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Reds 0, Blues 0 — Flip a Golden Coin July 28, 2010

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Doesn’t really matter who you want to blame for this one — the boys in Blue for rushing to get a small patch in place to at least let you know who is behind the gusher of money that will pour into political advertising this fall, and keep foreign corporations like BP out of the game, or the Reds for clicking their heels together in yet another chorus of “Nyet.”

It was a rushed bill — and the exemptions for a few like the National Rifle Association torched any stand on the principle of the matter. Creating a priviledged class within this regulation would have rendered the law unjust.

But once again the GOP leadership showed how adept it is at dishing the pure manure. (more…)

Sadly, some shallow roots methinks July 24, 2010

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I’d like to think of myself as a “progressive,” probably because I really don’t want to think of myself as a “regressive.” It’s an ego thing, I guess.

But somehow, right now, with all that is going on, these folks  should seriously consider a “time out” for some rebranding, because I’m thinking that maybe they need to go with “Obsessives” or maybe “Obtusives.”

I say this because of her:

At the largest progressive gathering ahead of the 2010 elections, liberal activists huddled Friday in a session to plot strategy to protect Social Security from renewed Republican efforts to privatize the program. A woman stood up and asked: “Why is it with a Democratic Senate, a Democratic House, and a Democrat in the White House do we need to be worried about this?”

Hint to lady: Uh, maybe because in less than 8 months, you’re probably gonna find out — to skewer Mr. Meat Loaf — that One Out of Three is Bad.

And why is this? Apparently, the “netroots” are all enraged because the President and the Democratic Congress did not ram through gay rights laws, cap-and-trade emission regulations, more massive stimulus aid, some undefined dewy notion of “universal healthcare”  — and on and on. One “leader” said this:

“There’s a lot of Democrats I’ll be happy to see go,” Markos Moulitsas, founder of the Daily Kos blog said in an interview. “I’ll celebrate when Blanche Lincoln is out of the Senate. There is a price to be paid for inaction and incompetence. We’re not getting much done with 59 [Democratic senators], so if we’re down to 54, who cares?”

I do. I think tens of millions do. People who can define “progressive” as something that makes progress toward worthy things by placing one good brick upon another until a stout, even course is done. 

Not some wild-eyed barky so wrapped up in his own rightness that he would banish from the discussion anyone with a view even a shade away from his own angel-touched pearls.

You know folks, most of us “Obsessives” are trying to pay the bills out here, trying to make sure our kids grasp what they’re calling “math” these days and when we have a moment, do what we can for folks who got tossed to the curb when the economy and most of our future plans got hit with the Blue Screen of Death and we had to go to 1995’s System Restore Point.

And we all also are gasping for breath whenever we see THAT NUMBER — $1.7 Trillion, which is the current U.S. government operating deficit.

We are grappling with choices; in our own households and in the Common Household. That’s Job 1, even for those who would LIKE to avert global warming right now, make sure everyone who needs medical care can get it right now or snap our fingers and “deem” into reality “liberty and justice for all.”

I like to bay at the Moon as much as anyone in Etherland. And maybe I share a dream or two with you. But sorry sports fans, I don’t want you in charge at the moment. Nope.

Because you just aren’t paying attention to anything much beyond the sound of your own voices.

I don’t know what the options are … May 18, 2010

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… but I’m gonna jump right in and suggest that Connecticut scratch this one. Read that account and you decide whether this Blumenthal guy maybe “misspoke” a time or two.

I say he lied.

And I don’t care what color stripes he’s wearing, what he promises, what he’s done in his long government career, he doesn’t belong in the U.S. Senate.

Rule 1 for November: No more liars.

Deem me up Scottie March 17, 2010

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Where to begin.

With the honest admission that if someone backed me up to a hot stove and said I had to cast a vote on “The Thing” pending before the House, I would have to side with the Ayes. Which, you know, should have been the point. Healthcare in this country right now is a God-awful, expensive mess and fixing it — ultimately — is very important to the general welfare of the nation, in human terms and to rebuild toward a prosperous future. And how to do that should have been a top-shelf endeavor for each of the folks elected to Congress. That was a big part of the 2008 mandate, though I doubt any in the millions who voted could honestly have said they knew how to go about it. Most  really didn’t care who came up with the fix.

How did it all turn into two testosterone poisoned freshman wrestling over who gets to hold the pretty girl’s stuffed bear while she rides the Cyclone, ending up ripping it limb from limb? One side petulently stamping its foot on the Constitution and the other side scooping it off the ground to make a paper doll out of the remains?

And is there no one in the Democratic camp paying any attention at all to what anyone on the surface of this piece of the Earth is saying about honesty, transparency and — at the very least — giving a good ball fake toward treating the rest of us like we’re ready for shoes you have to tie up?

“Deeming” the bill to be passed so your vote doesn’t have to be stamped on it — even though everyone knows that’s just Step 1 in a Two-Step process? You’re so pure that you simply can’t have your name attached to a “yeah” on a bill with even the slightest thing in it you can’t abide, when you know perfectly well before you vote that your next breath will be “yeah” on a bill getting rid of that very same yucky stuff? You just can’t eat if  the gravy leaks down the plate from the turkey and taints your peas? That’s a principled stand? So, to allow yourself to assume that beknighted position, you cook up a spectacular Pretzel guaranteed to smear mustard all over your best TV tie?

You think anyone, anywhere sent you to Congress to witness that act? You think they wouldn’t have understood why you voted as you voted — if you took the time to explain the final result? Here’s one character who really wants to hear you explain why this particular Hot-Dog dismount was:

A — Necessary.

B — Good strategy.

C — Something you were able to do with a straight face.

D — A strong argument supporting Darwin’s Theory.

Let me make it simple for you: You have turned a debate on something serious, important and really hard to grasp in the first place into a laugher about whether or not you, too, are a liar, a scam artist, on drugs or just the south end of a northbound mule. Nice work, Butch. Way to frame the debate.

And then you also have to rope in the “saved money” from the student loan bill in order to make the overall legislation “revenue neutral.” Another trick, this one roping in some of the wonderfully creative accountng standards that made Lehman Brothers a name we shall cherish til death do us part.

 Whatever happened to:

 “I firmly believe this is the best bill we could win agreement on and it is a good start.”

“I think we need to use the process we are using in order to bring this matter to a decision made by the majority vote the Founders wrote into the Constitution.”

Then you trot home, defend those two statements to the hilt with facts, persuasion and faith — and then stand for an up-or-down verdict from us.

Is that really too much to ask for God’s sake?

Goodnight Gracie.