Monday, September 30, 2013


And it should be a beaut.  Barring a last minute compromise, the U.S. government beings shutting down at midnight.  I wonder whether anyone will other than the 1,000,000 or so "folks" as The Leader likes to call them who will stop getting pay checks in order to maximize the negative aspects of this.  Ugly and kinda stupid for all concerned but this ain't nothin' to the goings-on in Italy where there will be a no confidence vote on Wednesday as a result of every body's favorite, Sr. Berlusconi ordering a couple of his hand-picked deputies to resign from the coalition government in an attempt to keep himself from being kicked out of the Senate.  Why you ask?  Well, the Italians have a quaint little law that says if you are a Senator you cannot be incarcerated.  Mr. B., having been convicted of a few, ah, missteps would in fact wind up right there.  I think it goes back to Roman times but then again, half the country is 2000 years old.  It was easier then...ruling the world and such.

And before that bunch came the Greeks.  Kinda looks like they turned out the same way.  The constabulary arrested a bunch of legislators for being and acting like Nazis...whatever that means these days...causing a considerable disruption in parliament and no good whatsoever for the financial outlook of the country.  So here we have Italy and Greece at the doorsteps of political crises, Spain struggling with continued double digit unemployment, France rethinking whether they can tax their way out of their mess as the Germans, astride the continent, try to figure out how to put this broken egg back together without causing consternation all around (hint:  I don't think they care).

Finally, Obama Care starts tomorrow.  The lies that will be told will be spectacular in scope on both sides.  Oh yeah, this is going to be some week.

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