Friday, April 10, 2009 4:53 AM
Hey! Sorry to leave you guys all alone in the echo chamber for 2 days, but “a mans gotta eat” as they say. So let me hit a few points and respond to you If I may. I'll just go down the list.
@ Kenny Powers. On your opening statement, the shift from quick hit blog posts to full columns was admittedly a difficult transition, but one that I was determined to undertake. I'm glad you have stayed to see what happens. I won't ask you to point out any specific grammatical errors, because it seems I've worked them out enough on my own in sufficient fashion to meet your minimal standards and that's good enough for me.
As for the cause of our economic crisis, I think you would all be deprived if you did not take a look at this excellent and non-partisan explanation of the mechanics of what has happened. Here is the link:
As for your analogy, I understand very well how you feel. I had a President a few years back that executed a preemptive attack on a sovriegn nation that had no capacity to harm us in any way. A country run by a prick no different than the pricks running many many other countries. I disagreed, but that President still spent my money to do it whether I liked it or not. Boy did that sting! You are entitled to complain, as an American.
Also, this whole conservative vs. Republican thing is utterly tiresome to me. What kind of conservative are you? Social? Economic? Do you love the free market? Do you embrace economic darwinism while shunning science? The two parties a re umbrellas for sweeping trains of thought, and distancing yourself from a party of conservatism while calling yourself a conservative is ridiculous to me. You're a republican, and that's OK. Do you think theres not a single plank on the Democratic platform that doesn't give me splinters?
And what option do all the Republican Governors have? And I mean all of them, not just the five that have been making waves.The option I see, if they are such great conservatives, is to unite and take a stand and say “hey you know what? If we ALL reject this money, that will reduce the amount the people in our state are responsible for astronomically. Your argument says that these Governors are somehow obligated, by what I don't know, to throw good money after bad.
As for Alaska, I'm not going to challenge you on that. I read what I read and that's what it said. You found something different. Welcome to the Internet.
@ jimby: You say I was bashing fiscal conservatives. Well, read again. I never mentioned the term “fiscal conservatives” and further, I didn't bash anybody. I plainly stated what I see to be an attempt by potential Republican candidates to take the money they have coming while still being able to say they “rejected” and “fought” the stimulus bill, and the funds alloted by it, come campaign time. Do you really not see that? Also be sure to note that I pointed out that in each case vast sums of money are entering these same states without fanfare while these Governors I speak of raise protest to tiny fractions of the funds allotted to them.
@ cardsbadabing: Please give some more information on bailout funds being forced upon certain entities. Especially regarding Ford.
@ The Drake: Not to give you the cold shoulder, but I feel that my Fifth paragraph adressing Kenny's points adequately replies to your point.