Monday, January 25, 2010

Simmah down nah

The liberal blogosphere has collectively clenched its pucker and is now in a full tizzy about President Obama's proposed three-year non-defense spending freeze.

The plan, which is supposedly going to be detailed in Wednesday's State of the Union address, has given the normal front-page diarists at the Daily Kos the vapors, and the comment sections of Balloon Juice and other left-leaning blogs are aflame with threats of defection and complete withdrawals of support for Obama.

Now, on the surface, I'm not a huge fan of this idea. There are parallels between this and FDR's similar move in 1937, and that didn't work out well for FDR -- the economic gains of five straight years of stimulus took a serious dent when he cut spending in 1937, and it cost the Democrats 79 seats in the House in 1938. Cutting spending during a bad recession, when the focus needs to be on job creation, is not the soundest economic strategy in the books.

However, at the same time, we simply cannot continue to run up massive deficits. The Chinese are starting to get skittish, and since they are the ones who are basically financing our country by buying treasury bonds and making it so we don't have to print up more money and send inflation spiraling out of control, it behooves us to make sure they're happy. Getting unemployment below 10 percent doesn't mean jack shit if we're financially insolvent.

So, to my people on the left side of the aisle, can we possibly -- and I know this isn't the liberal way -- chill the hell out until we actually see what Obama wants to do? Seriously. Relax. Bump a Xanax and calm down.

[UPDATE] This move is exactly what Obama promised to do during the campaign.

Reinstate PAYGO Rules: Obama and Biden believe that a critical step in restoring fiscal discipline is enforcing pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for by cuts to other programs or new revenue.

So yeah.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Well crap

Just recently I posted:

And let's hope the media doesn't get lazy and endlessly harp on the "look how far they've come since Katrina" meme. Do some reporting and come up with something original. Katrina was awful. We know. There's no need to relive it.

From the AP Saints-Vikings story that just moved about and hour and a half ago:

The team that had no home five years ago after Hurricane Katrina ravaged its city and the Superdome overcame a slew of mistakes in the biggest game the Big Easy has ever seen.
“This is for everybody in this city,” said coach Sean Payton, the architect of the Saints’ turnaround. “This stadium used to have holes in it and used to be wet. It’s not wet anymore. This is for the city of New Orleans.”
Forget the paper bag masks and that long history of losing started in 1967. Moments after Hartley’s kick, they were toasting their hometown winners on Bourbon Street.
And in the Superdome, once a squalid refuge after Katrina, they boogied in the aisles as confetti covered the field.

And so it begins.

Colts vs. Saints

Well, I gotta admit, for as big of a stinkbomb as the playoffs were up to this point, the conference championship games were outstanding.

Peyton Manning reminded all of us, finally, that he was Peyton Manning. He didn't look too hot in the win over Baltimore, or early in today's game against the Jets, but boy, did he ever take over when he had to. After spotting the feel-good (for everyone but me) Jets an 11-point lead, he put the Colts on his back.

Any doubters need to can it. He's the best quarterback in the league, he has been for quite some time, and sometimes it feels like he's still getting better. And now he goes for his second Super Bowl and validation for previous postseason failings and the fact that his first Super Bowl title came against Rex Grossman.

And on the NFC side, while the media's constant fawning over Brett Favre's every move has grown indelibly tiresome, you almost have to feel for how his coaches absolutely screwed him over toward the end of regulation. Kissing Suzy Kolber's Drew Magary feels the same way, apparently (WARNING: Link contains some extremely salty language). So feel for Favre. For about a second. Then quickly move on.

The Saints had absolutely no business winning that game. The Vikes' defense pushed them around for three quarters, but Purple Jesus turned into Fumbles McButterhands again. It never should have come down to overtime, because it never should have gone to overtime. Minnesota should have won this game by two touchdowns. But they didn't. Because they are the Vikings, and their fans are not meant to be happy. Like Bills fans. Both 0-4 in Super Bowls, we share a common misery.

So, good for you, Nawlins. And let's hope the media doesn't get lazy and endlessly harp on the "look how far they've come since Katrina" meme. Do some reporting and come up with something original. Katrina was awful. We know. There's no need to relive it.

Also, does Troy Aikman ever say anything that amounts to more than "You're right, Joe"?

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I'm back

Hello out there in internet land.

For those of mi amigos who knew of my previous, short-lived blog, I ran out of steam with it about a year ago. I decided to get back into blogging, but rather than revive that one, I decided to start fresh since this blog will be more of a mix of politics, sports and dick jokes, rather than just sports and dick jokes.

And for those of you that didn't, well, hi.

So yeah.