Look, I try to stay away from politics, government, the financial bailout or lack thereof, the various wars and Kill For Peace. I figure the net is awash with unsought opinion on these matters and I’ll do more good by spreading a bit of the old existential gloom. With a few laughs along the way, of course.
Howsomever, I just have to rant for one minute. I am so disappointed with Obama’s choices so far for his cabinet. Is this what he means by change? To bring in or leave in place all the same hacks that got us into trouble in the first place? In the entire land of America, in the all the universities and junior colleges and plumbing firms, is there just one small club of rich people who could possibly advise Obama on how to run America? Is this what he considers change?
Let’s see. Robert Gates, our new Secretary of Defense. Well, gosh, look what I just noticed. He already IS Secretary of Defense! How likely is this guy to suggest we stop the war and bring home the troops and the ten billion dollars a month that we’re spending to keep them pacifying the wedding parties of Afghaistan? And, this ten billion dollars a month is coming from the canny Chinese and Japanese who keep buying our bonds. Because even if the interest rate is getting down to zero per cent – at least they’re still safer than their own bonds. Too bad all the poor retired suckers depending on the income from their 401k’s stocks didn’t notice in time.
How about Tim Gaither, Obama’s choice for Secretary of Treasury? In an amazing shuffle of the cards, Tim will be shuffled over from his job as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he had lunch and went to the cigar bars with all the Wall Street fat cats. I’ll bet you much these guys like him fine. But I don’t like them because they are out to get me and you. And they’ll do it too.
Let’s see – US Treasury Bond rate: 0%. Citibank Visa Card Rate: 28.9%. Do we see a pattern here?
How many phone calls from guys with diamond-studded private jets did Obama field before he shuffled Tim?
Obama’s choice for top White House Economic Adviser? It’s the Secret Agent of change, man of the people Larry Summers. Hey, Larry Summers? Isn’t he disco queen Donna Summers older brother? No, but he’d probably have some fresh ideas. No, this Larry Summers was Secretary of the Treasury for Bill Clinton.
What is this? Some kind of expletive little fraternity and Barack passed the initiation rites?
Do I need to go on? What happened to Obama, the guy I voted for? Did I get fooled again?
My capability for hopelessness, cynicism and despair is well practiced. I grew up in this country. I have watched every president from Harry Truman on vote for more greed, more power, more empire.
In these appointments, and I have only mentioned three – do you see one slight hint of meaningful change in this country? Because I don’t.
This has been the shortest honeymoon in history.
Now back to our regular programming.