I haven’t been writing much lately because it’s all such a depressing subject. The ongoing farce of the Obama Administration and the current economic problems are bad enough. But what’s actually depressing me is that there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel.
As I noted elsewhere, Obama is the problem, he’s the symptom. And the aspect of that strikes me most is the incredible amount of deference I see toward government and its actions. Our own Mr. Eagar, when confronted with the abomination that was the “stimulus” bill, basically responded with “Bush sucks!”. Well, perhaps, but that’s hardly a defense of the legislation in question. It came down to Eagar condemning (rightly) a CEO who looted a company just before bankruptcy. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looting hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on her pet causes in the name of “stimulus” raises not a hair of an eyebrow of concern.
If it were just Eagar, it would be merely amusing. But he’s actually far more rational and knowledgeable than most, which makes the situation rather a bit more concerning. I am completely lost as to how to get people to think “stealing $100M is bad” rather than “a private interest stealing $100M is bad”. You’ll never convince someone of the benefits of privitization and limited government if the cost of government never registers.
So we plunge on in to the abyss, our Congress spending money like drunken monkeys fling poop and there’s very little outrage or even disapproval. For example, here’s Representative Charlie Rangel explaining in crude terms how it’s not a citizen’s business to be concerned with a Representative’s corruption. But he’ll be re-elected, just like Representative John Murtha was after calling his constituents rednecks and racists. If voters will do that, why shouldn’t they consider themselves a ruling class?
P.S. I have a bunch of clippings for this, I’ll add them as I encounter them again.
Hot Air on the PMA scandal. Here we have a lobbying group “buying” money from the government, literally hundreds of millions of dollars worth. The House has already voted down any investigation and I predic that will suffice to keep the scandal effectively unknown and unpunished.