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?

It’s not all that surprising to see dumb people come up with some really boneheaded comments. But when I see people with an IQ I’d need an abacus to calculate come up with a truly jaw-dropping gem of stupidity, I’m stunned into speechlessness.

Well, not completely.

Enter Alan Greenspan, former chairman for almost 20 years of the U.S. Federal Reserve and BDS sufferer. In his new book, he opined that President Bush invaded Iraq because of oil. The UK Times sums it up.

However, it is his view on the motive for the 2003 Iraq invasion that is likely to provoke the most controversy. “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil,” he says.

Greenspan, 81, is understood to believe that Saddam Hussein posed a threat to the security of oil supplies in the Middle East.

Britain and America have always insisted the war had nothing to do with oil. Bush said the aim was to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction and end Saddams support for terrorism.

So Greenspan says we went into Iraq to get the oil. That would explain why we are swimming in all that oil we are pulling out of there.

Uh, really?

Dumb comment, Alan. Really dumb. If it were all about oil, how come Kuwait isn’t the 51st state? After kicking the Iraqis out in 1991, we essentially owned Kuwait. Had we chosen to make it ours in fact, no nation could have stopped us. And after having won Kuwait, we gave it back to the Kuwaitis. A decade later, we raced into Iraq and toppled Saddam’s regime. But the dust had barely settled when we were talking to the Iraqis about elections and their taking control back again. And while we are interested in getting the Iraqi oil fields up and running at capacity, we are buying the oil, not taking it.

So how again was the war largely about oil, Alan?

The sad part about Alan Greenspan’s comment is how they will add fuel to the fire of the 9/11 truthers who happily applaud any boneheaded belief stated by the dumb, the genius, and anyone in between.

UPDATE (9/17/2007 8:27:07 AM):I wrote this post last night and scheduled it to be posted this morning. And now I wake up to see that Alan Greenspan is spinning his comments, as reported in the LA Times:

Greenspan clarified his remarks in an interview with the Washington Post, telling the newspaper that although securing global oil supplies was “not the administration’s motive,” he had presented the White House with a case for why removing Hussein was important for the global economy.

“I was not saying that that’s the administration’s motive,” Greenspan said. “I’m just saying that if somebody asked me, ‘Are we fortunate in taking out Saddam?,’ I would say it was essential.”

He said that in his discussions with President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, “I have never heard them basically say, ‘We’ve got to protect the oil supplies of the world,’ but that would have been my motive.”

So, when he said “everyone knows” that we went into Iraq because of oil, he was attributing to “everyone” what he believed. That’s not a smart thing to do.

If that’s what he really believed, then why didn’t he make it clear in his book. That was his venue to make sure his story were properly presented to the world, and he muffed it. Again, that’s not a smart thing to do.

As I see it, he either did a poor job on his book, or his “clarification” is fancy backpedaling. Neither option reflects well on Alan Greenspan.

I stopped by 7-Eleven for a Slurpee on my way home from some Saturday chores, and I noticed something I had never seen before. There were instructions on the Slurpee machine explaining how to use it. I guess I had assumed that the knowledge of how to operate a Slurpee machine was something passed down from father to son as part of family oral tradition. Boy, was I wrong.

What struck me was Step #4: “Pay the cashier.” Hello? Moron alert! If you can’t figure out that, now that you’ve poured yourself a Slurpee, you must pay for said Slurpee, you should put the Slurpee down and back away slowly. If you need these instructions, you probably need other instructions about how to handle life.

We have a nine-year-old niece staying with us for the summer, and part of our responsibility is to teach her “life skills”–basic stuff like how to wash yourself, how to clean up after yourself, how to cook a simple meal, and so forth. There is nothing wrong with needing such instructions when you are young and inexperienced. But if, as an adult, you still need to be reminded to pay for your Slurpee–go to the people who raised you and demand a refund.