Saturday, February 27, 2010
We have some strong disagreements on the numbers,” President Obama said after Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) concluded his devastating critique of the Democrats’ budget claims, “but I don’t want to get too bogged down.” In the ensuing debate, what became clear is that the Democrats just don’t have an answer to Ryan’s arguments. They ducked, dodged, and changed the subject repeatedly, because Ryan’s numbers themselves are unimpeachable.
The Democrats are touting an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that their health-care bill would reduce the deficit by around $130 billion over the next ten years. What Ryan pointed out — and what no Democrat even attempted to counter — is that this is because the legislation front-loads tax hikes and Medicare cuts and defers costs, forcing the CBO to score ten years of offsets with only six years of spending. Looked at on a level playing field, the true ten-year cost of the bill is $2.3 trillion rather than $950 billion, Ryan said.
Then he brought up another gimmick: The bill is full of double-counting. “Savings” are counted as offsets for new health-care spending and at the same time set aside to pay for future entitlements. For instance, the Democrats claim $52 billion in offsets as a result of increasing Social Security payroll-tax revenues. But these dollars are already claimed for future Social Security beneficiaries. They can’t pay for both. The Democrats take another $72 billion in premiums intended to fund a new long-term-care program and count them as offsets for other spending. Ryan pointed out that Senate Budget Committee chairman Kent Conrad has called this “a Ponzi scheme of the first order, the kind of thing that Bernie Madoff would have been proud of.”
And the quote of the day was when Ryan said this:
"I have to tell you the American people are engaged, and if you think they want a government takeover of healthcare, I would respectively submit that you are not listening to them."
I was one who believed the Republicans should not be involved in this health care summit farce. I was wrong.
Ryan is a stud.
This guy is -very- good. This young congressman looks The Chosen One straight in the eye and says he (Obama) isn't listening to the American people.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
In these troubled and difficult times I turn to self-promoting pictures. This does not make me proud, but what are you going to do... Fire me?
These are pictures I took this morning... In my jammies and later using the incredibly high tech "Dirty-Bathroom-Mirror" Photography... truly amazing!
In particularl I like the one where I seem to be looking out on life's landscape while thinking deep thoughts.Blogging times will return to my pathetic existence... But for now... This is all I have to offer... Live with it!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
OK, so I went to the break room yesterday and watched the Tiger Woods apology. I was with 3 guys and 1 woman. At the end of the speech, 2 of the guys were joking and suggesting that Woods was not sincere. The other guy was saying the apology wasn't enough and that Woods needed to stand before the press and answer their questions.
The woman had tears in her eyes.
My reaction is this: I don't care. I really don't care. I don't feel sorry for Woods. I don't feel sorry for his wife.
I especially don't feel sorry for the women who facilitated his adultery.
Everywhere you look you see little people out there with no fame and little money, and they are dealing with attractions and temptations as best they can... trying to make good decisions... trying not to hurt anyone or do damage. I care more about these people... and I wish them well.
I'm sure Tiger will take care of Tiger.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
If you're like me, you suffer through 364 calendar days just to make it to your favorite day of the year... Valentine's Day. Like most men, I wish they would just do away with Christmas and let us have a second Valentine's Day instead.
And in this day of economic hard times, what could be a better investment than cut flowers?
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Nearly $2 billion in money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been spent on wind power, funding the creation of enough new wind farms to power 2.4 million homes over the past year. But the study found that nearly 80 percent of that money has gone to foreign manufacturers of wind turbines.
So Where Are the Jobs?
"Most of the jobs are going overseas," said Russ Choma at the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He analyzed which foreign firms had accepted the most stimulus money. "According to our estimates, about 6,000 jobs have been created overseas, and maybe a couple hundred have been created in the U.S."
Even with the infusion of so much stimulus money, a recent report by American Wind Energy Association showed a drop in U.S. wind manufacturing jobs last year.
2 billion dollars spent on wind energy accompanied by a drop in U.S. wind manufacturing jobs... I realize that the Stimulus Bill was about liberal pet projects, but surely we could get more stimulus out of 2 billion dollars than - fewer jobs!
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
It's good to be a man.
Let's say you drop by a friend's house late on a snowy night and all his lights are out. You don't want to wake him up, but you still want to leave a message... Let him know you cared enough to stop by. What's the polite thing to do? What do good manners dictate?
The entire staff at Malott's blog celebrates all forms of communicative skill without prejudice, and encourages the study and practice of these traditions so that future generations might look back upon a day when the creative manifestations of man's most noble literary inclinations... ... ... Where was I going with this...
True, women are somewhat handicapped in such pursuits, but when a skill is mastered by the challenged... all the more to admire!
As we say in Greentown, when nature lays down a parchment, take pen in hand and express yourself.
We are the men of Malott's Blog, and obviously we'll post most anything.
Sunday, February 07, 2010
A Painted House by John Grisham (paperback? But of course!)
I'm not a black woman and a heretic, but I do know good fiction when I read it. This New York Times Bestseller is about a poor Arkansas family in 1952 that plants cotton. I couldn't put it down.
If it had been written by Harper Lee, it would be a critically acclaimed, instant American Classic. But it wasn't written by Harper Lee... So it's just a good book. But Harper Lee might have named it A Painted Mockingbird... or To Kill a House...
Literary trivia: In To Kill a Mockingbird, the little neighbor boy named "Dill" is based upon Lee's childhood friend, Truman Capote. If Capote had written this month's selection, he might have named it In Cold House. But he is dead and doesn't write anymore.
On the Malott Reader-Meter, A Painted House comes in at a solid 8.
--Robert F Kennedy Jr
Friday, February 05, 2010
Thursday, February 04, 2010
"If anybody's searching for a lesson from Massachusetts, I promise you, the answer is not to do nothing. We've got to finish the job on health care. We've got to finish the job on financial regulatory reform. We've got to finish the job, even though it's hard." --Obama
Obama is so full of... advice. President Obama last Friday elicited snickers from some members of the House Republican Conference when he declared, "I'm not an ideologue."
But only an ideologue would seek to force upon people legislation that they do not want. Only an ideologue would willingly sacrifice seats in Congress to accomplish an unpopular agenda.
Obama also recently reiterated that we shouldn't spend our money in Vegas... Which elicited from the Las Vegas mayor the quote of the year: "This president is a real slow learner."
I'm pretty sure that we can still go to New Orleans with Obama's blessing. You remember New Orleans... The cesspool in which we must pump billions of our hard-earned dollars so that prostitutes can ply their trade below sea level.