You remember back in junior high when you maybe read Flowers for Algernon? Perhaps you saw the excellent movie rendition, Charly? Who was in it again, was it Cliff Robertson? A dumb guy gets smart and then it wears off and he gets real stupid again. That's sort of how I feel right now, cognitively impaired. My brain is even free spooling a little bit, throwing out nonsensical idle bits of chatter like so many spare widgets. Or zeros and ones. Of course the conundrum for losing cognition is that you also lose the capacity to know exactly what has been lost.
I went to the doctor, got a couple shots in the ass of some unknown potion, put me on antibiotics. Still feel like shit.
We played cards last night and I was able to win a few games against the shark so I must not be totally deficient yet but I really can't wait until I am back to full brain power and conceit.
I will try to keep the blog moving along but it is tough when I am feeling this rotten.
Of course the state of our society right now can make anybody feel sick. And I think all sides could do with a little soul searching. I think that I have done a pretty good job focussing on policy and positions rather than personalities and partisan politics but feel a little bit of verbalizing on the subject is necessary.
When I was a kid, the son of a onetime history teacher, we read a lot of history and one of my favorite subjects was the French revolution, don't ask me why. Liberté, égalité, fraternité and all that. I am mildly embarrassed but must sheepishly admit that my family nickname was Robespierre, I kid you not. But I wasn't really on the side of Georges Danton and cutting off the heads of the aristocracy, it was more of an academic exploration.
When I hear Bernie Sanders say that you can be on the side of workers or Wall Street I have to shudder a bit. What was it that Bill Clinton said the other day?
"One of the few things I really haven't enjoyed about this primary: I think it's fine that all these young students have been so enthusiastic for her opponent and (he) sounds so good: 'Just shoot every third person on Wall Street and everything will be fine.'"I kind of side with Bill on this one. Bernie sounds good if you are a utopian kid who wants to stick it to the man but what would be the real upshot of his policies of turning us into the new Norway if he actually got elected? Not sure I have the intestinal fortitude for a class war at my age.
He backs what some estimate to be $18 trillion dollars of new spending and debt and has figured out a way to pay for about a third of it, by taxing people that make over $250,000.00. Really?
An analysis by the non partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) has estimated that Sanders proposals would add $12 trillion to $15 trillion to the national debt.
The group found that Sanders major spending initiatives would cost from $17 trillion to $28 trillion, depending on health assumptions and without including net interest. However, his tax plan would only raise about $15.7 trillion.Maybe I am indeed old but this sort of talk scares the shit out of me. I know that looking at budgets and numbers and stuff is icky but the real world implications of such an economic course would lead to certain disaster. Dodd-Frank has curbed some of the excesses of the evildoers and we certainly need to reverse the income inequality in this country but I think we should be real careful before we pull the guillotines out of storage.
When including net interest, Sanders would cause debt to rise from 86 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2026 under current law to between 93 and 139 percent of GDP by 2026, CRFB said.
On another Bernie note, I am right there with him regarding his being against going after gun manufacturers whose products are used in crimes and murders. You don't sue Ford and Chrysler when their vehicles run somebody over.
I have a friend who is voting for Trump. Several friends, many won't quite openly admit it. B said that the politicians have had their shot, time to let a businessman run the show. Which would be fine but this businessman seems to have a serious problem with the truth. He will say anything, quite teflon really, and concoct fantasies that have nothing to do with reality. I am no Ted Cruz fan but the last minute attack on Cruz's father and the alleged link to Oswald was beyond the pale.
If Hillary is smart, and she is, she will sit back and let the guy dig his own grave. Because he will. Get the popcorn ready, this will be good.
And speaking of Hillary, maybe she is somewhat shrill but where did this meme come from that she is in anyway more dishonest than the next politician? I had major reservations about Benghazi but my ire was directed at Susan Rice, not Hillary. Rice seemed to be leading the spin. An Ambassador died, a terrible tragedy occurred. Perhaps if Republicans had not cut embassy budgets things might have turned out differently?
Or is the ire pointed at Clinton just normal misogyny from people who still have a problem with the idea of a woman President? I could give a rat's ass about her email server, Colin Powell did the same thing and I never saw the vultures go after him. Get over it.