Fandango’s February Expressions #25

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Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water

Each day during the month of February, at around 6 am Pacific Time, I will be posting an old adage, an old saying, a familiar expression that we’ve all heard and have probably used during our lifetimes. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, will be to post a story, a poem, an image, an interpretation of what the expression means to you, or to do whatever it is that you want to do based upon the daily adage.

Please tag your post with #FFE and create a pingback to this post or include your link in a comment on each day’s post.

Have fun and be sure to read what others have posted in response to this prompt.

7 thoughts on “Fandango’s February Expressions #25

  1. Marleen February 25, 2020 / 12:24 pm

    This is from about a year ago, but reflects a constant and destructive, plus conniving, headspace. I think we need to always be watchful and corrective of government and it’s necessity in society (wash the baby); not dismantle government (drown the baby and throw the baby out).

    https://www.ihavenet.com/politics/Drowning-Government-in-the-Bathtub_TC.html

    ……

    The president’s observable objective in this political conflict is getting money from Congress [instead of his ludicrous promise of Mexico] to build the border wall.

    As legal scholars who have spent much of our careers analyzing the interaction between government and society, including the economy, we believe that intentionally or not, the shutdown also was consistent with a goal long sought by a subset of the Republican Party — not to be confused with traditional, moderate Republicans — that wants to dismantle the government.

    …………..

    Many believe that government is at best superfluous and at worst a drag on a free market. It has long been their aim to cut taxes to “starve the beast.”

    Grover Norquist, who founded Americans for Tax Reform in 1985 at the urging of President Reagan, declared in 2001: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”

    ……….

    Downgrading government

    For some, including Trump advisers like acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and acting White House budget director Russell Vought, the shutdown was a useful exercise in limited government.

    Moreover, according to The Washington Post, former chief White House strategist Stephen Bannon has called shutdowns “blunt-force measures that certainly show what’s essential and what’s not.”

    ……….

    The shutdown illustrated what some advocates have long wanted: a shrunken government. And it was an experiment that, as … examples … illustrate, was not viable.

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    • Marleen February 25, 2020 / 3:37 pm

      Many believe … government is at best superfluous and at worst a drag on a free market. …

      But there is no such thing as freedom, or a free market either, without government to enforce against fraud and coercion and theft and poisoning and so on.

      Grover Norquist, who founded Americans for Tax Reform [against ever raising taxes and, therefore, never for correcting when taxes have been decreased too much, like now, especially for super-rich and manipulative people] … declared in 2001: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”

      There’s a peek behind the curtain for voters to look at soberly.

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  2. Naonato February 27, 2020 / 12:53 am

    I know I’m late! But I couldn’t resist. bilingualemotions.wordpress.com/2020/02/27/sometimes-it-all-disappears/

    Liked by 1 person

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