Friday, September 26, 2008

APOCALIPSTICK NOW

My goodness! Did you happen to catch that speech? So help me, it reminded me of a hostage tape! There was a certain surreal glaze in the First Fool's eyes that was disconcerting to say the very least. Is it possible that the hideous little bastard back on the stuff? As an ex-drug user I can tell you that it is a question that must be confronted head on. Even though I've been clean for slightly over thirty years, I can still spot another junkie a mile away. It takes a thief to catch a thief, you dig?
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And yet, despite his strange, almost dream-like performance, the trademark Bushian arrogance was still there. The most casual observer could not have possibly missed it:
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"It's mah way er the hah-way".
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Put yourself in the position of one of our beleaguered lawmakers. There sat Henry Paulson, representing the most incompetent, corrupt administration in the history of this troubled country - an administration that lied the American people into an unnecessary war that has thus far led to the deaths of at least a million people; an administration that has subverted the Constitution; an administration which squandered an astronomical monetary surplus on a tax cut for a class of people who already had more money than they knew what to do with; an administration that tried to do away with habeas corpus; an administration that has engaged in political persecutions - and this asshole wants the congress to entrust him with three-quarters of a trillion dollars?
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Gosh, we live in interesting times! We really do!
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The irony is the fact that there are more than a few Democrats at whose doorstep the blame for the current economic meltdown may be properly laid - and I would include Bill Clinton in that mix. Although he did not create this deplorable situation, as president he could have put an end to the orgy of deregulation on Wall Street and yet merely enabled it. That is why Bubbah was such a deep disappointment as president. He had the intellectual ability to be one of the greatest presidents in American history but only squandered his eight years in office appeasing the right wing. He's just one of the many reasons I left that silly party years ago.
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But Democratic culpability aside, when you go to the polls on Election Day to cast your precious ballot, don't you dare forget this one, undeniable, and avoidable fact:
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It was the Republicans that did this to you. .
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You would think that if the American taxpayers are expected to bail out the plutocracy from this generation's financial Titanic, those same taxpayers should expect a little piece of any potential profit that would result, wouldn't you? Wouldn't you?? Yeah, I would too. Think again.
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Someone has accurately described it as privatized profit and socialized loss. How much more proof do the clueless American people need? The mask has been yanked away from the phantom of this stupid operetta and the real, ugly face of the so-called "Reagan Revolution" is revealed for all to behold. THEY are allowed to run roughshod through our social and economic infrastructure. WE are expected to clean up THEIR mess. THEY walk away from the economic carnage relatively unscathed, THEIR tax cuts, quarterly dividend checks and multi-million dollar severance packages still firmly in place, while WE are left to bear the burden of THEIR greed and recklessness. Fuck THEM!
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"You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, we all want to change the world."
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Question: Are you one/tenth as pissed off as I? If you are, you're pretty damned angry, pardner. You're at the end of your patience and your wits. You've had it up to here with the stupid and incompetent bastards and bitches who have spent the last thirty fucking years destroying a country that used to be a nice place in which to live. You feel like Peter Finch in the movie Network, when he stood out in front of his shell-shocked country and proclaimed, loudly as he could:
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"I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore!"
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Or maybe your style is a bit more cerebral. Maybe you feel a bit more like Thomas Jefferson in 1776, when he put quill to parchment and wrote:.
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We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men [and women] are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. That among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men [and Women!], deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right [and the duty!] of the People to alter or abolish it...."
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Honestly, to whom do you think it would do us good to listen to: Thomas Jefferson - or George W. Bush? Just a little something to think about. There are an awful lot of angry Americans out there and we mean business, Buster. If we can't alter this government - make no mistake about it - we will abolish it. Democracy needs to be saved - but it won't be the elected officials of either party who will be doing the saving. It'll be WEEDA PEEPLE, BABY! Okay, I'll admit that this is wishful thinking on my part - most of the snoring bumpkins who comprise WalMart Nation have nary a clue as to what is happening to them. But then again, you can't blame a guy for dreaming, can you?
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We can also save capitalism by doing what FDR did: "tempering it's excesses". Oh! And speaking of excesses....
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From "The Rant", June 8, 2008:
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"So desperate is the Bush Mob to forestall the inevitable, catastrophic economic collapse that is months - if not weeks away - they have resorted to sending checks in the amount of several hundred dollars to every taxpayer in the United States. Their intention is to keep the economy barely sustained just long enough to be able to get out of town while the getting is good and blame the coming, unavoidable meltdown on the next administration - an administration they have some reason to believe will be a Democratic one. What they are in the process of doing may very well serve as a temporary fix, but it will eventually only further deplete our already decimated national treasure. Seriously, has it dawned on you yet how utterly contemptible these people are? I was just wondering."
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Aw, nuts! Their little scheme backfired. If the damned economy only could have held up a few months longer. Talk about bad timing! The truth is, early in the summer when Henry Paulson told reporters that the economy was doing well, he was lying. The economy was about to go over a cliff and the son-of-a-bitch knew it. Listen, Folks, I dropped out of High School at the beginning of the eleventh grade. I did a total year-and-a-half in an upstate New York community college. If it was obvious to me in June that the economy was "weeks if not months away" from tanking, of this you may be absolutely certain: it was obvious to the homicidal little thug in the Oval Office and the sycophants that surround him. Don't say I didn't warn you. By the way, Uncle Sam, I'm still waiting for my check.
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In the meantime, the sheer desperation of Camp McCain has been a wonderful, laugh-riot to behold. The latest addition to the giggle fest was their pathetic attempt to prove that Gidget - I mean, Sarah Palin - has geo-political credentials. How were they able to do this, you may well ask? They sent the poor gal to the U.N. to be photographed with foreign leaders. I was once shown on CNN, shaking hands with the Irish politician Gerry Adams. It's a curious thing. After that event was televised, no one assumed that I was an expert on the diplomatic relationship between Ireland and the United States. It just shows what John McCain thinks about the intelligence of the American people. Come to think about it, I think the old bugger might be onto something.
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As if that weren't weird enough, McCain has obviously come to the realization that he has no factual ground to stand on in a debate with Barack Obama. The other day when the Illinois senator attempted to get in touch with the McCain campaign to issue a joint statement in order not to politicize the crisis in Washington, John McCain then went on to politicize the crisis in Washington. He stood out in front of the press and said he was cancelling the debate scheduled for this evening and was heading back to DC to save America.
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How touching. Where's my handkerchief?
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The truth is, a proposed debate is a mere formality at this stage. Senator Obama doesn't even have to show up. Were McCain to debate an empty chair, the chair would win. These people are ideologically bankrupt. They can not win an election by talking about their ideas because their ideas are atrocious. Their only option is to divide, distort and distract - "Lipstick on a pig" - the old Lee Attwater/Karl Rove playbook. To paraphrase President Roosevelt, the only thing they have to offer is fear itself.
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We must confront the ominous truth that what happened on Wall Street on September 15, 2008 was only the dawn of what I fear will prove to be years of hardship for the people of the United States and the world. You can take that to the bank....
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....On second thought, stuff it under the mattress.
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Tom Degan
Goshen, NY
tomdegan@frontiernet.net
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SUGGESTED READING:
The Declaration of Independence
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There are one-hundred and fifteen days until the disgusting, corrupt incompetent, half-witted, murderous, foolish and inarticulate little piece of shit we spent eight long years laughingly referring to as the "commander-in-chief" is GONE FOREVER! Oh, man! January 20, 2009 just can't come soon enough for me.

25 Comments:

At 11:39 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Tom, yesterday I sent the following letter to the editor of The Washington Post. Afterwards, I also sent letters to my Congressional representative, along with my two senators, through www.VoteNoBailout.org, expressing my displeasure with the current "rush to judgment".

Dear Editor:

Are we witnessing just the latest installment of the Bush Administration's, "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" - the Aesop fable about a bored shepherd boy who entertained himself by calling out "wolf" once too many times?

News events of the last week, concerning the precarious position of the financial markets, has led to, yet, another rush to enact legislation, and sign into law, an extraordinary commitment to spend close to one-trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) of taxpayer money to save a supposedly failing financial system. Maybe not coincidental, this same fast-track technique was used in the run-up to the war in Iraq, and the subsequent passing of the Constitution-shredding Patriot Act.

It has been reported on television, on radio, in newsprint, and through other electronic means "why" there is a crisis, "how" the crisis came about, and "what" needs to be done to avert further, and more damaging, events from taking place. It is plain to see that the situation is one that was clearly avoidable, only became a problem because of immense greed and unconcern for generally accepted financial and accounting principles, and the only option offered, to date, is one which awards the protagonists and penalizes the victims.

Before jumping, headfirst, into an abyss the likes of mankind has never experienced, why not take the time to debate and look at more alternatives? For example, an article in this past Monday's The New York Times ("Stopping a Financial Crisis, the Swedish Way"), Carter Dougherty laments: "Sweden did not just bail out its financial institutions by having the government take over the bad debts. It extracted pounds of flesh from bank shareholders before writing checks. Banks had to write down losses and issue warrants to the government. That strategy held banks responsible and turned the government into an owner. When distressed assets were sold, the profits flowed to taxpayers, and the government was able to recoup more money later by selling its shares in the companies as well."

Mr. Dougherty's article articulates the point that there are other options; there are other venues. But, as too often the case with this "boy-who-cried-wolf" presidency, they inexplicably bet on creating hysteria in the population in order to practice their own brand of disaster capitalism at the expense of, and ultimate ruination of, We the People of the United States.

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Well I'm pissed off enough to register to post comments in Tom's excellent blog. Socialism for the rich at the taxpayers' expense while the poor and middleclass can't even get health insurance, can't get paid a minimum wage that brings a full time worker to the poverty level in income just doesn't cut it with this poster child for the counter-culture !! Wall Street should EAT SHIT !! Let the shit hit the fan and stick to whatever walls it finds. This corrupt capitalist farce of a system is NOT worth saving. These establishment assholes need about 500 mikes of LSD to get their brains to BEGIN to work !!!

 
At 11:56 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

J.G.
Excellent letter and thank you so much for providining that link.

ellis d., esq:
Thanks for the kind words, pal! Poster child hor the counter culture, huh? That's good enough for me. Wall Street should indeed eat shit!

Cheers!

Tom Degan

 
At 12:47 PM, Anonymous sharon said...

If the Fed takes over and sells off yet another bank today, all bets could be off. If we wait long enough, they'll all be sold off.

I never thought I’d find myself on the side of House Republicans but d@mmit, let the market do its thing and if every investment firm on Wall Street collapses, we can start with a clean slate. When you ain’t got nothin’, you got nothin’ to lose. Or something like that. I don’t have much, but I’m willing to risk it all if the greedy and corrupt get spanked good and hard, too. I've written to my Congress people (one of whom is Dodd) to tell them JUST SAY NO! The only thing that would get me to change my mind at this point is if there is also relief for the home buyers, and if we get something in return for our money, whether it's shares or an insurance policy. No more give-a-ways. Let the wealthy free-marketers put their own money where their mouth is.

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous sharon said...

p.s. I've only seen stills, not the video, but "hostage tape" is exactly what came to my mind, too. Just see the look in his eyes. The Bush-Paulson Welfare for Wall Street Plan is nothing more than a blackmail letter.

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous Dr.Rick Lippin said...

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Our nation is in ruin!

Dr. Rick Lippin
Southampton,Pa
ralippin@aol,com

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

You know what just dawned on me ?? We could raise the whole 700 billion just by legalizing and regulating that evil plant cannabis !! Imagine that.....Wall Street rescued by Haight Street !!!

 
At 2:53 PM, Blogger HAPPY IN NEVADA said...

I liked the post and the comments!

I was thinking a similar thought to the person who mentioned selling 'pot'.

How about getting out all that confiscated cocaine and other contraband and have a garage sale; I bet the government could buy up all the banks around this country (and a few abroad) if they'd just offer this stuff for sale (it's worth more than gold).

And I would say it's also a-crop-a-lips-now that are moving as rapidly as they can, to try to sell this to the American tax-payer, and I suggest we all declare ourselves 'churches' - band together; get little groups together to form a local church; take all our 'income' in in through that church (or donate 100% of our income to the church). Then from the 'church', we give back to those in need which is 'us', and get tax exemption as a church. If Pat Robertson and Oral Roberts could do it, so can we. If the Crystal Cathedral can get away with it, so can we.

The other way to get them would be to just do NOTHING - buy nothing; use only what we need in the form of food and minimal services; refused to pay our bills (or only paid a portion of them), and became the UNRELIABLE MASS that is 'out of control'.

They've used a small percentage of delinquent cases, to create this CRISIS THAT DOES NOT EXIST. Well if they want a crisis, I say let's give them a REAL ONE to deal with!

Sad thing is Bush will be out of office and the next poor slob who is president, will have to deal with the shit.

I can't think of a more despicable president than GWB; I thought his dad was bad - I knew LBJ was shit, and Nixon was a pile of crap, but GWB has set the bar for corruption!

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Happy in Nevada:

You bring up some interesting points that I have braught up on this site before. Back on May 13, 2007, in a piece called, "Saint Richard?" I wrote:

Somewhere in the void, Richard M. Nixon, you may be sure, is laughing....when history finally renders its ultimate judgement, [Watergate] will seem but a paper cut when placed in juxtaposition with George W. Bush's moral and ethical bloodbath. Compared to the Bush Mob, the Nixon Gang are starting to look like a bunch of Trappist Monks."

I might only add that compared to Warren G. Harding's Ohio Gang, the Bush Mob are starting to look like the freaking Founding Fathers.

Life is funny, isn't it?

Cheers!

Tom Degan

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger Evelyn said...

Another enlightening blog and as usual it made me smile. Keep writing Tom...

 
At 10:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the House Refuckagains want to repeal capital gains, my advice for the Dems is to walk away.
Let the Refugs OWN the disaster they created.
Most of us regular folks will get along just fine.
The collapse of the "house of cards" has happened.
Let's learn from this and rebuild a better government that serves the interests of "the people" and derives its powers from the "consent of the governed.


Great "rant" Tom.
W

 
At 12:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure Tom that bush will be gone forever after 01-20-2009.
There are very bad news coming.
I suggest you take a look at this link: http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1141.htm

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

Out of pure curiosity, I went to the link provided by "anonymous" and scrolled down to the leading article dated September 16th. I wanted to see, firsthand, what possible circumstances would potentially allow "the disgusting, corrupt incompetent, half-witted, murderous, foolish and inarticulate little piece of shit" to not be out of our lives by January 20th. The first paragraph of the article reads:

The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) is reporting in the Kremlin today that the Bank of England has received from the United States Federal Reserve Bank a ‘notice’ that President Bush is preparing to declare an ‘Economic Emergency’ during the week of October 5th and will further announce that the American Presidential election due to be held on November 4th will be ‘indefinitely suspended’.

Now, I don't know who the author, Sorcha Faal, is, nor do I know this person's credentials, but one thing's for certain: there were several laws passed in the last couple of years that would allow martial law to be authorized. Coupled with all those FEMA prisons they've built around the country, it seems anything could be possible.

Will this be the ultimate "October Surprise"?

 
At 8:14 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Jeff Guard,

I went to that site. A frightening scenario any way you slice it or dice it. I can't believe that Bush would attempt something as hideously foolish as that....

What am I saying?

Tom

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger Evelyn said...

Tom, it wouldn't be the first time in history that something like THIS is done. I just wonder if Americans will allow it?

 
At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Green River Rider said...

Who is Sorcha Faal?

This is what I found.

 
At 10:38 AM, Anonymous Green River Rider said...

Jefferson's Guardian...

Thanks for the reference a short while ago to Hartmann's book, Unequal Protection.

I would also recommend as essential reading, A Century of War by William Enghdahl.

 
At 10:39 AM, Anonymous GRR said...

That's William ENGDAHL.

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

GRR,

You're welcome.

I'll check into the work you mentioned by William Engdahl.

Peace...

 
At 12:12 PM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Dear Evelyn,
You would think that the American people would be up in arms over something this outrageous, but look at them! Passsive as lambs - lambs to the slaughter, that is.

Looking forward to dining with you!

Tom

 
At 4:06 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Well what do you know.....the first version of the bailout bill fails to pass in the House. Was this by design ?? In furtherance of the " Faal " plan ?? It can't be the legislature looking out for our interests. THAT has NEVER happened before !!!

 
At 5:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Tom,

Here's a little frosting on the cake for you. Last week I read a tiny article on page 20 of my local newspaper that mentioned that the moratorium on near shore drilling ends on Sep 30th.

Congress was supposed to debate if the moratorium should be updated or if it should allowed to expire. Since they had to address the collapse of capitalism instead, they didn't get to discuss drilling. Coincidence?

The Bush Regime gets a trillion dollars for their banking friends (lobbyists)AND the oil companies get what they want. It's a Win/Win scenario for everyone but us, the people.

If the Wall St. collapse is their October surprise, then I feel somewhat relieved. I fully expected them to invade Iran, suspend the election and remain in power. If it takes a trilion dollars to get them out of office, then I guess we better pay the ransom.

A great rant, as always.

Thanks!

Jo Reside

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

You never know, Ellis. The bailout snuff by the House does make the "Faal Plan" look even more plausible, doesn't it?

It'll be an interesting next couple of weeks...no doubt.

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger Ellis D., Esq. said...

Holy conspiracy theory Batman !!! After all it was the Republicans who defeated the bill. What would Ward Cleaver think ??? Beaver, let this be a lesson to you....don't always expect someone else to come bail you out when you make a mistake !! Gosh Dad, you're right I have to be responsible for my own actions. Good night Dad.

 
At 1:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if someone is interested in a good analysis about the latest events, have a look at this link http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_3803.shtml

 

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