Saturday, December 11, 2010

Views From a Gasbag and a Statesman

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Two big talkers took center stage over the past day in our nation's capital.  Both were discussing the tax and unemployment benefits deal that President Obama made with the Republicans in Congress -  a mangy group who believe they were elected to do God's work - the God of rich, white people.

Bill Clinton, a particularly irksome millionaire, joined Obama at a press briefing to sing the deal's praises, saying that it was absolutely the best bargain that the President could strike under current political circumstances.  I guess we will have to take Bubba's word on that, because there was apparently no effort expended to get a better one.  This "deal" will certainly not hurt the financial situation of Bill and Hillary.  What a shameless huckster!

The other prominent talker to step out onto center stage today was Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.  The 69-year-old independent took to the floor of the Senate and ridiculed the President's capitulation for eight hours and thirty-seven minutes - not a record, but pretty damned good for an old codger!  Sanders waxed sarcastic with lines like these:

"How can I get by on one house?  I need five houses, ten houses! I need three jet planes to take me all over the world! Sorry, American people. We've got the money, we've got the power, we've got the lobbyists here and on Wall Street. Tough luck. That's the world, get used to it. Rich get richer. Middle class shrinks."

I am proud to say that I have donated to Senator Sanders' political campaigns in the past and will do so again!  He speaks for us all, whether we have the intelligence to realize it or not.

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