James Herman Buehner

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Lubec, Maine
Jimmy likes compost and maritime history. Building stuff improves his humor and and he has found that dirt on his knees encourages the lettuce and garlic growing in his garden. Peanut butter and garlic toast and strong French Roast revive his spirits most mornings.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Post Election and Virtual Reality.

Well, that's a very deep subject, soothing to a dry throat that doesn't anticipate very much happening in Washington beyond the continued rancor and political posturing answering to the voice of the "American People."

It is difficult to believe such a platitude when in fact the American People are those who are most organized and who have the most money to influence phony politicians that will help the rich stay rich.

Ron Herbert suggests in the NYT  "that the economic struggles of the middle and working classes in the U.S. since the late-1970s were not primarily the result of globalization and technological changes but rather a long series of policy changes in government that overwhelmingly favored the very rich."

This view is elaborated in a new book, “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer — and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class" by Jacob Hacker of Yale and Paul Pierson of the University of California, Berkeley. I really hate to be cynical, but the largest question before the electorate, and for Tea Party types, is how are we to distinguish between the evils of government and the evils of those who are actually pulling the strings to maintain their position and power?

I am cynical because I ask again the perennial question, "So what else is new?" Which leaves us: The Battleground. My predictions for the next two years are the rancor will reach new heights , as I've already mentioned, a turtle will pull along the economy - what most people don't realize, incidentally, is that while unemployment is in the sewer, stock markets aren't doing that badly with the Dow smelling good above 1l,000 - and Obama will be re-elected in 2012, which in part is based on one Tea Party guy enthusing, "I hope there is gridlock, then we won't have any new laws. "

Argh, gosh darn, the cynicism.  I'm gonna hafta' start chokin' up like John (Boehner) did before "The American People."  The best thing we can do now is appropriate from the airlines for national distribution all those air sickness bags.....

Well - and this goes deep - we have Wandah to care for and American Prosperity is always just around the corner. I salute Freedom, Liberty and, above all, Profitability and Kudos to dah Rich.

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