When the farce exceeds absurdity the gauntlet most be thrown down. If this country were being led by El Duce fist pounding the lectern with his corpulence contained in a medal bedecked uniform the need to resist would be obvious. Yet farce has exceeded absurd as our own corporate El Duce declared to the people with a straight face, "Mindful of the risks and costs of military action, we are naturally reluctant to use force to solve the world's many challenges. But when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act. That's what happened in Libya over the course of these last six weeks."
But the corporate invertebrate can be excused, this was a mere formality. A banal explanation to a dead eyed war weary nation why when it has no resources for its own people it can spend billions to protect "our interests" in Libya. There was another event going on in New York the other night, this one just for the insiders, for the schmoozers and users, those animals more equal than others. In carefully crafted and joyously delivered remarks the invertebrate said the following "We still have a lot of work to do on energy, Let's increase domestic oil production. Let's also invest in solar and wind and geothermal and biofuels, and let's make our buildings more efficient and our farms more efficient."
Bloomberg- "According to the administration officials, the president will argue today that the best way to secure U.S. supplies is by increasing domestic production, encouraging production of energy-efficient vehicles and spurring the development of alternative fuels."
The invertebrate wants to offer incentives for the oil companies drilling on Federal lands and offshore. The incentives include, giving oil companies a lower royalty rate if they produce within a certain period of time or lowering the royalties paid to the federal government for the leases. I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop, or to be thrown, perhaps if we cut the royalty rates enough oil companies will be drilling so much more oil domestically that revenue to the treasury will actually increase, Reaganomics ala Obama? It's not like this nation is in a budget crisis or anything. The corporate invertebrate has always got a plan to cut corporate taxes and expenses if only to help the poor struggling Americans out there. I propose that he call his new program "Drill baby drill!" no wait, that name has already been taken.
Republicans are always worried about Americans losing jobs when there is money in it for them. Why not say that space monkeys would fly out of our butts and take over the whole world! I've heard enough, I've had enough.
Bloomberg- Democratic Senators Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Bill Nelson of Florida have introduced legislation that would require oil and gas companies to pay an annual $4-per-acre fee for unused lands. They estimate that $874 million would be generated in 10 years.
Four dollars an acre! How about $40-per-acre or $400-per-acre, I mean, after all, we are talking about the richest corporations on planet Earth using or sitting on the assets of the people of the United States. The estimated $874 million in revenue won't cover the first two days of the Libya campaign. A tax on oil companies? Even at $4-per-acre the Menendez -- Nelson bill has no chance of passage, none what so ever, nada, zip, zero!
These days have been thirty years in coming, promises made by an Alzheimer President who only had one oar in the water to begin with. The old git got government of your back by raising your taxes and turning the hell hounds of Wall Street loose on an unsuspecting public. Attacks on unions, wages, school lunches and pensions but they were just warming up. Grenada, El Salvador and Nicaragua.
The first Gulf War and our first CIA President. A Savings and Loan disaster and watch the criminals walk away! A Pro-business Democrat who endorses Free Trade, a Democrat who agrees with Bush and Reagan. Free Trade is great you're going to love it; it will bring new jobs for you just like those tax cuts for the rich did! Then a stolen Presidential election and a Supreme Court that violates the constitution while prostituting itself. What we need is a new Pearl Harbor and lo the sky falls and we have not one but two new wars!
I've heard enough, I've had enough; The constitution is shredded as another election is stolen. "We know where the weapons of mass destruction are. They are around Tikrit" The war will pay for itself our soldiers will be greeted with flowers and candy. Saddam is executed with Machiavellian precision and I don't know where Bin Laden is, I don't give it much thought really.
Roll up, roll up, see the show, the grumpy old organ grinder man and his talking monkey show! More of the same, more than insane. Our hero enters from stage left, walking in from Sunrise at Campobello cooler than a body on ice. Come to save the day come to offer hope and change. But wait, there is a problem it seems Wall Street is in trouble, send up the rat signal! They need lots of money stat! $14 trillion and they'll pay it back off of the backs of those still working people as the people subsidize their free money policy! Over ten million homes foreclosed. Forty million people displaced and the invertebrate chants his mantra "tax cuts!"
The invertebrate sides with corporations against the people, sells out the people on health care reform, sides with Wall Street against the people. Sides with George Phucking Bush against the people. A Supreme Court Justices lies about his income on his tax returns for a decade, so? No big deal, right? Corporate personhood, monopolies, oil spills and plans for new nuclear power plants subsidized by the taxpayers. I've heard enough, I've had enough.
The cat food commission, Pakistan, cuts to Social Security and Medicaid. The invertebrate calls for one hundred thousand new school teachers as 100,000 school teachers are laid off nationwide. Mutilated and massaged unemployment numbers but Wall Street is recovering! Not enough to eliminate their public subsidy, their license to steal, but enough to pay out their mega bonuses again. Banks fail in record numbers and the criminals walk away! A consumer protection agency that doesn't have the authority to order its own stationary. A Food and Drug Administration that works for agribusiness and the pharmaceutical companies. An FCC that works for the communications conglomerates. One hundred thousand people protest their rights being taken away and the media couldn't be bothered.
Eric Cantor says Social Security can't survive as fiscal conservative Michele Bachmann wants 800 million dollars for a new bridge because Real Estate developers don't like the old bridge. Jesus ain't coming, FEMA's not coming, Obama can't be bothered. We are wearing a cement overcoat and they're taking us for a long ride on a short pier.
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