"So I try to forget it any way I can..."

>> Wednesday, August 03, 2011

I know, it's been days since I posted anything substantial, and so much going on, right? And I'm not sure I want to talk about some of it.

Here's how I feel about the debt ceiling fiasco: depressed and full of inchoate, meaningless rage. Sure, the silver lining is that there was a deal that averted a self-imposed financial apocalypse, at least for now... a shitty, shitty deal with terrorists in the House Of Representatives who couldn't be reined in by the supposedly responsible adults in both parties and both houses of Congress. We have the President, who I fear probably did the best he could with a terrible situation, talking about how we'll have the largest spending cuts since the Eisenhower era as if reducing to pre-Great Society levels is actually a progressive accomplishment or even, for that matter, sustainable at this point in history. We have Senator Harry Reid threatening Republicans with cuts to defense spending if they don't approve revenue increases as if the teabagging coalition isn't full of Buchanan/Paul isolationists or as if the Democrats wouldn't take the hit for defunding the military or as if the cuts wouldn't come from our criminally underfunded veterans' programs before they came from actually trimming unnecessary programs or bringing soldiers home or as if substantial cuts to defense contracts wouldn't actually hurt civilian workers at a time the economy needs Keynesian spending even if it has to be on guns to make some southwestern Republican's dick hard. (Phew!) We have a situation where we've proven that suicidally holding the world economy hostage not only doesn't have blowback but it works as a strategy.

More than anything, we may have proven that our two century experiment in representative democracy may be an utter failure, that there is a systematic failure of American society that leads to ignorant voters who have been misinformed by the media and their leaders voting into office a combination of ineffectual corporate butt monkeys and arrogant and uneducated miscreants in thrall to Gilded Age fantasies about power and money.

And I didn't want to talk about it.

I feel... here's a song that pretty damn well sums up how I feel, and how depressing is it that it's a song about fucking Reganomics:

So, okay, happier thoughts. All that noise is Neil and Pegi Young joining Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and that's apparently John Fogerty wandering around back there; plus not only is Michael Stipe pretty evident in that white suit, but I'm fairly sure I saw his bandmate Mike Mills lurking about. From 2007, so we get treated to a blistering exchange between Neil and the late, great Clarence Clemons.

Fucking Hell. Somebody beer me when I get home.


Warner Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 8:53:00 AM EDT  

Why do you think the Speaker wanted to rein them in?

Eric Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 12:31:00 PM EDT  

It had to be a little embarrassing that he had, at one point, to turn the floor over to a bill regarding names for Post Offices because he suddenly realized he didn't have the votes for what he'd negotiated.

To paraphrase a friend (whose post on the subject is worth reading), the Democrats demonstrated they don't know how to lead and the Republicans demonstrated they don't know how to govern.

Leanright,  Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 6:13:00 PM EDT  

"I find it distasteful and disturbing to increase the debt limit yet again. Clearly we need to change course and this debt limit bill is just another reminder of that."

Harry Reid in 2007.
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

Barack Obama, 2006

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