Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Brighter Days Ahead

The dark days of February, when winter rules the land and Republicans dream of those sunnier days, when they sat atop the world’s gold supply (i.e., the Nation's mint). Everyone seems in a funk; heavens, even that right winger Lindsay Graham is suggesting that we need to nationalize our banks—“we’ve thrown more money at Bank of America ($45 billion) than it’s worth ($23 billion). That’s not nationalization; that’s stupid.”

Yes, Lindsay, I suppose that, in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as Stupid does.” The problem is that the Lindsay’s of the Nation are just caught in a perpetual hissy fit, regardless of what anyone (but them) does. He whines that we are wasting money on the stimulus, and that we’re making government too big; then he wants to go about nationalizing things. What’s next cars?

I have it. Why not organize a giant global Ponzi scheme? See, we get people like the Indians, the Chinese (you know the folks who actually have money) to “invest” in our economy, on promises that we will pay them large returns on their investment; then we pay them with the money we get from other investors, like . . . oh, like . . . oh, yeah, nobody else has any money do they? How about Bernie (as in Madoff)? He must have 30 or 40 billion tucked in a mattress somewhere.

But, these dark days of February will surely pass. And then Spring, and Hope, and Change will surely emerge, as Republicans, like the groundhog, return to their caves.

And elsewhere, Helen and Margaret (http://margaretandhelen.wordpress.com/2009/02/10/if-ann-coulter-falls-in-the-forest-and-nobody-hears-her-can-we-just-leave-her-there/) are actually reading Ann Coulter’s latest book.

Helen, an obvious practitioner of Zen, asks:

“If Ann Coulter falls in the forest and nobody hears her… can we just leave her there?

Or, even more profound:

“Margaret, I ask you,  if a book falls in the forest and doesn’t make any sense, is it really a book?  And if it’s not really a book then the monkey who wrote it really isn’t an author… right?  I guess what I am trying to say is this -  if Ann Coulter makes up a lot of crap and puts it on a piece of paper how is that any different than what I do with a  roll of Charmin after my morning bran muffin?

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