Thursday, August 26, 2010

Nutso Facto Secui Duo

Seems like only yesterday I was moaning about the President's judgment in allowing Paul Ryan a seat at the table of the Deficit Commission. Let's not speculate why he would have set up a situation where two of the apeshit-craziest assholes on the Republican side got to plant their even crazier subalterns into the mix as human IEDs. (Let's not even open the door to the question of why the fuck he felt he had to create the stupid thing in the first place.) Let's just stop for a moment and consider this: he hand-picked 6 people himself. He could have had almost anyone he wanted. He could have had Jamie Galbraith, or Paul Krugman, or maybe even an ordinary working-class schmoe to represent the great unwashed. But no, he had to pretend as though he hadn't been foiled at every turn by Republican meanness and know-nothingism for over 15 months already, as though the policies of these people going back over 30 years had not put us into, not one but at least 4 huge recessions during that time and nearly destroyed our ability to govern ourselves sanely. No, he had to hold up that fucking golden idol of bipartisanship that he worships so goddamned much and allow it to lead us right into this: the pending murder of the most successful and beloved social safety net in our history by a hateful old man who is sitting pretty until he dies thanks to the government largesse he loathes so much; a man Obama himself chose to do the deed. And now he gets this for his trouble:
If you have some better suggestions about how to stabilize Social Security instead of just babbling into the vapors, let me know. And yes, I’ve made some plenty smart cracks about people on Social Security who milk it to the last degree. You know ‘em too. It’s the same with any system in America. We’ve reached a point now where it’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!
This is really the kind of crap I could read on any blog, or blog comments thread. But I guess we don't expect much better from our public figures, who follow the examples set by the lowest common denominators instead of vice versa, leadership having had its day and passed away with all the rest of the outdated ideals we tossed on the trash heap. Social Security, thanks to Obama and his bipartisan fetish, will join them soon enough.

UPDATE: Over at Altercation, Reed Richardson puts the options into a tidy bombshell and lobs it at the snooze media:
Unfortunately, the press coverage over the next few months will likely serve up more of the same thin gruel, when it should facilitating a larger debate about our nation’s priorities. But for a news media that admittedly suffers from an inability to process and publish complex stories, there’s actually a fairly clear way to present this contrast: the Social Security shortfall over the next 75 years roughly equals the revenue to be gained from repealing the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent of Americans.
Even baggers can get it when it's put like that, but will the New York Times?