The Fiscal Problems In Greece and California


This morning, Adrian Moore, vice president of research at Reason Foundation, discussed the similarities between the fiscal problems in California and Greece, government spending and deficits, and the economic stability of other U.S. states on C-Span's Washington Journal You can view the program here.

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  1. Does anyone else notice that Elena Kagan looks just like Fat Bastard in from the Austin powers film?

    Elena Kagan: he looks like a baby. i’m gonna eat you. get in my belly. i’m higher in the food chain. i’ve got corn in my crap bigger then you.…..he/teaser-

    1. Speaking of physical resemblance, inre Adrian Moore: Who would have believed that Tom Arnold’s brother could be so articulate?

    2. She looks so much like this fat kid named Murray from summer camp that his face is all I can see. Murray was just the shittiest little fucktard ever. He laughed like a farting pig and smelled twice as bad. He sweated constantly, a greasy sheen all over his body. The worst part about Murray is that he both thought he was hilarious and the smartest guy in the room. Everybody hated his guts, even the adults.

      One day the camp took us to a water park. Murray was running around like a moron, flabby and white and still reeking of piss even after all day in heavily chlorinated water. They were herding us from area to area, and finally we got to the water slide, the real tall and fast one. Murray was all mock-brave insisting that he got to go first, but he got shuffled to the back of the line like always. At the top, the water park guards told you–with numbing repetition–to keep your ankles crossed as you went down. Not why, mind you, but to just do it or else. I went down and was waiting at the bottom when it was Murray’s turn. He let out a retard whoop and went down the slide, his legs wide apart, the edges of his feet scraping the sides of the slide.

      You keep you feet crossed so that you don’t force a whole lot of water up your ass on the way down. Murray’s landing in the splash pool was followed by a spreading brown stain in the pool and on the ass of his swim trunks. No one could imagine that one fat kid could really have that much shit in him. Murray started crying and wouldn’t come out of the pool. The counselors all had a furious debate amongst themselves over who was going to go down in the shit-tainted water to get him out. It was the first time I laughed so hard I got really close to throwing up.

      They finally coaxed Murray out of the splash pool, his shit-filled shorts riding low on his blubbery hips. He cried all the way into the locker room, a disgusted camp counselor dragging him by his ham-hock arm and doing nothing to comfort him.

      They shut down the water slide for the rest of the day.

      1. Good story. A+

      2. That reminds me of Action Park. God, I loved that place, even though you got an enema every time you did the really retarded slides.

        1. Sweet fuck.

          Its popularity went hand in hand with a reputation for poorly-designed, unsafe rides; inattentive, underaged, underpaid and sometimes under-the-influence employees[2]; equally intoxicated and underprepared visitors ? and the poor safety record that followed from this perfect storm of circumstances. At least six people are known to have died as a result of mishaps on rides at the park, and it was nicknamed “Traction Park”,[3] “Accident Park”,[4] “Class Action Park”, “Danger Park” and “Death Park” by doctors at nearby hospitals due to the number of severely injured parkgoers they treated. While little action was taken by state regulators despite a history of repeat violations, in its later years personal-injury lawsuits forced the closure of more and more rides and finally the park itself.

          1. Oh yes:

            “Former employee Tom Fergus says the bottom of the pool was eventually painted white to make it easier to spot any bodies on the bottom.”

            That place was more fun than you can possibly imagine. As an anarchist, it was about as close to my personal heaven as I will ever be likely to get.

            1. …inattentive, underaged, underpaid and sometimes under-the-influence employees…

              Did you work there as a kid, Epi?

              1. I wish. I’m exactly the type of arrogant, inattentive asshole who would have been the perfect Action Park employee. I would have spent all my time hitting on chicks and getting high instead of actually doing my job.

                1. The maze was a great place to light up while there. The battle boats, the slides, the go carts, it was all good!

        2. Looping waterslide. Awesome. Thanks for this historical NJ tidbit.

      3. He probably works at Goldman Sachs now.

      4. Sounds like “The Revenge of Lard Ass Hogan,” the short-story-within-a-short-story from Stephen King’s “The Body.”

        1. “And then the smell hit the crowd,” might be the most horrifying line King ever wrote.

          Sadly, Murray never got his revenge upon us. He actually came back to camp, but he was even more of a leper than before. On the overnight camping trip, he actually got tied to a tree and none of the counselors went looking for him. They finally heard him crying after everyone went to bed and they called his mom to come get him. I missed most of that, though. I had run into a really old barbed wire fence and spent most of the night in the emergency room having slivers of rust tweezed out of my shins.

          1. You wonder what ever happens to kids like that. He probably grew up and super-compensated and is a bodybuilder or a martial arts master or something like that.

            1. Either that or he died of a heart attack at 30 and they had to take out part of his bedroom wall to get him into his piano crate coffin.

              1. Or maybe died with his body fused to a couch that he did not leave for the last xxx months of his life.

                1. I want to google him, but I cannot think of his last name. Can’t even think of anyone who would know his last name.

          2. Why are you such a clusterfuck? Is there any occasion where you haven’t been injured, diseased, or genetically inferior? You’re Chunk. Sloth love Chunk.

            1. You have to look at all the days I don’t get horribly hurt to get the full picture.

              1. How many is that? 23? 24?

                1. Oh, come on. It was a fence in high grass. Hardly my fault. Not like that time I set myself on fire. Or when I huffed Freon. Or that time I swallowed a mouthful of gasoline and then threw it up into my sinuses.

                  1. Or that time you got shot.

                    1. Now, see… that’s just your SugarFree bias… Getting shot, drowning, and dying on the operating table is hardly my fault.

                      The two nearly severed fingers, the broken toes and knee cap, and the impaled foot were my fault, though.

                    2. I’m going to go to Kentucky just so I can electrocute you myself. You haven’t done that before, right?

      5. This is why I always refer to these places as e-coli parks.

  2. Is there really more required to know than that they increased budgets much faster than their income? It actually really bothers me that people even treat this as a complex subject. Government doesn’t create wealth, or a healthy economy, they protect people’s ability to do so. Any government spending more than necessary, is a drain on the economy, no matter what excuses they make.

  3. In what can only be construed as a complete loss of any semblance of goodness and morality in the name of multicultural poison, the most advanced civilization on the world is sanctioning?clitorectomies. They have issued a policy statement suggesting that doctors in the US perform a mild form of this sick barbarity on girls to keep their families from sending them overseas for it.

    According to the New York Times, the American Academy of Pediatrics last week advocated that American doctors be allowed to stick girls’ clitorises with a needle so as to satisfy Muslim and African families’ demand for female genital mutilation: “It might be more effective if federal and state laws enabled pediatricians to reach out to families by offering a ritual nick as a possible compromise to avoid greater harm.”

    Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY) commented on the danger of this: “I am sure the academy had only good intentions, but what their recommendation has done is only create confusion about whether F.G.M. is acceptable in any form, and it is the wrong step forward on how best to protect young women and girls. F.G.M. serves no medical purpose, and it is rightfully banned in the U.S.”

    Georganne Chapin, executive director of Intact America, a group defending women from this practice, was “astonished that a group of intelligent people did not see the utter slippery slope” that the AAP had started on by allowing for the “ritual nick.” Chapin asked: “How much blood will parents be satisfied with? There are countries in the world that allow wife beating, slavery and child abuse, but we don’t allow people to practice those customs in this country. We don’t let people have slavery a little bit because they’re going to do it anyway, or beat their wives a little bit because they’re going to do it anyway.”…..amp;st=cse

    1. When I read about this this morning, I had to stop and read it twice. I am in total shock that anyone is so fucked up that they would even dream this up. I have a better solution. we ask the parents if they want FGM performed on their daughter. If they say yes, we kill them.

    2. What the butt fucking shit?

  4. “California is a relatively low-tax state”

    Yeah, relative to Pennsylvania!!! Amazing how people can come to such conclusions solely based off how much property tax their mother paid in another state.

  5. Greeks avoid the VAT via barter and suitcase cash pimps.

    The Greece govt just outlawed cash transactions over (roughly) $1000.

    Say goodbye to your “fair tax” fantasy – Boortz.

    1. Still peddling your shit, shrike?

      1. Ask him what a “pocket veto” is.

        1. Is that the same as a “Pocket Rocket?”

        2. What’s a “pocket veto”, shriek?

          1. A pocket veto is when a president vetoes a bill, then pushes a button in his pocket that fires a very low-yield nuke down the Mall. By nuking the Capitol, the president can thus prevent an override of his veto.

            This so-called “nuclear option” is rarely used.

    2. All the more reason to keep tax rates low: Avoiding them isn’t worth the effort or risk. When they’re high, OTOH…

    3. Rush Limbaugh approves of this message.

  6. The plus side is that buying property in Greece will probably be a lot cheaper now, although I’m still looking at Portugal.

    There are some fixer-uppers in the Central Region for $50,000 or so. If I could only get a work visa…

    1. Two words:

      Costa Rica. Panama.

      OK, that’s three. You know what I mean.

      Seriously, why would anyone move to hellhole-in-the-making Greece?

      1. Because pretty places can always have suck-ass governments. It takes a lot of stupid to make people move away from blue water bays and year-round good climate.

        It’s like dating a hot chick. Sure they’re almost always crazy, and at some point you’ll end up being questioned by police, but just look at her!

  7. It seems to be fair, you’d have to ban circumcisions too.

    1. At least people usually try to justify them medically. There’s no medical justification here, unless you consider future human inflicted damage a potential medical condition (surely, if so, one best addressed by social services rather than doctors).

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