But I’m partial to a more cynical explanation. Think about what these budgets would do if you ignore the mysterious trillions in unspecified spending cuts and revenue enhancements. What you’re left with is huge transfers of income from the poor and the working class, who would see severe benefit cuts, to the rich, who would see big tax cuts. And the simplest way to understand these budgets is surely to suppose that they are intended to do what they would, in fact, actually do: make the rich richer and ordinary families poorer.
They call themselves United States senators. And they are doing their best to destroy what makes this country great.
We all know there is precious little Congress has been able to agree on in the past few years. Notwithstanding the fact that Americans do not want to shut down the government, do want to extend and maintain Social Security and also want to provide medical insurance for all Americans, it is clear there is a significant minority of people in the Congress who wish otherwise. Unfortunately, it is the American people who suffer as a result of this childish behavior.
I have been exchanging emails with my brother about the bogus Hillary Clinton email server brouhaha.* Neither of us are Hillary fans. As I told my brother, I don’t like Hillary, but I don’t think she is evil. Annoying, but not evil.
The Republican Party, though, is a vile and loathsome thing, a gibbering Lovecraftian monster that makes Nyarlothotep look like a cuddely little teddy bear.
Ask me nicely, I’ll tell you what I really think.
*This came up at my recent LUG meeting and everyone yawned, because there is no there there. One of the participants pointed out, “They are Blackberry people,” and having your own little Blackberry email server is a Blackberry thing.
I know that no one is listening, but the only lesson of the “homebrew email server” fuss is that the media is clueless about how the internet works.
The Chinese Communist Party’s attempt to co-opt Tibetan Buddhism is of a piece with the Republican Party’s attempt to co-opt Christianity. Both are attempts to hoodwink persons of faith–however misguided that faith may be–for earthly power; both are contemptible for their crude, craven, and manipulative cynicism.
I wonder whether Republicans can recognize or admit how similar their tactics are to those of the Chinese Reds? Can they see themselves in the mirr–oh, never mind.
“We were told not to use the terms ‘climate change,’ ‘global warming’ or ‘sustainability,’ ” said Christopher Byrd, an attorney with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of General Counsel in Tallahassee from 2008 to 2013. “That message was communicated to me and my colleagues by our superiors.”
Management denies that there was a “policy,” which is I suspect is bureaucratese for “no one was stupid enough to put this in writing.”