by Jim Rickards, Daily Reckoning:
“Your a disgrace to the American public.”
This we have on authority of reader Bill C. Friday’s reckoning about Joe Biden’s inaugural speech appalled him.
Others denounced us with such extravagance… we cannot publish their comments without alarming the Federal Communications Commission.
Biden’s talk was the greatest inaugural stemwinder in history, we gushed. Washington’s and Lincoln’s were Alan Greenspan lectures next to it.
Thus we incurred the ire of Adam M. Here he gives us a good, round piece of his mind:
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“I am disgusted with the comments from your managing editor. His political comments and love for Biden is sickening.”
Steve R, meantime, reads us a severe lesson… each word of it dripping acid:
“Most biased idiotic article I’ve ever read. You appear incestuously infatuated with one of the most corrupted career politicians that have been put in the white house.”
Steve is so sore he washes his hands of us entirely: “Please cancel my subscription from this newsletter.”
No Government Waste???!!!
Bill O. is aghast that we deny the very existence of government waste:
“Wow! No such thing as Government waste?… To say that excess spending isn’t waste because it falls into a private company’s hands! What kind of reasoning is That?”
In fairness, not all readers denounced us. For example, Cheryl H. crooned:
I so appreciated reading such a pro-democracy perspective from an online financial editor. I can tolerate some differences of opinion expressed by some editors but have been deeply offended and alarmed by the ongoing falsehoods still being presented by others. Yes, I’m biased, due to sharing the values expressed by Mr Maher, but it was just such a breath of fresh air to come across his contribution.
We vastly appreciate Cheryl’s lavishness.
Yet, we cannot accept it in good conscience. Nor can we accept the scorchings listed above in good conscience.
For our praise was, in one word… insincere.
We had assumed our leg-pulling was evident to the readers. But the written word, naked upon the page, lacks the nuance of the spoken word.
The reader cannot observe the writer tugging on his leg. He cannot observe the sly grin.
A Pox on Both Their Houses
Long-suffering readers will recognize that we are ruthlessly bipartisan. That is, our finger-wagging is ruthlessly bipartisan.
Republicans and Democrats, Democrats and Republicans… both invade our peace, both invade our dignity… both invade our wallets.
We are certainly no drummer for Joe Biden. We may as well pound a drum for a storefront mannequin.
He has little to say and says it in too many words. What he does say often bewilders us.
A vote for Joe Biden was not so much a vote for Joe Biden… but a vote against Donald Trump.
A majority of voters were evidently against Donald Trump. Did some patriotic Americans cast ballots from the grave?
Perhaps some did. We intend to upon our eventual demise. But we simply do not know the number of dead voters this election.
Regardless… Joe Biden is president.
“A Government That Can Get Things Done Is a General Menace”
We expect little good to spring from his presidency — and many ills.
We had hoped for a stalemated government if this fellow won the election. That is, we had hoped for gridlock.
A government that can get things done is a general menace. And Democrats plan to get many things done.
They now command both houses of Congress. For two years, they are free to go amok.
We fear they will go stampeding through the Treasury. We fear they will bludgeon the nation’s finances at least as much as Republicans have bludgeoned them.
We fear they will boss and police us as we have never before been bossed or policed.
The president is already authoring executive orders at an astounding rate.
By his own admission, he does not always know what he is ordering…
“I don’t know what I’m signing,” Mr. Biden was recorded mumbling as he prepared to sign one order.
“Sign it anyway,” a minion instructed him.
He signed the order.
The president may not have known what orders he signed. But the goons who drafted them certainly know.
We are on our guard. As H.L. Mencken noted with terrible accuracy:
“The only good bureaucrat is one with a pistol at his head. Put it in his hand and it’s good-bye to the Bill of Rights.”