Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Yeah, we are totally having an unbloody civil war.

Ann Coulter goes off on Trump over taxes, saying he delivered his 'worst, most tone-deaf speech'.

I'd like to start out by saying that I am generally Trump neutral. I'm not in love with the guy I don't yet hate him. And I think you should dislike your leaders. It's healthy! I care about capitalism. Nothing more. Nothing less. I care about the freedom to make your own way in life in whatever form that takes.

All of this crap about politicians "caring" about us has to be the creepiest Obama socialist holdover ever. Those of us economic conservatives just want you to get the eff out of our way. We don't need you to "care" about us.

So I found it quite perplexing today when I saw "conservatives" dismiss tax cuts as a trap for Trump and not needed apparently.

First and foremost - tax cuts strip the government of some of it's power. And any conservative that is against this is on the wrong side of history. Anything that helps defund them is good.

Secondly, if there is anything I know about Trump - he is good at slow rolling people. He's gotten out of every single scrape. It's quite fascinating. Each and every dust up I think - he isn't getting out of this one. Yet he does. And you know why? Talk to a construction dude. Trumps ideas are completely not out of the mainstream. Blue collar workers are actually quite a bit more extreme honestly.

The only trap being laid is for RINO's. Mark my words. He is setting these people up to be the sandbaggers they are.

Republicans can really blame themselves for where we are right now. They let Democrats say anything they wanted about us and they would just roll over and cower like a beaten dog. And they continue to do so. That is why Trump gets away with so much stuff. He at least fights back.

All I know is that times are going to get a little tough. That hurricane is going to affect us all. It's a black swan of unknown proportions. People are just pretending that it isn't right now. Telling people they can't have more of their own money is going to be really unpopular. Especially after Obama raised taxes at almost every level. He increased our national debt by 100%. And what do we have to show for it? Nothing except a huge bloated spying government. The Soviet Union would be proud.

It especially pissed me off when she tweeted the following:

"Bush cut taxes! Did it create millions of jobs? Nope. The rich pocketed their tax cut & sent jobs abroad, hired guest workers. F-- them."

No - the Bush tax cuts made it so anyone with a pulse could get an effing house. Obama however made all the banks who let this happen be bailed out with your money. He gave more money to the rich than any human on the planet.



  1. Capital of Texas RefugeeThursday, August 31, 2017 2:57:00 PM

    You're talking to a former construction dude, although that was a very, very long time ago. :-)

    Right now, in terms of raw numbers, about 3% of the US population has been affected in a significant way by Harvey, and a lot of the effects consist of heavy damage to property that will be expensive to replace, if in fact that actually happens.

    Tall buildings with sub-levels full of physical plant are going to be expensive and difficult to restore from several days to weeks of being submerged in a lot of water. A building in downtown Houston with five sub-levels of parking and physical plant is essentially sitting on a fifty to sixty foot deep column of water.

    One of the things I remember was that tall buildings require active ventilation in elevator shafts because the hydraulic and electrical systems can out-gas to the point where there's enough ignitable vapor in the shaft to start a fire. There's a decent discussion of it in "Why Buildings Fall Down" by Levy & Salvadori if you care to have a look -- you can probably find it at your local B&N in the architecture section. (The newer editions have a decent discussion of what went wrong with WTC on 9/11.)

    The banks and major investors in tall buildings in downtown Houston are going to have the insurance, the cash, and the motivation to stop complete failure. The same is not going to be true for all of the suburban homeowners who are stuck with houses that are probably going to be condemned for rot and mold within the next few weeks. You can leave a road soaked with water for only so long until the pavement crumbles. These are not going to be cheap fixes, and long-term fixes may cause even more economic pain, which means they may not happen at all.

    There are so many people right now making claims in the Houston area that my insurance company's Web site was knocked offline for two days.

    Major payouts for 3% of the population will most definitely affect the other 97%, and once we're done seeing all of the heroic rescues in the media, some people will actually put some numbers together and figure out just how screwed everyone in the US is because of this mess.

    Otherwise, O'bozo the Clown ... yeah, but the repeal of Glass-Steagall set up the situation where the banksters got funded by the taxpayers. You had RINOs cooperating with Clinton to produce that disaster.

    Actually, aside from a few bits where certain kinds of taxes were rolled back, it's mostly a Bush I/Clinton/Bush II/O'bozo chain of policy continuity, and much of that is because of RINO cooperation with the Left.

    So if Trump is finally figuring out a way how to hoist the RINOs on their own petard, more power to him. Maybe he'll hunt them with dogs like Dick Armey infamously suggested they'd be hunting Democrats. :-)

  2. Jeff Bezos's newspaper blog actually acknowledged that those outdoorsmen who probably voted for Trump, have guns, and may fly a Confederate flag (it left this part out) are probably just what Houston needed in crisis like a flood. It was actually nice to them.

  3. I love me some Amazon prime, but he's not better than the google guys. Even so... he must see the political winds changing.

    I don't think most people understand Texas unless you've lived there. None of that shit is fake. When I lived there I couldn't believe how nice people were. You could get stuck ANYWHERE and there would be someone there to pull you out. By the side of a freeway. IN a lake. Or in some remote bog - a farmer would just come tow you out. It makes me really happy Texas is still that way - only better. I'm not sure that would have happened in any other State. Texas is just in a league of their own. Makes me want to move back honestly. But those mosquitos just kill me. It's like being on naked and afraid. I'm super allergic to them. Also not in love with the water snakes.

  4. "But those mosquitos just kill me."

    Try South Florida or the Caribbean sometime, it's much, much worse.

    Dengue fever's coming back to Florida, BTW. It never left some of the Leeward Islands. I picked this up in my travels with my family as a little kid, and it massively sucked.

    And then there's Zika in Miami now ...

    I thought about moving to Florida, to the "Redneck Riviera" around Destin, actually, not Miami. It's pretty there and you have fewer bugs to deal with.

    Central Texas also has a different problem with bugs that Austin locals call "tree roaches", which I think are the same thing as "palmetto bugs" in Florida. They're big, they smell, they sometimes bite you badly, and they're all over the place. I think they usually come out around late summer, which is why I just thought of that. (If you have cats, they'll have a blast hunting any of them that get inside.)

    Oh, I bet you think I'm joking about that ... go Non-Google "Austin tree roaches" and see what you find. :-)

    They may be less of a problem now in Austin because of development, actually. I used to live near a really big section of not-yet-developed land with lots of trees, and so I wound up having to scrape the dead bugs off my vehicles every now and then during the summer.

    Did I mention the bats in Austin? Oh, wait, now I have. :-)