Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Maintain your focus

Back in October, Kevin Williamson said that "(b)etween the candidates’ debates and my conversations with the Occupy Wall Street protesters, it seems to me that there is a persistent, dangerous disconnect between our political conversation and reality."  He was right then and it has only gotten worse: The grand debate over economic policy was centered on whether an ineffective payroll tax holiday to drain funds from the Social Security system should be extended for two months for now and later be extended for another ten months, or whether it should be extended for the full year now.  What a pathetic display from the President and Congress.  If I thought they were capable of shame I would say "For shame!" to them.

At any rate, Williamson also provided 10 things to keep in mind so that you are focused on the real issues, even if our fearless leaders are not:
1.      There is no austerity.
2.      There was no deregulation.
3.      You can’t trust Republicans on spending.
4.      Wall Street loves Democrats.
5.      People who voted for Barack Obama on civil-liberties grounds are fools.
6.      If you aren’t for massive entitlement reform, you’re for massive tax hikes.
7.      But taxing the rich won’t close the deficit.
8.      The housing bubble was largely a political creation.
9.      Well-meaning politicians are just as dangerous as self-serving ones.
10.    There’s no way out of this jam without big cuts to popular programs.