A trio of exercises in futility to ponder today:
– I got an e-mail from a friend who is of the Republican/Tea Party pursuasion linking me to an Internet poll that CBS is taking on President Obama.
It’s one of those “good job bad job” things the Internet does so badly, and the link includes a note from one of the previous forwarders that says ”Looks like the messiah isn’t doing too well!”
Hey, no bias there!
On-line polls are a waste of time because they are not scientifically-selected samples. This one is obviously being forwarded around among Tea Party types who will pack it, making it even more worthless.
But, if it makes you feel good, go for it.
– Got an e-mail from Rep. Rob Bishop decrying Obama’s failure to secure our borders, citing a drug cartel incident near Nogales in which 21 people were shot in a shoot-out.
Bishop says this is further proof that Obama has done a bad job of securing our borders, a task which would, to be really successful, require hundreds of thousands of troops permanently stationed out in the desert, not to mention walls, trenches, radar, barbed wire, whatever.
The Iron Curtain across Europe is a good example, and that cost Russia a fortune to maintain. Why do you think they eventually went broke? And tell us, Rob, where is the money for all this going to come from?
My answer to Rob: So legalize drugs and cut those cartels off at the knees. All those cartels, all their guns, all their operations, are financed by the good people of the United States of America who send billions of dollars a year south to buy drugs.
Legalize drugs, the money would stay here, the gangs would go bankrupt, the violence would end. They might still make a little off illegal migrants, but illegal migrants, by definition, are poor.
You can’t make a lot of money off the poor. You make lots of money off the rich and that’s what the cartels are doing, taking billions from Americans despite the idiotic and completely failed war on drugs.
– Our third exercise in futility is a Facebook page calling for a one-day boycott of BP oil, or all oil — ho hum. This again?
So everyone waits a day to fill up their tank, or fills it up the day before. Either way, they drive around on THE day smug that they’ve really socked it to those jerks at BP.
Meanwhile, the guys at BP are laughing their asses off.
If Americans want to hurt BP, or Big Oil in general, they have to drive less all the time, not just one day. They have to cut their use of cars all the time, not just for one day.
But, oh dear, that would mean actual sacrifice.