Butch Jackson opened Monday's coffee discussion by asking Aunt Martha to read the week end's news bulletins. She seemed to focus somewhat on financial stuff:
"The Senate passed the $450 billion minibus spending bill Sunday, approving 12% spending increases for many domestic programs when the deficit is already $1.4 trillion and growing.
Heritage Foundation fellow Brian Riedl reports the situation is only going to get worse under President Barack Obama’s budget:
Federal spending (which has remained around 20 percent of economy since the 1950s) would surpass 28 percent of economy by 2019. Federal spending per household would rise from $25,000 per household in 2008 to more than $37,000 per household by 2019.
"Damn," said Butch.
Billy Roy Mitchum voiced some discomfort with these current events, "I feel like I am stuck in the back seat of an old Cadillac Convertable with Hank Williams, Sr. at the wheel on a bad road in Louisana. Hank's drunk as a skunk while I'm bone dry. I pretty much know what's going to happen, and I want out of that car. But there's no way out. The worst thing about being trapped like this with Obama driving is you've lost your freedom. It's not like you are in chains, but that you are an economic slave to the federal government, and they are 'spreading my hard earned meager wealth around'."
You probably won't catch a lot of Cafe folks climbing in back seats this week.
Since Sweet Lou Tekell thinks AlGore is the World's Dumbest Man, he loves following anything to do with AlGore and has a straight line into the Climate Change Conference. Here is Lou, "Meanwhile in Copenhagen they are arguing about how much money India, China, and other 'developing' nations will need from us to buy any green colored products made by companies owned by people like AlGore. China says $110 billion (with a b) is not enough. Here is a direct quote from one of the attendees at the Copenhagen conference. 'Mobilizing of billions of dollars in climate aid from industrialized nations (that be us) to pay for clean energy in developing countries would be positive for business, Iberdrola Chief Executive Officer Jose Ignacio Sanchez Galan said in an interview. Spain-based Iberdrola is the world’s biggest wind-energy generator'. Wonder whose business that guy is talking about? Don't think it is my business, and why the hell does he have so many names?"
"Damn," said Butch.
Since the Monday Cafe meeting AlGore has reinforced Lou's view of his lack of intelligence, "Hell, AlGore generates more wind energy than any Spanish company. Why just this week he said that there was a 75% chance of the Arctic Ice Caps melting within 5-7 years. Just so happens 7 years is near the average life of one of AlGore's venture funds enabling him to cash out on his 'green' (as in money) investments. After the 7 year forecast goes bust, Al's response will be just like Butch's. He will just say 'damn, missed that one'."
It is reported that Borger Lee Heard adjourned Monday's coffee session, "well, seems to me we would all be better off if this AlGore guy was locked in the trunk of old Hank's Cadillac travelling at a very high rate of speed on a really bad and lonely stretch of road". As we read this blog Billy Roy is putting this saga to song.
Think about it,