So, as some of you know, i've been listening to conservative talk… - 1370°C
Mar. 17th, 2006
So, as some of you know, i've been listening to conservative talk radio in my car on the way to and from work. Mostly, this is so that i know the full details of what my bleeding-heart-liberal self is angry about, mixed with a healthy dose of old-fashioned morbid curiosity.
In the course of my listening in the last few weeks, i learned two things that suprised me greatly:
--First, there's a financial show on 106.7 (505's FM home of scary conservatives and really awful ads) that's really good. The guy has two main theories: 1) unless it's house debt, debt is very bad; pay it off as quickly as possible, even if you have to eat ramen noodles. Get your house paid off as soon as possible too. 2) Save for your retirement or you'll be damned sorry. I recon that this is pretty sound advice. On the downside, the guy's a bit of a scary xtian and a Bush-lover. But the specifics of his financial advice seem just as sound as his general principles.
--Second, conservatives, Republicans, and neo-cons alike are finally, genuinely, and seriously turning against Bush. Seems as though spying on ordinary Americans and raising the national-debt ceiling to nine trillion did the trick.
On that note, how on *earth* did this happen? I can imagine the conversation:
"Well, our budget is tapped this year, but there are still things we want."
"Let's just charge more on credit."
"We're out of credit, but luckily, we run the credit card company, so we can just raise our limit if you like."
"Grand. Make it so. But it would be nice to have some cash on hand too, and we seem to be out of money."
"Oh, didn't you know? We can just print more."