A funny thing happened on the way to our Change – everything stayed the same except our new president. The same tired rhetoric from both sides of the aisle from the same tired partisan warriors in the same shrill and paranoid self grandeur one would expect from lifelong mental patients.
The Right wants Tax Cuts and the Left wants Social Spending. Anyone who seeks nuance in either stance is a “centrist” or a “traitor” or somehow an impediment to whichever side takes offense at their questions. Sounds exactly like the “You’re either with us or you’re with the terrorists” nonsense we got out of Baby Bush.
Sounds like the parade of neocon talking heads who said we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.
I am as concerned as everyone about the state of the nation. I would love to pursue 21st Century solutions to our 21st Century challenges. Thing is, both sides are offering the same package of plans they have always offered. They don’t sound like innovative fixes to long-standing structural weaknesses with American society. Offering Tax Cuts or Huge Government Spending as being the only two possible solutions to our complex problems is just idiotic.
To hear “liberals” on this site calling all centrists and republicans evil traitors who must be destroyed if they don’t go along with this bill as is because BY GOD WE WON! is of more concern to me than this bill being delayed by a month. This implies a decided inability for the left to take Barack’s lead on positioning our coming progressive renaissance. That sort of stance will only ensure four or eight years of the same stagnant gridlock we have had these last 28 years.
Beyond sounding just like the neoconservative ghouls who have used such language to divide us, it also implies that the bungling clowns in Congress have somehow become infallible since January 20th. That they can now craft a perfect bill to spend nearly a trillion dollars over the next few years in order to be on Barack’s desk by February 16th. Barack setting such an unreasonable deadline for such an important piece of legislation is perhaps his biggest mistake to date given the fact that Congress is full of morons. Not just minor league morons, but big league morons who bat a thousand at fucking things up and have for decades.
In the nearly 40 years that I have lived in America, I have seen these same people continue to make the same mistakes because they try the same thing over and over expecting different results. These are the people we are supposed to trust with such a huge project? Obama knows how damaged Congress is right now and trusts them with such a task anyway? Come on Barack. That doesn’t pass the common sense smell test. This is too big of a project to impose artificial deadlines if we can take a little more time.
There is a saying the US Navy SEALs use: Slow is Fast.
It means we should not rush into something and perhaps make the situation worse or not have the positive effects we need. This is a lot of money to gamble on tired programs and rhetoric instead of innovative solutions.
Talk to me about doubling the non-profit sector from 300 billion to 600 billion. That is both creative, nationwide and can be sold to democrats and republicans alike. The Faith Based Neighborhoods program is another creative way to get money into the economy quickly for social programs without getting massive push-back from conservative Americans of both parties. Let’s pay for huge energy grid revitalization projects or windmills in the Midwest or tidal generators on our coasts or subsidies for organic farmers or increased funding for the National Science Foundation to funnel into entrepreneurial efforts that can put people back to work tomorrow.
We need leadership on this from the top because Congress and our current party structures make it impossible to succeed without it.
I’ll admit they are all we have to work with until the Primary Elections of 2010. I have no choice but the trust them a little bit. OK. Trust but verify. Verification requires time and deliberation and transparency. This is a great moment for Obama to launch a website for the recovery plan and gather feedback from people who know a heck of a lot more than the incestuous feeding ponds that the United States Congress has become in the absence of voter participation. I do not believe, sight unseen, that Congress has the ability to get this right without direct grassroots participation.
There is a better than even chance that the stuff they are trying to shove through Congress, despite whatever half-assed blog entry guessing at the specifics, won’t work in a million years or will have unintended consequences if it does. There is a chance that this bill could fail to deliver results every bit as spectacularly as the TARP program did and for many of the same reasons.
Are we truly becoming the United States of Amnesia?