Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I'm Damned Excited!


I’m Damned Excited


Now that Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate, we’re finally gonna have an election about Big Ideas.

I’m sure of it.

The President and his henchmen will point out that the Republicans, as personified by Paul Ryan and his budget proposal, aim to cut Medicare and starve our seniors.  And give all of the money to the rich.

Romney and his henchmen may point out that the President, through the signature achievement of the Affordable Care Act (they’ll call it Obamacare), was able to adjust Medicare to squeeze $700 million in savings.  And then promptly used that to fund the ACA programs, devoting none of it to Medicare.

The President and his henchmen will point out that the Republicans, as personified by Paul Ryan and his budget proposal, want to cut taxes for the wealthy, and just dream that the unsustainable fiscal course of the country will somehow right itself.

Romney and his henchmen will point out that the President will invoke class warfare to soak the wealthy–the wealthy who pay the lion’s share of taxes–for even more money. Killing job creation while just dreaming that the unsustainable fiscal course of the country will somehow right itself.

Oh, my, how many big ideas will be debated and discussed.



A few that might get missed:

How to avoid the collapse of Medicare within a generation.

How to avoid the collapse of government financing itself within a decade – especially when creditors around the globe instantaneously determine that the US is truly unwilling to preempt disaster by addressing its fiscal course and is therefore no longer creditworthy.

How to justify killing people all over Asia and North Africa with drones merely by leaking to the “news media” that militants were killed.

How to justify targeting and assassinating American citizens without charges, proof, or other due process.

How to justify foreign warmaking in countries like Libya and Syria and Egypt and Yemen and. . . . well, you get the idea. . . without even acknowledging that we’re engaged in hostilities.

How to justify domestic warmaking by sending military equipment and weapons against U.S. citizens through largely unsupervised “sharing of anti-terrorist resources.”

How to control the unsupervised wielding of personal information [obtained lawfully from an ignorant populace] by the Googles and the Apples of the world to direct the people’s economic and political activity.

How to justify the transfer of wealth from younger, poorer generations to the most financially stable and secure generation, our “senior citizens.”

And I’m just listing my pet peeves; there will be SO many more items that are willfully ignored.

Ignored while they’re talking about Big Ideas.


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Addendum:  I forgot -- I'm sure they'll tell us how we're going to get out of the war in Afghanistan and end our covert war in Pakistan.  They're eager to go toe-to-toe on that one.

2 comments:

Mister Parker said...

When I saw the post title "I'm damned excited" on my Blog Roll, I assumed you meant you read my post about Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms.

Imagine my disappointment ...

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Well there's just one thing missing from all this Mitt, Barack, & Paul analysis Mr. Muleboy, and that just happens to be America's Ultimate Secret Weapon! Yes I'm talking about the fightingest fighter with the whitest of teeth, the man who may just be the sharpest knife in the whole U.S. drawer, the brawling Delaware bomber himself ... Joe BIDEN, ladies 'n gennelmen! If he were Republican he'd be an idiot, but he's not so ... so there!

But even Joltin' Joe can't do it alone, Mr. Muleboy. No, the 2012 election will have been won on the thousands of high school football playing fields of America where coaches -- thousands of 'em! -- to this day still say: "OK men!" they say. "Remember, we want to win 'cause ... 'cause we want to win, so ... so ... let's win!"