For gays is the economy or marriage more important?
There is a great debate within the nation over gay marriage. Well, it’s more of a slug fest, with some quite against the thing uttering the most astounding balderdash, and others not caring or rather for it showing that it just doesn’t matter. Meanwhile, the economy is in the doldrums. Oh don’t let some 13,000+ of the Dow fool anyone. So which is more important to the gay voter? The Democrats seem to be claiming, and only very lately and recently and still “evolving” as they say, that gay marriage is more important. And since they are, in a few places, finally allowing the recognition – not allowing the marriages per se, for they have always existed, no, merely the governmental recognition that reality exists – of gay marriages to go forward, well, of a sudden gays are “Democrats love us!” Yah. Sure. Right.
Though the Republicans are so inept on this issue, and so dead set against the reality, that it shows they are not reality based conservatives, but faith based theocrats. Ergo, they will lose the hearts and minds of the American public, and slowly wither away to nothing. Oh well, we gays keep telling them: it’s the economy not the sissy smooching. Still, with both parties not really being that much different, despite pretenses to the contrary, the economy is heading for a tanking, despite the rise of the Dow.
The Dow fluctuates, and at the slightest pretense, or series of negatives, it will plunge. The Dow is not a barometer of the economy, but often a counter-indicator to it. That is, often bad economic news drives the Dow higher since there are fewer other good money making opportunities. And people have to put their extra cash somewhere. And lots of people have extra cash. Pension plans newly infused with government money must put the infusion somewhere, and banks don’t cut it. So they put it into stocks and mutual funds.
Nor does the Dow point to any trend. Indeed, the Dow was booming until just weeks before the Great Depression hit. For the government could wipe out the gains in a flash. Perhaps war will break out in the Middle East, cutting off supplies of oil to Europe, (we don’t really get any from there,) and thus Europe and us are bidding for the same oil somewhere else? Poof, gone go the Dow gains. Suppose Greece bankrupts, and refuses to pay its bills to many a bank? Well, then, those banks will take a loss, which will impinge on their financial situation, which will cause the Dow to plummet.
Suppose that of a sudden in the next few months China breaks out into open revolution? After all, there are some 80,000 to 90,000 violent demonstrations against the government annually already. There’s no reason why it therefore can’t happen that the momentum swings to the protestors, and poof, there goes the Chinese willingness to lend to us, for the communists are strangely in love with investing in US treasury notes. Perhaps the capitalists who take over will not be so willing, eh? And poof, there goes the US credit rating, and poof there goes the Dow a-plunging like never before.
Oh, there’s lot of scenarios for disaster looming on our horizons. That is, the nation’s horizons. Suppose Mexico collapses? Or breaks out into very violent revolution? Suppose the Euro currency is zapped from history? Well, those are shocks that the Dow will fall on. There’s more, many more, but well, who can list them all without some major compendium of the looming disasters of the worldwide economy? I can, but I won’t.
Meanwhile, every time the Dow has crossed a threshold it has fallen back; and often with big loses. Profit taking, it’s called. Or a “correction.” Oh, the wily boys of Wall Street reporting have many a phrase to show that the fall is some normal thing. As JP Morgan famously said, when asked about the markets, “The markets will fluctuate.” Yes, well, I’m sure they will.
The markets, being human, have momentarily lapses into nirvana land. Sometimes they have major floosies of stupidity. They are often driven by other economic news, often at odds to good times, or to bad, or to anything other than some dumb bunny saying something that “spooks” investors. Yes, well, there’s lots of those. To read the headlines about the Dow shows that the Dow will rise because oil prices are rebounding showing profits for the oil companies and drilling sectors. Though the Dow might well fall because of a rise in oil prices negatively impacting the bottom line of many another business. The headline writers are quite silky in their ability to provide a snappy reason for the Dow’s up or down for the day.
Many people are, of course, economic illiterates, and therefore believe the mush of today, for having forgotten the mush of yesterday, which was the exact opposite. But hey, that’s what happens with short attention spans and lousy education, and plenty of political posturing. Indeed, just three years ago President Bush was the sole source of the high gas prices, which didn’t hit $2 bucks. While today, President Obama is wholly powerless to do a thing about gas prices. Apparently Republican presidents are more powerful than Democratic presidents when it comes to the price of gasoline. The media sure thinks so. So do many Democrats in office or seeking same.
Meanwhile, there is this great discussion about whether recognizing that gay couples exist and that gay taxpayers are equal to hetero taxpayers (and on the basis of taxes paid, well, yes, we are,) and what effect this will have on heterosexuals. The effect being non-existent, except a few hearty “Congrats!” and perhaps a little more business in the wedding industry, the progress towards the gay agenda’s forever goal of total equality and gay marriages (we’ve asked for nothing more in the past 60 or 70 years, our requests have not changed, it’s heterosexuals who have changed,) will continue. There is no fluctuation in the move towards the acceptance of the reality of a few percentage points of gay folks. Nope.
Oh sure, there’s more vehement mush uttered, but it’s not new mush. It’s the same mush of old. The mush hasn’t changed since Anita Bryant and her “for family values” divorced ex-husband Bob Green, newly gone to join the less than worthy at God’s feet for his vehemence and lies against gay folks lo those many years ago, before he was forced to divorce his wife because a gay couple was given a blessing my someone somewhere. Yah. Indeed, the less people who hold the mush to be certain, the more the certain mush holders seem to scream, louder, more slowly, with more vehemence. Sort of like the American tourist in a foreign land seeks to be understood by the uncomprehending natives if he speaks louder and more slowly.
And so the gay folks have a sort of voting dilemma. There’s the sure to bankrupt us and make big socialist government Democrats our leaders, or to make the more rational economic brains of the Republicans the leaders by engaging that part of the party, or to just sit back and let the virulently anti-gay obsessed religious freaks take over the party and bankrupt the nation and make a big theocratic government for them to lead. Well, in either case, the two fringes, socialist and theocratic, have seized the party machinery, and now the gays can either go for the rational conservatives on economics, or the radical socialists who merely want the votes now and could give a damn later. There is this idea that the Democrats, after just one or two more elections, will all of a sudden flock to the altar of gay marriage and say “till death do us part.” Frankly, I doubt it. Socialists are known liars; their announced strategy is to lie to get the votes to instill the socialist paradise, and then, like every other socialist government on earth, stomp all over gay folks.
Weirdly, almost unobserved, Socialists and Die-hard Religious Freaks of whatever denomination are not that far apart in their goals for government: the government knows best, and it shall enter the home to make decisions, and it shall prohibit this or that activity by the people for the good of the people. They will tell us what to do, either one, based on an old book, with vague precepts, written by someone’s whose meaning and intent cannot be truly divined, and whose words are filled with contradictions, and whose guiding light is a faith in some leaders self-selected by a brutal political game, and cronies and backslapping and backstabbing, and a disdain for all disagreement. Any disagreements are, by both, declared to be heresy and apostate.
So gay folks, my gay brethren, give up on Democrats and Republicans alike, lest we fall to ruin as a nation with our hetero friends, family and neighbors. We should get far more demanding of both parties to be far more rational on both the economy and the gay marriage thing. And what political party is better at this than either of the current two biggies? The Libertarians. It’s the only political party which hasn’t had to evolve to be pro-gay, but was from the get go, on the principle of liberty for all. And the likely candidate for that party is Gary Johnson, and well, he’s about the only guy in the nation who has a handle on what to be done on economics, and what to be done on gay marriage, and the relative importance to both to everyone. But both big parties promise national ruination. And on this we have something to teach everyone. But if the economy tanks, marriage certificates for gays aren’t going to be worth very much. Though, marriage certificates for heterosexuals won’t be worth much either, so I’d urge them all to vote Libertarian too. But on this I am, of course, a long time radical. Ahem.
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