Right and left. Both homophones. As the dominant hand of humans is the right, then it becomes the ‘right’ one. But clearly not in politics. Just ask any American if they are better off today than they were 10 years ago. Duh!
New York Times writer Paul Krugman recently suggested that those who sit on the right end of the political teeter-totter, like schoolyard bullies, like to blame others for the troubles that they themselves initiated. ‘Don’t look at the man behind the curtain,’ instructs the Wizard.
What does it say about a person who never admits that he was wrong? That it was his fault? One who tries to manipulate the truth? Well, the word ‘adolescent” comes to mind. Or political shyster. Or current Republicans in and out of office.
Oddly, what the GOP has done or failed to do in the past decade actually propelled them into office two years ago. That was quite the turn of the head. Krugman pointed out that Republicans did great damage to the economy of this nation, but they are now trying to pin it on the Democrats. It apparently worked in ’08 and now they hope to work that chicanery once again in ’12. Will The People be twice fooled? The jury is still out on this one.
Those ‘liberal programs,’ so blathers the GOP, have to be cut in order to balance the budget. They are just too expensive in this depressed economy. We have to cut spending!
Gosh. How’d we get into such a mess? Ten years ago things looked swell. Lots of jobs, housing boom, paying down the debt, stable dollar. It was ‘morning in America.’ Déjà vu all over again. Then it all turned sour. Gee, what happened? I dunna know, you?
Krugman, ever the economic history teacher, nails the three biggies [all of which the readers of this blog know] and he pins them on the lapel of the GOP:
1. the idiotic Bush tax cuts for the wealthy;
2. the idiotic Bush war on Iraq;
3. the deregulation of banks and the loosening of oversight of Wall Street
How’d you do, 3 for 3? Now that the horse has bolted the barn [well, in fact the entire herd] the GOP now wants to lock the door and asks, ‘Who left the door open?’ The LEFT, of course. And so, like shining knights in gleaming armor, the GOP rides back to assure The People that THEY will fix everything.
Didn’t Shakespeare write some play on this theme? Ah, but here’s the rub: does the audience ‘get’ the nuance, the irony, the scam? Apparently, three years ago they didn’t. Will they by November of next year? Don’t bet on it.