Archive for February, 2011
In Wisconsin, A Sense of Entitlement Imperils Nation
The Wisconsin showdown between a determined Republican governor and spoiled public unions is shaping up as a crucial test of state and municipal solvency. But the financial stakes represent only part of the much larger conflict engulfing America.
The real war is over the entitlement culture itself. And while government spending is the most visible part, the ultimate issues are the character and fate of our nation.
Any serious conversation about American decline must start with the fact that too many of our countrymen have lost the plot about how the United States became the beacon of the free world, the world’s largest economy, and the lone superpower.
For those who have no sense or interest in how we got here, it is easy to believe we are immune from the laws of history that inevitably reduce empires to dust.
From that willful ignorance, it’s perfectly acceptable to demand pay without work, or, almost as insidious, pay and pensions that dwarf those of your neighbors who foot the bill. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
The MOST Pathetic Commercial Ever Made
I have made it known again and again that the thing I hate most about advertising is the feeling that they are trying to use little tricks of psychology to fool me into purchasing their product. The Direct Buy $50,000 Home Makeover commercial takes the cake for crossing every line possible pathetically pandering to anyone who could possibly be tricked into calling their hot line. Let’s go ahead and break down this repetitive piece of irritating garbage line by line shall we?
IN THE NEXT 60 Seconds, we want you to qualify to be the next $50,000 home makeover winner.
Here they’re telling you subtly that “YOU ONLY HAVE 60 SECOND TO WIN $50,000!!!!!! HURRY HURRY CALL US. REALLY THE ODDS ARE GOOD and we want YOU to win!!!”!
Oh my God! They’re talking directly to you! How did they do that? Can they see through the television? Just for calling they want to give me money….I like money!
Pick up the phone and get ready to start dialing when the number appears on your screen.
Once again….your time is limited this is in fact a race, so be sure to have your phone in hand because if you don’t chances are you’re going to miss out on this one of a kind opportunity. It’s not like this commercial has been running for 6 straight months at every commercial break on almost any channel that runs syndicated television. ↓ Read the rest of this entry…