Never before have I seen times like these. Well, I'm not that old so maybe that's a good thing. This nation once saw government as the problem. Government was not to be trusted, and all politicians were crooks. Government was too big, government was too slow, government took too much of our money. But recently attitudes seem to have changed.
Government is now to be viewed as the source of our solutions. It is the all seeing eye. It is our guardian and savior. It is like the parent that you can always turn to when the rest of the world is turning its back. The government that was once too big now needs to grow and increase its oversight. The government that was to slow now needs to act quickly to save our economy. But government that took too much of our money is now broke and is telling us that we either need to raise taxes or cut the services. We like our government services so soon we may be begging for more taxation.
After being placed on the hook for a $700 billion financial bailout, I think we're due a few answers. First, and most basic is who is to blame for this big mess? Is it the oligarchs on Wall Street? Is it the politicians in Washington? Is it the Americans who have spent more than they earn for long periods of time? Is it the mortgage brokers who gave mortgages to people who could not afford them?
Those questions will of course, not be answered. But, just as important is to make sure that we are getting the right solution. And again, I am not confident that that will happen either. Is the best we can do is to make sure that it does not happen again? My class seems half full of optimism.
The Supreme Court has begun its annual fall session. They have picked the cases in which they will decide. In a news release, the media reported that the Spring Court has not taken up any cases on abortion, race, or other social issues which can polarize the citizens of the country.
What is all that about? Don't we as citizens, like to be polarized? Don't we like to discuss with our neighbors, coworkers and friends topics in which we can point out how they are wrong? Isn't this what America is all about? Nothing is more empowering than standing up and telling people how they are wrong. At the very least, it makes for lively parties. Tried this at the next gathering you are going to be at. Or at least by Thanksgiving with family. You will be the life of your party, guaranteed.
We are now entering the final three weeks of on over two year presidential campaign. What started out as a breath of fresh air, a new era of history, and an open campaign has become a whimpering pile of negativity. The campaigns started out covering issues of immigration and the war in Iraq. It has now moved on to the economy-which it should. Most presidential elections are decided on the economy even in times of war.
Elections have been decided when times were good and when times were bad. In tough economic times, the party in power has generally been changed. This time will be no different. The Democrats are gearing up for a victory and of realigning election. However, they have been the majority party in Congress over two years, and their approval rating is lower than the president's. And that's nothing to be proud of.
The presidential debates had not produced a memorable moment or a knockout punch. Although in the last debate, one of the more memorable moments I think, was a Freudian and slip by John McCain. He referred to Sen. Obama and Sen. Government. But there's too much truth in that line to chuckle and forget.
If the polls hold up, and they are correct, neither of which can be guaranteed, America could be facing a watershed moment. We could be in a time changing time, the likes we have not seen in many years. We could be facing the most liberal and the most expansive government growth in 45 to 75 years. Apparently people's distrust of government is over. The era of government being too big, too invasive and too costly as ended. We will not enter the era of shared wealth.
Just Like Bil Keane on the Family Circus, Bernard will be taking a short leave of absence and this edition of Logos of the Bogus will be written by me, his adoptive son, Shadow, age 10. ( you humans have to have pointed out that I am a cat). What I would like to discuss are some of the lessons that I have learned by watching people discuss the upcoming election. It has taken me a while to type this out because I do not have an index finger and I don't understand your alphabets. The first one goes ABCD, and now I have to work on one that goes QWERT.
Both four and eight years ago, the Republicans outspent the Democrats in the presidential race. When this happened, the Liberals got out and yelled "foul!" Democrats accused Republicans of buying and stealing the elections. However, this year is different. This year the Democrats are outspending the Republicans by wide margins. Barack Obama is outspending John McCain by huge amounts. I don't know what the totals are because that would involve research. And my associate here at Logos of the Bogus just went off for his afternoon nap.
An Obama administration is gearing up to raise taxes. Vice presidential nominee Joe Biden thinks that this is patriotic. The tax-and-spend liberals must have a lot of money. They can send donations to the Obama camp and still have money left over for higher taxes. This would not bother me except they are the ones who want to force tax increases on me too. Obama thinks he can save 10 billion dollars per month by not spending it in Iraq. This is how he will however, Obama also wants to rebuild the infrastructure of the United States with the same amount of money being spent in Iraq. I don't see how this adds up. Saving money yet spending it.
On election day, the tax-and-spend liberals a Milwaukee County are ready willing and able to do whatever it takes to insult its citizens, lie to the taxpayers," under estimate the intelligence of the people of Milwaukee County. Yes, they are trying to trick you into believing their lies that they will actually reduce the tax burden in the county. They want us to believe that they are actually going to reduce property taxes by measurable amounts. As we've seen in the past, nothing is further from the truth. They want you to volunteer for a high sales tax. The tax-and-spend liberals of Milwaukee County must believe that if you are going to elect Barack Obama as president, you are already geared up for higher taxes, so let's just throw the sales tax into the mix. It's your vote.
However, they are expecting a windfall of the sales tax just like the County Stadium District tax. The amounts coming in are higher than the projections. If the sales taxes tripled, like they want it, the County Board will be a wash in funds. They can spend it however they want because much more is coming in than expected so there's a lot to be wasted. The Milwaukee journalsentinel also has run some editorial letters in favor of the tax. Although that does not surprise me, I disagree with the nonchalant attitude of saying we have gotten past the pension scandal so let's get past that and raise our taxes anyway. Again this is an example of the tax-and-spend liberal who is only paying the minimum yet wants everyone else to pay more.