This week on AO - what part of your life are you willing to let someone else control? How about the government? And just how bad is failure? Isn't there someone you want to fail? Or someone who should? We also took a look and the most important position in the administration - regardless of past taxes.
Black, White, and Red All Over
So here's an idea. Why don't we make newspapers non-profit - since they don't seem to be able to make one. Yeah, that makes sense. If talk radio starts to falter, I guess NPR will just send some funds along. The argument is that newspapers - as a part of our democracy - are too important to fail. So just take that profitability thing away, and the only focus will be telling their story - as opposed to the story.
Wait, here's another idea - maybe they aren't making money because they aren't doing their job well. And maybe the solution is to change what they're doing.
Read the Instructions
Michele Bachmann asked Tim Geithner - Treasury Secretary and Turbo Tax Consultant - along with Reserve Chairman Bernanke about the Constitutionality of the bailout, the stimulus, and the possibility of converting currency. Obviously - and perhaps that was her point - there was nothing for them to point to in the Constitution. This whole thing is simply congress making it up as they go. While that may be legal, it doesn't mean it's smart.
Geithner categorically opposed the suggestion of China to drop the dollar - 'categorically' is a Turbo Tax term that means, 'at least until tomorrow'. It was only a day later he said he was open to the suggestion. And the market fell. No kidding.
At least someone in the minority party understands what the 'Do you want the President to fail?' question really means. Governor Bobby Jindal says:
Make no mistake: Anything other than an immediate and compliant, 'Why no sir, I don't want the president to fail,' is treated as some sort of act of treason, civil disobedience or political obstructionism...This is political correctness run amok. My answer to the question is very simple: 'Do you want the president to fail?' It depends on what he is trying to do.We'll that's a little like what we think too. Oh, and were the roles reversed - for example, the last eight years - I have the feeling those asking the question now would be grasping at failure no matter what the goal.
As times change, terms change - and this is the Presidency of change, so it shouldn't be any surprise that the 'global war on terror' will now be called 'overseas contingency operation'. That's only fitting now that future acts of terror will be called 'man caused disasters'. It looks like the goal is for things to be...less. Less confrontational, less motivating, and less clear. I guess it's like calling infanticide a choice. Of course quoting the Bible can be 'hate speech', so not everything is being toned down.
What's next on the linguistic hit list? Freedom?
The Bonus Round
It looks like someone got tired of only hearing Blarny Frank's perspective on bonuses - and just up and quit. Jake DeSantis - Vice President at AIG - sent his resignation letter to the CEO and the world. So I guess you can either believe the politicians who voted for the bonuses before they were outraged about the bonuses, or you can believe the guy who quit, worked for a salary of a $1 - yes, the rest of his compensation was, shocking, a bonus - and just decided to give away whatever the government doesn't steal back.
Or you could believe neither - either way, the bottom line is this: people like Jake DeSantis will start working where they can keep their money, and people like Frank and Geitner will still be spending our money. That just doesn't seem right.
And On The Left
ACORN is giving bus tours of AIG employee homes. I don't think that needs much more commentary. Apparently they haven't done enough damage. Yet.
Learn By Example
Daniel Hannan has something to say to Gordon Brown:
The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money. The country as a whole is now in negative equity. You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt... You know and we know and you know that we know that it's nonsense.
Is the same economic cloth is being used by the Obama Administration to custom tailor a straight jacked for our nation? As always the socialistic Emperor isn't wearing any clothes. Hannan's warning to us is that above all, don't socialize healthcare. And don't make the same mistakes as England. After all, isn't that why we're a nation?