Archive for November, 2013

Why don’t they eat cake

November.16. 2013

I just heard Gov Rick Scott of Florida offering this bit of advice in an interview on Bloomberg News:

“The best way to get insurance is to get a job.”

Amazing why the President didn’t think of that solution to our healthcare crisis instead of creating the mess that is Obamacare.

I can think of similar advice that can be offered.

To the starving millions affected by drought and famine, “The best way to fill your stomach is to find food.”

To the homeless on the streets of America, “The best way to have a roof over your head is to buy a home.”

And to Gov Rick Scott, himself a potential member of the Hair Club for Men, “The best way to avoid baldness is to grow hair.”

It brings to mind that other bit of profound advice offered by a famous Queen. On finding that her subjects had no bread to eat, she asked. “Why don’t they eat cake?”

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Unsustainable

November.10. 2013

When one young Cuban boy washed up on the shores of Florida, in late November 1999, few could have predicted the outcomes that would result from this seemingly inconsequential event.

For it set off a chain of events that would ultimately cause the near collapse of the world economic system and the present calamity facing the US — a massive national debt.

How so, you may ask?

What did little Elian do?

First he caused Al Gore to lose Florida.

Whatever you may think of the role the High Court played in the Bush-Gore recount debacle, the margin either way was small, 537 votes out of almost 6 million cast.

And that you can squarely blame on Elian.

Without him, Gore would have gained more Cuban American votes, at least enough to avoid the recount. (As an aside, who wouldn’t feel outraged by the pictures of Federal agents pointing a machine gun at Elian?)

Then 9/11 happened.

And the rush to war began.

A war that would never have occurred had Gore won the recount because the combination of factors that led to the war was a unique Bush WH phenomenon.

Fast forward to 2008.

6 years of draining the country’s resources — 2.5 billion a week just in Iraq alone. How many weeks did we stay in Iraq?

And the amazing thing was, none of it paid for, all kicked down the road to the next occupant of the White House. Brilliant calculation.

Yes, you can argue that the subprime loans caused the 08 meltdown. That’s another debate altogether. But no one can deny that the hemorrhaging of the country’s resources the way we were doing it in Iraq was unsustainable.

And fast forward to 2013.

17 trillion in debt and counting.

True, part of that debt is caused by the country’s entitlement programs, to the poor and the rich alike, but a large part of it is war expenses coming due (someone’s got to pay for all that shock and awe), and the massive tax cuts under Bush, and the loss of revenue caused by the economic collapse.

Some will say that the present occupant of the White House has been there for five years and that he’s to be blamed for the present economic mess.

I say that little Elian is to be blamed.

This unlikely Black Swan is probably living a charmed life in Cuba, blissfully unaware of the mess he left behind on the mainland, one that is still playing out as we speak.