Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 11:45pm

Neros of D.C.

Like a collection of modern day Neros, the Washington class of both stripes is fiddling while the economy is burning down.

The answer to much of what ails the country's economic hemorrhage, from foreclosures to health care to education, is not expensive Band-Aids and tourniquets like the stimulus bill, Obamacare and cap and trade. It's real private sector investment in long-term, competitive manufacturing and engineering jobs that are globally competitive.

All the current bills do is incentivize businesses to move off shore as much as they can because their products are not competitive. The administration (and previous ones) lack the courage and now the resources to challenge China's artificial exchange rate, so their cost advantage will continue unabated.

Here's the big picture, long-term view, in case the commentators have not made this clear.

The Asian perspective spans generations, not years. They are using this generation to run down U.S. economic power to the point where the country cannot challenge the Chinese — politically or militarily — in the next generation. More U.S. national debt held by the Chinese government accelerates this process and emboldens the Chinese to impose their worldview on everyone else.

If you don't think this is important, ask Google what happened to their business when the Chinese hackers allegedly shut them down.

Wake up Neros. Stop adding to the debt. Stop adding to public payrolls and public entitlements. Soon, the Chinese will ask to us to swap Alaska and its resources for a few trillion in our debt, or open up offshore drilling to them. The country will have little choice but to comply. We'll be too broke to say no to our biggest creditor, and too weak to do anything else.

Joel Buckberg
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Filed under: City Voices

438 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/7/10 at 4:05

Rather then "redistributing" the stimuls money if they suspended the withholding tax for the same amount of money the economy would be well on its way to recovery.

The progressive just don't get it that lower taxes increase revenue. Higher taxes take money from the economy.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 4:16

Good morning
http://weblog.garyturner.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/sunrise.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 4:17

From yesterday

By: house_of_pain on 4/6/10 at 4:48
Eisenhower worked for TDOT...he was the one leaning on a shovel.http://iconicphotos.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/linc-slide1.jpg

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 4:20

Nemo - Looks like Ike might be trying to find Hoffa. LOL

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 4:34

Someone else is comparing our plight to that of the Roman falling. However Mr. Buckberg you did not include corporate American to your list of Nero, you forget that that monster is the fourth branch of government

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 4:35

Good morning bfra. You think! lol

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 4:38

From yesterday
By: house_of_pain on 4/6/10 at 3:24
Farting in tongues...ha!
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Crazy veggie monkey farting in tongues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRjtBW5mUig

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 4:45

Crazy veggie monkey farting in tongues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRjtBW5mUig
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I couldn't tell, which one was sidiot?

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 4:46

Morning Nemo!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 4:55

The Garden Hoe

The ugly gardener
http://thumbs.dreamstime.com/thumb_174/1186675372VRg4Aj.jpg

The motor mouth got carried away with jaw flapping. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_mpjbXhcFrIA/SrJ8QueAKXI/AAAAAAAADIs/kbopHf3lt7k/s400/Wolverton+Ugly+woman+2.jpg

By: dargent7 on 4/7/10 at 4:55

Bloating, gas, farting, burping...how the hell is everyone today?
I was denied a LTE trifecta, so I'm in a bad mood.
Be forewarned.

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 5:01

D7 - Cheer up! Can't always have your way, but it doesn't hurt to try. LOL

Nemo - I believe the motor mouth fits better!

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 5:05

We have been warned, d7
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/11055316/2/istockphoto_11055316-bad-mood-lion.jpg

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 5:06

d7 - Motorcycle rearended daughter's car on freeway in Santa Monica lated PM. Neither party hurt, but she said she was just thinking how careless the riders were, right before it happened.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 5:11

I’m glade your daughter is ok.

I have seen a few bad riders on the interstate myself lately. They were doing about 80 or 90 waving in and out of traffic.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 5:15

Grandma’s remedy to cover warts
wartshttp://www.seekcodes.com/images/Ugly-Women/seekcodes_227_5901.jpg

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 5:19

oops sorry that did not work.

By: house_of_pain on 4/7/10 at 5:24

哦,不!中國是來給我!

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 5:24

Luck was with both! Rider hit back and bounced onto top of her car. She said bikes were swarming all around and most riding, where they shouldn't be, to get thru heavy traffic.

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 5:26

By: house_of_pain on 4/7/10 at 6:24
哦,不!中國是來給我!
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Ya! Right! Duh! LOL

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 5:28

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 6:15
Grandma’s remedy to cover warts
wartshttp://www.seekcodes.com/images/Ugly-Women/seekcodes_227_5901.jpg
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Worked for me! Ouch! That hurts, just looking at it.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 5:51

这将驾驶sid疯狂

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 5:52

sidiot tried to be a cop once, but failed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ED8bxGsRb9U

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 6:33

After the people left the board last night something return and posted some dropping.
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By: sidneyames on 4/6/10 at 5:42
bfra said "Plus, had Gore been President, instead of the appointed dummy we had, IMO, this Country would be in much better shape."
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Better shape? How, pray tell? Gore is a complete dummy. And I know inadequate brain content when I read it, bfra.

Mostly it's dumb people who call others dumb. So ya'll call me names cause ya'll are mirroring back what you see when you look into a mirror darkly.

(This makes a lot of sense if you a sidiot )
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I mean really? Who died and left the posters on this post in charge of brains? And don't say the "U's".

(Now how would she know what brains are?)

Ya'll are all just mere earthlings who are viing for attention, or else why even post? I mean, look at how many people pay attention to me. If I”m so dumb, why even post a response? Sounds like someone has a deficite (sic) somewhere!

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Viing (sic) must be an alien word that can not be translated.

Then, “If I"m (sic) so dumb, why even post a response?
(That is a good question, maybe we shouldn’t.)

I mean, look at how many people pay attention to me. Sounds like someone has a deficite (sic) somewhere!

(She must have been looking in the mirror when she posted this.)

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 6:53

The Garden Chicken
http://www.savagechickens.com/images/chickenmirror.jpg

The Garden Ho, always manage to blame it on something else
http://members.pioneer.net/~mchumor/00images/5176_beauty_cartoon.gif

She still sees the girlish figure in the mirror.
http://jobadder.com/content/Your web site in the mirror.jpg

By: Kosh III on 4/7/10 at 6:55

You know how the "conservatives" claim that the "lefties" are always the ones with insulting, demeaning language?
Well, check out this CONSERVATIVE talking head who says Democrats "crave dead miners."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-maass/conservative-dj-roger-hed_b_527832.html

By: Kosh III on 4/7/10 at 7:08

BTW
When we had all that snow a while back, some were claiming it proved climate change was bogus.
So what would they say now? Yesterday, according to Lisa on Ch2 it was the hottest day on record for the date.

By: house_of_pain on 4/7/10 at 7:15

Jedi mind trick, Kosh.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 7:18

Good morning Kosh!

Yes the tea party would say that. As for Lisa Patton saying about it was the hottest day on record, they would say she is a Democrat and a liberal. lol

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 7:20

I have got to go. Have a good day!

For El Cid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQm4XXEgZoY

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/7/10 at 7:32

good morning, all.

bfra, glad that your daughter and the biker are ok.

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 7:35

Thanks Blanket, she was really upset when she first called. She was just mainly glad the biker wasn't hurt.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/7/10 at 7:41

i'm sure she was! that would freak me out.

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 7:45

Kosh - Looking at the extended forecast, I don't see any temps. indicating "Dogwood Winter". If that doesn't happen, it will be the first time, that I can remeber, that we didn't have one.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/7/10 at 7:46

my quote of the day: terrorism is a poor country's war and war is a rich country's terrorism.

By: house_of_pain on 4/7/10 at 7:47

Winter is over. I have put away all my long pants, and they're not coming back out.

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 7:51

Blanket, she was also amazed at all of the roadside assist. She said an entire crew showed up asap, got both moved to a safe area and stayed until the police arrived, which took quite a while. She had nothing but nice things to say about CA wreck procedures.

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 7:53

s/h/b - remember

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 7:55

Re: sid's comment - I am still trying to figure out if I have a deficite, whatever that is. Does anyone else have this?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/7/10 at 8:05

bfra, that just made me think of Eric Estrada - lol!

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 8:08

Ya - He was a good motorcycle cop and cute, too!

By: bfra on 4/7/10 at 8:09

Blanket - Not sure but he might have cruised that same freeway, at times.

By: slacker on 4/7/10 at 8:26

Eric Estrada is now a greeter at Walmart.
His ''aw shucks'' sidekick, is a funeral director now.

By: sidneyames on 4/7/10 at 8:26

By: Captain Nemo on 4/7/10 at 5:34
Someone else is comparing our plight to that of the Roman falling. However Mr. Buckberg you did not include corporate American to your list of Nero, you forget that that monster is the fourth branch of government

Capt. if you want to start a company and don't have the funds, maybe you get 9 folks to "Invest". They give you $1000 each to add to your $1000. And in return you tell them, you'll give them each 5% of your profit for a while. So in the first year, you spend $10,000 and make $30,000 spending that. So you have a net of $20,000 that you can divide by giving 9 people 5% and then the rest for you to have to re-invest. So they would be called "investors" or "shareholders" if you will.

Then you decide that to protect the company, you will "incorporate". So you do and the 9 folks agree to be part of your team. So they become either board members or shareholders.

What is so wrong with that? Some corporations employ hundreds, some employ thousands. So if we dismantle all corporations, what are we left with?

The government can make laws and rules. BUT the gov-ment needs to follow it's own advice, monitor itself and stop the outrageous spending.

By: sidneyames on 4/7/10 at 8:29

Yesterday I got up on the wrong side of my cage. Today I promise not to bark or bite.

No one has a deficite. All are in the "plus" column and I was being mean and snarky yesterday.

bfra, glad your daugher is O.K. and biker as well. Wouldn't want anyone's child (grown or small) to be hurt.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/7/10 at 8:30

what's wrong is when a corporation becomes a "person" and those on the "team" do not have to take responsibility. and it's also wrong when the corporation "person" does not pay its fair share of taxes. sid, the issue goes so much deeper than that.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 4/7/10 at 8:31

sid, you need to read A People's History of the United States so as to understand why we break up monopolies, why the labor unions are/were very important why we have laws regulating corporations.

By: dargent7 on 4/7/10 at 8:32

bfra: No, but Walgreen's has an ointment on sale for that pesky "viing" thingy.

By: Kosh III on 4/7/10 at 8:36

'what's wrong is when a corporation becomes a "person" and those on the "team" do not have to take responsibility. and it's also wrong when the corporation "person" does not pay its fair share of taxes. sid, the issue goes so much deeper than that."

It's also wrong when the "person" exerts too much influence over the government for it's own benefit and to the detriment of others.

By: Dragon on 4/7/10 at 8:37

bfra,
Be glad your daughter does not live in Chicago. She would have been billed for the 911 response.
http://cbs2chicago.com/investigations/crash.tax.fire.2.1615889.html