I’m sick of the 911 system. I don’t want my tax money to go to it. I stay healthy and live in a low-crime neighborhood—where’s my ride in an emergency vehicle that gets to run red lights? Why should my hard-earned dollars subsidize cops for losers who were brutally assaulted because they decided to live in high-crime areas, or emergency medical care for slobs who had heart attacks because they chose to smoke or let themselves get out of shape? Isn’t that just encouraging bad behavior? If we help these people, won’t a lot of them just go back to the same old bad ways of living? Or, say, if I have smoke detectors and a fire burns down the house of some idiot who doesn’t, that couldn’t possibly affect my house, could it? So why should I be forced to subsidize a fire department? To me, the #1 priority has to be avoiding moral hazard. That’s why I say let all the losers suffer and die. It’s not as if anything bad could ever happen to the rest of us—we’re smart and responsible. Right?
I don’t usually steal an entire post from another blogster. It is not often considered proper. But I liked it so much, and it nicely punctuates my latest wonder. So, thanks to No More Mister Nice Blog.
You know, the idiocy this nation is being asked to put up with these days is just incredible, especially in the face of this particular fact: During the 2008 election, the Republigoat nominee for President attempted to win the election by painting the Democratic nominee as a “socialist” for espousing perfectly reasonable and necessary monetary programs to right the economy and to help clean up the disaster created by the driving philosophy of Republigoat and/or conservative politics. That attempt failed. John McWeirdsmile lost the election. Barack Obama won the election and became President of the United States of America.
In fact, he won decisively. From the Wiki:
Obama’s raw popular vote margin of victory (approximately 9.5 million votes) was the largest ever for a non-incumbent presidential candidate, and the sixth largest margin of victory ever. Obama’s popular vote percentage (52.9%) is also the highest for a Democratic presidential candidate since Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and the highest overall since George H. W. Bush was elected president in 1988. He also received more votes than any presidential candidate in American history, breaking the previous record of just over 62 million, held by President George W. Bush after his successful reelection bid in 2004. Meanwhile, John McCain set the record for the most votes received by a losing presidential candidate with slightly less than 60 million votes, beating the record of just over 59 million set by John Kerry.
We won. And we didn’t squeak by. We achieved a stunning victory. And that victory was powered primarily in the face of a cross-eyed, cynical, moronic attempt to paint reasonable monetary policy as “socialism.”
So, why in the wide wide world of sports do we still have to listen to idiots like Glenn Beck sound the shofar that the recently passed recovery package is socialism? Why, why, why? And why do we have to put up with the Bizarro-Utopian Anarchists like Jindal and Perry, governors grandstanding, threatening not to accept federal money?
(I say Congress now has the power to rescind those funds from any Repuligoat who whines about being offered them. Let those assholes explain that to their constituents.)
But didn’t we soundly kick the ass of the absurd notion that a government spending money to prime the pump is “socialism?” Why do we still have to hear such nonsense?
Meanwhile, it just keeps getting better and better. The Dow hit an 11-year low. And, filed under “as Mexican as apple pie,” the plant in Reading, Pa. that makes the Peppermint Patty is closing and moving to Mexico. No, America doesn’t need a stimulus. Not at all. DUH.