In the post below, we saw Bill Maher's ode to Jerry Brown's California, the liberal-run "socialist fagtopia" where a staggering deficit became a surplus. This magic trick was accomplished the only way it could have been accomplished -- through higher taxes and budget cuts.
There's no way to avoid higher taxes, if you are serious about getting rid of a deficit.
Here is what I wrote previously:
There are still plenty of scarlet red counties in "blue" CA. Those places traditionally send lots of far-right obstructionist legislators to Sacramento, and they were the ones who prevented any and all solutions. How did California solve that problem?
A friend to this blog sent me a private message explaining how my home state did it:
How did Cali do it? Get over the problem of ruby red districts? Well, they did it by electing an experienced former Democratic governor who knew shit from shinola, and they especially did it by electing a 2/3 majority of Dems in both the House AND the Senate, thereby making the Repugs totally irrelevant---as in who gives a shit what they think?
SO, they can raise taxes at will---which they did, in spite of the retarded supermajority tax laws there, and they can pretty much do any damn thing they feel like doing--which is glorious.
And the result? That humungous deficit has been wiped out, and a state that (thanks to dumbass Ahnuld) looked like a complete basket case just three years ago, is now roaring on all 12 cylinders (so to speak). Now all we need is for the same thing to happen in Washington.
And that got me to thinking. Could
the same thing happen in Washington?
So many of my readers have become so thoroughly disenchanted with Obama -- and with some of his cronies in Congress -- that they would never concede the possibility of improvement. I can imagine how those readers will respond to this post. (Frankly, that otiose cynicism getting predictable.)
But the example of California offers a strong argument: Change is
Democrats, if given the freedom to act, are indeed capable of behaving responsibly.
True, Dems are not immune from corruption. (Hardly!
) True, Dems will not institute Utopia. True, they need to be watched like hawks at all times. True, they will
disappoint us -- often.
But I really do think that the Democrats do not want the economy to stay mired in mud. And I think that they understand the simple fact that a debt-ridden nation must raise revenue. They understand that the working class cannot pay taxes without well-paying jobs. They understand that only regulation can keep us from becoming a nation in which all wages devolve into unlivability. A slave economy is the final stage of unregulated capitalism.
Republicans do not understand these basic facts. Republicans remain entranced by the Laffer curve and similar hallucinations.
The most hallucinatory denizens of the right -- the Tea Partiers and the Randroids -- have gained some power, and they refuse to relinquish it. Consider these words
“I fully understand where the Tea Party and like-minded people are coming from, that Obamacare is a tragically flawed law and it’s not good for the country, but I would also have to add that shutting down the government is not a good for the country,” said Fred Malek, a Republican fundraiser.
What's frightening here is that name: Fred Malek. This is the guy who, when he worked for Nixon, warned that the Bureau of Labor Statistics had come under the malign influence of a "Jewish cabal." This is a man whom many have long considered representative of the GOP's right flank. Perhaps even its far
If Fred freakin' Malek
is warning America that extremists have taken over his party...well. What can I add?
And thus I remain -- grudgingly, and under protest -- a man with a party.
But I'm still pissed off at Barack Obama.