Throw the bastards out!

Never have so few done so much harm to so many.  Yes, I’m talking about Congress again.  The 112th Congress has managed since convening in January of 2011 to accomplish almost nothing. breaks it down for us.  Consider this.

–  They’ve threatened government shut down – twice

–  They’ve cost the nation it’s sterling credit rating

–  They can’t pass a budget or even work in committee to find desperately needed savings.  They just throw in the towel.

–  They’ve worsened the housing crisis by not acting

–  They’ve done nothing for the jobless

–  They’ve threatened Medicare and Medicaid patients as well as those who collect Social Security

They are by my account an EPIC FAIL.  It’s time to vote the bastards out.  Who’s with me?

The Stupor Committee

The bi-partisan Super Committee has admitted defeat.  Tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in spending reductions, they have proved unable to push past party politics.  Mired in political gridlock yesterday the Committee threw up its hands and told the American public that we just don’t matter.  Well it matters to the stock market.  It tanked 284 points on the news.  And it matters to seniors looking to have their Social Security cut back, their Medicare and Medicaid cut off.  It matters to the jobless.

Because this Congress can’t work together like adults, there will be no tax reform, there will be not additional revenue raised to pay down our horrifying deficit.  There will be no new jobs.  Yes, America for your money and your patience, you once again get nothing.

Herman Cain: Garden-variety Bigot

So it came out today that Herman Cain is worried by people with “muslim-sounding” names. In fact, what really bothers him is that such a person might not share his Christian values. To tell it in his own words about a physician he once visited:

“I said to his physician assistant, ‘That [Dr. Abudullah] sounds foreign, not that I had anything against foreign doctors–but it sounded too foreign. She said, ‘He’s from Lebanon.’ Oh, Lebanon! My mind immediately started thinking, ‘Wait a minute, maybe his religious persuasion is different than mine!’ She could see the look on my face and she said, ‘Don’t worry, Mr. Cain, he’s a Christian from Lebanon.’ [to which Cain responded] ‘Hallelujah! Thank God.’”

Image courtesy Gage Skidmore via Wikipidia.Now let’s ponder this for a moment. Herman Cain doesn’t want people who don’t share his “religious persuasion” around him. I suppose we could infer that this means he won’t want Muslims in his cabinet. Whoops! He already said that. But taking things a step further, would it be reasonable to assume that Herman Cain wouldn’t want non-Christians on the Supreme Court? Or how about the military? Don’t want any non-Christians there.

In fact, if you’re not a Christian (…and by that we mean the “right kind of Christian”), then Herman Cain’s America is probably not one that you’ll want to live in.

So to all you Muslims, Sihks, Hindus…uh…Jews, Catholics, Mormans, Orthodox (Russian, Greek, or whatever)…Confucianists, Taoists, druids, Wicca, Shintoists…Cthulans…atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, and Satanists…you might want to consider what it would mean for this ignorant bigot to be elected to our nation’s highest office.

Inflation? What inflation

Diabolically oblivious Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke made news this week when in the face of all credible evidence to the contrary, he declared there is “No inflation” in America right now.  Really Ben?  Really?  Well let’s look at the facts, shall we?  The price of gas is up, the price of food is up, the price of energy is…say it with me…up.  In fact Mr. Chairman if you do the research you’ll learn that the cost of the makings of a Thanksgiving dinner are also up.  13% year over year.  That’s what I call double digit inflation.  I find it incredibly disingenous of the government to tell us that inflation is stable while not counting the most combustile priced things that we buy.  As the Frog pointed out to me gas has gone up (and then down again) at least 20% over the past year alone.  I’m guessing it’s only going to go up again.  So are food prices.  I was at a convenience store today where they were touting milk for $3.99 a gallon.  When did $3.99 milk become a bargain?  Oh yeah, right about the time they raised the cost of my parking by 20% and then another 20% a few short months later.  No inflation, just saying that doesn’t make it so.

9% Unemployment – Just a Good Beginning

In case it wasn’t already blindingly apparent to what’s left of the America’s middle-class, the ‘Thuglican establishment has no interest in job creation. Oh they may roll out the platitudes, like the GOP hopefuls did in this evening’s 10th primary season echo-chamber. They may hyperventilate about how we need to unshackle American business, reducing already absurdly low taxes, in order to secure a promise of new jobs—jobs that we know from experience will never be created.

But look at the rhetoric: Mitt Romney wants to do away with another 500,000 government jobs…on top of the 600,000 that have already been lost during this recession. Mitch McConnell has admitted that GOP priority #1 is defeating President Obama, and in service of that goal you can bet that no action on job creation is going to make it out of the Senate. Of course, the House has made it abundantly clear that they’re not interested in jobs either, since not a single bill has been proposed that actually has a chance of creating a single job.

So it’s time to accept that as long as the GOP has a hand on the levers of power, the job situation in this country will continue to deteriorate. And why? Because that’s the way American business, as well as the multi-nationals that really control the GOP (Democrats as well), want things!!! Do you think 9% unemployment is a tragedy? Well…me too, but I
guaran-f*cking-tee that the attitude of Chase, or Cargill, or Microsoft is, “WHOOPEE!”

9% unemployment and a climate where there is only a single job for every 4 job seekers is a climate in which everyone is hungry—a climate where workers can’t afford to quibble about how many hours they’re working and how much they’re not getting paid. It’s an environment where benefits can be cut, salaries can be slashed, unions can be eliminated, and workers can’t do a damn thing about it because who can afford to risk getting fired when no one can count on ever being employed again.

9% unemployment is not a disgrace, not temporary, and certainly not something that government wants to fix. It’s just a good beginning.

The bottom 90% get Texas?

So let me get this straight…the top 1% get the Pacific Northwest, all those great national parks and Silicon Valley. The 9% below the top get the crumbling infrastructure of the Northeast, snow, sleet, and freezing rain. And the poor schmucks at the bottom get crushing humidity, arid wastes, and…well…Texas.

Yup, seems like a map drawn to satisfy those at the top.