Egypt: Told You So


The people of Egypt are revolting against their brutal, repressive dictator, Hosni Mubarak. We Americans are glad. We hate tyranny, and oppose it whenever we can.

If only the political class of the Federal government felt the same.

This dictator is same one in the five photographs at the right…one of each president since 1980.

The one that the US has helped keep in power for over thirty years, handing out $2,000,000,000 to their tyrant each year. If you adjust for inflation, this feeble country’s tiny economy has benefited from over one hundred billion dollars in American taxpayer dollars, plus military aid, technology, et cetera. How much interest in the National Debt has accumulated because of this?

Each time I’m listing the evil tyrannies the Federal government has supported in our name abroad, I mention Hosni Mubarak. And the neocon types carefully ignore it. But now we see why.

When Mubarak is, hopefully, overthrown by the people of Egypt, will they forget that we’re one of the main reasons they suffered under this evil regime for all these years?

The Iranians didn’t forget. They were forced to turn to the Soviet-funded Islamic Revolution, because we supported the Shah of Iran, their own tyrant. They then, rightfully, saw the US government as having made itself their enemy, by having supported their dictator.

Now the Egyptians may well turn to Islamic Fundamentalist movements of their own, against their own US Government-supported tyrant.  Should the next Egyptian government feel any different than the Iranians?

Sure, real Americans have never actually supported this kind of promotion of tyranny…but we’ve stood by and allowed our government to do it in our name, in violation of everything American.

How long are corrupt Federal bureaucrats going to keep supporting evil around the world, while we real Americans reap the blowback when people finally find a way to strike back against it?

We just gave more military aid to the tyrants ruling Saudi Arabia, for example. They are hated not only by their own people, but by almost all Muslims around the world, who see them (correctly) as a foreign-supported monstrosity, occupying their holiest city. How long before this chain reaction of revolution against American-supported dictators reaches Saudi Arabia? If their next regime hates us, who could blame them?

We need, as an increasing number of Americans are beginning to say aloud, to stop violating other countries in ways that we would not want other countries to do to us, like supporting tyranny abroad.

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We Need MORE Snow in DC


The thing about the government shutdown that should worry bureaucrats the most, is that we might realize we don't need them.

Watching pundits worrying about the shutdown of DC because of record snowfalls, and debating who to blame, asking whether this meant it is vulnerable to shutdown by other disasters, I found that they were entirely missing the point:

Aside from providing the perfect background for the fall of the global warming myth, it has illustrated for us how absolutely unimportant the Federal bureaucracy is for the nation’s well-being.

The “government shutdown” has proved as completely irrelevant to the rest of the country as it did in 1995, and 1990, and several times in the 1980s. For the most part, the Federal government…especially the expensive, or restrictive, aspects of it…is nothing but a burden on the backs of the American people.

Snow it in, or cut off its funding, and the real, productive people in the rest of the country not only do just fine, but are actually better-off.

What we need is for this kind of thing to happen more often.

Perhaps we could at least spare the innocent (albeit largely non-productive) DC locals the suffering, and have official, planned government shutdowns. We could start with the precedent of the December-to-April shutdown in 1995, caused by Clinton vetoing the fiscal restraint proposed by the Republican Congress; a shutdown that saved enough money to jump-started the move to the first nominal government surplus in decades.

We shut down much of the Federal government for four months, and tally up the savings. Next year, we increase it by some modest amount…say five percent. And we do that each year, until we find the point of diminishing returns. I figure it’ll be around the 364-day shutdown mark.

Washington, you’d better figure out you are doing us more harm than good, before it’s too late.

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