Now we’re just haggling over the price

2013 January 2
by justrand

An old anecdote that is alternately attributed to Winston Churchill, Groucho Marx and George Bernard Shaw (among others) goes something like this in its various retellings:

A wealthy gentleman is having a cocktail party discussion about ethics and integrity with a young socialite.

He:Would you sleep with me for a million pounds?”  (she knows full well he has such a sum…and more).

She: Yes, I  probably would.”

He:Well then, would sleep with me for one pound?”

She: [indignant]  “What do you think I am?”

He: “We’ve already established what you are, madam.  Now we’re just haggling over the price.”

And here we are today in America. So who plays the part of the ‘young socialite’ in America today?  LOTS of people…

  • Congress…but right now especially Republicans.  The complete caving of the Republicans in the Senate and the House in return for damn near NOTHING in re. the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ shows just how little it takes to buy them off (or into bed…in keeping with the metaphor)
  • the Media…every day.  David Gregory is merely the latest to sell whatever smidgen of a soul he still had in order to get “access to the President”.  But damn near every media whore is, well, a media whore.
  • the VOTERS!  In 2008 Obama was elected on a promise so vague NO ONE could decipher it: “Hope & Change“.  He got re-elected without even THAT flmsey promise!  Why?  Because a majority of Americans desperately believe Obama will GIVE them “something”…even if he has to steal it from someone else.  In fact…many Americans WANT Obama to steal it from someone else.  REVENGE!!

So why is the part of the ‘young socialite’ being played by so many in America…and what does this bode for our future?

Simple.  Remember the anecdote is about a discussion on “ethics and integrity“.  There is shortage, a dramatic shortage, of “ethics and integrity” in our country these days.  WIIFM (“What’s In It For Me?”) is the acronym that rules the day.  And it is the acronym that will be scrawled across America’s tombstone.

27 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 January 2 7:15 am
    bc3b permalink

    Regarding the fiscal cliff vote, 85 Republicans, including my congressman – Mike Rogers, voted for it.

    Here’s a link with the votes by House members:

    Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy voted “no” after the bill had 218 votes and had safely passed. Most of the committee chairs (Mike Rogers, Cathy McMorris Rodgers,etc.) and the “rising stars” (e.g. Kristi Noem) voted for it.

  2. 2013 January 2 7:45 am
    justrand permalink

    The crime being perpetrated against the coming generations continues in broad daylight.

    Folks my age (including 10 years younger and all older) will not be affected by the debt & deficit nearly as much as those 50 years old and younger. Us older folks will get killed off by ObamaCare…but that a different story).

    But those 50 years old and younger are being absolutely chained to a debt that will cripple America completely within 5 to 10 years (and maybe sooner).

    Of course, there’s always the World War Three “Solution” to the debt problem. All those debts that Germany, et al, owed various countries, companies and individuals got “forgiven” when the war broke out. Some eventually got re-paid…but only a fraction. 100 million+ people died worldwide…but hey, the books got balanced!

  3. 2013 January 2 7:57 am
    I’m sure I’m behind the times here on the latest methods of getting payment for ‘metered’ parking, but I keep having this vision of someone taking 5 minutes to insert $6.50 in quarters into a meter….for 1 hour of parking. 😉

  4. 2013 January 2 8:36 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Somewhat along the same bent is this old article `Everything I want to Do is Illegal`

    But towards the end the author points out that only weak societies that tremble in fear attempt to hide behind feint and bureaucracy.

  5. 2013 January 2 8:38 am
    drdog09 permalink


    These newer meters do not accept coin. They use a transit pass card for that area or credit card.

  6. 2013 January 2 8:45 am
    justrand permalink

    KH, most meters in big cities use credit cards these days!! But hye…now THERE’S another potential Tax Payer Revolt that could be done (not that I am EVER condoning such things, you understand).

    Get thousands of people to park their cars in a major city…get ticketed…and refuse to pay! Yes, this will lead to THOUSANDS of “Notice of Intention to Issue Warrant of Arrest” notices going out.

    Back in the day at UCLA the parking was so constrained (unless you could afford to buy a parking pass…which poor folks like me could NOT) that the city of Santa Monica used to issue hundreds of tickets per day around the campus. I am told (but of course, NEVER did such a thing) that the following scheme worked extremely well:
    – Upon receiving a parking ticket promptly file it in a shoe box (or other) in your car…in the sequential order!!
    – Do nothing
    – Upon receiving a “Notice of Intention to Issue Warrant of Arrest” for any particular ticket promptly (VERY!) find the correct ticket
    – Go to the Santa Monica municipal office in person and pay THAT ticket (and using the original ticket allowed you to pay the original fine)
    – Smile!

    The city was SOOOOO inefficient that they only issued “Notice of Intention to Issue Warrant of Arrest” for about 1 ticket in 10. Unless you were hopelessly screwed up you could pay the 1 in 10 at a fraction of what a Parking Pass would have cost!

    Not I EVER did such a thing…of course.

  7. 2013 January 2 8:52 am
    RepublicanPundit permalink

    I am so much happier now that I have rejected the Republican Party.!!!

  8. 2013 January 2 9:00 am

    5 – I figured they did… but then I also thought to myself what a great way to obtain\pilfer CC #’s 🙂

    Thoughts: Well duh! 🙂

  9. 2013 January 2 9:01 am

    7 – It make laughing at the theater much easier. 😉

  10. 2013 January 2 9:20 am
    fight on permalink

    #8) a 100% could say we are on the wrong track and Obummer would still be elected for a third term if he changed the 22nd amendment.

  11. 2013 January 2 9:37 am
    bc3b permalink

    fight on –

    Obama and the Democratic Party loves the “low information voter.” They are the ones most likely to believe the MSM sound bites. They also are the reason Eric Holder has suggested automatic voter registration.

  12. 2013 January 2 9:41 am
    bc3b permalink

    JR #2 –

    We have gone from the “Greatest Generation” to the “Worst Generation(s).”

    The “Greatest Generation” saved the world from the Axis Powers. Unfortunately, being Depression Children, they wanted to give their kids everything they didn’t have and spoiled us rotten. Boomers and generations following them have been programmed to think of themselves first. They have no hessitation in passing debt along to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

  13. 2013 January 2 9:44 am
    bc3b permalink

    For anyone who wants to get in the BJG NFL playoff pool, here are this weekend’s games:

    Bengals @ Texans
    Vikings @ Packers
    Seahawks @ Redskins
    Colts @ Ravens

    Send your pics (and your screen name) to bjgfootball@

    Picks are due by 7 PM Friday.

  14. 2013 January 2 9:51 am
    drdog09 permalink

    “Boomers and generations following them have been programmed to think of themselves first. ”

    Sad to say, even the Greatest Generation were this. The whole idea of America is to take care of yourself/family first.

  15. 2013 January 2 10:09 am
    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 –

    Faced with a threat like we faced in 1941, I cannot see people lining up to join the service. Even Ted Williams and Bob Feller served in WWII.

  16. 2013 January 2 10:22 am
    bc3b permalink

    They are really beating up on Paul Ryan over at Hot Air. When you look at it, Mr. Ryan voted for No Child Left Behind, TARP, the Auto Bailout, debt ceiling increases and now this.

    Plus he sucked as a VP candidate – couldn’t even deliver his home state.

  17. 2013 January 2 10:38 am

    Speaking of hot air I saw someone mention John Bolton aka “The Stash” for speaker, thought that wasn’t that bad an idea, not that it would change much of anything but it would provide maximum comedy. 😉 /just saying.

  18. 2013 January 2 10:41 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Separate service from individualism. Yes many volunteered for service, the majority were however drafted.

    Different from that is the fact that individualism was as alive and well then as we would like it now. Lucky Lindy did not land in Paris on a contract from the government.

  19. 2013 January 2 10:42 am
    drdog09 permalink


    The Stash could do no worse than the current management team in Congress.

  20. 2013 January 2 10:45 am
    bc3b permalink

    JM –

    With your passion for the NBA, you should consider relocating to Detroit (4 tickets for $49). If they paid me $49 and provided free parking, food and beer I might consider it.

    Hey, the Pistons are 12-22 with a 3 game winning streak. Yes, I had to look it up.

  21. 2013 January 2 10:57 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Chicken S@#$ — — My question is, will they put themselves on the map when they reprint it??

  22. 2013 January 2 11:04 am

  23. 2013 January 2 11:05 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    One couragous soul out there – USMC CPL tells Statist B@tch to shove it:

    “I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.”

  24. 2013 January 2 2:14 pm
    bc3b permalink

    JM –

    It appears the son of the Clippers owner OD’ed on drugs. Not good for the team image.

  25. 2013 January 2 6:50 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “For those of us fighting for our traditional rights, the US 2nd Amendment is a rare light in an ever darkening room. Governments will use the excuse of trying to protect the people from maniacs and crime, but in reality, it is the bureaucrats protecting their power and position. In all cases where guns are banned, gun crime continues and often increases. As for maniacs, be it nuts with cars (NYC, Chapel Hill, NC), swords (Japan), knives (China) or home made bombs (everywhere), insane people strike. They throw acid (Pakistan, UK), they throw fire bombs (France), they attack. What is worse, is that the best way to stop a maniac is not psychology or jail or “talking to them,” it is a bullet in the head. That is why they are a maniac, because they are incapable of living in reality or stopping themselves.

    The excuse that people will start shooting each other is also plain and silly. So it is our politicians saying that our society is full of incapable adolescents who can never be trusted? Then, please explain how we can trust them or the police, who themselves grew up and came from the same culture?

    No it is about power and a total power over the people.”

  26. 2013 January 2 6:51 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Do not be fooled by a belief that progressives, leftists hate guns. Oh, no, they do not. What they hate is guns in the hands of those who are not marching in lock step of their ideology. They hate guns in the hands of those who think for themselves and do not obey without question. They hate guns in those whom they have slated for a barrel to the back of the ear.”

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