Ah, Sunday morning. Coffee, a nice English muffin with orange marmalade on it, the paper, and my computer. Let the nonsense begin. I see where Michele was coronated queen of the nutcakes. Given who is making these decisions, I would think that placing last might actually qualify you for the Presidency. Apparently Tim Pawlenty is dropping out. I can’t figure out why Newt continues since his chances are nil given his erratic behavior, but maybe it is face time for speaking fees and another book. Perry is in and let reality shine its light on his nonsense. You know I have to go with Paul Krugman on this one. He said in his blog this morning:
“OK, politics isn’t being devised for our entertainment — although given the dismal situation, finding the humor often seems the only way to get through the week.”
There are days when the news is so dismal, like the latest Obama cave, that I count the minutes until John Stewart comes on to provide perspective to the insanity we are witnessing that the main stream press and media seem to totally miss. It is usually the Daily Show or maybe Rachael Maddow lor Lawrence O’Donnell who actually provides the video of the latest statement and then the promises made earlier. If they weren’t so ridiculous, they might be tragic. Sadly all we can do is laugh at how stupid they must think we are.
I would wonder what is on the Sunday Morning talk shows, but it will be the same old people, with the same old tired ideas, probably discussing the Republican candidates for President, and pretending they are making sense instead of pointing out the lunacy of their positions. Maybe later when I have built up my strength. Thank you DVR. Then when I get to total nonsense, I can just fast forward through it. Too bad we can’t fast forward through the times we are now in.
Probably the most scary thing this morning unless you were anywhere near the stage at the Indiana State Fair, is that the “geniuses” on Obama political team are debating whether he should get more aggressive about the economy (White House Debates Fight on Economy):
“Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, David Plouffe, and his chief of staff, William M. Daley, want him to maintain a pragmatic strategy of appealing to independent voters by advocating ideas that can pass Congress, even if they may not have much economic impact. These include free trade agreements and improved patent protections for inventors.”
This has worked out so well for the country hasn’t it boys? Instead of worrying about how to really move the country in a new direction that might actually make things better, let’s appeal to the mindless middle and get re-elected, maybe.
“But others, including Gene Sperling, Mr. Obama’s chief economic adviser, say public anger over the debt ceiling debate has weakened Republicans and created an opening for bigger ideas like tax incentives for businesses that hire more workers, according to Congressional Democrats who share that view. Democrats are also pushing the White House to help homeowners facing foreclosure. Even if the ideas cannot pass Congress, they say, the president would gain a campaign issue by pushing for them.”
Note that even in the counter argument they are thinking small. Let’s see, be a man and a real leader, or following the people who you chose to make the hard decisions, do the easy thing that will fix nothing. What is so depressing is that this is even a debate. Should I fight for what might actually help the country, or should I do what I can get through Congress (nothing you nitwit, as the election approaches) so I can look good to independents and get reelected, but the country continues to drift toward the edge of the waterfall? And we call this leadership?
Talk about living in a bubble. This is an absolute no-brainer and they are debating it. I think Dylan Ratigan is right. They are all bought and paid for, and they are so removed from the reality of what many Americans are facing, that both the left and the right are no longer making any kind of sense. Note that in the above debate, the politicos are making the decisions about the economy, while the economic adviser is being ignored. Who needs economists when we are discussing the economy?
By the way, I have a book recommendation for people who still like to use their brain cells, a declining minority. It is called Zombie Economics, How Dead Ideas Still Walk Among Us by John Quiggin. It goes through how the last 30 years or so of economic tranquility spawned certain economic beliefs, which the 2007 blow-up disproved and how they are still controlling our policy. My favorite was:
“The zombie ideas that brought the global and financial system to the brink of meltdown, and have already caused thousands of firms to fail and cost millions of workers their jobs, still walk among us. They underlie the thinking of those who are responding to the crisis, and to a large extent, of the commentators and analysts who assess their responses.”
As he pointed out, many of the economists today who hold on to these ideas made their academic bones writing about these now failed ideas. So they cling to them because they have so much invested in them. But my absolute favorite was this little wisdom (See BP Oil Spill, Challenger disaster, Katrina disaster, Enron, Financial meltdown of 2007, et al):
“History teaches us that we rarely learn from history.”
Ah, just another quiet Sunday morning.