This week has shown the whole country that our Congress is completely dysfunctional. Some blame the hardening of ideologies and that is certainly true. Some blame Tom DeLay style Congressional district gerrymandering and that is certainly true.
But the real fault for the sacrifice of the American economy and the attempted extortion of the American President is the logical extension of wealthy, white male privilege gone wild.
The tea party began as a Republican idea operationalized by an astroturf letterhead group called Freedomworks headed by a one time radical right-wing Congressional leader named Dick Armey. When he was in Congress, he was involved in every right-wing effort and strategy there was.
Armey and his fellow fire-breathing mix of anti-democratic, racist, sexist, homophobic Members of Congress, radio blowhards like Rush Limbaugh, and those who copy him for a fatter paycheck fueled by the filthy plutocracy have jacked up a sad lot of losers to rail against even the government benefits they receive.
This Congressional dysfunction is the logical extension of people of privilege who've always gotten exactly what they want in life -- and what they want from government.
What is the cause of a crumbling middle class, anti-democratic income and wealth inequality, declining wages, hungry children, bailouts for the banks and the wealthy in the midst of foreclosures and underwater mortgages?
The Koch Brothers and their band of plutocrats have no intention of giving up their privilege, their power, their wealth -- or like a two year old in a tantrum -- their way.
Never be confused about who the Ted Cruz's, Mike Lee's, and Eric Cantor's work for. It damn sure ain't America or Her People.