Shades of Crayola

This Road to Recovery (pdf) will look great on the refrigerator right next to the Rush’s “Hand Made” Thanksgiving Turkey.


Seriously – I’m not great with budgets myself, but I think you’re supposed to put more numbers than just page numbers.

And the illustrations! This has more potential than if you have set yourself on fire do not run!




Thank you Congressional Republicans, for this early Christmas present!

11 comments to Shades of Crayola

  • RW

    Once again, we’re seeing “wow, those other guys suck. So, I’m to spend my time reading other people who do nothing but talk about how much they suck and we’re all going to stay angry at them because they suck”.

    The Republicans don’t matter, they’re not in power. Democrats run congress & the WH. Leadership should involve more than regurgitating lefty blog talking points (after all, we have MSNBC to to that for us) or following the Emmanual/Carville/Begala instructions on what you’re supposed to say & do… the letter.

    Talking about how bad Republicans are is an emotional journey and nothing more because they could all stay at home & it wouldn’t matter.

    That you’re spending all your time doing the bidding of your masters & smearing anyone who dares disagree with them instead of telling us how right and proper your proposals are and how they should be written into law is, well, interesting.

  • Aw, come on RW… you didn’t think the ‘nap’ pic was funny at least?

  • RW

    The chalkboard we the best part.

    Seriously, though, I asked a buddy the other day: “did you ever think you’d look back on the Bush years as the ‘frugal’ period?” [caveat: yes, I know the GOP is worthless.]

  • Seriously? Well, you know economics isn’t my forte. I’m troubled by the numbers I’m seeing and I’ve complained more than once that *even if this is necessary to get the economy going again* that it isn’t our right to do it – i.e. we can’t charge the bill for our economic recovery to our grandkids. Moral hazard on a national scale. The only reason we are in this situation is that we fiddled while Rome burned for a long, long time. We didn’t know? Well, we didn’t *ask*, did we?

    On the other hand, others claim that if we don’t fix the economy we’ll be handing our grandkids something a whole lot worse than a big deficit – and that if we do, tax revenues will help us catch the deficit back up more quickly. Color me skeptical.

    But again, I’m out of my depth talking about those things – I’ll check back in 4-8 years and evaluate the situation then, I guess.

    On the rest of the Obama agenda, I have stronger opinions, and his actions so far have been decidedly mixed. I’ve praised sparingly some of his positions. I’ve posted more “meet the new boss” posts than I can count. I’m definitely miffed about a lot of this stuff.

    But, you know, when I see this stuff coming from the GOP, it at least gives me a chance to laugh at somebody other than my own team – and it earns the D’s a half a point just for not being the GOP.

  • RW

    If you’re skeptical, you can imagine what level I’m residing.

    If there was a legitimate Libertarian party (even though some of their stuff is whack) I’d push more in their direction. Four freaking trillion dollars and a new bailout every month isn’t trying to “fix the economy”, it’s Nancy & her pals getting a blank check (I’ve seen some of the earmarks). The sad thing is that many of the GOPers are in favor of a lot of those things, although they voted against the total (thank God) and we’re left with no alternative to spend, spend, spend.

    If you instituted a 12 month 50% cut on the business taxes (businesses don’t pay them, we do in increased fees/costs) and had a nationwide 5% flat-rate refinance – backed by the gov’t – the economy would turn around in no time, we’d save a few trillion in spending and the DJIA would be back to 10K by the end of ’10.

    Won’t happen, though. The political parties wouldn’t get anything in return.

  • jan

    The only reason we are in this situation is that we fiddled while Rome burned for a long, long time. We didn’t know? Well, we didn’t *ask*, did we?

    Some people were not fiddling, they were warning and trying to get others to listen.

    A nation must operate by the priniciples of sound economics. Borrowing and spending will do the same thing to a nation that it does to a household. The end of the rope will be reached!

    Republicans did not do what they were elected to do and that caused a loss in 2006 and again in 2008. The problem here is that you can not fix a problem by legislating even more of the same programs and policies that caused the problem in the first place.

    The entire problem was not caused by government. There is enough blame to go around, but, hey, when are we going to stop pointing fingers and start educating ourselves as a nation?

    How long can our government print money that is not backed by anything and expect to remain solvent? We had better stop listening to political pundits and be willing to stop bickering and start looking at what has worked in the past or we certainly are all going to be together as the ship sinks.

  • Wow… Ummmm… Yes, the GSEs had their share of corruption and that may have, in some small way, played into the current crisis. But when a hurricane blows your house down, you can’t hearken back to the guy who warned you that you needed to patch a corner of your roof and think that it would have prevented your problems.

    I don’t blame you for looking at it that way – this stuff is way over my head, too. But I am curious – when you say “How long can our government print money that is not backed by anything…” – what do you recommend that the currency be backed by?

  • RW – When the Reason & Law party edges out one of the big 2, I’ll put you in charge of the Committee for Rock & Roll.

  • jan

    For the nation to be solvent at this point, may not be possible. But aren’t we going in the opposite direction of being able to meet our debts? The more worthless money we print, the worse the fall will be when we can no longer hold off creditors.

    Investors are trying to find something that will have actual value in the future. To have worth, our ‘currency’ will have to have something that backs it. Formally it was gold, but that ended in 1933. Now It is only based on the faith of foreigners to buy our debt, based on all of our labor and our children’s (future) labor in the way of taxes to pay the debt. In light of this, what would be the right thing to do? STOP spending – right? Not very popular and politicians think they won’t be re-elected if they do not “fix” this mess.

    I am afraid that both parties want to make it seem better for just long enough to be re-elected. Each new bill puts solvency further into the future and jeopardizes the future of the nation. Our government is ‘giving’ away borrowed money that has almost no true value.

    Your grandfather loved Will Rogers and often quoted him. Will Rogers said, “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

  • Well, so far, inflation (of prices / deflation of currency) hasn’t been the problem – I’m sure there is a danger of it becoming the problem, but right now we could probably use a little bit of it.

    Sometimes I think we should go back to some kind of barter system. Of course a modern economy like we have today wouldn’t be possible with specie-backed currency, but I’m not convinced that a return to some sort of agrarian utopia is such a terrible idea.

    I don’t know – like I said, this stuff is above my pay grade. I hope for an America where I can be employed and future generations can be employed. I guess if Obama & co make that happen then they’ll be the Roosevelts of our time. If they fail, then someone else gets a shot. I think the Herbert Hoovers have already stood up & gotten counted.

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