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...
Government spending! It’s what’s in style! Our problems are so bad, that nothing else will do.
But it doesn’t seem to work well (in addition to, maybe, just maybe, that’s the cause of the problems)…
State and local governments are facing even greater budget deficits than were expected a few months ago, according to a new study released Monday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
GAO estimates that state and local governments will face a cumulative operating deficit of $131 billion in 2009. Deficits are set to mount in 2010, with the GAO predicting a cumulative deficit that year of $181 billion.
“The current results represent a significant deterioration from our November 2008 update,” according to a GAO letter to Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). “In November, our model depicted an operating deficit in the $100-$200 billion range.”
But the Golden State is looking better than average, right? Right?
Golf course owners and some of their customers are teed off at Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. So are veterinarians, auto mechanics and amusement park operators.
Their anger is directed at the Republican governor’s proposal to extend the state sales tax to cover more services, an idea that has surfaced in other states as they race to plug crippling budget deficits. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a research clearinghouse, predicts such deficits nationwide could reach $350 billion by 2011.
In California, Schwarzenegger wants to help close a nearly $42 billion budget deficit by taxing rounds of golf, auto repairs, veterinary care, amusement park and sporting event admissions and appliance and furniture repairs.
Democratic Gov. David Paterson in New York has proposed levies on MP3 downloads, taxi rides, movies, concerts, sporting events, and personal services such as haircuts, manicures and massages.
Best-comment-award in that thread, goes to Thomas Paine (#8) —
One of the dirty little secrets of social welfare agencies is that they are under NO incentive to reign in the number of people or the scope of services that they provide. You have a classic positive feedback loop. The more people on the dole, the more kids with an ADD diagnosis, the more illegals they can give a Medicaid Tax ID number to so they can get free medical care for life, and the more crackheads who can get signed up for SSI benefits, the more social workers get hired, with larger and larger budgets.
And don’t forget the biggest scam of all: if you’re pregnant, you come to the good ol’ USA illegally, get free prenatal care, get your baby delivered for free, and to top it all off, your baby is set for life with guaranteed Social Security benefits! Then you, your spouse and all of your relatives apply for citizenship to help with raising your baby, and YOU ALL can get benefits, too!
There are PLENTY of goodies to go around, ,even for older kids who missed out on citizenship. Just come to America and get free K-through-12 education! And when it’s time for college, don’t worry. The liberal legislators of many states allow you to get the lower in-state tuition rate! To think, not even an American citizen war veteran from the next state can qualify to get the same perk for his or her kids!
You don’t even have to be smart to figure this out. You just need a decent memory.
You get to wallow hip-deep, shoulders-deep, neck-deep, in news about how bad your state’s treasury is doing. Budgets late, state workers furloughed, deficits forecast…
…and then you read some more news about your government spending money to make sure people who are eligible for a program, know about their eligibility, so they can cost the state some more money. Yeah. Just like the way you balance your household budget. Spend money to spend money. Of course you’re doing something like that, right? When you have more outgo than income? You call the phone company or cable company and complain they forgot to include a past-due balance in your bill?
Alarm bells ought to be going off. There’s something wrong with you if they aren’t.
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