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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
11:39 PM on 08/19/2010
No I hate the men sent the jobs away
I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
All lily white and squeaky clean
They've never known want, they'll never know need
Their sh@# don't stink and their kids won't bleed
Their kids won't bleed in the da$% little war
And we can't make it here anymore

Will work for food
Will die for oil
Will kill for power and to us the spoils
The billionaires get to pay less tax
The working poor get to fall through the cracks
Let 'em eat jellybeans let 'em eat cake
Let 'em eat sh$%, whatever it takes
They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
If they can't make it here anymore

And that's how it is
That's what we got
If the president wants to admit it or not
You can read it in the paper
Read it on the wall
Hear it on the wind
If you're listening at all
Get out of that limo
Look us in the eye
Call us on the cell phone
Tell us all why

In Dayton, Ohio
Or Portland, Maine
Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
That's done closed down along with the school
And the hospital and the swimming pool
Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
There's rats in the alley
And trash in the street
Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
We can't make it here anymore
11:38 PM on 08/19/2010
"It is like being asked to pay dues to a golf club but then being told that only the powerful and connected will get to play the course." Well, not exactly. It is like being forced to pay dues to the golf club. At some point even you usually myopic liberals are going to start seeing some very angry people lining up on the fairways. And they won't be there to watch anybody play golf.
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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
11:48 PM on 08/19/2010
Gotta point on those on the fairways Scriptoblog. I do resent your suggesting I am a a myopic liberal. I would like to fight with you on that one.
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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
11:38 PM on 08/19/2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbWRfBZY-ng

James McMurtry is the song of our times
11:37 PM on 08/19/2010
Good article...I have certainly lost my trust in our goverment - national and local. I have also lost faith in the press's ability to report the truth. So much of what we see are press releases from corporations.
Its reported that businesses are not hiring because they dont trust Obamas policies...but it is about lack of trust in local/national/supreme court decisions and not about one man..
What ever happened to doing the right thing for the community? Whatever happened to being a good citizen? Why is it considered wrong to want more favorable trade deals with other countries, and carring about the citizens of the US?
And finally, why is no one doing anything? We have the Tea Party that wants to abolish what gov was created to do....why dont we have a Community Values/America the Beautiful/Real Democracy party?
People whine, but dont offer solutions
11:41 PM on 08/19/2010
For the millionth time, the tea party is not about eliminating government. It's about reducing its size and scope so it can actually accomplish something like responding to a crisis without 30 days going by while dozens of overlapping bureaucracies debate about whether regulations are being violated.
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Rob Johnson
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11:51 PM on 08/19/2010
Tea Party Americans are frustrated Americans. I often do not agree with their prescriptions of what to do because I find them nostalgic more than realistic and unwilling to see corporate power as a problem. At the same time I respect their sense of despair and feel allied with that. The idea that removing bureaucracy will solve things without putting restrictions on corporate power strikes me as very naive.
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11:55 PM on 08/19/2010
It's just a coincidence that these old white people happened to organize when Obama came into power. When Bush put us in to 2 wars, cut taxes for the rich, and had one of the worst job creation presidencies in history, the tea party did not deem it necessary to act. now that we need to shift aggregate demand to stimulate employment, these people want to put on the brakes.
03:37 AM on 08/20/2010
what are you doing about it?

have you stopped banking with wall street?

have you joined / started a local non-profit credit union?

have you stopped buying corporate products whenever possible?

have you started growing your own food and sharing it with neighbors?

our own actions are the only leverage we have.
11:34 PM on 08/19/2010
The pig-tailed, earringed, tattoed set that comprises so much of America's unemployable have by now become thoroughly toughened up on 99 weeks of training by wallowing in streaming internet porn, Mexican pot, beer and cheese doodles. Great. Now we're ready to take on China's workforce of fit, ambitious, education-oriented and disciplined millions who are grateful for little...?

This depression needs to last for at least 10 years longer and become much more severe. Like the Jews wandering in the deserts of Sinai for 40 years of purification and trial by fire before entering the Promised Land, we may be able to restore the values of modesty, thrift, moral character and hard work to a thoroughly ruined society.
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Rob Johnson
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11:54 PM on 08/19/2010
I see it differently strangewalk. I see a few people who are dominant in the designs of our society and that many do not have the ingredients of a successful life recipe to accompany their ambition. In China it is not all about character and virtue. I do a lot of work there. Corruption is rampant. The puritanical reckoning metaphors just do not hold water with me. Big stock buybacks and lack of investment and corporate welfare have more to do with draining America than laziness.
03:40 AM on 08/20/2010
you are wrong. this is the way capoitalism works. it brings the worst out of everyone. i pray for a hard fall, without which people will never change their morally (and pragmatically) bankrupt way of life.
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ghostrider57
Unable to find reality.sys Universe halted
01:16 AM on 08/20/2010
Yep blame the people. They're lazy. They don't want to work. That is why there is only one job for every 5 people out of work. But hey, work at McDonald's, work at Kentucky Fried, work at Wal Mart and be glad you have a job. Oh? Doesn't pay enough to survive, get a second job. After all, why should you enjoy life? You were put here to make sure the uber rich can maintain their lifestyle.

China has government paid for education. The Chinese government is all about educating their people. They want to be a major player in the world market. Frankly the Chinese scare me. They are smart as h3ll and hungry.

But this country wants you to spend 50k to a 100k for an education. And when the government offers to subsidize it we get complaints about it being welfare or socialism. Really? If you don't educate and employ your people the rest of the world will walk all over us.
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brightwind
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11:25 PM on 08/19/2010
I too remember the extreme sadness I felt as I saw the Katrina events unfold. I was sad and ashamed of our government. Now there are many more of us standing on the roof of our house, waving our arms and crying for help.
I realize now, that no help is coming. What you see is what it's going to be.
11:36 PM on 08/19/2010
And I still can't believe that many people want the government even more involved in 'taking care of us'. If we shrunk it to a manageable size and limited the number of issues it has to manage, it could actually be more effective at things like responding to national disasters. But when you have 30 different departments required to agree to act, it's not difficult to see why it takes days for the government to respond to an emergency.
12:21 AM on 08/20/2010
First of all, we don't want more government. We want effective government. There is a distinct difference. Second, the whole reason the agencies in question have become ineffective is very often underfunding and lack of resources, because of the whole 'shrink government down to a size that would let you drown it in a bathtub' thing.

A great deal of the reason Katrina went as it did was simply because Bush and the Repugnicans would not admit that they entirely lacked the resources or preparation to deal with an actual disaster. 'Brownie' was installed in their fit of Cronyism, and wholly incompetent. And where were the National Guard units that would have been there to help deal with the situation? In Iraq, literally threatening mutiny if they were not allowed to return and help. Because of the stupid, pointless war that Bush&Co. lied us all into. Remember that?

Nope. Of course not. Down the memory hole...
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Alg0rhythm
REAL change is needed now!
05:55 PM on 08/20/2010
Agreed government is so wasteful with so much redundancy... how many budget offices are there? Like 40 "intelligence agencies".
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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
11:43 PM on 08/19/2010
See the John Goodman Character in Treme on HBO who conveys this dismay and shame through his character Creighton Bernette
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brightwind
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12:03 AM on 08/20/2010
Wish I could. Can't afford cable.
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my micro-bio isn't
10:54 PM on 08/19/2010
"Our government is seen as favoring large institutions and corporate power."

Mr. and Mrs. J. Lunchpail, having lost their jobs and about to lose their home are sitting in the waiting room of their District Representative, Mr. Hogwarts. They gave a $50 campaign to his campaign and they are hoping he can help them.
Also in that waiting room is a lobbiest from the mortgage industry that donated $200,000 to Rep. Hogwarts campaign.

Now can you guess who will get priority? This isn't rocket science here.
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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
11:03 PM on 08/19/2010
As Dylan said, Don't Need A Weatherman to Know Which Way the Wind Blows."

So What we gonna do about it doneflyin? As the Dude says in Big Lebowski.

"This aggression will not stand man"

It is on us now
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jamenta
There are other human values besides greed.
11:12 PM on 08/19/2010
Not much without real leadership. And where in America does that exist?
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Rita R
Always asking why
11:13 PM on 08/19/2010
Yes, Rob, and we bloggers need to come away from our keyboards and unite, hand in hand, at the grass roots level. We can pepper the boards and blogsites with our ideas, our complaints, our issues, but until we put faces and names together and do a multi-million people march on Washington to the Hill, we'll still be wearing the letters off our keyboards to minimal impact. It's time to dust off Dr. King and Gandi's methods of non-violent protest before the inevitable imminant violence surfaces.
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George Hanshaw
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
10:53 PM on 08/19/2010
"Our lockdown on spending is a symptom of lack of trust. "

In great measure, I suppose you are tight. We had the opportunity - with the first $800 billion stimulus package - to prove that government could be effective. We (that would be Pelosi and the mouse in her pocket) blew it.

$800 billion pissed away ineffectively (half of it still hasn't been spent) as a grab-bag of causes that weren't all that stimulative and that did not enjoy majority support in what is still a center-right country. An opportunity to prove to these doubters that government actually COULD work - a, dare I say, teachable moment, totally PISSED AWAY by Madame Speaker.
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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
11:07 PM on 08/19/2010
Nancy is your demon but the least of our problems. Summers, Orzag and others are closer to the heart of the problem. A team of Rivals? A team of Rubins is what runs us.

The inability of our government to penalize bankers, stockholders in banks and bank creditors (who could not figure out that 50 to 1 leverage was too much) are the ones they did not face down.

The stimulus was too shovel ready and not resilient to criticism by building something bold. The bank bailouts were just plain criminal. That is where the discouragement is centered. Particularly after the 2009 bonuses paid in Janaury 2010
11:37 PM on 08/19/2010
Orzag is gone, yes? Summers and Geithner nobody can stand except Obama. Rubin? Yes, those chosen are just like him.

Punishment? Nope, nobody is planning to do that, and thus the increase in moral hazard. But in truth everybody had a hand in this mess. Nobody is really scolding those that personally leveraged themselves to buy a home that far exceeded their ability to pay for. Listen, when a person buys a house and can't even afford the closing cost, that house is too much for that person. Nobody learned the word "no".

If you recall the mayors all got together prior to the stimulus to give their list of goodies needed. Well they got their wishes minus the jobs. Creating jobs was NEVER the focus. Saving government jobs and social services was the priority. This administration GREATLY underestimated the severity of this recession and thus thought a band aid approach was sufficient. Unfortunately they spent their wad and they used up their political capital because NOBODY with any sanity trusts them anymore.

Do I sound mad. You bet I am. I have never been so angry. I am watching my country circling the drain while those running the show are taking a break on MY dime and blaming everybody but themselves for this continued mess.

The nation isn't discouraged they are enraged.
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George Hanshaw
There are none so blind as those who will not see.
11:32 AM on 08/20/2010
The 'INABILITY' of our government to punish bankers, stockholders in banks...etc"???

All they had to do was to NOT BAIL THEM OUT. Instead they rewarded the speculators for speculating by making them whole, making highly leveraged deals a heads I win, tails the taxpayer loses affair.

Shovel ready? The only thing 'shovel ready' about the Pelosi stimulus was that it was a bunch of crap that should have been tossed in the manure pile.
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mcartri
10:50 PM on 08/19/2010
On our nation's tombstone will be chiseled: "America 1776-Fox News".
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jamenta
There are other human values besides greed.
10:54 PM on 08/19/2010
lol fanned.
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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
10:55 PM on 08/19/2010
Or it will be Chiseled with " No Leaders despite tremendous wealth and population stymied. "

We do not have an active movement now. Lot's of discontent. Went to a wonderful presentation last night by Paul Street on his new book The Empire's New Clothes: Barack Obama and the Real World of Power.

Great energy in Bluestocking Books in NYC. People see it and people feel it. How do we bring it to life????
10:50 PM on 08/19/2010
Levinas said of Heidegger that "Dasein is never hungry." Well, dasein is hungry. Authenticity is more than possible if we all confront our anxiety and step up instead of cowering to the they world.
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jamenta
There are other human values besides greed.
10:54 PM on 08/19/2010
We could use a Robin Hood right about now - agree.
10:59 PM on 08/19/2010
Sounds good to me.
01:25 AM on 08/20/2010
You have it in the form of a Dem Congress. Steal from everyone and give to themselves.
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Rob Johnson
Sailmusicdad
11:00 PM on 08/19/2010
Agreed. Greider, Naomi Klein, Paul Street are egging us on

http://www.paradigmpublishers.com/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=243410
11:04 PM on 08/19/2010
Thanks for the suggestion.
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10:45 PM on 08/19/2010
I don't think lack of trust has anything to do with it; our monetary policy has been entrusted to private hands, whose personal wealth is assured, in part (maybe in main) by manipulation of that policy and the rest of the people just dont register as important to them. And these same people own Congress and the WH, due in great measure to legislation they brokered as allowed by inadequate regulation. That full employment madate of the Fed? ...meh....
10:39 PM on 08/19/2010
strange you are frustrated; since when has the government represented the real working class folks?
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jamenta
There are other human values besides greed.
10:46 PM on 08/19/2010
So we are to trust corporate america and the rich? I know our American government could use some fixing - like getting the frakken lobbyists out of Washington for starters - but just simply mindlessly attacking our american government and willfully and dutifully ignoring corporate america and it's excessive power and wealth it currently has in our country - is preposterous.
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Rita R
Always asking why
11:05 PM on 08/19/2010
Government economic policy is still stuck in the "trickle down" ideology.
10:51 PM on 08/19/2010
Really? You mean the military, which is composed of working class people who benefit from a huge G.I. Bill. The Great Society, The New Deal. What Teddy did. You silly little man child.
10:33 PM on 08/19/2010
greetings...."row, row, row your (sinking!) boat, gently down the stream....merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream".....
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jamenta
There are other human values besides greed.
10:47 PM on 08/19/2010
To some a dream, to others a nightmare.
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10:26 PM on 08/19/2010
Excellent article,

The lack of 'vision' mentioned in this post shows how stupidly short-sighted our leaders are and have been since FDR.

In China the word 'crisis' can also mean 'opportunity' and when FDR faced a similar crisis, he did not try to bail out Wall Street in hopes they would thank Main St. later, no, instead he used government to finish 'developing' the United States.

FDR, instead, created government sponsored work camps, with apprenticeships, not overpriced tuitions, and hired engineers to build the great water systems we all take for granted today.

FDR did not wait for Wall Street to get its act together or wait for the perfect time to start 'lending' again to small businesses, he used the system of direct government contracts to build the heavy infrastructure, electricity grids, etc.

President Obama campaigned against 'trickle-down voodoo' economics but his continuation of the failed Bush/Paulson/Barney Frank bail outs of banksters proves he is the high priest of 'trickle-down'

10s of millions of people are ready to work and there is more work to be done then could ever be done, so why the massive unemployment? ON-GOING BAIL OUTS
10:53 PM on 08/19/2010
Why are we all talking about China lately. Are you Newt now. They made their money selling useless stuff made by free or cheap labor. We aren't like that. they trash the environment, and own most of the world because of it. Fu#$ China.
05:39 AM on 08/20/2010
Because a lot of our jobs have gone to China. (Also to other places.)
10:22 PM on 08/19/2010
Betrayal of your own country is by action stupid in that it does not server you in the long run. Those that can do something and don't will eventually realize that what brought them to where they are no longer exists....what then will they do.
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jamenta
There are other human values besides greed.
10:24 PM on 08/19/2010
When economic and social injustice becomes too severe - historically violence rises.