Sunday, July 17, 2011

And so it begins....

For the few die-hards who think there's a difference between the Republicrats and the Demoblicans, go here.    Please.  Hit the link.  And don't even think about acting surprised by what you read. 
This means you, Harper !!  :)

As long as we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we've been getting:  debt, wars, needless regulation, bureaucracy, half the world's prisoners, violence on the border, Barack Obama regulating bedroom behavior, increasingly worthless currency, import quotas, high school graduates who've never read a book, and entitlements from hell. 

The Republicans have worked hand in hand with their co-dependents to raise the debt floor ceiling before the current move to put in a new debt floor ceiling 70 times (so far). 
Leopards don't change their spots.  They do what they do.  Don't be distracted by all the hand-wringing and scenery-chewing.  It is as scripted as a production of Hamlet. 

Just enjoy watching them get your grandchildren further and further into debt. 


JT said...

I never said that Repubs were innocent, I did say that anyone would be better than Obama in 2012. The electoral college will prevent the election of a third party candidate, it is as simple as that. Until we change how we elect our president and vice, the two party system and its candidates will prevail in presidential elections.

Hot Sam said...

Harper is correct. We have a winner take all, first past the post election system. This creates an equilibrium of two parties. If a viable third party took hold, one of the existing parties would soon disappear. Afterward, the members of the defunct party would join one of the remaining parties - not necessarily as members, but as voters. Their participation would move the median voter in their direction, bringing us right back to where we started.

Gerrymandering also eliminates most chances for a viable third party (or no party) candidate. The electoral college makes a third party president nearly impossible.

We would need a parliament to get a viable third party. So the moral of the story is that libertarians are better off trying to influence the existing parties and educating voters than forming a competitive party. I think it was Reagan who said that libertarianism is at the heart of conservatism.

As far as the debt ceiling goes, I think the Demon Rats are lying about the calamitous effects, but the Tea Partiers are purely ignorant about the implications of not raising the debt ceiling.

The current theatrical performance is a worthy demonstration in underlying principles - Republicans want to reduce e deficit and tackle entitlements, Demon Rats use fear tactics to preserve the current system of ever-growing debt. In the end, the debt ceiling will be raised, but we (I mean the electorate) get a clear picture of where everyone stands. But part of that is a war of propaganda, which is why you hear Krugman, et al, saying the Republican brand will become poison. That's wishful thinking on their part.

Republicans have no real power to reduce the deficit. They can only influence it. The real battle is 2012 and beyond.