Saturday, May 07, 2011

The National Debt: Peter Welch in the Hill

An article about Peter Welch from Vermont appears in "The Hill"... and it helps to underscore a important fact: The national debt is ticking time bomb. The Tea Party republicans are correct in having identified this, and actually trying to work to fix it. This is a massive change for a party who, while they have paid lip service to cutting the debt, is actually largely responsible for it. (Under Reagan, the debt went from $997 billion to $2.85 trillion-- an important gift to America which we should remember whenever we are tempted to eulogize the man.)

But, of course, the Tea Party is wrong in it's approach. In it's efforts to "Free the Rich" (from taxation, from Regulation) it would actually produce stagnation...the very wealthy have no desire to be subject to market forces which might displace them...and historically, they have taken great pains to prevent the free market from working. When market forces finally do win out, we end with disasters like the Great Depression...from which recovery is all but impossible.

It's time to elect Democrats who understand that belt tightening is important if we are to survive to grow another day, AND who understand how to wage the political battles necessary to prevent the Tea Party from inadvertently cutting our throats.

From the article, it sounds as if Congressman Welch is doing a pretty good job.

Friday, May 06, 2011

Did the French Start Every American War Ever?

Jim and I took a break from discussing semi-contemporary issues.... and discuss Jim's theory that the French are to blame for every war America ever had to fight....don't miss this week's show.

MWMB: The French Conspiracy by MWMB Podcast And More

And, if you've got the time, don't miss last weeks show in which Alex does his best to prove that every American Republican is a right wing birther nut.

MWMB: Born In the USA? by MWMB Podcast And More