Tuesday, October 25, 2011

If it weren't for bad news, I'd have no news at all

"Gloom, despair and agony on me-e!
Deep dark depression, excessive misery-y!
If it weren't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all!
Gloom, despair and agony on me-e-e!" - Hee Haw TV show
Yesterday, while looking at Instapundit.com, it seemed that every news item was more bad news caused by poor government planning and regulations...

Rhode Island Is Broke

Rising gas prices have pretty much wiped out the whole cash value of the stimulus to families.

Obama’s Failed Stimulus Cost More than 9 Year Iraq War.

Chicago: 2 teacher's union lobbyists teach for a day to qualify for hefty pensions

Obama’s efforts to aid homeowners, boost housing market fall far short of goals.

“The Occupiers have the wrong address. The subprime crisis was designed in Washington, not New York.”

How Can Spending 30 Percent More Be “Austerity?”

Afghanistan would back Pakistan in war with US, claims Hamid Karzai.

NYT: Iraq withdrawal outcome of Obama negotiating failure.

New Libyan Leader To Introduce “Radical” Islamic Law.

$1 trillion in student loan debt sparks furor.

Chinese Rare Earth Company Strokes Mustache, Cuts Off World’s Access to Rare Earths to Inflate Prices.

Mall Vacancies Hit All-Time Record.

Bottom Line

The point of this blog is not just to pick on Obama. Government is broken at all levels with bankrupt states and cities. A company that keeps raising prices to pay for poor management decisions loses customers and will go bankrupt (e.g. US automotive companies). But poorly managed government is not forced out of business, instead it keeps raising taxes. People are rarely fired from government jobs for poor performance. The only way to change government is with the ballot box, through your vote. Send a message - vote out incumbents.

Update - here's a great summary of the problem included in today's Instapundit

Democracy, Denied; Republic, Lost. “Does this government represent you? 78% of us say that America is on the wrong track. Only 15%, near an historic low, feel America is headed in the right direction. This implies that a supermajority says that their intention, their well being, and their very dignity are being violated. . . . Complaints about the unresponsiveness to popular will have been emerging with greater and greater clarity and force from the populace. They were called “uprisings” by progressive journalist David Sirota, and the “Middle America Rebellion” by conservative journalist Mark Tapscott. Citizen actions by disaffected people are crescendoing from their first (and still most effective) manifestation, MoveOn.org, to the Tea Parties, to — worldwide — the still nascent Occupy movement. These outpourings might not agree on the solution, but all agree on the problem. The permanent government isn’t listening to the citizens.”



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