It’s my observation that the country as a whole has a serious case of what can best be termed American Attention Deficit Disorder – (AADD).  A really good example of how this works is actually occurring right now in the Congress.

The Rs captured the lower house in the 2010 mid-term elections.  During those elections, the rallying cry was “JOBS!”  Entering office, there was a continuance of this mantra.  So one might expect that we would have heard so much about jobs by now that we would actually be sick of hearing about them, never mind writing about them.  What has been done since these stalwarts have taken control?  The following is a list, admittedly incomplete, of the work that has been done towards this end to date.

Reading of the Constitution.  This took several days.  For many, it may have been their first exposure to the full document and some of the newer members were horribly conflicted by such items as The First Amendment.

The show votes

– H.R. 2:  –  Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act

Last Action:  Feb 1, 2011: House Energy and Commerce: Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

– H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.”

March 17, 2011 House Committee on Energy and Commerce Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than April 7, 2011.    Last Action:  Apr 7, 2011: Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 28.

How interesting, they’ll get a double distraction for these since they’re coming up for a second round sometime later this year.

Check out website: http://energycommerce.house.gov/default.aspx I’d be interested in hearing the opinions of this website from others here.

And now we’re having a huge debate about the budgets for 2011 and 2012, the continuing resolutions for financing the government and many of the R touchstone ideals they’re pursing in their continuing kulturkampf.

Just to be sure that the confusion continues, the House is now spending over 1/2 million dollars to hire the high-priced law firm of King and Spaulding to defend the silly DOMA that our President told our Attorney General not to defend.

What happened to jobs?

Fortunately,  there has been some modest improvement in this area.  U3 unemployment was 8.8% during March.  This is a decrease from the highs of 2009.  GDP has shown growth in every quarter since the second quarter of 2009.  Corporate profits have been at record levels for several quarters now.  Why aren’t these patriotic citizens re-investing in the US?  Why are $2 Trillion being held hostage by these citizens?  Whose money is this?

What will next week’s distraction be?  Further, are enough of the disaffected voters who sat out 2010 voting (about 58% nationwide) paying attention and, if they are, will they vote in 2012?

The Rs are engaged in a massive re-direction of attention.  This is an integral part of creating an illusion – ask a magician.  We were looking for jobs but now we are more interested in whether  or not gays should be allowed to suffer in matrimony as the rest of us sometimes do?

WTF??

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BillLoney
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BillLoney

The primary function of the mainstream media is the production of ADD in the American public.

ADONAI
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Bill – Well, yeah. But your devices have off switches.

BillLoney
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BillLoney

How do you get that message out to America? Via the mainstream media?

ADONAI
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Bill – Maybe you can’t. We want people to have the urgency that the country is going under.

Most Americans don’t see that. They were out at ballparks today enjoying life. And they should.

People have to come to this on their own. I know hat’s frustrating and that the media does not help AT ALL but it’s just how it is. You can’t force change on people. It never takes.

agrippa
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agrippa

Adonai, I agree.

people do have to come to it on their own.

KillgoreTrout
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Sky writing?

whatsthatsound
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I think you could almost make a reasonable argument that people need to become LESS political. Current politics has become part of the problem. Already people are talking about who is going to run for president a year and a half from now. That means it gets to be a leading story for the next eighteen months on “news” shows. People like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity get to make lucrative careers out of makng “political” points when in fact they are just entertainers. They are to politics what Charles Barkley is to sports. Their whole purpose is to make… Read more »

BillLoney
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BillLoney

There’s a very good argument that everything is political, but I think I know what you mean. The problem, as I see it, is that the opposition to any goals we want to achieve is intensely political, so I don’t see how you can avoid it, even some of the most senseless, time-wasting stuff. I have no affection for politics per se, but I do care about what’s happening to people. As a single individual, I can only do so much. The entity available to us that’s actually capable of affecting the equation is run by politics. Yeah, I know… Read more »

choicelady
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Nyah nyah – I do NOT disagree with you! Take THAT, my beloved comrade-in-arms! I totally agree that a good part of our difficulty lies in making UP problems over which to rend garments and gnash teeth. Nobody does it better than Glenn and Rush, damn their loud mouths and warped sense of America. On the other hand, I just had an hour long conversation, more or less, with a very progressive woman who has woven a HUGE conspiracy theory out of absolutely NOTHING. I talked her down, reminded her she was inches away from being one of those people… Read more »

KillgoreTrout
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wts, your comment wasn’t a “rant,” and made perfect sense. I said over a year ago that it is the corporations we should be directing protests against. Protesting our government hasn’t worked very well at all. Our government is quite good at playing deaf when it wants to. And you are also right about the media being akin to sports. Especially cable news. They have literally made a new sport out of politics. This is quite evident in all the internet flame wars and oneupmanship of the various cable news outlets. It can be maddening and it leads nowhere, really.… Read more »

ADONAI
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Democrats have to accept that you live in a right leaning country and it is on YOU to combat that. You know what is a big issue to most Americans? The downgrade of visual quality in Netflix streaming. You know what isn’t? Gay marriage, unemployment, women’s rights, and clean energy. And why should they? Neither Party is really all about those issues either. Democrats don’t want widespread changes in the system that raises them to unjust dominion anymore than Republicans do. Remember when Democrats had that super majority? Me neither. I remember when Republicans had a soft majority. They passed… Read more »

choicelady
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Adonai- Well. “YOU” Democrats? Presuming you’re not, the issue for all of us boils down to practicality. This is a democracy with two parties. Third party candidates never win, and progressives never win. If we were a progressive nation, that might change, but we’re a centrist nation with some progressive tendencies and more that are just whining. I want single payer, out of Afghanistan (and everywhere else), want employee ownership of many businesses, want all kinds of things – for which there are not enough votes. Not enough nationally, not enough in Congress. I don’t love my Congresswoman. She’s lousy… Read more »

ADONAI
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choicelady, It ALL matters to me. And that’s why I don’t vote for these assholes.

And I’m not looking at the quality level of the handouts. I donate to progressive issues and support progressive candidates. If that puts me on the “losing” side, I don’t care. At least I have my integrity.

**EDIT**

And I like Obama. He’s a good politician. I’ll be voting for him next year based solely on is handling of the economy in his first year and a half. he was brilliant. Could have been better but to get what he got was unbelievable.

choicelady
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Well then you’re doing OK – it is hard to read people refusing to vote though. Of course, I’m not in your shoes in your district, so maybe you DO have Dems that are beyond hope. But I do hope you will be really careful not to throw people in need to the wolves to keep your personal integrity. Sometimes just having someone who won’t be selling babies in the town square and shoving Granny under the bus is enough to make it worth voting for someone who otherwise is not good. Since Ryan got his way today – they… Read more »

ADONAI
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choice, I don’t face a situation where I have Republicans trying to kill people. This state has had Republican Senators for decades, a constantly shifting state government and national Representatives. You wanna know why I’m indifferent to Republicans and Democrats? I live in a state that has been run equally ineffectively by both for quite along time. Sure,we’ve made some money under the Democrats, but they scoot out of the picture awful quick when the bills come in. And yes Republicans have gotten our unemployment situation in the state somewhat under control, which was top 3 annually in the nation… Read more »

Khirad
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It’s helpful to remember AD is in Kentucky, CL, FWIW.

choicelady
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Well Mitch is pretty much worth voting for ANYONE ELSE! No politican with the face and morality of a bloated toad cannot be bested.

agrippa
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agrippa

choicelady:

hear hear

agrippa
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agrippa

Adonai, I am in a permanent minority; virtually, a sect of one: a social democrat of the european sort. People like me are never at the table in the USA. The USA has three parties: GOP, Democrat, and “I do not care”. There is no mandate to do anything and no working majority to do anything. What else do expect out of american politics when a near majority know nothing and care less? Very little good is going to be done until all other options have been exhausted, owing to that fact alone. Most countries, most of the time, are… Read more »

ADONAI
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agrippa, That’s why I am just patiently waiting for it all to blow up in our faces. Governments have always been run poorly. But this country, on occasion, has exceeded expectations. I know it’s there. I know the will to make significant change exists. Obama was a good start, but we bailed on him. I can’t really compartmentalize my support of President Obama. I severely disagree with his foreign policy. I’m angry hat he doesn’t forcefully go after equal rights for all citizens. The bailouts and health care compromise left a sour taste in my mouth. But goddamn the dude… Read more »

agrippa
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agrippa

Adonai, the Democratic party is weak. It lacks courage ( political and moral), discipline and organization. It is weak on the idea side as well. The party is in dire need of new people.

I have no problem with Obama; he was given a “bad brief” and has argued it well. But, his party is a cipher.

jkkFL
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Bravo agrippa!
That is exactly my gripe, and I applaud your concise analysis.

bito
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That’s why I am just patiently waiting for it all to blow up in our faces.

It has “blown up in our faces” before. Do you need another great depression before any transformation? Millions live in poverty today, do we need to double, triple the number? At what point?

ADONAI
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bito, Do I think we need another depression? No. But I’m afraid that millions of Americans do. Every great change that has been made in this country has been the product of incredible, needless suffering. So don’t ask me. I don’t know at what point Americans will break. History says it will be after the worst has happened. Millions live in poverty. Millions more don’t. Millions are unemployed. Millions more are not. “YOU WANT ANSWERS!”(this is where you say, “I WANT THE TRUTH!”) “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” Sorry, I just get so few opportunities to work that in. The… Read more »

agrippa
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agrippa

You may be correct. We, as a culture, may have ADD. I do know that few people know very much about government, politics or policy. Few have bothered to learn and few devote very much time and energy to these matters. And, see how few actually vote. And, see how few are actually politically active.

The so called “news media” does not report. It never did do an excellent job; but, now, it is much worse.

What this means is that we get a government that is foolish and corrupt.

bito
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We do blame “The Media” quite often, but I just saw this”

Latest cable news ratings: #Fox, #MSNBC & #CNN combined had 3.28 million total viewers. Barely 1% of U.S. population (week of Apr.11)

Sorry no link, but where do people get their “news.” Talk radio?

ADONAI
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bito, If American families are anything like mine, they get their “news” from the newspaper and the interwebs.

choicelady
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You still read newspapers? I thought I was the only one left! Huzzah! On my block only TWO households get papers. The online version gets censored especially when they screw up (long story, but I know that for a fact) and does not carry certain items. So yeah – newsprint still matters. Good for you!

ADONAI
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choice, I gotta have my newspapers. Especially the local paper. And I frequent their online sites quite often but I do want the unfiltered straight to print story.

I lament the fall of print newspapers.

choicelady
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Amen, Adonai! Even a lousy paper is better than NO paper. How will we line the birdcage without them? I go online to read the Youngstown OH Vindicator, which, oddly is one of the best AND worst papers EVER. I find the dual personality amazing. It also has damned hard crossword puzzles, which, given the population, is sort of amazing. I like the Omaha World Herald, partly because I once had relatives on editorial staff there, but it’s certifiably one of the WORST papers in America politically. Still look at though. You are right – gotta have my paper!