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Barack Obama’s Country for Kids Who Can’t Add Good

Zoolander and Hansel ponder Matilda's wordsObama’s fundamental transformation of America will hit a new stage when he hires the 100,000 math and science teachers he promised during the 2012 presidential campaign.

What does this mean?

It means we’ll have 2,000 more teachers for each state, one more teacher for every 500 school-age children, and 6,250 more school administrators to oversee these teachers.

One drawback to this math boom exists.

If all these extra teachers generate an uptick in the arithmetical acumen of Obama’s followers, Democrat voters who want to soak the “rich” may actually start doing the math.

This means:

Democrat voters may figure out that taxing the “rich” even at French tax rates wouldn’t cover half of one annual Obama budget.

Democrat voters may figure out the ongoing and exponential increases of unfunded liabilities in Medicare and Social Security mean that if Harry Reid keeps preventing the programs from being re-structured, he’ll soon be protecting the cooked meat of these sacred cows.

Democrat voters may figure out the absurdity of the current fiscal cliff conversation, which revolves around a class warfare argument over Grover Norquist and a few billion dollars in additional tax revenue (theoretically). We’d instead be talking about the $8 trillion a year it will take to keep just Medicare and Social Security going and that the combined gross annual income of every individual in the country making over $66,193 is only $5.1 trillion.

For those who haven’t been educated yet by Obama’s new teachers, that’s a $2.9 trillion gap.

It reminds me of this distillation of the ongoing state of affairs in the Middle East: Read more…

Conservatism will never be cool, just compelling

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.” – Lester Bangs, Almost Famous

When I was in grammar school, I was decidedly “uncool”. 

In fourth grade, I lost the election for class president to a girl with lower grades but higher popularity.

In sixth grade, I distinctly remember hearing a cool kid make a joke that was nearly identical to one I had made only days earlier, and being frustrated when he got laughs whereas I received funny looks and nervous giggles.

When Frick and others make the argument that conservatives need to be cooler, all I can think of are bullied geeks and nerds across this once great country sarcastically smacking their foreheads and going, “Duh! We just need to be cooler! Why didn’t we think of that?!”

Republicans are at the familiar political crossroads in Western countries, where the party must decide whether to retrench in limited government principles, or take the European path of promising to be better managers of the big government bureaucracy. Conservatives often deride the second option, for good reason, as Democrat-lite and doomed to failure. Trying to mimic the liberal cult of personality, trendy cause style will necessarily fail as well.  The last two months provide a great example of why (and I’m not talking about the election).

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the success of the incredible marketers at Susan G. Komen in mainstreaming and popularizing that cause is truly astounding.  Evidence of that are NFL players, supposedly the most rough, tough, manly men out there, spending not just one weekend but the entire month worth of games wearing pink on their uniforms as they try to maim each other.

Since it’s borderline socially unacceptable to mention that maybe just a bit too much attention is paid to this one particular type of cancer (or that Susan G. Komen’s allocation of funds between awareness/administration and research is less than ideal), men instead tried to mimic the women’s success by creating “Movember”, and growing mustaches during November to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Contra the success of the instantly recognizable pink ribbons in reminding people of breast cancer, the mustaches just remind people of creepiness, and lead to awkward conversations (“Wait, so is your mustache caused by the cancer? I think I’m missing the connection.”). Read more…

Why Greg Smith is AWESOME

Yesterday was a very sad day. The last good man on Wall Street, Greg Smith, resigned from Goldman Sachs in protest of their decadent culture.

To put the sarcasm aside for a moment, I believe Smith makes some valid criticisms, made more powerful by the insider knowledge he has of the company and the business. It probably took a bit of courage to call out publicly people that he had been working with for over a decade. He may have lost a few friends. However, I would have preferred he use the limited word count of his editorial to go into the effect the government response to the 2008 financial crisis may have had on the industry. Did TARP send the message of no moral culpabilitiy to an already depraved culture? Introspectively, what does he think he, as a leader in the company, could or should have done differently to combat the corruption and dishonesty earlier on? All of these questions go unanswered, because Greg Smith has a huge bias… in favor of his own awesomeness. Read more…

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