But if you’d rather charge at windmills and celebrate a glorious loss, that’s your affair, I suppose.

Promoted from the comments in DJ’s piece on knowing your audience.  JWH offered up the title line in reference to ideological purity and the debt ceiling.  Now I’m the first to say blow the whole thing up now before it gets any worse.  Lance the boil and let the healing begin.

Something I’ve learned in life you’ve got to pick your battles.  Unfortunately we’ve reached a point where the situation is so dire we really need to do something drastic to avert what is an otherwise inevitable economic collapse.  So when Republicans are negotiating maybe $1 billion, maybe $20 billion, whatever in cuts to $3.8 trillion in annual spending it’s just a joke.

But if you go to voters and say your choices are vote for me and we’re going to make major, painful but necessary changes to SS/Medicare or vote for the Democrat who’ll give you more  I guaran-goddamn-tee you the beast will be fed.

Democrats are invoking the Holocaust over a 0.5% cut next year.  You watch, when the Medicare doctor’s reimbursement cuts in the Obamacare bill they crammed down our throats come due they’ll scream bloody murder if Republicans make any effort to let the cuts come into effect.  Republicans want seniors to get less Medical care!  They want Grandma going to Dr. Nick!

That’s why we’re well and truly boned.  Thirty-five percent of the population are yellow dog Democrats, young people are too stupid to realize their pockets have been picked by America’s wealthiest demographic, and there aren’t enough voters left to elect people who will make the course correction needed.  Vote for me and I’ll take money from the rich and spread it around.  I don’t like it but there are a hell of a lot of people that do.

Then again, I’m still holding out hope I’ll be considered rich some day.  Again, there are a hell of a lot of people who don’t and are happy to live off handouts.

All we can hope for is the best we can get.  Mike Castle instead of Chris Coon.  Sue Lowden instead of Harry Reid.  Then again, having Harry Reid as Majority Leader is a better long-term strategy than being one seat closer to a Republican majority.  If  the Republicans leadership had any kind of sales and negotiating skill we could probably get an easy 2% cut now and another cut in 8-9 months when we debate the next ceiling increase.  Reid and Obama are freaking amateurs and Boehner has kept them in the game.

I totally understand the frustration but political reality dictates Republicans will never – even if they hold majorities like the Dems did in 2009-2010 – be able to make drastic cuts to entitlements or discretionary spending.  Too many Americans are on the sugar tit for it to happen.  Sadly, 2% is the most we can ever expect to shrink the government in a year.

Of course that 2% will have to be based on what we were planning on spending next year, not what we spent this year.  We’ll spend more, just not quite as much more as we could have.  There will never be enough ideologically pure conservatives in power to government back to the size it was even two years prior.  Argue all you want, it just can’t happen.  You’ll never see 60+ conservatives in the Senate.  Game over, man.

This is where Sam gives his soliloquy about the great stories where they had plenty of chance to turn back but kept going because there’s still something out there worth fighting for.  Then we skip to the end where Frodo sits up, looks and Gandalf and says, “Eagles?!?  We had [email protected]&$ing eagles the whole time?  We had the means to fly that [email protected]&$ing ring to Mount Doom on a moonless night, chuck it in the lava, and be back in time to eat second breakfast with all ten of my [email protected]&$ing fingers?  No big deal, it’s not like we just saw 2/3 of the male population of Middle Earth killed or anything.  Gimli!  Did you know we had eagles the whole [email protected]&$ing time?”

And the old man just sits there laughing and thinking to himself, “Eagles.  Wait until you find out about the $100 trillion unfunded Social Security and Medicare liability I’ve insisted upon you inheriting.”

Since I’ve progressed passed pessimism to acceptance of our impending economic supernova ideological purity is a sucker’s gambit for me.  I’m a Libertarian anyway, so most Republicans who pass purity tests turn me off on social issues.  Limited government is long dead and its grave well peed upon.  By Republicans and Democrats alike.  Dems want my money, Repubs worry themselves over how adults live their lives.  I will never be entirely, or even remotely, happy with our two party government.

I have to accept compromise.  It sucks knowing Americans happily enable Washington to seize greater power over them.  But in America we get the government you deserve.  We deserve to have our economy collapse.  And so we will.  Then the ugliness will begin.  I just hope I’m young and well armed enough.

One half of one percent is the best we’re going to get.  Think about that and feel the bonedness surround your body.

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  • Anonymous

    The eagles are the ones charging the windmills, but only Native Americans can pick up the feathers.

    Go Figure.

  • Anonymous

    Having passed de Tocqueville’s failure point – where the majority of voters have figured out they can vote themselves my wallet – there is no solution that lies within the system. What we’ll see now will be either a slow progression into the next Great Depression, or a very quick, drastic, abrupt drop into the next Great Depression. Either way, we’ll be escorted to one or the other by The Winner, O.

    The other contribution to our changing society that the big “O” has brought to us is a blatant disregard for the Rule of Law. If a goal is worthy, we’re now told, then a rote and servile respect for the obstructive rules put in place by less selfless, less intelligent fools is unpatriotic. In the face of impending failure of, say, a General Motors, where one of the affected constituencies provides those of Correct Thought with huge campaign support, the other affected groups simply need to learn their place – which said place is far lower in the priority scheme than they might have imagined – because paying bondholders before employees would fail to serve The Winner’s needs.

    Societal advancement is built upon the bravery of those willing to disregard the old inflexible rules whenever it might be advantageous to do so.

    For my part, I’m taking this new ethos to heart. Having determined that participation in a barter economy will maximize my own resources, I am duty-bound to do so. Failure to do so would only be a sign of my lack of commitment to the new ethos.

    So, as a symbol of my love for my fellow man, I shall be contributing no tax payments to the federal government this year. Dang, I feel more virtuous already!

  • You never get to control the whole process when you only control half of one branch of government and the opposition controls the rest.  Any idea you could is just fantasy.  Jessica Alba ain’t coming to see you, either.

    But if the Penelope Purehearted purists among us succeed in torpedoing Boehner 1.3 tomorrow, we will be faced with either accepting the Reid version, or forcing and being blamed for default.  Default means our interest costs rise by nearly $500 billion a year.  We’ll be paying $7-800 billion per year in interest alone, not paying down a cent of principle.  It’s a hole America won’t be able to dig out of.

    And before some self-styled Hayek bursts from the interwebs to claim, “We don’t have to default even without a debt ceiling hike!” let us point out that any missed payment of any kind, or any layoff or shutdown due to lack of money, constitutes default to the ratings agencies, just as if you paid the mortgage payment but skipped the car payment, your credit still suffers.

    So we put America in a hole we can’t dig out of, and voluntarily share the blame for the economic mess Obama has made, to prove some point?  Smooth move, tough guys!  Your great-great-grandchildren will curse your names and urinate on your graves.

  • Clay

    Atlas is shrugging.

  • Anonymous

    The eagles couldn’t show up any earlier because they would have been blown out of the sky. The only way Frodo even made it to the mountain was because Sauron was convinced that the enemy was the powerful Aragorn or Gandolf. That is why he put so much effort and centuries of time into seducing Saruman. Had they tried to fly on an Eagle, the story would have been over in the first chapter.

  • Anonymous

    The eagles couldn’t show up any earlier because they would have been blown out of the sky. The only way Frodo even made it to the mountain was because Sauron was convinced that the enemy was the powerful Aragorn or Gandolf. That is why he put so much effort and centuries of time into seducing Saruman. Had they tried to fly on an Eagle, the story would have been over in the first chapter.

  • Jeff Blogworthy

    An existential question. Are there such things as “obstructionist Democrats?”