Saturday, August 04, 2012

Yes, It's Real

Yes, it’s real, global warming that is. It has now become so obvious that even morons paid by the oil companies, like Sessions and Inhoff, are not going to be able to keep denying it. Or maybe they will as they seem to be either completely unaware of the scientific consensus on the subject or they just plain and simply don’t believe in science. Not only is it real, it appears to be occurring even more rapidly than we thought. I don’t know if it is already too late to do anything about it or not, but global warming deniers are playing fast and loose with the very survival of the human species, along with other species as well, and all so the extractive industries can make more obscene profits as fast as possible. I guess the motto is, “Let Nothing Stand in the Way of Greed.”

Clint Eastwood, who is now 82 years of age, has just endorsed Mitt Romney. Having met Romney previously he seems to believe that as he is handsome enough to be a movie star he is also handsome enough to be President. I believe that Eastwood has the right to endorse anyone he wishes, just like the rest of us. But when I read the following quote I confess I am suspicious that Eastwood may be senile. He said, “He hoped Romney would restore ‘a decent tax system that we need badly…so that there’s a fairness and people are not pitted against one another as who’s paying taxes and who isn’t.’”

Has he not been paying attention? Does he have any idea whatsoever of what he is talking about? Or does he somehow believe that a fair system of taxation involves loopholes for the wealthy so they can avoid taxes altogether? Or, I suppose maybe he thinks that more tax breaks for the filthy rich, paid for by the middle class and the working poor, is fair. Perhaps too many years in Hollywood have addled his brain. Maybe it’s too much clean air in central Idaho. I confess to be completely mystified by this.

Harry Reid has now maneuvered Romney into a complete no-win situation about his taxes. If Romney continues to refuse to release his returns he loses, if he does release them he will also lose. Even if it is not true that he paid no taxes at all for ten years, he will still be exposed as someone who pays much less than most of us, puts his money overseas and takes absurd deductions for his wife’s hobby horse, and so on. Very clever Harry, keep up the good work.

I am not one who believes that history repeats itself. Many seem to agree that no President has ever been re-elected when the unemployment rate is as high as it is at present. I would suggest that no President has ever faced the same conditions as those that exist at the present moment, never in history. Not only are there cogent reasons why unemployment is higher than it should be, technological innovations, automation, etc., plus the Republican inspired layoffs of public employees, but the facts are clear about who is obstructing all efforts to create jobs. Republicans think they can block all of Obama’s attempts to create jobs and then blame him for failing to create them. I don’t think this is going to “fly,” so to speak. The American public may not be the best informed electorate in the world but I doubt they are that dumb.

Romney is sinking in the polls, as he should be. He has proven to be a terrible candidate. Most people don’t trust him, for good reason, he keeps putting his foot in his mouth at every opportunity, he has exposed himself as an absolute know-nothing when it comes to foreign policy, merely following his mostly Bush neocon advisors, and he lies incessantly about most everything, especially about what it is that Obama is supposed to have said. I think Republicans have not yet come to grips with audio and videotape that captures and preserves what they say from moment to moment, thus making lying much more difficult that it “used to was.” The Republican Congress is less popular than Simon Legree, Romney himself is becoming about as popular as Dick Cheney, the Republican party has been taken over by a demonstrably lunatic fringe, Romney has no choice but to play along, it all spells doom and gloom for them. I fully expect their next move, having failed to ban contraception, will be an attempted ban on ice cream and apple pie. The pundits still claim it is going to be a very close election. If so, it may be the weirdest election since Truman vs Dewey. Maybe if Romney got a tattoo?

Who would venture upon the journey of life, if compelled to begin it at the end?

Madame de Maintenon

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