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The joys of swamp draining

In case you’ve wondered why “drain the swamp” resonated with Trump crowds, this paragraph describes it succinctly and well:

For most Americans, in other words, a glitzy Washington, D.C., is not a healthy Washington, D.C. A gleaming, prosperous industry town usually makes for a cheerful sight, but not when that “industry” revolves around taking other people’s money — truly mind-boggling amounts of money! — and transforming it into subsidized incompetence, black-hole accounting, and a leading export of sanctimony.

There are those  who claim you can’t look at a government budget the same way you do a business or household budget.  Well, yes, yes you can.  Rule number one – you don’t spend more than you have.  Period.  Full stop.  Otherwise you finally end up with unrecoverable debt and like it or not, someone will have to pay for that.  Our enlightened leadership has tried to kick that payback can as far down the road as they can, well, far enough that it won’t effect them or their reelection chances in they lifetime.  Their, yours and my grandkids?  Aw, screw em.

The point, of course, is scads and scads of our money goes into this swamp called DC.  And not much of any use comes out – certainly not when compared to the money that goes in.  Oh sure, we get plenty of intrusion, lots of poorly thought out regulation and a smug group of elected officials and hangers on who are sure they know what is best for the rest of us.  A swamp.  Drain it.

I’m definitely with Billy now that Nancy Pelosi has been reelected the minority leader in the House.  She is indeed the gift that keeps on giving.  Her latest was to say she didn’t think the people of the US wanted a new direction in politics.  Apparently she was asleep when all the voting for president took place and missed the resounding message the American people sent via the election of Donald Trump.  No, Nancy … don’t listen to the naysayers on your side.  Keep doing what you’ve been doing.  Please.

A very interesting look at China’s economy and why it isn’t at all as robust as China would like you to believe.  Hint: it has to do with where the wealth is concentrated and it isn’t in the hands of the people (which is, by the way, the most efficient means of fueling an economy and building real wealth).

Meanwhile, in another socialist paradise, we have the latest indicator of how well it is going there.  The scene is on the Columbian border:

Women from crisis-hit Venezuela are crossing the border in droves and selling their hair in a Colombian border town in order to afford scarce basic necessities such as food, diapers or medicines.

The trend, which has taken off in recent weeks, is another sign of the oil-rich country’s deepening crisis amid shortages and spiraling inflation that have millions skipping meals and forgoing costly medical treatment.

This is both pitiful and pathetic and driven by that one word that no one wants to seem to pin to the problem: socialism.  Unfortunately, it’s a reoccurring disease in Central and South America.

The usual end for a poorly thought out (and poorly researched, apparently) decision.  All with your money.  Because … global warming:

Three windmill-like turbines loom motionless over the city of Port Angeles’ new Waterfront Park.

The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them.

Once they are working to generate electricity, they will produce so little power — $1.50 worth of electricity a month in savings — that at least one council member is regretting her decision to purchase them.

Ah, isn’t that nice?  Of course, there’ll be few consequences and precious little accountability when all is said and done.

And finally, banning booksbecause “racism”.  No, really. And I’m not talking about 1938 Germany.

Context? History?  Yeah, what an outdated concepts.

To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have been suspended from the curriculum in some Virginia schools, after a parent complained about the use of racial slurs.

Note the term “a parent”.  That’s right, apparently one, single parent found the books offensive without appreciating the history of the era or the huge point each of the works makes about race.  Nope, we must go back in time and expunge offensive words because apparently we have a new right that trumps all – the right to not be offended.  Oh, and we get to use that right to deny everyone else the pleasure of these books.

And you wonder where these delicate snowflake SJWs come from …


So How Big Was The DC Tea Party?

The Daily Mail (UK) carries the story about the Tea Party in Washington DC:

Up to two million people marched to the U.S. Capitol today, carrying signs with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” as they protested the president’s health care plan and what they say is out-of-control spending.

The line of protesters spread across Pennsylvania Avenue for blocks, all the way to the capitol, according to the Washington Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Now perhaps the count is a bit high – Michelle Malkin quotes Parks and Recreation estimate 1.2 million and DC Police 1.5 million.

Other outlets, such as the Washington PostNY Times, ABC, MSNBC and AP describe the crowd in the thousands or tens of thousands.  Fox and CBS used the AP report.  CNN merely said the crowd stretched “for blocks” although one of the pictures accompanying the story claimed “thousands” had attended the rally.  And ABC has since sent an email out saying it never reported 1.5 million as was misattributed to them, but think the crowd size was only “60,000 to 70,000” based on a report by “the Washington, D.C., fire department.”

It was that email that got me interested in the number because it seemed ABC was really upset about being attributed with saying the rally as big as 1.5 million. And frankly, and I may be wrong, but I’ve never heard the DC fire department quoted previously in crowd estimates. Parks and Recreation? Yes. DC Metro Police? Yes. Fire Department? Uh, no.

Of course you can see where I’m headed with this – look at the line up of those reporting “in the thousands”. Look at those reporting in the “millions”.

I’m just interested to see how this all shakes out, because while I’m not at all good at crowd estimates, the few pics I’ve seen show a pretty large gathering considering some of the protests I’ve seen documented in DC.  Perhaps it’s just too early in the news cycle for there to be enough information to make a guess beyond “thousands” or “tens of thousands”, but when an overseas newspaper is talking about “2 million”, it makes you wonder why they’re comfortable with that number and our domestic outlets aren’t.