Yes, the economy is in trouble. Yes, new home sales are down. Yes, every financial institution is shedding workers faster than my Great Pyre sheds fur. Yes, we have structural, social, emotional, and serious economic problems facing us. All true, all sad, all present and in our face.
The worst possible response is the one our Fearless Leader, George W. Bush, presented. Unfortunately, his partner in crime, Nancy Pelosi, has already given George two gold stars:
first, any crime he committed in the past, or will commit in the future, gets a pass by congress; and,
second, she has already guaranteed that she will accept whatever proposal he recommends.
I guess Nancy Pelosi represents what constitutes leadership these days. I never realized that the Speaker of the House of Representatives was nothing more than a syncophantic, boot-licking, rubber-stamping, acquiescent, mindless, and ass-kissing lover of the president, even one as craven and illegitimate as this one.
Damn. Had I known that earlier, I would have signed and sent in my application for citizenship to Australia, Canada, Mexico, even Belgium. Little did I expect that a Democoratic Speaker would become the biggest supporter of our current administration.
Tax cuts ain’t gonna fix no economic problem like this. Let me restate this in English. There is NO FUCKING WAY that cutting taxes for business and giving a family of four $800 in tax credits will help.
That will simply make the structural problems worse, while making the leadership believe that they tried to fix it.
No, what we need is a goal, a revolution, and a plan to change how we live. Instead of pushing a junkie full of more junk, how about we take that money and make an impact elsewhere?
What if we spent $150,000,000,000 on this? Education, training, experimentation, and research on energy production and conservation. Instead of giving every tax payer $800, spending that money on energy programs, to increase efficiency, and create new sources would still stimulate the economy, but with a rational goal in mind.
How many Americans would get excited about that? How many would put their brains, energy, effort towards their, and their childrens’ futures? I suspect all of us would.
An energy program for the 21st Century would be a winner. It would change our perception of our country, our future, our problems.
Unfortunately, neither our GOP, nor our Democratic leadership has any interest in anything like that.