Monday, January 06, 2003

Another New Year of Crap

Took a good long break over the holidays. It's nice to get away from the same-old-same old for awhile, and that's what I did. Sorry to disappoint anyone out there who looks for crap from me on a daily basis. Sorry, I just don't work that way. I do this when I feel like it, and after Xmas, I just wasn't in the mood so much. You want consistency ... go hit up Atrios or Hesiod.

I do think it's pretty clear that we're in for another year of crap. Let's see -- we can't find any "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, so we're gonna go pound 'em anyway. North Korea's got The Bomb and some missiles that *might* be able to reach U.S. shores. We're not gonna pound them, but we are going to rely on a "missile shield" that doesn't work to protect us. The economy sucks, and Bush's idea of a fix is to cut dividend taxes, which most economists are saying won't do anything in the short term anyway, and even if companies suddenly started paying out more in dividends, most of that's going to ultra-rich folks who will probably just stash the money in an offshore account or invest it in a new call center in India. The Feds make noise about giving more money to education while our local school district continues to hemorrhage cash. Oh, and we can't find Osama, but it's a good idea to deport entire families who fled to the U.S. to get away from persecution.

Yup. All in all a good start on a crappy year.


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