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Tired Donkey

The Tired Donkey

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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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Wave of Mutilation

The Slow Roll

Jumping Baby Donkey
The Tired Donkey can admit when he is wrong, and he was wrong in his last post those many months ago. The Wave of Mutilation took far longer to crash on health care reform than he expected, but crash it did, as key Congressional leaders yesterday called a halt to actively working the issue.

“But Tired Donkey,” you may be thinking, “surely the crashing of the wave of mutilation was actually the election to the United States Senate of
Cosmo centerfold Scott Brown,” and you would be right to think that. Kind of. As poll numbers point out, Scott Brown was not elected to kill socialized medicine; that is just a happy by-product of Massachusetts’ blue collar rage over the state of the economy.

The obvious lessons of Massachusetts make the Tired Donkey want to hand out—free of charge—some equally obvious advice. Take heed:

Note to Democrats. Unless you fix the economy before November, the wave of mutilation is coming for you, and it is going to wash you out of the Capitol. But fixing the economy means you have to act with some level of fiscal responsibility, something you find it impossible to do. So, basically, you’re screwed, and that is not a statement the Tired Donkey makes often or lightly. The president is taking steps in the right direction because he is properly respectful of (and frightened by) the wave of mutilation. Follow his lead and you may survive the cleansing waters. If, on the other hand, you continue with your big-spending ways, the Tired Donkey respectfully suggests that you spend some time in the coming months packing your belongings in water-tight containers so they have some chance of surviving the wave.

Note to Freeloaders. You have had your year in the sun, and gotten nothing for it. No free healthcare. No increase in welfare. A stimulus package focused on job creation. Even worse than all of this is the staggering increase in the deficit, because that means that over time there is going to be (1) even less money to give to you, and (2) pressure to actually make you start paying some taxes to pay down that massive deficit. Good heavens! Looks like you are screwed, too.

Finally, the Tired Donkey must apologize for his long absence. He is, as you know, a working donkey, and at times he simply does not have the time for pithy commentary. At other times he is bored or despairing or just doing other stuff. In short, the Tired Donkey writes when he has things that interest him to say.
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The Wave of Mutilation Crashes on Heath Care Reform

Vet Examines Donkey
The Wave of Mutilation is moving East, this time cresting over the President’s health care reform efforts. While not dead yet, his proposals are on life support and—the Tired Donkey predicts—will expire shortly.

Let us review how we got here. Back on July 9, the House Democrats decided that they would pay for
Freeloader health care by creating a bunch of new tax brackets for Donkeys earning more than $280,000. The proposal would have these poor Donkeys paying about $550 billion for Freeloader health care over the next 10 years. Yikes!

This was the beginning of the end for the proposal because the Republicans, the Blue Dog Democrats and more centrist Senate Dems
rightly fear the wrath of angry Donkeys and even Nancy Pelosi began to talk of a need to reduce the tax burden on us Donkeys. Imagine that!

We are not out of the woods, but
national polls clearly show the cresting of the wave (there is even a cute little picture of the wave in the link) as opposition to health care reform balanced on the backs of the donkeys increases. Mark the Tired Donkey’s words: this effort at reform is going to be washed away by the Wave of Mutilation.

But why, you may ask? Isn’t health care reform a good idea? Of course it is. Health care is important, and it would be nice for everyone to have it. But the way in which the current Administration is going about it is all wrong in two important ways. First, the incredible cost of health care is driven by the way we pay our doctors, and getting that under control would solve almost all of our health care funding issues. Really. This is all laid out quite clearly in this
brilliant article in The New Yorker from early June. Read it.

Second, we simply can’t squeeze enough money out of the richest donkeys to pay for care in our currently bloated system. Even the New York Times has spelled this out in an article headlined—if you can believe it—”Obama’s Pledge to Tax Only the Rich Can’t Pay for Everything, Analysts Say.” The article concludes with this quote from Isabel Sawhill, a former Clinton administration budget official: “
There is no way we can pay for health care and the rest of the Obama agenda, plus get our long-term deficits under control, simply by raising taxes on the wealthy. The middle class is going to have to contribute as well.” The Tired Donkey asks you to please read that quote again. And then recognize that it came from a member of the Clinton administration. Hallelujah!
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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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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.

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