The typical theme you might read in the papers goes something like this: the off-their-rocker Republicans (and they are) shut down the government because of a maniacal obsessive hate of Obamacare but the president and Democrats, particularly in the Senate, are just tough bastards and are holding the line. The problem is: the Democrats have already given in when you look at the big picture.
Yet another truly foolish installment in the games played by political leaders is playing out with the sequester dance. Please, c’mon, to quote John McEnroe “You can’t be serious.” But, apparently they are.
That the whole phony debt crisis has been driven by people with deep ties to business interests and the elite will not come as a surprise to people who read this blog — I’ve been pointing this out for a long time. It’s not a hidden secret — just one the transcribers of press releases (formerly known as “journalists”) don’t care to mention very often. So, today, there is an exception to the rule — with one glaring omission.
One of the most grating parts about the Fix-The-Debt crowd is their sanctimoniousness — only *they* care about the country and only *they* know the truth and everyone else is an idiot and blind. The truth is this is a gang of phonies — led by the corporate hacks named Bowles and Simpson — who have an ideological hatred of anything that smells of a “social good” and mostly standout for the amount of riches they’ve siphoned off from various companies or investments they’ve tapped into. And here is hard evidence.
Some days, I find the whole thing ludicrous and immoral. Some days, I laugh. And sometimes it’s a little of both. As in today’s installment of fiscal Kabuki Theater.
There is so much stupidity in the debate over the phony debt and deficit “crisis”, and its little “sibling, the “fiscal cliff”. Here is one very stupid thing: whether the tax cuts for the very wealthy should be extended. The tax cuts were a bad idea — immoral actually — when they first were proposed by George W. Bush. Which still makes the tax cuts — legalized robbery — a bad idea today.
Nothing is keeping my anger quotient higher than the refusal by politicians in New York state–and across the nation–to tax the rich. It is nothing less than an obscenity. …