Millions for Defense; Not One Cent for Tribute

Oh how the times have been a changin’ since Robert Goodloe Harper coined that gem in 1798.  In the 21st century, apparently, patriotism means stealing hundreds of billions from the U.S. Treasury to bailout incompetent bankers, as “minute man” [1] Paul Ryan begged the House to do on September 29, 2008.

Okay, so as a nation we’re totally cool with recasting tribute to greasy financial fat cats as “investment” — even if it doesn’t exactly pay a huge return. [2]

But since “far left socialist” Barack Obama proposed cutting Social Security benefits during recent talks to increase the nation’s debt ceiling (to much Republican enthusiasm), making sure Granny gets her catfood money has also been redefined as “wanton profligacy”.  Ah, sure, the ol’ gal only had another ten years left in her TOPS anyways, right?

America, you are a pack of perverts. [3]

Footnotes
[1] Not a quote from Ryan’s wife, mind you, but my personal interpretation of the guy’s attention span.  Not only does he seem never to have bothered considering the negative consequences of diverting billions from high multiplier government programs to line the pockets of his already bloated buddies at AIG, I’m not sure that he even knows what the term “fiscal multiplier” means.

[2]  The Bureau of Labor Stats today showed that our nation of 300+ million managed to increase jobs by a lousy 18k.  Which I figure is about 80k short of even keeping up with the increase in the work force.  But of course the fantastically inept media will fail to report the numerous predictions that enactment of Ryan and Obama’s tax cuts in December would lead to job losses not gains, so in the public mind the policy’s continued failure will remain a mystery.

[3]  Feel free to let your representatives and senators know how obscene you find highjacking old age pensioners to pay for Goldman Sachs bonuses:  right them NOW.

Another meditations on mendacity from the Dystopia Diaries

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  • Guest

    Re: Multi-Nationals “Why do we treat them like some Endangered Species that if we can get them to nest here they will lay Magical Eggs that hatch Jobs?” … “The ONLY things that has changed is that they have stopped paying taxes” from Ep 219

     

    • Mamagriff50

      very well said……The trickle down effect does not and never will work……The Multi Nationals only get richer and greedier!

  • Guest

    Re: Multi-Nationals “Why do we treat them like some Endangered Species that if we can get them to nest here they will lay Magical Eggs that hatch Jobs?” … “The ONLY things that has changed is that they have stopped paying taxes” from Ep 219

     

  • Guest

    Re: Multi-Nationals “Why do we treat them like some Endangered Species that if we can get them to nest here they will lay Magical Eggs that hatch Jobs?” … “The ONLY things that has changed is that they have stopped paying taxes” from Ep 219

     

  • Mamagriff50

    very well said……The trickle down effect does not and never will work……The Multi Nationals only get richer and greedier!

  • robertpinkerton

    The ordinary citizen of any country that is dominated by a multi-national corporation, is in a situation like that of a straight boy in a boarding school where the biggest bully in the student body is the perverted headmaster’s favorite catamite.

  • Anonymous

    The ordinary citizen of any country that is dominated by a multi-national corporation, is in a situation like that of a straight boy in a boarding school where the biggest bully in the student body is the perverted headmaster’s favorite catamite.

  • DeepCough

    The “Trickle Down Effect” is a euphemism for how the rich stratum pisses on the poor to keep them hydrated.

  • DeepCough

    The “Trickle Down Effect” is a euphemism for how the rich stratum pisses on the poor to keep them hydrated.

  • Hadrian999

    to be honest financial corruption backed by the government is as American as land grabs and apple pie, don’t believe me look up the financial plans drafted by Alexander Hamilton

  • Hadrian999

    to be honest financial corruption backed by the government is as American as land grabs and apple pie, don’t believe me look up the financial plans drafted by Alexander Hamilton

  • Mr Willow

    I was watching the Colbert Report one night, and in the interview (please don’t ask me to recall the guest’s name or anything, as the episode aired at least a month ago) I heard stated the perfect analogy to trickle-down economics: 

    The rich get a bucket full of water and the rest of the population get the drops that trickle down the sides, and thereïn encapsulates the mentality of the incredibly wealthy, and why it is imperative that we as “peasants” and “commoners” somehow unseat the New Aristocrats. 

    All we receive for the work that we do so that they may enjoy all of their luxuries is the run-off from their golden buckets. They are sitting at a massive table weighed down with a succulent feast, gorging themselves on the fruit of labourers, and all they perceive us of being worthy of are the scraps, the bones of their turkey.

  • Guest

    I was watching the Colbert Report one night, and in the interview (please don’t ask me to recall the guest’s name or anything, as the episode aired at least a month ago) I heard stated the perfect analogy to trickle-down economics: 

    The rich get a bucket full of water and the rest of the population get the drops that trickle down the sides, and thereïn encapsulates the mentality of the incredibly wealthy, and why it is imperative that we as “peasants” and “commoners” somehow unseat the New Aristocrats. 

    All we receive for the work that we do so that they may enjoy all of their luxuries is the run-off from their golden buckets. They are sitting at a massive table weighed down with a succulent feast, gorging themselves on the fruit of labourers, and all they perceive us of being worthy of are the scraps, the bones of their turkey. 

    The peasants are only kept healthy enough to serve a purpose: i.e. sustain the needs of the Court.

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