In the news: Casey Anthony wasn’t convicted of murdering her daughter. Why do we give a damn? She probably did it but all evidence was circumstantial. There was no cause of death and no motive so get over it. I hear some English royalty arrived here in Southern California the other day. Again, who cares? I don’t. I can’t find a reason to. Apparently our women won some soccer contest. Good for you if it matters. Rupert Murdoch appears to be in real trouble over some obtuse fuckery hitherto unseen. This thing with Murdoch will be fascinating. Vulgar and salacious. Obscene and untoward. I’d love to see him suffer because he just might be the world’s hugest asshole.
Obama and the debt ceiling.
He blinks too soon. Almost always.
We need a president who wields not just a sword or an axe, but an electrically or pneumatically powered tool when it comes to policy. Just like the last one except he was stupid and Obama is smart. His wife said rather famously that if he could walk on water they’d accuse him of not being able to swim. So be it. That’s where we are. Own it Mr. President. Why behave in public if you’re living on a playground?
Just how much the electorate cares about our debt and the deficit is debatable but that level of concern sure as hell isn’t anywhere near what it is for jobs and incomes in a sustained state of atrophy.
I’m flirting with the notion of becoming a member of the “professional left”. That is, if I’m not already. This president could have quite literally been among the greatest in the relatively short history of America. He could have. I don’t care about the color of his skin and neither should you. It shouldn’t matter but it does. It matters to bigots and Republicans. It shouldn’t matter but it does. It’s the best reason they have for hating him. It’s the worst reason for hating anyone. Still, they do.
I may have been foolishly optimistic in my musings over what a second term might bring. Foolishly optimistic indeed, concerning this man over who’s election and subsequent inauguration I actually wept.
I confess to being overwhelmingly distraught over human nature and it’s effect on the human condition.
He has absolutely failed us. I try to remind myself what he’s accomplished. It’s not insignificant. How he’s championed our cause. The list keeps getting shorter. The cause keeps getting more diluted. The effect just can’t help but diminish.
It is what it is:
THE WARS, THE ABJECT NAKED FAILURE TO REGULATE BANKING THAT THRUSTED OUR HEADS INTO THE TOILET OF ECONOMIC DESPAIR , FAILURE TO EVEN PURSUE PUNISHMENT OF THE CULPABLE . FAILURE TO LEAD. FAILURE TO PROSECUTE THE BANKERS AND THE WAR CRIMINALS. FAILURE TO EVEN CALL THE BASTARDS ON IT.
Why? Give me a reason. A reasonable reason other than you’re not interested in stirring shit. Is it because you sought leadership of the free world knowing you were a pussy?
If Barack Obama is complicit in any way to cuts to social security, medicare or medicaid to offset or finance tax cuts to millionaires, billionaires or subsidies of any kind to obscenely wealthy corporations, my belief in hope and change will become the the vapor of foolish optimism it was consigned to be when my gullible reluctance for cynicism reared it’s pretty head for the last time. In short, if this takes place in any way shape or form, I am fucking done with this guy and I am completely prepared to seek and support any other pretender to the throne to which we anointed him with our collective gust of naive indulgence.
Chain yanking of the first order. The big picture is obscured by a shit smeared lens.
Fucking taxes. Barbarians at the gate being thrown the meat and bones of the poor and elderly so they might gobble and suck at the marrow. I fucking hate these guys. Why is it we can’t repeal the Bush tax cuts on the rich? It might just be that our president has a sore vagina.
Social security does not contribute to the deficit. It goddamn doesn’t. It is solvent for the next 26 years and is easily fixed beyond that. The private sector in terms of health care is an absolute clusterfuck when compared to medicare and medicaid in cost, efficiency and efficacy.
There is sufficient debate to note that the actual intention or substance of this as a news story may be suspect, particularly in the context of some pretty clear, overt and specific proclamations by Obama on the subject in the past. Regardless, whether it’s a mere “trial balloon” or an inauthentically spurious manipulation by mainstream media, it should be met with nothing less than a fierce vehemence and furious adamance of opposition by thinking Americans. It is far too dangerous a bluff to make, even if that’s all it’s intended to be.
How many Americans have counted on the parachutes of medicare, medicaid and social security being there for most of their lives? Cutting them will only accomplish one thing; it will worsen, egregiously, the economic malaise that every citizen save the wealthy, is already in the desperate throes of. The Republican strategy is to hold the the heads of the American middle class in sepsis until it can no longer breathe and blame it on on Democrats and Obama so they can once again seize control of all three branches of government in 2012 and finish the job of remaking us into a plutocracy. The writing is on the wall in glowing neon relief.
Obama needs to understand that nothing short of making a stand and calling bullshit on that strategy will enjoy the merest modicum of success.
Our only alternative might be a Republican executive and a Democratic legislature. Given the persistent and homogeneous spinelessness of Democrats, such a turd would likely never have any shine.
Wanna take that chance?
Be ready for it because it just might be the only one we have.
Drinks for my friends.