The Big Think

January 25, 2010

Big Tent

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 3:03 pm

You want a big tent? It’s fiscal conservatism. The people are overwhelmingly in favor of it.

You offer that, you follow through on it, and you get the Republicans, the moderates, and a sizable chunk of disaffected Democrats.

Everything else is beside the point right now. You lose the fiscal conservative fight now and allow the United States to head deeper into Statism, and it’s over. If the government controls healthcare, it will “[redefine] the relationship between the citizen and the state in a way that hands all the advantages to statists.” You can kiss freedom goodbye in the longterm.

So instead of utterly failing our future generations, leaving them to toil under the yoke of an obscenely powerful government, we should make our stand now. Embrace fiscal conservatism. Leave the rest to federalism.

It’s easy. It’s a no-brainer. It’s even Constitutional. People are sick of the spending, sick of the debt, sick of the bailouts, sick of the handouts, sick of the back room deals, sick of the taxpayer funded bribes, sick of the bureaucrats. They want unyielding, unapologetic fiscal conservatism.

Fiscal conservatism is the big tent.

via Freeman Hunt (great name)

Propping

Filed under: Disclosure,Woodworking — jasony @ 12:02 am

Just had an utterly fantastic and exhausting weekend building props in the shop. We build a very cool hanging prop, and second prop that was rather clever and neat, and a huge prop on giant wooden wheels. I can’t say what they are, but I will say that they took quite a bit of thought and SketchUp design (not to mention lumber). We finally finished tonight after a solid 14 hour shop day with a crazy 11th hour construction of a jerry-rigged cradle to hold the props securely in the back of the U-Haul trailer. It was crazy! My neighbors HATE me right now for running the table saw at 10pm, but we got it done. If you go to the show this year, come see me at the rail and I’ll give you the backstage tour and show you all of the amazing props.

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