George Nethercutt, revisited

My how time flies when you are having fun. I resurrected an old “Inlander,” with the intent of reading it through and putting it into the recycling bin. Post the 2012 Presidential election, prior to the “end of the world” scare of December 2012, and old George Nethercutt was munching on some sour grapes at how handily the incumbent President, Barack Obama had beat out Romney. It wasn’t half the country that voted for Obama with the other half reviling him. Nethercutt needed to get his facts straight on the actual poll numbers if he wanted to make a credible case for anything else. Which he didn’t. Last December, almost a year ago, it was quite the hit piece. Since that time, and given the particular antics of the current crop of GOP, I shouldn’t be surprised that the “Inlander” has constantly presented us with a Nethercutt constantly trying to revise himself. Further, forgetting his “message” for a GOP triumph by 2014. Some highlights:

  • Class divisions. If George Nethercutt knew enough about history to recall that George Marshall gave us the Marshall plan that rebuilt Europe after World War 2, then he should have enough historical knowledge to recognize that the only “class distinctions” in this country are based on financial only.
  • Any answers as to why we have deep financial divisions within this country? I bet if he were to talk to the very wealthy and major corporations, they’d provide a ready answer. Right along with the proclamation that, they aren’t responsible for the financial well being of their employees. If you are both a callous and greedy CEO, then I guess you will have sown the seeds for these “deep divisions” along with the social unrest that could come as a consequence. What has hating the President got to do with the attitudes of the boards of directors, or even the guy who currently heads the Subway franchise?
  • A book out, “Are we Rome?” And undoubtedly written by a guy who puts politics ahead of actual history. One of the reasons why Rome collapsed had much more to do with corruption, including barbarians among the Roman legions, than expressing a current angst over who won the Presidency in 2012. Not exactly are we “Rome.” Because Rome was a world spanning power that controlled much of Europe and the Middle East. That world power ultimately collapsed because it had over-extended.
  • I’ll agree that we aren’t teaching history to the students. That would be a real shame.
  • How does “states’ rights” assure American prosperity? You didn’t exactly hear the argument of “states’ rights” anything until the Civil Rights act was signed into law.
  • The smaller government agenda is a major joke. There are plenty of factional interests where, the first thing they want must come through the government first. They don’t consider at any time, actually pursuing a more self-governing role. It doesn’t matter which factional interest on the political dividing line. Apparently, we only hear about the need for a smaller government when people with legitimate grievances turn to the government for help. The bank collapses of 2007-2008, along with the Mortgage/lending fiasco, should provide a real clue when government must act on the behalf of its citizens. Then, by providing an answer to those grievances, results in the counter-argument of too much regulation, etc.
  • I don’t have on hand Adam Smith’s “Wealth of Nations.” But Craig Nelson in his historical biography of “Thomas Paine,” did reference it somewhat. The true underlying basis for a prosperous society would have to be through cultivating its human capital—the work force. For Mr. Nethercutt to want to see a stronger free market system, then he needs to first take to heart what Adam Smith would have actually said. Creating “class divisions” of the super wealthy v the utterly poor, does not a stronger free market create. Otherwise, I recall just how often that very same “free market” just loves its subsidies, and etc. Lobbyists fronting various private enterprises, get to write favorable legislation for specific business interests. Obviously, that is going to result in 1. Entangling Bureaucracies that overlap each other, and make it harder for smaller businesses to navigate them. 2. It will mean an increase in the size and inefficiency of government. 3. Those subsidies and favorable legislation can actually cost in the megabucks of actual tax dollars plus borrowed money and will add to the debt burden. But under no circumstances would Mr. Nethercutt admit to the facts of that.
  • That is why his editorial became a self-contradicting “pretzel” argument. It spins around at cross purposes and bites itself in the rear.

In other news, I am now about three chapters of finalizing the editing of my book. I have been going through it kind of slow and carefully and re-organizing paragraphs and even sentence structure. Quite the experience.

A lot of property crime increases in the last few months, plus robberies at various stores and malls. “The knockout game” is a vicious and random assault on innocent people. We should be prepared to put the perpetrators in prison where they belong.

Finally, all may be quiet on the hurricane front, except for the terrible typhoon that hit the Philippines. But a string of incredibly destructive tornadoes hit the midwest ahead of a major winter storm. Yeah, affecting even Texas as it begins to move up the East Coast. Sounds like climate change from here.

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