Holy Crap, March Is Here Already

Yeah, been a while.  It’s okay. I’m here now.

Kinda like the 2012 Mayan calendar “end of the world” thing, the date for the start of the much lamented sequestration has come, and the country has some how managed not to fall immediately into ruin. If President Obama believed the warnings he was using during his recent fear-mongering campaign, he must be shocked to see that there have not been immediate massive firings of teachers, police officers and fire fighters. Although why the federal government sequestration would have resulted in such, no one actually knows.

The sequestration, for those who do not follow national politics in the U.S., is a two percent (2%) reduction in the future growth of spending by the U.S. government. In other words, it is not actually a cut in real spending, and ninety-eight percent  (98%) of the planned growth in spending will still occur. For reasons unknown to any sane, rational person, this sequestration has caused grown men to piss their pants in fear of the collapse of civilization in the U.S.  Some how this 2% cut in the growth of spending is so horrible that it will—if the politicians and pundits on television are to be believed—cause our entire national defense structure to be dismantled, millions of people to be poisoned by spoiled and/or diseased meat, hundreds of thousands each of teachers, police, and firefighters to lose their jobs, and the federal government itself to become fatally crippled.

I am exaggerating but only slightly. The fear-mongering that has gone on is nothing short of fully ignorant and stupid. That Obama has largely gotten away with his fear-mongering without being scathingly ridiculed in the press is a national shame, in my opinion.

Moving on, why do I keep seeing stories about children being suspended from schools for having imaginary weapons. Imaginary as in, not real. Some child got suspended for making a gun shape out of Lego brand building blocks. Another child got suspended for biting his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. Yet another child got suspended for throwing a wholly imaginary hand grenade into a wholly imaginary box of evil. What is wrong with school administrators that this keeps happening? Why do children keep being punished for having imagination?

Speaking of politicians and children, in the State of the Union address, President Obama said this: “Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.” Wrong. As pointed out by Shikha Dalmia and Lisa Snell (at reason.com), “Actually, ‘study after study’ has shown the exact opposite—that publicly funded preschool programs make no lasting difference in a child’s life.” Seems to me, the President of the United States should know this. So is President Obama ignorant, stupid or simply a liar willing to say whatever is necessary to push his preferred political agenda?

In the same speech, President Obama noted several times that finding work in this society can be difficult, and yet he still decided to promote raising the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour. What is wrong with that, you ask. The minimum wage sets an artificial price floor, which not only interferes with the young and unskilled getting employment, it also increases the costs of cheaper goods and services, which in turn makes the cost of living for the poor and middle class go up. Rather than creating a “living wage”, it perpetuates financial difficulties for the poor. It is an extremely short-sighted solution (at best) that does more harm than good. But it sure sounds good though. A good politician can buy a lot of votes by promising to raise minimum wage.

So many things to rant about, so little time. Don’t worry though. There will be more later. And no, I have not forgotten the stories. There will be more of those soon.

Good night and good luck, America, wherever you are.

3 Responses to “Holy Crap, March Is Here Already”

  1. I was wondering what happened to you; thought maybe you fell off the face of the earth.

    Some preschool programs do make sense for children like my son who need that little bit of help before starting kindergarten, although I don’t know if those were the kids Obama was referring to in his speech.

    • I have nothing against preschool. And it may help some children prepare for kindergarten. The problem is that President Obama said a demonstrably untrue thing. Which means he is stupid or ignorant or deliberately lying. Frankly, I do not believe he is stupid, and I doubt he is actually that ignorant. Which leaves him deliberately lying to us. What I do not understand is that he largely gets a pass on this from the press and the public. There is no public outcry, so far as I can see, that the President lies to us. I remember all the “Bush lied!” brouhaha and the “9-11 was an inside job” nonsense, and I wonder where the “speaking truth to power” people have gone. Obama lies the way all loyal Chicagoans vote: early and often. Where are the protests? What happened to the Tea Party?

      • I think a lot of people are over Obama, conservatives and liberals alike. Too many people likely feel the same way I do…the system is fixed and Obama is a blatant example of that. What can be done? Yes, Obama is a liar. We are stuck with him for the time being.

        It’s nice to see you on here. I have missed your stories and your rants.

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