The Czar was caught off guard by a commercial last night, in which a group of people begin to decry government waste such as funding dog poetry, treadmills for shrimp, and so on. Seems a bit early for a GOP commercial.
But then the tone changed and said Hey, why not cut this crap out of government, and leave the hard-earned money we invested in retirement alone? Turns out it was an AARP commercial suggesting that government leave entitlements alone, and instead cut out all that stupid science stuff the government does.
Sure. Because cutting out a few billion (while good) is more than enough to cover the trillion-plus bucks that social security needs to stay solvent for about eight more minutes.
Seems that AARP is in a bit of a world of hurt. Allegedly, members are leaving for more politically smart alternatives (there are a couple, but the Czar will not endorse them by implication until he knows more about them), there is some rumor mongering that senior management is a little embarassed by their vocal support of the completely unpopular ObamaCare, and are regretting their decision now. Further, the next hammer to drop will be the sick association they have with the now utterly thug-like SEIU.
You know, a smarter move might be to have a commercial that says this:
Friends, like you, AARP is worried about the inevitable collapse of social security. We cannot count on, nor should we expect, government to sustain the massive loss of funds social security is now expecting. Your children and grandchildren are already paying your social security checks, and we know you hate putting your financial burden on them like this. In response, AARP is offering a number of financial plans and lower-cost annuities from a wide range of providers to ensure you, and your survivors, get that money. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to help you select the right planbecause social security is not going to be there for you much longer.
Except, of course, this is sort of a bad blow for AARP. After all, they sold themselves on being the advocates for seniors in America, and the horrible car wreck that social security has become means they were unable to do the job their members hired them to do.
So AARP can cry about the lemons, or they can make lemonade. But the government waste they decry is nothing compared to the government waste they encourage.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.