Entries for month: October 2013
We have seen it. We have born witness to the Ted Cruz apotheosis.
It was in Ted's power to lay claim to the shutdown, to the default. He had the power of veto, to make his claim, to stay his course of obstruction and chaos.
When all eyes were on him, when his name was on every commentators breath on every news channel, when he was the lynchpin of the mob, when he acheived what he so eagerly sought - the complete attention of the the nation - Ted Cruz demurred. Ted Cruz proved himself a coward.
In the end, he did not have the will to claim responsibility for all the damage, the suffering, the humiliation he caused. Instead, he will settle for a quiet 'no', a final vote to keep government shut and send America into economic chaos. A pathetic and useless end.
No senator in recent memory has engendered such overt hatred and dismay as Cruz. No political personality has been so transparently self-serving. Neither Congress, the House and the Senate, even Tea Party conservatives, will trust him with anything. When this continuing resolution needs renewing, and the debt ceiling needs raising, no one will seek Ted Cruz's council. He has betrayed friend and foe.
Maybe he can rehabilitate himself with the hard, unglamorous work of legislating, though I think it's not something that interests him. He will continue to look for the 'hook', the easy lever to power and notariety. However, the memory of the Senate is longer than that of the public. In that body, where politess and political comity count for much more than effusive personality, he will not be forgiven.
October 16, 2013 ·
It seems that Tea Party Assholes (TPA) - especially Bachmann, Cruz, Palin (oy veh what a cast!) - invited America to a masquarade based on lies.
TPA Representatives in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (chair by TPA Issa) called National Park Service Director Jarvis on the carpet to explain why he denied WWII veterans access to the World War II Memorial. Director Jarvis responded that he allowed veteran groups access to the WWII Memorial - as well as the somewhat less photogenic Korean and Vietnam memorials - as 'a First Amendment activity'. No veteran group was ever turned away from visiting these national monuments during the shutdown.
The national freak show in the shadow of the Washington Monument was a lie, a sham and certainly entirely off the irony meter.
In the face of possible default, the stock market is up 200 points. More suffering for the middle class, more gelt for Wall Street.
Day 16 of the shutdown. I've been out of work two weeks. As a contractor, I've lost irrecoverable income; no retroactive pay for me.
It is so discouraging. I worked at ASPE, the heart of darkness as far as Obamacare is concerned - the offices that shaped policy for that landmark legislation. And if I learned anything working as HHS, it's just how hard people in government labor in service to the nation.
Yet the far right can only disparage those efforts. It has no understanding of policy, no interest in a constructive dialog. Instead, we get avowed un-truth, slander and wanton disrespect for the institutions of legislation. It is a conclave of ignorants, steeped in racial bigotry, with minds poisoned by religion. Somehow, this minority has been allowed to grab the levers of national power.
I really believe that the Shutdown was the point of the Shutdown. The Tea Party regards closing the government as its own victory. They have vindictively punished hundreds of thousands because they've been unable to achieve their political ends legitimately.
So now we come to the final impasse, the 11th hour despiration, the ultimate attempt at sanity before catastrophe. Will the bona-fide assholes - Ted Cruz in particular - be able to resist the temptation for grands standing and agrandizement at the expense of the country's welfare? I certainly hope so.
Stocks are up at this moment. I don't know why. I'm certainly not so optimistic. To the Tea Party, America in default is its own point. Why? Because they can.
It is far, far past the time that you do for Ted Cruz what you did for Rick Santorum!
Please? Pretty please?
October 11, 2013 ·
The mainstream press just does not get it. Sen. Ted Cruz's objective is to fracture the Republican Party. He intends to run for president under the banner of the newly formed Tea Party!
Yep, sitting at home for almost two weeks. All I can do is watch the news and hope that the FUCKING Tea Paper REPUBLICANS can see to it to end their post-pubescent tantrums and re-open the government and raise the debt ceiling.
This self-enforced hiatus is of utterly no use. It accomplishes nothing except to distract this nation from important business at hand.