"Here’s the situation: The U.S. economy has been crippled by a financial crisis. The president’s policies have limited the damage, but they were too cautious, and unemployment remains disastrously high. More action is clearly needed. Yet the public has soured on government activism, and seems poised to deal Democrats a severe defeat in the midterm elections... The president in question is Franklin Delano Roosevelt; the year is 1938." - Paul Krugman
"President Obama said that too many Americans are struggling to find jobs. You know what these Americans are going to be called? Democrats." – Jay Leno
"President Obama said he can't walk around with his birth certificate plastered on his forehead. Apparently he was reacting to new polls that show 1 in 5 Kenyans now believe he was born in Hawaii." – Jay Leno
Not a day goes by without some bomb going off in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, or all three countries simultaneously. Even though we now have the means to end the starvation of babies and infants under two years old, the most crucial time in their development, children are still dying at an alarming rate. Instead of sharing the formula that will stop the malnutrition, so that each country can make their own versions, it it being kept by a family in France, and blatantly overcharged when sold to food agencies trying to distribute it to Africa and Haiti... Russia and China are the silent players in the regions, keeping quiet in regards to political statements, preferring to let their business deals do the talking. Russia will soon have more influence in the Middle East than the US does. As the US tries to pull back its troops, their will be a lessening of business interests no longer backed by the security of our military. Russia perceives this as a gap that they are willing to rush in and fill, and just signed a military cooperation pact with Israel. Russia would like to equip Israeli-made drones with its own laser technology and basing a support station for its Glonass global navigation system in Israel.
We have overlooked the rising influence of Chinese business interests in South America for years, and now we also seem to be looking the other way as Russia, too, tries to follow in their footsteps. Is this because we have done such a good job at alienating the governments and businesses in South America, that they no longer want anything to do with us, other than Cuba? We seem to be making another fine mess of things in Asia and the Middle East. If America is so full of idealistic souls, and we keep trying to help foster democracy in other countries, why do we screw it up so badly every time that they end up hating us?
"I had hoped that we would do better this time. But it turns out that politicians and economists alike have spent decades unlearning the lessons of the 1930s, and are determined to repeat all the old mistakes. And it’s slightly sickening to realize that the big winners in the midterm elections are likely to be the very people who first got us into this mess, then did everything in their power to block action to get us out." - Paul KrugmanIf the lords and masters of the GOP were smart, they would sit out thie next couple of elections. Take their time, rebuild the party under that big tent they were originally talking about, groom some smart, young candidates who are idealistic and have some morals. Let the Mits and Rudis, Newts, and Haley Barbours die off or wander to the elephant graveyard.
Instead, let the tea party have its way, elect their candidates, if they are able. Let the public see how they act in the halls of power, what kinds of legislation they propose. In short, let the inmates run the asylum until the lazy-ass parents sit up and take notice. Then, once we've had that cathartic moment, we can get on with the business of finding real, honest solutions to our problems and not be distracted by the dark dreams of anger and frustration.