Sunday, July 31, 2011

Predictably, Deal Struck

Without surprise, we are arriving at the 11th Hour, and voila! A debt deal is struck! Completely predictable. Let's see how it follows through, for I saw it coming thusly:
  1. A deal will be done.
  2. The chest thumping on both sides will continue right up to the moment when the Kumbaya press conference happens.
  3. The cuts to the budget will be heavier on symbolism than substance, by a ton.
#1? Check. #2? Well, the chest thumping part is a check. The press conference shouldn't be far behind.

As for #3? Well, since the devil is always in the details, this may take a day or two to sort out, but I have no doubts it will play accordingly.

The Nut Doesn't Fall Far From The Tree, Eh?

I always have to laugh when someone tells me that since I have kids, I'll have some more libertarians. That amusement ignores so many pertinent things, such as my wife's liberal influence, and the notion that I am the libertarian product of a Republican father and a Democratic (though less so all the the time) mother. I find that you can instill and instill, and at the end of the day, your kids are who they are. Ask my folks.

I was starkly reminded of such things this morning, as I was prepping for lunch. I have all the ingredients for really nice burgers- ground sirloin, fresh tomatoes and romaine lettuce, cheese slices, the works. So I asked the kids what they wanted on their burgers. I got sour faces.

Me: "What's the matter, Isabel?"
Isabel: "I don't want a burger."
Me: "Aren't you hungry."
Isabel: "Yeah. I don't like your burgers. I like McDonald's".

Ouch! Right in the crotch! It will hurt much less when they don't vote Libertarian.