Election By-Products

November 4, 2010

From a Bill Moyers speech last week at Boston University:

George Bernard Shaw once complained that journalists are seemingly unable to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.

And Tuesday’s midterm elections is a bike crash bred with the end of walking-around sense, thus creating an empty vacuum between the ears of anyone with the initials GOP.
US peoples, and in turn, the entire world’s peoples are in for one shitty ride.

(Illustration found here).

In fact, the planet is most-obviously a bit concerned about how this turn of US events would play with all the increasingly bad shit taking place all over due to collective memories of how eight horrible years produced most of it.
And the world’s peoples have much, much better memories of what the George Jr. presidency had upchucked than do those in the US — short-term memory loss is as American as worm-holed apple pie.
The reason?
People elsewhere have been on the receiving end of this GOP-induced by-product, mainly from a rifle barrel.

For an instance.
U.S. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee — who has received thousands and thousands and thousand of dollars in campaign funds from the defense industry — has vowed to keep those rifles pointed in the correct direction:

“Even as we begin planning for the 112th Congress, there is still work to be completed this year,” McKeon said.
“Republicans on both sides of the Capitol aisle are committed to passing a National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 that is not weighed down by the current majority’s social agenda items.”

Yes, indeed, let us not be concerned with the poor, the sick, the huddled masses.
The big priority is to keep the war churning in Afghanistan — beyond the so-called July 2011 drawdown — and to keep US GIs in Iraq to ensure the horrible by-product of the US invasion keeps on keeping on.
Iraqis live in torment: They are uttered less now, especially after two days of some of the most vicious bloodletting since 2003 that killed at least 122 people, seven months of political dysfunction that at least hints at a failed state and seven years of occupation, war and misery that have turned disillusionment into disgust.
In the ballot-box voice of the US peoples: Who gives a shit.

Beyond the killing fields, the ‘new’ GOP agenda will include all sorts of investigations on President Obama’s social and non-social agenda, from handiwork on the BP oil spill to political appointments — As says little prick Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA): “I have a lot of questions that have not been answered,” he said.
And speaking of BP, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who became infamous earlier this year for apologizing to the oil giant — “I’m ashamed of what happened in the White House yesterday…I’m not speaking for anybody else, but I apologize.” — will most likely may soon be the most powerful voice in the House on US energy policy.
Speaking of inmates running the asylum.

The most horrible of the GOP horrors, one that went quietly by, is the GOP plan to open hearings on the “scientific fraud” of global warming.
From just a sentence or two, amongst a bunch in a post Wednesday from Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic:

According to Newsweek, the White House plans to aggressively enforce environmental regulations as they anticipate efforts from Republicans to strip authority from the EPA.
Compromise on renewable energy standards is possible, but the posturing between Rep. Joe Barton, the chairman of the energy committee, and the administration, may make this terribly difficult.
The GOP plans to hold high profile hearings examining the alleged “scientific fraud” behind global warming, a sleeper issue in this election that motivated the base quite a bit.

Add that shit to Obama’s backpedaling on climate change: He also virtually abandoned his legislation — hopelessly stalled in the Senate — featuring economic incentives to reduce carbon emissions from power plants, vehicles and other sources.

There’s more than “…just one way of skinning the cat,” he said.

Mr. President, the cat has already been skinned, it’s hanging on the ballot box over yonder.

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