Musings from George

Confluence and conflagration
September 12, 2006, 8:29 am
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A few random thoughts for the day:

1. Bush traveled to New Orleans a year ago, and promised to rebuild. $100B later, many neighborhoods are deserted and the levees are no better than they were. Anyone remember what we paid the French for the entire Louisiana purchase? $15M, and if you adjust for inflation we have been screwed much worse than the French were.

2. We sent 100,000 troops to Iraq, pretending that they would be greeted as liberators. The “stay the course” crap is the exact same lingo used to defend the lives wasted in Southeast Asia (known then as “the domino theory”, we basically pretend that nonsensical activities make sense in a fanciful context…there is NO democracy in the middle east, and Iraq is no more democratic than it was when Saddam got 99% of the vote).

3. My nephew spent three seven-month tours in Iraq. He might be called up again, even though he resigned from the Marines. Imagine that…experienced, and a former volunteer, makes him the most likely person to die in America today.

4. Soon we will have lost more soldiers in Iraq than people died in the World Trade Centers. The Iraqis lost more people in a week than we have lost in five years. Why don’t they get to vote on when we leave?

America is a beautiful, wonderful place. A friend was in town from Malawi recently (a small landlocked country in Africa) and it is refreshing to have to take stock of what we really do have here. Governed by idiots, we are the most productive and richest country to exist since Rome. Or at least since the British Empire collapsed in the 1700s. I sincerely hope that we can be one half of the global citizenry that our last generation was, and that if the real call to defend democracy is issued we won’t be too busy (with our own discretionary wars) to respond to that call.

Bush turned a government surplus into a $7 TRILLION dollar deficit. You do the math — there are 300 million people in the US, so that’s about $2.5K each. The average worth of a family of four is about $43K, so Bush just spent 1/4 of what they have (borrowed against it). Why do we allow this?