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MannyGoldstein's Journal
MannyGoldstein's Journal
July 31, 2012

True Democrats don't work to slash Social Security. They don't. Not Ever.

True Democrats work to keep it or increase it. That's it. No negotiation. End of story.

That people who call themselves "Democrats" would work to hand the Social Security Trust Fund to the wealthiest, thereby impoverishing older Americans, sickens me to the core. It is astonishing. Amazing. Disgusting. Dreadful. These people should be thrown out of our party.

Social Security is in fine shape unless the economy stays as bad as it is now for many, many years. If it goes back to anything like the economy that we had for the 70 years before 2008, Social Security will pay full benefits for as far as the eye can see.

If Democrats actually want to "strengthen" Social Security, they must do stuff to fix the economy instead of triangulating and/or folding like cheap lawn chairs over whatever the insane Republicans want. They need to fight. Fight. Fight. For us. For the 99%.

Bragging that they're out-Hoovering Hoover doesn't count.

That is all.

July 28, 2012

We need a another FDR ASAP

He was amazing.


July 23, 2012

Massachusetts: nanny-state gun control FAIL

So much over-the-top coverage of the shootings in Aurora! It's a sad story, but we should not overreact. On an average day in the US, roughly 80 people are killed by guns people who coincidentally happen to have guns, so Aurora only represents 15% of Friday's quota.

One thing I am thankful for is that we're not hearing people refer to my own state of Massachusetts as a model for reducing gun deaths.

As pretty much anybody who's paying attention knows, Massachusetts is a nanny-state's nanny state. For centuries it has been overrun with liberals, ranging from the Revolutionary War crowd, to the Kennedys, to that shrill woman Elizabeth Warren.

Par for the course, Massachusetts also has a bumper crop of second-amendment haters. Visitors realize this pretty quickly when they see the array of anti-second-amendment billboards on the side of the Mass Pike, by Fenway Park:



Of course, it turns out that Mass has about the toughest gun laws in the country. Strictly by coincidence, it also has the second-lowest rate of gun deaths in the country. Hawaii, who also coincidentally has strict gun laws, has an even lower rate.

There are some gun grabber types who use so-called "math" to show that if Massachusetts had the same rate of gun deaths as our second-amendment-biding neighbors to the north (New Hampshire), we'd have more than 200 more dead people in our state each year. In fact, if the entire country had the same rate of gun deaths that we do, roughly 21,000 fewer people would be killed. I suppose that some sort of argument could be made that this would be a good thing, but we need to consider the other side of the equation.

Living in Massachusetts is Hell for gun enthusiasts. People need to know how bad it is here.

It's almost impossible to get guns and ammo in this state.

For example, on my commute to work each day, I pass only two gun stores. Only two! What would happen if I was having a shootout with another car on my way to work and needed more ammo pronto, or I wanted to upgrade my firepower? I might have to drive miles under withering attack before I could exercise these second-amendment rights. This is unacceptable.

One of my co-workers has a permit to carry a concealed weapon in our state. He actually had to apply for the permit, wait a few days, then get the permit. Soviet Union, anyone?

200 lives saved in our state each year. Is it really worth this terrible price?


NRA Manny

July 9, 2012

Told you so: France is totally fucked from raising taxes on the wealthy.

First their new (confessed!) Socialist president raised taxes on foreign-owned second homes.

As if that wasn't awful enough, he next set a $565,000 per year pay cap for executives in state-owned companies. I don't know how very important people can live on that.

So instead of austeritying the peasantry as reasonable Progressives know we need to do, Hollande is waging class warfare on France's job creators, and now the chickens have come home to roost!

The invisible bond vigilantes have arrived!

In today's auction of French bonds, yields dropped to negative rates. Because of Hollande's moves, borrowers are pretending that they now have so much confidence in being repaid that they are actually paying France for the privilege of lending France money. Of course, this is just a trick to get the French to borrow more money than they can ever hope repay, thus making big profits for the banks.

Silly Socialists!

Austerity now! Austerity forever!

Best regards,

Third-Way Manny

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Name: Manny Goldstein
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Hometown: Greater Boston
Home country: USA
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