Twas the day before New Year’s and despite wracking my mind, no upbeat year’s end message can I find. However, I do have a web site I want to share with you, The Fiscal Times brought to my attention by a reader who sent me a link while saying: “It is this crap that drives me crazy, and adds further evidence that there really isn’t any difference between the parties after the rhetoric dies.”
He is referring to the 1600 page budget bill Congress passed before heading home for the holidays, which included many late-addition “surprises” hardly anyone noticed before the bill was passed. The article linked here points out five of them that are head shakers for honest folk whether on the left or right.
The article isn’t long, so rather than me summarize the points I’d rather add a couple of points of my own. First, despite the outrageous way this bill was passed, I am glad they passed it. The alternative was to go into next year without a budget and a Republican controlled Congress, including libertarians who seem quite willing to continue to treat the “full faith and credit of the United States” as if it were a pin ball game.
They are so focused upon smaller government they seem not to have noticed the Chinese economy just surpassed ours in size this year and that China has taken various steps to develop currency exchanges that do not hinge upon the American dollar. Nothing the Chinese would like more than for us to offer further evidence to the world that we have an increasingly unworkable order.
So, I’m glad that budget was passed despite it’s ugly underbelly.
Here is my other point. While I have run across The Fiscal Times before, I never took a good look at it. Since I liked that article I began exploring other pieces on the The Fiscal Times web site and found them interesting and not obviously partisan like so many other sites. In their Statement of Purpose, they claim to be non-partisan, and so far I believe them.
If you do check it out, let me know what you think by replying using the comment link at the end of all that stuff below. If you like the site, think of it as a late Christmas (holiday) present.
If not, you can think of me as the Grinch.