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Tax Cuts for the Rich – The Latest Proof We’re Imbeciles

I’m not an economist, but I did ride in an elevator with one last month. I guess that makes me as qualified as the next guy to comment on the absurdity of the continuation of the Bush tax cuts. Republican warlords entrenched in the hills of Washington have continued to snipe at President Obama. In his own words, he has taken a shellacking. Now Obama gives us another word to play with, “capitulation”. For those of you inclined to syllabic minimalization, you may substitute “surrender”. Actually we can cut it to just one syllable; he “quit”. Republicans acting as the hand-puppets of the ultra-rich have strangled the President and with that treasonous act, murdered the hopes of the American middle-class.

How does this serve to prove Americans are imbeciles? Consider this – many Americans are rejoicing in this news especially that enlightened flock of Murdockian sheep known as the Tea Party. They’ve been herded into their pen by the shepherds of idiocy at FOX News and other right wing Kool-Aid pushers and have been told they should be delighted because everyone is getting big tax breaks. As they dance and sing with joy, they don’t have a clue they’ve just walked into their own slaughter house.

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Maybe the Tea Sippers Can Explain It

I’m sure I’m not the only one that feels cerebrally challenged from time to time. I’m pretty well educated and I’ve rolled the odometer over a couple times on the experience machine. It could be because I like to surround myself with people that are a hellava lot smarter than I am, but I’m always feeling like the short leg on a wobbly library table.

So I prostrate myself before the FOX hounds, tea party participants, Limbos and the rest of the purveyors of the lofty premise and beg for your insights and answers. There are a couple of things I haven’t been able to piece together. If you can enlighten me, perhaps, I can join the Republican Party and start sipping a cup of tea myself. If anyone can answer these questions, I know it’s you because you guys are always the ones screaming the loudest on the subjects.

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Quit Your Bitchin

President Obama ran for office promising hope and change. He arrived amidst falling debris of a collapsing economy, a world on the verge of disaster, and an America bitterly divided.  He walked into office as a massive government bailout of Wall Street orchestrated by his predecessors was underway.  On countless occasions, he said it would take time, there would be suffering, a need for patience and that the ride to recovery was going to be a bumpy one at best.

Surely, I’m not the only one that heard him say these things. In fact, if he hadn’t made these claims, they would have been self evident. It didn’t take terribly deep thinking to see the size of the hole we were in. It takes a hellava lot more time to rebuild a house of cards than it does to knock it down.  But a lot of Americans either weren’t listening or have frighteningly short memories. A small percentage, people like Glenn Beck, appear to be too thick skulled to comprehend the realities, but most Americans should have some understanding or the reality in which we find ourselves.

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More Hate Humor from the Right

My cousin is a war hero. Just ask him. He spent a career as a jet fighter pilot. He was my boyhood idol always pushing the envelope, living dangerously, attempting things others feared to try. He was a good student in school always excelling in whatever subject he faced. But like so many retired officers I have known, his lifelong immersion in the military world has left him narrow minded, myopic and brainwashed. It seems many retired officers can’t shake the perception that in civilian life, just as in military life, R.H.I.P. – Rank has its Privilege. They believe they’re entitled to our worship and respect and we’re entitled to their directives, orders we commoners frequently misinterpret as being only opinions.

Like other retired military officers, Will leans heavily to the right, so far right, he’ll make three successive right turns to avoid making one to the left. And to make matters worse, Will was raised in the south and tends to hold the belief that slavery wasn’t all bad. As you can now imagine, Will is not President Obama’s biggest supporter. Sadly, his criticisms are based on emotional appeal, knee jerk reactions, and a thinly veiled racial prejudice. He is so far right he believes Rush Limbaugh is a patriotic American and that FOX actually has something to do with the “news”.

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How Quickly We Forget

Recent polls suggest some Americans are unhappy with the progress being made on the economy by President Obama. With the same level of oblivion that got us into this economic mess in the first place, many “conservative” Americans seem to have forgotten their very recent history. They live with the delusion that the Obama administration was supposed to have moved into the White House, kissed the boo-boo, and suddenly made everything the way it had been when Champaign flowed like rain water in a bamboo forest.

If you can believe the results of a recent poll conducted by the New York Times/CBS News, more than half of Americans say President Obama’s policies have had “either no effect yet on improving the economy or have made it worse.” In my opinion, the poll is more of an indictment of the American educational system, a system that allows high school and college graduates to walk the streets without so much as a fundamental understanding of macro-economics.

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The New Pandemic – Congressional Brain Flu

It looks as if it has gone airborne. A flu that disrupts rational thought processes is apparently ravaging Washington D.C. and the halls of congress. Democrats have been infected as well as Republicans. The House of Representatives voted 405 to 1 to pass a resolution to formally condemn Iran for its handling of the protests over the recent election in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad claims to have been reelected in a landslide vote. The Senate promises to unanimously follow suit. Representative Ron Paul of Texas was the lone dissenter. He said he’s “cautious about ‘condemning’ the actions of governments overseas” because he’s “always questioned our constitutional authority to sit in judgment of the actions of foreign governments of which we are not representatives.” A lone voice of reason in the midst of the pandemic.

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How to Cure Anything

There probably aren’t a lot of us left that remember the old childhood remedies. When we took a nasty spill and scuffed up the elbows or cut a finger, it was time for a painful, stinging and staining application of iodine. It hurt. Sometimes it was worse than the wound itself. Until the stain wore off the skin, it was a badge of honor to a young boy. It showed he was tough enough to survive not only the wound, but the treatment.

For every ailment iodine didn’t cure, there was Castor Oil. According to Wikipedia, Castor Oil was used for skin problems, burns, sunburns, skin disorders, cuts, abrasions, styes in the eye, stomach aches, cramps, muscle pains, skin eruptions, inflammatory conditions, lesions and more. It was even used to induce childbirth, an effect that fortunately never worked on me. This is just the short list. My grandmother could have added five more pages to the litany.

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