With millionaire dilettante Ron Johnson confirmed as Wisconsin’s senator elect to the government his own Tea Party professes to disdain, it’s a sure bet we’re gonna be bombarded with a lot of blather about how tax cuts for corporations and the uber-rich are supposed to magically improve employment and erase deficits. Which is utter batshit lunacy. But don’t take my word for it — run the numbers yourself. All within the linked workbook “Laffer Curve Analysis v1”.
Midterms are over; here begineth the real shitstorm: the struggle against Right Wing corporatists and faux populists trying to complete their destruction of the United States.
No, that’s not just the Wild Turkey talking. Haven’t touched the stuff for the better part of a week now. And though the night terror visions of President Palin’s Interior Secretary Don Blankenship leasing the floor of the House to BP for fracking natural gas and Treasury Secretary Richard Rahn outsourcing the federal minting operations to China have subsided, the daytime terror visions have only grown in intensity. Unfortunately, I can’t write off as fantasy the almost inevitability of Paul Ryan (R-WI) introducing yet another corporate giveaway bill designed to plunge the nation into chaos.
We’re a nation of diverse ethnic origins, religious and lifestyle choices whose existential center lies firmly within the principles of representative democracy. Our primary shared institution has always been elected government and it is within that framework that we negotiate all of our relationships beyond our own home parish. Without those principles and a government through which to put them into effect we’d be nothing more than a mass of warring feudal tribes. If you think otherwise, I suggest you peruse recent events in Afghanistan or Iraq for a taste of what a total lack of shared non-sectarian institutions can do for a country.
But RepubliCAN’Ts and other Right Wingers have made no secret that they have a chubby to destroy our society’s central shared institution through defunding. Quoth Grover Norquist of the Orwellian-ly named ‘Americans’ for Tax Reform: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”
He’s like some kind of fatass Dr. Weird with 5 o’clock shadow.