Thursday, December 9, 2010

It's the Debt, errr Taxes, Stupid!

Ya gotta love this tax deal... the Republicans won the House by slamming the President on the debt, "lord were leaving this debt to our grandchildren" they cried. So their first big act since the election is to add BILLIONS upon BILLIONS upon BILLIONS to the debt. And the Republican base believes it's a great thing. The party has literally figured out how to to pull the strings over night. The conversation went something like this, "tell them it's about the principle of lower taxes, they'll buy it" and they did. Like the PGA Tour motto, "These guys are good"...

And the Democrats, who have shown no evidence of a backbone in years, decide after they get their arse kicked to take a stand. And it's pretty obvious they're not going to win... which probably works out well for many of them, because they can say they tried their best and still get the contributions from those that get to keep their gold via the tax cuts.

If you have tried to watch any of the major media try to talk about this issue you have probably wanted to stab you eyes out with a butter knife, it's just not watchable. But, considering that the networks are catering to the advertisers and the advertisers know the customers who buy their product, well we know that the coverage we're provided is about what we deserve. In his new blog post Joe Bageant pegs these "everyman" customers really well:

"Tom and Ben could never have guessed we would chase prepackaged spectacle, junk science, and titillating rumor such as death panels, Obama as a socialist Muslim and Biblical proof that Adam and Eve rode dinosaurs around Eden. In a nation that equates democracy with everyman's right to an opinion, no matter how ridiculous, this was probably inevitable. After all, dumb people choose dumb stuff. That's why they are called dumb.

But throw in sixty years of television's mind puddling effects, and you end up with 24 million Americans watching Bristol Palin thrashing around on Dancing with the Stars, then watch her being interviewed with all seriousness on the networks as major news. The inescapable conclusion of half of heartland America is that her mama must certainly be presidential material, even if Bristol cannot dance. It ain't a pretty picture out there in Chattanooga and Keokuk."

No, it's ain't pretty.

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