Friday, December 17, 2010

It's time we considered slaughtering some of our sacred cows.

The tax bill has finally been passed into law. For the vast majority of us, we dodged a bullet for it would had been we, the bottom 2%ers that would have had our taxes increased the most. With the tax cuts extended for another 2 years, the bigger issue that isn't really get much redresses is the massive and insane spending of money we don't have, even with the tax increase, on major pet projects. The corruption of the voters is a major problem and when you look at the 3 biggest spending blocks of our government, it's clear way that spending doesn't ever get cut.

You would think with these stupid 300,000 for a concrete fish, or a library after some congress person or what ever ear marks, that getting rid of of these would be our top priorities, or how about ending welfare for why should those that don't work be rewarded, or the salaries of the top bureaucrats. Well, you can take all the social programs and wasteful nepotism that goes on with lobbies and such, it won't make that much of a dent in our national debt or budget. The top 3 blocks nearly account for nearly 2/3rds of all our spending. Yet they're such sacred cows. They make the waste we see with earmarks seem pale, a rounding error in comparison. Even the 1.2 Trillion spending stimulus would be just a fraction of these 3's costs. What are these sacred cows we need to slaughter and BBQ over an open flame.

1. Social Security. Whether you're a conservative or liberal, one cow that isn't to be touched is SS. Neither party has done much and the public, in the form of votes, will make you pay if you dare go near this. However, this is going to bankrupt the county on its own.
What Must Be Done: We need to face facts, we can't maintain SS as it is. When this program, which isn't even 80 years old yet, and yet take 20% of the federal budget, the retirement age is as it still is today, 65 years of age. However, this was installed when the life expectancy in the country was 55 years. The thinking was if you can work 10 years beyond, you've earned the privilege to retire. Today the life expectancy is 77 years. When it was 10 years beating the odds, one person's benefits was covered by 40 workers. Today it's 3 and when the boomer retire, it's going to go in the negative. When the boomers were being born, things worked out as there were far more workers contributing than those taking out. Now those numbers are reversed. Many benefits have been added, like survivor benefits as well as disabilities, benefits that were never intended for SS. Add the looting the government have of this program to cover current costs and you have not a money pit, but a money black hole.
Why nothing will get done: Simply put, far too many people are either too stupid or lazy to plan and save for the future and feel "safe" with the government in charge. The government doesn't have to contribute so they won't have any loss when his behemoth falls. Not to mention with the corruption of the voters on this one they would be slaughtered if they dare address it.

2. Defense spending. I know I won't be popular with conservatives on this one, but our defense budget is beyond obscene. We, the USA, spend more for defense than nearly DOUBLE the rest of the world combined, including China who could very well defeat us, at least in a naval conflict. It nearly accounts for 18% of our budget and what have we gained from it? The most powerful military in history that have the conjones of a paper tiger.
What must be done: First of all, we have to put an end to being the world's police man. We come to the aid of far too many countries, many our enemies. The war in South Korea, though heating up again, had been at "armistice" for nearly 50 years, and they still can't defend their own border? Why do we have troops in Europe and Japan for? Do we expect World War 2 to continue? Even the Filipinos had enough of us til the Abu's and Moro's raised up and even then, they do most of the fighting themselves. Are we still in Guam? Is there a threat of instability? We need to pick our fights for as Iraq and Afghanistan have shown us, if you're going to fight for the sake of fighting, you're going to be bled to death. Frankly, fighting to keep hostile countries and rulers in power just seem . . . well, let's say Sun Tsu would commit Harry Karry.
Why it won't get done: Well, conservatives will never give up national defense. It's a fundamental to their belief core. Liberals, dispite the talk, aren't suicidal. Even they need protection and let's face it. They fear more what would happen if we leave the lands they're protecting should we out and out leave. Not to mention, many on both sides are benefiting in some way in the contracts in the defense department. They've literally have become too big to fail (or will it be they're fail because they're too big?).

3. Medicaid. This program has to be the biggest political cancer in the history of human kind. What started as a 4 billion entitlement on the war on poverty, has mushroomed to a 400 billion nightmare more than 10 times what they projected the maxium cost and still rising. That's larger than the entire GDP of 70% of the nations on earth. It's hardly been 40 years and this thing has mushroomed 100 fold and still growing and when Bush II added prescription drugs, it set up an entitlement that won't be overcome.
What's need to be done: Obamacare even knew the need to cut this one down to size. As with SS, the benefits have to cut and be more stingy. Should be used as supplementary insurance, or reward base program to promote a private insurance model to promote the need. With government intervention, it's just going to become a bigger and more bloated monstrosity.
Why it won't get done: Medicaid is relied upon from a vast number of our elderly. With the boomers retiring, they're going to represent a block that engulfs 1/3 of the voting population. Show me a politician willing to antagonized that voting block and I'll show you a politician that wants to retire.

Painful and how much we believe in these Sacred Cows, we can't maintain them. Many of the benefits they promote aren't even funded any more (except the actual war making materials, but the benefits for the men and women are still questionable). Without cutting on these huge Sacred Cows, all this talk about spending cuts are going to be nothing more that rhetoric and out and out pipe dream. Rhetoric and pipe dreams that our national debt can't afford to take on.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

He who shall not be named did great things. TERRIABLE, but great.

With the recent bombing in Sweden (who knew they had an Islam problem? I.E. they had Muslims) and a stupid statement by moron in chief Obama when asked about his opinion of the recent Islamic uprising in Europe and his comment was that Islam is one of the world's great religion. It was at this time that one, Obama failed to disappoint me on his stupidity and treasonous thinking, and two, that line from the first Harry Potter book. "The wand chooses the wizard, not the wizard choosing the wand. It's not always clear why, but one thing is clear: we can expect great things. The phoenix whose feather resides in that want laid another feather. ONE other feather. It's curious that you are destine for that wand, when it's brother gave you that scar. He that shall not be named did great things. TERRIBLE, but great." This is what comes to mind to me when I hear about Muslims and their devotion to Islam.

Obama was being question to name one good thing that comes from Muslims and his reaction is to say that it's one of the world's great religion. Well, just because something is great, doesn't make it good nor Divine. Can anyone name one good or productive things that comes from Islam? Pita bread? Oil? One thing is for sure, Islam is known more for it's evil atrocities than anything they do good. Just look at the Red Crescent, which is suppose to be the Islam equivalent of the Red Cross (I have issues with that organization, but that's for another day). Red Cross have aided people in disasters. Have the Red Crescent or is it their prime directive to document, allegedly, Israel suppression of the Islamic Arabs? Like with the disaster in Haiti, did the Red Crescent give out one scrap of bread to the suffering people there. Did the Islamic countries send engineers, doctors, or even people of average means to aid in the recover of the suffering of the Haitian people? Do they ever for any disaster even in their own countries? To they offer enforcement of peace, unless it's to oppress Westerns and Jews?

One thing anyone that's has a brain that works can testify to is the evil that has been promoted, especially after 9-11. Beheadings, bombings, stoning, oppression of women, child brides, and the West's obsession to appease these savage practices is just mind bogging. I've concluded that 9-11 was a victory for the terrorists, not just because they succeeded to bringing down the towers and damaged the Pentagon, but to the opening of the liberal mind that not only have their brains fallen out, but their desires for self preservation. Anyone that support these animals end up suicidal. What's to expect from a faith that the word "love" doesn't appear in their holy book? Hand holding and singing "kubaya" or "We are the World"? This faith is so evil, miserable, and physchotic, that followers are more than willing not to only murder the innocent but themselves. What is it about Allah's love that his subjects want to die so badly? Now we have nearly 25% of the world population at a moment notice become foaming, raving, homicidal lunatics so thin skinned as much as questioning their prophet or their sincerity can bring about riots.

For much of the faiths of the world, even some of those that would be defined as Pagan, like Buddhist, Hindus, or even Shinto that was responsible for the outbreak of fighting in the Pacific during WW2, can define love, respect for their neighbor, even if it's only those that believe that they do, but not Islam. They even fight within those that believe as they do. There are accomplishments and acts of compassion, but no where in Islam is that demonstrated. Their Prophet was an insane, even he said so, homicidal, child raping lunatic (oh dear, I've commit a capital offense against this "great" religion). Yes, Islam is a great religion, just as Voltamort was a great wizard. TERRIBLE, but Great. Well, I guess I know who the followers of Muhammad are going to be rooting for in the final chapter of Harry Potter.

Friday, December 10, 2010

The downgrading of the NFL.

I rather stay from politics as it's giving me a headache. What I'm finding interesting is how a great league has been emasculated and not many have taken noticed. If anyone hasn't been tracking the NFL lately, the league is starting to face some embarrassing facts: their 4 division makeup is a complete and utter joke and disdains excellence. Right now they have a division with a real chance of sending a losing team to the playoffs. In the NFC West, the top two teams that really don't impress anyone are 6-6 with 4 games to go. The Niners at 4-8 aren't even out of it yet as they play the two teams once more themselves. It's realistic and highly likely a 7-9 team will make the playoffs. Talk about weak. What's worse, til the Kansas City Chiefs made their latest run, there was a possibility of 3 losing team fighting for a playoff spot, but their win, as well as the Raiders, over San Diego has made that unlikely that even a .500 team will come out of there as they now have 8 wins, but it took til week 13 and a winning record isn't assured there either though it's likely from that division the team will have to win 9.

What makes things silly, that a 7-9, and the only reason why it can't get worse at 6-10 is the Rams and Seahawks play each other, so it's not completely out of the question for a 6-9-1 team here, can not only can make the playoffs, but they would get the home game against a team likely to have 3 to 4 wins over them since home field isn't really by record but seeding and the division winners get the top 4. Someone tell me how this is even fair? There are some competitive division before, but 3 to 4 wins and they still get home field in what will most likely be a blood bath for the home team as they're going to be grossly out matched. To add insult to injury to how absurd this is getting, there are three teams not leading their divisions that are 8-4, 8-4 and 9-3. One of those teams aren't going to make the playoffs for a team that will most likely be 7-9. We have the possibility of three 12-4 teams and one goes home while the 7-9 HOSTS one of them. I mean a 5 win difference and I haven't added those teams that will have 8, 9 or 10 wins that may not make the playoffs either.

I never liked the 4 division set up. I feared that teams that don't deserve playoff seedlings could get in over more elite and deserving teams. This is typical socialism. Breakdown the league so no one team can heighten the bar or have teams compete to make the playoffs. They have these notice of rivals and competition in regional areas, but enough is enough. Split the leagues into three divisions like before (I would prefer we have none and base the schedule on previous year records, but that will never happen.) with each division winner getting a bye with 1,2 3 seeds and the top 2 of the remaining being wild cards based on seedings like before. It too had it's share of troubles, but even they never had a threat of a losing team making the playoffs at the expense of far better teams and it was far more competitive.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

The clash of two of liberals sacred cows.

Was watching a segment of "What would you do?" and one of the segments was of two actors, first a man then a woman, with another actor pretending to be their gay son coming out and the "homophobic" reactions and see what the people in the coffee shop (oh how PC) would react. This got me thinking about the reaction in a liberal country like the US and how fellow Americans would react to anti-gay rhetoric. Well, what got me thinking was what was going on in this segment was nothing what the reactions are in Islamic societies and as the sacred cow of Islam grows in their numbers and political influence (a teacher was fired just Friday because CAIR had a cow about the class: what is Islam), what will be the end game of these two secured cows: Islam and homosexuality. It has me fearful and grateful of how our government is reacting.

First, why I'm fearful. Our government not only supports these savages of the patriarch of evil, but will silence anyone with the power of hate crime or speech for those that oppose them. So what's to become if the sacred cows start attacking each other. Under Islamic Sharia Law, the price for homosexuality is death, even by beheading. What's not known is that 16 of the 20 recruits to execute the 9-11 attacks had all been criminals with homosexuality as one of their crimes. Don't think I'm correlating homosexuality with violent crime. If you're in prison, possibly looking at a capital offense, are you going to turn down an opportunity to martyr yourself and take thousands of infidels with you? The point is that what was portrayed in the segment is nothing compared what these "people" are willing to do. Since Islam will be a far greater threat to the politicians than the gay mafia, I fear they will side with the sacred cow of Islam and then which sacred cow will be next? Just an endgame to think about.

The small thing I'm grateful for, at least for now, is that our government is so incompetent is that the changes are taking far more time and taking far work than necessary. However, time isn't on our side. One virtue Muslims have is patience. They'll wait centuries to full fill their goals, so despite our government inefficiencies. The Muslims can wait us out. I'm just hopeful that they're be so incompetent, that they can't make any more progress.