Logic, is a very simple thing. Some things are just true, whether you want to believe them or not.
This whole debacle about the debt ceiling is just the latest televised example that ideology and logic do not seem to share the same space in the republican mindset. If you demand that the debt must be lowered, then at some point there will need to be some form of increase in taxes somewhere.
But, alas, we witness a group of individuals so addicted to their power and committed to their beliefs, that there is absolutely zero chance of communicating in a reasonable, logical fashion with them.
Many people and administrations contributed to this debt, there is no debating that fact. One can sit here and proclaim loudly and repeatedly that it is all the black guys fault, but that is simply egregious and false.
- 2 simultaneous, unpaid wars
- outsourcing of military tasks
- "tax breaks" for wealthy Americans
- "rebate checks" for average Americans
- prescription drug "reform"
- tax breaks for Corporations
- bailing out banks
- Ethanol subsidies
- Oil and Gas subsidies
These things, among others, contributed the most to the deficit we now hear about each day. To be sure, the Stimulus Package could and should have been better implemented, but that is more the fault of various people in our Government and is not the sole fault of the president who signed off on it. Be honest with yourself, do you really think the president has the time, or even need, to sit there and write checks to fund projects? Of course not. Though, just like any CEO, he is responsible for the failures of that program.
Aside for all of that though, it doesnt get past the fact that the modern republican party has absolutely done more to wound this nation. The republican party and its members have been eroding the fabric of our "society" for going into a 4th decade now.
They have overseen & championed many (if not most) of the policy changes that have crushed american manufacturing, dissolved many of our civil liberties, moved untold sums of wealth into private hands, devalued our currency, moved us away from the gold standard and into a fiat currency, expanded corporate power and influence, dictated the rights & choices of women and gays & polluted science and education.
Shall we go on.
Seriously! One of Bush Jr's responses to the 9/11 attacks was "Go Shopping, dont let the terrorists win". What the hell is that!
Make no mistake, if you have been reading this, this debt ceiling argument is just the latest BS distraction made to confuse the American people.
The argument is not about the fact that the US might default on our debts, the real argument is the fact that the debts exist in the first place and have been allowed to continue to grow unabated for so many years.
Now, all of a sudden, a Democrat, a Black Democrat at that, wants\needs to raise the debt limit and there is a problem. Note how there was never any argument or disagreement when a Republican wanted to raise the debt limit 5 times during the last administration.
Wake up people... and when I say people I speak to anyone willing to allow themselves to analyze a situation logically and put their ego, ideology and emotions aside. The Modern Republican party is the real threat to America. Not some poor brown guy living in a desert 5000 miles away. These people, and all who blindly follow them, support them, idolize them and fail to challenge them are the real terrorists.
This country can be saved if the people take the advice of their founders and challenge, in every single way possible, these supposed leaders. There is a good reason that our founding fathers chose to ensure our right to bear arms. Talk and protest is not, has not, will not work on people who conduct themselves in this manner. Make no mistake either that there are hoards of people who identify themselves as republicans who are more than willing ( and able ) to take their fight to the front lines. Just look at that wackjob who shot Giffords a few months back. Do you really think he is the only one like that?
Its scary to be sure..... but just as scary is the shape, condition and direction that this country and its citizens are going in.
The democrats have their faults too of course and, for all intents and purposes, are not much better. But from what I have seen, their record doesn't smell so much like Fascism.