How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?

posted by Jeff | Thursday, November 4, 2004, 3:34 PM | comments: 11
Gotta love the British press. Not much restraint there...

How can 59,054,087 people be so DUMB?


Comments

gregleg, November 4, 2004, 8:39 PM #

...and these are our ALLIES.

Alex, November 5, 2004, 2:20 AM #

Unfortunately the number is wrong now. :(

FreewheelinJoe, November 5, 2004, 7:18 AM #

I liked this one.

CPLady, November 5, 2004, 12:36 PM #

It's no lie the Brittish are not fond of Bush. I have a very good friend living and working in London until July and Americans must be quite careful about what they say and to whom. Although he voted (via absentee ballott) for Kerry, anyone who shows a like for Bush is virtually ostracized.

Yes, they are our allies, but they are very upset over Bush's foreign policies. They dislike the war in Iraq and the fact they were lied to regarding the reasons.

CPLady, November 5, 2004, 5:21 PM #

I've been talking with my friend in london, and here is something he said to me on IM:

"I've been seeing a lot more dirty looks in my direction after the election. We went to the same veggie place April and I went to two weeks ago, only this time the lady stayed at the back of the store and stared stonily at us till we left. None of the friendly service we'd gotten before. Didn't even smile at the tip, despite the fact that brits don't typically tip anything."

Sad, but true. It also makes me wonder why Bush supporters cannot see how badly he has screwed up our standing with other countries who used to support us.

gregleg, November 5, 2004, 6:47 PM #

They don't see it because they don't care. It came down to one of three (two, really) things -- "morals", terrorism, and Iraq.

Nevermind that Shrub has mishandled all three of these.

Things like the record defecit spending/national debt and international relations just don't mean anything compared to two dudes kissing, or the risk of middle-of-fuck's soccer game getting bombed.

CPLady, November 5, 2004, 9:31 PM #

I have to tell you the privatization of social security is scaring the hell outta me right now. With my husband unable to find a decent paying job there is no way we can afford to put more money aside. Michigan is the only state in the US that has actually lost jobs between January and September. Over 36,000, not counting the announcement that SBC is letting go 1000 more, and KMart is on it's last legs.

I've got 16 years to go before I can collect social security. If he lets people draw from the fund for private investing and doesn't know yet where the money for current or nearly retired people is coming from to cover it, how much will be left of the thousands of dollars I've already contributed to SS?

Add to that the U's plan to increase the cost of retiree health benefits for each year I can't afford to retire.

I'm likely to be living out of a box just so I can afford health insurance. Better still, maybe those "moral" people who don't believe in social services being funded by the government should change their tune about assisted suicide. Then all the old people can go quietly.

Jeff, November 5, 2004, 10:38 PM #

Well, "privitization" gets thrown around a lot without a lot of meaning attached to it. Public and education employees in Ohio have been contributing to a "private" fund for years, and unlike SS, you get back what you put in plus interest, and you don't have to pay into SS at the same time. Ask any retired Ohio teacher if they think it works and you'll get all smiles.

Certainly what anyone at the fed level has suggested would hopefully be something like that, and it would be phased in.

CPLady, November 6, 2004, 3:37 AM #

The U has a great retirement plan. Unfortunately, I haven't been in it since I started. In fact, I've only been contributing for 8 years. Stupid, I know. But the stock portion took a huge hit. I lost $20K and it hasn't come back yet. And Gordon's retirement was used to keep us afloat for two years while he tried to start a buisness and find another job.

I'm still contributing, will continue. But it won't be enough to live off when I retire.

Again, unless Gordon can find a decent paying job so we can try to catch up, we're going to have a difficult time once we retire. Of course, I guess I could work until I die.

Neuski, November 6, 2004, 5:07 PM #

Naaa.... By then, Ian will be making a cool mil a year. ;-)

CPLady, November 8, 2004, 12:54 PM #

I certainly hope working in neurology will net him enough to take care of his old mom, especially since mom is covering as much of his education as she can.

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