“But Dad, that’s not fair! Why does Keaton get to kill zombies, and I can’t?”
“Well, because you’re too young to kill zombies. Your cousin Keaton is older than you, so that’s why he can do it. You’ll get nightmares.”
“That’s sooo not fair!”
“Next year, after your birthday, I’ll let you kill zombies.”
It’s not exactly Little House on the Prairie,but this is a real conversation between my 8-year-old son and me. Age-ratings on zombie-killing video games are just one of modern life’s great injustices, according to my son.
Every parent has heard the f-word, fairness, intoned ad nauseam by their negotiating kids. My own son was an eloquent voice for egalitarianism, even before he could tie his shoes or tell time. Of course, it’s not exactly universal equality that he and other kids are lobbying for, but something much more self-interested.
Kids learn early on that an honest declaration of “I’m not getting what I want” holds little persuasion for parents. So they quickly figure out how to mask their egocentric frustrations with the language of fairness. An appeal to an objective standard of fairness will at least buy some bargaining time for further negotiations. This is not entirely duplicitous on the part of the child, who is often legitimately confused and cannot easily distinguish his private sufferings from larger and clearer social imbalances.
Here’s just another example of GOP hypocrisy - tough on the deficit until they need a taxpayer loan.
Soon Spence’s involvement in the bank grew. He joined the board of directors of Reliance Bank in May 2005 and immediately took out a $7.9 million mortgage for the headquarters of Alpha Packaging. More loans followed in subsequent years. He borrowed money to buy and renovate a building in Earth City that he rents to another business. He also took out loans on a house for his sister-in-law and a condominium for his mother. On Feb. 13, 2009, the bank’s holding company - Reliance Bancshares - received $40 million from the U.S. Treasury under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, known as TARP. Later that same month, Spence took out an equity loan on his home. In May 2009, Spence was elevated to the board of directors for the bank holding company. The next year, he took out a more than $1.1 million mortgage on a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks and a smaller loan on his business property. Democrats have been quick to seize upon Spence’s role in overseeing a bank that required a federal bailout. “Dave Spence helped drive this bank into the ground. The bank was then forced to get a $40 million loan from the taxpayers. And instead of repaying the taxpayers, he gave himself an insider loan to buy a vacation home,” said Caitlin Legacki, a spokeswoman for the Missouri Democratic Party. Technically, Spence did not give himself the home loan. As a board member, Spence was considered a bank “insider” under federal regulations, and his loans thus required approval by the bank’s board of directors. But Spence said he left the room while his colleagues voted to approve each of his loans. A spokeswoman at the bank did not return phone messages. “There was no favoritism and there was no special treatment, like `Oh that’s Dave, he’s good for it.’ Baloney,” Spence said. “You had to go through the same scrutiny, or more, on the board as you would if you came in off the street and wanted to buy a house.”
Perry’s Texas Friends Find Donations Dovetail With Contracts
By Alison Fitzgerald - Aug 30, 2011 9:00 PM PT
Simmons’ expansion into radioactive waste storage began in Texas in 2003, when his company urged state lawmakers to pass legislation allowing a private company to build and run a low- level disposal site that would be owned by the state, according to McDonald. Perry signed it into law on June 20, 2003.
When Texas billionaire Harold Simmons wanted to build a radioactive waste dump, one data point that would loom large in the permitting process wasn’t required on the application: He is a major donor to Governor Rick Perry.
‘Everybody was aware that this was an important item for the people that were seeking the license as well as for the governor’s office,’ said Larry Soward, a Perry-appointed, Republican member of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality at the time of Simmons’s permit application.
Simmons, who has donated more than $1.2 million to Perry’s campaigns, was granted the permit over the objections of some TCEQ staffers concerned the site threatened the Ogallala Aquifer, a water source for much of the plains.
Wingnut Schism Widens
The answer, argues Grover Norquist, the godfather of contemporary anti-tax conservatism in Washington, is anything that increases federal revenue. Thus, closing loopholes that have allowed corporate giants and millionaires to slice away at their tax bills would constitute an unacceptable new tax — unless a comparable tax cut is made elsewhere.
But other views are emerging. Worried about the nation’s treacherous deficits, some in the GOP say that stanching the $1 trillion lost each year to individual and corporate deductions and breaks is vital to the nation’s fiscal health.
The schism has launched an epochal battle for the fiscal soul of the GOP, a party that has steadfastly followed the “no new taxes” credo for a generation.