A quick scan of the headlines this week reveals that our elected officials are clueless.
Point one. Yes, unemployment is a problem, but extending unemployment benefits doesn’t solve the problem. It punts the problem to the next time those benefits expire because if you haven’t found a job by now, there either isn’t a job available or your skills and work experience are irrelevant. Meanwhile there’s a whole lot of stuff that the government should be doing in the job creation area that they are ignoring because of point two–Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
Why has this suddenly become a national fixation? Now? In this economy? See point one. Of course the fact that old white men are freaked out over homosexuality is understandable. They’re freaked out by everything, so what else is new? But old white men have proven to be, over time, out of touch with most things on the planet. Think “The Earth is flat“– and go through the long winding road of history.
So, who starts wars? Old white men. Who fights in wars? Young men. So my only conclusion in this is that old white men want to kill young men by sending them to wars where they’ve alread banned women in combat so they are left with being afraid that those young men may encounter gay sex in combat or something, which must mean that the old white men are just jealous of young men because they might be getting some. It would explain the preoccupation of the old white men security freaks insisting that full naked body scans are an imperative too.
And that whole Viagra is covered by health insurance but birth control isn’t? Frankly with that whole Larry Craig thing in the airport bathrooms tapping his foot maybe the halls of Congress are a little scary to old white men. On the one hand you have all this foot tapping and then there’s all that climate change stuff that really scares them. Imagine, to be told that the air conditioner that you run while you are out playing golf, might, just might, be contributing to those dried out greens which make those little golf balls go faster. Do they think that the greens fees might be going up because the water demands are higher when its hotter? I don’t think so. They are in denial, and I don’t mean the river in Egypt, although that would be a good place for them to hang out.
Then there’s point three. Extending tax cuts. Because extending tax cuts worked out really well in stimulating the economy, right? The economy basically looked okay for years because Wall Street had figured out how they could play monopoly with America’s real estate and sold off all the little red buildings and green houses in one massive ponzi scheme, and all that we got out of it was granite counter tops and big screen plasma tvs and more debt that we the people had to bail the big banks out of. See how that worked out for us? You really want to now give a tax cut to the very same people who caused this whole mess? I don’t think so. Then again, I’m not an old white man. But I guess you’ve figured that out by now.