Things that bother me on a Monday . . .
The I.M.F. story: I love the image of an elderly, pudgy, naked, crazed French socialist international bureaucrat who makes over $500,000/year tax free going amok in a $3,000/night hotel in Manhattan. If the story pans out--and despite my wishes, I have doubts that this story can pass the smell test--and assuming "M" is for maid, we now know what I.M.F. really stands for--insert your off-color joke here.
Oil "Windfall" Profits -- So the Demos want "Big Oil" to pay higher taxes? Don't they have the best solutions? We have a need for increased production and lower prices so let's raise the cost of production and, oh by the way, increase inflationary pressure! Genius. Pure. Genius. "The country is in the very best of hands . . "
Do the Republicans want to win in 2012? Forgive me if I have my doubts. Newt? Really? Ok, if you're running against Clinton in 1996, but not now. Look, don't get me wrong, he's obviously smart and crafty, but do we need debates on his bizarre personal life? Why is he trashing Paul Ryan? Newt would be a good Secretary of State, but no way is he going to be President. Mitt Romney? Very smart, very knowledgeable about the economy, and has a real understanding of the importance of manufacturing. He also makes good sense on foreign affairs and can make decisions. Normally, I would favor him, but he's now caught up in "explaining" how the disastrous Romneycare is not the same as the disastrous Obamacare. Once you start to complain or explain, you've lost. In my heart I am switching to Herman Cain. He, at least, understands from where the "government's" money really comes; he has had to meet a payroll; had to go through the agony of setting up and running his own business. My doubts, however, are that he would know how to manage politicians. They would run circles around him in Washington. Despair, who is there?
Libya: Oh, yeah, that war is still on. But no worry. The Euros are on the job. They are using all seven of their airplanes to bomb Libya "around the clock"--well, at least, from 0900 until 1200, then lunch from1200-1430, a resumption of bombing until 1700 and then rest per union rules and EU requirements . . . AND they are going to get an arrest warrant issued for Qaddafi! Wow! None of those mean ol' nasty SEALs, nope, they're going to send a cop . . . that'll work.
More tomorrow . . .