USA 2011: I think it is pretty much like this…. We will all pay for it in the end.

Tom Spencer/Texas hat uns ein paar Gedanken zur Situation in den USA geschickt. (foto: spencer)
Tom Spencer/Texas hat uns ein paar ehrliche Gedanken zur Situation in den USA geschickt. (foto: spencer)

The grandfatherly face of responsible Conservatism (Ronald Reagan) is gone.

In his place the ever dogma influenced Republican party has inserted the hatchet-faced visage of neo conservatism, Eric Cantor, a man who doesn’t understand as Ronald Reagan did, that things could get worse… have been and will be if the debt limit isn’t raised.

That’s where we are going. All the people who knew that things could be worse are dying off and guys like Eric Cantor who haven’t seen any real hardship in their lives are posturing to Dogma. Young guys and girls like Eric Cantor have never seen any hardships to match the effects of defaulting on the national debt. Anyone who supports that position is uniformed, dogma driven, and naïve.

No tax increases is the mantra of Tea Party influenced politicians. It is a destructive dogma. Our infrastructure crumbles and yet we yell no taxes.

I am the son of moderate to conservative Goldwater Republicans. I worked and believed in a reasonable Republican agenda of smaller government and a responsible population. I am a pragmatist, I will pay for what works and I am performance based and data driven. But, data doesn’t suit anyone’s dogma. “The tax legislation enacted under President George W. Bush from 2001 through 2006 cost $2.48 trillion over the 2001-2010 period. This includes the revenue loss of $2.11 trillion that results directly from the Bush tax cuts as well as the $379 billion in additional interest payments on the national debt that we must make since the tax cuts were deficit-financed.

We need to repeal the Bush tax cuts and return to the Clinton era rates…they worked just fine as I see it.

I supported the original Bush bailout because I believed it was the only way to avert a financial calamity that would have precipitated a depression… conservatives who have a limited understanding of our financial underpinnings said let it happen it doesn’t matter. Now the same types are playing with shutting down the Gov’t. Those who have always been and are comfortable now don’t understand the potential real consequences. One of the problems with dogma is that it forces perfect to be the enemy of the good.

Americans are so used to listening to what someone says on TV and believing it if they hear it enough times. I call it our videofied mentality. Thus the Republicans stay on message so perfectly. The media handlers of the Reagan era really understood the use of the media and taught it to the Republican Party. They knew the image and appeal of their candidate was more the result of Death Valley Days, GE Theater, and “Win One for the Gipper” than is was about his policies.

Now extremists, both religious and social, have taken over my former party and let people like Glen Beck and Michelle Bachman speak for the party. It’s a downhill slide. Gives a good fiscally responsible Republican a bad name. You notice I didn’t say fiscally conservative. I believe fiscally responsible is a much more necessary characteristic. I believe, as does Warren Buffet, that to whom much is given much is expected. We have become a culture of “I got mine to Hell with you.”

We will all pay for it in the end.

Umleitung: Bushs Memoiren, Vorratsdatenspeicherung, Pflicht der Kirchen, Alfred Neven DuMont, Ärztemangel, Migranten und Kommunen als Steueroasen

Heute auf der Hunau
Heute auf der Hunau (foto: zoom)

Memoiren „Decision Points“: Wo hat George W. Bush abgeschrieben? … sueddeutsche

Vorratsdatenspeicherung: Offener Brief an den Bundesbeauftragten für den Datenschutz, Peter Schaar, vom 16. November 2010 … vorratsdatenspeicherung

Die Pflicht der Kirchen: und die Finanzen … hpd

Alt-Verleger distanziert sich von Sohn Konstantin: Alfred Neven DuMont bricht sein Schweigen … meedia

Ärztemangel: Der Besuch eines Krankenhauses in NRW kann gefährlich werden. Über 90 Prozent der Kliniken im Land halten sich nicht an das Arbeitszeitgesetz für Ärzte. Die stehen häufig übermüdet am OP-Tisch. Ein Risiko für Patienten und Ärzte.  … ruhrbarone

Beratungsbüro für Migranten: im Kreis Soest eröffnet … gruenesundern

Kommunen als Steueroasen: Wozu Think Tanks gut sein können, zeigte sich, als Bundesfinanzminister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) seine neuen Steuerreformideen präsentierte … doppelwacholder

Peter Sodann – eine Lachnummer?

So ganz geheuer ist mir die Kandidatur von Peter Sodann nicht, aber Albrecht Müller versucht aufzuzeigen, welche Wirkung der ehemalige Kommissar-Darsteller und Intendant als Präsidentschaftskandidat in der gegenwärtigen Lage (Finanzkrise!!! 😉 )entfalten könnte. Ackermann in den Knast? Demokratie besudeln?

Als er als Kandidat vorgestellt wurde, machten sich einige Medien umgehend lustig. Erkennbar nicht zum Zweck des eigenen Spaßes, sondern um diese Entscheidung als lächerlich erscheinen zu lassen. Schon Sodanns erste Äußerungen (Ackermann verhaften lassen, Zweifel am demokratischen Charakter unseres Landes) zeigen, dass Peter Sodann wenigstens für sieben Monate eine wichtige Aufgabe übernommen hat: Er hält den Herrschenden den Spiegel vor, er sagt ungeschminkt die Wahrheit, ohne Rücksicht auf die Konvention des Zukleisterns und ohne eine Schere im Kopf. Wir freuen uns darüber und möchten ihn ausdrücklich ermuntern, sich nicht einschüchtern zu lassen. Weiter bei Albrecht Müller.

Mal schauen … ach, da fällt mir noch ein:

Best Surgeon in Texas
Three Texas plastic surgeons were playing golf together and discussing surgeries they had performed. One of them said, „I’m the best plastic surgeon in Texas. A concert pianist lost 7 fingers in an accident, I reattached them, and 8 months later he performed a private concert for the Queen of England.“

One of the others said. „That’s nothing. A young man lost both arms and legs in an accident, I reattached them, and 2 years later he won a gold medal in 5 field events in the Olympics.“

The third surgeon said, „You guys are amateurs. Several years ago a cowboy who was high on cocaine and alcohol rode a horse head-on into a train traveling 80 miles an hour. All I had left to work with was the horse’s ass and a cowboy hat. Now he’s President of the United States!“