Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Over The Fiscal Cliff

So, perhaps someone is wondering what I think of our government's solution to its "fiscal cliff" problem?

Well, let's see. Yes, we got screwed. We all got screwed a lot. And there are plenty of folks ready to make excuses for it or try to shame the critics.

For me, it comes down to the same thing I keep telling progressives - if you like this, keep voting for it.

No, none of them will pay attention this time, either. Some things really don't change. Perhaps some day I'll learn to take comfort from that thought.


Expat said...

Over Niagara Falls in a barrel probably has a better outcome for the risk; there are known survivors.

Off the Fiscal cliff, blindfolded by ignorance, hands tied behind by political malfeasance, gagged by lack of public discourse, ears filled with neoliberal propaganda, and feet bound tightly with debt, any takers on likelihood of surviving?

It would be a very small penny wagered indeed.

Otherwise, Happy and Prosperous New Year to you.

Cujo359 said...

It's really only been in the last few months that I've come to realize that we're not likely to survive as a culture. At least, we won't survive as anything like what the United States used to be. We're too misinformed and feckless now, particularly our leaders. Progressives are willing to settle for just a little bit less bad than The Other Guys will give them, and everyone else seems to want even less.

lawguy said...

It is desperately depressing. If I was worth 10 or so million I would find it fascinating much like I found the decline of various civilizations in my history classes fascinating.

Unfortunately, I don't have even a mil and I'm empathizing more and more with those who were just a footnote in those histories.

Cujo359 said...

As I've gotten older, I've become more interested in the history of all those other people, too. I don't know why, but then I've always been interested in how things work, rather than which powerful people wanted them to work a particular way.

Expat said...

@ lawguy
Seemingly strange value held, maybe try placing value on time rather than dollars, the old fascinations would reappear. Wealth is more likely to lead to insecurity rather than providing security. Anecdotally 'old wealth' does sometimes provide some sense of personal security that does not need to threaten others but is like finding a gem on a sandy beach.

Written history is the incomplete record our ancestor's experienced, recalling, many times by implication, their use of their genius. History is ignored or discarded at great peril, inventing the wheel is best done once and a waste of effort re-inventing. History provides a horizon spanning the ages for those who can read and comprehend that read. The problem then becomes that of being heard by the herd.