Friday, January 04, 2013

great expectorations

So, we avoided physical Clifford, but now have another debt-ceiling clusterschnazzle coming at us in about 60 days, and, as everyone anticipated, the teahadists in Congress are promising to kidnap the entire country to an undisclosed location if we don't hand over our social security and medicare cards to them, plus our lunch money, of course.

In an interview Monday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) confirmed that Congressional Republicans plan again to use the upcoming debt limit to hold the nation hostage to their demands for massive cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

Is there any doubt that this whole debts-and-deficits fight was really, at bottom, about dismantling the modern-day welfare state? Undoing the New Deal has been the primary Republican goal since 1933. It's no different today, and won't be any different tomorrow.

Now, of course, that's not going to happen. We're not going back to the 19th century, but our immediate problem is how to put a stop to this ludicrous scenario of having to deal with a wingnut-generated crisis every couple of months. For one thing, these disgusting confrontations prevent President Fillmore Obama from dealing with the country's real problems.

There's got to be a way to pull the plug on this process and put an end to being threatened with the holy ghost and the fire every couple of months. The platinum coin is a cute idea, but it's a gimmick.

There are 53 Democrats and two socialists in the Senate, and 200/433 Dems (two vacancies) in the House. Surely, they've got access to something the Republicans need for life support -- something they absolutely cannot do without -- that they could threaten to destroy when Eric Cantor and his wingnut crew arrive with the crowbars and start trying to extort our social security from us.

Fighting extortion requires a willingness to use counter-extortion. It'll have to be done in Congress, since the Conciliator-in-Chief has no spine for such confrontational tactics.

"Find a dog who'll eat a dog," I always say.

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