Posted: 05/12/15 10:30
by Dave Mindeman
There are some things in politics that defy explanation. Let me give you a few.,,,
1. Our Children Should Not Pay Our Debt - We Need More Tax Cuts.
Those two statements should never be uttered by the same person because they contradict each other. As David Stockman has stated, our debt and tax cuts that increase that debt, do not logically go together. Everytime a Republican proposes a tax cut that increases the deficit should be required to write an essay on how much of a burden they are putting upon the next generation of citizens. Republicans always cop out and say that we should reduce spending instead - yet, they propose spending cuts that affect the poor more than anyone else, and even at that, the cuts never begin to make up for the lost revenue of the tax cuts. It is bizarre fiscal policy.
2. Why Are They So Concerned About What Is In a Poor Person's Shopping Cart?
This is a growing trend in GOP politics as well. Welfare recipients get a marginally subsistence oriented stipend, but now it becomes government's duty to watch what they buy. And put together complicated restrictions and legislation about what is allowed for purchase. The cost of the oversight will far exceed any "waste" that occurs in the purchases. Foolishness.
3. Abortion Politics In General.
It is amazing how deeply concerned the political process is about fetuses, yet once they are born they join the ranks of statistical anomalies. Recently, Colorado had a program which promoted and funded the use of the IUD. The IUD prevents pregnancy - it DOES NOT abort anything. Yet, when the GOP in Colorado took over the Senate, they managed to kill this program. What they killed had done this - teen pregnancies had been reduced by 40% and teen abortions were reduced by 35%. Tell me, where is the logic on that?
4. Bad Things Happen Because God Is Mad At Us.
It is always worth noting that evangelicals have this mystical connection with God that allows them to announce God's intentions about natural disasters. And God seems to be particularly concerned about gays and abortion. Lying and cheating and murder never seem to invoke the wrath. Just gays and abortion. Another character has blamed California's drought on the state's legalizing of gay marriage. I do hope the reality of this is that this image of God, being portrayed as a petty, vindictive homophobe, is simply not true. If God is out there patrolling the world, wagging his finger at gays and shaking his head at reproductive choices....and then punishing everybody with drought, tornadoes, and earthquakes...then our God has taken on OUR image - not the other way around. I shudder if people take these God pronouncements seriously.
5. Climate Change Denial.
When Sen. Inhofe held a snowball on the Senate floor as some kind of "proof" that climate change was a myth, the image encapsulated the problem. Because it will cost energy companies and GOP donors a lot of money to work toward a solution, then climate change needs to go away. The damage to our future is palpable and we not only can't work to fix it, we have to keep proving the science over and over again. Science which is proven and accepted by anyone who studies the problem. We waste so much time and political capital on just acknowledging the existence of the problem. We are going to be too late to maintain the earth's capability of sustaining future generations. It has become a simple choice: Money vs The Earth. And this generation seems to be choosing money.