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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 16th, 2010 06:41 am (UTC)
You're mistaken in that the Republicans wouldn't have extended the benefits. The Republicans have extended it several times already, voting with the Democrats. What they are fighting for is extending them but paying for them by cutting from something else. Not simply borrowing more and more and more to pay for it.
Having said that, how long should they keep extending them before people go out and find a job? 4,5,6,7,8,9 or hell why not extend them for decades at a time. The country is broke and if spending continues at this pace the house of cards will fall. I firmly believe we should help our own before half the other crap our government spends our money on, but at some point you have to take responsibilty for your life and not depend on the government.
I wish you the best in finding work and providing for your family.


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