One most-obvious example in the problem with modern life in the US came yesterday during the shameless, sham of a Senate hearing with JP Morgan honcho Jamie Dimon when gnarled nit-twit Jim DeMint slobbered:
â€œWe can hardly sit in judgment of your losing $2 billion,â€ the junior senator from South Carolina explained.
â€œWe lose twice that every day here in Washington and plan to continue to do that every day.
Itâ€™s comforting to know that even with a $2 billion loss in a trade last year, your company still, I think, had a $19 billion profit.
During that same period, we lost over a trillion dollars.â€
Picture an entire room full of pure, fleece-lined assholes.
(Illustration found here).
And that entire load of bullshit was upheld yesterday by Mitt Romney, who if he isn’t talking trash or lying, truly lets it known where he stands.
“Government has to be the partner, the friend, the ally, the supporter of enterprise not the enemy,” Romney said.
“Too often, you find yourself facing a government that looks at you like you are the bad guys.
And if you are hiring people and employing people and paying taxes you are the good guys.
I want you to do well.”
Mitt was shit-kicking at the Business Roundtable’s quarterly meeting where more than 100 CEOs gathered to listen to an ass talk — CNN also allowed this: Reporters were allowed into the session for the candidate’s opening remarks, which lasted roughly 20 minutes. Afterwards, all members of the media were asked to leave so that Romney and the business leaders could privately interact.
Yeah, they interacted, in the same way those Secret Service agents interacted with them gals in Columbia.
The 2010 US Supreme Court Citizens United case ignited all this horrible shit, which apparently opened the floodgates for all kinds of legal criminals to actually whitewash the country and nearly-totally dominate the political discourse, or for what goes for such nowadays.
As the presidential race starts to burn across the summer, US peoples are still lost in a dazed and confused state (and this you can’t blame on a doobie) and despite all the shit slapped around are really just a bunch of nit-twits who follow the little white line.
Juan Cole has a great post up this morning on the difference between how the US and rest of the world view disappointment in President Obama — the world has good reason, the US not so much so — even with something as obvious as climate change.
A couple of snips:
That these genuinely important issues are the basis of global disappointment with Obama shows how divorced from reality the great American Bubble Island has become, where the bubble-headed spew complete nonsense on the airwaves on certain channels 24/7.
Most Americans donâ€™t believe in man-made climate change!
Some will allow as how it seems a mite warmer around here, but they canâ€™t be sure as to the whys and wherefores of it, apparently not having passed 8th grade chemistry.
(The Tea Party, which doesnâ€™t believe in climate change at all, effectively controls the House of Representatives).
American disappointment with Obama took the form of the Tea Party, which was formed to make sure that white people donâ€™t have to pay anything toward medical care for minorities, even if that means white people themselves have to go without medical care.
Thatâ€™ll show them.
And this at the end explains a lot:
The US is peculiar in its attitudes toward reality because it is one big Company Town, where the corporations actually buy and sell politicians, where a handful of them control the major media, and where basic freedoms such as public assembly for protest and petitioning (especially against corporations like those on Wall Street) have de facto been abrogated by aggressive and militarized police tactics.
It has a bizarre inheritance in racial attitudes that make the public easily divided and ruled.
In short, the US is peculiarly corrupt and peculiarly authoritarian among industrialized democracies, making it possible to pull the wool over a lot of peoplesâ€™ eyes.
One thing wrong with the famous Lincoln quote is that it is possible and sufficient for the plutocracy to fool most of the people most of the time.
If the GOP wins in November, the US is 100 percent lost as a nation.