Robert Stein 1924-2014

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Friday, August 01, 2008

GOP Dope Dealing

Three out of four Americans are depressed about the way things are going, according to a new CNN poll, the worst national malaise since 1980, the last days of Jimmy Carter's era of inflation, gas shortages and US diplomats held hostage in Iran.

Ronald Reagan came along back then with a vision of "Morning in America" and the dark clouds lifted, at least for those in the upper tax brackets. Now Reagan's spiritual heir, John McCain, is elevating our mood with inspirational commercials featuring Paris Hilton and Britney Spears, which have the added benefit of provoking nostalgia for the good old days of the OJ Simpson trial with debates over who is playing the race card.

In Congress, McCain's Republican allies, with cheerleading from the Lame-Duck-in-Chief, are raising our spirits with promises to drill for more offshore oil that, in decade or so, could lower gas prices by a few cents and cornering Nancy Pelosi into allowing a vote or being blamed for not taking action to relieve the pain at the pump.

Meanwhile, Barack Obama isn't doing much to cheer us up, dwelling on such downers as the economy, health care, education and chasing down terrorists in Afghanistan or Pakistan or somewhere just as boring.

McCain's mood medication is beginning to show some lift in the polls and, if he keeps it up, we should all be high as kites by fall.

3 comments:

R. S. Abrinaud said...

Do people in the States honestly believe that the day Congress decides to start drilling for more oil in protected lands, suddenly, by some great Cosmic Miracle, gas prices will instantly fall back down to under $2.00 per gallon???

It's not a matter of poly-ticks, it's a matter of plain-old common sense! The only people who will benefit from more drilling are the SAME neo-Robber Barrons in the oil industry who are getting filthy, stinking rich by breaking everyone else's backs!

P.T. Barnum was right, I'm sad to say...

Anonymous said...

When are you clowns going to grow up and hold the democrats responsible for anything?

Is that what we have to look forward to the next 4 years if Obama is elected, more finger pointing?

There is a reason the Congress has historic record low approval ratings.

Because the democrats are in charge!!

matt said...

r.s. you are correct. Nothing will change. Prices will just go up to account for their loss in taxes. It's the same as the tobacco industry was handled.
Anonymous - Although inflation and the oil problem are part of the iss that Americans have with Congress, the main reason that people dissaprove of congress is that they have b.s.'d their time by not going after the White House. Finally Pelosi gets around to it at a time that it wouldn't matter. That is why people are upset with them. It amazes me how gung ho people were to impeach Clinton (you say perjury, I say he was trying to save face and his family)yet unwilling to do so with Bush. (Unwarrented war, failure to capture/kill/find those responsible while having closed-door relationships with those most likely to give refuge to those responsible, covering the asses of big oil/big business, and many other issues.) Are people that scared of Cheney and his shotgun?