So our freedom for the last 233 years, our great fortune to live in the greatest nation in the world was purchased for a little more than $7 trillion; what did we get for the $8.5?
Come to think about it, I think I'm even more amused (and frustrated) by the girly men whose biggest concern seems to be "the environment." Such trilobites actually believe in "energy independence" can be achieved by not using fossil fuels.
This slap in the face by noted economist Arthur Laffer who concisely puts smothers this fairytale with a concise dose of truth in the WSJ:
"The U.S. currently imports some 60% of the oil we use. To imagine an energy-independent U.S. today is to envision gas at $20 or more per gallon and a true depression. President Dwight D. Eisenhower tried oil import tariffs in the 1950s, as has every president since. Yet never before has America's reliance on foreign oil been greater than it is now.
"It's telling that Mr. Obama and his appointees kept pointing to the successes achieved by California as examples of what should be done on a national level. Whenever California's current policies -- full of taxes and regulations that are crippling its economy -- are held up as a model, you know the speaker has a lot to learn."
Because I'm an economic genius, I was able to do in-depth research in the last two minutes and found that a number of towns in California are headed for bankruptcy:
"California's troubled towns can't expect much help from the state. A state board voted Wednesday to shut off $3.8 billion in financing to hundreds of infrastructure projects to preserve cash, as the nation's most populous state struggles under a budget deficit that officials say could balloon to more than $40 billion over the next two years.
"California's fiscal house is burning down," California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer said.
And not only is California a role model for the New Obamaocracy, he's also decided that spending trillions on "infrastructure"--road and bridges-- is the way to economic salvation.
He might just stop and ask of Cali's RINO Gov. Arnold, "how's that workin' out for ya?"
And since His Immenseness is billing himself as the first Black/Green President, he going hammer and tong with "smart electric meters."
Here are some words of warning from my favorite gun-toting lesbian, Tammy Bruce:
These meters display the exact amount of electricity being used, giving the consumer the ability to "manage" usage. Smart meters have recently been made mandatory in the UK. They're talking about home energy "inspections".
Here's a look at Britain and our future if we allow this government intrusion, which is already well underway in the US:
At 500, the meter is set to sound an alarm.
"I've become like one of Pavlov's dogs - every time it bleeps I think I'm going to take one of those pans off the stove," Brenda Marchant said.
As Bruce points out:
What troubles me is that I can see where this is going. Carbon taxes. What is promoted as a helpful tool for the consumer will eventually be the helpful tool for the tax collector, not to mention Big Green Brother deciding to turn off your stove because you've had too many cups of tea today.
So right there on the wall you can watch the government watching you, but more important than that, "smart" meters have the capability of turning your power off when some bureaucrat from the "Office of Environmental Abuse" deems you're in violation.
... and it will make no difference that it's 110-degrees outside and you have your 85-year-old grandmother and an infant in the house.
After all, it's for the environment.
For those of us on the dark side of 50, the brave new world envisioned by socialists, enviro-Nazis and Muslims won't have much impact for very long. But to young Americans, I have two words:
A subject for another day......