A very impressive teacher once told me, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This has stuck with me for more than 30 years. From that day forward, I’ve made planning an important part of everything I do. I take it so seriously I plan to be spontaneous.
The continuing economic contraction resonates through Chesterfield County government like tremors after a major quake. Unlike the feds, we can’t print money or charge it to the kids; we have to face the fact that there aren’t enough dollars to pay for everything we want. Over the years, we’ve become addicted to state subsidies, federal subsidies and ever-increasing revenues from bubbles inflated by the central planners. During the bubbles, instead of saving to make it through the lean years, we adopted the Washington model of trying to be all things to all people.
Where to start? After a State of the Union speech ranking among the longest in the last 45 years, what was said? Stay the course, in other words. Blame Bush, the banks and Congress for any failures, while taking credit for any success; scold the Supreme Court and lecture the rest of us. If we aren’t smart enough to understand his brilliant plans, he’ll just have to lecture us again. He’s getting so repetitious I’m looking for my HeadOn so I can apply it directly to where it hurts.
Every day, to the amazement and delight of more than 20 million people across the fruited plain, Rush Limbaugh performs his host duties flawlessly with half his brain tied behind his back. Anyone who has ever spent an objective hour listening to his program knows that Rush has a brain the size of a planet. The corporations once known as the mainstream media assure us we now have a president who is always the brightest guy in the room, instead of one who didn’t have enough brains to tie his shoes.
Talk about a man-caused disaster; have you looked at the recovery lately? The Republicans under the Bush dynasty and the Clinton interlewd paved the way for the current debacle of fiscal debauchery. The only thing growing is the government. Have the Liberals staged a second revolution? Khrushchev predicted the Soviet Union would bury us and since they’re now on the trash heap of history, is the liberal politburo of leftwing academics, corrupt politicians and their lamestream propaganda machine digging the grave instead?
You can’t beat good political drama. The Nuremberg rallies with all those glistening uniforms and snappy torch light marches. The May Day parades with the Soviet gerontocracy standing on Lenin’s tomb, smiling at the grandchildren of the people they tortured riding on their shiny tanks and missile launchers. Even little North Korea stages some pretty impressive mass birthday parties for the Glorious Midget.
Never since the mid 1970s when the Water Gate Congress insisted on abandoning our South Vietnamese allies after the war had been won have I seen defeat snatched from the jaws of victory in such a bold and decisive manner.
Lately the news reminds me of Monty Python. I keep waiting for President Obama to appoint a Czar of Silly Walks or Reverend Wright to resurface and declare piously, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” If the situation wasn’t so serious I couldn’t take it seriously.
Is it time to double-down in Afghanistan? Is it time to send more Americans to a long, hard slog in a country whose synonym is “quagmire”? As our economy is being outsourced, our debt monetized, and our infrastructure crumbles, will we march deeper into a thankless nation-building campaign, an Asian Little Bighorn that’s resisted every empire from Alexander to Moscow?
Stating the obvious passes for folk wisdom in remote tribal areas such as the Southside of Chicago, and since we now live in the Chicago-on- the-Potomac, perhaps we should start to take some of this obvious wisdom into account. Take statistics; here is a science that’s used to make judgments and to justify actions. And what’s statistics – just numbers, and what’s in a number?