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RANDOM THOTS, Jan 8, 2012

The signs of protest  –
Have you ever taken note of all those signs that protesters carry about?  I’m not referring to what they say, but how they are made, for example from a side torn from a cardboard box with crude lettering, no artistic talent exhibited, some of them are supported with sticks, others held awkwardly by their edge during march.  Surely they could do better if they wanted to.

But nicely constructed signs are artifacts of the establishment and are out of place in an anti-establishment crowd.  A crisp well drawn sign on a fresh piece of poster board represents an accomplishment.  But the intent is to present an image of impoverishment and oppression.  It takes a motley sign to do that.  So motley signs are what they make.

The labor unions supported Obamacare –
But when they found out what is in it, they didn’t want it.  As I recall, neither did the members of Congress who voted for it.  Oh sure, they wanted it for others, but not for themselves.  Our lawmakers have their own plan.  They know what’s in it and they want to keep it.

One year ago, labor unions like the SEIU and teacher’s unions applied for  waivers to shield 40% of their members from the requirements of Obamacare.  Under this administration, what labor wants, labor gets.  The waivers were granted.

Putting their worst feet forward
The Republican Party has Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Governors Chris Christie, Scott Walker and Mitch Daniels.  The nominees for the Office of the President are Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Bachman, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney.  The Party has the right people; unfortunately the best of them are not running for the higher office.

There can be little doubt that consideration of the amount of filth that would be thrown at, not just the candidate, but also at their families is a factor.  It is one thing to be willing to sacrifice yourself.  It is quite another to choose a path that will submit you loved ones to the same heart wrenching fate.


When Howard Cosell asked Mohamed Ali where he aimed his punches, Ali said “I aim for the back of the head.”  Mohamed Ali fought like a champ.  Republicans, on the other hand are given to pulling their punches.  Not Rick Perry.

It would be treason, Perry says.

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all will do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas,” Perry said to laughter from supporters in Iowa.

“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, treasonous in my opinion,” he said.

Ears on the Right heard NO MORE STIMULUS!  Ears on the Left heard only a blasphemous threat.  Those in the middle are provoked to thought.  In my opinion, it was a gotcha that won’t get.  Any sane person knows the comment was a slander, not a real threat.  Slanders are the spice of choice in political campaigns.  Bernanke is a good guy and Perry knows it.  But even good guys make mistakes.

Now about the Fed.  When interest rates are six percent, lowering them to five will promote borrowing by consumers for refrigerators and cars and borrowing by businesses for expansion.  It can poke an economy and get it to move.  But lowering rates from near zero to nearer zero is like trying to move the economy by pushing on its string.  What the economy needs is not another Quantitative Easing.  What the economy needs is a president who isn’t a business killer.