Random Musings: 10/14/11

I’ve pretty much written off the Occupy movement as not heading in a direction I can support, but then the Tea Party’s response to Occupy is pulling them in a direction I can’t support, either. I can certainly understand and sympathize with Tea Party frustrations over the conspicuous lack of coverage of negative Occupy activities that got full, glaring coverage when the Tea Party did (or at least was accused of) it. But then you’d think that would make them more sympathetic, and less inclined to use the same smear tactics.

Anyway, here are a few interesting articles on what Occupy is morphing into (if even a fraction of it is true, I’m not impressed–but then the writer is Michelle Malkin), and the Tea Party responses (response, like the Tea Party groups themselves, vary).

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I’m still trying to decide what I think about Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 tax restructuring plan. I think I’m with it right until they get to the 9% national sales tax, the least-explained part of the plan. I thought part of the economic trouble we face right now is a lack of consumer spending. So how is jacking up the price of goods 9% going to encourage people to spend more? Here in Utah we’d be looking at anywhere from 12% to 15% taxes on every-day purchases. Sorry, I’m having a hard time getting behind that.

But I have to hand it to the Huffington Post for making a connection I hadn’t yet caught:

Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan: Inspired by ‘SimCity’?

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I dropped by my older brother’s house today to borrow “Firefly” (Yes, everyone, I’m FINALLY going to watch it!), and we caught up on things for a while. It’s always fun chatting with him. He probably wouldn’t consider himself as a “positive person”, but he is. I usually come away from our conversations energized and open to possibilities. I think everyone needs someone like that.