Greg Pallast penned an hilarious bit of wishful thinking. Hey, we can dream.
Frankly, I was worried about this guy. Obama’s appointing Clinton-droids to the Cabinet, bloated incompetents like Larry Summers as “Economics Czar,” made me fear for my country, that we’d gotten another Democrat who wished he were a Republican.
Then came Obama’s money bomb. The House bill included $125 billion for schools (TRIPLING federal spending on education), expanding insurance coverage to the unemployed, making the most progressive change in the tax code in four decades by creating a $500 credit against social security payroll deductions, and so on.
It’s as if Obama dug up Ronald Reagan’s carcass and put a stake through The Gipper’s anti-government heart. Aw-RIGHT!
About the only concession Obama threw to the right-wing trogs was to remove the subsidy for condoms, leaving hooker-happy GOP Senators, like David Vitter, to pay for their own protection. S’OK with me.
Actually, there were more concessions. The tax cuts, whether for poor or rich, represent money that will not be as effective as spending in health care, education, and infrastructure in terms of stimulating the economy. But I’d love to think Pallast is right. Let’s see what comes out of the Senate.
Addendum: And here’s a very articulate argument that the federal government should stop dicking around and just “nationalize the damn banks already.”
There was a story on NPR today about the girlfriends of male bank mid-management and how stressful it all is. One woman even remarked on a blog dedicated to the group, “my boyfriend isn’t going to take me on any trips this year because his wife is watching his finances more closely.”
Second addendum: And Joshua Holland speaks for me when he talks about how “f—ed up the discourse surrounding Israel and Palestine.” I feel the same way about other issues. Abortion. The general plan. Whether the film Humboldt County sucks the most because it stereotypes rural hippies or because Fairuza Balk wasn’t in it long enough (and by the way, the poster is lame without the end of the big joint burning). Certain issues just leave no room for nuance.