Edge of Chaos is a political podcast starring Joe Ryan and Neurotoxin. Its aim is to have a free-flowing discussion of news and current events that also examines the empirical outcomes of public policy, avoiding biases based on ideology and policy intentions. Listener discretion is both advised and encouraged.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Welcome to the Sequester!

Everyone that whined "magically" realized today the cuts are mild and shifted to their bluntness, saying they should be held off until they can be applied with less harm. Well, we have 0 reason to believe the latter will EVER happen - the majority of politicians will always be too corrupt and out-of-touch - so advocating for waiting is advocating for indefinite mushrooming of spending/regulation, until we end up like Greece.

Your naive faith in a "responsible government" that gives up power and money without causing pain will NEVER convince me to sit on my thumbs and wait for my country's economy to collapse completely. I proudly wave the meat cleaver that is the Sequester.



  1. You know I said it on the show before and I still mean it: we're not Greece. We've never been like Greece. We never WILL be like Greece. We have absolutely nothing to do with Greece. So stop sounding like a Fox news robot and find another "socialist nightmare" country to compare us to, OK? Sorry Toxin but just throwing "OMG Greece!" around like you're some Hannibot is just lazy. --Joe

  2. Firstly, 'you sound like [name of popular idiot]' contributes 0 to your argument. I'm falling back on my own expertise, not quoting said idiot - just because he happens to agree doesn't make it wrong. If I said the sun is hot and Hannity agreed, would that make the sun not hot?

    As for "like Greece" - you make a good point that this should be operationalized better. We can absolutely end up with Greece's political-economic situation; a regulatory nightmare that destroys our capacity for a productive economy by driving away revenue and leading to insane unemployment, crippling debt that we are unable to pay and that destroys our borrowing ability, and the resulting bankruptcy of social welfare programs on which millions of Americans rely. This won't happen tomorrow, and different special interests are responsible here than the ones in Greece. But we are nevertheless on our way there if we don't cut spending and regulation, and I would like to see some sort of evidence the government would ever vote for less brutal ways to avert it. Vague references to people's better nature do NOT qualify.