Thursday, July 19, 2012

Dueling Duopolists

The botta-in-tempo between the two swaggerers of the One Percent continues unabated this week. Both presidential candidates continue to helplessly reveal themselves as the willing puppets of the aristocracy, even as they frantically try to shove their Louis Vuitton political baggage under their Aubusson carpets. They brazenly position themselves as champions of the middle class at the same time they grovel at the feet of hedge fund managers at $75,000-a-plate fundraisers, jetting hither and yon to the international playgrounds of the rich. 

Mitt partied in the Hamptons with the VIPs a few weekends ago, and will be feted by a panoply of Libor banksters in London later this month. George Clooney is hosting a fundraiser for Obama in Switzerland, that rarefied land of secret bank accounts. Meanwhile, Barry himself jetted down to Palm Beach today, greased palms at the ready.

And the spouses are no longer immune from the Marie Antoinette syndrome, either. As Michelle Obama was headed for the posh summer digs of the Massachusetts Governor/former board member of the subprime mortgage fraudster Ameriquest, Gov.Deval Patrick has ordered the road to his Berkshires mansion in a cash-strapped county freshly paved for the First Lady's motorcade. The Republicans are dubbing the $20,000-a-head fundraiser "The Princess and the Potholes."

Michelle's fundraising stump speech never fails to mention that she grew up in a cramped working class apartment in which her mother still lives. Even though her mother now resides on her own private floor in the White House. 

Ann Romney. who always reminds us she doesn't "feel rich", took some time out from her dueling Cadillac schedule today to lambast "you people" for daring to ask for more tax returns and more of their untaxable millions. The Democrats started running ads making fun of her dressage horse, until somebody mentioned M.S. Then they remembered the Hilary Rosen "never worked a day in her life" debacle and reined in that particular attack. For now.

This is all so silly. Why can't people listen when these women assure us they are just like everybody else?

As I wrote a few days ago, fully 90% of all the Rombama TV ads are negative. It's a nonstop bash-a-thon, and the cable giants are laughing all the way to the bank. In the latest round of "Who's the Biggest Hypocrite?", the Romney campaign asks whatever happened to Barry's White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (which in reality is nothing more than an in-house deregulation lobby of big business leaders and one or two  trade unionists.) The group has not formally met since January, when the Obama re-election campaign officially got underway. The White House claims the president has just had way too much on his (fundraising) plate lately to schmooze with the likes of tax-evading G.E. honcho Jeff Immelt and union-busting hotel heiress Penny Pritzker.  According to Politico's Josh Gerstein,

To cap it all off, several of the companies whose CEOs serve on the panel are involved to some extent in outsourcing — a fact that could undercut the ferocious attack Obama and his campaign are mounting on Romney over his alleged ties to the practice.
One former administration official said the current political atmosphere could be prompting the CEOs and other business leaders to lie low.
“The thing is supposed to be bipartisan, so a lot of times they don’t want to get into things that could be used by either side in the election,” said the former aide, who asked not to be named. “The businesspeople, for the most part, don’t want to get into the middle of political fighting.”
The business people don't want to get their hands dirty, and the politicians can't wash the dirt from their own hands. 

Oh bountiful for specious smiles, for ample wads of green. For purple-wearing majesties, who fawn and bribe and preen. America, America. Who took our jobs from thee? They stole the goods, those Wall Street hoods! From sea to oil-sheened sea.


Anne Lavoie said...

Thanks for another good one, Karen, and for your Occupy anthem:

'Oh bountiful for specious smiles, for ample wads of green.
For purple-wearing majesties, who fawn and bribe and preen.
America, America. Who took our jobs from thee?
They stole the goods, those Wall Street hoods! From sea to oil-sheened sea.'

Love it! What do you say Jay?

Denis Neville said...

Would that we had a few more like George McGovern these days.

Today is George McGovern’s 90th birthday.

George McGovern has aged gracefully while his country has not.

Too many think of McGovern as the failed presidential candidate of 1972, the ultimate liberal loser, a caricature painted by his political opponents. He was so much more than that. Would that we had a few more like George McGovern these days.

“Of all the men that have run for president in the twentieth century, only George McGovern truly understood what a monument America could be to the human race.” - Hunter S. Thompson

Having myself grown up in South Dakota, these words ring true:

“There is a wholesomeness about life in a rural state that is a meaningful factor. It doesn’t guarantee you are going to be a good guy simply because you grow up in an agricultural area, but I think the chances of it are better, because of the sense of well-being, the confidence in the decency of life that comes with working not only with the land but also with the kinds of people who live on the land. Life tends to be more authentic and less artificial than in urban areas. You have a sense of belonging to a community.” – George McGovern

Bomber pilot during WW2, South Dakota congressman and senator (elected to five terms in Congress, three as senator), anti-war presidential candidate, champion of Food for Peace, working with Bob Dole (Rep. Senator, Kansas) on world hunger issues and an international school feeding program, and a true friend of the working man. McGovern's book The Great Coalfield War, which he called "one of the noblest and most courageous battles in U.S. history,” is testimony to his commitment to labor unions.

When he was asked what he would like his legacy to be, McGovern answered, “That I did everything humanly possible to end hunger and malnutrition in this country and in the world around us.”

George McGovern is one of my heroes.

Jay - Ottawa said...

Well, Anne, I thought I had just said it, but now it’s already one post behind the times, under “Your Daily Dose of Righteous Indignation.”

As for the OWS version of “America,” THAT is pretty damn good and will surely do for the protest song I begged for weeks ago. Tom Lehrer lives. Who really wrote that? When, where? (Denis, please research this in your usual through way and get back to us.) Are there more verses? Is it being sung around lots and lots, or is it just a closet hit for now?

Imagine if naughty people with good voices got together, one by one – as in one of those YouTube concert happenings in great squares -- until we had a big chorale initially humming and whispering the old verses until the whole chorale is on the scene, and then in a grand finale, after an enormous crowd of the curious is looking on, belting out the OWS version. Hallelujah!