Are These People Just Stupid?
I just saw a commercial for this: Countdown to Zero.
To quote a great demotivator: "That which has been seen, cannot be unseen." And that which has been invented, cannot be uninvented.
They like to say the "MAD is madness." Well, they also say that, "If it's stupid, but it works, it isn't stupid."
In the 55+ years since the US lost it's nuclear monopoly, no two nuclear armed nations have fought a war with each other. The US and the USSR, despite staring down tank barrels at each other across the inner-German border from 1954-1989, never fought directly. Even the Indians and the Pakistanis have limited themselves to proxies since they both detonated nukes.
Oh, and if they say that the only reason the Russians have nukes is because we have them, they're either delusional or myopic. It's not always about us. Every other country in the world has its own strategic situation, and most that doesn't involve us. The population of Russia is about 142 million. The population of China, against whom the Russians have had some, um, division sized border 'skirmishes' is over 1.1 billion. With a B. Just like a gun can be an equalizer for an individual vs a gang, nukes are the equalizer for the Russians against the Chinese.
So the Russians will keep their nukes, because they may someday be the only thing that keeps the Chinese from invading Siberia. And if the Russians have nukes, the Chinese won't give theirs up, and neither will the US, France, or the UK. And if the Chinese have nukes, the Indians will, too. And if the Indians do, so will the Pakis (and the Pakis might not give them up regardless, since India has a 5-to-1 size advantage, and most of the important parts of Pakistan are within easy tank driving distance of the border.)
But these hippies still want to live in their shiny happy world. Does it take deliberate effort to ignore reality this much?
Blinded by Ideology
Ideologically-driven political logic, brought to you by the Obama administration.
Obama’s Economics Czar: Tax Increases Significantly Contract the Economy. (h/t Instapundit)
Geithner: Taxes on Wealthiest to Rise
The only logical explanation I can come up with is that the Obama administration is so ideologically fixated on making "the rich" pay their "fair share" (nevermind that, according to IRS statistics, they already pay more than their "fair share." 'Reality-based' my ass.) that they're willing to further contract the economy to do so.
I'm sure that will be comforting to the current and future unemployed.
The worst part is, because the planned increase is an expiration of the tax law passed under GWB in 2001/2003, short a 2/3 majority in both houses of Congress needed for a veto override, taxes will go up in 2011 if the President decides to oppose any bill maintaining the current law.
This Is Just to Say...
That the Mrs and I are happy to announce that we have signed up for a further 2-3 years of Diaper Duty. Said Duty is due to commence on or about 31 March, 2011.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled Monday, already in progress.