So Be It.
That was John Boehner’s response to being told his budget demands would eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs from the federal government at this crucial moment in our economic recovery. A mere four months ago the GOP fought bitterly to cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans and now, when there are literally multiple global crises demanding our attention, they held a simple budget vote hostage over demands to defund Public Broadcasting, Planned Parenthood and the EPA. To be sure, if the previous Democratic led Congress could have overcome their milquetoast dithering long enough to have done their jobs we wouldn’t have this problem, but this is an dangerously irresponsible Congress that is frighteningly immature; a Do-Nothing Congress is far better than a Know-Nothing Congress. After all, even in the middle of all this they also managed to take a swipe at Net Neutrality.
That Congress has been overrun by frothing extremists is a reality that cannot be ignored. These are political dilettantes with adolescent ideology who are drunk with their own grandeur; there is not that far a difference between Rand Paul and Charlie Sheen as you might think. The current GOP philosophy and comportment is not that much different than that of a raving alcoholic blaming the bartender for his problems (click here if you don’t believe me). These are not serious thinkers who are attacking teachers unions and nurses pensions; these are people who haven’t grown out of their adolescent philosophy because they haven’t had to. They are suburban children of privilege who smoked grass, listened to Rush, read Ayn Rand and thought they were special and smart because of it; ‘Atlas Shrugged’ told them had privilege because they deserved it and those who suffered deserved their situations as well, and that appealed to them. Objectivism is not so much a school of philosophy as an excuse to separate oneself from compassion and massage ones own ego; it leads a person into opposition of both Dharma and Jesus. It is a delusion much like any of the modern cults that oppose Love; by denying the existence of the highest form of that word and glorifying in its debasement they condemn themselves. But all that aside, these are not the people you want meddling with the laws that govern our society in any case.
Employment is up. The Dow Jones has posted a steady growth for two years. There are still huge problems with housing and employment, but the country has actually been building momentum with Obama at the helm. The GOP is drunkenly thrashing around in the engine room, screaming that their sabotage is actually some kind of repair that we didn’t need anyway; for everyone’s safety they need to be subdued until they can sober up.
It’s a lovely day for a stroll. See you later.