I really didn't think there was much of anything about Mitt Romney that I would like. But I have to admit, I really enjoy that he is pissing off all kind of folks in Britain. That makes me laugh. We may be following the British Empire down the tubes, but we ought to be able to mock them on the way down. Although, this criticism from his book seems a little odd:
England [sic] is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn't make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn't been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler's ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest and wealthiest empire in the history of humankind. Britain controlled a quarter of the earth's land and a quarter of the earth's population.Small houses? What's up with that? Does that mean they don't have car elevators? But the best part is that now the British are blasting back about Olympic games in the middle of nowhere, like Salt Lake City.
But this really highlights how stupid our politics have become. I spent half the morning somewhat defending the Ag Secretary for a department newsletter saying that beef isn't good for us (technically, it isn't). Why? I don't know. I mean, I eat tons of red meat, and generally stick to corn and potatoes as my only vegetables. I don't care what anybody tells me about healthy food, I'll eat what I want. And yet, it bothers me that somehow this story is supposed to prove that Obama is an incompetent boob who hates America. Seriously, the biggest issue the National Cattleman's Beef Association ought to be yelling about is the ethanol mandate. Meanwhile, Andrew Sullivan is having a cow about all the funnily out-of-touch things Romney has said while in London. Really, does it matter? Our economy is in the shitter, we've been fucking around in Afghanistan for nearly 11 years, idiots want to start another war with Iran, and the big news stories are about Romney pissing off English folks and some department newsletter at USDA says maybe you ought to take a day off each week from eating meat (oh, and double bacon corndogs). Besides that, Obama has the nerve to say that government isn't entirely evil, and that businessmen didn't create businesses in a vacuum. If we can't get over the day-to-day pissing contest and get around to dealing with the real issues we face, we deserve to follow the Limeys down the road of collapsing empires (and ours is). How did our politics become so ridiculous? When did we decide it was time to do absolutely nothing if our side wasn't entirely winning the political argument? Shit, can't we try to cut spending AND raise revenue? Can't we make fewer, better regulations? I think we might be able to, but days like today make me wonder.
Screw it, I'm going to go get some food and beer.