Whew…everyone was concerned what the market would do if the debt ceiling was not raised. Thankfully, at the eleventh hour, the debt ceiling was raised thanks to a piece of legislation that was crafted by the most Orwellian/Faustian political process this county has ever witnessed in regards to a major piece of legislation. We were all worried about how we would survive the latest disaster capitalism could throw at us to make us surrender even more of what we have fought hard over for the last three generations. Nobody seemed to wonder what would happen if it did rise.
Golly, we can only wonder how much worse it would have been. The market showed an amazing amount of confidence by falling more than 2.6% in a single day (mostly after the deal was signed). Whatever profit was scrambled together in the illusion of the market for this year has been erased. Thank God, The Teabaggers, the media, a sleeping public and the Caver-In-Chief that we have so wondrously averted certain disaster with a limited catastrophe.
But there is even better news than the market merely loosing >265 points. Besides finally getting to all those freeloading seniors, pitiless people with disabilities, bitter mutilated veterans, college smarty pants and teachers we now have a clear path to gutting the EPA and completely removing any sense of social justice from what is left of the American consciousness. It is just a matter of time before we outlaw abortion, gay marriage (and any public display or declaration of homosexuality), evolution as a public school subject, workplace equality, OSHA, National Science Foundation, National Lunch Program, NPR funding, the IRS, the department of Education, the FAA, the dept of the Interior, and our membership in the UN. One could go on and on about all the useless government programs that are about to be eradicated or sucked dry. But we will have the best military marching band the world has ever seen. It will carry silk flags and red white and blue crucifixes that glow in the dark.
Thank god for congress and the elegant man in the White House who so sonorously sings the praises of Ronald Reagan! How worse could it be today if it were not for him even after he admitted to the entire nation giving them 80% of what they wanted, he still had more to give. So pragmatic. So flexible. President Gumby strikes again.
For years in our house we had a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King. On January 20th, 2009 it was replaced with a great sense of pride with a picture of Barak Obama. Sadly, before writing this, I put the good doctor back up on the wall where it seems it will continue to hang long after I am dead and gone.
Sadly what was hanging in his place for the last thirty months I fear was a corporatist imposter.
We can only imagine what would have happened today, if it weren’t for him and his dashing sense of the pragmatic.