Anyway, Obama-lama-ding-dong (oo!) proposes to break the record again: while the deficit for 2009 was around $1,451 billion, the projected deficit for his 2010 budget is $1,600 billion.
...yes, that includes his "spending freeze".
So there's a phrase missing from the following paragraph, which I have inserted (in bold) so as to increase the overall accuracy of the statement:
In an effort to address the deficit, the president's budget would institute a token and totally ineffective three-year budget freeze on a variety of programs outside of the military and homeland security as well as increasing taxes on energy producers and families making more than $250,000.There we go.
"...[A]dministration officials argued that Obama inherited a deficit from President George W. Bush's Republican administration that was already topping $1 trillion when he took office,..." That's a lie. We hadn't spent that kind of money before Jan 20 of last year; it didn't reach that high until Obama's "stimulus package" went through.
Next paragraph: "Much of the spending surge over the past two years reflects the cost of the $787 billion economic stimulus measure that Congress passed in February 2009...." (Whose emphasis do you think that is?)
The Obama-tons apparently can't do math. You see, $1,451 billion minus $787 billion is $664 billion. So, you see, if "George W. Bush" had spent $1,000 billion before Jan 20, 2009, the deficit for last year would have been more like $1,797 billion.
Instead of, y'know, $1,451 billion.
NASA gets reamed; it gets a paltry $1.18 billion extra in its budget, because there's just not enough money for space exploration. But there's enough money to dump an extra $17 billion into the Pell Grant program, thus doubling its funding. (Hint: $17 billion is pretty close to NASA's entire annual operating budget.)
The economy is in the shitter, and the Democrats are spending money we don't have like a drunken sailor. Like a drunken sailor who also smoked a couple bowls and did five hits of acid. Meanwhile our country's creditors are becoming wary of our spending spree, and there is a limit to how much of our debt they will buy. (Not just how much they are willing to buy but how much they can buy.)
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Vox Day puts into perspective the risible GDP figure for fourth quarter 2009: "The Bureau of Economic Analysis' advance report for fourth-quarter Gross Domestic Product, usually known as GDP, increased at a rate equivalent to 5.7 percent growth on an annual basis, more than twice the average GDP growth since 1950. This would be astonishing if there were any chance whatsoever that it were real." (Now where do you think those bold tags came from? Eh?)
He finishes, "The fact of the matter is that despite reports of one of the best quarterly GDP growths since the 8.0 percent growth in the second quarter of 2000 (stock-market investors may wish to note what happened after that white-hot report), the U.S. economy is not growing, it is contracting. And the increasingly positive numerical reports indicate little more than the growing divergence between the statistical map and the actual economy."
Yeah, 2000 was just a banner fricking year for economic development, wasn't it? You had the Dot Com bust right about then, remember that? Remember that George W. Bush came into office in 2001 with a recession already underway?
I don't remember hearing any of these "experts" gloating about how great the economy was on February 2, 2002. Oh, that's right; I was unemployed! Because of a recession! One that started in 2000, and never got any better; and which, in fact, was exacerbated by 9/11. Yeah.
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I keep going back to the link at Amazon.com to look at the GPS I ordered. I'm surprised at how much I'm looking forward to playing with the thing.
I should have applied to work for Garmin, damn it. (In 2001.) Granted I would have had to move to Kansas City, but I'd probably still have a job now....
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Listening to "Fudapen", I heard a lyric which got me to thinking about the common Japanese good luck phrase "Ganbatte kudasai!"
In the chorus of the song, the singer says, "Ganbare, Fudapen!" and it got me to thinking about how the phrase is usually translated. Normally it's translated as "good luck!" but the literal translation actually means "work hard!"
...and the other night when I was thinking about it, I realized that the correct way to translate it actually should be "Do well!" rather than "good luck". It just makes sense, particularly in the context it's used in the song; but even other places (such as when someone is going to take an entrance exam) it fits.
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Apparently some TSA guys are getting spanked for a pseudo-Jeopardy! thing on a white board somewhere. Among the categories were "pickle smokers", "Our Gang", and "Creatures".
...referring to homosexuals, blacks, and lesbians, in that order...
--I laughed almost until tears came. Guess what: government workers can be racist/sexist/bigoted/homophobic at the same rate as the general population, and sometimes at a higher one because they see all of the worst behavior.
For the record, "pickle smokers" was what did it. For one thing, it conjures a mental image of the Vlasic stork lighting up a pickle like some kind of big green cigar....
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Well, I guess I'm not going to get to sleep before the sun comes up. Again. How annoying.