Winning

TPM:

Thanks to the arrogant, hapless Bushies, we are the nation that bellows “Mission Accomplished!” and then gets bogged down in a hopeless, ever-worsening quagmire. We are the nation that suffers a catastrophic loss of an entire region due to hurricane damage, and then flounders helplessly as millions of our fellow citizens give up hope. We are the nation that blusters that its “unacceptable for “evil-doers” to develop nuclear weapons, and then watches helplessly as they go right ahead anyway.

It’s something I’ve noticed quite a lot over the past several years, the way people in power consistently make excuses as to why that power can’t be put to use benefitting Americans. Health care’s too complicated to fix. Education’s too expensive. A decent space program’s too big and also who cares. The Gulf Coast seems beyond us. And it’s like letting the dishes pile up in your sink, so that you spend more time avoiding the dishes than you would if you just sucked it up and did them.

If we devoted half the energy we spend telling each other why problems can’t get fixed to actually fixing those problems, we might really get something done around here.

A.

4 thoughts on “Winning

  1. zooey glass says:

    A-Fucking-men.
    Happy Eostre!

  2. S2 says:

    And it’s like letting the dishes pile up in your sink, so that you spend more time avoiding the dishes than you would if you just sucked it up and did them.
    the contemporary american exerience.

  3. gene214 says:

    Ah, but our Corporate Overlords don’t want these problems being fixed. That’s why they dump millions of dollars into the campaign coffers of the politicians (GOP and Democratic – hello Hillary, Hello Obama)they can call their very own.

  4. hoppycalif says:

    Gene214, I don’t know where Hillary got her donations, but Obama got the bulk of his from ordinary people, donating $25 at a time, not from PAC’s, which he has no donations from, and certainly not from corporations.
    It is true that corporation “leaders” have no interest in fixing any American problem, other than the problem of their bank accounts being smaller than Warren Buffet’s. Since the days of Reagan greed has been the driving force in US politics.
    When you look at the enormous cost of the Iraq fiasco, and the ease of getting that money appropriated, it must surely be impossible to make the argument that our country can’t afford anything at all. There is hardly a single problem facing us that couldn’t have been largely solved if a fraction of the money wasted in Iraq had been spent solving that problem. The single problem that would not have been solved is, once again, the bank account shortfall from Warren Buffet’s faced by corporate greed masters.

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