And so it has begun, a phony foisted crisis created out of whole cloth has now become real. The partisans played political games of chicken to see who could stick their fingers closest to the fan have now been stung. Capitalism will now cull the herd and sentence more of the innocent to poverty and hunger.
It has upon closer inspection the look of a desired intention -- the Tea Party, the debt ceiling and the President. The Tea Party is an imaginary creation headed by out of work Republicans. It claims that it is aligned with the Republicans but not of the Republicans. Its purpose is to distance itself from the Bush Administration, the Bush debts and the Bush wars while still advocating Bush tax cuts and Bush economics.
These are more truthfully barbecues for vegetarians, gays for Michele Bachmann, and those screwing for virginity. These politicians have the look of Republicans, the talk of Republicans and vote like Republicans and yet, they claim independence from the Republicans. They claim to be both fish and fowl; they supported a continuation of the Bush tax cuts while at the same time advocating the need to cut the budget deficit. They favor higher defense spending and want all the budget cuts to come from social spending, and they become apoplectic over any proposed tax increases.
They push hard right policies and excoriate traditional Republicans who make any concessions or accommodations. In the White House, we have in Obama, a moderate center-right Republican who ran for office as a moderate Democrat. Obama governs with Republican policies while being painted as a liberal Democrat by the Republicans and this impression is parroted by the complicit media corporations. No matter how far Obama moves to the right, he will always be painted as a liberal or even as a Socialist. In truth, Obama throws Mardi Gras beads to the left and gold bracelets to the right.