Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Voyage To The Bottom Of The Barrel

What went up, must come down. It's a race to the bottom except the bottom is nowhere in sight. Ownership society is code for indentured servitude. As Tennessee Ernie Ford so eloquently sang
You haul Sixteen Tons, whadaya get?
Another older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store
According to Bush, the dumbest president we've ever had, the economic downturn is Congress' fault. No mention of the tax cuts to people who didn't need them. No mention of how corporations have outsourced good paying jobs and left behind Wal-Mart wages. No mention of the trillion dollar surplus the nation used to have before his wild spending sprees. No mention of his objection to helping homeowners to keep their homes. No mention of his failed mission to find Osama been Forgotten and its follow-up, let's screw both the American and the Iraqi people under the guise of protecting us from nonexistent WMDs. No mention of his objection to raising fuel efficiency. He doesn't want to open the Strategic Oil Reserve because he doesn't think that will lower the price of gas and besides we might need it in case of a terror attack that's he's hoping will occur sometime before the next election, but he is willing to consider cutting the 18 cent gas tax. Like that's going to make a difference. Everything is Congress' fault. His solution is to encourage oil production in the US and to build more refineries. Oh goody, more money for his buddies. I guess we know whose side he's on. And it isn't the average American citizen.

Cuba commutes death sentences to 30 years to life. How civilized of them. Maybe we could grow up and join civilization too.

The Senate is debating how to make the skies safer and less congested. With the economy tanking and airlines going out of business the congestion will take care of itself. Safety could be increased by regular inspections, better training, higher standards for mechanical work and accurate scheduling.

How bad is our economy? South American cocaine traffickers are sending their product to the European Union instead of to America. We just don't seem to have as much disposable income. The war on drugs has nothing to do with it, but the war on the middle class does. It shouldn't be long before other commodities follow suit.


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