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Bloviating Zeppelin: November: Vote All The Bastards Out!

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

November: Vote All The Bastards Out!

With this national caveat: "vote out everyone else's -- but not mine."

In my instance, I -- not so oddly -- stand firmly with my own local bastard and I am not voting him out.

Because he is Tom McClintock, an Actual Conservative. And I am honored that he is representing me and mine in the 4th District of Fornicalia.

Remember the speech he gave in the House, in response to President Calderon?


Just this past Thursday, on July 22nd, Mr McClintock made the following speech in the House, directly addressing Speaker Pelosi:

In textual transcript:

Anyone who has experienced firsthand the quiet panic that stalks every waking hour of an unemployed family knows how frightening and debilitating is chronic unemployment. You watch your savings evaporate, you see your children going without the material things their friends enjoy, and you count down the months or even weeks until you won't be able to make that crucial rent or house payment.

That unemployment check is a lifeline in such times, and I fully appreciate and understand how desperately an unemployed family is looking to the security of getting 99 weeks of such checks.

But I can't go along with this for a simple reason: The only way out of this nightmare of unemployment for these families is a job.

Speaker Pelosi has said that the most important thing we could do to create jobs is to extend unemployment benefits to 99 weeks, because the unemployed would spend this money and stimulate the economy.

This analysis completely ignores the harsh and glaring fact that before this money can be put back into the economy, it must first be taken out of that same economy. We will have to take $34 billion more out of the economy in order to finance these extra benefits through November. In fact, this is the eighth such extension, totalling $120 billion – meaning over $1,600 from the pocket of an average family of four.

And since we don't have that money, we'll have to borrow it from exactly the same capital pool that would otherwise have been loaned to businesses seeking to expand jobs or to homebuyers seeking to re-enter the housing market or to consumers seeking to make consumer purchases – and remember that 2/3 of economic growth depends upon consumer spending.

But that money now won't be there to loan for jobs and homes and economic growth.

This is $34 billion of relief to the unemployed that they desperately need and that I desperately wish we could responsibly extend. But to do so would also mean $34 billion of fewer jobs. It means perpetuating this never-ending nightmare of unemployment for these families and, indeed, throwing more families into that nightmare.

We've been told for several years now – by both Presidents Bush and Obama – that stimulus spending would help the economy. But it hasn't. And there's a reason it hasn't: Government cannot inject a single dollar into the economy that it first hasn't taken out of that same economy. Government cannot provide a dollar of temporary relief to the unemployed without first removing a dollar of permanent relief for the unemployed – a job.

The talking point du jour from the other side is, "Republicans have no problems giving tax breaks to the wealthy but won't extend a lifeline to the unemployed." Once again, they just don't get it. Milton Friedman once observed that spending IS the effective level of taxation. Spending can only be paid for in two ways – current taxes or future taxes. High taxes and deficits are just the symptoms. The problem is the spending – and this is a spending bill.

On May 9, 1939 – after nearly a decade of unemployment checks and stimulus spending – and with unemployment at 17.2 percent – Franklin Roosevelt's Secretary of the Treasury, Henry Morgenthau, made this stunning admission during a meeting with Democratic Members of the House Ways and Means Committee. He said: "No gentlemen, we have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. And I have just one interest, and if I am wrong as far as I am concerned, somebody else can have my job. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises ... I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started ... And an enormous debt to boot!"

M. Speaker, let us heed the lessons of history before we totally destroy our economy. Perpetual unemployment checks put these desperate families farther and farther away from the only thing that can truly end their suffering – a real job. That's a fact nobody wants to face around here – but until we do, chronic unemployment will continue to stalk the land, and God forbid that a few years from now another Democratic Secretary of Treasury will have to make the same admission as Henry Morgenthau did 71 years ago.

Please read and listen.

Mr McClintock makes way too much fiscal sense. Which is why he isn't President or Governor. Because he threatens the Demorats, Socialists, Leftists and is certainly not assisted in any fashion by any molecule of American media.

Please read and listen, America:

Mr McClintock was and is placed on Permanent Ignore Mode by the Demorats.

Because my bastard dares to speak the truth.



Blogger David Wyatt said...

Wow, he does make great sense. Wish his tribe would increase.

Fri Jul 23, 09:17:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Me too. His problem is that he's too technical and he lacks layers upon layers of deception. He is pretty much what he is. He proves that people primarily don't want or can't handle The Truth.


Fri Jul 23, 09:20:00 PM PDT  
Blogger cj said...

BZ -

There are exceptions to the 'throw them out rule'. I'm thrilled you have one. Wish I could say the same.


Fri Jul 23, 10:03:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bushwack said...

Damn good speech and a damn good man. May be the only one in Cali politics worth a shit!

I disagree with one thing he said though. He fell right into the "bush's policies" trap while letting the members of the house off with no wounds. Damn near every Democrat sitting in seats was there in 2006....They are as much to blame as Bush. They have had the majority since then.

One more thing I'm really sick of seeing on these political speeches from the floor: NOBODY is in the seats...WHERE ARE THEY? are they not debating a bill? are they not supposed to be open minded and listen to the other sides concern? the arrogance of these asshats is legendary!

Sat Jul 24, 02:55:00 AM PDT  
Blogger TexasFred said...

Remember the speech he gave in the House, in response to President Calderon?
I sure do remember... Him and a couple of others DID speak out, WAY the hell AFTER that Mexican son of a bitch attacked America on the floor of OUR Congress...

Too little and TOO late, he, and every damned GOIP Representative should have stood and protested, then walked the hell OUT, right then...

McClintock, was too late, but hey, my Congressman didn't even issue a LATE faux outrage...

You had it right the 1st time BZ, vote em ALL out...

Sat Jul 24, 03:49:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Be thankful you have someone you can support. I'm stuck with Ed Perlmutter D CO 7th. Gad I hope the GOP puts up a decent candidate this election instead of the Tom DeLay clones of the past.

Sat Jul 24, 05:44:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

And Bushwack, you make an excellent point as to just who held the House and Senate in 2006, and just who shot down Social Security, saying it was "just fine."

TF: hell, I'm waiting to see if this thing in Laredo has any veracity and legs.

WSF: I guess I should be thankful for small favors.


Sat Jul 24, 06:59:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Maggie Thornton said...

Tom McClintock is one of the heroes on Capital Hill. It's great to have legislators you actually want to vote for. Mine are Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn. I mostly approve of them all the time - Inhofe all the time, Coburn most of the time.

I am especially grateful for conservative California legislators.

Sat Jul 24, 09:16:00 PM PDT  

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