Alarming News: I like Morgan Freeberg. A lot.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: We were following a trackback and thinking "hmmm... this is a bloody excellent post!", and then we realized that it was just part III of, well, three...Damn. I wish I'd written those.
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler: ...I just remembered that I found a new blog a short while ago, House of Eratosthenes, that I really like. I like his common sense approach and his curiosity when it comes to why people believe what they believe rather than just what they believe.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is an intriguing guy...[he] asks great questions and answers others with style, flair, reason and wit. On the blogroll he goes. Make him a part of your regular blogospheric reading. I certainly will.
Brutally Honest: Morgan Freeberg is brilliant.
Common Sense Junction: Misha @ Anti-Idiotarian never ceases to amaze me. He keeps finding other good blogs. I went over to A.I. this morning for my daily Misha fix and he had found this guy named Morgan Freeberg in Fair Oaks, California, that has a blog, House of Eratosthenes. Freeberg says its "The Blog That Nobody Reads" but it may now become the blog that everybody reads.
Jaded Haven: Good God, Morgan, you cover a topic from front to back with a screwy thoroughness I find mind boggling. I'm in awe of your thought proccesses, my friend, you're an exceptional talent. You start by throwing in the kitchen sink, tie in someone's syphilitic uncle, bend around a rip tide of brilliance and bring it all home in a neat, diamond dripping package of an exceptionally readable moment of damn fine wordsmithing. I love reading you.
Mein Blogovault: Make "the Blog that No One Reads" one of your daily reads.
Philmon: When Morgan meanders, stick with him - he's got a point and it'll be worth it in the end. He's not a hit-and-run snarky quip kind of guy. The pieces all fall into place like tumblers in a lock and bang! He's opened a cognative door for you.
Rightlinx: Morgan at House of Eratosthenes is one of the best writers out there. I read him nearly every day because he manages to provide an interesting perspective, even though I don't always agree.
Poetic Justice: Cletus! Ah gots a laiv one fer yew...
Okay, so this is pretty interesting. The low-information voter is susceptible to the democrat talking points, almost by way of definition, to the point where they start to sound like they’re just reading the talking points word-for-word while they prattle away about how they “feel” and so forth.
Right up until where you start to talk about raising the debt ceiling, at which time the lights sort of start flickering on.
There’s something going on here that, not only am I not getting it, but as I make an effort to catch on to it I’m going to be among the last ones to do so. The government is deep into the red, so raising taxes on the rich people somehow resonates, but cutting the spending doesn’t resonate and this same crowd is recoiling in a healthy sense of disgust over the idea of raising the debt ceiling. What I get out of that is, people aren’t catching on to what’s happening when the government spends more money…not much more than just that, and that isn’t terribly helpful, in that it’s not something that comes as news.
So what do we make of this. We have three things: Government spending money, government taxing people, government authorizing itself to go into debt a certain amount. Your Low Information Voter, or LIV, doesn’t give a damn about the spending of the money, he’s not too sensitive about government taxing people because the politicians (even Republicans, these days) are doing his bidding and only going after the “rich” taxpayers. But the LIV doesn’t like to see the debt ceiling being raised and raised some more. I think we have a good explanation here of how the fiscal cliff came to be. If the people being interviewed here are representative of the voting public, and this does seem to be the case, the “mandate” seems clear: Spend whatever the hell you like because we don’t care, don’t raise the debt ceiling because that’s horrific & stuff, but don’t tax us, just tax people who make more than we do.
But Bill Whittle has already checked out the math on that…
…and it isn’t pretty.
The problem is well-defined. What to do about it, that’s what isn’t clear.
Although it all does seem to come back to, we can’t continue to accommodate people who want to have an impact on things but don’t really know anything, and can’t come up with any ideas other than channeling their own feelings of inadequacy and jealousy.
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