Saturday, April 02, 2011

Random Thoughts

:: So not only does GE make a $14.2 billion profit and take a $3.2 billion tax benefit and pay nothing in taxes, but now it's asking employees to take benefit cuts? They're demanding a wage freeze, a cut to lower quality health care, and the elimination of a defined contribution pension. To steal a thought from Lewis Black, I'm amazed that their workers don't rise as one and slay these robber barons.

GE; they take good things from life.

Bet this story doesn't get any play on MSNBC...

:: Rand Paul: "I was happy to see that Newt Gingrich has staked out a position on the war, a position, or two, or maybe three. I don’t know. I think he has more war positions than he’s had wives." Also: "Fox News can’t decide, what do they love more, bombing the Middle East or bashing the president? It’s like I was over there and there was an anchor going, they were pleading, can’t we do both? Can’t we bomb the Middle East and bash the president at the same time?"

I'm no fan of Rand Paul, but that shit's funny.

:: According to a CNN poll, the Tea Party has a 32% favorable rating in America. And their disapproval rating went up 15% among low income households. Was it the ignorance or the racism that did it? Or is it too much to hope that poor people (and in this case, that constitutes households making less than $50,000 annually) have figured out that Teapublican politicians are just as into money and payoffs as any other politicians?

:: In another poll, Quinnipiac has found that President Obama's support is at an all time low. 48% disapproval, 50% saying he doesn't deserve re-election, and only 37% saying they'd vote for him against an unnamed Republican candidate. Not looking good. I don't like Obama, either. You all know how disappointed I am in him. But if the Republicans run some idiot like Bachmann, where do you go from there? Voting for Obama seems pointless, but voting for Bachmann is just stupid and destructive.

:: President Obama's big energy plan is to reduce dependence on foreign oil by a third in the next 15 years. Really? That's it? That's so weak. Look, it's the fucking future, all right? I'm sick of dicking around on these things. In 15 years, I'll be 50 years old, and the best you can do by the time I reach the half-century mark is that we'll maybe possibly be a third less dependent on foreign oil? Fuck you. That is not an energy plan, especially since we're going to be reopening the debate on ANWR drilling as a result of it. Not good enough. I'm sick of this country's half-measures. Nothing is ever going to get done if we keep saying everything is the next generation's problem.

:: So... Libya.

I don't even understand what our commitment is in Libya right now. We're bombing, which isn't doing much to help. We've got clandestine CIA agents there now, and that's not helping, either. Hillary Clinton has talked openly about the possibility of arming the rebels. You know that, if it does happen, we're going to be talking about military advisers and people to train the armies, and then Special Forces and a battalion... when is it going to end? There's already talk of bringing down some of our troops in Afghanistan. Just how involved in the Middle East do we have to be and how much good has it really done for them and for us?

By the way, 56 people were killed in Tikrit this week in a siege by Sunni militants. Even though military actions are over in Iraq.

Illinois Representative Tim Johnson introduced a bill to defund whatever it is we're doing in Libya, and I have to say, he's got a point. Barack "Rule of Law" Obama didn't consult Congress before committing military resources in Libya, and honestly, I'm beyond sick of the executive branch jumping into military action on its own whims. I didn't like it when Bush did it, and I don't like it when Obama does it, either.

But since Obama's political strategy is to let everyone else frame the parameters of the debate, I guess we'll see how he reacts, since acting just seems like too much of a stretch.

1 comment:

Nathan said...

Presidents setting goals really far in the future always seems ridiculous to me. Isn't making plans for fifteen years later, when he could no longer be President, essentially Obama passing the buck?

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