Thursday, August 11, 2011

Fast Times at the County Fair

Arlington County began their annual fair last night. We got a call from Sal's brother earlier today, inviting us to drop everything and come watch the pig races. It was a very tempting offer, but ...

Most Americans don't have the foggiest idea of two things; 1) that the wealthiest one percent in America carry a share of the tax burden significantly out of proportion to their numbers (which is to say, a helluva lot more than one percent), and 2) the overwhelming majority of the Federal budget is allotted for defense spending and entitlement programs (Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security). Any significant reduction in either the size or cost of government, will invariably cut into one or more of these programs. It is the main reason why this writer hopes to see this country get out of the business of being the world's policeman. We simply cannot afford it, however noble the cause, unless other changes are made.

Meanwhile, out in the Corn Belt, this clip of Mitt Romney speaking in Iowa to a crowd, which includes at least two stupid hicks who can't shut up long enough to listen to his answers to their questions, almost makes me feel sorry enough for him to vote for him.

Not quite. Almost. But go ahead, click and enjoy. (Personally, I would have preferred the pig races.)

UPDATE: We have since been informed that this incident took place at the Iowa State Fair. County fair, state fair, whatever.

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