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AdLib On August - 15 - 2011

Would you rather be pushed off into the sea on an ice floe or hit by a train?

This is not so much a literal choice of ways to die as it is a figurative choice for voters in electing either Mitt Romney or Rick Perry.

The GOP race seems surprisingly clear at this point, with all but the above two circling or about to circle the drain and dropping into the sewers of GOP almost-rans. At least Tom Tancredo will finally have someone to talk to down there.

Michele Bachmann came in first and Ron Paul came in a strong second in the Ames Straw Poll so why aren’t they included in the choices above? After all, what better way is there to take a poll that reflects the sensibilities of mainstream America than to bribe religious and political extremists into attending petting zoos and Randy Travis concerts in a tent? I can’t think of one. Hundreds maybe but not one.

The Ames Straw Poll is as much a poll or honest indicator of electability as a child putting on a paper crown at Burger King makes him actual royalty. It is a parody of democracy where voting costs $35 (usually paid by candidates for their voters) and you can vote while eating fried butter on a stick. Nothing screams American Democracy louder than having to pay to vote and eating a Fatsicle.

Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul finished as the favorite sideshow performers in the Famous Ames Circus (The Weirded Lady and The World’s Tallest Midget?) but in truth, neither has broad enough support nor deep enough pockets to win the GOP nom. The race will come down to Rick Perry (The Fat Headed Man) and Mitt Romney (The Human Pretzel).

Neither Perry or Romney, let alone the GOP have any recipe for repairing the economy. Romney’s plan is to act as the hedge fund CEO he was, acquire America, Inc., raid it for its equity and resources, cut finances, lay off workers then turn around and sell the new streamlined America, Inc. to another buyer (China? The Koch Bros? Exxon?).

As a person, Romney reflects all the attributes and opinions of many winning candidates, all at the same time, including those who are simultaneously on opposite sides of the same issues. Though it’s been said of others, to point at their changing their stands on issues, Romney could literally debate himself on such issues as health care and states rights. Fox News should stage a one man debate, “The Many Faces of Mitt Romney” and give his campaign a big push…off a tall cliff.

Rick Perry on the other hand is someone you could have a beer with…before beating up homeless people and stealing their welfare checks. He has the same Bush-type swagger of a bully that Americans like. For many Republicans, Presidents just don’t sneer enough, especially Obama. If there’s one thing that being an American President justifies, it’s sneering. At the other party, at foreign countries  and especially at The American People (an occasional snide chuckle such as “Heh-heh-heh!” is also suggested). That’s why this economy is in trouble, it’s a sneering deficit that electing a President Perry would quickly solve.

Aside from sneering, Rick Perry’s main message  is to make America “Number One” just like Texas is. Okay, 40% of the jobs his “Texas Miracle” has  brought about are minimum wage without any health insurance  but that sure beats being paid unemployment insurance (in some cases) which is as high a bar as any Texas Governor in the last decade has ever set…since Rick Perry has been that Governor.

So how is Texas, Number One?

Texas – We’re Number One (or Number Two, Three or Four) in:
  • Percent of Children Living in Poverty
  • Lowest Median Net Worth of Households
  • Percent of Population 25 and Older without High School Diplomas
  • Percent of Uninsured Children
  • Percent of Population Uninsured
  • Percent of Non-Elderly Uninsured
  • Percent of Low Income Population Not Covered by Medicaid
  • Percent of Population without Employer-Based Health Insurance
  • Percent of Pregnant Women Not Receiving Prenatal Care in First Trimester
  • Least Per Capita State Spending on Mental Health
  • Lowest Average Monthly Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Benefits per Person
  • Least Workers’ Compensation Coverage
  • Lowest Per Capita State Spending on Medicaid
  • Lowest Retirement Plan Participation
  • Highest Birth Rates
  • Lowest Women’s Voter Turnout
  • Lowest State Aid Per Pupil in Average Daily Attendance
  • Highest Mortgage Debt as Percent of Home Value
  • Lowest Average Credit Score
  • Amount of Carbon Dioxide Emissions
  • Amount of Volatile Organic Compounds Released into Air
  • Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Water
  • Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Air
  • Amount of Hazardous Waste Generated
  • Number of Executions

So, what’s it gonna be America? Pick your poison. Do you want your nice handsome grandson from Massachusetts to slowly turn off your feeding tube or your precocious grandson from Texas to just pull the plug? Either way, it’s better than letting that black doctor have another chance at saving your life again. I mean, you have a heart attack, he pulls you through but you still have a heart condition. What a lousy doctor! You’re better off taking your chances  with Dr. Romney or Dr. Perry, they promise that cutting off your feeding tube or pulling the plug will make you all better, it’s worth a try and if it doesn’t work out, what’s the harm?

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. funksands says:

    After seeing these pictures, I guess Romney:[img][/img]

  2. AdLib says:

    As I wrote in my jobs article, even if Repubs won all branches of government, I don’t think corps would be hiring Americans.

    The New Normal for Corporate America is about minimizing American employment and maximizing overseas hiring. This began under Bush and a bustling economy.

    I’ve actually said this before, this dynamic is unsustainable. Consumers represent 70% of the US economy. Policies that impoverish more and more Americans eventually leads to an insufficient consumer base to support our corporate economy.

    It all falls down.

    • choicelady says:

      It’s precisely the problem of ’29 -- over production but underconsumption. If Henry Ford could figure out that the better you pay the more people consume, then what the HELL has happened to corporate America? Well -- it’s focused on FINANCE capital where wages are not observably relevant. The fact that they ARE ultimately what keeps the health in the system is simply left out of fiancial calculations.

      Worst thing we ever did was create the “one size fits all” MBA programs. Management requires finesse, knowledge of the system with which you’re working, how things are made or services provided. Managers’ skills are NOT fungible -- we only pretend they are. And with that dumb assessment in the 70s, we set our nation and the world economy on fire -- and not in a GOOD way. We have a global management sector that has not got a clue about economic, production and consumption, and therefore tend to support conservative anti-tax, low wage candidates and policies -- all of which are KILLING them off.

      So if we are stuck with either of these two droids, it will be more W all over again. Which do we want -- a president who understands or hair. With either of these two all you get is hair.

      I’m thinking that’s not enough.

      • KQuark says:

        One big difference is there is cash out there unlike the GD the Fed did the right thing this time. Institutions have money to lend. Sure they needed to build up capital but they need to lend and look forward years instead of the next quarter. The green technology market can be huge but like you said MBA programs no longer connect to long term investments to actually make things people need.

        One big problem is the housing crisis it never went away. I like the rent to own idea with FF homes.

      • AdLib says:

        Great points about how this all flows from the education and philosophy these people acquire in college. In the great documentary that won an Oscar last year, “Inside Job”, they explain how the economics schools at universities have basically been bought up by corporate money and teach one way of viewing economics, the corporate supply side way. It’s kind of scary.

        You may remember the story this year about the Kochs doing this earlier in the year at a FL university.

        As to what would happen to our economy and society if either of these hairballs were to win, it would make Bush look like a genius. The economy is in a far more fragile state and could be pushed off a cliff, sending us into a real and long term Depression.

        But that’s not going to happen. Both are too fatally flawed and ultimately, the seniors who will move over to the Dems with Repubs threatening Medicare and SS will make all the difference.

        People still like Obama and when put up against the abrasive and destructive Perry or the plastic and inauthentic Romney, he’ll look better and better.

    • KQuark says:

      You certainly have a good point. I think it’s matter of degrees as well. I don’t think we’ll ever get back to a Clinton recovery or even Reagan recovery which were all based on over optimism over the fundamental direction of the economy.

      That being said I think their are still hard core conservatives like the CEOs of big corporations that are hording capital they didn’t before.

      I think there is another dynamic at play that I did not expect either. These Tea Baggers in the House especially are soooooo crazy that they even scare moderate Republicans.

      • AdLib says:

        All the cash those corps are hoarding will eventually be used not for jobs but to buy up other companies, firing people whose jobs are made “redundant” and keeping unemployment up to keep pressure on salaries down.

        Just like the Republicans, corporations don’t want Obama or Americans to succeed. Fuck ’em, we’ll tax their asses then and the government will use that money to support job growth and better wages through public works and supporting small business growth.

  3. I think Nietzsche was correct in his theory about a “will to power.” Schopenhauer, who Nietzsche admired for a time believed that the biggest motivation for humans was the “will to live.” Nietzsche took it a step farther by saying that there are those in human society that want more. They want power over others. They want to be the wolves who dominate the sheep. I think Freddy was onto something there!

  4. I think Perry is the greater of two distinct evils. I think so because of his “prayer warriors” and “new apostles.” These people are truly insane and I’m afraid of what they might try to do with the Constitution of the US. They want legislation based on insane perversions of the Bible. I think these people are as dangerous as the Medieval theocrats.

    • choicelady says:

      I’d have to agree, KT. Mitt has a modicum of sense. Perry thinks he got anointed by God on August 6. The latter is SO delusional and dangerous, I cannot even contemplate the future with him in charge.

    • Emerald1943 says:

      KT,

      If you have not read Michelle Goldberg’s article on Dominionism in today’s Daily Beast, I would heartily recommend it to you. I am planning to download her book “Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism” also.

      I know this sounds completely hyperbolic, but these people are very, very dangerous. Now, they have their candidate to take them to the White House. If you look at our recent politics in light of their agenda, you can see their plans. From the attack on NPR and the arts to attacks on gay rights, and attacks on women’s rights, as well as their hatred and complete disrespect of the President, their plans are plain and simple. This is not just a group of looney-tune evangelicals who are praying for the Rapture to come.

      I don’t know if the Kock (yes, I misspelled it) brothers are members of one of these fruitcake groups, but I would not be surprised. Earlier today, I posted the information about their involvement in re-segregation of the Wake Country (NC) schools. It does seem as this could fit nicely into the racism aspect of their beliefs. This is all very troubling and a subject that must be put in front of every voter in this country.

      As someone said recently, this is NOT your grandfather’s republican party!

      As I was getting ready to push the “submit” button, Rachel announced that Ed Schultz was going to do a segment on the Kock brothers and the re-segregation of the schools…stay tuned!

      • choicelady says:

        Sept. 4 look for a comprehensive, readable book on Dominionism and US politics: God, Guns, and Greed by Leah Burton. (I have a chapter in it.) It shows the extent to which these people have already insinuated themselves into politics and where they want to go.

        We all need to bone up on Dominionism. It’s a grave danger.

        • Emerald1943 says:

          CL, will certainly do! I am so proud of you! That’s great news! I’m glad you share my view of these people. I think they pose THE greatest danger to the country! If they were to take the White House or even control of the House of Representatives, I cannot imagine what would happen!

        • AdLib says:

          Looking forward to it CL and we’d be happy to help get the word out.

          Do you think Leah might be interested in being a guest for a live chat about her book on one of our Vox Populi’s?

      • bito says:

        Emerald, it is a good article, no doubt, but the series that Sue in Ca was outstanding and C’lady has written many comments on this.
        Here is one of Sue’s posts and you should be able to find her whole series from the ‘related posts’ at the bottom of the posts. Sue did an excellent job and enlightened me!
        This is Rick Perry!
        http://planetpov.com/2010/03/22/coalition-of-church-and-state-part-3-the-players-and-organizations/

        • Emerald1943 says:

          Bito, yes I know! I initially was to work with her on this project before I became ill last year. That’s when I first really got interested in these wingnuts. She continued the project and I don’t know that I would have been able to contribute anything to her work. She did a totally fantastic job!

          I did do a lot of reading though at that time, primarily focused on the C Street bunch who are, IMO, extremely dangerous too. They are loosely associated with the New Apostolic Reformation. The scary part is that these guys ALREADY sit in Congress and are making our laws!
          They also believe in world domination and that they are above all man-made laws. They think that they were chosen by God to rule. The biggest difference is that the C Street bunch is very secretive and the NAR are pretty much in your face. But Perry could fit into either group as far as general ideology is concerned.

          I am concerned about getting this information out where it will have the greatest influence. It’s all well and good that we discuss it here, but this needs a wider audience!

        • choicelady says:

          Sue’s stuff is GREAT -- must reads!

          • bito says:

            Yes, must reads as are so many of your comments, C’lady, The knowledge that you and Sue have posted on that movement opened my eyes and Perry/ Bachmann is the culmination of the movement. While some may say “no big deal, it’s a democracy, riders can be added to “must pass bills” or “executive orders.” Do we want a President Perry or Bachmann adding exec orders or nominating the new associate to the Supreme Court? The Dominionism movement makes the Federalist Society look tame.

      • Thanks Em, that sounds like a good read. These fanatics that keep whining about America being a “Christian nation” just don’t get the fact that this country was founded on religious freedom, that the people who came here were escaping religious oppression. They are the new oppressors, or would be if they get any real power.

    • KQuark says:

      He certainly is because Perry is a “true believer” in the batshitcrazy Tea Bagger principles.

      Though for the sake of argument Romney is only slightly better.

      Either one would be a nightmare.

      • Absolutely! At least Romney has sense enough to keep the larger part of his religious beliefs to himself. Though, I almost puked when I saw the video of him trying to justify the belief that corporations should have the same rights as people.

        • choicelady says:

          AND today he, along with all the other GOP candidates, signed the pledge to have a national commission to “investigate” anyone who speaks out against same sex discrimination. That would include me, BTW.

          WAsn’t Bachmann worried about Obama sweeping down and putting us in “thought camps”?

          She was looking over the wrong shoulder.

          • AdLib says:

            Well…that was just manufactured red meat for the Baggers.

            The Right have always been the ones who want to spy on us, keep us from speaking out against them (“People better watch what they say.”), making their beliefs and opinions lawfully enforced dogma.

            But they misunderstood the 2010 elections, they weren’t a mandate about anything the Repubs want, they were a slap at the Dems for the bad economy.

            Now, those same voters are more upset at the Repubs in Congress and no doubt in my mind, many of the Baggers who beat out Dems to get elected in the House will be on the unemployment lines, whining because the Repubs won’t give extensions to them (“Keep your government hands off my Unemployment Extensions!”).

        • KQuark says:

          True but even that is part of the political cynic he is at heart. The only reason he does not carry his religious beliefs on his sleeve is because it would only damage his standing more with the right wing evangelical base. Every thing this guy does is a political calculation.

        • KQuark says:

          Romney is almost as dangerous in a completely different way. While Perry would be a go it alone ideologue, I could see Romney being dominated by a batshitcrazy GOP Congress if the worst happens or even being dominated by the right wing operatives like Norquist.

          It may be even worse if we did have a weak Republican who never stood up to the base. I mean even Bush on a few issues like immigration held up to his base at least some times in his second term.

          Furthermore Romney’s lack of any consistent personal ideology speaks to the fact that he’s got absolutely no character. Character is important to have in a president when we do have national crises. I simply see no human empathy in Romney and that’s very bad.

          • I see none either. He’s like a cyborg. And he has no compunction whatever about lying through his teeth. He was caught lying in the last presidential campaign season. Poised against a lunatic like Perry, he may just appeal to some right leaning indies.

          • AdLib says:

            Excellent point. Romney looking more reasonable to voters could help Repubs with indie voters then if elected, his lack of principles would indeed make him a pawn of the Baggers.

            So, he might be the worse opponent for Obama.

            At least Perry wears his crazy on his sleeve!

            • KQuark says:

              Exactly nothing helps Romney more in the general than the nuts he’s running with in the primaries. It makes him look moderate when he really is just 100% political puppet. It’s really a pick your poison with Perry or Romney as the opponent.

    • AdLib says:

      I share your concerns, Killgore.

      However, Perry’s strengths in the GOP Primary will be his deficits in a GE if he gets the nom. His extremist, anti-government, anti-entitlement rhetoric and his cowboy style will not only remind people somewhat of Bush but will be distasteful to indie voters and even moderate Repubs.

      How ever he “Folksies Up” destroying our government, Medicare and SS, it isn’t going to bring in people outside of his base.

      Also, his negative campaign style, being nasty as he has been, may play well with the RW in TX but nationally, just as Palin was, he will be disliked and his negatives will rise.

      Side-by-side, people will see a reasonable man in Obama beside a bull in a china shop in Perry and when the issues are clarified between a RW extremist like Perry and a centrist like Obama, the majority will have a simple choice to make.

      Perry represents a party (the Tea Party) that has a 20% approval rating. Wrapped in their policies, I think he’s doomed.

      • bito says:

        Last month, he was saying that SS and Medicare were unconstitutional, then it was a States’ Rights issue, today he was doing an Olympic record setting backstroke.

        • AdLib says:

          He can’t run away from his book though in which he says the same things.

          When the crazy really comes out about Perry, I’m confident that those who aren’t Baggers will run for the hills.

      • Yeah, you are probably right. At least I hope so. But I did say just yesterday that these prayer warriors and new apostles are too extreme to be supported by very many people. Even a large part of the religious right aren’t THAT extreme.

        • choicelady says:

          KT -- it might comfort you to know that the single larges religious movement in the U.S. is “walkaways” who are leaving Perry’s Dominionist-allied churches in DROVES. More and more people are seeing the abuses they suffer in the name of “Jesus”.

          I am waiting for Sarah to announce (we anticipate Sept. 3) then it will be fun -- God called her, God called Perry, God called Michelle.

          Personally, I think this proves God has a GREAT sense of humor letting them bang on one another in pursuit of “God loves ME best!” and having them mutually destroy each other and themselves.

          I can hardly wait.

        • AdLib says:

          And I would add to that those who understand our finances as a nation know that revenues are needed and that cutting government down into shreds as Perry wants to do, will crash the markets and send us into another big recession if not a depression.

          So I’ll bet that some who have a sense of self-preservation, though they won’t support Obama, may sit on the sidelines with Perry or Romney as the nominee.

  5. KQuark says:

    Most of the way TX has raced to the bottom has been by laxing regulations. Perry now wants to 50X down and make the rest of the country like TX.

    From ThinkProgress.org

    “We’re sending out a request today asking President Obama to put a moratorium on all regulations,” Perry said on WHO radio in Iowa, recorded live by ThinkProgress.

    http://thinkprogress.org/

    Agencies like the USGA are already under funded. We just had another huge beef recall in the south with something like 60,000lbs of beef that contains unhealthy amounts of E. Coli.

    • AdLib says:

      Perry might argue, “Well how are kids gonna build up a resistance to E. Coli if they don’t have it in their food when they’re young?”

      • Khirad says:

        Nah, the problem is that a truly free market solution hasn’t yet been tried.

        (Don’t mention Upton Sinclair, of course)

      • KQuark says:

        I wonder if a candidate who is a sitting governor who has negative poll numbers ever won the presidency. I would not think so but then again during the general Texans will rally around their favorite son I’m sure.

  6. KQuark says:

    Cheers AdLib Perry shows exactly how a state can race to the bottom. He’s dangerous because voters might buy the fact that he “created jobs” when he just enabled business to take over the state. TX is also one of the biggest private prisons and school supporters as well.

    Perry is the only real competitor to Romney so I’m glad you decided to pound them early. We got to keep it up and pound them often.

  7. Kalima says:

    They both have “the hair”, but that’s about all they have.

    The truth will set you free Mitt and Rick.

    I believe that the truths you have about them in your post and from other members, should be front page news. I watch the Twitter feed and hope it goes viral about Perry’s long list of “indiscretions” and outright thievery to line the pockets of his already rich corporate buddies. He shouldn’t even be a governor, never mind setting his sights on a GOP presidential nomination. Crooks seem to all have this “I’m infallible” attitude of believing they will never be caught out or held responsible for their crimes until their past catches up with them. I hope Perry drowns in his own muddy past before too long, in a perfect world, his arse would be sitting in a jail cell, I can’t understand why it isn’t or why people continue to vote for him.

  8. coveark says:

    Romney and Perry are enought to make you gag…….as you so pointed out so cleverly………..eeee gads…..the horror


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