Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We Gotta Cut Government....But We Can't Cut THAT!

Our local news featured a story yesterday that warned that the proposed "America First" budget of Trump would lead to the end of three Amtrak runs through Indiana, including two lines that go through the nearby station of Waterloo, Indiana.

My first thought was that if those lines close up it would suck for the Amish both here and in Northern Indiana (LaGrange/Shipshewana) as they use Amtrak from that station to provide cheap long-distance transport to places like Missouri and Pennsylvania.

My second thought that was thinking like that is exactly what got us $20,000,000,000,000 in debt in the first place. Pretty much every spending line in the Federal budget has a constituency. If you cut spending anywhere, it will impact somebody.

The "any cut to spending = the apocalypse" mindset is sort of like what we used to call NIMBY, which stood for Not In My Back Yard. In other words, we like power plants and factories, we just don't want them built near us because they are dirty and unsightly and often not very healthy. Now the equivalent is "We need to cut spending but only spending that doesn't impact me" and that doesn't work any better than NIMBY did.

If we don't get out of this mindset, we are doomed to insolvency. In fact even if we do get out of this mindset, it might already be too late. With 2/3 of the Federal "budget" taken up by non-discretionary spending, the path to righting this ship is going to mean a lot of shared sacrifice. There was once a time when that idea didn't frighten/anger Americans but those days are mostly over. We have moved from "The Greatest Generation" to "Ask not what your country can do for you.." to "Me first" to "I should have everything I desire and someone else should pay for it".

The American experiment has failed and the collapse is inevitable and coming soon.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Me On The Internet

Pardon the one obscenity but the rest is awfully funny but also very true.


Vandalism Is Now A Daring Act. What Media Bias?

A group of loony left vandals caused a bunch of damage at a Trump golf course, all in the name of justice or something. The Washington Post describes them as "environmental activists" in the story, Video shows environmental activists defacing popular Trump golf course.
A group of environmental activists pulled off an elaborate act of vandalism at one of President Trump’s premier golf courses early Sunday morning.
The group — which labels itself an “anonymous environmental activist collective” — snuck into Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and carved a message into the green with six-foot-tall letters that said: “NO MORE TIGERS. NO MORE WOODS.”
Weird, I would think criminals or vandals would be a more appropriate description of these people. I wonder what the WaPo would have said if Hillary had won and "activists" defaced her property? I am guessing that the word "activist" wouldn't be used. Setting aside for a moment the inane message, which I guess was supposed to be clever but I am pretty sure that there were never any tigers there to begin with, and the irony of tearing up the environment to protest damage to the environment. I wanted to make another point. Here is a screen shot of the WaPo (Democracy Dies In Darkness!) story. Notice the bottom line underlined in red (click the pic to enlarge):


Huh. What exactly was changed to "more accurately reflect the nature of the actions"? Well according to the comments from last night and this tweet, the WaPo story originally described criminal trespass and vandalism in a less nuanced way.


A daring act of defiance? How noble to sneak onto a golf course and deface private property! How noble of the WaPo to change it to "more accurately reflect the nature of the actions" but the real sentiment is expressed in the original description. I am trying to track down a screenshot of the pre-"more accurate" headline. To the WaPo and other mass media organs, the pretense of journalism has been thrown out the window a long time ago and now they are simply mouthpieces for the American far left. At least now they are open and honest about it.

According to these environmental activists cowardly criminals and vandals, what they did was "justified" because golf courses are a crime or something:
The group consisted of four people, who accessed the course by scaling a fence and “walking down a steep hill laced with cacti,” the group member told The Post. “Tearing up the golf course felt justified in many ways,” the member said. “Repurposing what was once a beautiful stretch of land into a playground for the privileged is an environmental crime in its own right.”
Ah yes. Remember "environmental activists" wrecking golf courses when their beloved Comrade Obama played 333 rounds of golf on golf courses that had "repurposed" "what was once a beautiful stretch of land into a playground for the privileged"? You don't? Come to think of it, I don't either. I guess when the "privileged" person on the playground is Barack Obama, it is OK. 

This incident is the latest act of criminal behavior that leftists feel is justified because they don't like the outcome of an election. It is only a matter of time before someone gets killed by these lunatics and we are already on the edge of serious violence in this country, all being perpetrated for now on one side but you can be sure that at some point the violent behavior will be reciprocated and then who knows what will happen. When it does happen, and I think it will sooner rather than later, "media" outlets like the Washington Post and others will bear some measure of responsibility for their inflammatory rhetoric that excuses, if not outright justifies, criminal behavior in the place of civilized discourse.