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Apex predators are (almost?) always the smartest animals in their ecological niche. Yeah, I know baleen whales can be smart, but toothed whales are smarter. Chimpanzees actually wage wars against “enemy” chimpanzee tribes.
Human beings are (arguably) the smartest apex predators on the planet, so we’re “wired” to be libertarians; winner-take-all pricks who truly don’t care about their fellow man. “As long as I’ve got mine/more than you…”
So it’s no wonder that the selfish pricks have taken over the world. Again. Not for the first time.
The only question is, when do the rest of us start killing them, again, like in the French Revolution? I don’t want cake crumbs, I want my neighbor to be able to keep his house! It’s an age-old battle that will be fought many times before the sun eventually burns out.
All of which is cover for posting this link, which I have not yet read to the end. I just want to save it and read it tomorrow.
Here’s how it starts:
When the President of the United States delivers his State of the Union message next week, he’ll be speaking to the wealthiest Congress in history. What does it mean for a representative democracy when most of its representatives are insulated from the real-world economic experiences of its citizens?
A new report from Open Secrets shows that, for the first time, the average member of Congress is worth more than $1 million. It’s hard to say how much more, because the House has adopted the Senate’s less stringent financial reporting requirements, but most representatives are, as they used to say back home, “pretty well fixed.” More than half of them are worth more than $1 million, according to Open Secrets.
Some members of Congress aren’t wealthy, of course. But if the President sticks with his recent theme of inequality next week, he’ll be doing it in front of an audience that has disproportionately benefited from the very phenomenon he’ll be describing. Some reports say that the president may ask for an extension of unemployment benefits, too. If so, he’ll be proposing it to a room full of people who are unlikely to ever feel unemployment’s anguish and terror themselves.
Red state GOP voters and ESPECIALLY teabaggers are stupid. Really. Just stupid. Baleen whale stupid. I mean, “leave me alone, I want to stand here and pound my head against this brick wall a while longer” stupid. I don’t even want to talk to them, any more.
A poor person paying income tax at a 20-25% rate, even up to 39%(?) defending rich fuckers paying 15% (translates to 7-9% when you have a good accountant, see “Mitt Romney won’t release his tax returns because his rich buddies would turn on him for revealing their scam” for details) is beyond my ability to understand.
When people say “I don’t understand economics” I think “yeah, but I bet you know that the fundamental rule of economics is ‘supply and demand’, don’t you?”
Put all of the money into a few hands, and there’s no demand. No demand means no need for supply. No need for supply and the jobs dry up.
Sometimes I just want to punch people for being so willfully stupid (not willfully ignorant, willfully stupid).
…and Ted Cruz is definitely nuts.
The father of right wing Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the most visible leader of the now-ended government shutdown, is seen in recently uncovered videos calling for America to be ruled by “kings” who will take money from anyone who is not an evangelical Christian and deliver it into the hands of fundamentalist preachers and their acolytes.
Megachurch preacher Larry Huch suggested that Rafael Cruz’s own son, Ted, is one of those “kings.” And in fact, at a ceremony this past July Ted Cruz was “anointed” by a group of fundamentalist preachers in a special blessing ceremony.
The difference is that in Cruz’s scheme, the transfer will occur through a war against “the wicked” led by Christian preachers who will take the wealth from nonbelievers.
Grab some popcorn, and compare and contrast to:
Remember when Evangelicals were the staple of the Republican coalition? Turn them out and you could win any national election. Well, they are fast becoming the fringe of the GOP, based on recently released research from focus groups conducted by Stan Greenberg, James Carville and Erica Seifert for Democracy Corps.
The GOP is now roughly split into three factions: one-third Evangelical, one-quarter Tea Party and one-quarter moderates. These focus groups, which were purposely assembled homogeneously to encourage participation, were chosen because they comprise the base of the Republican Party.
Now, no one who knows me, or has read anything that I’ve written, is going to think I’d be dismayed if the fundie-nutbag brigade, the bug-fuck nuts teabaggers, AND the GOP went away.
I mean, I honestly believe that opposing points of view in government is a good thing. Just not when one of those points of view either;
A) believes it’s representing God and if you disagree you shouldn’t be compromised with, or;
B) believes it’s “right”, and therefore “compromise” is a dirty word.
But in these two seemingly conflicted stories, one sentence stands out: “Turn them out and you could win any national election.”
With the GOP its all about power. They simply refuse to accept that their ideas are unpopular and they lose elections.
Clinton was impeached over a blowjob. Obama’s been opposed in EVERYTHING he’s tried to do, in the form of more filibusters than ever before in history, and 42 fucking votes to abolish or defund Obamacare.
The GOP are wrong about everything, but I don’t understand why anyone would want to replace them with petulant children (teabaggers) who hold their breath when they don’t get their way.
We will continue to have a 2-party system.
How’s about we find a way to make that second party center-left of the Democrats, for a change?
Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated, and a new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing.
To that end, several corner stones should be laid to underpin a de-Americanized world.
Of course, the purpose of promoting these changes is not to completely toss the United States aside, which is also impossible. Rather, it is to encourage Washington to play a much more constructive role in addressing global affairs.
I can’t say that China leading the rest of the world in ending American interference in foreign countries, not to mention the abominable meme of “American Exceptionalism” is a bad thing.
But you can bet that I’m going to point out to the supporters of the teabaggers, who would take EXTREME offense at any mention that we’re not God’s chosen country, simply the bestest ever, if we could only go back to doing things the way we did in the 50′s, when we had colored only drinking fountains and wives stayed home in heels and an apron, cleaning for the sole breadwinner, that it was the teabaggers who caused the decline and fall of America.
Just to piss them off.
This is the best analysis I can point to that tells you how I feel about a bunch of tards shutting down government.
Fuck the teabaggers.
Seriously, fuck them.
Don’t give an inch.
The survival of the government our parents fought for depends on it.
This is the game being played in DC, today.
The GOP wants to utterly destroy SS and medicare. They just don’t want their totally white, geriataric base to see it.
*Some* Democrats are OK with this. *Some* Democrats are opposed to it. *Some* Democrats are “on the fence”; gimme some honey and I’ll vote with you.
So, the GOP is maneuvering to have Democrats cut SS and Medicare, and the Democrats are trying to figure out a way to let the cuts to defense, already in the sequester, take place without devastating the economy. (Don’t misunderstand this. MASSIVE cuts to defense, over night, will affect suppliers of defense contractors, so there’s a bit of dancing to be done on the part of “the left” to avoid further damaging the economy.)
SS and Medicare are dangling by a thread, and the POTUS (yeah, our current POTUS, Barack Obama) has said, and whether you realize it or not, continues to say, “Make me do it.”
Enough with the “Obama’s gonna sell us out” comments. “Make” him “do it”.
It’s really up to us.
The “game”, right now, is to get the Republicans/teabaggers to own the calls to cut SS and Medicare. Which they won’t do, so don’t lose any sleep over the default on the debt. Meanwhile, the GOP/baggers want the Democrats to name cuts to SS and Medicare. Which they won’t do.
The debt ceiling vote will come, and it will be raised.
The next big battle is the sequester. Which defense cuts will we keep? Which social programs cuts will we keep?
Put your pants back on and get to work. Educate yourself on the sequester. Decide what YOU want to do about debt (or quit bragging about Clinton running a surplus).
The sequester battle is the one that matters, but the Battle for America never ends.
(Video posted right after the.worst.president.in.history “won” re-election.)