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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Closing Committee

Timothy Birdnow

Here is an AP story explaining the deal made by Speaker Boner, er, Boehner and Scary Harry Quite Contrary and Il Duce. Be sure to read the comments; they rip this thing to shreds.

(I can't reproduce it here; AP gets testy about such things.)

It's exciting to see that they will cut billions out of the deficit in the coming years! Gee! They are really getting serious now!

Whenever a commission is created (as if we haven't already studied this issue to death) it almost invariably ends up against conservative interests. I can tell you right now, there were lists of names approved by both sides before this legislation was introduced, and Boehner undoubtedly put up names of moderates, with the Dems doing likewise. Only there really is no such thing as a moderate Democrat, and given their party's severe discipline were such a critter to be found they would follow the donkey lead or else. The GOP never learns; they get burned on this repeatedly. And what does this serve? Obama rejected the recommendations of his own commission, and should he be re-elected he will reject any legislation coming from this one. Congress is engaged in an act of mental onanism here.

Verbal promises aren't worth the paper they are printed on, and that is ultimately all we are getting. A committee is a verbal promise to suggest ways to make written promises. Good luck with that.

This quote is attributed to Alexander Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, but it's origin is obscure. Still, it fits well with where we stand today:

"A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's greatest civilizations has been 200 years."

End quote.

Looks like our two hundred years is about up.

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