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Say What?

February 12, 2010

Just in case you’re wondering, it’s called chutzpah.

And we got a wheelbarrow full of it Wednesday night on CNN’s Larry King Live, complements of V.P. Joe Biden:

“I am very optimistic about — about Iraq.  I mean, this could be one of the great achievements of this administration. You’re going to see 90,000 American troops come marching home by the end of the summer. You’re going to see a stable government in Iraq that is actually moving toward a representative government.

But this is the same Joe Biden who advocated the partition of Iraq in the run-up to the election as then Sen. Obama virulently opposed the surge that brought victory and the promise of stability.”

Well, at least librals are not blaming Bush this time, but  only trying to steal his thunder.

A Trillion Here, A Trillion There

February 8, 2010

In this new era wherein fat is the new skinny, ugly is the new lovely, obnoxious is the new polite, dumb is the new smart, and profligate is the new frugal, we may add yet another transmogrification: trillion is the new billion. But by virtue of its truly astronomical scope, the term “trillion” more easily rolls off the tongue than is captivated by the mind.   So, as President Obama proposes a $3.8 trillion federal layout for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011–a budget which includes $1.56 trillion in deficit spending–it is well worth taking a brief pause to contemplate the magnitude of the figures at hand.

To put things in perspective, the ratio of one to 1.56 trillion equates to the difference between one second and 49,435 years, or one mile and 6,531,104 times the distance from earth to the moon.

You may have noted the irony of using astronomical numbers to explain astronomical numbers.  But hey, this is only in keeping with the spirit of the new era: Paradox is the new logic.   Still, let us hope the government does not print, beg for, borrow, or steal that extra one-and-a-half trillion in one dollar bills because that would amount to  3,439,154,000 lbs. of cash–astronomically speaking, of course.

The Thrill is Gone.

February 8, 2010

On January 21, 2009, one day after becoming the nation’s 44th president, Barak Obama boasted a 65 percent approval rate.  But according to Rasmussen, that number has plummeted by 21 points in barely a year.   Super Bowl Sunday saw the same index stand at just 44 points in favor of the chief executive’s job performance. Time and tide may wait for no man, but apparently, neither does public opinion for a floundering politician.