8 September 2008

Ironic, ain't it?

As Juan Cole points out, it's a bit ironic that the Republican candidates for president are going on and on about the evils of government at the very moment that the U.S. government has been forced to take over mortgage giants in what will probably be the biggest bale out in history (a bale out made necessary by too little government regulation).

I had to do all I could to suppress a loud guffaw when I heard Palin say at the convention that Americans would have taken care of the people hit by Katrina if the government had simply gotten out of the way. Evidently, the government had stopped all the well-wishing business people from spending billions in rescue funds in order to help the lazy poor get out of New Orleans. (This was a Republican government hiring no-bid contractors to do this? Interesting...)

What can one say? Some people are so dang dense that they wouldn't know a fact if it hit them in the head. And a whole army of facts are waiting to hit all of us in the head if we don't get things right very soon.


wunelle said...

Yeah, I'm sorry to be such a broken record, but the talk today about the race being close--or even tipped slightly in McC's favor!--almost puts me into a seizure!

Are we really stupid enough to take these people at face value? Have we learned NOTHING from these eight disastrous years? I cannot imagine how we could BE more wrong than we've been, and yet here we are embracing the source of the destruction of our country.

It's the Howard Phillips / Jack Abramoff tactic, which is in turn straight from Joseph Goebbels: whip up fear and distrust, tell lies and call it the truth, call dissent unpatriotic.

It works every time, apparently.

Karlo said...

If Americans can't feel secure from foreign attack at this juncture in their history, there's truly no help for them. This notion that we need a stronger military than the rest of the world combined, and then need to multiply this force by a factor of 2 is absolutely bizarre! Is there some plan in the works to simultaneously carry out a surprise attack against every nation on the globe? Have the scientist caught wind of an oncoming Martian attack? I only wish they'd stop asking for my tax dollars to play these games.

sanshinseon said...

Well folks, nobody ever went broke (or failed to be elected) by underestimating the stupidity of the American voting public...

Hey Karlo, c'mon now, "bale out" ==> bail-out or bailout.

Karlo said...

Damn Englash spellin.

CyberKitten said...

What ever happen to non-intervention and the rules of the market place - *especially* in the world of finance!

I guess that the rules just don't apply to some things or some people...... I'm also certain that a Democratic government would catch merry hell for doing what a Republican '*small* government' party just did!