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Post-Colonial Anarcho-Monarchist

Mrs. Thatcher has died

I have to admit that I wasn’t surprised by the news or how she died (a stroke).  I knew that she was doing poorly after the film about her life came out.

I will also admit that I detested her politics.

But, that doesn’t stop me from admiring the woman.  I admire her for the reasons that I am hearing mentioned on the radio behind me.  She was highly influential to British politics and totally changed the face of British politics.  I’m not sure if I am totally enamoured with what she did, but she did change the nation.

Anyway, I am marking the passing of a highly influential and important politician from this world.

Weddings, Tourists, Budgets, and other distractions.

I’ve been wanting to go off on a rant about tourists for some time. It seems that tourists are drawn to most of the places I’ve lived. I realise that they provide jobs, but they can also be a bit obnoxious. This is due to the fact that they tend to stop and gawk at things the locals take for granted.

But we don’t have houses like this in California

I’ve wanted to find out where these people come from and go and just stare at their houses and where they shop. You’ve had your fun, now go back to where you came from.

Anyway, it’s fun in Festival City! I went to the dentist and she made the comment that I looked as if I were in pain. My comment was that someone was poking around in my mouth with sharp instruments. Going to the dentists was nearly as bad as a visit to the local experimental theatre company. I can feel better about not being in London when I consider that there are at least two experimental theatres there (Royal Court and Donmar Warehouse–my mother’s a member of the latter).

For some reason, there is (was) Royal Wedding fever here with a local junk shop antique store placing various royal memorabilia in the window. I was out walking and ran into a group of young women in the height of wedding fever wearing gloves and other regalia as well. Fortunately, there is enough republican sentiment hereabouts that the insanity is kept to a dull roar. Things might be different had the 1745 gone the other way!

Here’s to the king across the water!

Anyway, one of my fav commentors, Richard T, said this about the Remember When Post:

Posting from Britain you forgot imposed a more stringent regime of cuts in service to pay for their misdeeds than Mrs T could manage and an attack on pensions based on the lies and manipulation of a gutter press – Fox TV on paper indeed.

I have to agree that I do fixate on the US’s budget disaster far more than I do about the same processes in the UK, but for good reason. The budget debate in the US is rather one sided toward the right wing viewpoint. In fact, it seems the right in the US has hijacked political “debate” so that the US looks as if it is one gigantic lunatic asylum (e.g., Terry Jones and Donald Trump’s birther lunacy). I believe Kurt Anderson made the comment that US Politics is like the film Groundhog Day where people keep rehashing the same old arguments over and over with no change ever coming about.  The poor deluded peasants in the states that believe they will really be able to pick up the crumbs from the billionaires’ tables if the rich don’t pay taxes after 30 years is truly amazing.

The good reason is that if the US’s economy tanks due to right wing morons, it will have catastrophic effects for the entire world economy.  That might not be so bad since it could lead to a new economic system.  Of course, it depends on how equitable that new economic system would be for the world.

I guess I shouldn’t be too upset about some innocent fun from the hereditary celebrities–especially if it creates jobs.

Budget Cuts–UK v. USA

OK, the economy sucks worldwide.  Budgets are tight and governments don’t want to raise taxes.  It is blasphemy in the US to even think of raising taxes.  It seems to me that the US would rather put its head in the sand when it comes to taxes.

In the UK,  the Labour-controlled Council in Lambeth has erected posters saying: “The government has cut our money so we are forced to cut services.” Also, the Labour-supporting union Unison published a poster depicting a blue-coloured axe with the slogan: “Look what’s in the Tories’ first budget.”

It’s pretty much typical that Labour will point out that budget cuts mean cuts in services.  And they will happily rub people’s noses in it. Not that I totally disagree with doing this since it needs to be made clear that one way that taxes are cut is to cut government services.

Either that, or the US governments will have fire sales of their assets in something which will cause seller’s remorse (e.g., the sale of Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board: PLCB). In the PLCB sale, the sale will be done by auction in the hope that top dollar will be realised, but auctions can also see lower prices than hoped.

It will be interesting to see how the austerity budgets end up being received: especially in the US. Are Americans really willing to see their services cut, or privatised, just to have low taxes?

Posted 18/01/2011 by lacithedog in economy, tax, taxation, taxes, UK Politics, US politics