Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
Not Incompetent, Just Plain Evil
Perhaps the biggest irony of the Bush-is-incompetent frame is that these “failures” — Iraq, Katrina and the budget deficit — have been successes in terms of advancing the conservative agenda.
One of the goals of Conservatives is to keep people from relying on the federal government. Under Bush, FEMA was reorganized to no longer be a first responder in major natural disasters, but to provide support for local agencies. This led to the disastrous response to Hurricane Katrina. Now citizens, as well as local and state governments, have become distrustful of the federal government’s capacity to help ordinary citizens. Though Bush’s popularity may have suffered, enhancing the perception of federal government as inept turned out to be a conservative victory.
Conservatives also strive to get rid of protective agencies and social programs. The deficit Bush created through irresponsible tax cuts and a costly war in Iraq will require drastic budget cuts to remedy. Those cuts, conservatives know, won’t come from military spending, particularly when they raise the constant specter of war. Instead, the cuts will be from what Conservatives have begun to call “non-military, discretionary spending;” that is, the programs that contribute to the common good like the FDA, EPA, FCC, FEMA, OSHA and the NLRB. Yet another success for the conservative agenda.
Both Iraq and Katrina have enriched the coffers of the conservative corporate elite, thus further advancing the conservative agenda. Halliburton, Lockheed Martin and US oil companies have enjoyed huge profit margins in the last six years. Taking Iraq’s oil production off-line in the face of rising international demand meant prices would rise, making the oil inventories of Exxon and other firms that much more valuable, leading to record profits. The destruction wrought by Katrina and Iraq meant billions in reconstruction contracts. The war in Iraq (and the war in Afghanistan) meant billions in military equipment contracts. Was there any doubt where those contracts would go? Chalk up another success for Bush’s conservative agenda.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Quote of the Day
"He's a Wheel of Fortune guy in a Jeopardy! world."
(What is an accurate description of America's worst President ever, Alex? Thanks. I'll take Fumbling Toward Fascism for $600.)
Monday, July 24, 2006
Flickr Monday Blogging Random
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Wednesday-On-Thursday Vacation Blogging: Moscow
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Word of the Day
My calendar further cites the 1876 OED for this bit of rhetoric: "Is ours a government of the people, by the people, for the people, or a Kakistocracy rather, for the benefit of knaves at the cost of fools?" I think the answer is obvious.
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Not that this should come as any surprise to discerning readers and intelligent people everywhere, but it's just proof once again that many, if not most, fundies and wingnuts are -- how can I put this diplomatically? -- clueless fucking idiots. It would be laughably pathetic if it weren't for the fact that these people, through politicians like Rick Santorum and Jeff Sessions and Preznit Jesus Is My Favorite Political Philosopher himself, currently hold the reins of power in this country. It almost makes me wish that the Rapture were a real thing, and would happen soon, just so we can be rid of these morons.
***Note to my regular readers -- all three of you -- you may have noticed that I haven't posted much lately. I was out of the country last week, and am still getting caught up with things here in the meat world. Will try to have some cool pics of my trip up sometime in the next week. Thanks for your patience and continued support.***