December 2010

Auld Lang Syne

by Pitt Griffin on December 31, 2010 · 0 comments

in Politics

One million people are going to crowd into New York City to watch an illuminated ball drop. Celebrations happen in countless cities.  The New Year allows us to start again. For people who do not celebrate Yom Kippur, New Year is the closest they get to absolving themselves of sin.

Ritually people make resolutions to do better. Invariably people soon forget their promises and go about their gluttonous, smoking, drinking, non-exercising ways. In our heart of hearts we know that we will not live up to our intentions. For most of us it stops with us, but some of us are politicians.

It might make you wonder if the bright young things (some not so young) who first fly to Washington on their carpet of Great Commitments really believe they will change the world or whether in their heart of hearts they know their promises are just soap bubbles.

I think that most politicians do not start cynical, do not want to become cynical and take no pleasure in being cynical. But politicians must get elected and so they give their voters resolutions and intentions.

The Democrats promise a Utopian society, but when the political pedal hits the metal, they sputter to compromise. The Republicans desperately want to believe that lower taxes and professional management will balance the budget.

Pre election is like December 31st or spring training. Everything is possible and this year will be different. But this year will not see the Cubs win the World Series, the Republicans balance the budget or the Democrats show political courage.


Spanking the Witch

December 30, 2010

Christine McDonnell is being investigated by the US Attorney’s office in Delaware, for abusing campaign funds. Predictably she is blaming the Democrats – with eloquence.  “Given that the king of the Delaware political establishment just so happens to be the vice president of the most liberal presidential administration in U.S. history, it is no surprise that […]

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Cui Bono?

December 29, 2010

Conservatives tell us that Governmnet regulation will destroy American business, drive a stake into the heart of capitalism and reduce our competitiveness to ashes. Why do they tell us this? Is it because of their genuine concern for the poor American corporation, reduced to quivering jelly under the jackboot of voracious socialism or is it something […]

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Read this if you want to live

December 27, 2010

Happy New Year from the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU); enjoy it while you can, because the Democrats and Socialist-in-Chief, Barack Obama, are out to kill you. Through their lap dog agency, the FDA, they are rationing Avastin, supported by hysterical stories in the ‘lamestream’ media. Not since the medical ‘procedures’ of the Nazis and their […]

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Pat Robertson’s moment of sanity

December 24, 2010

It may not be as unlikely as a monkey typing the complete works of Shakespeare, but it was refreshing to hear that Pat Robertson, not usually lucid on social policy, is against sending people to jail for marijuana possession. He realizes that it does not benefit society and certainly not the perpetrators to ‘jail-harden’ youthful […]

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There’s scientific method to my madness

December 23, 2010

In the 1930s in the Soviet Union state policy made it clear that there was no such thing as random mutation in genes. This, of course, flies in the face of the science of genetics. Two things should be considered with this in mind. One, it is ridiculous that politicians should decide what is good […]

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Is there a hell for corporations?

December 22, 2010

Conservatives think that corporations should not be regulated. That is either wishful thinking or a quid pro quo for campaign contributions. Some companies behave illegally, some immorally, some incompetently; Halliburton hits the trifecta. I thought we could put Halliburton behind us but it has become the ‘Friday the 13th’ of corporations. In a capitalist economy good companies […]

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Lame Duck Hunting

December 21, 2010

The Tea Party is all bent out of shape because the Lame Duck congress is passing so much legislation. The Twentieth Amendment they harrumph, was meant to put an end to parties, that had been shellacked in the elections, continuing to pass legislation. But we aren’t allowed to ‘read between the lines’ of the constitution. […]

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You have nothing, and I want it

December 18, 2010

 The mob made its money by satisfying illegal desires: drugs, prostitutes, gambling etc. Gambling is now an increasingly legal endeavor, both as a private and public enterprise. Let’s contrast the two. Roulette returns over 94 cents per dollar back to the customer. Slot machines usually have a ‘return to player’ (RTP) of between 82% and […]

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