But I haven't been paying much attention to the rest of the world. I don't know what shenanigans Iran or Venezuela is pulling off this month. I'm pretty sure the low grade genocide against whites in South Africa is still going on, and still being ignored by the same crowd that put forth a commercial campaign to get President W to "send the Troops to Darfur." And for those folks asking for troops in Darfur, now two presidents have told them, "yeah, some other time." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rafael-medoff/george-clooney-sudan_b_1353817.html
I don't even need to do a Google search to know that Africa is a hell hole of misery and poverty (I've had friends over there as recently as last year). Still want to go over there and hunt a cape buff some day.
Here at home I think we've crossed some sort of "watershed moment" where the size of Government is incapable of actually shrinking. It is incapable because enough idiot voters believe that the bloat provides "vital services" or some other BS. If a government is providing "services" you can bet that it is doing so in the least efficient and most wasteful manner possible.
Email and FedEx are killing the Post Office. Just imagine how much simpler it would be if a private company managed the affairs of the DMV. Really all the DMV does is record who has paid taxes on their vehicle and who has passed a driving test, do we really need a government agency to handle something as simple as database management? In my home state of Washington private agencies can act as front offices for the DMV, and it is always much easier to deal with them than an actual DMV office. The next step is to just open up bids, and as long as the State gets their cut of the tax money everyone should be happy right?
But I don't think that it can actually happen, despite the Scott Walker victory in Wisconsin. Taking collective bargaining rights from public employees just puts them on equal footing as Federal employees, and we've seen how effective that has been at curtailing .gov bloat.
It seems to me that a simple math test should be required before someone is allowed to run for public office. No matter how complex the manipulations between the "input" and "outflow" portions of the data sheet you really need to keep your "input" and "outflow" numbers the same or you sink into debt. And it really is that simple, even a game show host can do it. This video is dated to last year, but is it any less true today?
It is like I pop my head out of my own little world and none of the "problems" anyone was talking about last year are any closer to an actual solution. OWS is still griping, the TEA party is still pointing out that basic math doesn't lie, and to top it all of it's an election year. But hey, the President says that the private sector is doing fine, so all is well right?