Thursday, February 19, 2009

Nation of cowards

Apparently Mr. Holder, the new "Culture Czar" calls us all cowards for our unwillingness to talk frankly about race.

In a speech to Justice Department employees marking Black History Month, Holder said the workplace is largely integrated but Americans still self-segregate on the weekends and in their private lives.

and

He urged people of all races to use Black History Month as a chance for frank talk about racial matters.

Fine. I'll be frank about race.

Firstly, when are assholes like Holder going to realize ... it's not about race, it's about CULTURE. I hang out with people who have a similar outlook on life as me. So sue me.

Secondly, I love black people, but I hate niggers. A nigger isn't bounded by racial boundaries, but by culture. So, if your culture doesn't aspire to excellence, honesty, responsibility, self-reliance, self-restraint, constructive pursuits, and sacrifice at the expense of instant gratification, then I want nothing to do with you. So sue me.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

GM seizes better business climate in Brazil ... on US taxpayers' dime

GM invests $1M in Brazil.

Makes sense. GM can't budge against the labor unions so they build plants where the business climate is more conducive to ... well ... doing business. It's about time the UAW pulled their heads out of their collective asses.

And I hope this comes back to bite the sycophants in congress who passed the $700M *bailout* package, part of which was handed to automakers by "Bush the Lesser" to "save American jobs".

What a bunch of putzes we have running this country.

The environuts may just get what they wanted; fuel efficient cars made by a "US car maker", at the cost of US jobs. [Pulling up a chair to watch the upcoming cat-fight between "big labour" and environuts]

Sunday, February 8, 2009

No, we are not all to blame

In the Sunday (2/8/2009) issue of the San Jose Mercury News (interestingly, the paper headline read "Budget Mess: We're all to blame") columnists Rogers and Poitinger claim we're all to blame for the budget mess. Missing from their analysis is the many multi-billion dollar bonds, passed by proposition, floated by voters to fund many feel-good measures. Naturally, most of these bonds would be paid from the general fund or homeowner property assessments.

One glaring example that comes to mind (on the ballot 8 years ago) was a "Open Space preservation" measure what would be funded exclusively by private property assessments. It passed. The subsequent analysis was astounding. Of the "yes" voters, 75% owned no property. Yup, business as usual ... those who "can" pay for those who "need". (Where have I heard that before?)

And so it is typically for bond measures. Obligations are paid out of the general fund, the income from which comes, primarily, from income taxes; 80% of which are paid by 20% of tax payers.

So, no Misters Rogers and Poitinger, we are NOT ALL TO BLAME. Some of us didn't vote for this crap, and do understand economics. Stupid voters, who don't have a stake in the financial obligations for the measures they vote for and pass, are to blame.

As for how to fix the budget problem, since the state can't just erase the obligations with the stroke of a pen? I'm OK with a general tax increase, paid for by EVERYONE. A general consumption tax? Sure .... raise the sales tax to 15% and reduce income and property taxes, thus proportionately spreading the pain for economic stupidity. That I could get behind.