Well, here we are. 1 January 2013. The day the US government muppets and their stooges in the Mainstream Media have decided America goes over a ‘Fiscal Cliff’. In the real world, the US went over the fiscal cliff days, weeks, months, even years ago. The US owes more money than theoretically exists in the world. It can – literally – never be repaid. The two choices are inflating the debt away or defaulting, and neither are pretty.
What the muppets and stooges really mean is the America People are about to get a lesson in Newton’s Third Law of Physics: every action has an equal, and opposite, reaction. i.e. elections have consequences. If you vote on the basis of receiving a slice of someone else’s cake, someone else is going to vote on the basis of receiving a slice of yours. And guess what? Today is collection day.
6 November 2012 was the day Americans (or a substantial number of them) proved (a) they really are just as stupid as the rest of us, and (b) mathematics is not a core curriculum subject during a public school education (not much time for math when there are tribute songs to King Barry to compose, practice and perform!)
Nothing is going to happen today that wasn’t already needed. Taxes *must* rise on ALL Americans to pay off the orgy of spending the past two Presidents have indulged in. Government spending *must* reduce – and drastically – if the US is to survive economically. It is utterly ridiculous – but entirely predictable – that Washington DC is now the wealthiest part of the country. The issue is that spending is not being cut in the right places – military funds are sequestered while the leeches grow fatter.
So will the world end today? Nope. Obama and Harry The Red and Nancy Pelosi-Galore will continue to blame Republican intransigence in the House for not letting them bring about their Marxist utopia. Boehner will continue to apologise for the Tea Party caucus not letting him cave in to Obama (in reality there are enough Dems and RINOs in the House who would allow the Senate bill – despite it being unconstitutional – to go through. If that happened, Boehner would almost certainly lose his position as Speaker and *that’s* what he’s worried about). And the unwashed will continue with their bread and circuses.
So, aside from the Fiscal Cliff, I thought I’d compile a little list of 2012’s Unfinished Business. The big TBC’s as I see them, and a couple of questions for 2013.
- Benghazi: will Hillary Clinton testify before Congress on what happened to whom, and who made the decisions? Or is that blood clot set to erase her memory of the entire event (while strangely enough leaving her with sufficient mental capacity to run in 2016)?
- Benghazi: who gave the order to Stand Down? Was it King Barry himself?
- Benghazi: why the hell was the US running guns through Libya to al Qaeda in Syria in the first place?
- Fast & Furious: where the hell has *that* gone? Does Holder get a passsimply because Republicans lost and even if he is charged King Barry will pardon him? It’s all gone very quiet there recently.
- Sherrif Arpaio: Where is his Cold Case Posse investigation at? A couple of sources suggest the investigation is proceeding, but I’ve not heard much for some time.
- Congress: Boehner’s purge of Conservatives from committees as a desperate attempt to minimise the influence of the Tea Party Caucus *must* result in a challenge to his position. He’s soft, wet, weak and liberal, and too desperate to ‘reach across the aisle’ and deal with Democrats, sacrificing his own base (and the America People) in the process.
This one’s too easy. By law, there *must* be a federal election in 2013. The question is, will the Obama tactic be as successful in Australia as it was in America? Will a poisonous ideologue, a union stooge, an abject failure of a leader be able to use her media lapdogs to turn a thoroughly competent, completely genuine, hard-working, charity-minded man of character into the devil, and thereby steal another term? Can Australia survive a third term of Gillard’s particular brand of Labor politics?
There’s a fair bit on here, too. The big one, of course, is will the country be irreparably damaged? Forever lost? Will the Maorification of this once-great little nation be complete, and a Constitution produced which entrenches apartheid as the national position? There are plenty of other clouds on the horizon, of course. Will the far left win their latest battle in the war against the traditional family (and the Church)? Will they get away with redefining marriage to include all manner of obscene and unnatural constructs?
Here’s another one. He remains wildly popular, which if nothing else shows the political gene pool in New Zealand has all the depth of a carpark puddle. But, if John Key is to step down before the next general election, he will need to do so in 2013, to give the new leader time and space to build his team. He’s always said he has no ambition to either (a) lead the Opposition, or (b) become New Zealand’s longest-serving Prime Minister, which means if it looks likely National will lose then he will go. The questions I have are:
- is the National Party wagon firmly hitched to the John Key ass? It would appear so – National is polling in the mid- to upper-mediocre range even with Key. Without him, they look like what they are – a pack of losers.
- will he want to complete the apartheid Constitution and the destruction of marriage before he goes?
- if not Key then who? English? The ‘man’ who ‘led’ National to the worst arse-kicking it’s ever received, with 22% of the vote. It can’t be him. I suspect Key will hang around a while longer, but if the polls head south he’ll jump. He’s crossed “Be Prime Minister” off his bucket list now, and even though he will leave New Zealand almost irretrievably worse than he found it, he will be satisfied with that.
Well, that’s my take on the Big Ticket. If you’re interested, 2012 was for me 75% complete and utter shite, and 25% frickin’ AWESOME! I’m just glad the 25% came at the end, and I am now looking forward to moving into 2013 with an eye to the future.
As usual, Bill Whittle has a much more erudite message of things to come. Personally, I think he’s being a little optimistic with his “big government can’t survive because it is no longer appropriate for today’s world” message, but that said he’s a lot smarter than me and I’ve found he has a compelling message even if sometimes I disagree on the detail…