Tag: Government failures

If you didn’t know that it was pretend, then stuff like this should clarify it

Never forget that the left is about tyranny. Sure they love to pretend to like democracy, but that is when things go their way. As soon as that doesn’t happen, then you get stuff like this (which was previously titled like this):

Since British voters elected on Thursday to leave the European Union, signs have quickly emerged of the flaws in holding a referendum on such a messy, massive, far-reaching decision.

Politicians responsible for explaining what’s at stake have admitted they may have fudged some of the consequences. Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party, acknowledged Friday merely an hour after the election was called that one of the Leave campaign’s key promises to voters was inaccurate. Brexit backers pledged that money the U.K. currently sends to the E.U. — supposedly £350 million ($462 million) a week — would go to the country’s national health system instead. Former London mayor Boris Johnson even drove around Britain in a bus blaring that message.

On Friday, Farage called that claim a “mistake.” (Kudos to the incredulous TV reporter who then followed up: “Do you think there are other things people will wake up this morning and find out aren’t going to happen as a result of voting this way?”)

Oh, the article goes on to pretend these scumbag tyrannical leftists have a good reason to say that in general the unwashed masses that these masters are sure are not as smart as they are (reference here, shouldn’t be allowed to make choices the globalist leftist movement doesn’t like, but that’s bullshit. Most of the negative consequences we are seeing to this exit vote are simply retaliatory measures by pissed nanny staters that want to punish the plebes for daring to defy their aristocracy’s hold on power.

The grand message here by the political aristocracy and their scumbag lackeys in the media is that these plebes that voted “No” know not what’s better for them, unlike the political globalist masters. You fucking inbred morons are motivated by the usual nefarious reasons – racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and so on – while they, the enlightened masters, see beyond all that. The fact that the voters point out they basically decided these masters had gotten too corrupt and felt no accountability to the people they represented is just pap. Democracy is doing what the marxist-globalist left wants. Don’t take my word for it:

All of this was, perhaps, predictable, as some political scientists and historians have warned that a simple yes-or-no public referendum can be a terrible way to make a decision with such complex repercussions. The process looks like direct democracy in its purest form, and it was celebrated as such by many Leave campaigners after the vote. But David A. Bell, a Princeton historian writing in The New Republic four years ago as Greece was preparing for a referendum on its bailout, argues that the result of referendums is much more often anti-democratic.

Methinks these people don’t realize the actual meaning of what the word democracy means. It simply is the rule of the masses, the decision they make being good or not according to whomever, having no impact on that choice. Democracy can be just as tyrannical as anything else, but never as tyrannical as what a ruling class that holds disdain for the people it rules and simply makes decisions that primarily benefit that ruling class way too often at the expense of the masses, which is why the forefathers of the US opted for a Representative Republic. Making a choice that the marxist-globalist left dislikes, for whatever reason and irrespective of whatever justification that the anyone would want to present as justification for claiming otherwise, doesn’t make that vote undemocratic as these mouth pieces of the tyrannical leftist cabal want you to believe. If they had “miscounted” the vote, like they did or continue to do in the greatest bastions of practical implementations of the systems of government favored by the left, or just outright disregarded the outcome of such a vote, which is exactly what I see the anti-brexit types are planning to do, then we would have something that is undemocratic.

The whole feel of this idiotic article is that the people that voted against what their masters and betters want, just don’t know what’s good for them. And the orchestrated campaign to cause as much pain as possible to all, the intended consequence being to make sure that nobody does anything like this again, as well as the call for a do-over are really what one could potentially label undemocratic. Basically we have another famous “Too big to fail” moment, like we had back in 2008, when the wholly rotten and totally broken US homeownership lending industry regulated to push perverse incentives that defied the laws of economics and human nature, going on here too. Do not defy the masters in Brussels and their plans, or else.

The globalists have corrupted the idea of a globalized planet brought together by economic and human interest by creating bloated beasts that rob the people of their freedoms and simply serve to enrich the political masters and the few they allow to come along, and are screwing us all over. People shouldn’t be deciding things simply on how much free shit the masters promise them, always shit taken from others, and those that are being fleeced shouldn’t be villainized when they point out that their masters have not just failed them, but are ripping them off and fucking them over. Have no doubt that this vote, despite of the stories being told now, was one to protest the disconnected masters and the fact that they no longer even care to pretend they hold the very people they are supposed to be serving in contempt. And this rebellion against their will and direction, by what these masters see as uneducated morons that are beneath them, is what pisses these scumbags in power the most.

What would the crack addict say?

Who would be surprised that when asked what the best solution to his drug problem would be, a crack addict would say the answer wasn’t to get into drug rehab, but to get more crack to smoke? Similarly, who would be surprised to find that when progressive shitbags get asked how to fix the massive deficit spending by the Obama administration their answer wouldn’t be to get spending under control, but that people already fleeced by insane taxation levels need to be hammered even harder:

America is undertaxed, and the result is underfunding of public investments that would improve our economy and the overall welfare of Americans. Fortunately, Congress has several straightforward policy options to raise revenue, mostly by closing or limiting loopholes and special subsidies imbedded in the tax code that benefit wealthy individuals and profitable businesses.

Part I of this report explains why Congress needs to raise the overall amount of federal revenue collected. Contrary to many politicians’ claims, the United States is much less taxed than other countries, and wealthy individuals and corporations are particularly undertaxed. This means that lawmakers should eschew enacting laws that reduce revenue (including the temporary tax breaks that Congress extends every couple of years), and they should proactively enact new legislation that increases revenue available for public investments. Parts II, III, and IV of this report describe several policy options that would accomplish this. This information is summarized in the table to the right.

What a pile of fucking bullshit. And remember, these are the same people that constantly get caught not following the tax laws they impose on us little people. America is over taxed. The shitty economic situation we find ourselves in proves it. What we have is a spending problem. But don’t as my opening statement proves, when you ask a crack addict how to fix his problem, he isn’t going to say rehab. He is going to ask for more crack to smoke.

The other day we had a discussion in the comment section of one of the posts here about how the big it was not fair to blame Obama and demcorats for the deficit spending of the last 6 or so years, because the talking point was that it was all the fault of Boosh’s war adventurism. Some of us pointed out that the left would have spent the money anyway. This belief that the solution to the spending problem we have now is more taxes should leave no doubt that the left actually feels we are not spending enough on their vote buying schemes.

Remember the orchestrated, but thankfully unsuccessful, campaign to pretend that they had to deficit spend because of Boosh tax cuts? The left never feels, and will never feel, the issue is that they want to spend too much on vote buying. And if we let them get their way, things will get worse. The connected will rake in a huge chunk of the cash they steal from the productive. They economic disaster caused by their policies and practices will drive even more people into the dependency camp (that’s something they actually see as a bonus). And the productive pool, as well as the middle class, will again be shrunk and hammered. The left knows what they stand for doesn’t work, but they don’t care. That’s because it has always been about power and the ability to steal from the productive. These scumbags prey on the envious/jealous and greedy parasitic entities to rip off those that actually are doing the things that keep our society working. Fuck that.

We don’t need higher taxation levels: we need to destroy the progressive movement and their campaign to steal from the productive.

The liberal solution: take 125537899

In the people’s great city of Detroit, where credentialed liberal ideologues have been running the show for more than 6 decades, things have not been going so well. OK, I am fucking around when I act sarcastic like this. Detroit is a disaster of epic proportions. The left created an unsustainable model that robbed the tax payers and incentivized business to move elsewhere, while the elected officials pissed away any and all prosperity. So now that the proverbial shit is hitting the fan, they are facing though choices. There is no money. Sure, Obama sent them a few tens of millions of US tax payer dollars, to make sure they could delay the inevitable until it was less inconvenient for the democrats, but the writing is on the wall. The end is nigh.

Case in point the pensioners, which are getting gold plated payouts from a drastically underfunded, some might even say unfunded, pension system, and the looming pension cuts. There was a hard reality check that required the city to cut pensions by a minimum of a third, but it looks like the marcists found another candyland solution

Detroit doesn’t have any money. Rather, it doesn’t have enough money: It cannot both pay its debts and run the city. That’s why the city filed for bankruptcy some months back, over the outraged protests of pensioners who stand to lose a big chunk of their monthly checks.

Today, those pensioners are breathing a little easier. The city seems to have struck a deal that will leave their pensions in better shape than previously feared. Instead of cutting those monthly checks by as much as a third, the city will trim them by less than 5 percent.

How did they make such a big change? In part by assuming higher investment returns:

The city initially factored in rates of 6.25 percent and 6.5 percent for the two funds, but eventually agreed that the funds could be presumed to do better — 6.75 percent — because of an improved outlook based on the funds’ 2013 performance as compared with 2012.

The city also promises lower or no cost-of-living adjustments, and less in the way of retiree health benefits. And the proceeds from a proposed deal, not yet agreed upon, to save the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection by soliciting a mix of state and private funds to pay off the pensioners.

Yeah, this ends well, I bet. America, pay close attention: Detroit is our future with these credentialed nanny state elitist scumbags in charge.

Criminals protected by progressive ideology

As the IRS scandal is approaching a year of being ignored, with the LSM and the left pretending there was nothing despicably immoral and “pound me in the ass prison visit required for the people involved” illegal about it, a good site to keep updated is at taxprof’s blog. He has been on this thing, and considering how much he has put together nobody should be left with any doubt that the criminal organization now running the country, with the DOJ only enforcing the law to favor democrats, or connected high power democrats abusing their power for personal profit, I think it is due time we point out the latest IRS-capades:

The explosive discovery by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that its ranking Democratic member coordinated with the IRS to target True the Vote came as no surprise to its founder and president. She called it “the tip of a very ugly iceberg.”

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the committee’s chairman, released emails earlier this week strongly suggesting that Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., was in direct communication with disgraced IRS supervisor Lois Lerner in an effort to target True the Vote’s non-profit application.

In an interview with Newsmax, Catherine Engelbrecht, president of True the Vote, a Texas-based conservative organization founded to combat election fraud, said this week’s disclosure gives proof to her earlier claims.

“I’m thrilled to see that these documents are seeing the light of day and my current hope is that we continue on in this discovery process because we’re only beginning to see what I believe is the tip of a very ugly iceberg,” she said.

Through her attorney, Cleta Mitchell, Engelbrecht filed a complaint in February alleging that Cummings was pushing an investigation against True the Vote. He called those charges “absolutely incorrect and untrue” at the time. The emails Issa released this week directly contradict that claim.

“Now we find out from these emails released that in fact our request for an investigation really is well placed because [Cummings] was, and his staff, they were having communications with the IRS about True the Vote,” Mitchell said in the joint Newsmax interview with her client.

Newsmax reported:

Mitchell said the similarities between questions asked of True the Vote by Cummings staffers and IRS officials at separate junctures strongly suggested inappropriate coordination between Cummings and the IRS. Engelbrecht said holding Cummings accountable is important, but the issue goes far beyond him.

The mountain of evidence that the Obama crime syndicate is abusing power is staggering, and yet, the media remains uninterested. Can you imagine a republican administration getting away with this, even if it was all made up by the LSM? It’s constant lies from Obama and Team Blue, and yet nary a peep from the supposed protectors of freedom. My bet is that the oligarchs that ran the fucking USSR wished they had a press this subservient and self policing back in the day. We live in the day that the best way to shield yourself against the backlash that should come from despicable, criminal activity, and rampant abuse of power, is to claim to be or be a progressive.

The more things change…

The other day I wrote a post about another leftard that was trying too hard to excuse the evils of communism so they could convince us that what the left is doing these days is for the better, and as I pointed out then, these people are so full of shit that it surprises me they can come up for breath through the bullshit. The left keeps pretending they are the for the little people and that they care, that were it not for the brave actions of the democratic party stalwarts the republicans would side with the rich and rape everyone stupid, but the truth is that when you want special favors, especially as a big company, you go to the left for them. Don’t take my word for it: you don’t get more left leaning than Comcast, a leader in what amounts to a monopolistic industry that because of its incestuous relationship with government manages to rip us all off, and they know whom to buy their favors from.

Comcast, which employs more than 100 lobbyists spent almost $19 million last year on lobbying activities. Its president and CEO, Brian L. Roberts, is a golf buddy of President Obama’s, and a Democratic donor who has contributed thousands of dollars not only to the president’s campaigns, but also to the Democratic Party of Pennsylvania, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the DNC Services Corporation, and to Steny Hoyer, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Bob Casey. Roberts’ executive vice president, David Cohen, is a former aide to Democratic bigwig Ed Rendell. Cohen skirts lobbying regulations through loopholes, has raised more than $2 million for Obama since 2007, and in 2011 hosted a DNC fundraiser at which the president called him “friend.” Cohen has visited the White House 14 times since 2010, including two visits to the Oval Office. He attended the recent dinner for President Hollande of France.

Cohen plays a major role in the Comcast Foundation, which has disbursed more than $3 billion since 2001, primarily to “groups that serve African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians” and other segments of the Democratic coalition. You will be surprised to learn that many of the groups to whom the Comcast Foundation has donated now support the proposed merger. Of the $33 million Comcast has spent on political campaigns since 1989, more than half, or some $18 million, has gone to Democrats. Barack Obama is number one on the list of the top ten recipients of Comcast’s largesse. There are four Republicans on the list.

The party that claims to be the one of the little people would love to convince you that they are not in it for the power and the money, that they do it all, even if they are in it for the power and the money, because of altruism, but it is all horseshit. The only difference between the collectivists and the oligarchs they want to replace, or have replaced, is that they bank on the stupidity of the masses not to see through their plan. But it is the age old fight where one group of people want to take the power and wealth from those that have it. The left has managed to make what they want to do seem noble by pretending they do it to help the little guy, all the while hurting them and making them even more dependent on the left to survive. Shit, I would point out that the old feudal system or the institution of slavery are alive and well in the new world order the left has created. The only difference between then and now is that so many are willing participants and have no clue.

That cure for “Too big to fail”..

The 2000 plus pages monster produced by Dodd and Frank, the crooks that put together and vehemently defended the framework that left the entire mortgage lending and banking industry open to disaster, then pretended only they could fix it, has resulted in even more emphasis on the “Too big to fail” entities:

The charts below show that both the number of US small banks (which we define as banks with $10 billion or less in assets) and their share of US banking assets and domestic deposits declined substantially between 2000 and 2008. Simultaneously, the five largest US banks’ share of US banking assets and domestic deposits increased markedly. Since the financial crisis, US banking assets and deposits have continued to consolidate in a handful of large banks. As the charts show, the five largest banks by assets now hold 44.0 percent of US banking assets and 40.1 percent of domestic deposits—up from 23.5 percent and 19.5 percent, respectively, in early 2000. Correspondingly, small banks’ share of domestic deposits has fallen from 40.4 percent to 23.0 percent since early 2000, and their share of US banking assets has declined from 35.8 to 19.5 percent.

I can’t say I am surprised. When statist fucks that think government’s job is to pick winners and losers put together a roadmap that encourages the incestuous relation between government and the big entities the statists love, I expect to see more of it. I can go into a long diatribe about how the belief system of the collectivist statists always results in these sort of “Too big to fail” entities, because of the ludicrous belief that a massive bureaucratic central planning system rather than far more responsive and effective market driven system dictates economic policy, and point back to the old USSR, old Communist China, or any other of these collectivist shitholes, and the success of said system’s central planning, but it will all fall on deaf ears for those that pray at Marx’s altar (whether they admit they do or not). The point is simple: letting Dodd and Frank provide the “fix” for the problems their meddling created in the first place was only going to result in more of the problems. So back to the stuff we learn:

Small banks play a critical role in the US banking system and are particularly important in rural and small metropolitan areas. As an AEI report details, small banks play a particularly important role in providing certain products, such as small-business loans, mortgages, and farm loans. They typically fund themselves with customer deposits. Small banks’ community focus enables them to develop and maintain relationships with customers. Through these interactions, they obtain information about borrowers that larger banks generally do not have. As a result, small banks are able to make loans to borrowers who might not qualify under larger institutions’ standardized lending criteria.

There are many factors at work contributing to the huge decline in small banks’ market share. Some of the decline is organic, in that market forces encourage combinations of small banks as a way of spreading operational costs over a larger customer base. The FDIC finds that an average of 182 mergers and 107 consolidations occurred per year from 2001 to 2011. The FDIC also shows that some small banks simply outgrew their small bank status.

Another factor, the financial crisis, is less benign. One study finds that more than five percent of small banks failed in the wake of the crisis.

Bank concentration itself is not bad. But increasing regulatory burdens force consolidation in the US banking industry for the wrong reasons. Regulatory compliance can be a particular challenge for small banks with limited compliance expertise. Regulatory expenses absorb a larger percentage of small banks’ budgets than of their larger counterparts’ budgets. Although correlation is not evidence of causation, as financial regulation has increased since 2000, so has banking concentration. The Dodd-Frank Act, passed in 2010, imposes a new set of regulations that are disproportionately burdensome to small banks. Moreover, by designating the largest financial institutions as “systemically important,” Dodd-Frank creates a market expectation that designated firms are too big to fail and generates funding and other competitive advantages for the largest US banks.

Go fucking figure. Of course, those of us that pointed out that Dodd-Frank was going to do this, and that these assholes should have been kept away from any attempts to correct the problems their “social engineering” vote buying schemes and meddling caused in the first place, get little joy out of being right, considering that the problems are now exacerbated. Don’t take it from me:

Since the second quarter of 2010—immediately before the July passage of Dodd-Frank—to the third quarter of 2013, the United States lost 650, or 9.5 percent, of its small banks. Small banks’ share of US banking assets and domestic deposits has decreased 18.6 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively, and the five largest US banks appear to have absorbed much of this market share. Mounting regulatory costs threaten to accelerate the shift towards big banks and away from small banks that have long been important members of the financial industry and the local communities they serve.

So basically, the statist answer to the economic disaster caused by “social engineering” economics, resulted in even more “Too big to fail” dependencies, and is corroding the very part of a system that would prevent a repeat of the crash we saw back in 2007. I told you so somehow seems not to really do this any justice, considering we have now prepositioned ourselves for an even worse fall when the sure to come repeat of the crisis happens. And please, don’t be naïve enough to think that this time the meddlers will be able to overcome the laws of human nature and economics, so we won’t have a repeat, considering they doubled down on the very things that led to the bad behavior that caused the problems in the first place.

Unintended consequence!

Or something. Yeah, sure. What do you ask am I talking about? Well, the left’s recent realization that carrying a shit-ton of student debt will prevent you from buying a home. Now the left limits it to first time home buyers, but it applies to any homebuyer at all: if you have a student debt that is as big as a mortgage you have shown you are not a reliable debtor to most sane lending entities. From the article:

The growing student loan burden carried by millions of Americans threatens to undermine the housing recovery’s momentum by discouraging, or even blocking, a generation of potential buyers from purchasing their first homes.

Recent improvements in the housing market have been fueled largely by investors who snapped up homes in the past few years. But that demand is waning as prices climb and mortgage rates rise. An analysis by the Mortgage Bankers Association found that loan applications for home purchases have slipped nearly 20 percent in the past four months compared with the same period a year earlier.

First-time buyers, the bedrock of the housing market, are not stepping up to fill the void. They have accounted for nearly a third of home purchases over the past year, well below the historical norm, industry figures show. The trend has alarmed some housing experts, who suspect that student loan debt is partly to blame. That debt has tripled from a decade earlier, to more than $1 trillion, while wages for young college graduates have dropped.

The fear is that many young adults can no longer save for a down payment or qualify for a mortgage, impeding the housing market and the overall economy, which relies heavily on the housing sector for growth, regulators and mortgage industry experts said.

And if only the poor shlobs had the debt to deal with. But most are also hampered with useless degrees, lack of jobs and job opportunities, living in momma’s basement, and the whole culture of entitlement that tells them they should demand everything yesterday.

Of course, nobody foresaw this. Oh, shit I can’t keep the pretense up. We pointed this out a decade ago, and got told we where trying to deny the young a better future. And yet, we are back to doing more of the same. We keep telling them to rack up the debt. We keep putting policies in place that destroy the job market. We keep undermining education and turning it into liberal dogma school instead of teaching them something of value. And most important of all, we keep pretending the failed shit the left believes in can be made to work regardless of what over a century of proof has shown us. Hey, but they are promising you free shit that will cost you and arm and a leg.

I am sure the left’s answer will be more of the same shit that caused the problem though, because the right people or laws are not in place to defy human nature or the laws of economics, yet again. Say, what’s the definition of insanity again?

When you are deep in debt and going broke….

Double down n the shit that got your there? Really? Most people’s reaction is to reign in the spending to what’s absolutely necessary, and to get things under control, because being a homeless bum living on the street isn’t something appealing to anyone that has the mental acuity to avoid it. Sure, some people end up homeless anyway, but they do so usually because something is seriously wrong with them, mentally, and they can’t control themselves. Well, when it comes to liberal government, put them in that “I am going to double down and end up a homeless bum” category:

SACRAMENTO — When he unveils his new budget plan Thursday, Gov. Jerry Brown will propose billions of dollars in new spending on schools, healthcare, social services and environmental programs as California reaps the benefits of an economic turnaround.

The governor’s $155-billion blueprint would increase general-fund spending by more than 8%, to $106.8 billion. Brown also wants to repay $11 billion in debts incurred during years of state financial crisis, and he would stash $1.6 billion in a reserve fund as a buffer against future economic turmoil.

“Wisdom and prudence should be the order of the day,” Brown wrote in an introductory message to his 271-page plan, which was leaked ahead of his official announcement, originally scheduled for Friday.

Oh, lord! Where to begin? An 8% increase in spending, by a state that’s $11 billion in debt and in a financial crisis, on the same slew of liberal pet projects that got it in the terrible fiscal shape it is in now and have literally had a negative return on value of tax payer dollars pissed away, while slashing a reserve fund? What’s the definition of insanity again? Doing the same stupid shit, over and over again, and expecting that this time it will be different. And with progressive morons, it’s always the same. Of course, I have no doubt that Brown knows damned well that his plan, which is neither wise nor prudent, will not work, yet again, but doesn’t give a flying fuck. This is about funneling tax payer money to his buddies, democrat operatives, lobbyists, and campaign coffers, and about transferring wealth from other people’s pockets to those people he wants to gain. All while throwing some scraps to the usual low information dependent voters they rely on to keep them in power. What could go wrong, huh?

Color me surprised that Keyensian-marxist douchebags want us to believe that the cure to the probems they have straddled us with is for them to double down on doing more of the same. As Krugnuts always says: the problem isn’t with the idiotic idea that government spending provides effective and beneficial economic growth and stability, but with the fact that every time it has failed, it was because they didn’t burn up even more money! And what we need is more entrenched bureaucracy and regulation, because the roblem is that the unicorn fart sniffers didn’t micro manage processes they have no clue about enough. Oh lordy!

The document is also stuffed with far-reaching policy prescriptions, some likely to draw controversy. Brown wants to make it easier for local governments to issue bonds to pay for public-works projects, and he has reversed his opposition to releasing some elderly, sick and other low-risk inmates to help meet court-ordered limits on the state prison population.

Budget negotiations over the next several months will be crucial for Brown as he lays the groundwork for his expected reelection campaign. Lawmakers must pass a spending plan by June 15 so it can be signed into law and enacted by July1.

I see a strategy here though, that others might be missing: Brown doubles Cali’s debt in the next 2 years, leaving the state on the brink of bankruptcy, then asks for a federal bailout, all before Obama and the donkeys get sent packing in 2016, and presto, he has a big win courtesy of the US tax payers! Cause you never say sorry when it’s other people’s money you are pissing away. Go big, or go home! And now for some shit that should be good for a few laughs.

The governor has tried to maintain financial restraint even while acknowledging calls from unions and activists who want him to loosen the purse strings after years of deep cuts to social services and other government programs.

Brown ran for office in 2010 with a pledge to repair California’s faltering finances, which had become a national punch line. The governor persuaded voters to approve temporary tax hikes in 2012, and he has benefited from the state’s recovering economy.

Yeah, sure Brown’s been fiscally restrained. That is, if you permit an analogy, that you consider a crack whore now only popping 19 rocks a day, instead of her usual 20, to also be exercising restraint. What a crock of shit. But then again, look at the source of that propaganda. And who else does Brown and his promises remind you off? I give you 3 guesses and the first 2 don’t even count. Here’s a hint: dude told everyone in 2007 that he could walk on water and part the seas. Only, 7 years later he has drowned most of us not lucky enough to belong to his inner circle.

Things will never get fixed as long as these criminals on the left are allowed to rob the productive to keep their criminal enterprise in business. Californians beware. How soon till we can do the “I told you so” moment? Anyone want to start a betting pool? Be careful though. Brown might want to tax us for betting on him.

When you run out of other people’s money…

You get something like this in social paradise:
Welfare advocates regularly urge Americans to look to the European welfare state as a model. At least in the case of the Netherlands, they might be on to something.

The Dutch have just announced a massive reform of their welfare system, designed to reduce dependency and put a new emphasis on work. For example, welfare applicants will now be required to prove that they spent at least 4 weeks actively searching for a job before they become eligible for any assistance. And once they begin to receive benefits they will either have to work or perform volunteer community service. Dutch welfare recipients would be required to take available jobs even if they had to move or commute up to three hours per day.

Given that just 42 percent of U.S. welfare recipients are engaged in even broadly defined work activities (including job training, college, or job search), and that an attempt to restore work requirements to the food stamp program has been met with a storm of resistance, the Dutch appear to be much more pro-work than we are.

Other reforms would reduce benefits by treating families as a single unit, rather than as separate individuals. For instance a mother with two children would receive a single payment rather than three separate payments. The combined payment would be less, based on the assumption of “shared expense.”

This is just another change in the whole unsustainable system. A few years back they reformed their healthcare system to provide catastrophic coverage for all while leaving it up to the individual to provide the other coverage needs. Oh yeah, while the article isn’t clear on this issue, I bet that like they did when they reformed healthcare in the Netherlands, they kept the taxes untouched.

People clamoring for European style welfare, be it around healthcare or otherwise, in the US should be weary. There is no such thing as a free lunch…

More pain for these idiots please!

Man I am loving it! I can’t get enough of their shame and their desperate tears. It’s like nectar of the gods. The more of these PR attempts gone bad they experience, the more joy it gives me. These fucks deserve every single failure they get. It’s the best cure for hubris and narcissism of that level. From the article:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Seven weeks to the day since the troubled healthcare.gov website was launched, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Miami, meeting with so-called “navigators” who are helping the public get signed up for coverage.

Sebelius is a member of the President’s Cabinet. With all the suits, security and cameras following her, you would have thought that President Obama was visiting Tuesday afternoon in what was clearly a highly orchestrated media event to focus on the positive, after so many negative media reports about the Obamacare sign-up process.

Sebelius, wearing green, walked through the front doors of North Shore Hospital near Miami Shores where she shook hands with hospital staff and members of the Epilepsy Foundation who are staffing the Obamacare Navigation center housed off the hospital’s lobby. There she met with the team helping South Floridians to sign-up on line or on paper.

“So she is being helpful,” asked the secretary to a couple sitting at one table of a navigator. “Absolutely,” they responded.

At a second table, the secretary met Carmen Salero who was trying to sign up online. As the secretary and Salero made small talk, CBS4′s Brian Andrews noticed the site crash on the lap top in front of them.

“The screen says I’m sorry but the system is temporarily down,” Andrews pointed out. “Uh oh,” responded the secretary. “That happens every day,” said Salerno, “it must mean a lot of people are on there trying to get coverage.”

A throng of cameras and reporters trailed the secretary’s every move in the small room. “I didn’t mean to bring the Paparazzi,” the Secretary joked as she met Willy Williams of Miami who was working with a navigator to get signed up. “It went down three times,” said Williams referring to the site, “but we’re just going to keep trying,” he added.

This sort of epic fail, in a nutshell, is the signature move of this administration, and endemic of the broken big government system you get when progressives try to have government do anything and everything. Credentialed elite with delusions of grandeur may think they know everything and that only they are qualified to do things, but reality is that they are capable of neither. These worshippers at the altar of big government couldn’t peel a banana without someone getting hurt, even when supervised and given detailed instructions by experts, and it brings me great joy to see that on display. It’s the cure for the ailment that is dragging this country into mediocrity.

Yes, I enjoy their tears of desperation. They taste sweet. I don’t care if you feel I am being mean or whatever the current progressive meme may be. Letting government run things is a recipe for disaster, especially when the agenda is for the collectivists that have already shown they have enemy lists and will use any and all powers of the federal government to target said political enemies to get their grubby hands on 1/6 of our economy, our personal information, and our decision making capabilities, and the only way we can dissuade stupid people from that notion is through practical experience, preferably long before the system becomes entrenched and changes or a roll back become impossible. The best cure for stupid is intense pain. And man do people that are government worshhippers need some serious pain to get pointed in the right direction these days.