Archive for March, 2010

March 10, 2010

Following Politics Is Like Following A Really Bad Football Team

by Ben Hoffman

I’ve been blogging politics for several years now. It seemed like things would be better if we could get a bright Democratic president with a Democratic majority in congress. We have all that now, but we see little getting done to fix the problems of America and what is getting done won’t solve anything. For example, the recently passed credit card “reform” doesn’t do much to help people from getting screwed by the credit card companies. It just provides a few obstacles where new loopholes need to be exploited.

While it’s an accomplishment that health insurance reform has gotten as far as it has, the reform isn’t going to be great, thanks to people like Representative Bart Stupak who feel the life of a fetus is far more important than the life of a person. And then we have the apposing team (the Republicans) who want to win at all costs — the ordinary American be damned. Winning is all that matters, and that means defeating any half-assed attempt at reform made by the Democrats.

Watching the Democrats is kind of like watching a really bad football team. They dropped the ball on banking reform last year when we were still in crisis mode. Any reform now will be a two yard gain when they’re down 49 to 0 with 95 yards to go and 30 seconds left to play. This health insurance reform is a giant gift to the insurance companies and new entitlements for the poor, but little to help the middle class. And what about election reform? What about the crimes of the past administration?

Spring is right around the corner and there are far better things to do than following ineptitude and corruption. Sure, I’ll still read the pathetic attempts at reform and the silly little scandals, but why bother getting upset about it? Nothing will get better. This country is doomed. The enormous debt will catch up to us one of these days. You can only live on credit for so long.

Whatever happens to the country will happen weather we care or not. Elected officials answer to big corporations, not the middle class. That will be the case until we get big money out of politics, but with the recent SCOTUS ruling, that problem is going to get even worse.

And so, as the weather begins to warm, I’ll be playing tennis. I’m building a woodworking shop in the garage and will be building furniture for the house. I may even do a little wood sculpting. I’ll put new strings on my old acoustic guitar and jam with some friends in the back yard. Kind of like Nero fiddling while Rome burned.

March 7, 2010

And Now For Something Completely Different: Oscar Previews!

by Ben Hoffman

Tonight is the Oscars, so I thought I’d give my take on the nominees, which are:

Avatar. 3D movie about the evils of large corporations having too much power. A fun movie for the whole family, but hardly Oscar worthy.

The Blind Side. Never heard of it.

District 9. Never heard of it.

An Education. Never heard of it.

The Hurt Locker. We watched this one last night. Pretty interesting and some good performances, but not Oscar worthy.

Inglourious Basterds. Haven’t seen it yet, but we’re supposed to get in on Monday.

Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire. That’s the title? Never heard of it.

A Serious Man. I’m a fan of Coen bros. movies, but haven’t seen it yet.

Up. Never heard of it.

Up in the Air. Never heard of it.

And there you have it. A comprehensive review of the movies up for “best picture” award. Fee free to post your own opinions. I’ll be working in the garage. 🙂