votes for a living or an ultra rich lib connected to this administration, you have made out real well – at the expense of future generations that will now have to pay for that deficit spending – but if you are middle class, you have been shafted by these crooks and know better. If there have been economic boons, it has been despite anything done by the Obama administration and the left.

Take energy for example. The US is now producing and exporting more oil than ever, and it has had an incredible impact on that racket. As a result of that the oil prices the democrats spent years telling us would remain unaffected by anything that would increase oils supply – such as more drilling in the US, fracking and shale oil recovery, Xcel pipeline, you name it – have plummeted, giving most Americans a needed break. Don’t worry though, because democrats in DC are already talking about increasing the taxes on gasoline. Their reasoning is that since the infrastructure is falling apart higher taxes can address it. Of course, the fact that what they collect is misappropriated and misspent disproves this nonsense. This drilling, fracking, and any effort related to increased oil production has happened despite an anti fossil fuel agenda by the left. Let me remind you of the billions these fucks pissed away on green bullshit, Obama’s efforts to destroy the coal industry, and the fact that they admit they want high energy prices so people are forced to give up comfort, convenience, and even basic needs to live like the leftist twits believe us peons should. There must be a god above that has not only allowed us to overcome this nefarious activity, but has shown without any doubt, that the left is inimical to energy and growth.

There are other things that they have done that are downright destructive despite any claims to the contrary. There has constantly been talk, and it has been lots of talk and very little action, about fixing the economy and creating jobs. But what has been done serves only to further the left’s political agenda at the expense of us people. Exhibit A- Obamacare has been a disaster and promises to cause incalculable damage, so much so, that democrats are running from it. It was passed by a clique with an agenda, in secrecy, based on a campaign of obfuscation and lies that mirror a cheap soap opera, pretending to want to help people and lower costs, while really basically implementing a debacle that has as its end goal the destruction of the American healthcare system so the left can finally implement their despicable single payer solution. The real damage this thing will cause is yet to come.

The left and their lackeys in the LSM have spent a lot of effort and time trying to tell us that all the part-time and McJobs created by the supposed recovery they seem to be the only ones to see – one that has also been labeled a jobless recovery in contradiction to their claims of job creation if things are not confusing enough– are good things for showcasing the left’s economic agenda. Of course we don’t heart a lot about jobs these days with the democratic party’s agenda of rewarding millions of law breaking illegals not just with legitimacy in the US, but with benefits paid for by the productive in return for votes. The truth is however that sucking at the government’s teat pays better than work in the age of Obama, and that’s the left’s legacy. They buy votes at the expense of the productive and the nations’ future. When you have so many people that believe they are owed just for existing and that work is for chumps, you are doomed. Of course, this is what the left lives off: it’s not an accidental by product, but what they need to keep their hold on power.

I can go on and on about economic damage. From the Dodd-Frank 2000 page behemoth and the fact that the fundamental and underlying problem – that government is in bed with lenders so they can buy favors from people that never should qualify for loans with the tax payer left holding the bag when the shit hits the fan as it has to – which Obama is about to do away with, to the IRS being used to target political enemies of the nanny state and the left, these criminals have undermined our nation and economy. Trillions are pissed away buying votes from a plethora of programs which primarily serve to bolster the lefts hold on power and on us peons. I stress again that any positive we have seen has happened despite their actions and agenda, and is a sign of the resiliency and strength of the American people. But the damage goes beyond the economic.

The class warriors are constantly decrying the affair of things. The world is unfair – that’s true – and they will fix it! That last one is plain bullshit and a despicable lie. They will fix nothing at all, and anything they tell you they plan to do should immediately be suspect. Take for example the revelation about public school students living in poverty. This has happened because of leftist policies. Public schools have seen an exodus of anyone that could do it because 5 decades of liberal control have devastated the system.

Education has been dumbed down and turned into nothing more than liberal indoctrination writ large. Students no longer are expected to perform and the important stuff has been replaced with liberal feel good bullshit, making the whole thing an exercise in futility. Consequently, the only people left- especially in the most broken public schools system which are predominantly in urban areas – are those that can’t afford to go elsewhere. The narcissistic leftards will claim we don’t spend enough on education, but that’s bullshit. More money, which is always their answer will do nothing to address the fact that teaching in most public schools is sub par because of the emphasis on the left’s indoctrination agenda over education.

And our problem with education isn’t restricted to our public school system. Our higher education system is also suffering from the very same problem. What once was considered a hallmark of future success, a college education, today amounts to nothing more than a license to ask people if they want fries with that. The old concept of a classical education – a means to teach people to think and solve problems – has been replaced with liberal indoctrination of low end value that despite the exorbitant cost leaves the candidates woefully unprepared to do anything other than ask people if they would like fries with that. How many social, womenz, or other bullshit studies degrees does a workforce need, huh? How many teaching jobs are out there to justify all the people with history, literature, or other such specialized degrees that might emphasize their passions, but leave little room to make a living? How smart is going into debt, to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars, for a degree that won’t guarantee you a better employment opportunity or the ability to earn enough to live and pay back what you borrowed?

The left, which profits from the existing broken system, doesn’t want to make colleges responsible for the money these institutions so freely pass out to people they know might not ever graduate or be able to pay it back with the degree they are pursuing, or to fix things so the educational value is there. The same applies to the public education system: anything that undermines their indoctrination agenda is DOA. Agenda over substance or results.

I remember when it was the religious right that was accused of wanting to legislate their morality. Today the intolerant left is straddling us with things ranging from speech codes to detailed rules about sexual behavior at college. The range of abuses of power, culminating in the record setting decline of the last 7 years, are so deep and broad that I would need weeks and hundreds of pages to just briefly touch upon them. In short, the left has spent but 6 years doing what it does to squander any and all support it had from those that were not already beholden special interests, and even amongst those, there has been a drastic erosion of support.

Queue the reason for this long post: the coming state of the union and the fact that the left is going to go back to the tried and true class, race, gender, and other envy and jealousy based tropes that coalesce its base, and Obama trying real hard to pass himself off as a man of the people by playing Robin Hood. Let me remind all of you that Robin Hood didn’t fight the rich: he fought corrupt and abusive government. He fought a government that taxed excessively and then to return what was stolen to its rightful owner. There was no wealth transfer scheme at play there. If you want a more apt comparison of Obama and what the left are up to, look towards the old USSR. That’s what they are basically doing. There is no nobility or good at work here. It is all about power and counting on the basest and vilest of human emotions – jealousy and envy – to manipulate sheep. Pay careful attention to what has really happened as democrats got to do what they wanted before you let them fool you yet again. Democrats are about rewarding bad behavior and punishing good ones, because they count on people being children for them to get and keep power.

This move is desperation at work. It’s so they can cry foul and blame the republicans when this goes nowhere in congress. Fuck the left.

Hollywood elites shows why they are douchebags

Clint Eastwood made a pro-US/pro-military movie, and like with everything the guy does, it is kicking ass and taking names, and as expected it is pissing off the liberal cunts that hate both and they are whining about it.

The problem is that these liberal elites think the idea of a good war movie is one where America and Americans are painted as the bad guys, or at a minimum as dolts that do evil things because they are too stupid to know better, and anything that says otherwise, especially when it ends up earning at the box office unlike the crap they produce and like, needs to be cock blocked. This is a move made out of desperation and envy, and what they are really questioning isn’t the content of the movie, but the fact evil Americans prefer the stuff that makes America look good over the bullshit they want to peddle.

Let me remind you that this is not the only genre of movies that Hollywood struggles with: religion movies produce the same results and problems for them. They are furious that movies of any kind that contradict the liberal narrative and idiotic beliefs does well. They have pissed away millions making junk movies with the liberal message only to watch them flop. The narrative then was America had no stomach for this stuff. Then someone like Eastwood puts out a movie on the subject and the thing rocks, crumbling the whole house of cards they have spent so much efforts erecting.

Hollywood’s problem is that liberal douchebags have been trying to push the liberal agenda in the drivel they pass off a deep cinema, and they have failed to garner the support they believe they are due, and anything that gets in the way of that narrative – America is bad, Americans are bad if they are not liberal pussies, and that the drivel the left beliefs in is what is real despite the evidence to the contrary – must be attacked. Fuck them. The best way to do has been laid out for us too: watch the stuff that is good and ignore the liberal drivel. Money talks, and their bullshit can walk. The fuckwads in Hollywood have tried to kill off anyone and anything that doesn’t conform to the liberal agenda, and people like Eastwood and the movies he makes will always be attacked for failing to comply.

The tears of liberal pansies are ambrosia. Enjoy them. Go Clint!