Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Looking for 'Bloodbaths'? Be careful what you wish for!

Alan Simpson - Obama Deficit Commission Co-Chair, is having wet dreams pondering a blood bath in April.

According to Nobel Prize winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, co-chair of the Obama Deficit Commission Alan Simpson is pining for a "blood bath". Seems like he just can't wait for next April and all the chaos it will bring as he says (see:

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,” he continued.

Extraordinary indeed! And the "guys" who will not approve the debt limit expansion (which is set to surpass $14.3 trillion, and if not enabled, the government shuts down) are the same rotten turds now blocking approval of the critical START II nuclear treaty. (See previous blog). And what do we see but this fulsome asshole Simpson salivating over it, over the prospect of millions of kids and their parents starving because of no food stamps, seniors not receiving their Social Security or Medicare.....and all hell truly breaking loose.

So far in this country we've not witnessed the scale of violence, angry marches (with smashing store windows, overturning cars and setting them afire) and riots that we recently beheld in France (where millions marched to protest Sarkozy raising the retirement age to 62) but that may end next April if Simpson gets his "blood bath". When people are pressed to the wall, desperation and desperate measures are bound to take precedence. Simpson or his fatass rich fucker cronies in the Repuke party may not like it, but no one is going to just lay down and die because a bunch of reprobates in D.C. refuse to enable the government to continue. Oh no. They will first suffer shock, but soon....very soon,,..reach for the pitchforks and maybe even guns to wrest back some of the material excess that has gone to the richest 1% and is now denied them. At that point we may have a real bloodbath.

No one of judicious temperament wants to see that, but evidently swine like Alan Simpson are perfectly willing to tempt fate. As Krugman himself put it:

"Think of Mr. Simpson’s blood lust as one more piece of evidence that our nation is in much worse shape, much closer to a political breakdown, than most people realize"

Indeed, and as the latest issue of The Economist put it, when January rolls around this nation will have the most divided congress since the end of the Civil War. Will it presage a new one? We can only hope not, but the signs aren't auspicious. Massive inequality continues to run rampant, and if the Reptiles get their wish and the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest go through, there will be hell to pay - especially while the long term unemployed ("99ers" - denied an extension of their benefits by the same repukes) wither away and behold their children begging for any crumb to fill the empty space in their bellies - while rich pigs across town buy new diamond necklaces and gold baubles.

Recall not long ago, Simpson already exposed his hand as a consummately brash loudmouth, asshole and wretch, when he compared Social Security (on which millions depend for their survival) to a cow with "310 million teats". Earlier, when appointed (misappointed?) to the Obama Deficit Commission, he made no bones about going after "entitlements" to meet deficit hawk needs, as he said:

"We're gonna stick with the big three. We're gonna stick with entitlements, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. This is the big three."

Omitting that the best immediate political solution to the deficit is simply to not allow the Bush tax cuts to go through. That will save an estimated $3.7 TRILLION over ten years, compared to the $3.8 trillion in draconian measures Simpson and his slice-happy sidekick Ernest Bowles (the very definition of a 'DLC'-Repug-lite Democrat) proposed.

Solutions are available, but the question is whether a political party more obsessed with constraining and hurting Obama will enact them.

If they don't, millions of Americans....and Mr. Simpson....may well rue the day in April that they willingly permitted the debt limit crash to manifest. A pity that President Obama appointed this miscreant to his Commission when so many superior, truly genial choices were available, such as Lincoln Chaffee - the moderate former Republican Senator from Rhode Island, or former Senator John Danforth from Missouri. To put it bluntly, just about anyone would have been a better choice than Alan Simpson!

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