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September 23, 2009

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Is this a great country or what?

Meh. Not particularly funny and not particularly helpful to the challenges facing out country right now. Government spending and waste is definitely a big problem (one of many) but I'm not sure that the oppositions current strategies is getting us any closer to solving it. How about offering solutions and ideas rather than just complaining?

MonkeyMonk --

How about using your stimulus check to buy a sense of humor? :-)

The message is narrow-minded and dismissive of our problems, but it's well done.

Run BMC --

"The message is narrow-minded and dismissive of our problems."

Kinda like this blog. Just wish I could say FMF was "well done." :-)

Thanks.

"How about offering solutions and ideas rather than just complaining?"

Yeah, just like what you liberals were doing from 2001-2008, no complaining, just offering solutions. LOL!

Our president is a socialist, now we get to deal with it. The solution is clear- convince enough brainwashed cult followers to vote for someone else in 2012.

MonkeyMonk,

The opposition's strategies would have worked had they been implemented. Bush was not a good leader.

All that aside, the video is hilarious.

Is that Ralph Malph?

Mike --

Ha! You must be an old guy like me -- or maybe you like re-runs...

I'm going to complain about the people complaining about the video that complains rather than solving problems.

I agree that the message is exceptionally well done and required a lot of talent.

I just returned from a couple of weeks in France, starting in Nice, Cannes, Monaco and Monte Carlo, where the rich and famous have their villas and yachts because of the nice tax haven and then by 46 passenger river boat to Paris, stopping at many interesting and very ancient places, dating back to the Romans, like Arles, Avignon, and Viviers along the way. The French riviera has the highest average per capita income in the world.

France is an interesting look into what America may have in store in the decades ahead. For starters it is certainly not the most powerful country in the world and is now seeing its demographics change because of an influx of immigrants from its former colonies in North Africa. Pickpockets are very prevalent but homeless people are not. I looked for "Made in China" labels but never saw any - I think they remove them.

Its healthcare system is ranked #1 in the world and the French have one of the world's highest life expectancies. Vacations are mandated at 5 weeks/year and the maximum workweek is 38 hours. People seem to spend a lot of time sitting at tables in front of nice restaurants, sipping their beverage of choice and watching the world pass in front of them. Healthcare is completely free for everyone, as is education from pre-school through university. People ride around on bicycles, Smart cars, and scooters because gasoline is over $7/gallon. It cost me $1.51 to buy 1 Euro and everything is very expensive indeed.
They have even started a system where they have bicycle racks all over Paris - you use your credit card to rent a bike at one rack, and drop it off at another. They tell me that Germany is also adding a similar system for small cars. The French men and women have very athletic figures, obesity is almost non existent (except for tourists). Drive by shootings and gun toting maniacs bursting into schools etc. is also very rare. The only fast food places I saw were an occasional MacDonalds in the large towns and cities. The country is very clean and very ecologically minded with great public transportation systems. France gets 82% of its electricity from Nuclear power.

The downside to this apparent Utopia comes in the form of T A X E S and L A W S. In addition to income tax, gasoline tax, property taxes etc. etc. there is also a consumption tax (called the VAT) of about 25% on everything.

What the future holds for us is anyone's guess right now. I'm 75 tomorrow so it probably won't affect me a whole lot whatever happens.

All this talk about the "opposition". Who exactly is the opposition? Certainly not the Republicans. The Dems and the Republicans are just two sides of the same coin. People voting at the polls must remember that there are more than just two parties.

What we really need is something radically new and different, radically opposing to our current policies and agendas. I voted for Ron Paul last election. Love him or hate him, at least he provided a workable and radical solution for our current woes.

In Washington, politics is first and EVERYTHING else comes after that. I didn't realize there were so many grumpy people that read this blog. You must be angry because the Government has given you your welfare yet. I thought this was good comedy!

No Pop, our President is a centrist. Maybe even a little center-right.

I had forgotten why I stopped reading FMF for months and came back a few days ago. This lame parody reminded me.

The video is a clever parody, but it is also very representative of the intellectual bankruptcy on the right these days. Lots of smart alecky remarks, not a lot of substance.

When your party's leaders are Michelle Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck, the mental rot has set in deep.

Anon --

Ha! Great timing!

1. This video isn't about Republicans or Democrats -- it's about the government (which last time I looked was made up of them both.)

2. You might want to read some of my pieces from a few years ago -- I anti-government (spending, control, etc.) when Bush was president too.

3. Now if you simply like big government no matter who's running it, then I don't think we'll ever see eye to eye.

4. Why's it matter? because it's your money (not to mention your life) that they're spending.

Oh, and here's my general take on anonymous, buitter comments:

http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2008/02/ha-this-explain.html

Some of the jokes in the video are pretty smart observations that you typically only hear from contrarian investors. Not bad for a comedian.

@Old Limey: the French seem happier too than Americans (fewer material worries) - my personal impression. I'm not a fan of taxes & regulations, so I'm not wildly enthusiastic about the French system. (I live in a country not far and very similar to France.)

Congratulations on NOT being the last person on this planet to have seen this hilarious piece of gem. Anybody wanna bail me out of this spot? :D

Eugene, you are no longer the last one. The video was funny at times, but also a bit over the top.

Reg: All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?
Attendee: Brought peace?
Reg: Oh, peace - shut up!
Reg: There is not one of us who would not gladly suffer death to rid this country of the Romans once and for all.
Dissenter: Uh, well, one.
Reg: Oh, yeah, yeah, there's one. But otherwise, we're solid.

from Monty Python's Life of Brian

You know wat? i think everyone who's commented here care' one way or another! its all good. you see the clip infront of us is intended to spark reaction.... it did! If i were the creator id say well job done judging by the comments already left! I believe there is ONE government yeah sure there is a few sides but at the end of the day 1. A change in government wether it be bush obama or big bird is simply change! it makes the masses feel like there has actually been change!!!!! So funny you get people from one side putting the other sides beliefs down..... heres the kicker they are the SAME SAME SAME! Its a trick that has plagued us for years! insted of us all fighting with eachother we should work together not for us but for our childrens sake peace.

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