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Sunday, July 11, 2010

when all you want to do is hammer,

the whole world is your nail.

For your consideration: the Big Issues on the voters minds in the 2010 mid terms. Now, the main$tream would really like for it to be gay marriage and the Obamacare plan. Strangely enough, despite the twin angst of the 'Merikan Taliban and marriage-minded gay, despite the best efforts of the Tea Party to make a big deal against Obamacare and the Faithful to make a big deal for it, voters are pissed.

Not about the budget.

About the bank$ter bailout.

The Reptilians who thought they'd make a big deal about the One's so-called socialism are finding instead people are more pissed about the socialization of financial risk and the privatization of financial gain. But they can only see the discontent through the kaliedoscope of their own dogma:

...Nearly two years after Congress approved the Troubled Asset Relief Program, the Bush administration’s $700 billion program to rescue the banking system at a moment when it appeared close to collapse, lawmakers from both parties who backed it remain haunted by the vote.

Republicans for months predicted that a backlash against the Democrats’ big health care law would be the defining issue in this year’s Congressional campaigns. But the bipartisan TARP vote has become a more resonant issue in a year when anti-incumbent, anti-Washington sentiment is running strong.

Democrats who voted for the bailout — which was championed by their own leaders along with President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain of Arizona, then the Republican presidential nominee — are now facing attacks from Republican challengers on the campaign trail. Republicans who voted for it are being accused of promoting big government and fiscal irresponsibility by Tea Party candidates and other conservatives.

Emotions can run high over the subject. Lawmakers report being buttonholed over bailouts by confrontational constituents, and Senator Robert F. Bennett, Republican of Utah, was jeered at a party convention by people chanting “TARP, TARP, TARP.”

“It became a litmus test of fidelity to free enterprise principles,” said Representative Bob Inglis, a South Carolina Republican who was crushed in a primary last month partly because of his vote in favor of the plan...

It's noteworthy The New York Pravda can only report this through the main$tream narrative. Even when it's the Bu$h platform being attacked, it's only Republicans who can assail it. Progressive Democrats who might be trying to win in primaries against main$tream DINOcratic Faithful are marginalized to the point of being completely ignored. Alan Grayson's positions on this are nowhere to be seen.

Nobody wants to talk about what the main$tream policy supported by both parties has done [tip o'teh tinfoil to Cryptogon]:

... In essence, these private banks and corporations now own the revenue stream of the Federal government and its taxpayers. Neat con, and the marks will never understand how “saving our financial system” led to their servitude to the very interests they bailed out.

The circle is now complete: in “saving our financial system,” the public borrowed trillions and transferred the money to private Power Elites, who then buy the public debt with the money swindled out of the taxpayer. Then the taxpayers transfer more wealth every year to the Power Elites/Plutocracy in the form of interest on the Treasury debt. The Power Elites will own the debt that was taken on to bail them out of bad private bets: this is the culmination of privatized gains, socialized risk.

In effect, it’s a Third World/colonial scam on a gigantic scale: plunder the public treasury, then buy the debt which was borrowed and transferred to your pockets. You are buying the country with money you borrowed from its taxpayers. No despot could do better...

'Merika has been returned to the Colony status. Those who own us couldn't be happier.

And of course, for your consideration, there's the issue of the Endless War, which we are told today in The New York Pravda has a new front opening, and there is officially nothing we can do about it.

The descriptions of the place boggle the mind. Here are some not presented in the order this piece of Company propaganda originally intended:

the ancestral home of Bin Laden, it is said

...Two thousand years ago, the area east of Sana held one of the earth's most prosperous kingdoms, a lush agricultural region of spices and fruits, fed by irrigation canals from a vast man-made dam. The Romans called Yemen "Arabia Felix," or Happy Arabia. Today, the eastern region is an arid wasteland. Most people scrape by on less than $2 a day, even though they live atop Yemen's oil and gas fields. There are few ways to make a living other than smuggling, goat-herding and kidnapping. The region is also, chronically, a war zone. Tribal feuds have always been part of life here, but in recent years they have grown so common and so deadly that as much as a quarter of the population cannot go to school or work for fear of being killed. The feuds often devolve into battles with bands of raiders mowing down their rivals with machine-gun fire or launching mortars into a neighboring village. No one knows how many people die in these wars, but Khaled Fattah, a sociologist who has studied Yemen's tribes for years, told me that hundreds of victims a year is a conservative estimate...

it is the Arab world's poorest country, with a fast-growing and deeply conservative Muslim population of 23 million. It is running out of oil and may soon be the first country in the world to run out of water. The central government is weak and corrupt...

Now that certainly set off disinformation alarm bells. It may be running out of oil, but certainly won't be the first country to run out of water . Nations have been doing that ever since the dawn of recorded history. But, yes, corruption and willful ignorance usually are a part of that package, too.

Somehow, reading this screed in The New York Pravda makes it easy to focus on the local corruption and fundamentalist idiocy and forget that all of that came to be as a few multinationals were cornering the Yemeni market on all that oil. Which is now, being a fossil fuel, running out. Along with the water.

Of course, breaking the back of the global energy cartels and their drive to urbanization in a landscape that can't support cities would end a lot of the stimulus for the corruption. And the Jihad, too.

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