I Hope So

Jim, I sure hope we can at least start something, and I sure do appreciate your fact based approach. And that is the problem; only one side of the political divide has any interest in reality. As both Paul Krugman and Carl Pope (the director of the Sierra Club) show, those on the right have simply divorced themselves from reality for political expediency. Pope shows how most of the Republican candidates for president once upon a time believed in science, in reality, and have now abandoned that to have any hope of gaining traction in the Republican primaries. And why has this happened? As I’ve detailed before, and as Pope reaffirms, it goes back to corporate personhood, the Citizens United decision, and the fact that corporate money has taken over our politics (and no, that isn’t to say that every corporation is bad; and it is to say that bad corporations have hijacked our democracy). Which is why, as Naomi Klein said in her speech to the movement, the Occupy Wall Street protests are the most important thing in the world right now.Once upon a time bills would pass congress with bipartisan support and disagreement; today virtually every vote is about 99% or more along party lines. Again, why? Because money has bought those votes. Not my money, not your money, but the Koch brother;s money, the Chamber of Commerce’s money, Exxon’s money. You say with Joe Klein that we should focus on what politicians do agree on. Sadly that is precious little. The Republican party has shown again and again that they define themselves by being against whatever Obama is for. As the president has shown, much of what is in his jobs bill are things Republicans have long and historically supported; yet not a single Republican voted for it. Until there is a real change in the money in Washington, that won’t change. You mention micro-lending to small businesses, and that is a great idea, and don’t look to congress to do anything to help it along. And yet that, and other things like it that just go around dysfunctional Washington, are our best hope.
One example; in California ten years ago. there were 500 homes with solar panels on their roofs. Today there are 50,000. And yes, they are taking advantages of tax credits for solar power passed by, are you ready, George W. Bush. He was an extremist, and I can’t begin to imagine the Republican party of today ever voting for a tax credit for solar power. Can you? And yet the change is coming; the only question is whether the current Republican party wants to return to reality and lead or if it will be dragged along kicking and screaming into the future. As long as they are bought off I think they will continue to double down on their fact-free vision of the world. In fairness, I guess if I had that much money being thrown in my face every day I might have trouble seeing past it too. It almost doesn’t seem too strong to say that big money is the enemy of reality. (Money is power, power corrupts, absolute power or absolute wealth corrupts absolutely). Pushing the money aside and seeing reality clearly remains our only hope. And the 99% movement shows that. The people have been stripped of all their money and are seeing clearly. That’s what happens when so much wealth is transferred to the top one percent in a class war; the middle class starts to disappear and the people begin to awake.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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