Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sweet denial


Paul Rosenberg says, "David Axelrod is clinically insane," after his astonishing speculation that, "I'm hoping that with more seats, the Republicans will feel a greater sense of responsibility to work with us to solve some of these problems." This is the kind of moronic crap that routinely comes out of the White House - the hope, or at least claim, that bipartisanship is a worthy goal that will somehow be met by greater and greater victories for the right-wing. Me, I'm thinking the behavior of the White House makes perfect sense if they are playing for the other team.

Well that's it, isn't it? People talk about how weak and unfocused the democrats are, how they lack message discipline, etc. Of course they do. How can you have "message discipline" when your real message is "we're just like the republicans, just somewhat less so." I mean you can't come out and say that, right? (Kind of wish they would, although you'd think people wouldn't be so dense, and it shouldn't be necessary...)

Maybe this isn't universally true, and maybe there are individual races, especially in the lower ranks, in non D.C. races, where voting Dem may make sense. I don't know. For example on a personal level I'm still wrestling with whether or not it makes sense to vote for democratic challenger Bill White for governor. The Texas Green candidate, Deb Shafto, mainly talks about federal issues like protecting social security, which are irrelevant in a governor's race, and which make it hard for me to take her seriously. On the other hand maybe building a real third party, at least in its nascent stages, involves not caring about whether or not the early sacrifical candidates are viable.(maybe that's the argument behind Christine O'Donnell.) Or is it building a second party?

Charles Babington AP,"Dems to voters: You may hate us, but GOP is worse"

Norman Solomon, "No, Higher Consciousness Won’t Save Us"

Three from Bill Noxid: "Free in our Time"(2006),

"Anatomy of American Ignorance"(2009)

and "The American Morality Myth" (August 2010)

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At October 14, 2010 8:20 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

The goober hopefuls here in californicate are both promising more jobs as if they could create them out of thin air. The problem of course is really at the federal level as neither candidate has the power to create more jobs (as if anyone believes either one). So it is rather like your goobernatorial race in Texas where one promises to save SS. As long as the terror wars continue things will get worse for the individual states and cities as the economy continues to crumble. Like I said before, Obama is the undertaker. He’ll do a good job of making the corpse look good.

At October 14, 2010 3:17 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi Rob,
well for what it's worth states sometimes "compete" among themselves to lure relocating large employers via tax incentives. Is that what they have in mind?

At October 14, 2010 7:58 PM, Blogger Unknown said...


Luring employers to California with tax incentives? You've never lived in California or you'd bite your tongue. What they have in mind is getting elected or I'll eat your hat (I'd rather not eat mine thanks). There really are not too many large employers left so I'm not sure who they could lure if that is what they have in mind. There is talk of cutting wage taxes out completely for two years to spur the economy in the nation as a whole so if they do that its hard to see how individual states could lure with tax incentives though there are other taxes besides wage taxes. Pretty drastic when you consider it. It shows just how bad the situation is. We are now a third world country, people better get used to it because that's the way it is.

At October 14, 2010 9:12 PM, Blogger JM said...

You don't agree with Bill that 9/11 was an inside job, do you?

At October 15, 2010 3:55 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi JM,

I'm impressed with Bill Noxid although his habit of using bit.ly style hyperlinks drives me batty, because I like knowing where I'm being asked to go. But if I link to somebody it doesn't have to entail a blanket endorsement.

I am skeptical of the "truther" argument, although I am also skeptical of the official version. They somehow recovered an intact passport from one of the hijackers even though so much of the wreckage was obliterated in an aviation fuel fireball? Maybe we will know what really happened when a young person like you is in her seventies, if we're lucky.

At October 16, 2010 12:06 AM, Blogger JM said...

Yo, this is worth a look,I think:



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