MN: No, there is no consensus on the other side but when such strong disagreement exists, it's foolish to bet all of America's future on one extreme side of the debate--whether it be re Big Govt or Massive Green spending. Obama certainly shouldn't be lying and saying there's consensus so he can force-feed us his mammoth package. (with a promise of more spending sprees to come.) He should practice the transparency he preaches.
And it's sickening that the media, which was pit-bull-like in investigating and attacking everything Bush/Cheney-related (except for going into Iraq), is absolutely a lap dog, indeed a spin doctor for Obama's truly extremist, non-consensus-based policies.
DB: Do you believe that money needs to be pumped in, that there’s a risk of systemic failure if we don’t? Yes or no. If no, then we have nothing more to talk about.
MN; The only pumping I favor is returning money to the taxpayer so the collective wisdom of 300,000,000 million Americans will put its money in the places most likely to be stimulative in an enduring sense.
DB: That is a nice cliché but if you really don’t believe there’s systemic risk here then you are out of touch with how the banking system actually works.
MN. There's risk in action as well as inaction. But I believe that "freely flowing credit" is not be the basis on which an economic can sturdily be run. I believe that most things should be bought for cash. If an individual or business can't afford it, it should wait until it can. (with some exceptions--e.g., a house, major business capital investments.) Of course, that would result in a slower economy, but a stable, sturdy one, not one built on a house of cards.
DB: I’m not referring to consumer overuse of credit cards and home equity loans, about which I agree with you. I am talking about business use of credit called “working capital” as well as capital investment, which is essential to functioning of the economy.
MN: From where I sit, you don't start a business until you have saved sufficient working capital to address the cash flow issue. Yes, you may need to borrow to buy the ovens and even pay the workers first month or three's salary until sufficient revenues start coming in, but as you know, that's not what you're talking about--you're talking about far greater sums of money.
DB: The same people who are now so worried about running a big deficit weren’t worried about it all when the issue was the consequences of starting the Iraq war while continuing the Bush tax cuts. I don’t think they are simpletons; I think they are being disingenuous.
MN: I have been very opposed to the Iraq War from the start... Why do Dems never learn? Govt spending is nearly always inefficient spending. The example that comes to me this rainy moment is the water pipeline erected across the Richmond-San Rafael bridge to share water between the East Bay and Marin, which a few years later was dismantled as unnecessary. And now, amid the nonstop California rain (with rainfall above average for the year and reservoirs at more than half of maximum (with predictions of rain continuing every day this week), Schwarzennegar announces a statewide drought emergency, which means more taxpayer spending and forcing all of us to restrict our use of water. Is our government so inept that even when rainfall is as extensive as it's been, the government can't even provide something as basic as our water. Why aren't there sufficient reservoirs and dams? (Somehow, I'm guessing environmentalists have something to do with it.)
MN: I'd totally support it. By the way, I am sickened by the slick messaging machine of the Dems. (e.g., the constant and disingenuous use of the word "responsibility.")