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Morton’s Fork, and the busboy licked it

October 20, 2008

Morton’s Fork is one of those fancy-schmancy references that means “making a choice between two equally disagreeable options”.   And if you’re a small-government conservative like I am, it’s easy to see our 2008 presidential choice presenting exactly that kind of dilemma. 

Though both candidates have positive qualities (McCain – war hero, Obama – young historic pick), the thought of casting a ballot for either one of these guys, seems like a choice between two movies, each 4 years long, and directed by the Wayans Brothers’ grampa.

John McCain’s critics like to say voting for him is voting for four more years of Bush, and I agree.  Four more years of George H. W. Bush (41), that is; McCain is about as conservative as Bill Clinton was nervous around girls.  McCain sees the profligate government spending of the George W. Bush era and says “I can do better!” meaning a federal deficit of 6% of our GDP can’t be too far behind.  Yesterday, on Fox News Sunday, John McCain said his answer to the “housing crisis“, is to use federal money to REWRITE PEOPLE’S MORTGAGES to reflect their new (lower) value.  (This is where your narrarator gets a little unhinged.) 

SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT…FOR 6 YEARS, WHILE PEOPLE WERE “FLIPPING HOUSES“, AND UNDEREDUCATED PEOPLE IN RED AND GOLD JACKETS WERE JUMPING UP AND DOWN IN BIG PILES OF CASH, THE GOVERNMENT SAID “NO PROBLEM, JUST KEEP THOSE BIG PROPERTY TAX REVENUES COMING”.  NOW THAT THE BUBBLE BURST, AND THE MARKET HAD THE NERVE TO RETRENCH (A LITTLE BIT), THE RESPONSIBLE FOLKS WHO DIDN’T MAKE POOR PURCHASING DECISIONS, HAVE TO DIG DEEP AND PAY TO BAIL OUT THOSE THAT DID???

So it’s clear that McCain, (like George W. Bush encouraging home ownership, one reason we’re in this mess), is a man who is very generous with other people’s money.  And because McCain is so anxious to please the people who slam him every chance they get (Letterman, SNL), he’s also likely to use the George Bush 41 method for picking Supreme Court justices, which means picking guys like David Souter.  Bleah.

Barack Obama seems like a nice enough fellow, bright, and thoughtful.  But his policies have placed him atop the National Journal’s list of most liberal Senators, two places in front of his VP pick Joe Biden, and three places in front of Socialist Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  Add to that the $150 Million handed to the Obama campaign in September (Obama broke his promise not to opt out of McCain’s public financing system), and it’s clear that folks will be lining up for their payback.  So a vote for Obama is a vote for gay marriage, a vote against secret ballots for union membership, and a vote for higher taxes for most people, (despite Mr. Obama’s eye-rolling rhetoric).

And if you’re wondering how teachers and other government workers will react to Obama being elected, here it is.

Christmas in November.  The Grinch says no.

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