A Thank You To Ron Paul.
Thanks for trying to chip away at the system from the inside. You’ve had to spend the majority of the last 30 years cooped up with the scum of the scum. Thankfully, rubbing elbows with disease riddled vermin has left you unplagued by their illness for more power, more money, more control, more, more, more.
Yet you’ve remained steadfast and vigilant. Widespread freedom has trumped concentrated power, at least in your mind. You’ve been the bullhorn of liberty, even when the screams of oppression drowned out your song, you remained hopeful, cheerful and, most importantly, confident.
If there’s one thing we can all learn from your example, it’s principles. Many times over you’ve had the chance to bend, to twist your own rules under the guise of “playing the game of politics”, yet you remained strong, dug down and braced yourself for the darkside of politics. Even when the darkness became so over bearing that it dwindled the light of liberty down to a single lit wick, you remained the guardian of that flame, knowing that more believers would eventually return. If it wasn’t for your unwavering character, the liberty movement might have died a 1,000 deaths in my lifetime alone.
Liberty exists outside of your existence or mine. As you’ve said many times, you’re just the torch bearer. If you disappeared tomorrow, liberty would still exist. You didn’t introduce me to liberty or freedom or even to the principles of being a libertarian, but you showed me it’s potential. You’ve walked the path that’s worth praise, something I rarely dole to any individual. I don’t believe in idols but I do believe in the ideal, and you sir fulfilled that role better than most.
I can’t personally thank you, but I can continue in your footsteps, not afraid to speak up, not embarrassed to do the right thing, not to proud to admit when I am wrong and never to shy to promote liberty and freedom for all, regardless of race, age, color, physical or mental stature. We shall all do our best to spread the message of liberty and to help fan the flames of liberty, even if only within ourselves, which you re-sparked.
“I have no idols. I admire work, dedication and competence.” - Ayrton Senna
Congress’ ability to pass legislation is historically/laughably/depressingly low
- 1995-1996 Is currently the least productive two-year Congressional session on record, dating back to 1947 when the U.S. House Clerk’s Office first began keeping such records. The 104th Congress passed 333 bills in total.
- 2011-2012 Will become the new least productive two-year Congressional session on record, barring a number of miracles during the final days of the 112th Congress. Our sitting senators and representatives would need to send at least 115 more bills to the desk of President Obama to avoid becoming the least productive Congress in decades. Currently, they’re at 219 for the year. source
If Congress spends an entire year and doesn’t pass a single law, I find that to be productive. And if they spend that entire year not passing a single piece of legislation and they manage to somehow repeal even a single existing law? I call that the most successful Congress in the history of man.
There are two ways to define “productive” when it comes to politics: Internally and Externally. To me a successful government is not one that is productive internally (for Congress or government) but productive for people and the private sector.
If we define success of Congress by how busy they keep themselves, we’re only encouraging them to create more and more laws which we don’t need nor that we don’t ask for.
This line of thinking promotes quantity over quality.
We don’t need a high quantity of laws for a high quality of life. In fact, much of history has proven that the opposite is usually true and that the more laws a society has, the more corruption is also present. Now one can argue whether the corruption births the laws or if the laws facilitate the corruption, but they go hand in hand, that much is clear.
So when you say a static Congress is not a “productive” Congress, I can only agree with you if you qualify that statement with the notion that a successful Congress eliminates laws, not increases their numbers.
In the House, they have to because the Democrats don’t have the majority. In the Senate, I’m happy not to filibuster it, and I will announce tonight on your show that I will work with Harry Reid to let him pass his big old tax hike with a simple majority if that’s what Harry Reid wants, because then they will become the party of high taxes and they can own it. —
Rand, he’s up and down for me. Still, I guess better him than any number of potential republican senators.
I don’t think positively of this “method”. Sit back and let them ruin it?
I was just saying this last night.
SS: I don’t care about ‘playing politics’ but I’m always down with the ‘let it fucking burn’ option, here’s why:
Americans just don’t understand how fucked we are in regards to fiscal and monetary policies. They think that one side or the other has the perfect plan and that the opposite side is fucking things up. In reality, they are all fucking things up but you can’t convince them of that right now. You can only do that with a clean slate and a clean slate doesn’t come unless there is so kind of financial chaos. That’s the mother of all change.
So if you truly want real economic change to come to America, you shouldn’t fear the impeding chaos. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama and his yes-men aren’t banking on the chaos to push their own type of change. These guys keep upping the ante on the GOP as if they don’t actually want a deal.
Obama had requested $800 billion in revenues a few months ago and the GOP sucked it up and showed up with that exact figure. Obama and his trolls went ahead and shot that down and doubled-down on their request, now asking for tax hikes on the top 2% as opposed to the top 1% and asking for a total of $1.6 TRILLION, twice what Obama requested just a few months ago.
Obama is routing for chaos and I’m on board. It’s going to take chaos to motivate the American public to wake the fuck up and fix this mess because we all know there’s no real change that’s going to come from Washington.
Oh, by the way, none of this made-up Taxmageddon bullshit is even real. We can just let the tax cuts continue, freeze the spending increases and boom, everything is fine. But both sides, especially the Dems, wanted this mess to come to a head so they can leverage it to vilify the, now, 2% and get all of the 98%, including Republicans who oppose tax increases, to turn on their own principles and choose their own financial stability over their ideology.
Obama and his team are a lot of brilliant politicians. These guys have mastered the game better than anyone I’ve ever seen hold public office. They know exactly how to spin things, how to divide factions and how to get what they want without actually asking for it.
Obama is in it for the chaos. If he wasn’t he’d just extend the tax cuts and hold the spending increases.
The real issues are the unfunded liabilities and what we’re going to do when we actually run out of ways to pay the notes that we’ve already promised and we’re left with two options: default or inflate.
So yes, I’m all in on the ‘let it fucking burn’ option because there is no other option left.
Sen. Dick Durbin, after Mitch McConnell’s latest scheme blew up in his face. McConnell introduced legislation today that would allow the president to unilaterally raise the debt limit, suspecting that Democrats wouldn’t have the guts to vote for it. When it became clear that Democrats did indeed have the votes to pass the bill with a simple majority, McConnell filibustered it, preventing its passage. The United States Senate, ladies and gentlemen. source (via shortformblog)
SugaShane: American politics in a nutshell. It’s like running in place while punching yourself in the face and kicking yourself in the ass.