Saturday, 1 May 2010

This Debt Commission

The President has another commission in effect. I don't think we've ever had this many commissions in operation at the same time. So this one is formed up of 18 members...ten are Democrat and eight are Republican. They have until December to hand some suggestions to the President. The key feature of this group...is that only those things agreed upon by fourteen of the eighteen...go forward.

I sat there listening to this on CNN the other night. I tried hard to envision how you would function. First, you'd go around and discuss cuts. It's hard to see how you'd get fourteen guys to agree to cut one single thing. Then you'd go around and discuss increasing taxes....and it's hard to see fourteen guys agreeing to one single thing. Then you'd order lunch....sip some tin and tonics in the afternoon, and probably watch Glenn Beck around 5PM.

The timing of this also was something to ponder about. You wait till after the November elections....when the Republicans are slated to win the House control, and likely have forty-eight senators in the senate. Then you...as the President would toss two dozen changes into the fireplace? Frankly, I don't see that happening....especially, if you say tax increases are the item to jump on.

Then you ask this really stupid question....why didn't you just say a eight percent cut around the table for every cabinet group...and let them decide on their own? I realize congress would have marginalized that....but at least they know their own business. This eighteen member group are all political players....so I doubt they know anything about national parks, swamp protection projects, Army helicopters, or federal property in the Ozarks.

It would appear that this is just a pony show of sorts. You'd make a fine speech or two over the commission's ideas...and then fall flat in January as you tried to get congress onto this.

Course, if you are in serious jeopardy with debts surging and income just not recovering....then you've got a four-star mess in March of 2011. Oh, and did I forget to mention JOBS?

I was almost finished with this commission....but then I looked over the membership. There was Andy Stern. Andy is the former president of the left-wing Service Employees International Union. Andy also is a weekly visitor to the President. Everything that the commission talks about...hour by hour...goes straight to the President within each week, compliments of Andy, I would imagine. I would also guess that Andy ensures that no personnel cuts occur with union members across the government.

The value of this type of commission? I don't think they can reach any conclusion. I'd be shocked if they come up with a dozen ideas...and none of them would involve cuts on government employees.

Concrete Life Issues (That Change)

Things like this...only occur in DC.

The DC Mayor....Adrian M. Fenty...had to stand up and apologize yesterday.

He had accidentally (go figure)...issued out a certificate of appreciation honoring the leader of the "ex-gay" movement.

Yeah, you read that right....a group that is held on the idea of gays being "rehabilitated."

Local gay groups were terribly upset with the mayor over this screw-up. They aren't accepting this entire story about screwing up.

These pro-gay groups want to know why he had honored Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays with this certificate.

The only thing that the mayor's team wants to say....is that this was a "staff-level error."

Bob Summersgill says: "Stating it was a staff error doesn't cut it. How was the error even possible? What vetting process does an honorary certificate go through? Who initiated the certificate, who approved it, who processed it? Why was this not flagged for possible political impact and given a higher level of review?"

Yes. Certificates like this can only go to gay folks...not formerly gay folks. There are rules about this....and you can walk around giving out certificates of such-and-such....to former gays. That just won't cut it.

In fact, we need a commission under the President to watch for formerly gay folks, and make sure they don't get into any federal mess or even the White House.

Sarcastic? Yeah.

Gays don't rehabilitate or progress or change. Yeah, we've heard the whole story from CNN, MSNBC, and CBS....so it can be only true.

So when a guy or gal changes...then what? I'm only asking. The only thing we can be sure of...is that you can't be getting any certificate of appreciation from DC. Other than that....anything is possible.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough

"I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money". A quote this week from the President.

I'm from Bama....as some of you know. I paused over this. In a way, it demanded a great pondering out of me.

Normally, at least with my brother the engineer....there would have been this formula that he would have worked up to demonstrate to the ninth degree...that maybe in a mathematical world....it might actually be possible to say with scientific proof...'yes, you've made enough'. Not that he'd really believe it....but mathematically....it might be possible.

But I went the other direction.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough sex.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough ice tea.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough catfish.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough topless women at Lou's Bar & Grill.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough gas fumes from the 65 Chevy.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough barking from the neighbor's dog.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough trailer trash women.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough dry county crap.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough MSNBC, CNN and ABC.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough Timmy and Lassie on TV.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough prunes.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough Lady Gaga.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough Jay Leno and David Letterman.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough Tic Tacs.

I mean, I do think at a certain point, you've had enough Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Well....ok, maybe not Pabst.

Bluntly, once you start to suggest something back on regular folks and try to "judge them"....you've pretty crossed a line and become something that won't work. Folks don't want a judge in their lives....and they'd appreciate as little judgement as possible.

So as you sit there at the bar tonight...gazing at some gal next to you chatting about Hoss & Little Joe from Bonanza...in her tube top....and sipping your eight Pabst...maybe you've reached some point, and you just don't realize it. Well...maybe.