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Please forgive me in advance for this rant.  I am trying to “take care of my anger,” as Thich Nhat Hanh teaches, but I’m failing.  My hair is totally on fire, and every time I open my mouth firey red toads and pimpled orange frogs jump out.  I find myself shouting.  At the radio, at the TV, at the computer.  I find myself calling people defamatory names wrapped in vast streams of expletives and insults.  This is not good, enlightened Buddhist behavior.  I apologize for it.  My frustration with the prevailing stupidity has taken my breath away and turned me at long last into a complete raving lunatic.

The short of this (if I can stop yelling and calm down at all): Unemployment is at 9.1 per cent this week, down from 9.2 per cent the week before.  That is not an improvement because the .1% doesn’t keep up with population growth.  You can package this .1% manure as a gift and cover it with whipped cream, but it’s never going to be a dessert.  We need jobs.  Badly. And we need to cut the barnyard excrement about that and focus on making jobs.

We need jobs. I turn on the television and I see the President and the commentators and the well dressed, nice haircut people of both parties linking arms and saying together that the big problem is the deficit.  And that poor and middle class people need to do their fair share (what a joke) so that the deficit can be closed.  And we'll have a "balance approach" to the deficit. If the deficit were eliminated, they sing, things would be so much better.  What?  Are you (expletive deleted) kidding me?  They have to be kidding, don’t they?  Evidently not.  It’s a cruel, stupid, unpalatable, evil joke.  And it is arrant stupidity.  If spending is cut, the economy shrinks, and guess what, jobs are lost.  Cutting the deficit is not job creation, it is just the opposite.  Cutting the deficit does NOT create jobs.  I curse the TV, turn it off, and stomp over to my faithful computer.

I turn to the Internet.  I see that Sen. McCaskill (no, I’m not giving her a link) admits that there’s not going to be a jobs bill in Congress this year.  Yeah, we need jobs, but we can’t do a jobs bill.  Well, why not?  Because spending money, any money, even money guaranteed to create jobs cannot pass the present Congress. No?  Why not?  Because the consensus is that the problem is the deficit, and since taxes cannot be raised (no, no, no) spending has to be cut.  There you have it.  How else, they question, are we going to fix the deficit?  So, long story extra short, we cannot spend money to create jobs, because when we spend money it increases the deficit.  Let me repeat: Cutting the deficit is not job creation, it is just the opposite.  I push my chair away from the keyboard.  I throw the wireless mouse on the floor.  I use the all-purpose 12-letter M curse.  Loudly.  I mutter various obscenities.  The dog hides under the table.  I look in vain for a beer in the refrigerator.

I find myself yelling at the beerless refrigerator.  The 12-letter M curse first.  Loud.  Again. Then more muttering: Did all of these (expletive deleted) people decide not to take Economics 101? Or did they just (expletive deleted) flunk it?  Or are they in the thrall, the evil trance of the (many, many expletives deleted) Chicago School of Voodoo Economics?  Look, I’m no Paul Krugman (you can sure as dung say that again), but it’s quite clear:  the Government has to spend money, a lot of money if it is going to spur job creation. It’s that simple. In other words, the Government has to do exactly the opposite of what Obama and the Congress and the commentators and the media are all saying in unison needs to be done.  

Forget the (expletive deleted) deficit.  Just forget about it.  Completely.  Spend money, doesn’t matter where you get it, to create good jobs.  I’m not trying to be contrarian.  No.  I’m just screaming at the world, at me, at the TV, the refrigerator and the computer, that if jobs are ever going to be increased in the US of A, the Government’s only effective, proven strategy is fiscal policy and that, amig@s, means spending money.  All this hoo hah about the Fed, about monetary policy is all very nice.  A day late, more than a dollar short.  And far too weak to break the current phase of long term unemployment and economic contraction.  The deficit and “fixing” it by slashing government spending is a sure way to increase unemployment.  Did you hear that, I'm yelling?  You're going to make it worse you (string of expletives deleted).

If the Government would spend enough money to stimulate the economy (as compared to the (expletive deleted) token barnyard excrement bills it has passed recently) and really get unemployment down to a couple of pathetic percentage points, that itself it would generate enough taxes to start closing the deficit. And we wouldn't have to continue this stupid debate about how to decrease the deficit: cut spending, increase taxes, balance approach, etc etc.  We could focus on something that is urgently needed and will alleviate vast oceans of suffering.  We could focus on jobs.

Please.  I’m noticing that I’m starting to yell again.  I have to breathe audibly to keep from shouting at the keyboard.  Let me try.  Put simply: job creation is how to fix the deficit.  And to create jobs the Government needs to spend money.  It is that simple.  Anybody who contradicts this is quite simply and most assuredly wrong.

I feel my face turning red.  I feel that my breathing is too fast.  My hair is on fire.  It’s as if I were in a room with 250 million people and I’m the only one who speaks only Spanish.  All the other people speak other languages, but no Spanish.  This is frustrating.  I cannot understand why raising my voice and shouting and screaming and banging on the table doesn’t make what I’m saying comprehensible.  Undeterred, I yell on.  I’m well aware that this is the definition of insanity, but know what?  I don’t know what else to do.

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cross posted from The Dream Antilles

Originally posted to davidseth on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 03:02 PM PDT.

Also republished by Income Inequality Kos and Community Spotlight.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Louder! (9+ / 0-)

    I can barely hear you over the applause from the studio audience.

    Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

    by Edger on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 03:11:47 PM PDT

  •  The federal reserve announced its intent to keep (4+ / 0-)
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    tmo, Jimdotz, politik, burnt out

    interest rates at this low level for roughly the next two years. So there's your answer on jobs.

    If jobs were happening, if there was anything forseeable on the horizon, the Fed certainly would not be speaking about economic stimulation (or at least what has been passing for that) lasting for what is really the forseeable future.

    The "new normal", it seems to me, should be expected to continue for a decade, maybe two. We'll creep along the bottom like happened in the last depression, and we will not end up being saved by World War III.

    There can be no protection locally if we are content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Tue Aug 09, 2011 at 03:31:37 PM PDT

  •  You're right - it's the wrong conversation (4+ / 0-)
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    AnnCetera, davidseth, burnt out, Arenosa

    I don't get how our leaders let this happen. We're having the wrong conversation in D.C. They are saying that we must cut the debt and reduce the deficit, but since when has this been a priority? For the majority of Americans, creating jobs is the priority, so why are we stalling? I don't accept the debt as an excuse.

    Even so, there has to be jobs bills that Congress can come up with that don't raise the debt by making cuts to other programs, eliminating tax loopholes, etc. I feel like saying that we can't pass a jobs bill because it costs money is just giving up, and it shows that our leaders aren't willing to come up with creative solutions to our real problems.

  •  Fix our dangerous BRIDGES!!! (4+ / 0-)
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    davidseth, bablhous, burnt out, Arenosa

    I'm sorry, but I don't know how to provide links here.

    So I suggest you do what I've just done and Google.

    "Most dangerous bridges in America" will link you to the 13 most dangerous in the country - at least one of them is rated even lower now than the one in Minneapolis that crashed.  Huge amount of traffic over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, ditto the Huey Long outside of New Orleans.  Take a look - it should scare the hell out of you.

    Or just Google "Most defective bridges in America".  There you'll see a link to those in Michelle Bachmann's state that are defective - it's a great Pdf report.  Also scary.

    The average age of America's bridges is 42 years old.
    Many that are dangerous or defective are older.

    What's it going to take?  Another collapse before we DEMAND these thoroughfares be made safe???

     

    •  Well that was terrifying! (2+ / 0-)
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      TexanJane, bablhous

      I watched a show on "most spectacular bridge collapses" or whatever when I was really young, was petrified of bridges for years.

      Now I know which ones to be petrified of!  Thank goodness none of them are anywhere near me.

    •  out sourcing of bridge components to china (2+ / 0-)
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      davidseth, bablhous

      for infrastructure repair already underway  in new york and california the contractors are outsourcing work to other countries.

      http://prestowitz.foreignpolicy.com/...

      "That came to my mind yesterday as I read in the Sunday New York Times of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge having been made in China and now being readied for shipment to San Francisco where the its modules will be placed on their supports and snapped together like an erector set."

  •  Not to mention (10+ / 0-)

    That the unpolishable .1% is not because new jobs were created, but because that many more people quit looking, were thrown off unemployment, or accepted crap jobs that don't cover their expenses.

    Actual un- and under-employment is much, much higher than the numbers they're giving us.

    The people in power, in real power, want the economy to crash.  They want to Shock Doctrine us.  That's why all theyt seem to care about is the deficit -- they know beyond a shadow of a doubt it's the wrong thing to be focused on right now if your goal is to fix the problem.  But it's exactly right if your goal is to make things worse.

    "... willingness to take a moral stand, to accept risk and ridicule, [is] the cost of the moral life." -- Chris Hedges

    by eponymouse on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 06:09:20 AM PDT

  •  Bloomberg was on ABC this morning (9+ / 0-)

    Saying the usual lower taxes, less regulation is the best path to jobs blather.

    The gem was that he alleged that one of the reasons for the economic slowdown is that we blamed the poor, helpless banks and investment companies and they are now risk-averse and uncertain.  If we only let them run free, there would be investment and jobs, jobs, jobs.

    I swear, these bozos live in a fantasy world.

    I support public employee's unions.

    by Tracker on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 06:16:13 AM PDT

  •  Get some, Marine! (3+ / 0-)
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    davidseth, bablhous, burnt out

    You had me at

    I find myself yelling at the beerless refrigerator.  The 12-letter M curse first.  Loud.  Again. Then more muttering: Did all of these (expletive deleted) people decide not to take Economics 101? Or did they just (expletive deleted) flunk it?  Or are they in the thrall, the evil trance of the (many, many expletives deleted) Chicago School of Voodoo Economics?  Look, I’m no Paul Krugman (you can sure as dung say that again), but it’s quite clear:  the Government has to spend money, a lot of money if it is going to spur job creation. It’s that simple. In other words, the Government has to do exactly the opposite of what Obama and the Congress and the commentators and the media are all saying in unison needs to be done.

    "Any of you other goat motherfuckers want to put a hoof on my bridge?" -- Stephen Colbert, 8/1/2011

    by Fed up Fed on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 09:15:50 AM PDT

  •  Be angry. be very angry (3+ / 0-)
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    bablhous, burnt out, Arenosa

    Anger can be a positive force. I find I can accomplish much through anger.

    Channel it properly of course. Being angry enough so that you inflict violence on people, particularly the innocent, is wrong. But channel it properly through organizing, writing letters to your elected Representatives, calling in, volunteering during elections and in general being a pain in the ass during conversations and any other times you have a chance to be an influence or counteract the bullshit arguments out there.

    I mean look at the teabaggers. They got angry and accomplished much. . . much that is destructive of course.  . but they sure made a major political party scared of them. Perhaps with some more anger those of us on the progressive side of the spectrum (holy shit, I guess that includes me now) could make the other major political party scared of us.

    An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head. -- Eric Hoffer

    by MichiganChet on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 09:54:59 AM PDT

  •  Right there beside you only with (4+ / 0-)
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    davidseth, bablhous, burnt out, Arenosa

    fully spelled out expletives! And that's really unlike me.

    Not everything that can be counted counts. Not everything that counts can be counted. Albert Einstein

    by annie em on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 10:06:46 AM PDT

  •  From Missouri? (1+ / 0-)
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    Arenosa
    I see that Sen. McCaskill (no, I’m not giving her a link) admits that there’s not going to be a jobs bill in Congress this year.  Yeah, we need jobs, but we can’t do a jobs bill.  Well, why not?
     
      Call her, email her, whatever, just let her know you're not happy with her caving attitude on this and most everything else the thugs throw at us. Tell her she takes her base for granted at her own risk, tell her we need a reason to vote for her next year , tell her we want that D to stand for something. Give her hell, I just did.
  •  The President (5+ / 0-)

    is not putting job creation ahead of deficit reduction.

    From Robert Reich:

     

     "I'm told White House political operatives are against a bold jobs plan. They believe the only jobs plan that could get through Congress would be so watered down as to have almost no impact by Election Day. They also worry the public wouldn't understand how more government spending in the near term can be consistent with long-term deficit reduction. And they fear Republicans would use any such initiative to further bash Obama as a big spender.

        So rather than fight for a bold jobs plan, the White House has apparently decided it's politically wiser to continue fighting about the deficit. The idea is to keep the public focused on the deficit drama -- to convince them their current economic woes have something to do with it, decry Washington's paralysis over fixing it, and then claim victory over whatever outcome emerges from the process recently negotiated to fix it.

        They hope all this will distract the public's attention from the President's failure to do anything about continuing high unemployment and economic anemia."

    Disgusting, Mr. President, disgusting.

    •  Holy moley!! (3+ / 0-)
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      jeopardydd, Arenosa, cameoanne
      The idea is to keep the public focused on the deficit drama -- to convince them their current economic woes have something to do with it, decry Washington's paralysis over fixing it, and then claim victory over whatever outcome emerges from the process recently negotiated to fix it.

      I guess "the public" doesn't get to find out that the unemployment and the economic disaster had nothing at all to do with the deficit until, wait for it, after November, 2012?  And then, what can they do?  It's too late.

  •  Democrats and Republicans, neither group (3+ / 0-)

    gives a fuck about real job creation.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/...

    WikiLeaks and Net Neutrality; our last, best hopes.

    by chipmo on Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 11:09:48 AM PDT

  •  I couldn't agree more (4+ / 0-)
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    davidseth, Arenosa, venger, cameoanne

    Not only do we need jobs - we have to take care of this criminal concentration of wealth at the top.

    I am with you.  I want to organize something.  Something where we insist on jobs.  Insist on extension of unemployment.  Insist on aid to the states for food stamps, etc.  Insist that Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security not be gutted.

    We need to organize.  Democrats won't help us unless we make them.  I personally think we need to organize.  We need to march.  We need to help the people who are getting hit by this.

    By the way, it looks like the Obama administration knows jobs is the problem, but has chosen to focus on the deficit for political reasons.

    http://robertreich.org/...

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