Republican candidates debated last night in a spirited beer commercial on MSNBC. The great debate coming down to this one simple concept: Sounds nice, feels great!
For a country in the sort of crisis the Republicans constantly remind, there was no talk about shared sacrifice, of hard work in difficult days ahead, of getting dirt under our collective fingers, as Obama and the Progressives have been espousing from the beginning. Instead we’ll all have rainbows and puppy dogs the first day of the hoped for Republican Administration. All we have to do is eliminate corporate taxes, lower taxes on the rich who bless this country daily with their warm glowing presence and eliminate the agencies that keep our food and water and workplaces safe. Sounds nice, feels great!
Perry would eliminate “schemes” like healthcare and social security. Healthcare should be done at the state level-the bankrupt states- so that he can eliminate corporate taxes. For guys who claim to be god’s gift to the nation, not a word where that state money would come from-oh, wait, higher state and local taxes! Sounds nice, feels great.
Thankfully there was no indication that military spending should be curbed, controlled or even looked askance at. In fact they would all increase military spending. They’d all give China what-for-even though a couple years ago it was a sin to criticize Walmart’s operations in China, all of them heralding the wonders bestowed upon American consumers with Walmart’s flood of cheap Chinese goods-to the peril of the American worker. That aside, they’d talk tough to them Arabs, Red Chinamen, the Ruskies, the Socialists Europeans and anyone else that dared question American policy. We’ll stick a boot in their ass, or drive a Chevy up it! Sounds nice, feels great!
Bachmann trumpeted the one thing that has gotten her into the headlines, and that is she is promising $1.79 gallon gas. nevermind those headlines have become a joke. beyond that her campaign has become sad. If she wasn’t a nut I almost feel sorry for her. Sounds nice, feels great, poor Barbara.
The highlight of last night’s two-hour long beer commercial on MSNBC was Perry’s comment about Social security being a big Ponzi scheme. Unfortunately this one worked, as my parents and neighbors can attest, as well as tens of millions of Americans who, for the last 70 years have received checks to lighten the load of their post-retirment years, and allow either for dignity and in many cases survival after lives lived in this country. “It is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today,” Perry said, apparently unaware of estimates that without reform SSI would be solvent through 2050, “you’re paying into a program that’s going to be there. Anybody that’s for the status quo with Social Security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids, and it’s not right.” Sounds nice, feels great.
What remains to be seen is whether America wants the sort of shared sacrifice and hard work necessary for the sort of troubles we all acknowledge need to be fixed. The issue becomes who will reap the benefit for the solutions to those issues. It could be average and poor Americans, the ones now struggling and suffering the current economy, and the ones fight the current conflicts. With any of the current crop of Republicans, they’ll have you believe that the poor and middle class aren’t paying enough, and that the rich and corporations-reaping historically high profits, already not paying taxes, and paying CEOs unprecedented salaries and bonuses are more burdened, and if we ever want a job we’d better kiss the …ground beneath a rich person. Does anyone really believe that the American worker will ever conceded to wage and benefit cuts that will make them competitive with sweat shop labor in Bangladesh? Sounds nice, feels great, but it ain’t America, it’s a beer commercial not reality.