Now I would prefer not to post on Friday night which is New Year's Eve. But if I do, that's one post. It's one post that takes me away from our New Year's Eve party, but one post.
What are people expecting?
I was talking to Elaine about this over the weekend. C.I.'s never missed a day of posting entries since she started The Common Ills. We've passed the six year mark. Six years and never a day off.
Now she didn't take a day off last week. She just did three entries -- JUST THREE -- Thursday. She didn't do "I Hate The War." On Friday, she did three entries as usual. On Saturday she did two. On Sunday she did only one (and told Isaiah not to do a comic).
And there are people who are bothered by that. And there are people bothered that something similar might take place this week.
What the hell is that?
It's the end of the year and I'll tell you right now, C.I. hasn't written her year-in-review. She hasn't had time. This bulls**t of expecting her to do everything needs to end right now. If you're not one of the whiners, great. If you are, you need to grow up.
The year-in-review generally takes several hours to write. And you think she's got time to do an Iraq snapshot and this and that and everything else?
Do you not also grasp that she's got to put time in for Third. All night. This is ridiculous.
If C.I. does an Iraq snapshot on Friday, I have to post once. I have to do a brief post. Pull myself away. But does anybody get how much time C.I.'s being expected to put in? That's insane. In the past, New Year's Day and Christmas Day fell during the week so it wasn't a problem. But when they fall on Friday and Saturday (eve and day) there's just no way. Unless you're going to fill in for her at Third. If you're going to do that, great.
C.I. will make up her own mind and no one asked me. But I just can't believe this and neither can Elaine. You're asking way too much of one person. Try to also remember this is one of the few weeks off the road. She takes these two weeks off (or "off" for her).
Go back and read over these:
And grasp just how much work went into writing those.
Okay, Let's Get It Done has a post at Corrente where he's attempting to anticipate what's coming from Barack next. This is from "All together now: There Is No Deficit/Debt Problem!" and he's taking on Barack's State of the Union address:
In the end, the President will tell us all that he had no choice but to compromise on an agreement that will shred the social safety net, but he will hail the deal he makes as a great accomplishment assuring the financial solvency of the United States and solving the middle- and long-term deficit problems. Then he will try to run on that compromise, and he will hope that increased Wall Street and business confidence in his fiscal leadership will persuade business to stop sitting on all their cash assets and start investing them in new American jobs that, at least, he perhaps thinks, will lower the unemployment below 8% by the time the presidential campaign is in full swing, in the Fall of 2012.
There is only one major problem with this scenario Obama and his supporters seem to be planning. And that is that the deficit/debt problem is a fiction and a fairy tale. Such a problem doesn't exist except in the minds of people, evidently, like the President, who believe that the Government is subject to the same kind of spending constraint, in this case called a Governmental Budget Constraint (GBC) that private economic units such as Households and Corporations are subject to.
There are some Governments that are subject to a GBC. They include Governments of the Eurozone, all of whom have given up their sovereign currency-issuing power to the European Central Bank (ECB). These Governments, from a currency issuing point of view are like American States. In addition, there are other Governments that have established a fixed exchange rate for their currency, very often relative to the dollar, and still others that owe debts in foreign currencies, frequently the dollar. All of these Governments have budgetary constraints because they have either given up their power to create currency or the value of the currency they create is determined by the value of another currency they do not control.
You should read it all. I wish it was posted everywhere online, it's an important piece.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Monday: