Friday, January 07, 2011

Could James Carville be right? ~ By Robert Ringer

So, if you still like to believe in miracles, here's how the U.S. might still be able to escape what appears to be imminent financial and cultural death: 32 years of Jim DeMint, Allen West, Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie in the White House, all supported by tea-party dominated Houses and Senates. Throw one more (perhaps yet unknown) tea-party president into the mix, and James Carville's prediction of one-party control of Washington for the next 40 years might actually become a reality. It's just that he would have had the wrong party in mind.
Of course, you should definitely read all of Robert's column today, or else you would miss the best part, where he writes about Ron Paul, such as, "I've known Ron Paul for more than 30 years, and he is the most knowledgeable congressman of our time on the issues of constitutional law, personal liberty and, above all, the Federal Reserve and it's chief criminal function of creating worthless paper money." That's just for starters!

Could James Carville be right?
By Robert Ringer

January 07, 2011 ~ 1:00 am Eastern

© 2011

I recently discovered the excellent biography series on – of all places – CNBC. Reading and watching biographies on television is an incredible educational tool. Over the past few weeks, I've watched biographies about J.W. Marriott, Henry Ford, Colonel Sanders and Richard Branson, among others.

Now that I've become a shameful CNBC viewer, I find myself clicking to that breeding ground of liberal fantasies from time to time to see if I can catch a good biography. Which means my eyes may briefly be exposed to such intellectual pornography as "Mad Money with Jim Cramer" or "Hardball with Chris Matthews" before I'm able to flip the channel back to Fox. Fortunately, to the best of my knowledge, I have suffered no permanent brain damage.

Which brings me to last Sunday evening. Now firmly entrenched in the habit of flipping to CNBC in search of a good biography, I stumbled across what appeared to be a reality TV show that made me feel as though I had landed on a planet in a faraway galaxy. The show centered around a woman I had never seen before, but whose name I had heard – Suze Orman. I later looked her up on the Internet and found that she is "undeniably America's most recognized expert on personal finance." Quite an impressive moniker, to say the least.

They call it "The Suze Orman Show," but a more appropriate name might be "Economics for Adolescents." It was a truly stunning experience. A viewer called in to ask Ms. Orman to evaluate his financial situation and tell him if she thought he could retire at age 58. She advised him to wait until at least age 60 (shades of Europe), giving him all sorts of grade-school advice without ever alluding to the fact that there are a few pesky realities concerning the U.S. economy he might want to take into consideration. It sounded like something out of the 1950s or '60s – kind of a financial version of "Ozzie and Harriet."

In fairness, let me say that I have no idea whether Ms. Orman is ignorant, totally oblivious to what's going on with the U.S. economy, or just role playing to present herself as an upbeat purveyor of hackneyed financial advice for the masses. Either way, the reason her hollow gibberish had a special impact on me was because on that very day I happened to have been rereading Ron Paul's classic "End the Fed."


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