Oh how the times have been a changin’ since Robert Goodloe Harper coined that gem in 1798. In the 21st century, apparently, patriotism means stealing hundreds of billions from the U.S. Treasury to bailout incompetent bankers, as “minute man”  Paul Ryan begged the House to do on September 29, 2008.
Okay, so as a nation we’re totally cool with recasting tribute to greasy financial fat cats as “investment” — even if it doesn’t exactly pay a huge return. 
But since “far left socialist” Barack Obama proposed cutting Social Security benefits during recent talks to increase the nation’s debt ceiling (to much Republican enthusiasm), making sure Granny gets her catfood money has also been redefined as “wanton profligacy”. Ah, sure, the ol’ gal only had another ten years left in her TOPS anyways, right?
America, you are a pack of perverts. 
 Not a quote from Ryan’s wife, mind you, but my personal interpretation of the guy’s attention span. Not only does he seem never to have bothered considering the negative consequences of diverting billions from high multiplier government programs to line the pockets of his already bloated buddies at AIG, I’m not sure that he even knows what the term “fiscal multiplier” means.
 The Bureau of Labor Stats today showed that our nation of 300+ million managed to increase jobs by a lousy 18k. Which I figure is about 80k short of even keeping up with the increase in the work force. But of course the fantastically inept media will fail to report the numerous predictions that enactment of Ryan and Obama’s tax cuts in December would lead to job losses not gains, so in the public mind the policy’s continued failure will remain a mystery.
Another meditations on mendacity from the Dystopia Diaries