The Watering Hole; Friday October 17 2014; Wisdom Over Fear! Yes!

With all the talk these days about Ebola, about ISIL, about economic collapse, sky-high jobless rates, socialized health care, minimum wage hikes for the lazy, gay marriage, abortion clinics, each and all of those horrible things that demand so much FEAR from We The People — well, you know, SOMETHING needs to be done! But what?

I’ve noticed how sometimes it’s just so satisfying, so relaxing, to flash back in time to one of those days of yore — days when we had a real Amurkan as president, a man who was never fearful of going after all those evils that we KNOW are out to destroy our way of life and make us slaves to things like “Marksist/Facist” ideologies or “terrism” (to name but three of all those uncountable horrors).

SO — here’s my well-thought solution: a flashback to a far happier time, back to when we had no reason to fear so many things because our president was one of those We The People dudes with whom we’d like to have a cold beer. So go ahead — sit back, relax, release your fears, and listen to true words of WISDOM! YES!

“Because the — all which is on the table begins to address the big cost drivers. For example, how benefits are calculate, for example, is on the table; whether or not benefits rise based upon wage increases or price increases. There’s a series of parts of the formula that are being considered. And when you couple that, those different cost drivers, affecting those — changing those with personal accounts, the idea is to get what has been promised more likely to be — or closer delivered to what has been promised. Does that make any sense to you? It’s kind of muddled. Look, there’s a series of things that cause the — like, for example, benefits are calculated based upon the increase of wages, as opposed to the increase of prices. Some have suggested that we calculate — the benefits will rise based upon inflation, as opposed to wage increases. There is a reform that would help solve the red if that were put into effect. In other words, how fast benefits grow, how fast the promised benefits grow, if those — if that growth is affected, it will help on the red. OK, better? I’ll keep working on it. 

“‘Benefit cuts’ is an interesting word. Benefits are scheduled to grow at a certain rate, and one of the, one of the suggestions, for example — was they grow at a, they grow, but not at a rate as fast as projected. You can call it anything you want. I would call it an ‘adjustment to reality.'” ~George W. Bush; February, 2005

There. Bet you feel better already. The virtues of clarity are so obvious because, as President Bush pointed out to the people of Townsend, Tennessee on February 21, 2001, if “You teach a child to read, he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.” And then all will be well and Amurka will remain free and strong forever. Or something like that.

So that’s it then. Fears banished. Bliss personified. There is no charge.

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36 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Friday October 17 2014; Wisdom Over Fear! Yes!

  1. A great read, frugal!

    You can call it anything you want. I would call it an ‘adjustment to reality.’” ~George W. Bush;

    Spoke the man who is divorced from said reality.

  2. I’m glad I live in a land of opportunity where someone both incompetent and incapable of using the English language can rise to the highest office in the land, in spite of numerous setbacks and failures, provided his father is a former holder of that office and has a great deal of money.

  3. QOTD:

    “Move! I hit it out!” — The SF Giants’ Travis Ishikawa, to Giants pitcher Jake Peavy, who started to tackle Ishikawa a few steps before he reached third base on his series-clinching walk-off homerun.

  4. Wisdom over Fear……. well this morning’s example of wisdom over fear comes to you a coffee shop in the burbs of Seattle…. Three Wise Men discussing the ISIS situation……. they are pulling their analysis, not out of their asses, but something even better – the Buybull….. I swear they are talking about Syria and ISIS and Turkey and Israel and it’s “well the Antichrist is on his white horse and here in chapter 7, the goat will fook the donkey in the pasture (well they said ‘ass’ so maybe its someone’s ass and not actually an ass) and this means that we have to come to support Israel so they are going to rebuild the temple. But they can only do that after they defeat ISIS in the field, and Zion will then come to the Lord (or cum on the Lord – they are speaking quietly)…..

    ….. its the dawn of the Dark Ages …… oh wait now they are mixing particle physics and faith….. and I thought that the pubs didn’t open until 11am….. maybe I should try the brownies here – it is Washington State after all.

    • And the one with the heavily annotated Buybull I swear is looking for something in there about particle physics…… Jesus H Christ on a Four-horse Chariot! These people walk amongst us….

      • I keep getting these “Christian? Single? – join ChristianMingle adverts…. I have thought of joining and seeing if any of these “let’s bonk for Jesus” folks are looking for a “boy from the wrong side of the railroad tracks”…..

  5. Ah, yes…the good old days, when deficits didn’t matter and wars would pay for themselves; when the King could party while his subjects drowned. Those were the days when tax cuts for the rich meant everyone got a job; when people lived the American Dream in houses they couldn’t possibly afford, thanks to loans no bank should ever have made.

    Those were the days, allright. Sigh…..

    • I can’t wait for the even gooder and older days when roads where made by walking the same path over and over and when no one had pipes to take your sewage away and you had to fetch water from the nearest fairly clean water source and you had to keep watch over what little food you had. Sigh, coming soon!

    • Ah the good old days….. back in the autonomous collective….me and Dennis, scrabbling about in the mud.

  6. I can always tell when a medical clinic registration clerk is religious:
    my med rec. no.: xxxxx666. Inevitably, after typing the 666, they give me the look (and I think to see if perhaps I’ve sprouted horns).

  7. Two degrees of separation

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