A Nation of Nincompoops

~~By Kenosha Marge

According to what I’ve been reading the world is watching America closely. It approves of us getting rid of Bush and approves of our new President but they are still watching our actions with a jaundiced eye. Seems they don’t trust us.

Many countries believe that the United States is to blame for the financial mess the world finds itself in. That’s the risk when you proclaim your country to be the greatest country in the history of the world and are the world’s only Super Power. People then expect you to do Super Power type things. Like fix the mess the world is in. Come on Super Power, use your Super Powers. And do it quickly. (Scanning the sky for a high-flying Super Someone in colorful garb with chiseled features, if a male, and enormous boobs if a woman.)

We have plenty of Confidence in this country, but we are a little short of good men/women to place our Confidence in.  ~Will Rogers

Some of our allies have audaciously declined to join us in our bailout binge and those that agree with our actions have governments as clueless as our malignant pols. Their governments like our government are throwing obscene amounts of money that they don’t have at the problems and hoping they can bribe said problems to just go away. It doesn’t seem to occur to many, if any, that spending more money than you had precipitated the problems.

Spending money is the Democratic mantra while cutting taxes is all the Republicans seem to know. Both mindsets are nothing new for either party. They are monotonously repetitious in their same/old, same/old rhetoric. And as usual they are far more concerned with scoring points against each other than they are in serving their constituency and their country. “Ask not what you can do for your country because it might not get you votes or money” seems to be the thinking. If thinking is involved, I personally and speaking only for myself, would require proof.

Meanwhile the President’s primary concern seems to be in being a Television Superstar. Which is probably fine and dandy with those that voted for him because they too don’t seem to be any more interested in all that boring work stuff than he does.

The only thing new from the spendthrifts now running things is the amount they seem willing to spend. Broke and dependent on the money they/we can borrow from others our government has embarked on a spending spree of monumental proportions.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. ~ P. J. O’Rourke

The Democratic Party has been waiting in the wings for years to get it’s moment center stage and now that its come they are tap dancing like nobody’s business. And I do mean nobody’s business. Cause nobody running a business could afford the things they plan without money. Get that? Without money. As in we have none. Nevertheless our malignant free-spending politicians are going to give all the people all the things they want. And we have no money.

Like the parents in this country that gave their children every silly bit of stuff that the children wanted whether their budget could afford it or not. Slap down that plastic and get it NOW. Because those kiddies will be flawed for life if they have to do with out one teensy bit of plastic stuff. When the stuff overflows your house then you can always rent a storage locker to store you excess stuff. That does really seem just a tad silly doesn’t it? Verging on ludicrous and imbecilic?

Advertising is the art of convincing people to spend money they don’t have for something they don’t need. ~ Will Rogers

Houses sit empty and the pathetic plastic outside stuff that people charged so that their children could have the same stuff as all the other children are often left behind. A primary-colored reminder that there comes a time when all those bills for the stuff you charged are due. Citizens are learning, sadly and painfully that bills do come due. The Nincompoops we nincompoops elected, not yet. If not now when?

We all know, or most of us do, that the road to our recovery needs to be paved with fiscal responsibility and personal responsibility. Somewhere deep inside we all know that. But large numbers of us refuse to face that fact and no politician is ever going to tell the voters that they are part of the problem. Just as no politician is ever going to tell the voters that if they want all these programs then taxes will have to increase. No politician will tell voters the truth and so though they have every intention of raising taxes, because they know they must, they hide them in big bills and speak of taxing only the rich because after all they aren’t a large voting block and poor people can really get into hating on the greedy rich. Wonder if that has anything to do with fund-raising being down?

Whatever befalls us as a people or as a nation it is always someone’s fault, not ours. Bankers are evil because they let us borrow more money than we could afford to pay back. People actually say something that mired in nincompoopery and expect us to regard them as adults.

Politicians always reek of nincompoopery. If they were once honest, straightforward people with character and integrity that day is in past. So far in their rear-view mirror for some that it isn’t even a distant memory.

Politics, n:  [Poly “many” + tics “blood-sucking parasites”]  ~Larry Hardiman

We the people are now angry. We are talking tea parties, the Boston kind not Darjeeling, and tar and feathers and pitchforks. Congress, having no integrity or character of their own tried to jump on the People’s Tea Party and Pitchfork Band Wagon and succeed only in making bigger fools of themselves than usual. Which ain’t easy.

The House of Representatives and you in particular Speaker Pelosi passed a bill. that would tax some people 90% if you decided they had been naughty. Some citizens can be forgiven for being too ill-informed or dimwitted to know that such a plan is unconstitutional but the House of Representatives shouldn’t be. Nincompoops is really far to mild a name for those that swear to uphold a document that they evidently don’t understand. Not surprising in a bunch that doesn’t read the bills they pass either.

So merrily we roll along down a steep road headed for a precipice lead by a bunch of nincompoops. Partisan nincompoops are either end of the politican spectrum still have faith in their government. Nincompoops lead by nincompoops elected by nincompoops.

Still there are things to enjoy. I read that the President went off to the G20 in Great Britain aboard a Boeing equipped with it’s own private gym. Gotta keep those FLOTUS biceps in shape.

POTUS took an entourage of 500 people and his own chef and his own armored vehicle nicknamed the “Beast” as well as Marine One helicopter. This is for someone that tells us that we must make sacrifices and be patient. Meanwhile our tax dollars finance a Royal Court that Louis the XVI and Michelle Antoinette would have envied. Evidently if POTUS and FLOTUS are going to eat cake their own chef will prepare it.

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.  ~Ernest Benn

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Hat tip to Dandy Tiger on the Traveling Royal Court info.

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12 Responses

  1. Marge,

    Would you ever consider running for political office? I think you should be Speaker of the House!

    As usual, you have tapped the pulse of we “common folk” and stated it in your inimitable, irascible manner. I can’t help but think that if we had even one person in Congress with your intelligence, common sense, and ability to cut through the crap that we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.

    Please don’t consider this snark – I am 100% serious! Kenosha Marge for Congress 2010

    • I second what Grail said. Kenosha Marge for Congress 2010. Her only drawback is that she uses the common sense that God gave her and that is such an unusual commodity in Washington that she would seem almost alien. But she is exactly what we need. We here at IA are so proud to call her our friend.

  2. Thank you for the compliment. But you know, and I certainly know that voters don’t want people that tell them the truth. They want people that tell them how wonderful they are while pointing at some evil outside entity that is responsible for all the ills of the earth. I can’t do that therefore I would never get elected. I am also physically incapable of talking out of both sides of my mouth at the same time. Thanks for the laughs though.

  3. Great post, Marge!

    And don’t let us forget that also included in his entourage was a physician with a blood supply specially produced just for the CIC lest he fall and injure himself in his airborne gymnasium.

    Hoops, anyone?

  4. Kenosha Marge, you’re just great! 🙂

    I think you used to post on raw story, and maybe C&L and people would be rude to you, because you were telling the truth about uhbama.

    I admire you writing, and I completely agree with mostly everything you write.

    keep it up!

  5. Thank you Destardi. Yes I gave up C&L and Raw Story as a bunch of nincompoops with the integrity of fruit flies some time ago. Casting your pearls of truth before them is a waste of time.

    I agree with mostly everything I write too. All things are subject to change including my mind. My mind, not my principals.

  6. No politician can tell voters that they couldn’t really do anything FOR them either–that they are beholden to those that financed their run, and that would be the banks and other lesser corporations and that said banks and corporations get tended to first.

    And for the record, the Nincompoops knew damn well that the 90% tax was unconstitutional. But the voters were mad and they had to pretend to DO something. So they did something–something so outrageous that it would be shot down. Net result: nothing.

    But don’t you love your Nincompoops now? They really tried to do something for us.

  7. Well-written, Marge.

    This struck me: “Politicians always reek of nincompoopery. If they were once honest, straightforward people with character and integrity that day is in past. So far in their rear-view mirror for some that it isn’t even a distant memory.”

    Yesterday I received a mailing from our Democratic Representative Bruce Braley, a man I worked to elect in 2006. It was four full pages, high gloss, full-color, on heavy stock. The headline on the front says “Congressman Bruce Braley. Creating Jobs and Lowering Taxes to help Iowa Families.” It lauds Congressman Braley for his efforts in Washington, with four full-color photos of him on three pages. It is, in short, a four-page campaign mailing.

    At the top of the first page, in the smallest print on the entire brochure, are these words: “OFFICIAL BUSINESS This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.”

    Braley’s been in office now for a little over two years. It didn’t take him long to “go Washington”.

    He can rest assured he will not be receiving my help in the next campaign. My days of nincompoopery are over.

  8. Didn’t take him long indeed. It seems that once elected the only thing that is then important to these people is getting re-elected. They will never, unless forced to do so, allow for term limits. That is the only way to rid ourselves of them. Because I would be willing to bet that most of the people receiving that “glossy” flier never noticed that it was printed at their expense. The power and corruption of incumbancy.

  9. I just faxed the following to all four (!) of Braley’s offices:

    Dear Representative:

    Yesterday I received a mailing from you. It was four full pages, high gloss, full-color, on heavy stock. The headline on the front says “Congressman Bruce Braley. Creating Jobs and Lowering Taxes to help Iowa Families.” It lauds you for your efforts in Washington, with four full-color photos of you on three pages. It is, in short, a four-page campaign mailing.

    At the top of the first page, in the smallest print on the entire brochure, are these words: “OFFICIAL BUSINESS This mailing was prepared, published and mailed at taxpayer expense.”

    I am one of the people who worked hard to elect you in 2006. I did not do so in order that you could spend taxpayer money on your re-election campaign.

    This letter is to advise you that I will oppose you every step of the way in the next election. You are an embarrassment to the people of Iowa. I hope you are enjoying your tenure in Washington. May it end in 2010.

    In disgust,
    {signed}

    Let’s hear it for term limits! We have GOT to get rid of these self-serving jerks.

  10. Good for you creeper! It’s time this jerks hear from all of us. I send so many emails to my congresscritter Paul Ryan and Senators Kohl and Feingold that they probably consider me spam.

    I send emails to them whenever they do things I like too. Fair is fair.

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