Apparently history started on January 20th of this year. Such is collective memory of most of the GOP. The tea party concept is such a reach for a form of protest, considering a lot of it hasn’t happened yet and some of what they are protesting was done by their president.
I like the complaint that President Obama is writting a check that their grandchildren will be paying off with economic stimulus package. I would tell these naysayers that it’s because their children are paying off the Iraq War. No deficit is ever a good thing, but we went from considerable surplus to triple billion dollar debt for the Iraq War. The same administration launched the bank bailout, without much in place for a tracking program to follow the money. That last fact was even admitted to by a few Bush acolytes.
It seems like short-term memory has set in, and otherwise knowledgeable folk are glomming on to soundbites to fuel their outrage. People are screaming socialism because talking heads spewed that phrase, conveniently leaving out the definition. Others heard redistribute the wealth and think that means they are losing out. Louis CK is right, things are indeed amazing, but people seem to prefer uninformed misery.
There wasn’t any outrage on the conservative side with the bungling of Katrina, the contrived excuses for war, even the craptastic bailouts of Henry Paulson, but actually investing in our own country, instead of some other Haliburton territory has them up in arms.
I remember when agendas worked together to a greater refined policy. Now, with the networks even taking stances, every argument is doomed to alienate somebody before it is ever uttered. I miss the days of my Dad explaining the reason my folks watched John Chancellor was that John reported the news without getting too worked up, they got the news and if needbe a nap as well.