Curtis Dahlgren
March 1, 2013
The fiscal sky is falling (and other insanities and inanities)
By Curtis Dahlgren

"What a world of gammon and spinnage it is . . . " – Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

SPINACH AND LETTUCE are Mrs. Aboma's favorite foods ("Let us go to Spain."). Mr. Aboma's favorites are spinnage and rhetoric ("You get to keep your insurance and it won't cost you one dime more."). He scares the Dickens out of me and he just drones on and on (no pun intended).

Mitt Romney ran as the ghost of Christmas Past and Mr. Aboma ran as the ghost of Christmas Future. Future won. And Paul Ryan says, "If I'm Scrooge, we're all screwed!"

"Gammon" is an old word for "deceitful nonsense" – as in fire, fire, pants on fire! "Spinnage"is olde English for "catch-word" (or, "catchphrases" focus-group tested). The low-information voter has simple tastes:

"What's in it for me and to Hell with thee."

The purpose for hocus-pocus focus-groups is to give the illusion that the populace matters to the elites, by giving them what they want to hear. And making them feel really smart. But one-third of all voters didn't even know Mr. Romney's religion (and none of us know Mr. Aboma's for sure).

So how come we can't solve our problems? Not enough phone booths anymore. Someone in "The Amateur" said that President-elect Aboma went into the phone booth as Superman and came out as Clark Kent. I wish he had come out as Clark Howard; maybe then we could get some fiscal sanity and honesty.

At one point, Barack was kicking around slogans for his administration, in lieu of the New Frontier. He thought about using "A New Foundation" (he thinks our 1776 Foundation was all fraudulent). Problem is, you can't build a New Foundation until you tear down the old building. He's trying. He says he's "trying."

But you know things are going badly when the Chicago boys have to threaten the BIG boy – Bob Woodward. All Woodward did was tell the truth. "You can't do that," said the White House. "You will regret this."

Truth be told, the 85 billion so-called "cuts" would be about 2 percent of the annual Federal "budget" and if half of that is military cuts, the domestic "cuts" would amount to one-cent-on-the-dollar.

If one penny causes 'armageddon,' I'd say that Big Government is too big. And we could use some remedial math.

Mr. Aboma claims to have gone to Columbia and Harvard, but I think he slept through multiplication tables and long-hand division in grade school (we got that stuff in first or second grade in our country schools). Shoot – a friend of mine even went to Columbia – to the school of mining engineering. Bet ya didn't know that Columbia had a mining school, did ya? Not any more I wonder.

P.S. That L.A. cop-killer turned out to be a fan of the unabomber, who was a fan of Al [Jazeera] Gore (I'm not rambling; there are just a lot of things that have needed saying for awhile). Since 2007, Chicago has witnessed the murder of more than 270 Children, a rate of three Newtowns per year – and Chicago is a "gun-free zone"!

Chicago, Chicago, that toddlin' town.

The town that Billy Sunday couldn't shut down.


Once to every man and nation comes the moment to decide,

In the strife of Truth and Falsehood, for the good or evil side.

- James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

[Truth is better.]

© Curtis Dahlgren


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Curtis Dahlgren

Curtis Dahlgren is semi-retired in southern Wisconsin, and is the author of "Massey-Harris 101." His career has had some rough similarities to one of his favorite writers, Ferrar Fenton... (more)


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