Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What do the Koran and the U.S. Constitution Have in Common?

¨ They both provide practical political instruction to large groups of fairly ignorant and feckless people, mainly in the form of establishing certain default expectations that are very powerful because they mold perception and experience, and provide practical labels that people use as a guide to reality.
¨ They are both regarded by their numerous devotees with the greatest awe as incomparable and unique, and their principal traits become ritualized and assume mythical proportions.
¨ Neither of them can be changed, although they adduce different pretexts for this peculiar common trait.
¨ They are both sacred relics from the time of our blessed ancestors who wrought no sin.
¨ Accordingly they are both completely outdated and should be discarded at the earliest opportunity in favor of something with more sex appeal.
¨ I mean, sheesh!
Rabbi Tech U. Pantzov provides  practical answers  for the despairing 

masses who must endure the anguish of contemporary  existence!

Sunday, December 12, 2010



04/18/2007 @ 11:49 am
Filed by RAW STORY

Conservative economist Bruce Bartlett accused President Bush of "bankrupting" America and betraying the Reagan legacy in an interview on PBS's Tavis Smiley Show on Tuesday....

TAVIS SMILEY: Bruce Bartlett is a columnist who served as economic policy advisor to Ronald Reagan and later Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Department under the first President Bush. The most recent book is "Imposter: How George W. Bush bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy.
TAVIS SMILEY: Did George W. Bush do all of that?
BRUCE BARTLETT: Bankrupt America? Yes, I think that we have had something like a $20 trillion increase in the national debt under this president's watch and I think that one of these days, I don't know when, but one of these days, the chickens are going to come home to roost.
BRUCE BARTLETT: … it appears in retrospect this president didn't really have any clear economic plan. A lot of things were done in an ad hoc basis or based solely on political considerations without much thought as to how all the pieces fit together.
BRUCE BARTLETT: . Secondly, I think a lot of the tax cuts were not well designed to help with economic growth and were really just the tax equivalent of pork barrel spending, just special deals for special groups. And as a consequence I don't think we have really gotten the economic benefits of the tax cuts
BRUCE BARTLETT: As an economist, you look at tax cuts, different kinds of tax cuts they have different effects on the economy. Some have very positive effects, some have virtually no effect at all. Some might have negative effects. If you look at the whole menu of all the different kinds of tax cuts that this president enacted, only some of them were really very helpful to economic growth and a lot of the others were not. They were just revenue that was lost to no purpose of any kind whatsoever.
BRUCE BARTLETT: . This president doesn't care one whit about the fiscal situation, doesn't worry at all about deficits or debt.