Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Fortune Telling

We have an odd event going on in Gaitherburg, Maryland.  You see....they have a ban on fortune telling.  You can't open such a business....even if it's not a business.  Well....some folks have been approaching the city council and they want fortune telling opened up....licensed. So there's a discussion underway.

Currently, the hint by the mayor and city council is that they will open it to the public, with a few rules.  No one is sure about what rules but it's going to end up being licensed (my humble guess).

Fortune telling is this odd stuff that most people just laugh over and would never pay some gal $20 to sit and gaze over their crystal ball to project their future.  At best, maybe a dozen Americans out of a hundred would do this once in their life...just hoping for some guidance.

Latinos?  Well....it's a totally different scheme. I would imagine that around fifty to sixty percent of all adult Latinos would be willing to pay $20 to hear some predictions about their future.  There might even be ten percent who'd pay $20 a month to hear their current status and love situation or job improvement.

The city?  Well....it'd be interesting if the mayor went over to Rockville, and found some fortune telling gal who predicts this will make a ton of tax revenue for the city.

Back in history....Hitler relied a great deal on astrology to plan out and direct the running of World War II.  After the war, a number of Germans were kind of shocked at the extent that he used these bogus fortune tellers to run the government.  If any German political figure came out today to admit visiting a fortune teller....it'd be his immediate downfall.

I'm guessing that a number of people connected to the city council are calling their friends and making good humor out of the situation.  Maybe the city will start each session of the council meeting, with Madam Zala who predicts the wonderful days ahead of the council.  It'd make folks feel pretty positive over competence or bankruptcy in the future.

The No-Pay Solution

With the House leadership now discussing the idea of sliding no-pay for any House or Senate member, without a budget in place.....it begs for some analysis.

Basically, you'd have to entice the Senate to come to the table and discuss reasonable budget building.  A failure would result in no budget, and thus no pay for the Senators or House members.

Could they make this happen in 2013?  No.  Because of the way that the Constitution is fixed....they could only put this into effect in October of 2014.

Is it even worth committing to.....if it's over eighteen months away?  Yes.

Since the Senate hasn't passed a budget bill in almost four years....it's a likely chance that nothing will be worked out now in 2013, or into the summer of 2014.

What happens as we advance to October of 2014?  Well....there's a national vote for some states and all House members.  If there is no budget....then they'd be having the vote in November of 2014, with no pay-checks coming in.

I would imagine that some Senators would have to admit that they can't function in such an environment. Some will admit they are millionaires and frankly don't care.....which maybe their voters might have a curious interest about their wealth and how they acquired it.

A bigger mess by October 2014?  Probably so.  I wouldn't expect any budget movement by the Senate and this no-pay solution would start to attract alot of interest by this summer.  Most Americans would readily agree with it, and thus pose a bigger problem for the Democrats than just skipping the budget discussion.

Can a Senator survive a year or two without a pay-check?  I have my doubts that most can make it without that monthly check.  It might turn out to be the best solution in the end.