(In light of our latest foray into Big Spending it felt right for a re-post.)
And I Thought I had Enough to Worry About…
Is There Anything Worse than something that gets too Big to Deal With and needs our Immediate Attention?
Big Oil, Big Banks, Big Bird and now Big Vagina. All Big Issues for the Leftists.
I happen to agree with facets of each of these.
Big Oil… Clearly government involvement in the Oil Industry from ridiculous regulations, barriers to entry and tax payer subsidies must go. But this must be applied to the Energy Sector as a whole which sweeps up a darling of the Left… “Green Energy”. It is always interesting to hear politicians act as if alternative energy projects would cease to exist if taxpayer funds didn’t directly subsidize the dreams of the Utopians. Why I find this inane is if there were ever an organization that desired deeply to not be held hostage by fossil fuels it’s our military. And, from my undisclosed location I have a direct view of many of those “green energy” projects paid for by your taxes… the military has conducted these for decades. My point here, they don’t need more money… the experiments will not stop… and when it’s ready the military and the market will embrace it.
Big Banks… Without question Big Banks had a huge part in destroying the U.S. Housing Market and the subsequent Global Economic Meltdown, Collapse of the EU and the overall state we now find ourselves in. The Big Banks Directly Responsible were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac… Government banks… which is why nothing will ever happen. Nothing. The Occupiers can continue not bathing for as long as they would like, nothing will happen. The first time a Goldman Sachs banker, or JP Morgan banker, or any banker is pulled up before a court the connection will immediately be made to the government. Not only will it be made to the government, it will be made in an easy, direct, way the public will be able to understand. And we cannot have that, can we?
Big Bird… The media property that allows PBS to exist. If Big Bird is a Victim of anything, it’s PBS. This property has immense value… in the free market. The bidding war to purchase Sesame Street would be fun to watch. The employees would be superstars in a way they could never have imagined. The franchise would explode. The idea that losing the 5% of funding Sesame Street receives from the taxpayers is paramount to its survival takes for granted the public’s ignorance. And, it works. It’s genuinely sad for all of us.
Big Vagina… Now I’m confronted with a War on Women. It appears this War started anew when Sandra Fluke made an impassioned plea that a friend of hers needed taxpayer dollars because she could not afford the Lamborghini of birth control… the $3000 a year version. I mean, who would want to be seen in Wal-Mart? While birth control might only be $110 a year, Wal-Mart is a bastion of dirty, toothless, conservative, non-union shoppers. Who could possibly tolerate that? So, pony up taxpayers! This got limited play… thus had limited value… so Abortion was thrown out there (of which I’m Pro-Choice… just for the record), but also didn’t seem to get the desired traction with women. The Left has always had success with the abortion issue because they have been able to position opponents as wanting to use “force”. I, like the Socialists, am surprised that this hasn’t been more effective. The only explanation I can come up with is the electorate is waking up to the idea that this is only area where the Leftist don’t approve of “force”, so… next up is Equal Pay.
While anecdotal, I can tell you the industries I have been associated with for many years have been dominated by women. Most of those I hold in esteem. Many of the highest earners were women. Of my female peers most are still paid far more than me. I know, I know… the statistics tell a different story. But having “grown up” around professional women and having conversations sans political desires, I found the women consistently smarter than the men. They chose the positions they occupied because they assigned value to the intangibles such as flexibility and limited work hours. Not only did many of the women I knew want to have kids, they wanted to spend time with them and raise them… how stupid can you be right? However, They didn’t expect their employer to keep their job vacant while they did this, nor did they expect to make as much as the idiot who worked from 6am to 10pm Mo-Su. It has always been my contention that women have run the world since the beginning of time and will do so till the end of time. As more Women forgo family we see the pay levels evening out. If you want to sprint to the finish-line of statistical nirvana, figure out a way for men to get pregnant. You would be surprised at how many would embrace such a chance. (I also find it interesting how many of the high earning women I know still expect their mate to make more than they do… seems strange if parity is the only sign of equality as well as the Utopian dream. I think a similar demand from Men would be greeted will howls, but who knows.) Finally, pay disparities exist not just for women… but also for men. I have always been aware that the joker across the hall can, and often did, make more money than me. I never considered it the government’s responsibility to “even the playing field” as it’s not their job. It’s my job. So I would ask to be paid more, and if that failed I would find a new job of my choosing. I exercised The Economic Principle of Substitution.
Anyway, it’s clear I don’t warrant special legal rights such as retroactive Class Action Status provided by the Lily Ledbetter Act because I don’t make up 51% of the population.
(Note: Men top the list in every category of violent crime victims save spousal abuse and rape. Considering women make up 51% of the population… and given this statistical disparity… any of my Socialist readers have a government solution they would like to offer? Should we collectively work to raise the incidences of crimes perpetrated on women to 51%, or should we assign special status to men and send the majority of taxpayer dollars to reduce violence against men, and men only, until there is parity? This is the logic the Left holds up as enlightened. But I digress.)
What I find disturbing about this election cycle is the absence of my personal favorite “Big”.
Big Government… the Cause of the above Big’s plus Big Sugar, Big Corn, Big Energy, Big Unions, Big EPA, Big OSHA, Big Healthcare, Big Insurance, Big Fat Kids, Big Education. Big Government is the Cause and Protector of problems where there should not be any. I’m not surprised I have to add Big Vagina to this list.