Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Viene la revolucion??
Lots of discussion out there today on "The Deal" that was struck. On the surface, and maybe from everywhere, it looks like President Obama is a horrible negotiator. The two "big" items do not in any way compare, evenly. However, there are several other parts to this: a two percent payroll tax holiday extension, business investment credits meant to stimulate the economy further, and more. From the center (and of course, what IS the "center" in this country anymore, other than the old moderate right of only a short time ago....) it is even suggested by Andrew Sullivan in the Atlantic to be a shrewd move on Obama's part to make his re-election two years from now more likely. From the "quite-a-bit-left-of-center" spot that I come from, and from the poverty in the midst of which I live here in North Mpls, the center does not seem safe - it feels like more affront and attack on our ability to survive. Is it anything more than a slow, "methodical and cynical process of increasing the pain threshold" at which we just barely survive but still don't revolt? (as friend Dan Brown put it). Things are desperate in this country and getting worse, fast. I would not be surprised at all to see rioting and worse by the poor and underclass, soon.... What choice to they/we have? I would hope there would BE a better answer...but the center seems to only throw an occasional scrap under the table for the poor, and in the meantime it does try to keep the middle class happy. Trouble is, there isn't much middle class left, and shrinking daily, statistically. Perhaps I am over dramatizing. Quite likely I am too hopeful that there is real chutzpah left within the poor and underclass....
Posted by BigBrother at 12:52 PM