Archive for September 28th, 2008

Domestic Terrorism

So much for “us” being better than “they” are:

On Friday, September 26, the end of a week in which thousands of copies of Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West — the fear-mongering, anti-Muslim documentary being distributed by the millions in swing states via DVDs inserted in major newspapers and through the U.S. mail — were distributed by mail in Ohio, a “chemical irritant” was sprayed through a window of the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton, where 300 people were gathered for a Ramadan prayer service. The room that the chemical was sprayed into was the room where babies and children were being kept while their mothers were engaged in prayers. This, apparently, is what the scare tactic political campaigning of John McCain’s supporters has led to — Americans perpetrating a terrorist attack against innocent children on American soil.

Read the whole diary, it’s horrible.  Because Muslims attacked us on 9/11 and are shooting at our troops, it’s okay to gas Muslim children?  The children of Muslims who had absolutely nothing to do with the terrorists other than being Muslim?  Islam is not a country; we’re not at war with it, or at least we shouldn’t be.  Disgusting.

September 28th, 2008 at 10:08pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Racism,Religion,Terrorism

Save The Bankers!

Jerome á Paris, being not an idiot, is skeptical that the bailout will be any good, and reminds us just how skewed our economic policy has been:

  • as the bailout calls for yet another transfer from poor to rich, it is worth noting that even in the good years, the vast majority of the population saw very little of the then much touted prosperity: incomes were stagnant or declining, while benefits declined, and healthcare and energy costs skyrocketed. Thus, current policies seem focused, at all times, on maximising the income of the few rather than that of the general population;
  • the next conclusion is that our political systems are completely geared towards fulfilling that last goal: politicians of all stripes are supporting the bailout despite massive protests by their constituents, just like they supported financial deregulation, labor market “reform”, “free” trade, the tax race to the bottom and other similar policy prescriptions in the past. Politicians are supported in that by a media system that brings to the fore pundits that are fully aligned with these prescriptions, and creates an incestuous class of insiders who, as it were, tend to personally benefit directly from the overall winner-takes-all policies put in place;
  • the quasi-unanimous support of the Serious People for the bailout, or at least their inability to point out that the current crisis was the inevitable conclusion of the policy framework pushed by the neolib cabal shows how successful they have been at killing alternative ideas as fringe or absurd or dangerous, and suggests that there still is an ideologial vacuum; alternative ideas are not “there” enough to be taken seriously despite the ongoing reality, and I’m not sure they will until the current elites are completely pushed out;

The most depressing part of this is the way our elected leaders, the ones we voted for to represent our interests, are completely ignoring the will of their nominal constituents – the people – in order to do the bidding of their actual constituents – the powerful.  It was the same with bankruptcy “reform,” and it was the same with telecom immunity.

Our senators and representatives are telling us, in no uncertain terms, that if we don’t have the big bucks, we simply don’t matter.  I wish I could say that it’s just those horrible Republicans, but the Democrats are even more on board with this bailout than Dubya’s own party.

Once again, the Democrats are in the wrong  morally, practically, and politically, which means that not only are they doing the country irreparable harm by blowing up the budget and making healthcare and energy reform impossible, but they are also putting their own congressional majorities in jeopardy by supporting something their voters despise.

Where is the leadership?  Where is the political savvy?  Where is the simple common sense?  Why are the Democrats so desperate to abdicate their power?

September 28th, 2008 at 02:53pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

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