I've always thought that Janeane Garofalo is an intelligent woman, albeit of the flaming liberal variety. So, when she says, "Let’s be very honest about what this is about,It’s not about bashing Democrats, it’s not about taxes, they have no idea what the Boston tea party was about, they don’t know their history at all. This is about hating a black man in the White House. This is racism straight up. That is nothing but a bunch of teabagging rednecks,” I have to believe she is being intentionally disingenuous.
In other words, I think she's a liar when she says "Let's be honest."
Barack Obama is turning out to be quite the ingenue.
Just after North Korea defied his threats of aggressive diplomacy, and convening an emergency buffet at the United Nations, by test launching for the purpose of eventually delivering a nuclear payload (or to put into orbit a satellite for the purpose of broadcasting Dear Leader's karaoke stylings, if you believe the Godless communists), Mr Obama called for "a world without nuclear weapons." It was as if he hadn't been paying attention.
"I am not naive," he said.
He is naive.
The history of mankind, as I see it, has been and will forever be a history of conflict, of conquering or being conquered.
Throughout history, once a Rubicon of weapons development has been crossed, that bridge has been burned. Weapons have become obsolete not because we all learned how to sing in three part harmony, but because newer, more efficient methods of killing lots of people were devised.
This will not change simply because we have some starry-eyed dreamer in the White House.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled broadcasting of Dear Leader reciting patriotic messages to his utterly destitute subjects.
It will undergo a government managed bankruptcy proceeding. Which means the Obama administration will determine what kind of auto manufacturer comes out the other end.
(Let's forget that GM could have filed for bankruptcy protection months ago, and without the taxpayer billions it was given.)
The government will reform GM in its image, i.e., mandate that they build small, green cars.
Rest assured: this will be a miserable failure. It will unprofitable, as all centrally planned enterprises are.
Which is a great opportunity for the Ford Motor Company. They have taken no bailout funds, and so are not obligated to the dictates of the central planners in Washington. They will be free to make the cars Americans want. They will be free to operate under the price system and the profit motive. Let's hope they avail themselves this of this great opportunity.
Here will be great experiment: centrally planned GM v. free market Ford.
"It is not true that human conditions must always improve, and that a relapse into very unsatisfactory modes of life, penury, and barbarism is impossible. The comparatively high standard of living which the common man enjoys today in the capitalist countries is an achievement of laissez-faire capitalism. Neither theoretical reasoning nor historical experience allows the inference that it could be preserved still less be improved under socialism." -Ludwig von Mises