Showing posts with label hypocrisy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hypocrisy. Show all posts

Saturday, September 20, 2008

So Much for Republican Free Marketeers and the War on Terror

From the Washington Post
"Historic Market Bailout Set in Motion
Sat, Sep 20, 2008 6:00 AM
The Bush administration yesterday proposed a historic $500 billion bailout of financial firms that would let the government rather than the cold judgment of the marketplace decide the winners and losers from the crisis that has shaken the U.S. economy for the past year."

Another article notes that the bailout would be more than the budget for the Pentagon! Compare that $500 billion to the Federal budget on Education and Training: $89.9 billion last year.

These are the same bunch who have been blathering about how Big Government and "oppressive" taxes kill the economy/market, which just needs to be free of that same Big Government. What kind of social programs, to say nothing of levees and roads repaired, could be paid for with that 500 billion? And the billions on the war to make us save from terrorism?
And do these hypocrites sleep easy? Dark, dark times.

Just below that WP headline was this one: "A Modernized Taliban Thrives in Afghanistan
Sat, Sep 20, 2008 6:00 AM
KABUL, Sept. 19 -- Just one year ago, the Taliban insurgency was a furtive, loosely organized guerrilla force that carried out hit-and-run ambushes, burned empty schools, left warning letters at night and concentrated attacks in the southern rural regions of its ethnic and religious heartland."
The most expensive, supposedly well-equipped and -trained military force in the world can't seem to break this bunch of ragtag guerillas. Modern understandings of warfare must be undergoing a serious revolution. As are global bragging rights...
New world, same old tired rhetoric from this inept bunch.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Nothing but More Good News

What a mess, this world, but particularly the U.S., that oldest living democracy in it. I can't stand when news space gets colonized by politicians' sex scandals, but...I must say that there's a fierce political irony to this scandal's particular content. This is a representative, Foley, of a party whose brand has been sold on claims that it is unholy and un-human for men to have loving relations with men, and that they can get married in hell if they like. John Kerry was accused of being insensitive and out of line when he outted Dick Cheney's daughter on national television, but the real scandal was that Cheney had marched right along to the homophobic drum of his party, not minding at all that homophobia was a major point in his party's brand identity. Now this.
They try to seduce millions of Americans susceptible to racism and homophobia with distracting issues that will never really amount to much legislatively (a flag burning or gay marriage amendment to the Constitution; stopping the tide of immigrants from Mexico, as if a fence is going to do it, while their buddies dine at restaurants that would close in a day if the Mexican help disappeared and whose manicured lawns would grow into fines from the local weed inspector). All the while, plenty of them practice exactly the opposite of what they preach, though it's true, the contents of their sermons are so strategically ambiguous that people can make whatever they want out of them (and here I would include many Democrats as well). As if we needed any more reason to understand why Americans want nothing to do with politics. The Founders were far from perfect, but this bunch has brought shame to the best of their governmental creations and civic hopes. Even more, they have systematically sought to undermine them. As usual quite a few interesting posts on all of this at