The Sun Rises

You may be happy to hear we survived the sleety weather yesterday. After a short trip to our nearby pharmacy and my recalling the time I slipped on wet marble steps at the PX at Quantico when I was nine months pregnant, David decided to take Dick Klade’s advice and stay home, feet up, cups of coffee at hand with books to read.  David will attend his anniversary meeting this sunny Sunday morning. 

I took the opportunity to finish The Searchers: Making of a Legend.” What a dismal book. I don’t recommend it. Frankel is a journalist and he writes like one. This means he does not write like a historian, which I find very annoying. On the other hand, non-historians may love it.  In my opinion, Frankel’s book should have been a heavily edited long article in The New Yorker magazine. His detailed retelling of scenes of slaughter committed by both Comanche and white folk was almost too much to bear.

I am puzzled as to why this struggle between the Comanche and white settlers bothered me more than all the stuff I read about WWI and WWII but it does. The one good thing I discovered was that Sam Houston was indeed a remarkable and honorable man, unlike the real-life man who was Cynthia Parker’s uncle, and the basis of John Wayne’s character in the film. The book has ruined the movie for me….forever.

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Speaking of journalists, Bob Woodward, whom I admire greatly for his honesty and objectivity, has a nice piece in Section A of the Washington Post today (Sunday, 2/24/13) on the upcoming sequester.* Bob, reiterating  the revelation, first presented in his book Price of Power, which refutes the White House, says the idea for the sequester came from the White House.  

At this point it doesn’t matter, of course. The White House may have proposed the cuts and the Congress agreed, but what matters is the application of spending cuts within agencies.

Government spending at the federal level is out of control and has been for many years.  The Post printed a chart today that shows the cuts to future spending in the budget will not reduce spending to the levels existing before Mr. Obama took office. These cuts are the proverbial drop-in-the-bucket. Besides which, entitlement spending (Medicare and other health care costs) is the problem, not discretionary spending. And, Medicare is untouched.

And suddenly, the Bowles-Simpson plan looks good.

I have delved into the Keynesian and Hayek arguments ad nauseam, and am well aware of the arguments from all quarters. This is all I am going to write on this topic, which is complex and probably not one friends with differing opinions  should discuss if they wish to remain friends for long.

*  I’d give you the link, but I can’t as I have a subscription to the newspaper.  

 

7 thoughts on “The Sun Rises

  1. Stay safe in this winter weather that’s been blasting your way these past few days (weeks?). It’s a sorry situation in government right now. I like Obama and I think he’s trying his best, but then again I don’t read enough politics to know.

  2. For me, it all boils down to the fact that we have to have a balanced budget but what happens to the people out here when we do.

    Glad you stayed home and read. See “Quartet.” It’s of really good value. I’m off to the doc.

    Please tell David congratulations from us. :)

  3. Well, you are right that this topic can divide friends. Lol. However, I like Obama and I like you, so there! Glad your David stayed home after all. Hope the weather is indeed better today. Cheers and Aloha from dismal, rainy Hawaii.

  4. Didn’t even get a chance to comment on “Anger Management” blog and you’ve posted another one. Probably best I didn’t anyway, we males are pretty much intractable when it comes to giving up our independence.

    As far as this post, well, we’ve already talked about the Comanche thing. But when it comes to “Sequester” this is all I will say. The Obama Administration is a “house of cards”. When all the hype and false adoration, i.e. white guilt, so unabashedly displayed by the fawning media is finally washed away, the house will fall. It won’t be pretty.

    • You should hear my oldest son who works for the Navy lament the lack of leadership from Washington. Like many people, he voted for Obama, but doesn’t like him. He also says he couldn’t vote for Romney because he trashed federal workers. He’s very negative about the pay and benefits for uniformed military while civilians suffer their pay cuts. He says, and you know this to be true, that most military never see combat.

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