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Looks like we're going to get the pork [10th Feb. 2009|22:37]
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So the US Senate caved and passed their version of the stimulus bill. And, much like the House's version, what it really stimulates is my gag reflex.



Backed by the Full Faith and Credit of the People's Republic of China

If there's anything to be gained in this whole experience, it must be the myth that the Great Depression might have been avoided if the Federal Government had only acted quickly enough to prop up those failing banks. Of course, in those days money was something tangible — the equivalent of gold — and hence not something to be treated lightly. In contrast, today's Congress can simply invent A HUNDRED THOUSAND MILLION ZILLION DOLLARS to throw at the problem. How cool is that?

First rule of holes: When you're in one, stop digging

When I was a kid back in the 1970s, people still talked about the national debt as if it were something which had to be paid back eventually. How nutty! No one talks that today. The national debt is a wonderful bottomless well from which flows endless wealth. With that kind of magical thinking, what is the point of fiscal responsibility? Unless something catastrophic happens, of course ... like, say, the collapse of the global credit market?
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From: speedingslug
2009-02-11 07:50 (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: cz_unit
2009-02-11 18:12 (UTC)

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Remember, if you keep digging long enough you will get to China.

CZ
[User Picture]From: daylight_broke
2009-03-10 23:30 (UTC)

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Dear Craig: I'm moving my reply to your comments on our lovely friend speedingslug's journal to your journal here because I felt bad about clogging up speedingslug's comments section.

Ohhh. I love the song "Digging in the Dirt." I love how that dark song describes the oozing hidden bad part within us all--and yet brilliantly Peter inserts a thread of hope throughout the lyrics of "Dirt."

I remembered watching a youtube video where Peter explained in a TV interview that he wrote "Dirt" in response to reading books about murderers and about HIS own murderous feelings. I was like, "Whoa, Peter Gabriel, the great humanitarian, has MURDEROUS feelings?!" I love his honesty.

I agree with your thoughts about the song "Don't Give Up" and about Kate Bush needing to make another song with Peter. Their duet on the song "Another Day" makes me cry every frickin' time. God. Why ya gotta make me cry, Peter!

With your permission, may I add you to my f-list? You can say No. It's cool. No pressure. You seem cool. And your journal is cool too.

Sincerely,
Daylight