Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Curmudgeonly Rants

They say winning builds confidence and losing builds character. I don't know about you but I have all the character I can stand. ~ Mike Gotch ca. 1988 after another progressive election loss in San Diego
Wisconsin's recall elections ended in winning only two seats when we needed at least three. In other words a marginal loss. In still other words, it was only a character building exercise.
It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours. ~ Harry S. Truman 
So, what do we call it when you lose your home? The economy is floating in the same clogged crapper its been in for a decade. Republican politicians think the biggest problem with the country is that rich people have to pay taxes. Democratic politicians think the biggest problem is liberals who want rich people to pay taxes.
Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where's the street-wise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
~ Bonnie Tyler
Think of the great men who have walked the halls of Congress. Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, Robert LaFollette, Sam Rayburn, Tip O'Neill. After John Quincy Adams lost the presidency he went back to the House of Representatives where he served as a leader for 17 years; after Bill Clinton left office he became a millionaire giving lame pay-per-view speeches. Who do we have in Congress, either party, that people will remember 2 months after they leave office?

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