Posted by: distributorcap | July 18, 2010

Nursery Rhyme Capitalism

Today on guess where – Fox News – Rep. Mike Pence (R – Indiana) became the latest in a series of cold-blooded, vultures who said that extending the Bush tax cuts [for the rich, white benefactors of the GOP] was a good thing, despite the effect they will have on the growing deficit. In fact, Pence said, foregoing that $678 billion in revenue would actually help the economy:

“The reality is that as you study — when President Kennedy cut marginal tax rates, when Ronald Reagan cut marginal tax rates, when President Bush imposed those tax cuts, they actually generated economic growth, they expand the economy, they expand tax revenue,” Pence said. “The point is we’ve got to get this economy moving again and we can’t go back to the tax-and-spend policies of the Democrats or the tax-cut-and-spend policies of the prior administration.”

To Pence, cutting taxes for the rich and continuing to spend (on endless wars) is OK. Talk about spin (and bad math). This is just another way of professing the GOP love for trickle-down-your pants economics without mentioning the debunked and income-redistribution-to-the-wealthy tax plan of Reagan and Bush.

Of course before Pence even got to the campaign talking point of tax cuts, he began with the now now ingrained Rovian/Luntz meme that those poor unemployed people are just lazy bums sitting on their fat asses all day watching General Hospital, drinking beer and refusing to flip burgers at the local grease pit. Since they are just a bunch of good-for-nothings, they will just have to continue to wait for the $400 unemployment checks – because, according to Pence, we just cannot afford to help them. The GOP, who really do feel for those lazy, leaching bums, just cannot in good faith authorize or vote for the $33 billion it will cost to extend unemployment insurance without offsetting comparable spending cuts. [but don’t touch wars or ask for tax increases!]

Sing a song of Mike Pence,
A pocket full of sighs.
Four and twenty tax cuts,
Baked in some lies.

When the lies were broadcast,
The House became a race;
Isn’t this a dainty dish,
To set before our base?

The base is in their counting house,
Counting out their cash;
The whacks are with the teabags,
Toting guns to bash.

The Moose was in her garden,
Hanging $150,000 worth of clothes;
When down came an oil soaked pelican
And pecked off her nose.

Check this out for a great mashup on Pence by Bluegal

What will it take for America to realize that

  1. Trickle down economics – aka tax cuts for Pence’s rich Republican benefactors – simply do NOT work, all they do is put more money in the hands of the people who already control 95% of the money. Most people making under $100K or even $200K barely see a nickel of these tax cuts.
  2. The Republicans – including Mike Pence – are primarily the ones that got us into this mess to begin with by pushing for unfunded and unnecessary wars and deregulating everything they could get their grubby hands on.

A few words about Trickle-Down-Your-Pants economics. On paper it sounds so great. Give more money to the smart (and rich) and they will invest it – in businesses, in companies and in research and development. But hold on – that is not what actually happened. The money ended up with the rich alright, but instead of investing it back in the economy and American society (which they started labeling “income redistribution”) – they invested it with each other. 30 years of Reagan “trickle up” wealth redistribution just allowed the rich to gather more personal assets (like homes, cars, jewelry, hedge funds) instead of building plants, fostering energy independence, repairing infrastructure and a whole slew of other things that could have been accomplished on behalf of the US as a whole. And since billions in excess income proved to be not enough, the beneficiaries of trickle down Republican tax cuts created new (and ultimately way too risky) ways to make even more money. The new uber-class kept tossing the money wads back and forth to each other, somehow making obscene profits and purposely keeping those bucks out of reach from the proletariat, descamisados and regular Americans. While they had their fun, the middle class became a bunch of welfare queens driving Yugos.

The Congressional Budget Office stated that the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts disproportionately benefited the wealthiest households. The tax cuts boosted the income of the top 1% of households (with average incomes over $1 million) by 10%. Compare this to a 2.3% increase for middle-income families with average incomes of $57,000 and a 1.6% increase for the bottom 20% of families, with average incomes of less than $17,000. (Here comes the lame argument about how the rich already pay a disproportionate amount of taxes, they control a disproportionate amount of the assets of this country).

Think about this – the unregulated “financiers” on Wall Street played cat-and-mouse with pension funds, insurance pools and securitized mortgages. 30 years of binge chugging finally led to an economic meltdown. Bush and company then bailed them out (as he walked out the door). The rest of the country – including the idiots who voted Republican because of a bunch of slogans like “we think government is too big” or “we will insure your right to own a gun” ended up losing their jobs, their homes and their life savings and watched as un- (and under-) employment drove towards depression levels. Two scant years later, the criminals who took us down this road are making more money than ever and those without jobs can’t even get a $425 unemployment insurance check from Mike Pence.

This is Nursery Rhyme capitalism at its best. The few who caused some of the greatest losses ever are rewarded the most, while those who actually produce real things of value, are punished the most severely.

The continued argument about deficit reduction just proves what an abomination Pence and his pals are. He and Kyl (who went on this rant last week) think debt just fine for to pay for the tax cuts for the wealthiest in the country, but debt for those who have been thrown into an economic tailspin due to the misbehavior of the wealthiest – well that is just too much red ink for the budget to handle.

And this is who America wants to run Congress again.

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Posted by: distributorcap | July 16, 2010

Summer School

School daze
School daze
Good Old GOP rules daze

They are chomping at the bits for the fall…..

Have we not learned a thing

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Posted by: distributorcap | July 14, 2010

Troubled Females

Michele lives with her simple-minded, egg-loving mother Sarah, and evil traveling companion Lizard. They reside in a trailer park in Wasilla, in front of which can be found a pair of moose turds. After learning that Michele has been named “the stupidest person alive” by the “No Spin Zone”, wealthy rivals Sharron and Rand set out to destroy the tight-knit family.

You can fast forward through the whole movie since it is a bore – but there are two scenes worth seeing. One is when the Eggman comes calling:

The other is the final scene, when the three troubled females get hungry. That is best left to the imagination

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Posted by: distributorcap | July 13, 2010

How the Other 100 Live.

Unless you live on Qo’noS (the Klingon home world, thank you Beach Bum) or have a brain the size of Snookie’s (which is about 40% of America) – it comes as no surprise that the US Senate is completely out of touch with the reality of America. On Sunday July 11 – Senator John Kyl of Arizona, who is one of the biggest assholes to ever grace the halls of Congress, appeared on Fox News and stated that the Bush tax cuts, which are set to expire this year, should renewed – even if they are unpaid for with matching tax increases or not met with correspondinging cuts in spending.

In other words – Kyl (who found his new inner deficit-cutter on 1/21/09) wants to let the rich get richer even if it grows the deficit.

This is from the same man douchebag who is one of the many Republicans holding up the extension of unemployment benefits because – (are you ready) those dollars for the out-of-work and needy Americans will increase the deficit.

I cannot fathom how any die-hard teabagger can actually justify this complete dive into this bizarro world of GOP-illogic – but they will. The teabagger hate of liberals, democrats and humane people is the trigger in evoking the best in justifying the un-justifiable.

Back in March, Kyl, ever the bundle of warmth and humanity said

Unemployment insurance “doesn’t create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work,”

from Steve Benen

Kyl said what he actually believed: he wouldn’t pay for them at all. Spending requires budget offsets, tax cuts don’t. Indeed, in Kyl’s confused mind, one should “never” even try to pay for tax cuts.

It’s quite a message to Americans: Republicans believe $30 billion for unemployment benefits don’t even deserve a vote because the money would be added to the deficit, but Republicans also believe that adding the cost of $678 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy to the deficit is just fine.

The US Senate is an enigmatic (or maybe phlegmatic) organization. You have 100 elected officials deciding the fate of millions of Americans when it comes to things like war, infrastructure, medical care and an unemployment safety net. For most Americans (probably even Snooki), all they know about the Senate is that it is one of the two legislative houses of government, that there are two from each state, and they give a lot of money to rich bankers.

What they don’t realize is that the Senate is one of the world’s most elitist and unbalanced organizations, originally designed by the founding fathers to get the Constitutional convention beyond a stalemate. While each state has equal representation – there is absolutely no link to that state’s population. For example, the two asswipes Senators from Kentucky (population 4.3 million) have as much voting power and clout as the two Senators from California (36.9 million people). Washington, DC – which has more people than Wyoming – has NO Senate representation. Seems pretty stacked huh?

To any person with a brain, this would seem like an obvious case of taxation without equal representation. Barbara Boxer’s is the agent for 18 million people, while the insane Jim Bunning “talks” for 2.2 million. Until the enactment of the 17th Amendment in 1913 – those 100 senators (96 back then) were not even elected by the people – they were ‘elected’ by the state legislatures.

The seeds of this dysfunctional destructive body go back to the creation of the US Congress. Under the Connecticut Compromise of 1787 (which passed 5-4, a vote tally that is all too familiar) – a bicameral legislature was created with an upper house (Senate) that had a fixed number of seats per state, and a lower house that had representatives based on the population size. The lower house was given the right to initiate all appropriation bills. Years later, Theodore Roosevelt described the Senate as “where every great fortune was incubated, every new commercial empire was sanctioned, every reform circumvented”. His words ring true today.

Combine this history with the fact you need to be worth millions to even run for Congress – and you have the perfect storm for the creation of the world’s most plutocratic (not deliberative) body.

Kyl’s idiocy and coldness can easily be explained away – he speaks for the place where he works and plays. And this playground is definitely more Southampton than Coney Island. In 2010, 66 of the 100 Senators are millionaires. Yes that is 2/3. Back when Bush was appointed to President in 2000 – only 34, or one-third were. That is double in ten years. Not only are they rich, they are very rich. The wealthiest Senator is Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, worth an estimated $215 million dollars. There are 18 Senators worth more than $10 million. The top 6 (Kohl, Warner, Kerry, Rockefeller, Lautenberg, Feinstein) are all Democrats. The average net worth for each of the 100 is around $14,000,000 – meaning the combined net worth of all US Senators is $1.4 billion dollars. (as a note of comparison, the total net worth of all 435 House members is about $2.1 billion. Darryl Issa is wealthiest House member, worth $250 million). A great source for all this information is the Center for Responsive Politics.

It is a safe assumption that any member of the US Senate would have no idea what is was like to go down to the unemployment office, to count pennies in the supermarket or to worry if your home would be taken away by one of the banks propped up by the US Senate. $1.4 billion buys a whole lot of Starbucks and Perrier.

Ask the average American about net worth and they will know how much Lebron James, Cameron Diaz, or even maybe Bill Gates are worth. But those three (even the odious King James) are not making policy or keeping unemployment benefits from those unable (read NOT unwilling) to find work. You would think it would make a difference to the struggling Kentuckian that Mitch McConnell, who has continuously blocked unemployment insurance extensions, is worth $17 million. Or that Ben Nelson – another heartless soul blocking the funding – is worth $18 million. You won’t see either of these guys looking for change to buy coffee or begging Dianne Feinstein to treat them to a donut. That $425 unemployment check – buys food for the guy who has sent out 2,500 resumes, but in the US Senate – that check would be used to clean up Larry Craig’s last wide stance.

It doesn’t take a brain much bigger than Snooki’s to figure out why Kyl (who is one of the poorer Senators at a net worth of $800K) wants to continue tax cuts for the rich, I mean his friends. His recent statement on Fox just proves that the US Senate is actually designed to protect the interests of the wealthy in America, while disregarding the interests of the masses. And yet, election after election, the voters continue to elect people like Kyl and Inhofe and Demint and Bunning and McConnell and a whole slew of other aristocrats because, well I have no idea why. I can’t see how a stance on guns, abortion or school prayer would outweigh feeding your kids and holding onto a job. But it does.

Welcome to the United States of Stupidity – where Lindsay Lohan is much more important than oil in the Gulf. Where 5 million people watched Lebron James choose which team would pay him $100 million. Where 10% of the nation is unemployed and denied benefits by 100 people worth over $1 billion.

Poor John Boehner Snooki, so orange and so dumb – but even I would bet on Snooki to know that the the relationship between corporations, wealth, and US Senators is stronger than ever. Only when Americans begin to really vote their pocketbook (not gay marriage, the donation tray at Church or their fear of those nasty terrorists) will you see their interests being represented in the government.

Until then – the show goes on.

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Posted by: distributorcap | July 10, 2010

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Figuring the way to America’s heart is through its iPod, one of our most talented members of Congress has launched her new career.

Sadly, Sarah is left cleaning up after Lady Kaka.

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Posted by: distributorcap | July 8, 2010

2nd Amendment Remedies

The new crop of GOP women are nothing short of….

insane. Especially Sharron Angle

“Right now, we say in a traditional home one parent stays home with the children and the other provides the financial support for that family,” she said. “That is the acceptable and right thing to do. If we begin to expand that, not only do we dilute the resources that are available, we begin to dilute things like health care, retirement, all the things offered to families that help them be a family.”

The peculiar ideology of Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, is perhaps no better illustrated than by her embrace of the patriot group Oath Keepers, whose membership of uniformed soldiers and police take an oath to refuse orders they see as unconstitutional — including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states’ sovereignty, and “any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.”

Angle believes the U.S. Education Department should be abolished, as she explains on her campaign Web site: “Sharron Angle believes that the Federal Department of Education should be eliminated. The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not be involved in education, at any level.”

then there is Social Security, nuclear waste, suing Harry Reid, calling the unemployed spoiled.

And worse – there is a good chance she will be elected.

The trouble with Sharron Angle is this country is insane

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Posted by: distributorcap | July 6, 2010

Bye Bye Miss American Pie

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not religious, that I do not believe in any sort of afterlife and that if there was a God, he would have found another planet to oversee a long time ago.

But in that mix of atheism, agnosticism, apathy and doubt, I do believe that a society (as opposed to just one person) is judged by how it treats the various members of that said society. Being that no society since the dawn of civilization (a term used very loosely) has even been so homogeneous to include just a privileged class – that final judgment will almost always manifest itself in how the weakest are acknowledged and cared for.

“Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”
Pearl S. Buck, My Several Worlds [1954].

“A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.”
Samuel Johnson, Boswell: Life of Johnson

“The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.”
John E.E. Dalberg, Lord Acton, The History of Freedom in Antiquity [1877].

“…the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey [November 1977]

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man”
Mahatma Ghandi

The above quotes highlight five groups from which any society will be ultimately be judged based on how they are treated and integrated (in no particular order):

  1. Children
  2. Elderly
  3. Infirmed & Handicapped
  4. Needy & Poor
  5. Animals

Somewhere in the past 234 years, this country has been transformed from a society that grew and cared abouts its members to one that has come to believe that anyone who is weak and cannot stand up for themselves is really a just a parasite and cancer on that society. (I will go out on a limb at date the inception of that philosophy to January 20, 1981). Our success did not breed altruism, rather is fostered greed.

As spokesperson from the any of the 5 groups above will tell you – America in 2010 has failed or is failing all five of them. If you are a rich white person with good health – you probably do not have a lot to complain about. But based on how our business, spiritual, media and political leaders have acted during the past 30 years, Judgment Day for the US will not look like a July 4th Celebration. Bombs will not be bursting in mid air.

Again, anyone who knows me knows how cynical I have become about this great American Society. We are not that great. In fact we are not that good. I have very strong doubts about this country’s long-term survival as a union of 50 states. The glue that holds a society together – a common bond for the good of all its citizens, a national purpose to better the entire society, and a way for those on the outside to be welcome on the inside – has come undone. Sometimes it seems that is every man for himself.

As things turned sour, instead of looking to ourselves for solutions (which ultimately means acknowledging mistakes), many Americans began to turn its back on the weakest – which means the groups above. I do not know if it is human psychology or a sociological fact – but it is never “my fault” – someone else is always to blame for failure. It wasn’t too long ago that the Germans blamed the Jews for their collapse. In many ways, there is a similar blame game going on in the US. And that most hated group in the US today? It is not minorities, not immigrants, not gays, not Palin-worshippers, not atheists, and not doves – but the poor (although a disproportionate amount of the poor are minorities and immigrants). If you listen to the teabaggers and the right – you hear that the poor are ruining this country.

The anger toward health care reform, the hateful talk about those collecting unemployment insurance, the indifference towards the ecological disaster in the gulf (the only disaster talked incessantly about on the right is the economic disaster, not the ecological), the trauma in passing S-CHIP, the resentment at immigrants (legal as well as illegal), privatization talk about Social Security, the continuing choice of guns over butter – all prove beyond a shadow of a doubt how much this country hates poor people.

After all poor people are nothing more than a drain on society. For every dollar they contribute, they are pulling $3-$4 dollar out of the our pockets. The government is nothing more than a cash register for the needy. These are people who do nothing and would rather lie around watching American Idol than earn $7.15 an hour flipping burgers or unpacking crap made in China. Hard-luck stories or event beyond their control (like shipping jobs over to China to make the crap they don’t want to unpack) mean nothing. Anyone on the government dole is a tumor that needs a strong dose of chemo.

If you read between the lines of Beck, Palin, Hannity, Limbaugh and especially the teabaggers – shipping these leaches off to a place like Poorschwitz would make this a better place – there would ultimately be more for society’s most productive members. Sharron Angle called the unemployed “spoiled.” Reagan claimed the poor drove around in Cadillacs.

Since hating the poor is technically not socially acceptable, Palin and the teabaggers have taken the easy way out – disguising their hate towards the people they consider bloodsuckers with resentment towards groups that have virtually no voice and practically zero allies – immigrants, children, animals and the infirmed.

I really wonder how long any society can stay together when the commonality is rejection and hate as opposed to inclusion and betterment. And exactly who are Palin and Limbaugh going to hate when they get rid of the poor. I have a few ideas – and we all know who they are.

With the mass mainstream media continuing to drive the narrative that paranoia is the panacea (“how can the world hate us? but since the world does hate us, we just have to destroy everything that is making our lives so miserable) sure as I am sitting at this keyboard – you can expect that the threads that hold America together will continue to come undone – and the 5 groups that reside near the bottom of the ladder will suffer the most.

Why did I pick 1/20/81 as the day the music died:

“What we have found in this country, and maybe we’re more aware of it now, is one problem that we’ve had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, [are there] by choice.”
Ronald Reagan [1984]

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Posted by: distributorcap | July 4, 2010

Say Goodbye To Hollywood

Posted by: distributorcap | July 1, 2010

Let Them Eat Dog Food

Sharron Angle: I would have voted no [for unemployment benefits], because the truth about it is that they keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job because the job doesn’t pay as much as the unemployment benefit does.

Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona argued that unemployment benefits dissuade people from job-hunting “because people are being paid even though they’re not working. Unemployment insurance doesn’t create new jobs. In fact, if anything, continuing to pay people unemployment compensation is a disincentive for them to seek new work.”

Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul has a blunt message for the millions of Americans who remain unemployed in the long-term: “Accept a wage that’s less than you had at your previous job and get back to work.”

Tom Delay: “there is an argument to be made that these extensions, the unemployment benefits keeps people from going and finding jobs. In fact there are some studies that have been done that show people stay on unemployment compensation and they don’t look for a job until two or three weeks before they know the benefits are going to run out.”

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Posted by: distributorcap | June 29, 2010

Mothers of Invention

I can’t help myself I’m addicted to a life of material
It’s some kind of joke, I’m obsessively opposed to the typical
All we care about is, runway models, Cadillacs and liquor bottles
Give me something I wanna be, retro glamour,
Hollywood yes we live for the

Fame- Doin’ it for the
Fame – Cause we wanna live the life of the rich and famous
Fame – Doin’ it for the
Fame – Cuz we gotta taste for champagne and endless fortune

Lady Gaga

Today on one of the morning cable chat fests, there was a whole discussion on why the USA is losing its preeminence as an economic power and innovator. The poor hosts were bemoaning the loss of this country’s edge in technology, science and manufacturing, and were just amazed that other nation’s were challenging our lofty position. These same brainiacs also had a very simple answer to fix the problem – Americans just need to regain that pioneering spirit that built this nation and become more creative. In other words – Just do it – yeah US!

I didn’t realize fixing the nation’s economic woes and loss of jobs was something as easy as clicking your slide rule three times and saying “there’s no place like America.”

What these very well paid talking heads (who probably couldn’t tell a florence flask from Florence Henderson) failed to bring up during their lament on the state of American ingenuity is that our lack of innovation, creativity and scientific leadership is a deeply endemic problem that cannot be fixed by a bunch of suggestions or changes in policy. Our plunge in to the abyss of stagnancy has been years in the making. And this drop off the cliff is constantly being reinforced by long-term neglect to our education system, the rise and loud voice of evangelical religious dogma (which generally hates science), an obsessive fixation on money, a youth culture which values fame above everything else and the media’s need to sell soap as opposed to selling development.

Can anyone name a single show on cable or broadcast that dedicates itself to “glamourizing” invention, patents, scientific breakthroughs or the betterment of society? We have plenty of programs that extol the virtues of making money, that show how to become wealthy enough to retire at 25, that demonstrate the value of voting people out of a house or island, that teach us you can dance your way to fame, and that allow maniacs on the air which damn scientists to hell for believing in evolution or climate change.

All the drive to keep America as the world’s leader in research, science and technology seems to have ended when the last Apollo spacecraft left the moon in 1972. We replaced our brains with a bunch of lunar rocks. Sure we have developed and created thousands of inventions and products that are the best in their respective fields, but the big, bold push to the next level of innovation has take a back seat to the next big, bold get rich quick financial derivative.

We enjoy making money much more than making things. We love to buying those things, but making them (and dreaming them up) has been sourced out to “other societies.” After all, who wants to get their $50 manicure dirty or be forced to wear Lee Press-on nails.

Thirty years ago, a conscience decision was made by the ruling elite (read Ronald Reagan) that education was not going to be a priority in this country. Cutting taxes and teaching our kids that they deserved something for nothing replaced basic accounting and ethics. A whole generation grew up thinking that you had to make money and become famous – or else you were nothing. Complementing the Reagan doctrine were mass market shows like Dallas and Dynasty – where everyone had a endless supply of money, worse beautiful clothing and seemed to never work a real job. At least Ward Cleaver wore a plain suit and went to the office to work. Alexis Carrington went to the office and had catfights with Crystal over Blake.

Millions watched every week. Very few people were in their basements worrying about the potential of an oil-dependent economy.

By the time our “other” education President and administration was installed in 2000, kids (and the public) had been ingrained that if you didn’t make a fast buck, it wasn’t worth the effort. At the same time, religious dogma began to creep into the education system. Many of those “teachers” (with full encouragement from the administration and tacit approval by the media) began to demonize real science and inventive thinking as heresy. Add to that the exaltation of shows like American Idol – and you had the perfect recipe for laziness.

Americans for all intents and purposes stopped wanting to lead, they wanted to rule.

Within a very short period of time (3o years is not that long a time) – America went from the world principal “idea” land – to a torpid and languishing nation living on it power and past. Instead of planning for a future, we lived for the moment. We borrowed (rather mortgaged the future) to fight wars, we developed products that made money, but didn’t make life better. We wanted to be on American Idol more than we wanted to be on Jeopardy (even the questions on Jeopardy began to reflect the country at large – more about who shot JR?, and less about geography and science).

Unless we somehow turn this Titanic around and start teaching our youth that building the next economic platform has to benefit society as well as benefiting themselves, it is only a matter of time before China (and India and Brazil and Korea) pass us in terms of global leadership – maybe even militarily. The next great financial derivative may make a few of those MBA-types mega-wealthy, but it will do nothing to make this country wealthy. And unless the media starts making a concerted effort to focus on science, math, technology and innovation as opposed to credit default swaps or Lindsay Lohan’s, their grieving over America’s fall from king of the hill is nothing more than crocodile tears.

We also need to stop blaming everyone else for our failures and start owning up to the fact we have put ourselves into this position – and spending trillions in Afghanistan, cutting the capital gains tax and taking our anger out on illegal immigrants is not going to fix the mess. Only a complete revamping of the way we think of our society will.

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