Friday, August 5, 2011

'Crazy is the New Sensible'

Bill Maher summed up the madness in political America with that bon mot in tonight's episode of Real Time with Bill Maher.   Glib commentary aside, the fact of the matter is, these people are not reviewing the latest studio release. This. Is. Really. Happening.
The comic opera in Washington this summer, which disgusts the country and bewilders the world, may have no analogue in the annals of parliamentary democracy.--Noam Chomsky
Once again, protracted high drama in Washington, DC --replete with demands, rebuffs and storming out of rooms-- characterized as NEGOTIATIONSended--just in the nick of time-- in capitulation.

Paul Krugman laments
...Mr. Obama keeps folding in the face of their threats. He surrendered last December, extending all the Bush tax cuts; he surrendered in the spring when they threatened to shut down the government; and he has now surrendered on a grand scale to raw extortion over the debt ceiling. Maybe it’s just me, but I see a pattern here. 

It's insulting, and worse, enraging, if you get caught up and dare start to HOPE, thinking, 'maybe, just maybe, THIS time...'.   Alas, no; hopes dashed again.  Corporatocracy looms ever larger; it's not even disguised anymore.

Side rant: Banks got bailed out with more money than NASA's budget for its entire 50 year history, pay less in taxes than you've got in your change purse, made even more in profits *after* the bailout than before-- but the Justice Department is going after John Edwards for philandering shenanigans with campaign funds.  Seriously? 

And while we were distracted by this non-issue, some 15 million remain unemployed (excluding the estimated 193,000 or so, according to Deborah Solomon on this week's Washington Week, that no longer file unemployment claims) and their ranks will increase as the fallout from the latest 'negotiation' befalls us (yet to be named trillions in spending cuts) .  Since the Administration's 'pivoting' to jobs, jobs, jobs, next, Eric Cantor debuted his talking points for the next round of negotiations early: 'we need to stop pumping up jobless Americans'.

I'm curious; where do these guys see this going?  What's the end game here?  The rich get richer and the rest of us, what?  Evaporate?  What's the most plausible conspiracy theory you got?

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