I was briefly enjoying that, but since that feature hasn't been reenabled yet for me, I feel obligated to respond to Skanderbeg taking notice of Vladimir Putin's decidedly free-market commentary here in the user diaries.
It's really pathetic when the Washington Post is panting and sweating about the transformation of the American economy in a vastly more Statist direction and The Man Himself, Mr. KGB, Mad Vlad Putin goes to Davos and talks about what a terrible mistake the state-run economy of the Soviet Union was.
Let's decipher the WaPo codespeak here:
Republican criticism of the stimulus package that the House will vote on tonight has focused on its soaring price tag, but some Democrats on Capitol Hill and other administration supporters are voicing a separate critique: that the plan may fall short in its broader goal of transforming the American economy over the long term.
In testimony before the House Budget Committee yesterday, Alice M. Rivlin, who was President Bill Clinton's budget director, suggested splitting the plan, implementing its immediate stimulus components now and taking more time to plan the longer-term transformative spending to make sure it is done right.
If you read the rest of the article, you'll see that the "longer-term transformative spending" represents in almost every area of discussion a profound shift toward more State control, more Federal control, and greater dependence of the private sector on the spending diktats of the Federal Government. The only problem Democrats in America have with this is that they're worried Obama can't spend enough, and be "bold enough" to bring America closer to the place that Vladimir Putin emerged from.
Now that the United States is getting really, seriously Statist again, it's time for Vlad Putin to stand athwart Davos and yell: "Don't Do It, United States!"
“We paid dearly for that lesson. I am confident that no one would want to retry that.”
No one except the entire Democratic Congress and Presidency of the United States of America, that is! Heh. And people say that Vladimir Putin doesn't have a sense of humor. He funny! Look into his eye.
The mind reels.
Of course, Putin knows that market based economies in all the countries he's interested in will give the New Russia a lot of very powerful allies, while the United States fritters its productivity and commonweal on contraceptives and all of the other garbage that the new stimulus package is sausaged with from one end to the other.
Which reminds me:
One thing Republicans should be doing at this moment is looking through that stimulus bill and really talking about the bigger buckets of manure it's spreading. I'm sure they're shovel-ready, and it should be a link at the top of Redstate: "Breakdown of the Waste in the Stimulus Package." Redstate needs to really provide as good an accounting as possible of all the money that is being spent in all of the combined government
giveaways transformations, going back to the original TARP legislation and forward through everything this Congress does. It should be all in one place, easy to link to, so that people can watch the metastasis.