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Archive for the month “October, 2012”

Bilbo Baggins: “Where is my Precious Tax Cut”

This week’s bunch of freshly cut flowers are yellow and pink Snapdragons which supposedly resemble the open mouth of a fire breathing, larger-than-life, hobbit-baiting Dragon.

Snapdragons from Trader Joes Manhattan Beach.10/28/2012

Although, to me, they rather look like the open mouths of helpless baby chicks who have made an oath of fealty to kowtowing politicians who promise benevolent tax cuts that will line our pockets with “hundreds of dollars” so that everyman can watch his favorite television show on a new 3D Flat Screen, or squeeze out another night on that long, overdue Discover America Family Vacation, or accessorize their 4by4.  Which just proves, that if you’re going to go over a fiscal cliff, you might as well enjoy the ride.

“As a very important source of strength and security, cherish public credit. One method of preserving it is to use it as sparingly as possible, avoiding occasions of expense by cultivating peace. Avoiding likewise the accumulation of debt, not only by shunning occasions of expense, but by vigorous exertions in time of peace to discharge the debts which unavoidable wars may have occasioned.

The execution of these maxims belongs to your representatives, but it is necessary that public opinion should cooperate. To facilitate to them the performance of their duty, it is essential that you should practically bear in mind that towards the payment of debts there must be revenue; that to have revenue there must be taxes; that no taxes can be devised which are not more or less inconvenient and unpleasant; that the intrinsic embarrassment inseparable from the selection of the proper objects (which is always a choice of difficulties) ought to be a decisive motive for a candid construction of the conduct of the government in making it, and for a spirit of acquiescence in the measures for obtaining revenue which the public exigencies may at any time dictate.”

George Washingon’s Farewell Address, 1796

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“You ‘Aint Nothing But A Dead, Double-Voting Democrat!”

This week’s freshly cut flowers are cream and cardinal Calla Lilys, or to be more precise, Zantedeschia “Picasso” named after the Spanish Artist whose ability to re-imagine himself and his art has influenced so many including former Governor and Presidential Impressionist, Mitt Romney, whose shape-shifting political personna resembles one of Picasso’s early cubism works.

Another unlikely influencer is Hans von Spakovsky, who for more than 15 years has been fanning the flames that voter fraud is a real and persistent danger to America’s Electoral Vote. While legislation mandating byzantine voter ID requirements has been struck down in almost every state it has been proposed, there is no doubt that this is a fight that will come up again. You can read all about Mr. von Spakovsky and his friend’s here.

“One method of assault may be to effect in the forms of the Constitution alterations which will impair the energy of the system and thus undermine what cannot be directly overthrown. In all the changes to which you may be invited, remember that time and habit are at least as necessary to fix the true character of governments as of other human institutions, that experience is the surest standard by which to test the real tendency of the existing constitution of a country, that facility in changes upon the credit of mere hypotheses and opinion exposes to perpetual change from the endless variety of hypotheses and opinion; and remember, especially, that for the efficient management of your common interests in a country so extensive as ours, a government of as much vigor as is consistent with the perfect security of liberty is indispensable; liberty itself will find in such a government, with powers properly distributed and adjusted, its surest guardian.”

George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796

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