Disfunctional Government

I haven’t really been an observer of our government for that long, maybe 10 years, but I’ve never seen it so bad. It really does appear that nothing can get done unless the Democrats have the White House AND super majorities in both the Senate and the House. When Republicans have majorities, stuff still gets done, because Democrats are willing to compromise. You might just say they’re spineless, but they know that governing requires compromise, especially with a 2 party system. And they don’t blatantly put political ambitions above serving the country. I don’t know how it could get more obvious that right from the get-go, the Republicans sole mission is to deny Obama any kind of accomplishment, to ensure that he fails, even at the severe detriment of the country. They’ve stated this outright on many occasions – their priorities clearly aren’t proper governance but unseating Obama come November. Even if it means the country dips back into recession for many years.

The House Republicans are fucking ridiculous. First they completely oppose any extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits. There had to be deal/compromise brokered with Republicans in order to get just a 2-month extension through the Senate. All of a sudden the House Republicans refuse anything less than a 1-year extension. HUH?!

People need to realize that the President is not a tyrant. He NEEDS Congress to pass legislation. But we have a bunch of obstructionists in Congress who are only interested in power and not the good of the people.

Intervention in Libya? No.

I read articles like Discord Fills Washington on Possible Libya Intervention and I think to myself, “why the hell do we think we have the right to intervene in another sovereign country’s internal affairs?” Yes, we are the lone superpower and consume a disproportionate amount of the world’s natural resources. So that comes with a certain responsibility to the world (i.e. our Navy essentially polices the seas, enabling secure shipping routes).

But Libya is in civil war, its people want to overthrow the regime. I don’t think we have any place taking sides and intervening, no matter what we think of Qaddafi. Most Libyans don’t even want our help or foreign intervention. Yes, some of them want the UN to impose a no-fly zone but that’s multilateral action by the UN. Not unilateral action by the United States. This is exactly why we’re hated by many in the Middle East. We meddle. And no matter what is said publicly about freedom or whatever, no country makes major moves without its own self interests at heart.

That fact that the conversation is even framed as “should we or not?” is troubling. We don’t own the world. I read something interesting a long time ago that basically said all US foreign policy is based on the underlying opinion that we rule the world. Except that’s not true. We’re just continuing to overstretch ourselves at a time of great fiscal distress. We’ve been at war for the last 10 years!

Do people realize enforcing a no-fly zone involves destroying all of Libya’s anti-air defenses? This means actually ATTACKING them – bombing military installations in Libya. It’s not as neutral or non-violent as it’s made to sound.

Humanitarian relief? Okay. Military intervention? No way.

If There’s No Public Plan…

Then the supposed healthcare “reform” has already failed. Obama’s healthcare reform is about 2 things – cutting both short and long term costs and expanding coverage to those who don’t have health insurance.

Cutting costs should be a normal thing, it shouldn’t be called reform when you try to make things more efficient and operate on less money. Never mind the fact that Medicare and Medicaid (along with Social Security) costs are going to skyrocket over the next few decades to unsustainable levels, regardless of the current/projected budget deficit and national debt. So doing something about that is absolutely necessary, not reform.

The key component is significantly expanded coverage, or universal coverage. This is true healthcare reform. There’s so much disinformation out there and ignorant idiots across America are eating it up like cake. And this is creating a significant political problem for Obama, who’s already backing away from a public health insurance plan. If so, this supposed reform has already failed.

Joe Lieberman = Slimeball

Every time I see a picture or video of this guy, I instantly think “slimeball”. I think the Democratic caucus should kick him out. He campaigned for John McCain and attacked Obama. This guy couldn’t get the Democratic nomination for his senate seat so he went Independent. Yes, he’s traditionally voted with Democrats but this guy can’t be trusted or relied upon by the Democratic party. The Democrats should not get greedy and try to expand their Senate power. We don’t have the 60-seat filibuster-proof majority but we’ve gained 6 seats. The Democrats do not need Joe Lieberman. I bet Joe was pretty damn disappointed when McCain didn’t make him his running mate. When McCain’s numbers were sliding, the guy even started praising Obama. What a damn sycophant!