Now hear this!And now for a Megaphone Moment, the time for me to point out something either well said, or outrageously stupid that just needs more attention. Today, I’m going for something outrageously stupid, as reported at CNS News:

Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.

“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” Biden said at the event on Thursday in Alexandria, Va. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially.”

“We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,” Biden said.

“Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’” Biden said. “The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”

I’m having a real hard time pointing to something as dumb as this statement by our Vice President. This ranks up there with “I’m up to my eyeballs in debt, so I’m going to max out a few more credit cards.” Or “I’m over my head in this hole, so I’m going to keep on digging.”

We’re going bankrupt as a nation because of the government’s rampant overspending. What we need is fiscal responsibility, not more wanton spending. Vice President Biden was brought onto President Obama’s ticket to bring gravitas to the team. So how’s that working out for you, Mr. President?

Ready for a little Shakespeare? Good! I knew you would be.

In Act IV at the end of Scene III of Shakespeare’s play, The Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio tells Katharina, his recent bride, that they will soon leave for Padua (hooray!)1 and visit her father there. “Let’s see; I think ’tis now some seven o’clock, And well we may come there by dinner-time.” Katharina replies, “I dare assure you, sir, ’tis almost two; And ’twill be supper-time ere you come there.” In indignation at being corrected, Petruchio refuses to go:

“It shall be seven ere I go to horse:
Look, what I speak, or do, or think to do,
You are still crossing it. Sirs, let’t alone:
I will not go to-day; and ere I do,
It shall be what o’clock I say it is.”

To this Hortensio says to the audience, “Why, so this gallant will command the sun.”

In other news, the BBC posted the following news from the G8 summit:

Developed and developing nations have agreed that global temperatures should not rise more than 2C above 1900 levels, a G8 summit declaration says.

That is the level above which, the UN says, the Earth’s climate system would become dangerously unstable.

In other other news, the G8 summit agreed that there should be only five hurricanes this year, the tides should go out only and not back in, and earthquakes are right out.

OK, so I made up the last bit, but the members are as likely to be listened to by the forces of nature in my “other other” news as they are to command the climate and be obeyed. They are laboring under the mistaken idea that CO2 is the driving force behind global warming when the #1 cause of global warming is, of course, the sun.

Why, so these gallants will command the sun.


1 In the 1976 version of The Taming of the Shrew (my favorite production), everyone in the cast cheers each time someone mentions the name of the city of Padua (hooray!).