Archive for July 2011

Death of Democrats

As President Obama and the Republicans craft a deficit plan that only a small minority in America want, there were two telling stories today in the paper about the downfall of Democrats.  They were,  Rightward Tilt Leaves Obama With Party Rift, and Why Voters Tune out Democrats.  In the first article, it points out that Mr. Obama may be vulnerable because the very independents he is courting with his headlong rightward rush will be disenchanted because the policies he is embracing will leave the economy in 2012 in shambles.  And what I find really insightful is that while the White House assumes that given the choice between a return to Republican failure or him in 2012, his base will have to vote for him, the article notes that many will just not care anymore.  They won’t be able to turn out the vote  like they did in 2008.

In the second article, from a pollster who has spent years polling the public, he finds:  “Oddly, many voters prefer the policies of Democrats to the policies of Republicans. They just don’t trust the Democrats to carry out those promises.”  And right now we are seeing why this distrust is a realistic perception.  The Democrats cave and they keep moving the country right, so why would you trust them to run government.  I think in the last few months American Progressives are waking up to this fact and Obama is in real trouble in 2012 because so many just don’t think it matters any more how they vote.  He has proven that to us.  With Democrats unable to just say no, the Party doesn’t matter any more.  It stands for nothing.

As a personal note, no he is not in an impossible situation.  The Democrats could say no to his capitulation and then he could invoke the 14th Amendment and get the debt ceiling raised saving the country from Bankruptcy, but that would take a real commitment to Democratic ideals and leadership.  He has repeatedly shown he does not have either.

On leadership, there are two indicators.    The first is that while he can speak well, most of us don’t listen any more because, well, as was told in a story last week, Henry Waxman in a meeting with Obama had the audacity to ask, “Do you mean that or are just going to cave?”.   The other indicator is, explain to me Obama’s plan for the economy.  Last week he gave a speech where he said that we needed a balanced approach and supported a plan without one.  I have no idea what he thinks will fix the economy and my guess is neither does the rest of the nation.  That my friends, is not leadership.

Flash: Another Intercepted Report to the Planet Xeon

The following is the second report intercepted by NSA from a Planet Xeon agent stationed to observe behavior in the United States, and sent back to the planet Xeon Governing Council. Sources in NSA leaked the report to this blog because of its small reading population and the unlikelihood that anyone would read it.  NSA sources noted that the increasing desperation of the Xeon agent made him sloppy and resulted in the interception of this message.

FLASH MESSAGE:  TOP SECRET – PLANET XEON GOVERNING COUNCIL EYES ONLY

SUBJECT:  JUST GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE!

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Reference previous June 6th message (INCREASINGLY IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES AND THE THREAT TO CIVILIZATION ON EARTH).  Situation is rapidly deteriorating with increasingly erratic and irrational behavior.  I fear for my life as the total population within the Beltway is no longer making any sense and they are threatening the world economy.  The situation has become critical as they are posed to destroy their financial system.  Here are the salient facts:

  • First indications of a total separation from reality was the weather and their reaction to it this summer.  As record temperatures soared throughout the country, and more evidence of melting ice caps, with severe wx phenomenon , the whole issue of global warming/climate change never came up.  With scientific evidence now overwhelmingly supporting this phenomenon, they are blithely ignorant of it.  In my detailed research of their literature, I found a famous literary character who personifies their attitudes. In  a magazine called MAD Magazine, clearly aimed at these times, the primary character, Alfred E. Neuman,  would respond to any crisis with “What me worry?”  It is uncanny how much this fictional character looks like their last President when their economy was trashed.
  • The nation is borrowing money at record low interest rates and suffering from severe joblessness, but the nation has become paralyzed worrying about their debt.  Some concern is warranted, but they have become obsessed.  They say the market place tells no lies, and the market place in the form of interest rates says borrowing is not a problem and yet they all are running around chanting cut, cut, cut.  After the debt, what else will they want to cut?  My biggest fear is of their fear.  After they cut their debt by gutting their government and nothing gets better, who will be the next bogeyman.  Aliens?  GET ME OUT OF HERE!
  • A new totally off the charts crazy group called the Tea Party has taken over politics in Washington.  Now there are many insanity/moronic plaque (explained below) indicators here.  First the group calls themselves the Tea Party after a revolt in history where a group of citizens protested “taxation without representation” by throwing heavily taxed tea into the ocean.  They weren’t necessarily against the tax, they were against the fact that it was imposed upon them without having a voice in that decision.  This present day group call themselves Tea Partiers simply did not like the choice of the majority of the people, i.e., they are anti-democratic.  So any parallels between their grievances and the original revolt are non-existent, which further demonstrates their loose connection with reality and facts.  This group claims they were given a mandate in the last election to cut government.  Anyone with an iota of sense would understand that the economy was depressed and the previous election did not change things, so people were voting for anything that would fix the economy, not necessarily gut government.  Polls show people want jobs.  So here is the final picture:  We have this group reinventing history, chanting cut, cut, cut, believing that is what the people want even though polls tell them it isn’t, and basic economic theory tells them that their course of action will make things worse, which they ignore or claim is no longer valid.  Lunatics who are fully under the spell of moronic plague!  I rest my case.
  • The negotiations over how to cut the debt is my prime example of total incapacitation by moronic plague.  One side wants massive cuts to the budget.  The other side wants cuts and some revenues from increased taxes on those that have benefited from the massive tax cuts under the last President.  Now the first thing to notice is that according to their basic economic theory, locally called Econ 101, cuts to spending in a severely depressed economy will further depress their economy.  So on a purely rational basis, both plans are destined to fail to fix the economy further demonstrating their total irrationality.  But here is where it gets really off the charts.  One side finally gives up on any tax increases and moves totally to the other side’s all cut approach.  Then the other side digs in and wants even more massive cuts, and the media and talking heads call this partisan bickering between the two sides.  Apparently their brains are so idled by the plaque that when one side totally capitulates and the other side gets more intransigent, they can’t see where the problem is.
  • Finally one might ask, where is the adult leadership?  And here is where the insanity has reached epic proportions.  First, their country’s leader, the President, is called by one side a socialist who is spending the country into ruin.  Yet almost all of the spending came from the previous administration in the form of tax cuts, unfunded wars, unfunded health benefits, and a depressed economy further restricting revenues.  Studies of the present president’s policies put him right in the middle of what was a moderate on the other side of the political fence, called Republicans.  An examination of his two great policies, the stimulus package, and the health care bill show that they were primarily Republican policies in the form of tax cuts, and in the case of the health care bill, recycled Republican ideas from the 20th century.  Worse, as the debt debate has escalated, he has adopted the policies of the other side offering more cutting than they asked for and leaving him powerless to help the economy in the future.  It would appear that the moronic plague has also infected their last best hope.

Those that are exhibiting this loss of ability for rational thought are infected with the Moronic Plague and are referred to as “morons.”  They exhibit one outstanding and common characteristic that defines their disease:  They  continue to do what they have been doing and, expecting different results, are shocked, shocked, shocked when nothing changes.  The country is being overrun with them.  They had eight years of lower taxes (lowest in 60 years) and less regulation (they just gutted regulatory agencies) and the economy crashed and burned.  Now they want to do more of it and expect different results.  PLEASE AND I AM BEGGING YOU! GET ME OUT OF HERE!

I would relocate to Europe where at least they have a good safety net, but they have also started down this austerity road with similar results.  The whole planet is suffering from the Moronic Plague and I need to be extracted immediately.  I can’t watch the disaster to come.

IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUEST:  Request transfer to the Planet Morg, where all the women are beautiful and the men are handsome; the women are equal citizens and have control over their own bodies; people can marry who they want;  religious belief is very private and government is strictly secular; the people understand that old recycled failed policies will result in nothing but old recycled failed outcomes; their wines have structure and balance with no fruit bombs; and they respect their planet.  After this trauma of watching this debacle, you owe me.  Oh, did I mention they banned  flag lapel pins, power ties, and ending every speech with the pandering lines, God Bless America?  PLEASE SEND ME THERE!

Your Faithful Servant

UNKNOWN

Note:  NSA sources indicate that this Xeon Agent lives somewhere in Northern California, in the Sierra Foothills overlooking a vineyard, and indications are he has become quite fond of local beverages.  His actual true identity is in jeopardy of being disclosed since his ideas further and further separate him from his community making his plight even more urgent.  NSA hopes to capture him when his planet attempts to extract him.  He will then be infected with the moronic plague and will happily live out his days in bliss on the planet mumbling “cut taxes, cut taxes” as it self-destructs around him.

Who Said it Best: Paul Krugman

In Friday’s Paul Krugman op-ed (and blog) he took on a pet peeve of mine, the press failing to accurately report that one side is being unreasonable. By saying both sides are equally partisan they are miss-reporting the actual battle. We progressives find ourselves trying to negotiate between hard Right and just Right as the Republicans, through their intransigence have completely controlled the debate and the agenda. But I digress. Here is Paul’s complete op-ed piece:

“The Centrist Cop-Out
By PAUL KRUGMAN

The facts of the crisis over the debt ceiling aren’t complicated. Republicans have, in effect, taken America hostage, threatening to undermine the economy and disrupt the essential business of government unless they get policy concessions they would never have been able to enact through legislation. And Democrats — who would have been justified in rejecting this extortion altogether — have, in fact, gone a long way toward meeting those Republican demands.

As I said, it’s not complicated. Yet many people in the news media apparently can’t bring themselves to acknowledge this simple reality. News reports portray the parties as equally intransigent; pundits fantasize about some kind of “centrist” uprising, as if the problem was too much partisanship on both sides.

Some of us have long complained about the cult of “balance,” the insistence on portraying both parties as equally wrong and equally at fault on any issue, never mind the facts. I joked long ago that if one party declared that the earth was flat, the headlines would read “Views Differ on Shape of Planet.” But would that cult still rule in a situation as stark as the one we now face, in which one party is clearly engaged in blackmail and the other is dickering over the size of the ransom?

The answer, it turns out, is yes. And this is no laughing matter: The cult of balance has played an important role in bringing us to the edge of disaster. For when reporting on political disputes always implies that both sides are to blame, there is no penalty for extremism. Voters won’t punish you for outrageous behavior if all they ever hear is that both sides are at fault.

Let me give you an example of what I’m talking about. As you may know, President Obama initially tried to strike a “Grand Bargain” with Republicans over taxes and spending. To do so, he not only chose not to make an issue of G.O.P. extortion, he offered extraordinary concessions on Democratic priorities: an increase in the age of Medicare eligibility, sharp spending cuts and only small revenue increases. As The Times’s Nate Silver pointed out, Mr. Obama effectively staked out a position that was not only far to the right of the average voter’s preferences, it was if anything a bit to the right of the average Republican voter’s preferences.

But Republicans rejected the deal. So what was the headline on an Associated Press analysis of that breakdown in negotiations? “Obama, Republicans Trapped by Inflexible Rhetoric.” A Democratic president who bends over backward to accommodate the other side — or, if you prefer, who leans so far to the right that he’s in danger of falling over — is treated as being just the same as his utterly intransigent opponents. Balance!

Which brings me to those “centrist” fantasies.

Many pundits view taking a position in the middle of the political spectrum as a virtue in itself. I don’t. Wisdom doesn’t necessarily reside in the middle of the road, and I want leaders who do the right thing, not the centrist thing.

But for those who insist that the center is always the place to be, I have an important piece of information: We already have a centrist president. Indeed, Bruce Bartlett, who served as a policy analyst in the Reagan administration, argues that Mr. Obama is in practice a moderate conservative.

Mr. Bartlett has a point. The president, as we’ve seen, was willing, even eager, to strike a budget deal that strongly favored conservative priorities. His health reform was very similar to the reform Mitt Romney installed in Massachusetts. Romneycare, in turn, closely followed the outlines of a plan originally proposed by the right-wing Heritage Foundation. And returning tax rates on high-income Americans to their level during the Roaring Nineties is hardly a socialist proposal.

True, Republicans insist that Mr. Obama is a leftist seeking a government takeover of the economy, but they would, wouldn’t they? The facts, should anyone choose to report them, say otherwise.

So what’s with the buzz about a centrist uprising? As I see it, it’s coming from people who recognize the dysfunctional nature of modern American politics, but refuse, for whatever reason, to acknowledge the one-sided role of Republican extremists in making our system dysfunctional. And it’s not hard to guess at their motivation. After all, pointing out the obvious truth gets you labeled as a shrill partisan, not just from the right, but from the ranks of self-proclaimed centrists.

But making nebulous calls for centrism, like writing news reports that always place equal blame on both parties, is a big cop-out — a cop-out that only encourages more bad behavior. The problem with American politics right now is Republican extremism, and if you’re not willing to say that, you’re helping make that problem worse. “

More “Surprise”

Headline from Breaking News: U.S. Economy Worse Than Expected in Second Quarter; G.D.P. Grew at 1.3% Pace

What morons expected things to improve? We are cutting federal spending, state’s spending, there is no demand because household debt is at record highs and our policy choices (cutting) are making it worse. If you took Econ 101 you would know we are on exactly the wrong path and these are all the expected outcomes of these policies. Oh, did I mention that the President and all the Congressional small minds seem to also have forgotten Econ 101 as they cave to a deficit reduction plan that will stifle the economy and grow the deficit. Brilliant bunch we have in charge.  Almost as brilliant as the morons who report this stuff.

The Fall of a Man and the Distruction of a Nation

 

John McCain came out the other day and delivered a blistering speech on the Senate floor on the Tea Party.  We all thought, well, maybe he is back.  Maybe the straight talk express was back. See video clip below. But then he got called on the carpet by Sean Hannity of Fox News and he claimed he didn’t attack the Tea Party and they were the saviors of the Republican Party.  Apparently in Fox Network Land denying provable reality (film at 6) is perfectly acceptable.  Let us not forget Newt Gingrich telling us to ignore his words, they do not reflect what he said.

But what we really saw in this sad debacle was what has happened to this country. In John McCain, a man who knew what he believed and fought for, who endured years of torture holding on as best he could to his beliefs, we see a man who has sold his soul for power. We have a whole Congress who reads the polls, talks to the money raisers and decides which way to blow. Then they convince themselves it is the best thing for the country when they know better. I wish John would just go away. It is too painful to watch him pander.

But there is the other lesson here and that is we have a whole party who must take a loyalty oath to certain facts even when they know they are a lie. Hannity runs through the required beliefs in this interview to make sure John McCain is holding firm to a set of false beliefs. He starts it off with “The President has not put forward a plan.” Well that’s a bold face lie. The President put a plan on the table that I personally hate and Boehner walked away. The he says “They want Cut, Cap, and Balance, a reasonable bill…” Reasonable if you are brain dead and did not take Econ 101. He says, and this is the biggest lie, that President Obama and the Democrats caused the deficit. The graph below is from the CBO. It is the truth about where the budget came from:

The reality is a far cry from what Fox News and Hannity are pushing.  But that is where we are today.  A once proud American bowing to a propagranda machine that sells lies to America, and America believes them.  Thinking is no longer required and loyalty oaths are your platform.  And you wonder why we are going down in flames.

A Little Late to Wake Up

I listened to Chris Mathews today seem to just discover that the deficit came primarily from the Bush Tax Cuts (what? no increased revenues from the tax cuts?), unfunded wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, unfunded prescription drug benefit, the reduced income from the crash in the economy, and the increased spending on safety nets. All of these are a direct result of Republican policies during the Bush years.  The stimulus spending, actually only about $300 billion (the rest were tax cuts) in actual outlays, is barely a blip on the screen.  And most important, they are just realizing that repealing the Bush Tax Cuts will fix most of this.  Of course Obama set this whole deficit debate up when he could not stand firm in December on repealing the Tax cuts.

The talking heads are part of our problem because by not understanding these basic facts, they have allowed the Republicans to totally misrepresent the reality of the situation, over and over again.  Take our President (you take him, I don’t want him anymore) who has lent credence to their misrepresentations by buying into their narrative to attract the independents and then capitulate in every negotiation.  The reality is, we have not had a Democrat in office for a long time or in reality, any Democratic policies.  The Republicans totally control the agenda because Democrats simply cannot say no.  So we have a Democratic President, Democratic Senate, being controlled by the Republicans, and their failure will be blamed on Democratic policies of which there haven’t been any.

Now the Republicans have been very successful at convincing everyone that we have to cut the deficit.  That language has entered all the narratives.  But the Republicans refuse to do it with tax revenues, just all cuts.  Here is where you wonder where the talking heads are.  All economists will tell you that the only way, without dismantling government, is to cut spending and raise revenues.  Yet we treat these people as though they have a valid policy position.  The press, with their “balanced” coverage, have badly misinformed the public, and are  just now waking up to that reality as their own investments will be impacted by this madness.

Then there is the Chamber of Commerce and other Business groups that are waking up to the fact that their support of the Tea Party elected Frankenstein to office.  They created them and funded them to take back the House, and now they are finding out they can’t control them.  What do you know.  These people actually believed the loony things they were saying and not just pandering to the loonies in the crowd.  Who knew?

What all this boils down to is that there are really not two sets of facts.  There is only one set.  But they have been so misrepresented by the Right, that they have taken over what is perceived as truth.  To Wit:

  • Obama created massive debts with progressive policies – As noted above they all came from Republican actions.  Republicans have stymied any effective actions with the filibuster in the Senate
  • Cut taxes on the rich and there will be flow down – Never happened as the primary proof is the Bush Tax Cuts, the largest contributor to the deficit
  • Reduce taxes on the wealthy (job creators) and they will reinvest in America – They have the lowest tax rates in 60 years and they are hanging on to it
  • Stimulus spending doesn’t work – Deny the recovery from the Depression
  • Government Jobs aren’t real jobs – It is estimate and a study in Italy showed that for every $1 spent by the government, it is multiplied by a factor of 1.5 in actual spending in the economy
  • Growth of medical costs will bankrupt us, therefore cut them – reality is that if we spent what Europe does on health care, we would not have a deficit.  No one is looking at our system of insurance and delivery and saying maybe we don’t need to cut services, but reform how they are delivered
  • And the biggest lie of all, when the deficit is under control, business will start reinvesting in America – Businesses now earn 70% of their earnings from overseas where demand is still strong or moderately so.  The numbers show that government debt has nothing to do with business investment (interest rates are at record lows).  What is directly related is private debt (another measure of demand).  Cutting the deficit through cuts in spending just worsen most of our citizens financial condition and make it harder for them to pay off private debt.  In other words, the real solutions are mortgage relief and jobs (read spending), one, the other, or both.  Just cutting will make things worse

Enter spineless Democrats who read polls and then pander, and we have a whole nation moving toward self-destruction. The commonly accepted national narrative is false, our leaders are catering to policies that will further damage our economy and increase our decline, and no one is standing up and saying wait-a-minute except Bernie Sanders, my hero.  There is no debt extension crisis if they just pass (15 minute process) a clean bill, and fight the budget issues out in the budget bill.  But we have empowered the loony and then we are surprised when the outcome is loony.  Welcome to the circus.  And the people most angry about the circus are the ones who put the clowns in office.

Some Thoughts on Leadership

I have been highly critical of the President and the Senate on their failure to lead.  It is really not that they haven’t led, but that their leadership style is simply unsuited to the task and environment they are in.  If you want to argue that point, see where we were after the election in 2008 and where we are today, and you have to ask, is this effective leadership?

I got a real lesson in leadership style from our U.S. military.  Back in the day when they still had hope for me as a young captain in the Air Force, they sent me to Squadron Officers School in Huntsville Alabama.  It was kind of the first polishing school for potential leaders for junior officers.  So I spent 3 months immersed in leadership training.  In one unit they had us watch the movie, Twelve O’clock High, the 1949 war movie with Gregory Peck.  At the time, I thought it was an entertaining movie, but I had no idea what a lesson it was in leadership styles until this unit focused us on it.

In the movie, a bomber squadron in England is suffering severe losses from daylight bombing of Germany, and the morale has hit rock bottom.  The squadron commander is a wonderful man who befriends and works with his crews.  His feels their pain. But the squadron is sinking deeper and deeper into their depression and failures.  Enter Gregory Peck to replace his friend and turn the squadron around.  He portrays to his men just the opposite, establishing discipline and a sense of the mission (well it was a long process).

I remember one scene where he tells his assembled men something to the effect of, “You are already dead, so get out there and do your job and quit worrying about it.”  You really need to watch the movie to understand how this style of leadership in this environment was so effective and what the cost was on character played by Gregory Peck.  The Air Force was trying to teach us “kids” that one size does not fit all when it comes to leadership.

The point of the learning exercise was that there are various leadership styles and they have to be tailored to the situation and the environment.  President Obama and Harry Reid are men who deeply care about their government and their country.  They are leading the best way they know how.  But that leadership is less than ineffective, it has enabled and empowered the other side.  The style of leadership that we elected and brought to the table was the wrong choice.  Accommodation in the environment we are in, is capitulation.  The Republicans know that, and the Democrats simply fail to adjust to it.

It is clear that President Obama and Harry Reid  are simply not capable of changing their leadership styles.  President Obama’s speech on Monday night was a prime example.  He is in a fight for the very essence of what America is, and we got Mr. Accommodation with an offer to capitulate.  Even if it was just a political ploy, it sent the message that just cuts without revenue are okay.  Like the situation in Twelve O’clock High, it is time to change the players before we lose all our marbles.  How we do that I am not sure.

One keeps hoping the progressives in Congress would show some strength and courage and take control, but they have not.  Maybe as the organization ActBlue is trying to do, we need to run more Democrats who will challenge the ones who have failed us.  Or maybe as Dr. Sachs suggested, we need a third party to put pressure on the Democrats for just taking their base for granted.  It certainly worked for the Tea Party.

I simply don’t know what the right answer is, but I do know that we can’t continue doing what we have been doing and expect a different result.  Who was that that defined that course of action as the prime example of stupidity?  Our ship of state is sinking in it.

Who Knew?

Who knew that when we elected President Obama with all our hope for turning away from the anti-intellectualism and government hating Republicans, we would be empowering them, putting them in charge of the agenda for the country, and watching the greatest dismantling of our government in our history?  And like Elizabeth Drew wrote in her piece for the New York Review of Books,”What were they thinking?”

Forget the debt debate, because once again it is not the real debate, just a means to an end.  The real debate is about whether we believe in government or not, whether we believe we should act as one to protect our weak and vulnerable, whether government has a role in our future.  Republicans want to dismantle Medicare and Social Security (except Social Security is not part of the deficit).  I can’t figure out who they think is going to invest in infrastructure, lead in basic research, protect our vulnerable and fragile, help level the playing field for those with less resources?  Maybe that is the point, they don’t want it level.

The linking of the debt and jobs, which if you believe Republican mythology are intricately linked, is just that, mythology.  Somehow if the debt is under control, businesses would have the confidence to start spending the money they have, expanding and hiring.  Except there is no demand which is the real problem.  As I have pointed out before, if there were people demanding I sell them more widgets if I had them, I would not be worrying about the debt.  I would be making more widgets and taking my profit while it lasts.

Once again I listened to a Republican say that if we lowered the tax rates jobs would appear.  We have the lowest rates in 60 years and there are no jobs.  When George Bush passed his massive tax cuts that got us in the fix we are in, the GDP went up because of the housing bubble and the insane profits being made in the financial markets, but there were no new jobs.  We were not making widgets, we were packaging and selling debt.  This is all verifiable, yet we continue to get this claim that there will be more jobs if we just further gut government.

Every time we have passed a tax cut, that is exactly what we have done, we have further gutted our government.  Voodoo economics (lower tax rates stimulate the economy and increase tax revenues) has been proven to be voodoo.  If it worked we would be rolling in the dough right now.  What all these cuts have accomplished is to take money from investing in our future, in education, infrastructure, energy research, mass transit, and health care, and gave it to the wealthy who have banked it.  Flow down (the belief that these are “job creators” and the money they get they reinvest in America) is also provenly a myth.  Look around you.  The rich are filthy rich and we have the highest unemployment in decades.

So none of it works.  The idea that government is the problem is a failed concept.  In the 21st century what we are learning is that government has an important role to play in our economy.  See China and Europe for examples.  Yet government is the problem is at the heart of the debt debate.  If we follow the Republican solution for the debt, we will reduce government to being meaningless.  That is what this is really all about.  Sadly what President Obama seems to be willing to compromise to to get a debt deal will do just that.  He will tie his hands for years in his inability to use government to do anything but run at idle.  The Republicans have won the larger argument.

So back in 2008 we rejoiced in a new day.  Then we watched as failed leadership, mostly in the Senate and of course the President, brought these people back and empowered them.  Now we are watching the dismantling of what we have built and hoped for.  We have gone from dreaming the big dreams to hunkering down.  This is a colossal failure of leadership and it is beyond me why people still make excuses for it.  You either fight for what is right, or turn over the reins to someone else.  It should be fairly obvious at this point, that the Republicans have the reins.  Who knew?

 

WTF Mr. President

Let’s see, you buy into their narrative that we must cut now, which will tube the economy and then you want a balanced approach but you support Harry Reid’s bill? Give me a break! Harry Reid’s bill is all cuts and it will rape the middle class. It’s called caving in and trying to straddle all sides. I crave anyone with a little political courage (besides Bernie Sanders who never lets us down).

Waiting for Gigot

This is a famous play about two men waiting for a character who will somehow solve their problems, but who never shows up.  It is the same as waiting for the perfect compromise.  It is never going to show up.  We have one of two outcomes, either of which will push us into another recession.  Either Barack caves (most likely with his history), or the Republicans cave (highly unlikely).

Let’s face it, on every issue it wasn’t just that the left did not get their way, the country moved further to the right and we are showing it.  Right now I think maybe the President ought to act Presidential just once and take charge.  Raise the debt limit unilaterally.  There are many Constitutional lawyers who think he can do this.  But that wouldn’t fit into his image as Mr. Compromise for the 2012 elections.  So the country be damned, he will cave.  Sadly he will say this is a victory and then the economy will falter further and the Republicans will blame him and he will look confused.

More and more I think we should just put the right in charge and let them dismantle our government.  They when shit happens and they look around to find Democrats to blame it on, they won’t find any.  As long as we have Democrats without spines who continue to compromise on basic issues because it is the only deal they can get, we really don’t have a Democratic Party anyway.