It's a wonderful vision (at least to some), much like the way they reminisce about the 'good old days' of the 1950s, where good honest hard working men would go to the factory, do an honest days work, and earn enough to support his housewife, car, two kids, dog, and home.
The problem with the small government vision, just like the idyllic and mythical 'good old days' is that it is a complete lie and fabrication, invented to invoke an emotion and to gain votes among the gullible and ill-informed
If you read no other article on this lazy Sunday afternoon, read this one by Chris Hayes in The Nation about why Washington doesn't care about jobs. It validates something someone pointed out to me long ago about one of the reasons the Europeans have had a welfare state and the US doesn't: their parliamentary form of government and strict campaign laws make it so they draw more from the middle classes for their leadership.
There are lot's of possibilities for why this is so, and I would imagine it's a combination of the things Hayes sets forth and maybe a few more. Perhaps there's something in certain people's psyches that desire royalty and if you don't have some sort of figure heads playing those roles, people will naturally start treating those with real power as monarchs --- and they'll start acting that way in return. Or maybe it's just that American politics costs so much that only the rich or the corrupt can usually afford to participate. Certainly, our extreme income inequality is taking those who have money further and further away from the concerns of the ordinary American and since our political leaders and media stars are among them, that naturally makes them less able to relate to ordinary Americans.
Whatever the reasons, we have a ruling elite that is more and more out of touch as we can see with the fatuous blather from the celebrity Village pundits who drone on and on about "shared sacrifice" while extolling the virtues of tax cuts for themselves and cuts in Social Security for the rest of us. The dissonance is downright disorienting to those of out here in the rest of America.
I swear she only says this crap because she knows it will piss us off.
During an appearance on "America's Nightly Scoreboard" on Fox Business on Friday night, she said, "See because our president is so inexperienced in the private sector and in government and in actually running anything and making any kind of budget that inexperience has really made manifest in some of the statements he makes."
This from a person who clearly has very little experience speaking English.
Yeah, and that's a bigtime word salad. "making any kind of budget that inexperience has really made manifest in some of the statements he makes?!" I dare you to diagram that sentence. I'm not sure it can be done.
Demonstration today in Austin, bunch of Texan wing-nuts want to secede from the union. Yee-haw! What a great idea! Think of it – 2 fewer Repug Senators, 18 fewer Repug Congressmen (including Gold Standard Ron Paul). Where can I contribute to the cause? Don't let the door hit you on the ass on your way out!
"I NORMALLY TURN THE OTHER CHEEK, BUT WHEN A HUCKLEHEAD LIKE THIS 'BITCH-SLAPS' MY MOMMA, I HAVE NO PROBLEM CRUCIFYING THE BASTARD."
When Michael Moore comes to Wisconsin to speak out against the amount of income disparity we have in the United States that we've not seen since the Gilded Age, leave it to the yappers on Fox to go crazy and call him every name in the book, and to also insist that he's picking on the so called "job creators" in America. Someone tell me that these idiots weren't just reading straight off of the pages of Atlas Shrugged for Fox "news" with this breathless defense of how we're not supposed to pick on the rich by asking them to pay more in taxes.
Tax breaks for vacation homes? WTF? And why do companies get to write off punitive damages? What part of the word "punitive" is unclear to those douchehats in the halls of Congress?