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Catching up: the good, the bad, the ugly

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What a week (or two…or nine…)!!  Republicans feed the crazy, Obama accepts reality, solar goes big (in the Middle East)…a guy asks his friend to shoot him in the leg so he “can feel what its like to be shot”…Ahhh, the sweet, gorgeous insanity of politics (and whatnot) rages on.

A lot to catch up on…and its not slowing down.  Where to begin?  Here’s the good, the bad, the ugly (in no particular order):

  • Worst-kept secret:  In case you thought that republican members of congress were not putting the interests of big oil companies ahead of the country, a senior staffer to Senator Jim Inhofe (r-Jerktown), sent the following email message out to two dozen oil and gas industry lobbyists:  “Moving forward, we—your partners—would kindly ask for better coordination and communication from you to prevent the Obama administration from pulling similar stunts (collaborating with industry on regulations) in the future.”  Yes, that’s right…”your partners.”  Republican congressmen and oil and gas lobbyists are “partners” and need to coordinate their strategy to fight against government regulations protecting our health and safety.  Nice.
  • Now that’s a good sign…  Wow, who knew that the Citizens United decision would have such a horrific, yet measurable effect on politics in the United States?  If you’re like me, you were relived to hear that the highest court in the land decided that political giving should be both anonymous and without limit.  Best idea ever?  WRONG.  47% of  contributions to political groups (like SuperPACs) are now from undisclosed sources…it was 1% in 2006.  Probably just lots and lots of hard-working Americans, chipping in $50 here, $100 there…or is it a small cadre of mega-billionaires…or perhaps a hostile foreign government?  Thanks a lot, Supreme Court!

  • Bigots, VICTORIOUS!!!  Tackling the vital issues of the day, North Carolina (you remember, Jesse Helms country!) voted on a (state) constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage…and civil unions…and domestic partnerships.  Essentially cementing hatred of gay people into state law for the foreseeable future… It’s just what the founding fathers would have wanted.  Next up:  no holding hands!!  Then again…
  • THIS IS HUGE:  Unless you live under a rock, you probably heard that Obama recently endorsed gay marriage.  Some say “finally”, some say too little/too late (see above story), nonetheless, first sitting president in U.S. history to say it.  Its huge.  HUGE.  It’s also, quite simply, a sign of the times.
  • Not that government jobs are the answer to everything, but…  That pesky liberal rag, the Wall Street Journal, recently revealed (GASP!) that slashing government spending is hurting the economic recovery.  Bottom line:  We’re missing out on a 7.1% unemployment rate because, in our (read: republican-driven political messaging) endless obsession with cutting government programs, we’re eliminating so many government jobs…  But remember: government bad, tax cuts good!!!  YAY!!!
  • No, its not really like that at all.   Republicans LOVE loudly proclaiming false; making inappropriate comparisons between historical atrocities and policies that tend to promote the greater good (did you know that banning cigarette smoking inside dining establishments is like the holocaust?).  Well, add another name to the roster:  Indiana Tea Party republican candidate for senate Richard “Dick” Mourdock likened the non-payment of federal income taxes (the only semi-progressive tax at our disposal) by our country’s poor to the battle over slavery between North and South.  At the risk of repeating myself:  It just makes me SO MAD that the less fortunate get all the breaks!!
  • The Truth…REVEALED!  And speaking of Dick…here he is on bipartisanship:  “I have a mindset that says bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.”  And to think that this is THE strategy of the tea party: pushing the republican party farther to the right.  Because that way, there will be more reaching across the aisle…to punch the guy on the other side.

Exciting times.  And its only May…

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Written by D. Heffernan

May 17, 2012 at 3:42 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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