Watch it to find out:
- Why the so-called "fiscal cliff" is a whole lot of nothing masquerading as a crisis.
- Why I will never vote for a Democratic Party candidate who has the values Barack Obama does.
- Why I spend so much time trying to dispel progressive nonsense, even though I'm a progressive, and should thus be spending time criticizing and demonizing conservatives.
That latter point is made by Bruce Bartlett with this quote from the show:
Transcript: Fiscal Cliffs and Fiscal Realities
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Bartlett is correct in saying that conservatism these days is a big echo chamber. So is progressivism, though to a lesser extent, I think. It's always a great applause line to talk about how awful the other guys are. Talking about how foolish or awful your own side can be is going to get you ignored at best, and ostracized at worst, if you make the mistake of doing it somewhere like Daily Kos. Yet, it's at least as important, because considered self-criticism leads to self-correction. Without criticism, correction doesn't happen. No one on the conservative side tells people that ACORN is gone. It's far too convenient a bogey man, even when it's gone. People who insist that you don't say things that will upset the readers are people who want you to persist in error.
Right or wrong, that won't happen here.
As for the "fiscal cliff", yes, it's a sham. I haven't written about it much because, quite frankly, no one is listening. The Democrats are promoting this fantasy as much as the Republicans are, and I'm tired of making the point that there's no difference between them. There's no difference between them. They're lying. Democrats will continue to lie to you until you stop voting for them, and maybe even after, but certainly not until. If you think voting for them makes you the adult in the room, you're part of the problem, and if you ever get over yourself, you'll be able to figure out on your own why it's a sham.
Enjoy the video. Consider it your Saturday Entertainment.