I haven’t featured a blog lately because well, I’ve been lazy. There, I said it. I was also having a little battle in my tin-clad head about how much the previous posts extolling the virtues of some of my favorite bloggers were beginning to seem cookie-cutter in their formulated ummm… formulation.

I’ve gotten over that.

Now, I think I’ve found some inspiration by way of  Wisconsin Representative, Paul Ryan through a bit of commentary on  Ryan’s recent budget proposal and the firestorm of conservative bloggers squawking about how it doesn’t go far enough.

No sh*t, Sherlock.

It doesn’t.

But the road to fiscal solvency begins with a single step – Confucius said that – and Rep. Ryan should be applauded, not berated, for proposing that first tiny step. (Never mind the fact that it won’t pass. Obama has to sign it, don’t you know?) At least he’s getting the issue out front and center to show the insolvency that is our government’s financial mess and it’s bloated entitlement programs.

Enter Lance Burri, The TrogloPundit, who also happens to hail from Wisconsin. [insert cheese quip here]

Lance has taken the Ryan budget argument to a logical conclusion. Here’s a large excerpt:

It’s an incredible thing to consider: a budget plan that cuts $6.8 trillion in spending over the next 10 years; that cuts deficits by $4.4 trllion over the same time frame; that actually reduces spending, but still isn’t completely balanced.

A plan that’s going to be ravaged for its cruelty and hatred, for its sheer indifference toward human suffering, for its blatant choosing of corporate profits over hardworking families. [‘bot – never mind the sheer demagoguery.]

It’s Hitler’s next coming, except without the love and personal warmth.

This should tell us two things:

  • This is how far gone we are. For a plan this bold to still not solve the problem means the problem has become so big you can see it from space.


  • Whatever the final budget bill is, it won’t be anywhere near as good as this.

That’s the nature of adversarial politics. Sure, I think we should just take Ryan’s plan and pass it. You think I’m being incredibly stupid: budgeting is easy, after all! Just figure out how much money you have, and spend it. Don’t spend more than you have!

But. No matter what you do – no matter how reasonable, thoughtful, necessary your plan is – somebody’s going to hate it. Whether out of ideology or good old-fashioned American political opportunism, somebody (or, more likely, a large group of somebodies) is going to spend a great deal of effort casting you as a monster for even thinking about it.

Go ahead, read the whole thing. It’s worth the time and Lance thoughtfully included video of Rep. Ryan explaining his “Path to Prosperity.”

Speaking of Ryan’s proposals, when is the last time a politician uttered words like those that weren’t just platitudes and hokum? Not since Reagan if I recall, and Kennedy before him, but I was a mere notion of a circuit board then.

So, aside from the one article, why the feature?


For the instinctive wit, logic and brevity of presentation. And having been at it since 2004 or before, longevity. Don’t dismiss the gig at Right Wing News or the Million Hits Club either. I could also point you to the snarkish commentary, his uncanny ability to make a humorous and relevant motivational poster out of every situation, or the unbelievable fact that a neanderthal can operate a keyboard or computer at all.

Look, the main thing is, he links to me. So there’s that. And he’s a nice guy, as far as evil geniuses go.

Hell, with a bit of coaxing and a small fee, I could go so far to say it would be good to see him elected to some sort of political service.

V. P. for instance.

How about a Ryan – Burri ticket? He would certainly be better than Joe Effing Biden.

Barring that, how about Dog Catcher? Joe Effing isn’t even qualified for that one. Besides, I hear cavemen are really good at that hunter-gatherer thing, especially with a light saber.


  • Woodsterman April 7, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Thanks for the heads up. I had a great visit.

    • robot April 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Hey Odie. Glad to be a signpost on the internet superhighway.

      I realize most of my readers already know Lance. I just want to show some appreciation. And relevant link building doesn’t hurt the SEO either.

      Have a great day, buddy.

  • Matt April 7, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I have him on my blogroll. I don’t get over there as much as I should.

    • robot April 7, 2011 at 10:21 pm

      I can say the same for most on my blogroll. Just payin’ homage to one of the guys who inspired me to start speaking out.

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