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Friday, July 25, 2014

House Republican Caucus: The Gang That Couldn’t Think Straight

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Well, Speaker Boehner Sues the President is officially a thing now.  The House Rules Committee, the gatekeeper for legislation and resolutions to get to a floor vote, ruled yesterday, along partisan lines, to allow it.  Personally, I’m all for it because, lately, the GOP’s flair for far-fetched, stagy political tactics is the “gift that keeps on giving” for Democratic fund-raising.

And House Democrats certainly made the most of the amendment process, yesterday, to press that advantage.  Nobody covered that quite as well as Rachel Maddow and David Corn, last night . . .

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BAMF Commander Perry Deploys Texas National Guard To Scare Children Away

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Texas Governor Rick Perry, feeling especially presidential after a weekend trip to his new favorite destination—Iowa—came out swinging on Monday, determined to show our current lawless, weak tyrant of a president a thing or two about manly decisiveness and leadership.

Perry told Republicans in Iowa . . . “if the federal government won’t secure the border, Texas will.”

Forthwith, Perry ordered the Texas National Guard to round up 1,000 of its scariest troops to go play boogeyman on the border.

Since President Obama, himself, declined to send the troops on such a misguided mission . . .

President Obama maintains that the child-migrant crisis is not a border enforcement issue, hence he has rejected calls from Republicans – and the Texas governor – to send National Guard troops south. Children are turning themselves in to the border patrol, not running away from them, administration officials emphasize, though they allow that the border patrol is working overtime and has its hands full.

. . . Perry took matters into his own hands but warned Obama that he will be sending him the $15 million/month bill. 

On the other hand, Perry’s office explained to edgy Texas legislators that, for the time being:

. . . the money will come from “non critical” areas, such as health care or transportation.

Non-critical if you’re not sick, I guess.

Gov Perry seems confident that his bold move to secure Fortress America will be met with nationwide popular support and will definitely polish his presidential timber.

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Posted by Bette Noir on 07/22/14 at 01:22 PM
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ron Fournier Surveys Disenchanted Democrats

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Ron Fournier knows more disenchanted Democrats than anyone I know.  He trips over them in airports, and finds them in malls, ice cream shops and dumpsters, wherever he wanders.  He’s like a sniffer dog for Democratic disenchantment.  Not to mention that, uncanny as it seems, the ones that he finds? always happen to fluff-up Mr Fournier’s own arguments most eloquently.

His most recent sighting is, of course, no exception.  Fournier happened to be vacationing in Michigan where he had the opportunity to observe the Disenchanted Democrat, in it’s natural habitat, just outside Detroit.  Fournier came away from that encounter with the profound insight that President Obama is much too self-centered.

An insight that Mr Fournier has shared with the rest of us under the inspired title: Mr. ‘I, Me, My’: Obama Oughta Know He’s Not the Hero.  Struggling Americans are the “real” heroes as we learn in the subtitle:  A successful White House crafts its narrative around the struggles of Americans, not the president.

I’m not sure what Fournier considers the benchmark for successful White House narratives but, to hear him tell it, I have to assume that Mr Fournier, by his own secret gauge, does not feel that the White House measures up.  He’s not alone in that assessment, of course, but I’m not convinced that semantics are at the heart of the matter.

Fournier seems to believe that Americans are pretty miserable in this fifth year of Obama and that they might feel a lot better if the White House sounded more “successful,” instead of:

What do these folks hear from the White House and the rest of Washington? Whining, mostly. Obama and his GOP rivals can’t seem to tell the story of America without casting themselves as the protagonists.

[Fournier is one of the media’s most obsessive and accomplished practitioners of “both sides do it,” usually dressed with a sly dollop of false equivalence.  You’ll soon see what I mean . . .]

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Monday, July 07, 2014

House of Representatives: Special Victims Unit

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What today’s GOP lacks in strategic success it more than makes up for with chutzpah and an apparent imperviousness to embarrassment.

Allow me to explain . . .

Make Obama a one-term president.  FAIL
Repeal Obamacare.  FAIL
Rehab the GOP for future electoral success.  FAIL
Create JOBS!JOBS!JOBS!  FAIL
Sabotage economic recovery.  FAIL
Maintain Perma-War status.  FAIL
Prove that the White House covered up its role in Benghazi.  FAIL
Prove that the White House unfairly targeted conservatives via IRS.  FAIL
Defend DOMA and prevent Marriage Equality.  FAIL

See what I mean?  These people are like the Eveready Bunnies of headbanging.

Their latest cry for attention is to sue the president for going about the business of presidenting in the hope that some justice-challenged judge will try to send President Obama to time-out . . . or something.

Right before the July 4th break, Speaker Boehner announced this fiendishly clever plan so that representatives of the fringier fringe could go home without being pelted with rotten tomatoes by the IMPEACH!!!OBUMMER!! faction.  You see, unfortunately, far too many clueless “Washington outsiders” were sent to the Capitol, in 2010, based on wild-eyed promises to repeal Obamacare and/or impeach the president for assorted crimes against TEA Party sensibilities.

Now the natives are getting restless and wondering what the hell is taking so loooooong? USA?

So it is that the GOP is feeding this new Impeachment Lite meme to distract the hordes from their now maggoty dead horse issues—OBAMACARE! IRS! BENGHAZI!—which will soon have to be buried for public health reasons.

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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Immigration - Texas Two-Step Style

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Normally, Texas governor “Crotch” Perry doesn’t venture too far off the reservation.  Texans apparently “get him,” the rest of us, not so much.  But this week his buddies on the House Homeland Security Committee transported themselves to Texas for something they call a “field hearing” titled “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors.”

The backstory:

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families recently announced that the U.S. had apprehended 24,668 unattended youths at the border in fiscal 2013, and officials expect the annual number to reach nearly 60,000 by the end of 2014.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said this week that more than 50,000 unaccompanied children have crossed into the U.S. from Mexico, with nearly two-thirds of them traveling through the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.

The discussion comes days after Obama signaled he has lost all hope of Congress overhauling the nation’s immigration laws this year. He announced Monday that he will redirect more resources to the border for enforcement efforts, adding that he would use executive actions to “fix as much of our immigration system as we can.”

The governor, of course, was invited to testify during this “field hearing” and plunged right into the deep end without his swimmies.

Currently Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is leading the government’s response to the influx of unattended children, with housing, medical treatment, transportation and other forms of assistance.

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Mittmentum or Tilting At Oval Offices

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My dream, for this Independence Day 2014, is a dream of sweet freedom from the Republican Party in its current psychopathic incarnation.  And, for once, it looks like maybe dreams do come true!

Anyone who doubts that the 21st Century GOP is lumbering inexorably toward the tarpits of history should go, posthaste, to DraftMitt.org and savor the sweet reek of FAIL.

In an era of frantic Republican rejiggering, nothing quite says political desperation like the notion of trotting out Willard M Romney’s empty suit for yet another rackety run at the Oval Office.  To me, this move says more about the dearth of talent in the Republican party and its donors’ apparent reluctance to throw good money after bad, than it does about any flimsy case that could be made regarding Mr Romney’s presidential qualifications.

One month after it’s debut, DraftMitt.org has racked up just under 29K supporters—short of a groundswell, as they say in politics.  So far, no one is actually taking credit for this swell idea.  The website prominently displays a disclaimer that Romney has not bankrolled it—actually it’s such a nondescript little canned site that my paperboy could have funded it.  There are no RNC or other traces of GOP branding, just Mitt and Ronnie Reagan playing bookends.

Also, too, there’s the banner link using the 2012 campaign coinage retread “Mittmentum.” Ask Karl Rove about “mittmentum.”  At any rate, that link takes us to the now notorious Washington Times poll that proves, at least in the echo chamber, that: “Hands down, Obama is the worst president since WWII” and that most Americans now regret not having voted for Romney in 2012.

Really?  who recycles embarrassing reminders of a failed attempt?  Even #DraftMitt is a recycled Twitter tag that takes one to a 2013 page tagged with “Because MA needs Mitt Romney in the Senate” with 3 tweets and 10 followers.

I could be wrong but I’m starting to get a sense of Tagg Romney, Campaign Manager, behind the scenes, here.

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Thursday, June 05, 2014

Bergdahl Homecoming Includes Complimentary Reservations On A Swiftboat To Hell

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(h/t Illustration by the very talented Mario Piperini)

In that noblest of American judicial traditions “guilty until proven innocent,” a handful of politicians and their fan clubs, with the aid of a few Republican strategists, have determined that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is guilty of desertion, treason, and not being an American superhero.  Should he have the temerity to return to his hometown, everyone there has decided to not smile, wave or say “Hey!” because some of the rush-to-judgment mob have said mean things to them on Facebook and the Twitter.

I don’t know anything about Bowe Bergdahl aside from the fact that he voluntarily put on an American uniform when his country needed him.  Which means I know as much as 99.9% of the people who are calling for his head on a stick.  And, if, in the end, it turns out that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl did anything demonstrably dishonorable, we have laws to deal with that.  Just as we had laws to get him home.

On the other hand, Sen Lindsay Graham has put Bergdahl’s Commander-in-Chief on notice that if he lets one more Gitmo prisoner loose without Congress’ blessing, a Congressional hissy fit to beat all Congressional hissy fits will ensue.  Happily, no more men are left behind so that should save us at least one histrionic impeachment pitch.

Congress, not usually aficionados of international law on a good day, don’t seem to have realized yet that ending hostilities in Afghanistan will require future transfers of prisoners on a timeline not necessarily of their own making.  And, judging by recent statements, they are also probably a little fuzzy on the legal niceties of imprisonment in Guantanamo.

See Guantanamo houses two separate types of prisoners: there are prisoners of war and alleged terrorist criminals.  And, despite the Bush administration’s rather cavalier attitude toward international law and their one-size-fits-all approach to imprisonment and due process, there are actually differences in the legal dispositions of each type of prisoner.

The five Taliban who were traded for the release of Sgt. Bergdahl were prisoners of war.  They may, indeed, have done terrible things as soldiers but, soldiers do terrible things—that’s War.  Nevertheless, prisoners of war were, indeed, the apropriate choices for a prisoner swap. 

And, if this administration, or any other, cares to observe international law regarding prisoners of war more such people will be leaving Guantanamo in the very near future, at the official cessation of hostilities.  Should Congress decide that they don’t like that and try to obstruct that traditional process a very dangerous new precedent would be set that would imperil any American soldier captured in combat in the future.  If the US doesn’t play by the rules, why should anyone else release our prisoners-of-war?

For all of those reasons and, I’m sure, a few more, President Obama attached a signing statement to last year’s defense bill that contained Congress’ most recent obstruction to closing Guantanamo - the 30 day notice amendment—that makes no sense and interferes with constitutional executive powers of the President and Commander-in-Chief.  And the President said so.

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Sunday, June 01, 2014

Leave No Man Behind

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Nothing makes Republicans madder than President Obama doing his job and succeeding.  They’ve spent the last few weeks blowing up pseudo-scandals, like Macy’s parade balloons, that they hope to keep inflated through the summer.

Poor old Prosecutor Gowdy is still arm-wrestling with Judge Issa over witnesses and trying to get his “show horses” to finish reading Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies before the big trial.

And BOOM! along comes Obama saying I’ll see your Benghazi Special Investigation, your IRS and VA scandals and raise you a high-profile Imperial Presidency prisoner swap. 

There! you want something to cry about?  I’ll give you something to cry about.

But they’ll have to be smart to put points on the board with this one because no one really wants to hear any whining about a soldier’s homecoming . . . they’re not smart, though, are they?

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) and Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said in a statement that Obama is required by law to notify Congress 30 days before any terrorists are transferred from the U.S. facility. They said Obama also is required to explain how the threat posed by such terrorists has been substantially mitigated.

The top Republicans on the House and Senate armed-services committees cautioned that “we must carefully examine the means by which we secured [Bergdahl’s] freedom,” warning that the U.S. had effectively reneged on its policy not to negotiate with terrorists.

Which is a curious statement since the US has not designated the Taliban a terrorist organization.  But, by now, we should be used to our Congresspersons playing fast and loose with facts.

In addition, how is it that a Congress that has been one of the most shamefully ineffectual, abysmal flops in the history of American governance can get all snippy about being sidelined when something real needs to happen?  If these people had to operate for one week in their beloved free market they’d be toast.  All of them.

Perhaps, if Congress hadn’t been so anxious to stymie the president’s pledge to close Guantanamo and had been more inclined to provide those Gitmo prisoners with anything like due process they wouldn’t have still been been moldering away there to use in a swap.

And, about that 30 day notification law?  It was attached to last year’s defense bill to prevent Obama from moving on Guantanamo closure.  When he signed that defense bill last year, Obama said that “other provisions of the bill on military programs were too important to jeopardize” by vetoing it outright.  Instead, Obama signed the defense bill but also issued a signing statement contending that the notification requirement was an unconstitutional infringement on his powers as commander in chief and that he therefore could override it.

And he did.  Imagine that, a politician who means what he says.

The White House said it moved as quickly as possible given the opportunity that arose to secure Bergdahl’s release. Citing “these unique and exigent circumstances,” the White House said a decision was made to go ahead with the transfer despite the legal requirement of 30 days advance notice to Congress “due to a near-term opportunity to save Sergeant Bergdahl’s life.”

The administration determined that given these unique and exigent circumstances, such a transfer should go forward notwithstanding the notice requirement.

Especially since the alternative was to go hat-in-hand to the same Congress that already shut down Bergdahl’s release once, in 2012.

As Raw Story reports:

In addition to using congressional oversight, special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman was told by Republican leadership that negotiating an exchange of Sgt. Bergdahl that involved detainees from Guantanamo Bay would be the president’s “Willie Horton moment.”

Does it get any more cynical than that?

Of course, Obama’s action in this case is not without precedent.  In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan faced a similar dilemma - seven Americans held hostage by Iranians in Lebanon.  Ronald Reagan felt that, as president, “he had the duty to bring those Americans home.”  He decided that giving Iran 1500 missiles was a fair trade.  I’d say Obama did a much better deal trading five Taliban members and saving the missiles for another time. 

Taliban is not al Qaeda. Taliban is not designated a terrorist organization by the US.  Neither are these people being repatriated, they have been handed over to the Qatari government, an American ally in the region.

Meanwhile, while admitting they celebrate Bergdahl’s release, McKeon and Inhofe warned that the exchange “may have consequences for the rest of our forces and all Americans.”

“Our terrorist adversaries now have a strong incentive to capture Americans. That incentive will put our forces in Afghanistan and around the world at even greater risk,” they said.

If Congress would like to discuss presidential actions that “put our forces . . . around the world at even greater risk,” perhaps the time is right for a thorough investigation of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq . . . ?  Or their cavalier abandonment of said Wounded Warriors when their medical care requires more funding than our parsimonious Congress is willing to dole out?

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Et tu, Bibi?

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BREAKING: Benjamin Netanyahu Precipitates Serious Spate of Neocon Exploding Heads

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has some uncharacteristically positive words for one of U.S. President Barack Obama’s most controversial foreign policy initiatives: the deal struck last year to remove chemical weapons from Syria.

Netanyahu issued what was for him a full-throated endorsement of an Obama initiative, calling it “the one ray of light in a very dark region.”

“It’s not complete yet,” he went on. “We are concerned that they may not have declared all of their capacity. But what has been removed has been removed. We’re talking about 90 percent. We appreciate the effort that has been made and the results that have been achieved.”

Loosely [emphasis on the “loose”] related:

It’s a marvelous, magical place, our United States Senate.  It’s a place that can transform a balding old white guy from the boonies, with a BS in Industrial Management and his own construction company, into a foreign policy expert in just a few short years.

The guy I’m referring to, of course, is Sen. Bob “Muddlement” Corker (R-TN) ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

And, if Republicans should take control of the Senate this year, Sen. Muddlement is in line to take the reins of said Committee, a prospect that scares the bejeebers out of me but seems to thrill Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

I have watched him over the last few years really become the most highly respected on national security and foreign policy.  He’s eminently qualified to be the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

“Eminently qualified”? seriously??  Perhaps that statement goes a long way toward explaining our Congress’ 9% approval rating, because, in my view, Sen. Corker is a treasonous, low-info blowhard with minimal qualifications to be embarrassing the US, on national television, spouting his cracker-barrel wisdom on how our elected President is handling foreign affairs.

Unless, of course, you count Corker’s brief sojourn as Mayor of Chattanooga.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Meet The Press Hosts Panel of Dicks To Discuss Presidential Low-T

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David Brooks must be pining for his lost youth now that he’s a newly-single balding, middle-aged guy tending toward paunch.  That’s the only good explanation for the sophomoric little round-robin that took place on Meet the Press yesterday, during which Brooks questioned President Obama’s testosterone levels, while the rest of the bobbleheads nodded and grinned:

Basically since Yalta we’ve had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders, and once that comes into question, if in Ukraine or in Crimea or anywhere else, then all over the world … all bets are off . . .

… And let’s face it, Obama, whether deservedly or not, does have a — I’ll say it crudely — but a manhood problem in the Middle East. Is he tough enough to stand up to somebody like Assad or somebody like Putin? I think a lot of the rap is unfair, but certainly in the Middle East there is an assumption that he’s not tough enough.

How insipid is that?  Let me count the ways . . .

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Enjoying My Hobby in Your Lobby

It’s some kind of crying shame that I haven’t addressed the Hobby Lobby case when I am supposed to be a pro-reproductive rights feminist over here. I don’t know where my head is at. But when I was buying yarn to crochet a cozy for a diapraghm case, I had a kind of epiphany that really only comes when you’ve been sniffing the Modge-Podge for a while—

Look. I think we can agree that an employment contract is not a one-way street. It never was meant to be. So, if Hobby Lobby believes it is totally in the right to make decisions regarding the reproductive health and maintenance of it’s employees, in other words, making those employees’ private business their store business, then it’s only fair that the employees should be able to bring their private business right into the public business.

That’s right, Hobby Lobby. If you all think you have a right to dictate the methods your employees use for their bedroom or kitchen floor or whatever activities, those employees should feel comfortable enjoying those activities in your store. I don’t mean on the clock. Off-the clock, of course, since your company has decided to also be the boss of all off-the-clock funtimes. But let’s get this clear—you wanna make the rules?

You should get to make the rules about stuff happening on the premises of your store. Sexy funtimes don’t happen in your store. Until you made it about you. Now I think employees should get to use the break room, or even the return desk, to do what they like—because you guys decided their business was your business. So why shouldn’t your business be where they can do their business?

Of course—no one would probably want to actually screw in your store. Not because pony beads and potholder looms aren’t fucking erotic as hell, but because that is not what your store is for. Your store is for serving your customers, who for the most part don’t give a good goddamn what your employees do so long as they don’t screw up an order and give them exact change.  Why don’t you try and be at least as tolerant as your customers? And recognize that your employees are human beings with bodies, and that the female bodies deserve to be treated by the people who have to live in them—and that isn’t you, Hobby Lobby execs.

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Can We Just Cut the Post-Racism Crap Right Now?

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Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time before the editors of The Wall Street Journal came up with a snippy, little “both sides do it” apologia for Paul Ryan’s recent “inarticulate” exploration of “inner city culture.”

Oh my, where do I begin . . . how about the first sentence?

A week later, and liberals are still lining up to assail Paul Ryan’s “racism.” The episode is worth noting not because Mr. Ryan said anything wrong, but because of what it shows about the political habits of today’s elected and media left.

Well! that obsessive “elected and media left” just won’t quit distracting the “elected right” from mounting it’s 52nd attempt to Repeal Obamacare, or its important effort to assign a special prosecutor to teach Lois Lerner a lesson about Liberty.

Seriously, WSJ eds?

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Think They’d Settle For a Cage Fight?

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One thing that’s truly exceptional about Americans is their firm belief that this is their planet and they make the sun shine and the rain fall on it.  If something good happens on Earth?  Americans had a hand in it.  If something bad happens on Earth?  Americans will fix it, tout de suite.  Got problems?  send America “your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore” and we’ll whip ‘em into shape.

And, after running The Greatest Show On Earth for over 200 years now, Americans are the world’s go-to experts on every topic under the sun, because . . . we say so.  And the First Amendment guarantees that we get to say just about anything with authority and it must be respected.

So.  If we don’t believe in evolution or climate change or bad things happening in American History, well, goshdangit, it doesn’t exist.  And, to make sure it keeps on not existing, we’ll change the textbooks so our chilluns ain’t infected by bad ideas.  And this is possible because, in America, a scientist has no more say than Sarah Palin.  We’re a democracy, don’t you know? 

What is it about the democratization of ignorance that some folks find so intoxicating?

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

C’mon Truth, Get Your Damn Shoes On!

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“A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.”

This quote has been attributed to Mark Twain, but it has never been verified as originating with Twain. This quote may have originated with Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) who attributed it to an old proverb in a sermon delivered on Sunday morning, April 1, 1855. Spurgeon was a celebrated English fundamentalist Baptist preacher. His words were: “A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.”

Brace yourselves, Roasters, it’s starting early this time around.  You know what I mean, right? that goofy quadrennial American reality show called The Making of The President, in which a gang of nattering political nabobs join in a rousing cacophonous chorus of Me! ME!! Look at meeeee!

One of the talking points that seems to be developing legs, on the Right, is the Lawless Obama meme.  Rallying round that notion, I expect the pundits of the courtier press to be donning their little amateur constitutionalist thinking caps, any minute now, and letting us in on what their “gut” tells them is unconstitutional.  And we the people will commence quivering with fear because . . . ASSAULT ON LIBERTY!!!

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Tom Perkins Makes Some Interesting Points

I have the feeling that Tom Perkins and I don’t have considerable overlap in our personal views or experiences regarding money. It’s okay, and I judge, but, like, I don’t judge, man.  He’s made a living knowing things about money, while for me, economics is a neat hobby, but I read poetry in college because my folks wanted me to be a useful citizen and iambs kept me off the pipe and the pole. Kind of. So I am taking his pronouncements with a grain of salt and a spoonful of sugar.

It’s hard to not look at a claim that people should earn votes based on their tax dollars as a form of elitism where wealthy people have more value in a system based on their proportionate capacity to pay more in tax dollars because they have those dollars to pay. I could envision a system where, by virtue of greed and the complicity of the hoi polloi, the wealthy could become disenfranchised by a tax law exempting the 1%-ers from all taxation. Followed by a brief and satisfying reign of terror in the exact year they lose all the votes. But I have long dipped my toes in speculative fiction where justice often follows narrative ends.

I do not suggest that such a future is practical nor probable. But I do note that our popular elections are so run that money does have sway in the ability of candidates, or whole movements, such as the Tea Party, to gain offices. The ability to create issues, generate turn-out, attract donations (by that old black magic called “It takes money to make money”), run ads that popularize a candidate’s name and visage, and so on, are greatly aided by money.

Why, let me introduce you to the Koch Brothers, if you haven’t been introduced! They’ve got a system.  They are two guys who can fund a remarkable number of think tanks (thought tanks, I think, because the thinks were already pre-thunk, no?), action groups, and whatever you might call them. This is several different ways to funnel money to campaigns, really. Many ways to soften up voter minds or harden positions for the gullible faithful inclined to seeing things their way. Billionaires can even buy or build whole news networks. They are even owning whole states, in their unpleasant way.  With the Citizen’s United decision, dollars pretty well convert to votes. Perkins’ dream is about here.

I think this is why folks of limited resources need to take advantage of voting while we can, because it is regularly being screwed with. (Nope, even today.) And let’s make sure our votes don’t get bought out from under us.

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