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Tired Donkey

The Tired Donkey

Sitting Donkey
The Tired Donkey blogs about cocktails, ways to get the most out of your Mac at home, work, college . . . wherever. He used to write about the unending abuse suffered by the 51% of Americans who actually pay the federal income tax. But this became too depressing, and, frankly, no one wanted to read it.

Nevertheless, if you came here looking for the Tired Donkey's brilliant analysis of our dim-witted tax system, you can still find his earlier posts. Just check the archives or the
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Note: The Tired Donkey is not advertiser supported, and he gets no benefit from any product mentioned on his site.

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Wave of Mutilation (aka Glorious Donkey Revolt)

Over the last 131 years, California has been heading steadily downhill, and—given the momentum it has built up—it may now be too late to stop it before it goes screaming off the edge of a cliff like a sad outtake from It Takes a Thief or the hero of the Pixies’ Wave of Mutilation. The Tired Donkey recognizes that these references may mean nothing to certain of his readers, and so—out of the goodness of his donkey heart—he has used these two great works of art to create a short, emotionally rich audio-visual representation of the California crisis which you can watch on the left. Now. It will hit you like an objective correlative. Really.


So. Where is California today? Well, the state with the largest economy in the United States, the tenth largest in the world were it a country (using statistics from the
CIA World Factbook) and the eighth largest socialist economy in the world (according to the Tired Donkey) is facing a $24.3 billion deficit and will begin issuing IOUs to its Freeloader citizens next week rather than welfare payments. It would be sad were it not so funny.

The Tired Donkey is less concerned with how California got here over the long-haul (if you are interested in that, you can read about it
here) than he is with the Great Donkey Revolt that was the immediate precipitating factor of the current crisis. In brief, here is what happened: (1) California called a special election in May with a number of ballot propositions designed to increase taxes and help close the gaping budget chasm; (2) the voters resoundingly rejected all of the budget proposals except the one which limited the pay of their legislators.

“So what?” you may ask, and here is the answer:
Only the California donkeys voted! As detailed by Mark Baldassare, the President of the Public Policy Institute of California, those who voted in the election—which had a turnout of a mere 23% of registered voters representing 17% of the entire population of California—were overwhelmingly “older, affluent and college-educated.” Hallelujah! Turns out that the Freeloaders can’t be bothered to pay enough attention to what is going on around them to turn-out to vote in less-publicized off-year elections. Perhaps this is because those Freeloaders who can read don’t read about budget matters and Jerry Springer doesn’t do too much commentary on California special elections.

The Tired Donkey has said it before, and he will certainly say it again: you can’t run a country (or a socialist state) on the backs of a tiny percentage of the population. The Wave of Mutilation is crashing on California right now. And it’s coming soon to a government near you. When it recedes, it may just carry all the Freeloaders out to sea with it.
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Genuine Thanks to a Donkey

Squealing Pig
The Tired Donkey must begin by letting his loyal readers know that he has not died. In fact, he is not even injured. Just busier than usual with his day job. He finds it unlikely that he will ever again be moving at the post-a-day clip he sustained early in the life of The Tired Donkey, but he is by no means done.

In the meantime, he must say that he is made even more tired than usual with the “where are new posts” whining of some of his readers who never contribute anything at all to the site. The Tired Donkey would prefer that this blog not be a one-way communication medium; if his readers would occasionally post comments or send him a substantive email (tireddonkey@tireddonkey.com) rather than just squealing like hungry pigs, it would be helpful.

And now to business. The Tired Donkey has received what he believes to be his first real thanks from a
Freeloader, and it is set forth in its entirety below:
____________________________

From: iSrOYiPkXMpEmV@p3slhssl11.shr.phx3.secureserver.net
Subject: THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK ON MY BEHALF
Date: June 9, 2009 6:05:11 PM EDT
To: tireddonkey@tireddonkey.com

EwSphaTB

____________________________

Now, the Tired Donkey will be the first to admit that this Freeloader certainly has a name that is hard to pronounce. And a real problem with spelling. In fact, the Tired Donkey cannot even take a guess at the meaning of “EwSphaTB,” though he can observed that the capitalization would appear a bit over-the-top even for a diarist of
Dr. Johnson’s era. But these are quibbles. In the end, the Tired Donkey must simply say, “You’re welcome.”
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The Tired Donkey

Sitting Donkey
The Tired Donkey blogs about cocktails, ways to get the most out of your Mac at home, work, college . . . wherever. He used to write about the unending abuse suffered by the 51% of Americans who actually pay the federal income tax. But this became too depressing, and, frankly, no one wanted to read it.

Nevertheless, if you came here looking for the Tired Donkey's brilliant analysis of our dim-witted tax system, you can still find his earlier posts. Just check the archives or the
Site Map.

Note: The Tired Donkey is not advertiser supported, and he gets no benefit from any product mentioned on his site.

The Tired Donkey

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