My senator is Dan Coates. Dan is a retread that took his war chest and ran to a Washington lobbying firm when competition showed up last time. This time he won in a very fragmented primary. WTG Dan. I emailed him about poker and politics. He wrote back using snail mail — nicely frank instead of stamped. Another WTG for Dan. Clueless as ever.
Dan wrote that he was opposed to poker and it was illegal. Points for honesty, I guess. Dan was very emphatic. Too bad poker isn’t what he says. Poker is not illegal; neither is it legal; poker is ambiguous. It isn’t cover by the wire act and there isn’t much around that is useable in prosecuting gambling over other business.
I shouldn’t just pick on Dan. Both houses and all sides embrace
lying biased interpretation. We just watched that jump to ludicrous speed in the great crisis. Biden called elected members of the congress terrorists. Obama can solve it by taxing the rich — that’d fund government overspending for less than one day. The fiscal conservatives by-and-large believe in big government.
The problem with the Dan Coats of this world is they think their power makes them difference makers. Long ago the congress abrogated making good laws. Laws these days aren’t written by elected officials; they are implemented by turf protecting bureaucracies.
The congress authorized 2-trillion increase in our debt. Obama insisted on it because he wants it to last beyond next years election. All the teeth gnashing was over supposedly saving 1.4 trillion in 10 years. Next years saving are projected at 20 to 50 billion. Lets all remember there are a thousand billion in a trillion. You do the math on the huge saving that got every beltway guru up in arms.
The hue and cry is that it doesn’t create jobs. It might even destroy a few. But, all-in-all it looks fairly neutral. Obama has his 2-trillion and how much more does he need to put everybody to work. Hell, he can almost hire all of them with that kind of cash.
There is a quick and easy way to get jobs rolling. Send all those three letter agencies on a years sabbatical. We’re better off paying them to not work than we are when they do work. I watched the news last night and they had a guy from Massachusetts. He builds cabinets and would like to hire. But, he isn’t hiring. Why? He is afraid of health costs and new taxes. It doesn’t take 2-trillion to get him to change his mind. All it takes is a government guarantee to get off his back.
People are pretty lame. We miss the forest for all those damn trees. Government protects us from the unprotectable and in the process screws up business flexibility. Lets face it, as individuals we can’t even keep crab grass out of our yard. God forbid the government show up with a crab grass bill. I’d have to figure crab grass would be the next endangered specie before the bureaucrats got done. Hey, that’ll works for me. Gets the neighbors off my back. Well, a couple less neighbors after the foreclosure.
I did get an email from Dan. He bragged about voting against the debt increase. He is good a meaningless gestures. And, he is protecting me from playing a bit of poker online to boot. Attaboy, Dan!