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Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Of austerity and contraction

Texas cuts spending, tax revenues go up:
In 2011, when it looked as if Texas was facing a multi-billion-dollar budget deficit, the Texas Legislature cut spending, especially funding for education, Bloomberg notes. However, partly because of the fracking boom, revenues from the sale of oil and gas soared, bringing in unexpected tax revenues. The jobless rate also declined sharply, currently down to 6.2 percent. Revenue from sales taxes has increased as well.
Meanwhile, California has lost over $1 billion in tax revenues in less than two months by increasing spending and tax rates:
After Proposition 30 passed on November 6, 2012, the State of California experienced a decline in the total state revenue for the month of November. California State Controller John Chiang reported that the total revenue for the month of November declined by $806.8 million, which is 10.8 percent below budget.

The State of California experienced a decline in its revenue as several of the high income earners have relocated to other states, and have also relocated their businesses out of state. This led to a decline in corporate and income tax revenues by more than $1 billion.
It's 2013.  How is it possible that any government, at any level, is still using static revenue models?  At some point, inept ideology can only be described as willful idiocy.

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Anonymous BAJ January 08, 2013 11:19 AM  

Once the dollar becomes nearly worthless, tax revenues will increase dramatically! :-D

Anonymous Difster January 08, 2013 11:24 AM  

I'm glad I'm in Texas now instead of California.

On the subject of Texas, Travis County, TX (where Austin is located) is trying to ban gun shows on private and public land. Austin is, without a doubt, the liberal bastion of an otherwise conservative Texas.

Anonymous BluntForceTrauma January 08, 2013 11:26 AM  

Another one for Roget's: "At some point, inept ideology can only be described as willful idiocy."

Why have I not compiled these?

Blogger James Dixon January 08, 2013 11:28 AM  

> Austin is, without a doubt, the liberal bastion of an otherwise conservative Texas.

Pass a state law saying that guns laws are a state matter and removing the right for county or local municipalities to regulate them. Add removal from office, automatic fines, and jail time for any county or locally elected officials who do so.

Anonymous Pre-emptive Strike Force January 08, 2013 11:31 AM  

Shutup, Tad.

Anonymous Josh January 08, 2013 11:35 AM  

God bless fracking.

OpenID newrebeluniv January 08, 2013 11:35 AM  

Do any of the computer games that have an economy use a static model? Civ? Sim City? Even Pharoah/Ceasar? Are game developers just smarter than government economists and politicians?

--Hale

Blogger A January 08, 2013 11:38 AM  

This reminds me of a Ramit Sethi tweet, "Nothing like seeing a group of doctors smoking outside to let you know that information alone doesn't persuade."

Anonymous Poli_Mis January 08, 2013 11:39 AM  

Why do you think they call Austin "California on the Colorado (river)?

You can smell the hippies all the way down in Hays County.

Anonymous Krul January 08, 2013 11:40 AM  

It's 2013. How is it possible that any government, at any level, is still using static revenue models? At some point, inept ideology can only be described as willful idiocy.

Most of me thinks they're simply too stupid to think through the likely consequences of these policies.

A small part of me wonders whether they actually want to impoverish the people under their control, for some reason.

Anonymous Lysander Spooner January 08, 2013 11:43 AM  

"willful idiocy"

AKA: "The Idiocracy", has been firmly established in the Empire of Lies.

Anonymous stg58/Animal Mother January 08, 2013 11:45 AM  

Josh,

According to the Houston Business Journal, the shale oil and gas industry (of which fracking is a part) in Texas currently employs approximately 570, 000 Texans. By the end of the decade, it is estimated that the industry just in Texas will employ about one million people.

You want job? Come and get it!

Anonymous Stilicho January 08, 2013 12:19 PM  

Texas cuts spending, tax revenues go up...

Unexpectedly

Meanwhile, California has lost over $1 billion in tax revenues in less than two months by increasing spending and tax rates..

Unexpectedly

Neo-Keynesianism in a word.

Anonymous Jake January 08, 2013 12:36 PM  

"At some point, inept ideology can only be described as willful idiocy."

I wonder if it's ineptitude, willful idiocy, or more or less the desired outcome.

Blogger Laramie Hirsch January 08, 2013 12:44 PM  

I know it's off topic, but did anyone catch Alex Jones' lunatic outburst with Piers Morgan? Sure, Jones was saying a lot of truthful things. But the horrific manner in which he vomited out his insane ramble at the interviewer really painted him as a complete freak. Very embarrassing. Liberals win again, on that one. (I wish you'd cover that one, Vox. Do you think Jones is truly who he says he is?)

Anonymous Jack Amok January 08, 2013 12:45 PM  

Do any of the computer games that have an economy use a static model? Civ? Sim City? Even Pharoah/Ceasar? Are game developers just smarter than government economists and politicians?

Speaking as a game developer, the answer is "yes", but that doesn't put us in very exclusive company - many occupations have a higher average IQ than politicians.

And Economists? Well, economists who work for the government suffer a particular problem - their employers (politicians and bureaucrats) didn't hire them to accurately forcast anything. They hired them to produce justifications for doing what the pols and aparats wanted to do in the first place.


Austin is, without a doubt, the liberal bastion of an otherwise conservative Texas.

Yes, well, Austin is the state capital, so all the parasites are drawn to the smell of flowing money. And there is a delima for Texas as a whole (for any location really). The more prosperous it becomes, the more attractive it is to Leftists who must have a large flow of money to tap into in order to survive. California used to be a prosperous and moderatly conservative state. But all that money drew socialist parasites from all over the country and they changed it.

Anonymous Van January 08, 2013 12:59 PM  

Re (OT) Jones and Morgan: watched five minutes, they fought over who would control the conversation. Morgan sounded sophisticated while making misleading statements; Jones sounded agitated and unbalanced while making accuate statements.

Anonymous Athor Pel January 08, 2013 1:10 PM  

Some people just don't like Alex Jones. It doesn't have anything to do with what he is saying and everything to do with how he is saying it. They find his personality objectionable. It's a completely subjective phenomenon.


It's a style over substance dichotomy. Some people can't accept what you say unless you conform to their sense of propriety, reality be damned. You could liken them to rabid Apple customers.


Anonymous Stilicho January 08, 2013 1:16 PM  

...if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.

Here I stand. I can do no other. May God help me.

There are times in a man's life when he must make unequivocal choices that reflect his most deeply held beliefs and lay bare his conscience for all the world to see. How a man chooses reveals his true character far more emphatically than any amount of words ever can. There are also times in the course of history when men must choose a course of action that is not asked of every generation. Whether we choose the godless security of ignoble slavery or choose to fight for the divinely ordained liberty that is our inalienable birthright, such a time for choosing is at hand. Choose wisely whether you would serve the Creator who endowed you with life and liberty or whether you would serve instead a worldly master who promises many things, but delivers only death in the end. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Anonymous Clay January 08, 2013 1:26 PM  

After watching a little bit of that Morgan / Jones spectacle, I'm thinking Jones might could do with a bit of Prozac himself.

Anonymous Roundtine January 08, 2013 1:27 PM  

Do any of the computer games that have an economy use a static model? Civ? Sim City? Even Pharoah/Ceasar? Are game developers just smarter than government economists and politicians?

Back in the early 1990s I loved playing Shadow President. The challenge I set for myself was to get my popularity up enough to cut Social Security. I did it by boosting the economy and cutting tax rates, and using defense cuts to really goose the economy. Then the SS cuts went through. And that's pretty much the Ron Paul scenario.

Republicans need to lead with defense cuts, put the defense cuts alongside entitlement reforms and tax reform, and they will have a winning package.

I don't know if it was an "Easter egg", but in Shadow President wars against allies usually led to you being impeached or assassinated. But sometimes, when I invaded France, the Germans, British and others would send troops, without even needing to request support for the invasion.

Anonymous JartStar January 08, 2013 1:33 PM  

In 2013 it will be amusing to see how many more calls there are in California to tax the wealthy. Can a state enact capital controls?

Anonymous elmer January 08, 2013 1:43 PM  

Texas, revenues, and surplus. Drop what you are doing, and go here. Watch all four videos. Pay special attention to comparisons of Texas, Alaska, Montana, and North Dakota. Yes, Texas is rich. Texans can be so much richer. Answer: follow the example of North Dakota, as the videos instruct.

Now on this surplus. I'm a 6th generation Texan on my mother's side. Her family goes back to the founding of the Republic of Texas in 1836. Here's an idea. Cut every single Texas resident (1 year residence or more) a royalty check. Just like they do in Alaska. In time, as revenues pile up, the longer you have been a resident, the bigger the royalty. I think that is fair.

Those four videos were back in October, 2011. Barnewall has shifted her focus, to far more significant matters, since January 2012. That entire website will explain it to you. In a word, think the falling of the Berlin Wall. Think "paradigm shift." Get busy!

Now on fracking. Go to my FB page. Go to photos. Go to Albums. Go to Hydraulic Fracturing Gig. Yes that is me. Now ask yourself, can you swing a 6 lbs. sledgehammer in 120 degree heat? At age 52. That's why I largely only did it for that summer. There is a lot more to it. But, can't really discuss that here.

Difster, if you are in Austin, please contact me. Drop me a line at my FB page, or via my email, from my profile page at my blog. We need to meet and share a Shiner (or two). P-dawg would join us, but he's been mostly doing graveyards of late. Any other Ilk in Austin? Join us...

Anonymous bw January 08, 2013 1:51 PM  

A small part of me wonders whether they actually want to impoverish the people under their control, for some reason.

Amusingly, You say that somewhat sheepishly! ("...but, but, I'm NO conspiracy theorist mind you").
I'd feed that small part a little more food. Watch it grow. And watch pieces of the puzzle fall more easily into place.

It is quite simple really: which is more easily ruled over, a wealthier, self-supporting, educated, independent-minded group who isn't the least bit interested in State-as-Savior? or.......

You actually answered your own question: "under their control..."

Why?


Anonymous elmer January 08, 2013 1:52 PM  

@Clay January 08, 2013 1:26 PM

I'm giving significantly less time to Jones and Infowars. He is seriously behind the curve. My time merits much more VT (Veterans Today) and PressTV. Rense is on the editorial board at VT. (As is Wanta, and Todd) I eat up RT. (Khrushchev both at RT and VT) No one beats their InfoBabes. Especially Lyster. Truly beauty and brains...

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 2:03 PM  

VD: "At some point, inept ideology can only be described as willful idiocy."

For the umpteenth time they are not inept, they are not idiots - they are doing it on purpose.

These are some very smart, very accomplished, very powerful, very determined people. They succeed because people like you think they are just stupid buffoons.

You sound like the idiot who cried "Why on earth would George Soros short so much sterling? Didn't he know that it would sabotage the currency and propel Labour into power? Wow, he must be an inept idiot." These people could not care less about this or any country yet you speak as if they really, really want to help but are just too dumb to do it right.

Get real, Vox. We're sick of your dancing around the issue.

Anonymous . January 08, 2013 2:13 PM  

For the umpteenth time they are not inept, they are not idiots - they are doing it on purpose.

Well yeah, but the purpose is not economic, it is political. From the standpoint of economics they are complete buffoons, but they couldn't care less. What they are about is political advantage, not the economic success of the state as a whole.

Anonymous Mr. Pea January 08, 2013 2:20 PM  

Out of chaos, order.

Trauma programming.

People will actually get on their knees and beg for the new plan.

Anyhow, people spend way to much time looking at the curtain, rather than who and what is behind the curtain. And they are far from stupid. Evil? Yes. Stupid? No.

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 2:24 PM  

From the standpoint of economics they are complete buffoons, but they couldn't care less.

Keep imagining that as Jerry Brown keeps enriching his cronies by draining the blood of the electorate.

What they are about is political advantage, not the economic success of the state as a whole.

Bingo! Which makes them not buffoons - but brilliant, educated, and determined saboteurs.

They will get away with it because talk-radio educated morons do nothing but blog about how dumb Jerry Brown must be without ever voicing the most obvious thing - that Jerry Brown is a very smart saboteur who could not give a rat's ass about the state of California excepting the fact that it is a huge honey hole for progressives to suck dry.

But keep complaining about how dumb they are. Someday you'll be an old fart in a government run elderly facility complaining about how that dummy Jerry Brown was too stupid to fix California.

Anonymous . January 08, 2013 2:31 PM  

@Porky,

A parasite that kills its host is, ultimately, stupid, however diabolical and cunning its methods may be.

This is no consolation to the host.

Anonymous RC January 08, 2013 2:44 PM  

To keep the growth government in perspective, according to Margaret Sanger's book, page 112 of "The Pivot of Civilization," in 1918 the City of New York spent on public education $7.35 per capita or, estimating for the percentage of students, $30 per student. Less than 100 years later, New York now spends > $18K/student, over 600 times what was spent in 1918!

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 2:45 PM  

A parasite that kills its host is, ultimately, stupid, however diabolical and cunning its methods may be.

Ahh, so you imagine them to be not only stupid, but to be parasites.

I assure they do not view themselves as the parasites, but rather the masters who carefully manipulate parasites to work on their behalf.

You, like Vox, have grossly underestimated what you are up against.

Anonymous . January 08, 2013 3:18 PM  

@ Porky,

The stupid and the wicked always outnumber the intelligent and the wise. The dummies don't need to be smart to outvote their intellectual superiors. Geez, I see this happening at my neighborhood HOA meeting. My neighbors are not diabolically schemers who are smarter than me, they are dumbasses who outvote me. California is the same thing writ large. Jerry Brown does not need to be diabolically clever in order to enact the program of "steal from the few in order to bribe the many"; this is something that many democrats (small d) have done and will always do.

Anonymous stg58/Animal Mother January 08, 2013 3:18 PM  

Elmer,

I will be Austin based this summer.

Anonymous bw January 08, 2013 3:23 PM  

The "tar baby" for higher IQ and smart people is the ego-temptation that they are demonstrably more intelligent than x. "Case settled". You lose bitch!

I would be very surprised however if the "eclectic" VD doesn't see it. Too many hints that he does.
I simply assume he has chosen what he believes to be his most effective and efficient arena/battleground.
Who else is out there in his specific arenas bringing it as he does - with all that entails??
I think most are here for a reason that seldom gets defined.
It needn't be. It is sufficient.

$18K/student, over 600 times what was spent in 1918!

Good stuff. Behavioral Psychology in action is e x p e n s i v e

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 3:53 PM  

My neighbors are not diabolically schemers who are smarter than me, they are dumbasses who outvote me. California is the same thing writ large.

You are all just serfs to the New Feudal Lords.

Jerry Brown does not need to be diabolically clever in order to enact the program of "steal from the few in order to bribe the many"; this is something that many democrats (small d) have done and will always do.

And yet it is clever and diabolical.

But Vox asked: How is it possible that any government, at any level, is still using static revenue models?

...as if to wonder out loud how Jerry Brown expects to fix the California economy, balance the budget, and bring freedom and prosperity to all people when he doesn't even understand basic economics.

Listen. Jerry Brown is plenty smart. He understands EXACTLY what he is doing. Even the dumb ones understand EXACTLY what they are doing.

You guys are sitting the back row of the jet complaining how those box cutter wielding guys who just took over the cockpit are idiots because they obviously don't know the first thing about landing.

Blogger ray January 08, 2013 4:11 PM  

the "economy" is nothing to do with austerity, constraction, gnp variances, fiat wealth, and all the rest of the paper tigers the righties so love to imagine will "fix" things

the u.s. (and West in general) has spent the last half-century persecting legally, culturally, economically, and psychologically, the very people who make the "economy" work -- the inventive, creative, risk-taking, forward-driving Evil White Males

all this was done to consolidate power in a feminist/marxist junta of identity ideologues, theives, cowards, and mediocrities, as permanent Ubergruppen

the results are inevitable, and no economics-gimmickry is going to "solve" a problem that the SisterState and its voting-dominant coalition very much desire to continue, until no solution whatsoever is possible

Blogger Sleepy January 08, 2013 4:13 PM  

Porky, are you saying that Hanlon'z razor, in this case, is not appropriate? If so, why?

Blogger Conan the Cimmerian, King of Aquilonia January 08, 2013 4:23 PM  

North central Texas here.

I would be interested in meeting any Texas Ilk.
Need a Texas Ilk meetup in general.

Anonymous CunningDove January 08, 2013 4:31 PM  

Southwest Texas here, but I would also be interested in meeting any Texas Ilk. Also willing to join a Texas Ilk meetup group.

Anonymous Josh January 08, 2013 4:43 PM  

We got a lot of Texas ilk, it seems. Any other ilk from God's country (middle Tennessee)?

Anonymous elmer January 08, 2013 4:44 PM  

@Porky?

I'm not sure what you were getting at, with "box cutter wielding guys" being idiots. Let's be frank and correct here. It is not a matter of them being idiots, or brilliant. It is the matter of them being nonexistent. [1] Now, one will say, what does the fable of "box cutter wielding guys" have to do with political economy?

EVERYTHING! [2]


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[1] Fetzer is on the editorial board at VT.

[2] Particularly the $240 billion in cover securities, and subprime liar loans. People demand solutions, but are unwilling to get their feet just a little wet, or their hands just a little dirty.

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 4:45 PM  

Porky, are you saying that Hanlon'z razor, in this case, is not appropriate? If so, why?

Hanlon's razor fails at the gate because Krugman, Bernanke, Geithner, Obama, Soros etc. are all high IQ people, not stupid.

They know exactly what they are doing. They are not idiots, willful or otherwise.



Blogger Conan the Cimmerian, King of Aquilonia January 08, 2013 4:45 PM  

Josh, you and the other Vols are always welcome to Texas.
It wouldn't be the first time.

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 4:47 PM  

Elmer: "I'm not sure what you were getting at..."

Obviously.

Anonymous bw January 08, 2013 4:58 PM  

Elmer: "I'm not sure what you were getting at..."
?Porky? Obviously.


Intent

Anonymous Poli_Mis January 08, 2013 5:07 PM  

Lots of Texas Ilk. I believe Outlaw X and I share the same county.

Anonymous Noah B. January 08, 2013 5:08 PM  

I'm with Porky on this. Jerry Brown and the rest of the Democrats were clearly smart enough to understand what effect the tax increases were going to have on tax revenues. But they don't care. They're far too concerned with their personal power to worry about little things like the finances of the state they're running.

Anonymous Move Zig January 08, 2013 5:18 PM  

Obama won't even release his college tests results so how can Porky be sure he is so intelligent?

Anonymous Josh January 08, 2013 5:25 PM  

You guys are giving the liberals way too much credit. They're not super geniuses that want to destroy this country, they're idiots who think that centralized planning and collectivism works. Period.

Anonymous Poli_Mis January 08, 2013 5:31 PM  

Josh, you are referring to the lower echelon of useful idiots who are being guided by the 'super geniuses'.

All evil hive minds need drones.

Anonymous Roger January 08, 2013 5:35 PM  

I still do not understand why we can't say "FU!" to the world and declare that we no longer owe anyone anything...

Blogger Sleepy January 08, 2013 5:42 PM  

Porky, is it your contention that all outcomes resulting from the actions of intelligent people are intended?

Anonymous Noah B. January 08, 2013 6:12 PM  

Josh, they don't have to be super geniuses to pull this off. They just have to be sociopaths.

Anonymous The other skeptic January 08, 2013 6:25 PM  


Obama won't even release his college tests results so how can Porky be sure he is so intelligent?


Ahhh, but don't you see that that was part of the plan. Only by thinking that he was a dumbass would the people give him the power to do what he wants.

The reality is that he has smarts off the scale.

Anonymous Noah B. January 08, 2013 6:31 PM  

"The reality is that he has smarts off the scale."

What leads you to believe that? My read is that he's of about average intelligence, almost certainly within +/- 1 SD.

Anonymous scoobius dubious January 08, 2013 6:34 PM  

The Left is a bit like that Louis CK monologue where he talks about how one of his daughters had a broken toy, and rather than ask him for a new toy, she wanted him to break her sister's toy, too, "so it would be fair". One part of the Left (the drones) are the little girl with the broken toy, who would rather see someone else's toy get broken too, rather than fix her own. The other part of the Left (the Soros types) are the dad who gets a secret thrill from the power he has, breaking a little girl's toy.

Guess who you get to be in this little morality play: the other little girl with the unbroken toy, who didn't do nothin' to anybody, but you're gonna get your toy broken all the same. Because fairness. Oh and also because slavery, and because Leo Frank.

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 6:34 PM  

Josh: They're not super geniuses that want to destroy this country,...

First, I didn't say they were super geniuses - I said they were not inept idiots as charged in the OP. And yes, they quite obviously want to destroy this country.

...they're idiots...

Fool. You don't even know what the word means.


...who think that centralized planning and collectivism works. Period.

Sure, whatever - and Dr. Mengele believed that sewing two gypsy kids together would create conjoined twins.

You fools don't seem to understand what you are dealing with - they don't CARE if it works as long as they remain in charge and can run their little social experiments on you.

It is about authority, not about ideology. This much is evident from the number of competing ideologies that are all working toward the same goal.

Anonymous Noah B. January 08, 2013 6:37 PM  

I just don't see that the man has done anything all that clever. Almost invariably when he goes off teleprompter, he bungles the situation. He routinely butchers words and makes gaffes that would have been plastered all over the media if they had been made by a conservative.

His whole operation is enabled by the fact that the media and Congressional Democrats are unwilling to go to any lengths necessary to facilitate his blatant corruption, not because he has done anything so clever or diabolical.

Anonymous scoobius dubious January 08, 2013 6:38 PM  

Another parable spake he to them...

There's an old joke where some black guy and his wife in the middle of central Africa are sitting in the dark in their broken-down hut, shivering in the cold. All of a sudden, the lights come on, the electricity works, the heating system starts to work, clean water starts coming out of the faucet. The guy says to his wife, "Goddammit, get me my rifle, woman! The white people are back!"

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 6:40 PM  

Porky, is it your contention that all outcomes resulting from the actions of intelligent people are intended?

Of course not. Is it your contention that every destructive outcome indicates the action of a stupid person?

Anonymous Jack Amok January 08, 2013 6:41 PM  

You are all just serfs to the New Feudal Lords.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Josh and . are right - just because these neo Fuedal Lords can manipulate idiots doesn't make them brilliant. It just makes them evil.

Anonymous scoobius dubious January 08, 2013 6:50 PM  

"just because these neo Feudal Lords can manipulate idiots"

Some of the idiots are indeed idiots, but a lot of the opposition to the Left isn't stupid, it's merely hobbled by a lack of accurate discourse, due to the oppressive prevalence of Newspeak. The Left has successfully corralled the entire country into a severely circumscribed, and essentially inaccurate, mode of discourse; effective opposition is so difficult because it has become impossible to speak the truth in public. Romney lost because he was afraid to speak the truth. The Right will continue to lose and lose and lose, so long as they are afraid to say the truth aloud, in public, and defend it against the inevitable shrieking and squawking and irrational emotionalist outrage which is the only counter-argument.

Sorry, but da troof be raciss. The Right had better learn to own that, or they can kiss everything goodbye.


Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 6:58 PM  

@Jack Amok

And it doesn't make them inept idiots either.

Sorry but the assertion that Ben Bernanke and Tim Geitner are inept idiots is absurd.

The Challenger explosion was a disaster created by smart people who missed something. What we are currently witnessing is smart people steering Challenger into the ground and telling everyone that it's not a big problem.

The possible conclusions are not many - either they are actually morons who do not understand the physics of a 25 ton vehicle crashing into the earth - or they really don't give a shit about the Challenger and stand to make a LOT of money on the insurance claim.

Blogger Sleepy January 08, 2013 7:21 PM  

Of course not. Is it your contention that every destructive outcome indicates the action of a stupid person?

Yes, if we're talking in general about being destructive towards one's own status.(or that they were having a stupid moment, or didn't have all the pieces and were acting in ignorance, etc.)

physics of a 25 ton vehicle crashing into the earth

Are you saying that the bad consequences the country is facing are obvious?

Anonymous The other skeptic January 08, 2013 7:34 PM  


What leads you to believe that? My read is that he's of about average intelligence, almost certainly within +/- 1 SD.


I can see that my sarcasm needs to be more obvious.

Anonymous Porky? January 08, 2013 8:00 PM  

Yes, if we're talking in general about being destructive towards one's own status.

Well we're not talking about that so have a nice day.

Are you saying that the bad consequences the country is facing are obvious?

To most people, yes. The 33% who still think the country is headed in the right direction are either part of the sabotage or have been duped by intelligent experts telling them everything is going to be ok.

Anonymous Der Ewige Jude January 08, 2013 8:57 PM  



What about me, don't I get any credit?

Anonymous Der Ewige Jude January 08, 2013 8:57 PM  

(That was @Scoobius)

Anonymous Geoff January 08, 2013 9:09 PM  

Static models allow more spending. As does Keynesianism. It's no more complex than that. And this is all academic anyway, Federal govt's going to bail out Illinois, NY and Cali. Just hit print.

Anonymous Susan January 08, 2013 10:12 PM  

During Reagan's term in office, an anon politician admitted that the tax code is more about social engineering than raising revenue. Tax cutting always ensures more revenue for politicians. That is just a fact of life. They just can't give up the drug of social engineering. Worse than crack addicts, all of them.

Anonymous Toby Temple January 09, 2013 12:27 AM  

Meanwhile, California has lost over $1 billion in tax revenues in less than two months by increasing spending and tax rates

The tax hike was just not high enough.

Anonymous elmer January 09, 2013 1:33 AM  

Now this thread is getting marred in IQ/intelligence vs. intent/motive vs. etc, etc, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...........

Let's be clear here. There is a distinct difference between an idiot, imbecile, and moron. I pointed that out in a previous thread. Most here don't need that repeated and clarified. Most here are above average education and intelligence. Let's not go there.

Our "ruler elites" (even lower echelon) are none of the above. One can call them useful idiots, if one wants to use that term. It is, however, inadequate and inaccurate. The closest these guys are, at their very best, are morons. Educated [and some] highly intelligent morons. Still insufficient descriptions for me personally.

In a nutshell, these are clinically not psychotic, but sociopathic/narcissistic individuals. They don't need to be institutionalized. They don't need to be in a half-way house, or under someone's care. A lot of them should not even be allowed in a university, particularly in the teaching capacity.

With sociopathic behavior, goes hand-in-hand with criminality. These guys need to be prosecuted, and put behind bars for life. Those who have practiced mass murder, need the gallows, the chair, or the firing squad.

What we are dealing with, is best explained and encompassed by the Third Force. Or, buy the understanding of kosmos, and the kosmokrators. In Jesse Ventura's Brain Invaders, they specify that it is not demonic. Correctly so, not directly. However, indirectly, at the most highest echelons, it is entirely demonic...

Anonymous elmer January 09, 2013 1:47 AM  

Forgot something here...

kosmokrators

Watch the trailer. Could one imagine a full feature film on this. It would outdo Prometheus. That was fiction. This is not!

Anonymous The other skeptic January 09, 2013 2:11 AM  

Heh, how come no one has reported on Jerry Brown's Pinocchio moment? He had a growth on his nose removed last year!

Anonymous daddynichol January 09, 2013 8:09 AM  

I can see it now. The Texas Ilk get together in a nice room. Elmer stands at the podium.

"Hi, everyone! I'm elmer and I'm an Ilk!"

Group, "Hi, elmer!"

"Welcome, everyone. Now, let's take a moment for the Ilk prayer.."

(Make up your own prayer and insert here)

Anonymous stevev January 09, 2013 1:39 PM  

Austin,Texas Ilk here... just not the upper register.

OpenID otiswild January 10, 2013 9:40 AM  

On the subject of Texas, Travis County, TX (where Austin is located) is trying to ban gun shows on private and public land. Austin is, without a doubt, the liberal bastion of an otherwise conservative Texas.

They're gonna have some trouble with that..

http://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=16025
http://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=15996

Oh wait, did I say noxious and ill-advised? Add to that one more adjective: illegal.

As Dwight notes, a gun show ban “will expose the city to legal action under section 229 of the Texas local government code.” Let’s take a look at 229, shall we? The relevant portion states:

"(a) Notwithstanding any other law, including Section 43.002 of this code and Chapter 251, Agriculture Code, a municipality may not adopt regulations relating to:

(1) the transfer, private ownership, keeping, transportation, licensing, or registration of firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies"

Now, I’m not a simple country lawyer (or a simple hyperchicken from a backwoods asteroid, either), but banning gun shows sounds precisely like adopting regulations pertaining to the transfer of guns to me.

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