Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I Open My Mouth

. . . and out comes a torrent of lies. Did you know that's the motto of congressional Republicans these days? Hell, it's been their motto for as long as I can remember.

I was watching the news tonight, PBS News Hour, and here's a story about the continuing negotiations between the White House and congressional leaders about raising the debt limit. Let me say here that I think there is going to be some last minute deal struck. These Republicans cannot be so insane as to let this country default on its financial obligations. I keep telling myself. But maybe that is whistling through the graveyard. These people have already demonstrated they don't give a rat's ass about the good of the country.

But to listen to them, you would think that Obama has been responsible for the entire frigging mess that is our national finances right now. As if the eight catastrophic years under that vile little pretender in the White House, George W. Bush, did not happen. Two wars--still ongoing, two massive tax cuts for the wealthy--still ongoing, and one hugely expensive new drug benefit for Medicare--still ongoing, and not one penny raised to pay for any of it. Add to this the Bush administration's dogged refusal to regulate the financial industry, which of course the Democrats abetted, that greatly assisted the kind of greed-driven activity by Wall Street that brought the world to its knees in 2008, and you will understand my rage at scumbags like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner who have the gall to stand before the cameras and posture about fiscal responsibility. These guys who block attempts to remove sweetheart subsidies for the energy industry, who refuse to even listen to any talk about raising revenue to reduce the deficit, who continue to sustain the unconscionable Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Trouble is, Obama has shown himself to be such a pussy, these trolls can hold out from the slightest cooperation, just like they have done ever since Obama took office, in the almost sure conviction that the president will cave in and kiss their asses again and call it bipartisanship.
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