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The Hard-Times Swindle

The Consensus Speaks

The achievement of the thing is even more remarkable when we remember the prevailing opinion

A solemn crowd gathers outside the Stock Excha...

A solemn crowd gathers outside the Stock Exchange after the crash. 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

climate of 2008. After the disasters of the George W. Bush presidency had culminated in the catastrophe on Wall Street, the leading lights of the Beltway consensus had deemed that the nation was traveling in a new direction. They had seen this movie before, and they knew how it was supposed to go. The plates were shifting. Conservatism’s decades-long reign was at an end. An era of liberal ascendancy was at hand. This was the unambiguous mandate of history, as unmistakable as the gigantic crowds that gathered to hear Barack Obama speak as he traveled the campaign trail. You could no more defy this plotline than you could write checks on an empty bank account.

And so The Strange Death of Republican America, by the veteran journalist Sidney Blumenthal, appeared in April of 2008—even before the Wall Street crash—and announced that the “radical conservative” George W. Bush had made the GOP “into a minority party.”3 In November, Sean Wilentz, the erstwhile historian of the “Age of Reagan,” took to the pages of U.S. News & World Report to herald that age’s “collapse.” The conservative intellectual Francis Fukuyama had said pretty much the same thing in Newsweek the month before. That chronicler of the DC consensus, Politico, got specific and noted the demise of the word “deregulator,” a proud Reagan-era term that had been mortally wounded by the collapse of (much-deregulated) Wall Street.4 Continue reading

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IF

English: Three-quarter length portrait of Rudy...

Rudyard Kipling

IF

If you can keep your head when all about you

Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

But make allowance for their doubting too:

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Continue reading

“I LOVE YOU” for a penny

English: Large amount of pennies

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you ever heard the phrase, “if I had a nickle for every time….”.

Well, OK. It’s an old one. Originated at a time when you could actually buy something for a nickle. Well, yeah I can still remember a time that when you could actually buy five pieces of candy for a nickle. They weren’t individually wrapped and the little old lady at the counter didn’t wear a plastic glove and most times you found the pennies laying in the street, in the dirt and grim. Mmmm licked your fingers when you were done.

But what I really want to talk about is “I love you”.

If I had a penny for every time someone in the world said “I love you”, today. How much money would I have? Continue reading