Cutting Through The Crap

Monday, August 8, 2011

Poor Standards


I guess no one should be surprised that, as all of the R candidates for president have agreed the S&P downgrade of the US credit rating must be Obama's fault (even if they're not sure why), it's evident that they either haven't read the report, or simply ignored it. On the other hand, maybe we should excuse them: No one in the media seems to have read it, either.

Have you seen, anywhere, in any media, or even heard reported or repeated on NPR, the following sentence? “We have changed our assumption on this because the majority of Republicans in Congress continue to resist any measure that would raise revenues, a position we believe Congress reinforced by passing the act.”

It’s right there on Page 4 of the official Standard & Poors “Research Update” – the actual report on what they did and why – published on August 5th as the explanation for why they believe Congress – and even the Gang of Twelve – will be unable to actually deal with the US debt crisis. [Preceding emphases mine, naturally.]


Now S&P isn't exactly riding a wave of credibility lately, and I'm not arguing about the rightness or lack thereof of their decision.
They said what they said, did what they did, correct or not. But as teabaggRs line up behind the report and squeak their scorn at Obama over it, you'd think their arguments would have at least a passing connection to the actual stated reasons for the downgrade. Those reasons aren't really subject to interpretation, and it doesn't seem too much to ask that pretenders to leadership of a formerly semi-credible party (not to mention our whole country) would deal with it.

In a world, that is, where their party had even the most minimal grasp of or concern for fact. That world, tragically, has long since disappeared from the Universe.

But it's even worse than all that. The tactics used by Congressional Republicans, with nary a one of them objecting, have made it clear to the world that the US is no longer governable. When a major political party has resorted, as its main political modus operandi, to the threat of drowning the baby in the bathwater in order to get its way, there's nothing left of good governance, and no reason to hope for its return anytime soon. [Need proof: teabaggers are actually happy about the damage they've done!]


4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I OBJECT!!!!!!!!
Mr. Mason is Irreverent, Incompent, and Immaterial.
Plus he's a big Homo.
Sorry, been watching too many "Perry Mason" re-runs, y'know, shows that were popular when you were my age...
and tell me, does Hamilton Burger EVER win???
but hey, when you have a 175cm (they got the metric system) Japanese model 3-D Plasma, ANYTHING looks good, even Test patterns.
Which I was trying to explain to my daughter the other day, along with why she can't play tennis with that 19 year old Nigerian boy...
and she didn't seem to believe me when I told her that once upon a time TV stations didn't broadcast 24-7...
and was just gettin to the "Just Say No" part when Ch^ar'mal (the "^"'s one of those clicking noises)showed up in his Mercedes AMG :(...
Trust in the depoprovera...
But I'll proceed Seriatum
(That means "In order") before I send you to Debellatio-Town...
and don't get excited Eww-Gene..it doesn't mean what you think it does..

1: So why didn't the Deballter in Chief just let the Bush Tax Cuts expire on December 31st 2010?
You'd have 7 months of the suckers paying 39.6% instead of 35, 35% instead of 31%, 28% instead of 25% and 15% instead of 10...

2: So why didnt the Democrat House, Senate, and President raise the Debt limit before the new Repubiclan House took orifice?
Thats a purjorical question...
BECAUSE THERE PUSSIES!!!!!!!!

Your Witness

Frank

Sid Schwab said...

It used to be said of Jonathan Winters that when his stuff got too far out there they'd put him in a straight jacket and send him back to the looney bin.

For gods' sake, Frankie: adjust your meds, check the hoses for leaks, make sure no one is putting something in your food...

Anonymous said...

"Jonathan Winters"???
Jeez, you ARE old..
last time I saw him was that stupid "Its a Mad-Mad-Mad-Mad-Mad World" movie my Dad made us watch back when there were only 3 channels...
Heck, even if there were 300 channels, we only had One Black & White TV
We were POOR!!!!!
So Poor, I couldn't even pay attention...

Frank

PS No meds, scavenger's workin fine, nuthin in the food..
hey, they thought Ted Kazinski was crazy too...

Cory said...

Franky was so poor when he was a child, that if he didn't wake up with an erection, he didn't have anything to play with all day long! This probably explains much about Franks demeanor, and his petty schtick... However, he does make a good point about the Dems being pussies. Of course Frank only brings that "up" because Megan has returned to Fox from maternity leave.