Monday, May 9, 2011

Pure Gold!

Greetings good citizen,

I find it more than somewhat disturbing that someone can point directly to the ‘mismanagement’ problem we are experiencing and still nothing is done about it.

(Which is to opine that nothing more than lip service will be paid to Mr. K’s complaints…leading me to wonder how long it will be before he joins his fellow traveler, Mr. Rich in his quest for, er, ‘journalistic integrity.’

What Mr. Krugman shares with us today is pure journalistic gold of a variety that is rapidly becoming all too rare.

For a supposedly ‘liberal media’ Mr. Krugman (in my honest opinion) is the ‘last man standing’.

While there are ‘lesser’ (but not insignificant) journalists, Mr. Krugman is the last of his kind (and therefore peerless) on the national stage.

Which is not to subtract from Mr. Herbert’s keen pen or Ms. Dowd’s sharp wit.

But enough praise for a giant among mortals, let us take a moment to consider the message he conveys.

Politicians in the pay of the, er, ‘elite’ have carried out the will of the few while (naturally) ‘claiming’ to have acted in the best interests of their ‘constituents’.

Then these same elites fund smear campaigns that blame the public for the politician’s actions!

It is truly a courageous act to speak the truth in these turbulent times.

The government, currently staffed by useful idiots and ‘yes’ men, exists to enforce the will of the privileged few.

If we fail to drive these pawns from their high perches then everything this nation stands for will be lost…permanently.

If only ‘calling them out’ were enough! Unfortunately, the only way to rid ourselves of the machinations of the self-serving is to remove them by force!

How ironic is it that there is no such thing as ‘too soon’ but flipping that rock over, it won’t be long before it is ‘too late’.

Which is to once again point to the fact that once the threads start to pop it will be next to impossible to tie them back together (until peace is restored.)

Most of you are aware that until one, er, ‘ideology’ triumphs over the rest, there will be no peace.

I would hope that most of you recognize the danger in ‘settling’ for an imperfect solution that can only provide a ‘temporary’ peace. In fact it is the imperfect solution that leads to certain destruction!

It is, like the definition of insanity, an attempt to do the same thing repeatedly, each time fully expecting a different outcome.

Ask any alcoholic how well that strategy works?

But I have (once again) taken it on faith that the majority of you agree with what Mr. Krugman points out…and gone charging down the ‘what we should do about it path’ (and right off the reservation…again!)

Let us refocus on two ‘complimentary’ news items I came upon in today’s hunting expedition:

The first one is anecdotal:

Home Values Fall At Fastest Rate Since 2008
May 9th, 2011

Via: CNBC/Reuters:

U.S. home values fell in the first quarter at the fastest rate since late 2008; real estate data firm Zillow said on Monday, suggesting that a bottom will not be seen until 2012 at the earliest.

Zillow said its home value index fell 3 percent in the first three months of the year from the previous quarter, and was down 8.2 percent year-over-year.

The number of homeowners under water—or, those who owe more on the mortgage than their house is currently worth—amounted to 28.4 percent of single-family homeowners, representing a peak since Zillow began calculating the data in 2009.

Um, being a ‘coastal dweller’ I am still seeing, er, ‘ridiculous’ prices that make me wonder just who these idiots think are going to come along and pay these soon to be worth much less than today’s prices properties?

Didn’t the National Association of Realtors get the memo?

Housing is officially a ‘bad bet’.

It is becoming increasingly unlikely that anyone in the new Banana Republic is going to come along and pay YOU ‘stupid money’ for an ‘ocean view’ property (When the only way you can actually see the ocean is if you’re standing on the roof!)

But even if you can watch the waves from your living room window, in the coming times of ‘energy scarcity’ you won’t find a lot of people interested in living this far north (no matter how many fireplaces you’ve got.)

What most of us need to wake up to is the fact that there are only 350 of these guys in the entire fucking country!

The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for CEOs of 350 major companies surged 11% to $9.3 million, according to a study of proxy statements conducted for The Wall Street Journal by management consultancy Hay Group.

The rise followed a year in which pay for the top boss was flat at these companies.

Viacom Inc. CEO Philippe P. Dauman topped the list. He received compensation valued at $84.3 million, more than double his 2009 pay, thanks largely to equity awards in a renewed contract.

It it time once again to take that mental journey where we contemplate how many poor people does it take to make one of these asshole’s paychecks?

It’s pretty fucking damning to think that most of these assholes are paid more by lunchtime on the first workday of the year than one of the security staff makes working ALL YEAR!

You can’t have a ‘viable’ economy based on the economic needs of a couple of hundred people.

You also can’t have a society that excludes more than fifty percent of the population from EVER participating.

Just something else to think about good citizen…

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


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