I imagine that every newly elected member of the House or Senate must get a special tour on their first day. They probably get to see the secret meeting rooms and the “members only” bathrooms and dining halls. At some point they must be taken to the Pentagon or the Dept of Homeland Security where [...]
I imagine that every newly elected member of the House or Senate must get a special tour on their first day. They probably get to see the secret meeting rooms and the “members only” bathrooms and dining halls. At some point they must be taken to the Pentagon or the Dept of Homeland Security where they are shown some of the toys that blow people up and listen in on their phone calls. I’m sure every security agency is very proud of their technology and every new politician is thrilled by the power of all the gadgets (and bombs).
Later as they sit, deliberating about such issues as the legality of recording phone calls or the messy logistics of invading Syria, they cannot help but be biased in favor of employing the extraordinary power and sophistication of high tech drones and surveillance software. They are intoxicated by the technology the way we all were when we got our first smart phone. It’s just begging to be used.
By comparison protecting civil liberties and privacy is boring. Who cares what percentage of the people are against invading Syria. Politicians want to look like powerful people and being responsible for a cruise missile attack makes them look like men of action. Senators like John McCain have come to believe it is their (our?) divine right to occupy any and every foreign country they choose. And it’s not just Republicans. The Senate Armed Services Committee behaves like Schwarzenegger pumped up on defense department steroids. Drone insanity has taken over Obama and I don’t exactly see him paying attention to polls that show that no one other than him really cares that President Assad is using chemical weapons.
The best part is that, just like with the gun issue, if you don’t like government policy you really have absolutely no choice to make at the ballot box. Obama has utterly failed to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay so next time you can choose a Republican and … As with guns you can’t throw out the Democrats who didn’t vote the party line and approve background checks because if you do, a Republican will win and they’ll start a free gun give away program. Come one come all.
Obama wants to energize voters by calling on them to be stronger citizens: “America needs more than taxpayers, spectators, and occasional voters. America needs full-time citizens.” (OSU Graduation Speech May 5th). But there are no real choices, they all get the same tour and drink the same Kool Aid – yes, even you Mr. President.
Poll Question: What is the number one issue on the minds of the citizenry? Answer – employment and wages.
On April 24, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar scheduled a hearing. This hearing was notable for both its subject and its attendance. It was a meeting about the most important economic crisis facing America today: long-term unemployment. At 10:30am, the hearing began. She was the only attendant… (The Atlantic)
It wasn’t just Republicans that boycotted the hearing. In the end the desperate need for money drives all politicians to vote for the same things. The same lobbyists work both sides of the aisle. The parties are merging but retain different publicity firms. The noisy polemics tell us that their policies are diverging but if that were true then why have they all agreed not to break up mega-banks, fight back against unfair trade, and reform elections to reduce the need for campaign cash. Bickering about the Benghazi fiasco doesn’t change anyone’s life. It will not reduce the long term unemployment rate.
On election day, why must it come down to a decision between Ms. Mediocre and Mr. Scary?
Everyone is discussing how we can save Syrians from a brutal dictator without being caught in the crossfire of a civil war. The New York Times explained how all the dissident military groups are either radical fundamentalists, Al Qaeda sympathizers, or part of Hezbollah. There’s nowhere for US troops to land and no clear borders [...]Continue reading →
Everyone has heard the famous quote by the British 18th century parliamentarian/intellectual Edmund Burke:
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
What about evil thoughts that lead to evil deeds? It is of course impossible to know when such thoughts are taking place and if they will [...]Continue reading →
The nature of the arguments made by gun advocates and slavery defenders seems eerily similar. The American south (and rural hinterland) defends its position by citing the constitution which of course also allowed them to own people. They describe the attack as nothing more than the first step in a giant plan by the evil [...]Continue reading →
The new North Korean dictator is a little less stable than his alcoholic unstable father or so he must appear. Every family member plays a game where they threaten the west and then stand down when they get some cash. China seems to be happy with this charade. The threats must grow worse each time [...]Continue reading →
The Republican party has a problem with joiners. They are enthusiastic, committed to appropriate ideals like small government and low taxes, and they are often attractive enough to win the nomination in party primaries.
And they’re often crazy, corrupt and dumb.
Mark Sanford recently won the primary in South Carolina to run as the Republican [...]Continue reading →
When a fact is asserted in a written essay, it is hard to make the claim so vociferously that the reader simply accepts the assertion as the truth. Due to the rhetorical constraints of prose the writer normally offers references or evidence (quotations etc.) to make his point. Radio allows polemicists to yell and cajole. [...]Continue reading →
The ECB finally drew a line in the sand. It told Cypress to let a bank go and only save the guaranteed deposits. No more European $ are forthcoming. Cypress agreed and blew away the unsecured bank creditors (of Cyprus Popular) instead of bankrupting its citizens. (like Ireland and Spain).
Have the rules suddenly changed?
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China has a production target to hit. It must keep costs as low as possible in order to capture the market in every tradeable goods sector. To do that it must crush labor, block imports, subsidize (with unlimited government funds and cheap bank loans) and never burden a company with regulations or pollution controls. So far so good.
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Progressive talk radio is in agony. The Sequester is going to force layoffs of teachers, firemen and aid to the poor like Block Grants to the states. The federal government spends money mainly on the poor with a few exceptions like the defense department and Medicare for rich people. When spending goes down the poor [...]Continue reading →
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