It is hard for the reality-based community to understand people who exist in their own imaginings. To be out of touch isn’t just to exist in an ineffable present; it is to be unaware of tangible reality. Think of them as moving toy soldiers through a military engagement that is all fantasy. On Capitol Hill they are moving piles of money around budgets in much the same way.
All their maneuvering is totally disconnected from the real world. So, expecting Congress to be aware of real life consequences is an exercise in futility.
How did we end up with a bunch of game boys? We allowed ourselves to be impressed by the fact that they speak English. And, unlike a talking parrot, they look just like us.
WHY DO OUR PUBLIC SERVANTS KEEP GETTING AWAY WITH LYING TO US? BECAUSE HONORABLE PEOPLE JUST CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THOSE WHOM THEY TRUSTED WILL DECEIVE.
BESIDES, WHEN PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO GET HIRED, THEY ARE EXPECTING, NOT KNOWING. AFTER SEVERAL YEARS ON THE JOB, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR MISLEADING. WHAT GEORGIA SENATOR DAVID PERDUE IS SPOUTING IS BEYOND THE PALE.
The congressional Black Caucus does not desire to be dissed again.
That’s what the vultures on Capitol Hill up to. Getting their psychic gratification while the getting is good. The House GOP lost nine seats in 2016. So, it’s getting to be desperation time.
Also, there are now twenty one women in the Senate. Of course, meanness is not restricted by gender, neither is revenge. Time will tell.
“Buyer beware” used to be the cover for merchants cheating their customers, implying that they should have known to expect a bait and switch. Nowadays, that same strategy seems to have entered the repertoire of politicians. They bait the voters and then switch their allegiance to their cronies.
Dave Kulju’s recollection is not perfect truth, but it contains no falsehood. Sad to say, Dave is evidence of the old saying that “only the good die young.” He is missed but the effort of which he was a part continues. Carol Shea-Porter is still our NH-1 candidate for Congress. Because of tainted money, she’s been trading places with a Republican know-nothing.
There is just one little mistake. The meeting where Dave and Carol met had no connection to the DNC. It was held at my house under the auspices of Democracy for America whose founder, Howard Dean, had moved on to the Democratic National Committee, as a result of our first successful upset of the status quo, and left the grass roots to his brother.
Perhaps Dave’s hopeful attitude was due to the after-glow. My own state of mind on election day was less positive.
It’s not a matter of “what they don’t know can’t hurt them.” It’s a matter of false information serving to shield the true perpetrators of harm. So, for example, when workers believe that the currency they need to access the necessities of life comes from their employers, then sending the cops to “protect” corporations from protesters and dissent makes sense. The truth that currency not only belongs to the people but is under the control of their representatives would turn the country upside down.
I’m not sure the Sanders strategy of turning the citizenry against the middlemen is going to be effective. At some point, the focus has to be on Congress. The recently announced agenda for 2018 is not enough. The rot has to be cut out of Congress now. Calling them corrupt is not enough.
The Washington Post has performed some real journalism in getting the contract for Hillary Clinton’s $275,000 one hour speech to the University of Buffalo. To answer the question how a public university could afford to pay such a huge fee, I offered the following: