Thursday, November 12, 2015
Veterans Day: Thank you for your service. Right. If we really cared about our veterans, 22 of them would not kill themselves every day. Some 27,250 have committed suicide since June 2012. War may be hell, so is living after you've been through it.
The Shouting: All the noise at the GOP debates will be for naught if the economy doesn't tank between now and next November. A strong and rising economy traditionally eases the party in the White House back for another term. It seems likely that the Democratic nominee will inherit a decent if not splendiferous economy from Obama, and prevail at the polls.
Pronouns: Sarah Palin says that the noise over the Starbucks red cups is simply “a leftist plot to make us look ridiculous.” Nope, not even if we were clear on which “us” she was referring to, it does not take a leftist plot to make Sarah and fellow travelers look ridiculous.
Pot/Kettle: Ben Carson says that people are easily tricket into thinking that free college education is a good thing. It is not, he says, and will lead to “the destruction of the nation.” Just like it did in Germany and Finland. Besides, just how did a poor kid from Detroit manage to pay for undergrad at Yale and the med school at UofM? Didn't Dr. Ben get some handouts along the way? Oh, scholarships. A free education was okay for him, but not for your kid?
En Garde: Someone should tell both the Pentagon and DHS that more Americans get killed by dog bites in a year than from terrorist attacks.
Beneficiaries: As suspected, most corporate stock buy-backs are motivated either by CEOs trying to keep their jobs, or CEOs trying to make their bonus salary packages worth more. Few have anything to do with running the company at a profit. Take Macy's. Please. It spent three years and billions of dollars propping up its stock prices in the face of falling sales and evaporating profits. Today its stock is at lows not seen since the buybacks began in 2013. So now they have a dying corporation with a whole lot of debt that went to fattening the CEOs retirement accounts.
Interdependence: By 2017, four of the five voting regional Fed Bank presidents will have previously graduated from Goldman Sacs and will undoubtedly return there once their selfless service to the country ends.
Tomorrowland: Technology boosters and assorted soothsayers claim that the merger of robotics with Artificial Intelligence will end the need for most people to work. The report did not suggest how all these non-workers would buy the products of the machines. Sort of like today, only with flying cars zooming around.
Not Needed: Missouri Republican state senator Kurt Schaefer demands that a study of the effects of the GOP imposed 72-hour waiting period for abortion has on women be ended, because he fears the results would “help Planned Parenthood.”
Porn O'Graph: Life lesson.
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