Lost, Season II

Read this comment from a lefist fever swamp site praising California.

For all its issues and faults, California is the closest thing that the U.S. has to European-style social democracy. It has strong state-provided social services, such as a very robust state OSHA program, relatively pro-worker wage-and-hour laws, and a massively successful (if declining) public university system–which provides far more to state public life than in other states with premier universities, such as Massachusetts, where such are privatized. It has politically active unions like the CTA and CNA on the winning side. It has strong environmental protections and lots of public lands and public trusts. It has a broadly politically empowered populus in its major cities; and so forth.

This isn’t to say that California is perfect, by any means. But it is to say that reiterating the discourses without situating them in those broader conversations often tends to legitimize a discourse that implies that social democracy is “ungovernable” and neoliberalism is a neutral, invisibile, natural state of affairs.

California is flat broke; bankrupt. If it is a European-style social democracy; it is Greece. The only difference is that the rest of the United States will bail out California easier than Germany will bail out Greece. Yet this guy is singing it praises. He believes it is a happy place to be emulated.

This is what we are dealing with folks. These people just don’t get it and they will never get it until the iron clad rules of economics beat them down hard. They live in a fantasy world where unsustainable economic situations are sustainable, where wealth is created by fiat, where standards of living increase just because we want them to and where rainbows shine from the asses of a unicorn in each garage.

These people believe that, if they wish hard enough and vote liberal enough, their dreams will come true and we will all live on the Big Rock Candy Mountain. People like the commentator outnumber us now and they will continue to do so until such time that hard reality kicks in the door, slaps them around, bends them over and gives it to them hard.

Sadly, we share a cell with them.

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12 Responses to Lost, Season II

  1. Frank in Texas says:

    Even as reality is giving it to them hard they will insist that they have the answers but the opposition is causing all the problems. They will never admit that their policies are the problem. NEVER.

  2. R.D. Walker says:

    I’m increasingly coming to realize that this is how at least a third of our population sees things. Another third really doesn’t have a clue one way or another but likes the sound of free stuff a hell of a lot better than hard work. The other third is us.

  3. fubar says:

    Charlie the Unicorn to the rescue!!!!!!!!!!!

    sorry. that was silly.

    I agree. what will it take for them to see the light?

  4. Uke says:

    Two thoughts:

    1. I increasingly find myself not angered at these displays of lunatic moonbattery, but rather laughing my ass off. Yes, I know that they are driving the train that we are ALL on, and that we’ll all suffer for it to some degree. However, there is some gleeful, self-righteous satisfaction I feel in knowing that they will yet again only prove how failtastic their ideology is. That joy, however, is tempered by #2…

    2. They will never accept or admit that their ideology is a clusterfluke of fail. They will simply default to their two excuses: A) They will somehow blame their failure on the other side, and B) They will assert that it would have worked beautifully if only they had done it just a little better, or chosen a better representative to push it. See: USSR, Mao China, Cuba, etc.

  5. R.D. Walker says:

    That about sums it up Uke.

  6. EastBayLarry says:

    I have to wonder if this brilliant commenter lives in Califubar or just admires it from a more prosperous state. Has anybody told him that productive Californians are leaving the state in increasing numbers?
    As a California ‘insider’ I can tell you that things are NOT rosy thank you very much.

  7. Bman says:

    What Uke said. Every regime that self destructs needs a scapegoat. When the fiscal SHTF, that scapegoat will be Tea Party members who pushed for fiscal constraint. Gulag time!

  8. xenicalman says:

    I did not know where to put this missive. I hope this is alright.
    Interesting slant on things
    Pretty Amazing!
    The world’s largest army… America ‘s hunters!
    I had never thought about
    A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a
    handful of states and
    arrived at a striking
    There were over 600,000 hunters
    this season in the state of Wisconsin ..
    Allow me to restate that number:
    Over the last several months,
    Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in
    the world.
    More men under arms than in Iran .
    More than France and Germany combined.
    These men deployed to
    the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin , to hunt with
    firearms, and no one was killed.
    That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and
    Michigan’s 700,000 hunters,
    all of whom have now returned home safely.
    Toss in a quarter million hunters
    in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the
    hunters of those four states alone
    would comprise the largest army in the world.
    And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states.
    It’s millions more.
    The point?
    America will forever be safe
    from foreign invasion with that
    kind of home-grown firepower.
    it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national

    That’s why all enemies,
    foreign and domestic,
    want to see us

    Food for thought,
    when next we consider gun control.

    Overall it’s true,
    so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters
    don’t possess the same skills as soldiers, the question
    would still remain…
    What army of 2 million would want to face 30, 40, 50 million armed citizens???
    For the sake of our freedom,
    don’t ever allow gun control
    or confiscation of guns.

    The major problem with this scenario is that our hunters don’t use tanks, aircraft carriers,subs, missals, stealth aircraft, and a host of other WMD’s to put Bambi on the dinner table.

  9. Fubar says:


    licenses issued are sometimes limited – so I’m thinking the # of hunters would be even higher –

    I don’t know if this is still true, but when we dairy-farmed, we were allowed to bag deer off-season if we had proof of crop damage. Some might wanta get to know their local dairy farmer and see if this is true.. if you get my drift

  10. Slaphappypap says:

    Last week I read an article on immigrants from California (mostly Mexicans, Central Americans) were moving away from California to Western Iowa. California is too expensive and is not business friendly. Let them leave and tax rape Hollywood.

  11. R.D. Walker says:

    There are a lot of Mexicans in Iowa. They work the slaughterhouses and the egg production facilities. Never cause a problem and work their asses off.

  12. Slaphappypap says:

    Heartland Draw Hispanics to revive small town.

    “It’s much better here than in California” said Mr. Rodas