Politics is no place for a vertebrate!

17 08 2009

That appears to be the core Democratic Modus Operandi. For example, investigating the various war crimes committed by the previous administration:

Campaign promise – We will bring to justice those responsible for these atrocious acts.

Reality – “Oh but the Republicans is scary and mean and nasty and they’ll make everyone think we’re scaredycats and it’d be looking backwards and and and ahhhhhh!”

Or try health care:

Campaign – We believe that adequate health care is something to which all should have access, and we will ensure that real change happens.

Reality – “Butbutbut the Republicans’ll call us socialists if we have a public option and then no one will like us anymore 😥 And end of life care, if we keep that then the whole country will think we want to ax murder grandma so so so we can’t do that either right?”

Stimulus, Campaign – The country needs a real stimulus bill, and we will drive it through to help revitalize the economy.

Stimulus, Reality – “Well but see the Republicans said that we need tax cuts and if we don’t give them tax cuts they’ll call us nasty names and make us cry so let’s make half the bill tax cuts so they’ll be nice ok? Yay!”

Seriously, you control the House by what, 79 seats? You have 60 seats in the Senate. You control the Presidency. WHY THE HELL ARE YOU COMPROMISING? The other side is just wrong here. Compromise is good sometimes, sure, but only when neither side is self evidently full of it and propped up only by the lying spin machine of people like Limbaugh.

You were elected to fix things, not to kiss the feet of your Reptilican overlords. You’re six months late. Get the hell to work.

Ignorance thy name is (3/07)

7 03 2009

Guess who’s back, back again, Hoover’s back…

This week’s winner(s): just about everyone at the head of the Republican party. You see, the top Republican in the house is calling for a spending freeze.

If your first reaction to the above was something to the effect of “???????????????????” then I’m right there with you.

Apparently the reasoning goes like this: the New Deal had spending. The Depression was not better during the New Deal than before. Therefore, spending money damages the economy. The fact that it was going to get worse whatever FDR did, and that the New Deal cushioned it somewhat seems to be lost on the Right. Yeah, WWII helped finally pull us out completely. But why? Oh yeah, because it meant enormous amounts of spending.

The most elementary principles economics and, quite frankly, coherent thought are ignored here. Let’s break it down. A capitalist economic system requires a high flow of money to sustain itself. A recession or depression occurs when money is not flowing. So to counteract the feedback loop that keeps a recession worsening (less flow -> layoffs -> less flow -> layoffs, etc) the government spends money to artificially keep things moving.

Now, the cult of tax cuts. You see, Ronald Chri…Reagan was in favor of tax cuts. The Republican Party worships Ronald. Therefore they religiously follow the doctrine of tax cuts. Only problem? People tend to save the money from tax cuts, whereas government spending is, by definition, keeping money flowing in the economy. Not exactly difficult to understand, is it?

So yeah, we’ve reached the point where the Republicans now believe that Hoover acted in the best possible way, and that we should imitate him.