Saturday, February 19, 2011

Grand Bargains

(Via Atrios)

Villagers love the idea of a couple octogenarian senators - one conservative Republican, one conservative Democrat - hashing things out in some back room in the middle of the night, forging some "compromise" which can be quickly rushed through Congress without anyone having to put their fingerprints on it. They believe there are "tough choices" which involve additional misery for the most desperate and vulnerable, and that the voters can't be trusted to support those choices. So we must have the grand bargain, the compromise blessed by everyone who matters without worrying the beautiful minds of voters.

This is what our so-called "democracy" has come to: where the voters and citizens of this country are really not important to the decision making process. We are the ones who will pay, with our money, efforts, and even our lives, but the actual decisions are left to the governmental and corporate elites who reap the benefits while preaching "personal resposibility" and "austeritiy" to the masses.

It's all a crock of horse shit, of course. Compromise has become doing it the Republican's way, and the middle path moves further and further to the right all the time. Only when the masses who are being screwed say "ENOUGH!", as they seen to be starting to do in Wisconsin, will the game be changed.

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