Stay klassy, marca.

Andreessen declares that he will be Straightedge Until 21, or Lesbian Until Graduation, whichever comes first.

Marc Andreessen has contributed $100,000 to Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign via a SuperPAC.

Andreessen says he supports Romney because he is a "dyed-in-the-wool" businessman who understand that "regulations" get in the way of business.

Andreessen says he used to support Democrats ----" like Clinton/Gore, for example ----" but "I turned 40 last year and so I figured it was time to make the switch."

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24 Responses:

  1. NelC says:

    "I turned 40 last year and so I figured it was time to make the switch."

    Fuck. That's not even funny as a joke, says this 51-year-old.

    • Erbo says:

      He's referring to the old saw that says, "If you're not a liberal in your 20's, you have no heart; if you're not a conservative in your 40's, you have no head."

      (Truth be told, there's issues in this country right now that neither the Dems nor the GOP will address...they'd much rather shove wedge issues like the Three G's--God, Gays, and Guns--down the throats of the electorate to keep them from focusing on important things, like that if we don't stop deficit spending and right now, the whole country is going over a cliff....)

      • Russell Borogove says:

        Stop deficit spending like a Democratic president did two administrations ago? Before we go over a cliff just like we did in WW2 when deficit spending was a bigger percentage of GDP than it is now?

        • Erbo says:

          Clinton didn't actually stop deficit spending, you know; he just raided the Social Security trust fund to make it look like he did. That's no more "stopping deficit spending" than taking a $20 out of your pocket and putting it in your other pocket is "making you richer."

          And we were able to recover from all that deficit spending in WWII because we were pretty much the only ones who survived the war with our economy and production intact, giving us a huge economic "leg up" over the rest of the world. I don't see another major war ahead that would give us a boost like that again...or, at least, I hope not, as global war's gotten a hell of a lot more dangerous since the '40s.

          • Ben Brockert says:

            There is no social security trust fund. You can't save money by loaning yourself money, and neither can the government.

            • Erbo says:

              You're absolutely right, of course. The notion that the gummint somehow keeps SS receipts (and Medicare too, for that matter) "in trust" to be paid out to retirees has been a polite fiction for many decades, all of Al Gore's "lockbox" campaign statements notwithstanding.

              So all BJ Clinton did was shuffle some numbers around to make the "official" deficit look like it had turned into a surplus. Which meant absolutely nothing, as total systemic debt has been growing faster than GDP nonstop since the 80's. Two exponential curves with different exponents will always, always, always run away from each other over time.

            • DFB says:

              Someone needs to google "negative real interest bonds"

      • Lloyd says:

        That old saw has a point - and marca is making that point with his head.

  2. Jeremy Wilson says:

    It appears losing your hair means losing your mind.

    • Kevin Lyda says:

      Heh. No.

      But his logic is just... insane. I turned 40 so I decided I should be a dick.

      And then the article goes on to say "The Valley" has a strong libertarian streak. Uh, how does that translate to voting Republican? Particularly this year.

  3. Phill says:

    Christ, what an asshole.

  4. Sam Kington says:

    Venture capitalist is a Republican. Who would have guessed?

  5. J. says:

    Well, the shaved head does give him a certain Dr. Evil quality.

  6. Truth Teller says:

    I'm sure it has nothing to do with the ludicrous carried interest tax credit which both him and romney benefit from. Nothing at all

  7. DFB says:

    Well. Um.

    I hope the wristband computers encouraging exercise works.

  8. Ian Young says:

    In today's ad-hom news:

    Damn if his head doesn't look like a Star Trek special effect.

  9. Ronald Pottol says:

    And what does Romney have to do with libertarianism? Paul, sure.

    I can see voting republican Paul is the largest pro civil liberties anti war campaign (damn, and I had hopes for Obama, but damn, he's a third Bush term).

    But Romney is private equity, which is kissing cousins to VC.

    • Elusis says:

      "pro civil liberties"

      Yeah, no.

      • Ronald Pottol says:

        Well, compared to Obama and the rest of the republicans, he is.

        http://www.salon.com/2011/12/31/progressives_and_the_ron_paul_fallacies/

        Now, granted, that is a low bar, and I'm not saying he would be great, his economic policies would be really bad (and I say this as someone who is mostly libertarian, has anyone really thought through what a gold standard would mean?).

        At least he doesn't think he can kidnap and murder anyone he wants to. Obama, Romney, Gingrich, Santorum, all think the President can, and that is it the right thing.

  10. Eric TF Bat says:

    JWZ's new website enterprise: EmbarrassingExBosses.com. I reckon it'd be a hit.

  11. Mark Welch says:

    When I turned 40, I realized just how much I depended on lots of other people to get by every day, and that those other people need a safety net as much as I sometimes have.

    It's too bad that Mr. Andreessen didn't have that same epiphany.