If ever there was an election in the United States that didn’t matter a whit, it’s these rapidly-approaching mid-terms. The Republicans are enmeshed in internecine warfare between the so-called “old guard,” and the know-nothing wing of the party, while the Democrats are flailing about trying not to piss-off anyone, and finding instead that their pitiful efforts are succeeding in pissing-off everybody! The President (yes, we have one), is running around the country in an attempt to rally the same people he told a few months ago they were the one’s they had been waiting for, trying to convince them to turn-out in large numbers to re-elect the same jerks who couldn’t get it done in the last congress in spite of huge majorities.
In spite of a sixty-forty majority in the Senate, and an overwhelming majority in the House, from a progressive point-of-view, no meaningful legislation was passed! None! What managed to sneak through was so weak and watered-down that it was practically useless. Oh, sure, some minor changes were made in health care, but they will soon be overwhelmed and circumvented by the insurance companies who, after all, allowed their passage. No meaningful financial reform was adopted, Wall Street simply wouldn’t allow it, so what we got were a few new rules restricting the ability of the banks to jack-up credit card rates on a few of us, leaving the rest of the industry free to indulge in exactly the same risky behavior that caused the crash in the first place. Continue reading