They ALL Suck

We have gone through the Mirror to a new perverse American Wonderland.

The true lessons from the last two elections have been pretty clear.  Voting for “throwing the bums out” just brings worse bums into play.  Also, voting for relative unknowns hoping that will change the direction of the country because of their ‘outsider’ status doesn’t work either.  Sooner or later, they all become part of the problem.  The current crop of new faces is a pretty good indication that voters should be using better criteria than change, hope, not part of the DC establishment, and talks a good talk.  I wake up feeling like Alice who went through the looking glass into some perverse alternate reality.  The problem is that there really seems like there’s no way back.

The displeasure is obvious in the polls.  For the last two elections, folks voted for ‘outsiders’ and got even more dysfunctional government.  This latest crop of newbie politicians seems to come in with a ready-made interest group on their coattails. The interest of the general populace isn’t even in the equation any more.  We’re worried about unemployment, paying for expensive basics like food, health care, and gas at the pump while the current crop of elected officials just keep inventing surreal crises that simply feed their base’s interests and their donor’s pockets.

Right now, the majority of voters are screaming none of the above. Congress and the White House are hopelessly out of touch with the priorities of the electorate.  When the public says its concerned about the economy, it doesn’t mean they are obsessed with the Standard & Poor’s downgrade of US debt instruments.  I told you that after they got their tax cuts for billionaires through, raters would do that during the debt ceiling fight, right? 

The Tea Party and the White House seemed to be in cahoots–despite seemingly being at odds with each other– to funnel what’s left of US wealth into the Wall Street Gambling Casino by either giving tax breaks to businesses who flee the country for higher stakes or rich people that buy ‘financial innovations’ that create risk and volatility in markets . This all happens along with funneling federal projects straight to them through no-bid government contracts and privatization schemes.  These things also enrich market parasites like brokerage firms and insurance companies.  I don’t get why people don’t connect these charades with the dismal economy and vote their interests.  Maybe it’s because there’s really no one to vote FOR any more.  There are only folks to vote against.  Angry people do not make good decisions as a general rule.

President Obama has gotten no bounce from his reelection campaign announcement, with his job approval rating dropping by 7 percentage points since January, his personal popularity at a career low and 57 percent of Americans disapproving of his handling of the economy. Yet he leads the potential GOP field.

There are chances for the Republicans in next year’s elections, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, in particular, nipping close to Obama in the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll. Economic pessimism, its highest in two years amid soaring gas prices, raises serious political peril for the president. But he benefits from two factors: personal approval that, while down, still exceeds his job rating, and substantial doubts about the opposing party’s lineup.

Forty-three percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they’re satisfied with the choice of candidates for the GOP nomination for president next year, compared with 65 percent satisfaction with the field at exactly this point four years ago. Nearly as many leaning-Republicans are dissatisfied with the field as are satisfied, and far more have no opinion of their potential candidates: 17 percent now vs. 3 percent at this point in 2007.

If those three are my choices, I’d rather opt out of the election and the country.  This is dismal!  No one is really satisfied with the presidential line-up.  I don’t know about you but my choices at the local level have been abysmal for years.   If there’s one candidate that really looks like they could actually make a change, a group of anti-abortion nuts, businesses, or other niche interest group comes out of the woodwork to tank them.  Our political system is like the proverbial septic tank letting the worst float to the top.

Obviously, money drives races any more.  It’s unlikely we can get that changed unless every state starts a ballot initiative for some kind of campaign finance reform.  Politicians are like crack addicts that are unlikely to go to rehab and more likely to sound like Charlie Sheen and his ‘winning’ chimera.  The problem is that now we have narrow interests funneling money into advertisements–ala swiftboating–that look like the message come from grass roots movements but are they really are the same old, same old that bring the same old, same old to Washington.  It’s only a new face. It is not a new person or an agenda of real change.

I’m still amazed to find any one that doesn’t see the astroturf in the Tea Party with the now obvious funding of the Koch Brothers and the like.  I’m sure that the investigation into all those ‘little’ donors to OFA will turn out finding yet another, perverse form of bundling. As Caro from Make Them Accountable believes, it’ll probably show that a bunch of Goldman Sachs people bought prepaid debit cards and had a hey-day.  The media is so corporate any more that they won’t focus on the jobs crisis, they’re running with the political pack to funnel more public assets to their stockholders.  Only the farthest reaches of Internatlandia appear to still be on the good side of the New American Looking Glass.

What a mess!  I’m beginning to think we’re just on the verge of the collapse of the empire and there’s not much we can do about. The last ten years have been all about the wrong things.  Just today, the UK Guardian released information on the relationship between big Oil and the Blair government’s decision to invade Iraq.  I’m just assuming that there’s a Dubya/Cheney set of meetings and memos there too.  More proof to support our well-founded skepticism of any motive but obscene profit-seeking from the already powerful and wealthy. We know that entire Iraq debacle was as contrived as ignoring the policies that would create jobs and growth and actually do something about the federal debt and deficit.  The emphasis recently on tax cuts has simply exacerbated all the problems but is still held up as the panacea.  The arm waving and speeches are just distractions from the real agenda.  Sadly, some folks still want to believe that those fresh faces really are more than just masks.

It’s like we’ve all gone through the mirror to some evil wonderland.   Help, we’ve fallen through and we can’t get up or out!


23 Comments on “They ALL Suck”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    Where is the “Love” button cause I more than like this post. Thank you Kat! For saying what I have been thinking and feeling. Right now I am so disgusted with my local and state politicians…and as for my President…he sucks.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    I tell you, the stupidity is staggering:

    Poll: Half of Iowa Republicans don’t believe Barack Obama was born in U.S. – Juana Summers – POLITICO.com

    A whopping 48 percent of Iowa Republicans said they don’t believe that Obama was born in the United States, according to the automated survey by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling out Tuesday. Another 26 percent said they weren’t sure whether or not the president was born in America as the Constitution requires to be eligible to serve in the nation’s highest office.

    • dakinikat says:

      There’s evidently more than one sucker born every minute in Iowa and Donald Trump is prepared to lead them to their lemming jump off the cliff!!

  3. Peggy Sue says:

    I feel your pain, Dak! Except for the ideologues, I think most of the American electorate is coming to the same conclusion: there is only a faux choice at best.

    How else can you explain the polls popping for The Donald? The man has one advantage: he can finance his own way. People are desperate for the ‘change’ they never got and something that looks like leadership. The question is will it be good change or bad. Or just more of the same.

    When I listen to the Republicans, I wonder: who let the crazies out? And the Dems? Pathetic excuse makers for POTUS or just flat out liars [I favor the latter].

    The S&P report? What a coincidence that this comes on the heels of the budget, calls to gut all social services with nary a peep in cutting defense or huge tax breaks to the high and mighty. This is the same S&P that gave AAA ratings to bankers playing their Ponzi schemes with the Nation’s future. And, of course, none of these criminals were investigated or tried. They’re TBTF gangsters.

    Yes, it is otherworldly.

  4. foxyladi14 says:

    the BC is a distraction..look here don’t look over there. 😦

  5. paper doll says:

    Basically the powers that be will not let anyone half way decent get in the way of them stealing the trillions

    WILL NOT

    The office formerly known as POTUS, no longer exists. That’s why we got nobodies
    running and the likes of Trump .

    A friend said well he’s been a success in business…

    excuse me, but the man has been bailed almost as many times as he’s be married and hey I like the guy. He’s entertaining and I have to say it’s refeshinly to hear someone say it’s all about oil and not all the made up enduring dawn of freedom shit. I believe that’s what people are responding too…the folky honesty….there’s been so little

    But The Donald the original too big to fail. He’s not an answer, he’s a symptom

    • dakinikat says:

      He inherited a ton of money from his father and squandered it all. Wound up in bankruptcy. Then, he took oodles and gobs of state and federal money and squandered it all. Wound up in bankruptcy. They only thing he’s good at is ignorant self promotion. He’s like PT Barnum with 1/3 of the IQ. He’s got money now, but it’s only because of his reality TV show and his circus freaks. He was a miserable failure at real estate and real business. Go look at how many times he’s been bankrupt. He’s worse than Dubya and like Dubya, he was funded by inheritance and friends of DAD.

      • Peggy Sue says:

        Dylan Ratigan said something along the same lines yesterday: that Donald Trump is basically a Confidence Man. He also said that ability to make the sale, do the deal, exude the ‘confidence’ can’t be entirely sneezed at because confidence is what greases the gears. But, is Donald Trump the best man for the job? Ratigan’s answer was emphatically No.

        Plus Trump is all over the place on where he actually stands on policy. There are plenty of clips from what he said in 2000 and what he’s saying now–‘he was for it before he was against it’ stands.

        Trump’s sudden ascent in the polls is a clear message [to me at least] at how thin in substance the field truly is and how desperate and really non-thinking the electorate has become. People reach out for the first shiny object.

        It’s depressing!

      • BxDemFem says:

        Trump has also been living off the Japanese and then the Chinese for whom he fronts in his “deals.”…. “The Art of the deal” all right……

  6. TheRock says:

    Dak,
    This post shouldn’t be here. It should be an op-ed concurrently posted in all major print media. Wonderful analysis! I know what you mean about the crop of people we have to elect. One of my arguments for Hillary in ’08 was to ask ‘..if you had a choice of heart surgeons to open the chest of your spouse or only child, who would you let do it if you had a choice? A doctor that has great bedside manner, but only 1 solo operation under their belt, or the chief of staff who has lost a few patients, but is regarded as one of the best in the world?’ (Obots never could counter that one. I got more stupid looks…)
    One of the reasons that I place so much emphasis on the hope that Hillary runs again is that she is really the ONLY one that has the people’s concerns in mind and in her heart.

    Just to stick a craw in everybody’s day, here are the news stories that caught my eye…

    You’ll be happy to know BP is going to be alright…
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_oil_spill_bp_moving_on

    Here in Houston, we are working on arming everyone…
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110419/ap_on_re_us/us_houston_school_gun

    Our system has how many parties??
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110419/pl_nm/us_arizona_birther

    The story isn’t the answers to the questions, but rather the response by the president. Asshat.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theticket/20110419/ts_yblog_theticket/president-obama-gets-snippy-with-a-texas-tv-reporter

    Hillary 2012

  7. dakinikat says:

    wikileaks WikiLeaks
    RT @CBSNews: #Wikileaks cable: the mob accounts for nearly 9% of #Italy’s gross domestic product bit.ly/dVm0WB

  8. dakinikat says:

    More Reagan union busting roosters coming home to roost via CNN.

    A plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama had to abort its landing at Andrews Air Force Base after it came too close to a military C-17 cargo plane, according to a senior administration official and the Federal Aviation Administration.

    The planes were three miles apart, when they are supposed to be at least five miles apart, the official told CNN.

    The FAA is investigating what went wrong, as it is believed to be an air traffic controller’s mistake. It comes on the heels of other recent incidents involving sleeping or distracted air traffic controllers.

  9. madamab says:

    I don’t get why people don’t connect these charades with the dismal economy and vote their interests. Maybe it’s because there’s really no one to vote FOR any more.

    Ding ding ding ding!

    The second someone appears who represents my interests, I’ll be sure to vote for her.

    Any second now.

    [cricket cricket cricket]