If he means them and lives up to what he says, the words “We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes” should be crafted and put into song, to be sung from the White House.
I don’t know a lot about Romney’s VP Candidate, Ryan yet, but I’m learning and what I see so far seems OK with me. He’s not the best, but he certainly makes me feel better about what we’re looking ahead to in this coming year or two.
Obama cast him down; calling the Ryan approach “thinly veiled social Darwinism” which personally, I think we’re a little overdue for. We could use a little Darwinism in a lot of areas in our society. When did simply being born entitle anyone to be given things? When did “because I’m a human being” mean that someone had the right to take from others to give to you? Why? Because you have a hard life? So do the rest of us. You know what makes men different? How hard they work at beating the odds to thrive, no matter what is laid in their path. That is Darwinism on a social level.
If we had a little more Social Darwinism, we wouldn’t have had a bailout. Oh, I’m sorry. Your bank is broke because you squandered billions on bad investments and risky mortgages? Too bad. You go out of business and a new banking creature rises from your ashes to take your place. Oh, you charge too much for your vehicles and no one is buying them? Dang. Sucks for you. Now someone else will open a car manufacturer and sell better cars cheaper because they learned from your lesson. Oh, you bought a house you couldn’t afford from day one and now you’re upside down in it and you’re about to be evicted? Shucks. Suck it up and get something you CAN afford instead of waiting until you’re foreclosed on. I’d understand if you’d put your house on the market the day you were laid off, and moved into an apartment you COULD afford, but you waited a year and then get upset because you can’t believe you’re being kicked out for not paying your bills? Awww… want a tissue?
Earlier this year Obama said Ryans ideas are “antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everybody who’s willing to work for it; a place where prosperity doesn’t trickle down from the top but grows outward from the heart of the middle class.” I’m sorry.. when did we become a society where being WILLING to work for it meant you deserve anything? And what grows from the heart of the middle class? All I’ve seen coming from the heart of the middle class is a bunch of bitching and entitled “we deserve better” rhetoric lately.
Just for the record, I’m WILLING to be a millionaire. I’m willing to work towards owning my own yacht. Unfortunately, the world has allied against me and I’ve been unsuccessful. Could you please give me my yacht now? I mean, I tried after all.
Oh God, Ryan wants to cut Food Stamps! Good!
Ryan wants to cut funds that help the poor! Dang… Good! These “funds” people keep talking about, aren’t money that actually exists at this point in our economic reality. Currently, they’re mostly the result of quantitave easing, the process by which the government needs more money, so it just prints more paper.
We are TRILLIONS of dollars in debt to other countries. Trillions. We are continuing to generate the most sorry, whiny, sniveling, give-me-more mentalitied individuals because they don’t understand that things aren’t meant to be given to them. You EARN things, and if you aren’t the good enough at it to continue earning it, then you starve to death and the rest of society… it just moves on without you.
I can’t get a job. Give me food stamps. I can’t feed my six kids. Give me welfare. You know what happened 200 years ago when you had six kids you couldn’t pay for? You all starved to death.
You know what the greatest motivator in the history of man is? Starvation. When you’re hungry enough, you’ll either find work, or you’ll die. I’m not sure why people believe that everyone should simply be allowed to prosper, even if it means you have to rob some to fund others.
Have you ever seen anyone rob a rich poor guy to give a rich guy a sandwich? What makes you think it’s ok to rob the rich to feed the poor then? I’m a very Christian guy, but there is a lot of difference between helping thy neighbor and taking care of people too sorry to take care of themselves.
You know what’s different about today’s world compared to the world of yesteryear? Today, we TAKE from some and give to others. The premise of “giving” of oneself is gone from us because we’re too weary from being robbed against our will. A hundred years ago, we reached out a hand to help those less fortunate than ourselves because we could, because we could afford to, becaue we had food to spare, or a field that could be plowed in exchange for a roof over your family’s head. Today that same family just shows up at a government office with their hands out expecting to be given something.
Quantitative Easing? It’s like diarrhea for the pocketbook.
Do people even realize how bad our economy CAN and probably WILL get before the recession is over? We haven’t even HAD a recession yet. This little thing we’ve been experiencing for the last four years? It’s nothing but a gas bubble… the crap hasn’t even come yet.
We all raised hell when Obama laid out his stimulus package and gave money to a bunch of people who didn’t deserve it, but no one has even NOTICED that we’re about to embark on round THREE of quantative easing.
Printing money is like giving Tums to the stock market. It temporarily makes investors feel better so they briefly indulge in a little more spending, which makes the nice little charts and graphs go up and everyone feels better because NASDAQ spiked that day, but it does NOTHING to fix it because we’re still feeding ourselves CRAP.
That’s all most people know about what we’re doing financially to survive as a country. Some of our most renown economists are giving warnings but most of America thinks they’re full of it. Wiedemer says, “The data is clear, 50 percent unemployment, a 90 percent stock market drop, and 100 percent annual inflation… starting in 2013.” Even the super rich are warning us. These guys pay people who pay people to think for them and the consensus is clear; our economy is about to take a massive nose dive the likes of which we have never seen! Hell, Donald Trump is warning us. When the RICH say they’re worried about not being rich anymore, you’d best know it’s serious.
Do most of us even know what things like 50% unemployment means? Much less the concept of annual inflation, or God-forbid hyper-inflation?
50% unemployment means that out of the people you know around you – four out of every ten will lose their jobs. We already have 10% unemployment now. Chances are 1 out of ten people you know doesn’t have a job. Imagine what happens if HALF of everyone is unemployed.
A 90% stock market drop? Let’s forget the fat figures and put it in simple terms. That basically means our country is worth 90% less to the rest of the world that it is now. If our market drops like that, we’re looking at a massive credit-downgrade.
Do you know what that means? Again let’s oversimplify. Currently if we need to borrow money we’re like a good bank customer. We go to China and say that we need 1 trillion dollars (like we’re about to do in September AGAIN). China says OK, but we’re gonna charge you 1% interest. You’ve got good credit so we can’t really screw you.
AFTER a credit downgrade, we go to China and say we need another trillion dollars. Ok, sure, but you’re credit sucks, so we’re gonna want 15%, plus this, and that, and this, and this, and this… For those of you who don’t know how that could happen, look at Greece and Italy and Spain right now. Their governments are broke and the ONLY way they’re getting funds is by agreeing to restructure their economies to the rules of those who are lending them the money.
Hyper-inflation? Even a minimal 100% inflation would be devastating to our economy. Imaging the bitching we do when we have 5% inflation at the gas pump on a Monday. Gas was 3.00 yesterday and now it’s 3.15 today. That’s a mere 5%. Picture 100% inflation in everthing we import, from gas to green beans and toilet paper.
Worse, fear of inflation is just as bad, triggering massive dumps in our dollar. The REAL fear is actual “hyper-inflation” when it skyrockets to something like 1500% in a matter of days or weeks, which could actually happen. Your job is worth the same amount per hour, or per salary period. That won’t change unfortunately. What WILL change is that fact that gas could become $27 a gallon, green beans could become $7.50 per can,etc.
What’s the fix?
The fix is easy, but NONE of us like it. The fix is to raise interest rates. Why we think our government can generate money on 0% interest loans is beyond me. Do any of us actually pay 0% on most things we finance? And if you had a million dollars, would you loan it to me at zero percent interest? If the answer is yes, please see my Yacht woes mentioned previously.
The problem is, we’ve had interest so low for so long AND we’ve been practicing quantitave easing for so long, that it’s possible that it’s too late to self-correct. So.. social darwinism, economic darwinism, and in-general darwinism… I’m game. Let’s roll the dice baby. It’s about time we had some REAL change in our world, our economy, and our world views.
(I usually don’t use this site for my personal blogging, but considering the Facebook traffic kills my other server, I thought I’d give this a shot and see how it turns out.)