blogorrhoea
Saturday, December 21, 2002
 
A short note to wish both blogorrhoea's readers a blissfully ethanolic few weeks away from the satanic mills, and a fleeting return to backyard cricket instead of news bulletins, kiddies at their day's best instead of when they're tiredly fighting off a grumpily overdue bed-time, the novel you left at page 113 when last year's hols finished, and making love because it'd be nice instead of squeezing in a quickie coz you're both awake in the same room for once (and the kids aren't for once).

Blogorrhoea is typically as terminal as it is chronic, but if I'm still here, I'll be moaning and whining back at ya in the new year (methinks 2003 promises dismarrhoeaic blogorrhoeaics a bumper crop). The theme for 2003 will be institutions-and-why-they-suck, interspersed by a few indignant howls at whatever's happening that six billion people never really wanted to happen but never really looked like stopping.

So those bits'll be about institutions, too, I guess.

Anyway, fondly wishing you and yours a much, much better year than looks likely,
Rob. XXX





 
Friday, December 20, 2002
 
STATESIDE UPDATE: TIME FOR REGIME CHANGE?

This just in from the righteous dudes at Buzzflash:

It's The Economy, Stupid . . .

Remember that phrase, repeat it often, and forward this list to your
friends who think the never-ending war is our only measurement of Bush
and the GOP.

While Bush has been President:

- Unemployment has risen from 3.9% to 6.0%;

- 42 States will or expect to make Medicaid Cuts;

- 41.2 Million People in America Have NO Health Insurance;

- The number of Americans living in Poverty rises for first time in eight years;

- Overall economic growth at 1 percent, the lowest for any administration in 50 years;

- The value of Americans' stock holdings down $4.5 trillion and a 30 percent drop in the value of IRAs and 401(k) plans;

- A projected budget surplus of $5.6 trillion converted into a deficit of $400 billion;

- Bush Budget Will Spend the Entire Social Security Trust Fund Over Next Two Years;

- "Consumer Comfort" has dropped from +20 to -20 in
one year;

- 49% of Americans Are "Dissatisfied With The Way Things Are Going in the United States at this time," up from 29%;

- Bush Budget Posted First Deficit Since 1997, Predicted Deficits Until 2005;

- 98% of Pension Funds expected to be Under-Funded;

- "Consumer Confidence" continues to drop;

- U.S. debt will have "Major International Consequences.
 
political economic and cultural observations in the register of dismal dilettantism

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