The Beer: I am putting together a mixed case for a fundraiser and next weekend (I think), I plan to make my first 10-gallon all-grain batch.
The Bicycle: The Madone was in the shop for about three weeks for a warranty issue. It is now back and I got to ride 60 miles on it today. After riding the Univega for three weeks, I remember why I bought the Madone. Race-the-Lake is three weeks away.
The VRWC: The TEA Party is under attack from the sock-puppet media. From Der Spiegel: Annihilating Democracy With The TEA Party.
Democracy depends on compromise and the American government depends on all branches working together. The Tea Party movement shuns both, preferring instead to drive the state into bankruptcy. On principle.
Democracy does not depend on compromise. Compromise is what brought us to this point. Actually, it was more like "collusion", but you get my point. A principled stand against more debt and in favor of reducing astronomical, wasteful spending is what Democracy is about. For the 50 years of my life, Americans have screamed how they want principle in politics. Here it is.
Their Holy Grail is a stripped down state.
This is correct. No government in the history of the world has failed to oppress its own people when it assumed enough power. It is clear the United States is entirely too close to that point. The Federal government has far exceeded what was envisioned and needs to be reigned in.
President Barack Obama wants to improve schools, whereas the Tea Party would prefer to see many state-run schools eliminated. Obama wants to invest in clean energy; the Tea Party denies the existence of climate change. The president wants to make trillions in cuts; but the Tea Party refuses to approve a dollar more in taxes, even on the very rich.
Regarding schools, the author is either ignorant of the facts or is lying. President Obama wants to make schools more of a propaganda machine for the Left than they already are. It is the TEA Party that wants schools to improve. The public school system in the United States and especially in the large cities are an abject failure by any standard.
Clean energy? I have yet to be convinced that any "clean energy" can be inexpensive, plentiful and reliable. Cheap, abundant energy is a requirement for a successful, technologically advanced civilization. There is no indication "green energy" can supply it. Global Warming? Someone still believes that? More and more evidence is coming to light that even if there is (alleged) AGW, it is so small as to be insignificant.
Increasing taxes is unacceptable at this time. The current talking point out of Washington is we are like a husband whose wife has lost her job. He has to go out and get a second job to bring in more revenue. I see it like this: The wife loses her job, so the husband takes a second job to bring in more revenue. But the wife spends every penny of the increased revenue and then some. She also invites her freeloading brother and his family (think "Cousin Eddie" from Vacation) to move in.
Obama is offering trillions in cuts? Yeah...over ten years, common referred to "out years". These "cuts" are non-binding on future Congresses. I call that "offering no cuts".
CNN offers more of the same.
Expect to here more of this talking point between now and the 2012 elections.