Monday, November 1, 2010

Misdirected anger at Democrats (not Republicans)

November 1, 2010, only 24 hours before U.S. voters go the polls again, and vote for both the House of Representatives and Senate candidates.
Having robbed the treasury of billions while in office,  after inheriting a budget surplus from Clinton, Dubya-Cheney and crew not only waged a pointless war in Iraq, they reduced taxes at the same time, a recipe for disaster. Now Republicans are promising to make the "Bush" tax cuts permanent, while the country limps barely out of a monumental recession, brought on by the Wall Street greed machine, enabled by a significant reduction of regulations starting in the Clinton years. Even David Stockton, budget chief for President Ronald Reagan, tells 60 minutes on CBS last evening, that the Republicans ought to be ashamed of themselves for preaching a blatant and shameful lie: that the solution to the current crisis is to "reduce taxes" as if that bromide will accomplish anything, except perhaps their own return to power in the short run. If Stockton is correct, he believes the U.S. economy has been bloated on limitless credit for the last thirty years, and now must cut spending on all fronts, including the military. And we all know that the debt and deficit are the two most significant elephants in the room which both parties need to confront.
The Republicans have provided no policy solutions, have resisted the offers of collaboration with Obama (and they have been frequent and often) simply by voting "no" to all of the major accomplishments, when they could have helped to shape those initiatives in committee, and now they want the keys to power back and the American people, if the polls are to be believed, are about to give them back.
The Tea Party, in part the expression of anger and frustration at the current desperate economic situation, has provided a bully pulpit for such intellectual fly-weights as Sarah Palin, Sharon Angle and Christine O'Donnell, and generated a mountain of hate propaganda on both sides, because once one has been hit with their stuff, one tends to want to respond in kind and in the current climate, who can blame the Democrats for their joining in the $3 billion junk-campaign of advertising.
First we had junk bonds, and then we had junk financial services managers who paid themselves millions in undeserved bonuses, and then we had junk mortgages sold as derivatives to unsuspecting global investors, and now we have junk politicians running for the "right".
Is the American public so gullible, (or so racist) that it is either incapable or unwilling to see that Obama has accomplished a great deal, on behalf of the average American, in health care reform, and in restoring the jobs of teachers and police and fire fighters, while getting out of Iraq, and committing to getting out of Afghanistan, and in legislation that would prevent another financial meltdown, and all of this without the help of the Republicans who opposed all measures with his imprint on them, just to say 'no'?
Is the American system of government, as now operating, so broken that the real short-term winners are the electronic advertising agencies and the policy alternatives are to be sacrificed on the altar of the acquisition of power for the rich, while the Republicans waltz back into power without offering a single new idea?
If the pundits are to be believed, that is the most likely outcome of tomorrow's vote, and the Harper conservatives will all be chortling in their drinks all over Ottawa tomorrow evening, thinking they are one step closer to a majority north of the 49th. Ugh!!

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