Demonic Ninja Llama

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I’m feeling very Cassandra-ish today

I always wanted to live in interesting times, but I’m not sure I like what is coming down the pike in our day:

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May 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Some commonsense policy proposals to prevent US bankruptcy

On my to-read list is a book entitled “The Return of the Great Depression” by Vox Day.  He prescribes ten measures needed immediately to keep the nation from going off the financial cliff ahead:

1. Stop pouring gasoline on the fire. The Federal Reserve must raise interest rates. . . .

2. No more financial necromancy. No more bailouts. An organization that is too big to fail is too big to be permitted to exist. . . .

3. Cut state and federal income taxes in half. . . .

4. Eliminate all federal spending that cannot be supported by a supermajority in both the House and Senate. . . .

5. Audit the Federal Reserve. . . .

6. Repeal the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999, the Carn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act of 1982, and elements of the Depository Institutions Deregulation and Monetary Control Act of 1980. . . .

7. Withdraw American troops from Afghanistan, Iraq, South Korea, Europe, and most of the dozens of countries around the world where they are stationed. . . .

8. Halt immigration and provide significant financial incentive for married women with children to raise them at home. . . .

9. Ban banking bonuses. . . .

10. End the federal monetary monopoly. . . .

I haven’t read the book yet, so I’m not entirely sure about all of these, but the majority seem pretty self-evident and commonsensical to me.

h/t the Derb

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Today’s links and commentary

“Progressivism is the belief that we have too much freedom with which to make too many stupid choices.”

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This is the point of the Tea Parties, a point that seems lost on our current “leaders”:

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, a top outside adviser to President Barack Obama, said time is “growing short” for the U.S. to address problems ranging from its budget deficit to Social Security obligations.

“We better get started,” the 82-year-old former central banker said in a speech yesterday in Stanford, California. “Today’s concerns may soon become tomorrow’s existential crises.”

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An idea for how to deal with California, or other bankrupt states.

California’s pension system is based on impossible assumptions and deception of the taxpayers and legislators.     Though it is probably in violation of Article IV of the Constitution, any state that bankrupts itself and requires a Federal bailout should lose its status as a state, including representation in Congress and the Electoral College, for some determined length of time.  Let them go back to Territorial Status and apply for readmission when they can show that they can govern themselves responsibly.

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Youtube video fun

The fun really starts just over a minute in:

This is really well done:

I like the opening sequence almost as much as the project itself:

For the entire text of what Bart wrote, go here.

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Assorted links and commentary

Time to bring back hanging them from the yardarm : current international law is insufficient for the growing piracy in the Gulf of Aden region.

Winston Churchill is undoubtedly turning over in his grave:  the Obama/Cameron era marks the end of the “Special Relationship” between the US and Great Britain. Both nations, and the world, will be worse off for the lack of it.

Vodkapundit notes two stores about doctors in the Lone Star State:  they’re dropping Medicare patients due to reimbursement cuts that make it economically impossible for them to treat them.

“You do Medicare for God and country because you lose money on it,” said Culpepper, a graduate of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. “The only way to provide cost-effective care is outside the Medicare system, a system without constant paperwork and headaches and inadequate reimbursement.

And the doctors that stay in the system are almost always trained abroad.  Will they be able to provide the same level of care?

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