It’s the beginning of a new week, and I thought I’d revisit – and add some updates – on some of the things I’ve been writing about here.
In yesterday’s post, I talked about “Black Friday” and the freak-outs that accompany it – and seem to be encouraged. Well, once again, it’s cost someone their life.
The three workers were on top of the man when police arrived, and officers found him unresponsive and bleeding from his mouth and nose, the newspaper said.
The man was taken to a local hospital, where he was declared dead. He appeared to have been put in a choke hold by the security officer, the paper reported.
That’s in addition to further reports of people being injured, threatening – or committing – violence, and children being abandoned. I keep wondering why people think that this frenzy starting the day after we give thanks for what we have is a “good thing.” There really needs to be some perspective here.
Moving on, on Friday I had some tips for the Republican Party. The first one was “admit supply side economics doesn’t work.” Then I saw a great set of charts which show that in stark detail. This is what the Heritage Foundation predicted back in 2002:
In other words, we should be looking at a surplus, according to them. What actually is the picture?
Oops! But even that is not quite the story. The deficit in President Bush’s years don’t include the cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, since those were “supplemental budgets.” They are included President Obama’s budgets. You want to balance the budget? Look at when we had a surplus, and ask yourself “what were the tax rates then?”
I also mentioned it’s time to get real. I found this clip from Real Time with Bill Maher which rather nicely sums up what the Right has done against “common sense”
One of the statements I’ve heard a lot over the past 4 years is that “the function of the opposition is to oppose.” Besides making me want to smack some sense into the people that say that, it is a demonstration of how off the track the Republican Party has gone, and how little they actually understand the government we have. In a parliamentary system, yes, the opposition has no say. In our system, it does, and particularly when it has control of one house of the legislature, it most definitely does. They’ve been shirking their responsibility, and they need to stop that.