Smug Idiots: The Reason I Can't Watch Liberal Television "News"

I’ll be the first to admit that I grew up with a skewed view of the world.  My father, three out of four of my uncles, and almost all of my friends fathers, owned their own businesses and all of them were very successful.  None of them were wealthy when they were young, but they all managed to accumulate enough wealth over the course of their lives to enjoy a comfortable retirement and help their children out when they needed it.


Smug idiots: How long do you think any of them would last running a business?


                                     






All of them were active in their communities.  My father was away almost every night when I was young.  He would be either refereeing a high school basketball or football game, or at some type of meeting.  He was among other things; high school board president, county fair manager, and volunteer fire department chief.  


My father died away a few years back and now almost every year, one of my childhood friend’s fathers passes away.  Although I was aware of it when I was a kid, I never fully appreciated all the things these men did until I see their obituaries.  They’ll fill two entire columns in the newspaper.  Hundreds of people attend their funerals.  I will never be able to understand how they managed to do all the things they did in addition to running a business and raising a family.


I think the thing that impressed me the most about these men was how intelligent they were.  They knew everything.  Politics, current events, economics, mathematics, chemistry, history, mechanics, plumbing, carpentry, sports, hunting, fishing, and the list goes on and on.  I have no memory of any of them responding to a question with “I don’t know”, and they wouldn’t just fill the air with some bullshit answer either.  They would always support their answers with facts and logic.  I also have no memory of them ever being wrong.


Now many of you may accuse me of idolizing them, and being a victim of having a selective memory.  To be fair I must acknowledge that I’m sure that you are at least partially right, but I believe that that accounts for only ten percent of my glowing assessment of them.  


These men were smart because they needed to be.  Every day they had to make decisions that could make or break them:
      • Should I plant corn early while the weather’s dry or wait until there is less danger of frost?
      • Should I buy a new piece of equipment or save the money and hope my current piece doesn’t let me down?
      • Should I build a new building or tough it out with what I have?
      • Should I invest more into my business or diversify and invest in the stock market?
      • Should I process raw materials myself or purchase processed raw materials from an outside supplier?


Having to make major decisions on a daily basis forced all of them to be knowledgeable in a wide range of fields.  I often remember them telling stories about how they surprised “experts”, by winning debates with politicians, bureaucrats, professors, and the like.


These men were many things by necessity; managers, philosophers, engineers, mechanics, coaches, and arbiters, but there was one thing that they were not.  They were not smug.  They were respectful and understanding, and they never acted like they were better than anyone else.  They let their accomplishments speak for themselves.


Oh yeah, did I mention that they were all conservatives?  That wasn’t a coincidence.  It’s natural outcome from having no one to depend upon except yourself and your family.  It’s the result of not having anyone to blame your failures on, but yourself.  It’s the consequence of learning from your mistakes and making the most with what you have.  It’s the aftereffect of living a life in which nobody ever gave you anything and having to work for everything you have.


If anyone ever deserved to be smug, it was these guys.  The depth and range of their knowledge was incredible, but they came across as regular guys, and that was important because that made them likeable.  When dealing with people, this trait is perhaps the most important of all.  These were the guys that coached little league, lended a hand to neighbors without asking anything in return, or helped a stranger whose car needed a jump start.


I guess that this is the reason that I dislike liberal news anchors and commentators so much.  They are the antithesis of the men I described above.  Do a Google search on any of them.  You will generally find that they have the most narrow bands of expertise.  Their life experience involves very little outside the world of academia.  Occasionally, you'll run across the washed up sports commentator. They may have several degrees in fields like political science, journalism, and (my favorites) women’s or African American studies.  Big deal.  


The thing that irritates me the most is they act like they earned the right to be smug and make jokes about conservatives.  The only reason that they can get away with it is because their audience has even less knowledge of the workings of the real world than they do.

We live in an age where it seems like we must bow down and appease any group of people who claim to be offended by our actions or our culture.  Well nothing offends me more than someone with nothing more than a college education and a few years in journalism claiming that they are on equal ground with someone who has a lifetime of experience making it on their own in the world of business.  If these people weren’t so arrogant, they would realize that they are in no position to credibly criticize any of the policies that small business people support.  Of course, if they did that, they would realize that they are totally unqualified for the positions they hold.  

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Detroit as Liberal Success Story

Some see bankrupt Detroit as a failure. On the contrary, the Motor City Model City is a resounding success for our liberal ruling class, which aspires to erase traditional America and replace it with a completely different country more suitable to be ruled by authoritarian collectivists. This local news piece is illustrative:
The bad news came in broad daylight that 45-year-old Deon Taylor of Detroit was dead inside a building.
The apparently derelict building “is frequently used as a night club or party spot.” How Taylor died is a mystery. Hopefully no one is waiting for authorities in Detroit — where two thirds of ambulances are out of service and 91.2% of crimes go unsolved — to come up with any answers.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen now. He had 24 kids,” said sister Jacqueline Taylor.
Forgive me for jumping to conclusions, but it appears likely that like 22-time parent Orlando Shaw, he was leaving it up to the taxpayer to finance raising them.
“I know deep down in my heart he served his purpose here on earth,” [daughter] Deleesha Taylor said.
Demographically speaking, he sure did.
Although intended as a constitutional republic, America is degenerating into a democracy. Unless you have 24 kids, your kids will be ruled by Deon Taylor’s kids — or by oligarchical collectivists ostensibly acting in their interests.
Meanwhile, Obama proceeds with a stealth bailout via ObamaCare of this prototype for our Hopey Changey lack of a future.
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Deon Taylor with a fraction of his brood.

This Alone Should Make All Americans Say "Full Speed Ahead With Domestic Oil Production"

I just love this!!!!!!!

Saudi Prince: Fracking Is Threat To Kingdom

As the fracking revolution eases demand for the kingdom's oil and gas, a billionaire prince warns his nation to find new income.

Saudi Aramco is the world's biggest oil company
A billionaire prince has warned Saudi Arabia of the fracking threat
A Saudi prince has warned that his oil-reliant nation is under threat because of fracking technology being developed elsewhere around the world.
Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said the Gulf Arab kingdom needed to reduce its reliance on crude oil and diversify its revenues.
His warning comes as rising shale energy supplies in the United States cut global demand for Saudi oil.
In an open letter to his country's oil minister Ali al Naimi and other government heads, published on Sunday via his Twitter account, Prince Alwaleed said demand for oil from Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) member states was "in continuous decline".
Saudi Aramco is the world's biggest oil company
State-owned Saudi Aramco was hit by a huge cyberattack last year
He said Saudi Arabia's heavy dependence on oil was "a truth that has really become a source of worry for many".
He added that the world's biggest crude oil exporter should implement "swift measures" to diversify its economy.
Prince Alwaleed, owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding, is unusually outspoken for a top Saudi businessman.
But his warning reflects growing concern in private among many Saudis about the long-term impact of shale technology.
It is allowing the US and Canada to tap unconventional oil deposits which they could not reach just a few years ago.
Restaurants in Carrollton, the county town, are busier because of fracking.
Small towns, like Carroll County in Ohio, have been boosted by fracking
Chancellor George Osborne has also announced support for fracking in Britain and in offshore waters, to ease a reliance on foreign oil and gas.
Some analysts think this may push demand for Saudi oil, as well as global oil prices, down sharply over the next decade.
Over the past couple of years the Saudi government has taken some initial steps to develop the economy beyond oil.
It has sought to liberalise the aviation sector and provided finance to small, entrepreneurial firms in the services and technology sectors.
Cuadrilla has been exploring for gas in Britain, despite public protests
Mr Naimi said publicly in May that he was not concerned about rising US shale oil supplies.
Prince Alwaleed told Mr Naimi in his open letter, which was dated May 13 this year, that he disagreed with him.
The prince said: "Our country is facing a threat with the continuation of its near-complete reliance on oil, especially as 92% of the budget for this year depends on oil.
"It is necessary to diversify sources of revenue, establish a clear vision for that and start implementing it immediately."
The prince said Saudi Arabia should move ahead with plans for nuclear and solar energy production to cut local consumption of oil.
The shale oil threat means Saudi Arabia will not be able to raise its production capacity to 15 million barrels of oil per day (mbpd), Prince Alwaleed argued.
George Osborne in the Commons
George Osborne reveals tax breaks to spur fracking investment
Current capacity is about 12.5mbpd; a few years ago the country planned to increase capacity to 15mbpd, but then put the plan on hold after the global financial crisis.
While most Saudi officials have in public insisted they are not worried by the shale threat, Opec has recognised that it needs to address the issue.
In a report earlier this month, Opec forecast demand for its oil in 2014 would average 29.61mbpd, down 250,000bpd from 2013. It cited rising non-Opec supply, especially from the US.
Map of Saudi Arabia
Riyadh has announced a metro system to ease car usage
:: The fracking warning comes as Saudi Arabia announced three foreign consortiums  - led by US, Spanish and Italian firms - have won a $22.5bn contract to build Riyadh's 110-mile, six-line metro train network.

How to Fix Your Prius in Two Easy Steps

          So you bought yourself a Prius in order to save the planet and save on gas, but you didn't consider the possibility that everyone would think you're a big pussy.  Now what?  Don't worry.  You can fix that problem in two easy steps.

1) Replace the drivetrain.


2) Replace the body.


          There, that wasn't so hard, was it?  Now you're gonna have to get some some tattoos, 'cause everyone is gonna think you're a badass!

Coincidence? I Think Not.



  1. Many U.S. cities are facing bankruptcy, but  most are not.
  2. Some states are facing bankruptcy, but most are not.
  3. Our federal government is in serious financial trouble with a $17 trillion debt.
  4. The vast majority of cities facing bankruptcy are under democratic control.  http://www.ijreview.com/2012/07/10301-do-democrats-destroy-cities/
  5. The states in the worst financial shape are under democratic control.  http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/25/democratic-states-bad-financial-shape-personal-finance-blue.html
  6. Since 1933, Democrats have controlled all three branches of our federal government over five times more often than Republicans have, and have controlled both houses of congress four times more often than republicans.  http://candychang.com/parties-in-power/


What conclusion can be drawn other than:
  1. Democratic control tends to lead our local, state, and federal governments towards bankruptcy?

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Author's note:  Here's a "Best of" for you while I'm away.

Think I Just Making Stuff Up? - Meet Some Would-be Destroyers



     The true nature and intentions of the left are so repulsive to most people that most lefties try to never have them revealed.  They attempt to hide what they really are by posing as advocates of public safety, social justice, and racial equality.  Occasionally, you run across some leftie wing nuts that are so full of resentment (and so full of themselves) that they forget to conceal what they really are.
     Meet the Childress sisters.  They think they've got the problem our country has with mass shootings all figured out.  It's all because of white men.  Check out their op-ed piece in the Washington Post.


                                  Charlotte and Harriet Childress (Photo credit: Facebook)

    It has been said that there are no stupid questions.  That may or may not be true, but the stupidity of people is often displayed by them asking questions.  In their op-ed piece they have several questions for white, male gun-rights advocates.  They're actually pretty easy questions and I'm surprised that they weren't smart enough to come up with the answers on their own.  It makes one wonder, "What else don't they know?"  Anyhow, being a white, male gun-rights advocate, I feel more than qualified to answer them, so lets have at it!

Q)What facets of white male culture create so many mass shootings?

A)First of all this question contains the presupposition that there are facets of white male culture that produce mass shootings.  Since they have no evidence that there are, the question is invalid, but being the cooperative, open-minded guy that I am, I'll play along.  The answer is there are no facets of white male culture that produce mass shootings.  The only thing that produces mass shootings is an individual that has no respect for himself or his fellowman whatever his race is.

Q)Why are so many white men and boys producing and entertaining themselves with violent video games and other media?

A)The reason the video games and the like are produced is to make money for the company that produced them.  The reason that white men and boys are entertaining themselves with them is because they are entertaining.  Men of all cultures throughout history have played war games and
boys have always played soldiers.  That's just the way it's always been.  If you looking for a reason as to why that is, it's that war has always been the ultimate power struggle.  When playing fantasy games, it is inevitable that people will gravitate to the ultimate in anything.  Foreign aggression has always been the ultimate threat to any society and threat has always been met with a society's ultimate defense.  That threat has always come in the form of men bearing arms, and the ultimate resistance has always been the same thing.  Sorry girls, if it bums you out that no society has ever considered you the ultimate in aggression or defense, but once again, that's just the way it is.

Q)Why do white men buy, sell and manufacture guns for profit; attend gun shows; and demonstrate for unrestricted gun access disproportionately more than people of other ethnicities or races?

A)You want to know why someone does something for profit?  Boy you are dumb, aren't you?  The reason people attend gun shows is the same reason that people attend other types of shows - because they are interested in whatever is at the show!  This isn't rocket science, you should be able to figure this out on your own.  The reason that white men demonstrate for unrestricted gun access disproportionately more than people of other races is because they are smart enough to know that a well armed citizenry is our best defense against lawless aggression and a tyrannical government. Restrictions are just foot in the door tactics to try and achieve the ultimate goal of a total gun ban.  This is not to say that people of other races are not as smart.  The reason you see fewer of other races supporting gun-rights is because they tend to be Democrats and we all know what their stance on gun rights is.

Q)Why are white male congressmen leading the fight against gun control?

A)See last part of answer above.

     In attempt to sum everything up, the two sisters added:  "If Americans ask the right questions on gun issues, we will get the right answers. These answers will encourage white men to examine their role in their own culture and to help other white men and boys become healthier and less violent."

     Well girls, I just gave the right answers, and I feel healthier and less violent already.  I hope to God that you two feel smarter.

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Author's note: Going camping this weekend.  Here's a "Best of"





Beavis and Butt-Head and Obama

            There are people out there that are referred to as “birthers”.  They claim that Barack Obama was not born in the United States and therefore his presidency is illegitimate.  There has been a lot of controversy over this and I do find it quite curious that he had such a hard time producing a legitimate birth certificate or his college records for that matter.  I don’t know anyone who would have a very difficult time producing either of these.
There was an episode of “Beavis and Butt-Head” that parodied the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  Their guardian angle came down from heaven to show them how much better the world would be if they never even existed.  I guess my problem with Obama isn’t so much where he was born, but rather that he was born.  Think of how much better things would be if Obama never even existed, or least led a life of obscurity.  You know Chris Stevens, our former Ambassador to Libya would have liked that, and all those people killed by Fast and Furious guns in Mexico would have thought it was pretty cool too.
For those of us who have not been killed as the result of Obama’s policies and management, think how much better our lives could have been.  We wouldn’t have pissed all that money away on the stimulus package, we would have less government spending and national debt, we wouldn’t be facing the ravages of Obama care, unemployment rates would be lower, and we would be experiencing a full-fledged economic recovery.  We’d have a wonderful life.  Come on, Clarence.  Where are you when we need you?
You might say to me, “You can’t blame Obama for every bad thing that has happened in the past four years, a lot of it would have happened anyway.”  My response to that is, “Yeah, and Osama bin Laden would certainly be dead anyway.”
           
           
           

Best Of the Golden Geese

Author's note: Going camping for the weekend.  Gonna throw some "Best of's" at ya 'till I get back.

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Superstorm Obama and Global Warning

Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and now, Winter Storm Nemo.  All these storms and all that damage.  About the only good thing about storms is that they usually don’t last that long, a few days at most.
Superstorm Obama is going to last eight years and has already done much more damage than all of the above-mentioned storms combined.  Don’t believe me?  Hurricane Katrina caused $108 billion in damages, Superstorm Sandy caused $71 billion, and Winter Storm Nemo’s damages will surely be in the tens of millions.
Think that’s a lot?  Obama’s economic stimulus package alone cost over $800 billion. What do we have to show for it?  That money’s gone.  The wind didn’t blow the money away, the government just blew it.  That was just the beginning of Superstorm Obama.  The damages continue to pile up and he still wants to spend and tax more.  He wants $1.6 trillion dollar tax hike and another $50 billion dollar stimulus package. 
Superstorm Obama’s policies have kept our economy lagging.  We have been stuck with a growth rate of 2 percent or below for over three years.  Obama says we are in an economic recovery. Normally in a recovery, you’d expect to see 3 to 5 percent growth of GDP.  The Congressional Budget Office has determined that a one tenth of one percent reduction in GDP per year results in $314 billion of additional deficit spending over ten years.  When you combine this with all the wealth that has not been created due to the sluggish economy, it’s quite possible that Superstorm Obama will be more costly than all storms that have occurred in the U.S. in the past 100 years combined.
We are facing a cataclysmic change in our economic climate.  It’s not like we didn’t see it coming.  Policies similar to Obama’s have been used in Europe with disastrous results.  Unless we do something about it, what is happening in Greece could happen here and lead to a major world wide economic downturn.  Therefore, not only the United States should take heed.  This is truly a GLOBAL WARNING.
What is the reason for this GLOBAL WARNING?  It’s quite simple, really.  Too many governments want to act like Communists and take care of everybody instead of having people take care of themselves.  This can cause countries to spend more than they take in, and go into debt.  This becomes a problem when Countries OWE TOO much.  We’ll tag the scenario described in this paragraph in shorthand as C-OWE-TOO.
Long- term dependence on entitlement programs and public assistance can trick folks into believing that the government spending money (dollars, greenbacks, etc.) on them is their only salvation. We’ll call this the GREENHOAX EFFECT.  Deficit spending on entitlement programs and public assistance causes C-OWE-TOO levels to rise.  The GREENHOAX EFFECT itself can contribute to a rise in C-OWE-TOO levels because it encourages deficit spending on entitlement programs and public assistance, which can contribute to the GREENHOAX EFFECT.  It’s all a rather vicious cycle, and is the cause for this GLOBAL WARNING.
There are other dangers too; some types of assets are becoming endangered species.  As the sea-of-debt levels rise, governments will be tempted to print more money and pay off what they owe with inflated currency, but this will cause the value of cold hard cash to melt and some investors will face a loss of habitat.  Our entire economic environment is threatened.  In desperation, many people will believe lies and elect charlatans and we will have even more tempests like Superstorm Obama.
So let’s review.  C-OWE-TOO contributes the GREENHOAX EFFECT which causes even more C-OWE-TOO and so on, which is the cause for this GLOBAL WARNING about economic disasters like Superstorm Obama.
Don’t you wish the left would take real threats to our economy as seriously as some bogus theory based upon faulty data?

Never Argue With Charles Krauthammer

          
          Only a fool would think they have a chance in a debate against Krauthammer.  Who is this chick?  Maybe I'm an idiot for not knowing who she is. A week ago I didn't know who Melissa Harris-Perry was.  I wish I still didn't know who she was.  Whoever this chick is, she must make good money.  Those are some pretty nice men's clothes she's wearing.



          I've gotten to know quite a few fellow bloggers since I've started at the beginning of this year, and I must say all of you appear to be quite a bit smarter than either of these women. So, what I want to know is, how come they get to be on TV and we don't?  I would love to see Wirecuttrer on TV.  How about you?  Maybe he has been and I just don't know it.  Send me a link to any videos.

          Anyway, what kind of idiot says austerity doesn't work?  Every study that has promoted austerity has been proven wrong.  That's a pretty bold blanket statement to make without providing any evidence to back it up.  She acts like it's optional.  What part of "We're broke and owe a shitload of money" does she not understand?  I bet she's one of those people who are always crying about the plight of the homeless.  Maybe she should tell the homeless to start spending money and everything will turn out fine.  England's problem is that they weren't spending enough money?  Are you kidding me?

          Somehow we got to get these idiots off the tube and get us on.  I know I could sound more intelligent than either of  these two gals, and it would sure beat working for a living.



         

Every Little Thing She Does is Stupid




MSNBC: Royal Baby? Parents’ ‘Feelings’ Say When Life Begins, ‘Not Science’


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(CNSNews.com) – Noting the worldwide excitement surrounding Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry compared the hoopla surrounding the British royal birth to Texas abortion politics, and then offered her own definition of viability:
“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science,” Harris-Perry said on her show Sunday. “The problem is that many of our policymakers want to base sweeping laws on those feelings.”

Harris-Perry also said that women with unwanted pregnancies do not share the same experience as the Duchess of Cambridge, who gave birth Monday to an 8 pound, 6 ounce baby boy who is now third in line to the British throne.
“When a pregnancy is wanted . . . it is easy to think of the bump as a baby,” Harris-Perry said. “But not every pregnancy is a fairy tale.”
“An unwanted pregnancy can be biologically the same as a wanted one. But the experience can be entirely different,” she added.
Planned Parenthood awarded Harris-Perry, who also wore tampon earringson air Sunday to protest the Texas abortion bill, with a Maggie Award for Media Excellence in TV News Reporting on July 12 “for her coverage of the federal and state-level political attacks on women’s health, family planning funding, and health care access.”
Maggie Award recipients “enhance the public’s understanding of reproductive rights and health care issues, including contraception, sex education, teen pregnancy, abortion, and international family planning.”

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I submit:

  1. This woman is incredibly stupid.
  2. She says stupid things on a daily basis.
  3. It’s a good thing that her audience is so small so she can’t subject many viewers to her stupidity.
  4. One of the gravest injustices in this world is the fact that she makes more money than I do.

I want a job at MSNBC.  Apparently, you don’t need to do any research, be correct, or have your train of thought contain anything that resembles logic or common sense.

I never heard of this Melissa Harris-Perry chick before last week, and now it seems like I can’t get away from her.  I have to finish this fast because the more time I spend on this, the more I think of about her that irritates me.

Let me just say this.  First of all, aren’t the liberals the ones that are always saying that science is the ultimate authority, and should have the final word when it comes to creation?  How could a lowly parent possibly have anything to say that could challenge almighty science?

Secondly, aren’t liberals like Melissa, the same people that say parents have no right to use spanking as a method of disciplining a child.

I submit to you, Melissa, that if parents have the right to end (or as you contend: not allow the beginning of) an unborn child’s life, they certainly have the right to spank their born children when they misbehave, and, if we can’t look to science for an answer as to when life begins, maybe we should look to God.


There's Plenty of Stupidity to Go Around

Struggling Pennsylvania capital auctions Wild West artifacts


By Michael Sadowski
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania | Sun Jul 21, 2013 9:29pm EDT
(Reuters) - Thousands of artifacts from the Wild West era were sold off during a week-long public auction by authorities in Pennsylvania's financially distressed state capital, ending on Sunday with nearly $4 million in sales.
A dentist chair used by famed gambler, gunfighter and dentist John Henry "Doc" Holliday and a foot locker built for sharpshooter Annie Oakley were among the items sold by Harrisburg's government at the auction, which was handled by Guernsey's of New York City.
The items were amassed by former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed using millions of dollars of public funds to stock a proposed Wild West museum that never opened to the public.
"There were skeptics who didn't believe they'd get that much," Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey's, said of the more than $3.9 million raised through the auction.
"It's not going to save the city, but it's a good amount and hopefully it's enough to settle some debt," Ettinger said.
City officials have not announced any specific plans for the money.
Harrisburg is burdened with more than $300 million in debt, much of which stems from a failed incinerator project.
(Editing by Tom Brown and Paul Simao)
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Ah, beautiful,historic Harrisburg, PA.  Only 100 miles west of Philadelphia, and forty miles north of Gettysburg, it is right in midst of of some of the most important places during both the founding of our country and the Civil War, so it only makes sense that it be home to a, uh, uh...  a Wild West museum?  That makes about as much sense as having a logging and lumberjack museum in Nebraska, or a maritime museum in Nevada, but somehow it doesn’t surprise me knowing that the idea was the brainchild of a politician.


At first glance, it would be easy to accuse this as being the dumbest idea a mayor ever had, and a classic example of why the city is in debt.  As dumb as it is, a wild west museum in Harrisburg probably wasn’t even on the top one hundred list of dumb ideas people running the city ever made, and only accounts for the tiniest fraction of the city’s debt.


First of all, the museum itself, was never built.  (At least one time a city avoided the opportunity to spend a large sum of money.)  Secondly, many of the items were probably either donated or sold for a fair price to the city.  Many of the items probably appreciated in value over the years, and since the city was able to sell them, there is a good chance that the city came out OK on this one particular folly.


Even though Harrisburg is not the ideal place for a wild west museum, at least the artifacts purchased were real items with tangible value.  In the long run all the city did was exchange assets.  Money for cowboy stuff, and then cowboy stuff for money.  Nothing wrong with that as long as you don’t get burned too bad.


Harrisburg is somewhat unique among debt-ridden cities because most of their money problems originated from their trash incinerator plant.  Most cities' debt problems are originating from city employee pay and benefit packages, particularly, pension benefits.


Most of these cities are caught between a rock and a hard place because the city employees and their unions are unwilling to make any concessions.  For many cities bankruptcy is beginning to look like the only option.  Many people feel that this is unfair to city employees because they bargained in good faith and deserve all they expected to have coming to them.  After all, the workers were not responsible for the city’s finances.
Or were they?


In decades past, with the never ending cycle (until now) of work-strike-raise, work-strike-raise, along with yearly regular raises, the pay and benefits of city workers often far exceeded those in the private sector.  Their unions also consistently supported the most fiscally irresponsible politicians.  If the workers didn’t know that this couldn’t last forever, they should have.  They also should have had enough of a sense of loyalty and gratitude to their city and neighbors that they would not have allowed things to get this far out of line.  They strangled the golden goose (the ultimate crime at this blog) to the point where they have screwed themselves.  Now, their cities are broke, and no one’s foolish enough to lend them any more money.


It might tempting to look down on the employees of debt-ridden cities and say that they got what they deserved, but if we were to be honest, we would probably find that we really no better than them.  The United States is just a few paces behind many cities in the race to financial armageddon, and it could not have happened without the majority of it’s citizens being willing accomplices by voting for politicians that love to spend our money.  


You might say it’s not your fault, you voted for the other guys, but obviously that’s not enough, otherwise, your guys would have won.  It’s not enough to just vote smart anymore. Your duty is to get other people to vote smart too. Ignoring this duty is just plain stupid.