Let’s see, what is the Greatest Country in the World (GCITW) doing today? Well, after watching Europe put in place an austerity campaign to “restore confidence” that ended up contracting their economies*, warnings by Economic Nobel laureates, Paul Krugman, Columbia’s Joseph Stiglitz, and Robert M. Solow, that our debt is not our problem, a growing economy and jobs are, and even our Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke tells us the near term debt is not the problem, the sequester will further weaken the economy, and we need to be increasing spending right now, we are, you guessed it boys and girls, implementing the sequester. The sequester is austerity on steroids.
The GCITW’s Republicans cheered their leader for not negotiating some kind of solution. How did we get here? The GCITW put in place a doomsday device that would gut the government assuming no sane person would actually activate it, thus they thought, forcing compromise. But the people controlling the GCITW (Tea Party Republicans) are crazy and they activated it. For the GCITW, facts, logic, and science no longer hold sway and we are lead by VSPs** and the Tea Party with bad data and unable to read charts and graphs.
And what is the GCITW’s news media doing to alert us of the coming self-inflicted disaster? Well they are reporting and hyping a spat (made up) between Bobby Woodward and the White House because it titilates the twitter world (where deep and important thoughts can be expressed in 146 characters while the English language degenerates into acronyms) and sells advertising space. Oh, and least I forget, continues the both sides do it nonsense that confuses the voter on who is really preventing any progress, although I think even that is breaking through.
So the GCITW is unable to move forward in any discernible way, cannot ban assault weapons; can’t come up with a viable immigration policy; can’t deal with global warming; can’t recognize that our medical care system, which is the most expensive in the world, isn’t working; can’t invest in pre-kindergarden education which is the most effective way to ensure a successful life; blames both sides when a small minority of Republicans in the House and the Republican use of the filibuster in the Senate blocks everything; and is about to throw out the Civil Rights Act that has prevented states from trampling on the rights of their citizens while attempts to disenfranchise voters grows. If this is the GCITW, I would like to see some that aren’t doing so well.
But what do I know? I am old and grumpy. YOU KIDS GET OFF OF MY LAWN! Is it too early to crack open a nice bottle of wine? (Disclosure: I live on almost 22 acres of Sierra forest in the middle of a vineyard and the most pesky critters are gophers who along with Republicans, really are a scourge on the earth).
*If the results of the election in Italy are any indication, not only are the policies of austerity being rejected, but harsh economic conditions forced on the people bring out the crazies and there are disturbing parallels to the rise of Hitler in post WWI Europe.
**VSPs – Are those that look at a problem and appear serious because they call for harsh measures and self-sacrifice to seem serious about the problem when those measures are actually counterproductive, but makes them appear to be serious thinkers. Very Serious People hear other Very Serious People citing an alleged finding that supports their conclusions, then repeated it themselves, and it became part of what Everyone Knows — after all, everyone they talked to said it was true (this is also known as the Scarborough effect).