It started early this morning when Brook (deliberately) missed the bus for school. My mom’s car was blocking me in so I borrowed her keys and drove Brook to school. On the way back, I turned up the volume on mom’s radio to hear some conservative talk show infotainers yucking it up about a recent survey that showed that the vast majority of Americans wanted the government to do something to help them economically. Damn, I have to track down who these guys were so I can get a transcript to check the survey source and their exact words because what came next just defies logic.
So, these guys concluded that because the vast majority of Americans wanted the government to help them economically, that really means we want the government to give us money, money taken from rich people (there’s that class envy thing again) and given it to us because we don’t want to work for it ourselves. In other words, these two jerks just told everyone who is struggling in this economy who is hoping for New Deal type programs to get them back to work that they were lazy good-for-nothings who didn’t want to do the hard work to succeed. No, we just want some more deserving rich person to give us handouts. This is what conservative voters are exposed to every day. And I, one of the many thousands of recently laid-off R&D professionals who worked my ass off, along with the rest of my stressed out coworkers, could come to only one conclusion after this disturbing and completely unrealistic commentary: If you are struggling, unemployed and still a Republican, you need professional help. Seriously.
Then I checked my email, tried to establish some relationships with friends I hadn’t seen in awhile, answered email from people I had met at recent conferences and looked for rejection emails to my last job applications. No rejections this morning but it’s still early. I cruised over to the Daily Show site and found Samantha Bee. redefine a Sistah Souljah moment as an opportunity by both parties to bash the left. Apparently, the Daily Show doesn’t know that the new term is “Hippy Punching”.
Then, I found some stuff at Greg Sargent’s Plum Line on Campaign 2012. He linked to two articles that are somewhat at odds with each other. One of them is about Richard Trumka throwing in the towel with the Obama Administration and the Democrats, which I found encouraging. Trumka is going to outline his plans for an independent labor movement at a speech at the National Press Club today. The other was about how the Obama Administration Campaign supporters were already planning strategies to take out its opposition starting with Mitt Romney. See Richard Trumka and Samantha Bee’s Sistah Souljah moment for some guesses as to who their future targets may be. After all, the Democratic Party’s primary opposition isn’t really the Republican candidate in 2012. Heck, even the Republicans don’t like their candidates (yet) and are allowing the Tea Party to purge the ones who don’t toe the line while the more pragmatic Washington GOP crowd is getting a little nervous. No, the Democratic Party’s real opposition are other Democrats, those annoying voters who want the party to represent the principles of the Democratic Party. You know, the ones who won’t make excuses for Obama’s abandonment of the unemployed? The ones who don’t praise him for even the slightest, and I do mean “slight”, (teensy-tiny airquotes) of efforts? The ones who insist that “You can’t buff a turd“?
Like Paul Krugman who praised Obama this morning for saving GM’s ass last year. Um, wouldn’t it have been irresponsible NOT to save GM’s ass last year? But wait! There’s more. Not only did Obama save GM’s ass last year, he did it by breaking the contracts negotiated in good faith with the people who actually did the work for GM while he didn’t require any sacrifices from the bankers he lobbied to bailout in 2008. Which just goes to show that the public that so desperately wants the government to help them get back to economic prosperity is completely out in left field- and will be getting a Sistah Souljah moment shortly.
As much as I love, Krugman, (and I do, Paul, really I do, your eyes are so dreamy), it’s not the first time he’s been “off” lately. A couple weeks ago I postulated that the fear based strategy Republicans used to get their voters to the polls was based on terrorism and threats to personal safety while Democrats used terrorism of economic/safety net catastrophes to get their voters to the polls. Well, abortion isn’t going to work in 2012 after “This is what a feminist looks like” NOW spokes model Barack Obama sold women out on just about everything that is important to them from the egregious limitations on abortion coverage in the healthcare reform bill to NOT rescinding the Conscience Clause, not to mention touting the Lilly Ledbetter bill as the same as the equal pay bills that have been stalled in Congress during the run up to the midterm elections last fall. (Jeez, Obama people must think women are stupid and not paying attention or can’t trust their lying eyes when they can’t find a job but their well-connected male colleagues can by tapping into the well established old boy’s network. Ok, Obama women really are stupid if they didn’t recognize that Obama was the BMOC in the uber Old Boys Network, but I digress.)
So, Paul writes this post called Seniors, Guns and Money making fun of the authentically risible Republican congresscritters who criticized the Democrats for scaring seniors about Medicare. But Paul is missing the donkey in the corner. Democrats aren’t trying to scare seniors, they’re trying to scare their own base. Seniors are actually somewhat ambivalent about the Medicare debacle. That’s because Republicans are engaging in generational warfare. Seniors know that they’re safe. It’s people under 55 that have to worry and seniors aren’t staying up nights fretting over us. Oh, sure, they have compassion but it only goes so far. If there’s only so much money to go around, they expect to get it first because they paid for it. Never mind that people my age paid more and will get worthless vouchers.
Democrats set the bait, lefties fall into line.
Atrios can’t understand why Manhattan needs another parking garage and wonders why rich people are so stupid. I agree. I used to take the train to Manhattan once a week when Brook was 11 so she could take art lessons at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was $18 round trip. Brook rode free during Saturday’s off-peak hours. Sure, it was a pain in the ass transferring at Newark, the WTC or Penn Station for local Metro subway lines that always seemed to be out of service, have poor signage or rerouted. Now that Christie has raised the rates to $28.00 round trip and there are no discounts for off-peak and Brook is too old to ride free, a trip to the museum to use our family membership is out of the question on NJTransit. I’d rather drive and park the car for $35. That saves us money for kebabs at the halal stand. Not that unemployed people have a lot of money to waste on family memberships to the Met or trips to Manhattan. Oh, well, I’m sure the rich will make up the slack. Besides, Brook got her culture in early in life and there’s always the internet.
Of course, if we changed the incentives for taking mass transit…
And in my humble unsolicited opinion, Maria Shriver knew. Yep, she gave up her career for Ahnold. Why would she do that if she knew something was up? Easy. She wanted her share of political influence that many of the Kennedy’s feel entitled to. Let’s not forget who was one of Obama’s biggest fans in California before the primary. Hillary still won the state but it was Maria Shriver, erstwhile heiress of a liberal Democratic dynasty, married to a Republican governor (that right there should have set off alarm bells and pinned her in a new and different Democratic cohort), who relentlessly banged the drum for Obama. So what if she ran some conferences on empowering women? We know now that Obama women are not sticklers for adherence to former Democratic principles of gender equity. I would hate to be accused of blaming the victim but it seems to me that Maria Shriver made a shrewd calculation. Neither Shriver or Schwarznegger should be held up as paragons of virtue. One of them sold out family, the other sold out women and the state of California. I feel sorry for the kids, all five of them (and counting).