Dark Days are ahead…

if you believe the New York Times. The nations paper of record, the NY Times, has had some doom and gloom articles lately. I know many will dismiss it as a “liberal rag” and others (like me) consider it a corporatist diatribe, but the op-ed pages have not had much good to say lately about the future of our country.

Nicholas Kristoff, who recently wrote a column saying the United States is becoming a banana republic, and offended many readers. So he re thought out his position, and he underestimated the problem. He said he wronged banana republics and what we have is a “hedge-fund” republic.

I’m appalled by our growing wealth gaps because in my travels I see what happens in dysfunctional countries where the rich just don’t care about those below the decks. The result is nations without a social fabric or sense of national unity. Huge concentrations of wealth corrode the soul of any nation.

And then I see members of Congress in my own country who argue that it would be financially reckless to extend unemployment benefits during a terrible recession, yet they insist on granting $370,000 tax breaks to the richest Americans. I don’t know if that makes us a banana republic or a hedge fund republic, but it’s not healthy in any republic.

Then Paul Krugman, was lamenting on here on Alan Simpsons quote:

“I can’t wait for the blood bath in April. … When debt limit time comes, they’re going to look around and say, ‘What in the hell do we do now? We’ve got guys who will not approve the debt limit extension unless we give ’em a piece of meat, real meat,’ ” meaning spending cuts. “And boy, the blood bath will be extraordinary,”

Krugman points out(I believe correctly) that the Republicans main goal is to take down Obama, no matter how damaging to the country and have no interest in actual governing. Their ONLY goal is to regain all power. From extending unemployment benefits to

working with the Fed to lower unemployment to blocking the START treaty with Russia. If Obama is for it they are against it.

How does this end? Mr. Obama is still talking about bipartisan outreach, and maybe if he caves in sufficiently he can avoid a federal shutdown this spring. But any respite would be only temporary; again, the G.O.P. is just not interested in helping a Democrat govern.

My sense is that most Americans still don’t understand this reality. They still imagine that when push comes to shove, our politicians will come together to do what’s necessary. But that was another country.

It’s hard to see how this situation is resolved without a major crisis of some kind. Mr. Simpson may or may not get the blood bath he craves this April, but there will be blood sooner or later. And we can only hope that the nation that emerges from that blood bath is still one we recognize.

If all of this is not bad enough, Frank Rich writes that Sarah Palin could be our next president.

These are dark days indeed!


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2 thoughts on “Dark Days are ahead…

  1. Like many others, I’ve stopped seeing this as a red-vs-blue, left-vs-right situation we’re living in. This is a class war. And those of us who aren’t in the top 2% of wealth-holders are on the losing side. I’m certainly not looking to the Dems to get us out of it, either, given the lackluster performance of late. More importantly, they are just as beholden to corporate interests as any of them in Washington these days.

  2. I tend to agree with Bobby Kennedy Jr. who once said(paraphrased here) that the Republican party is 98% corrupt and the democratic party is only about 86% corrupt.

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