John Colson: Hit and Run
Aspen Times Weekly
It’s time we took a long, hard look at the big picture, and stopped fussing about with petty, avaricious schemes. But I’m afraid this kind of thinking might be beyond many of those we have elected to run our government.
The mere fact that not a single Republican congressman voted to pass President Obama’s economic stimulus package is a good example of the narrowness of mind that possesses certain parties.
It seems the Republicans, probably suffering from a terrific case of insecurity ” inferiority, even ” after the drubbing they took last November, are retreating into the rut they’ve been trenching through for decades.
All the Grand Ole Party solons seem to be able to envision, or talk about, is the need for lower taxes as a way to get our economy back on track. Never mind that this is the same thing they say no matter what the economic weather outside.
Economy’s roaring? Lower taxes! Economy’s stagnating and stumbling? Lower taxes. That’s it?
This lack of creative thinking ought to be enough to force even Joe Sixpack to realize that these bozos don’t have a clue about the realities of life in the 21st century.
Not that the Democrats are a whole lot better, but at least they give lip service to the idea that the government is in business to make life manageable for all of us, not just the super rich.
As we look back on the “bailout” that was engineered by the Bush administration, we have yet another example of the many ways that Republicans have shown that their only real interest is in helping the monied elite hold onto power and wealth, regardless of what happens to the general run of people.
It is now well established that the big banks, after accepting billions in public funds to pull the economy out of the hole, are merely sitting on those billions instead of moving to get the credit markets unstuck. This, despite an overwhelming body of evidence that it is the credit crunch that is causing businesses to collapse and the economy to fall deeper into recession.
Instead of doing the right thing, as we all now know, these fatcats have tapped into the bailout money to give themselves billions in bonus checks. Mere words fail me as I contemplate the depths of greed and deception surrounding this mess.
Well, then, take a look at the absolute poppycock being spouted by some of the supposed leaders of the conservative cause.
Rush Limbaugh, pushed to the edge of sanity by the November election results, has gone so far as to say out loud that he hopes the Obama administration is unable to haul us out of the hole that Limbaugh’s cronies and followers have so diligently dug for us.
“I hope he fails,” is what Limbaugh is quoted as saying about the president’s plans, presumably so he can have the luxury of saying, “I told you so.”
Can this man show any more plainly that he is nothing more than a self-centered, self-righteous, self-aggrandizing grandstander with not a smidgen of appreciation for the needs of normal people? Well, maybe he can, but he’ll have to go pretty far to do so.
In hoping that Obama fails, Limbaugh and his ilk are stating in the clearest terms that they hope the rest of us fail, as well. It’s like Nero, fiddling in his parlor while Rome burned around him. When self-interest is the only compass by which the powerful steer their course, the ship of state will all hands aboard is headed for the crack of doom.
As the Obama team scrambles desperately to get its sea legs under it, trying to both set up a new administration framework for the coming years while at the same time having to deal with a plunging economy, his enemies are sharpening their knives and whittling away at everything the new president tries to do. It is an appalling spectacle.
Now is not the time to ignore all government activities beyond the immediate horizon, keeping our attention focused strictly on the local plane, the “little picture,” and letting Washington and Wall Street take care of themselves.
Because that big picture is where we will stand or fall as a nation, and if we fall, we have only ourselves to blame.
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