Saturday, November 6, 2010

Burma Elections, We Are All Republicans Now...

Dana Milbank
EJ Dionne
John Avlon
"The Law of Infinite Cornucopia: states that there are never a shortage of arguments to support any doctrine one wants to believe in for whatever reasons." - Leszek Kolakowski
“A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” - Mark Twain
"Tuesday was bad for President Obama. Voters threw away the hope and just went for the change." – Jay Leno

WHILE President Obama is in India, making nice and garnering billion dollar business contracts, this weekend is the elections in Myanmar, or Burma. It will be the second time in over 30 years that an attempt at an election will be made. The previous election ended up with Aung San Suu Kyi as President. The military junta found this unacceptable, voided the election results, and put her under house arrest, where she remains today.

This election will be bizarre, as nobody is sure of the ruling General's motives. It is a sham, done boldly in the public's face. Generals have resigned the military and then joined the ruling political party, where they present themselves as political candidates for the election. If they can win 85% of the available seats, then the military will relinquish its hold over the government. To ensure that large percentage of wins, the government has not allowed certain opposition parties, and will not hold elections where there are a majority of ethnic tribes, like the Karin, Kachin, and others.

And yet, people are rooting for smooth elections, because a transition from military rule to even a fake civilian rule is seen as progress. The current rulers say that progress is OK, but only after they have sucked every mineral and jewel out of the forests and sold them to the highest bidders in India and China...

NOW that Afghanistan is calming down and the leaders have been secretly and not-so-secretly talking to one another, the troubles that are expressed in extreme forms of Islam, are taking root in the "stan" countries, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan, also known as the Eural Balkans. Because of large natural gas and oil fields near the Caspian Sea, and their strategic spots as supply depots for Afghanistan, and eventual stops for Russia and China, this may likely be the next place that wars will be fought. Forget about Somalia, and Yemen is merely a pesky flea with munitions in its underpants. the old Silk Road will be the next hot spot for all you adventure seeking backpackers out there. So, get there before the Iranians do, and say hello to Osama for me, won't you?

CALL me a dummy, but I haven't been able to figure out how lowering taxes will jump start the economy and create jobs, as the Republicans have been saying for many years. Yes, our government gets lazy, and expects a certain amount of money coming into its coffers every year. One way of shaking up those expectations is to give them less money, and they will have to learn to live with it as a form of punishment. This seems to be the current way of thinking... If I get an extra $1000 or $2000 back at tax time, how does that create a job for me if I am unemployed? The only way it does is if you go off into flights of fantasy and make up stuff that has no basis in reality. I might be able to buy some extra Christmas presents this year, but it's not going to jump start our manufacturing base, bring it back home from overseas...

Our states are going to be worse off, because they have to have a balanced budget, and most have already spent their rainy day funds. Colorado will face a $2 billion deficit, and we will have to lay off more employees, defer more infrastructure projects, and keep moving money around in different accounts like one large shell game, unless we find a way to bring money into the state. California is in even worse shape, facing a $20 billion deficit.

Unless someone comes up with an Andy Hardy moment, or we take over selling cookies and thin mints in front of Safeway and Walmart, the Republicans have not one good idea to solve our economic woes. Unless we can all get jobs working for the man, Michael Steele... because we are all Republicans now...

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