No Friends in Washington

Simon Johnson does a great service today at Huff Post outlining the absurd JOBS Bill to be voted on in the senate tomorrow. As he puts it, “We find ourselves again on a bipartisan route to disaster.” The fall election has great consequences. Obama will be far better than any of the Republicans on picking new Supreme Court justices, on environmental laws, energy, actual jobs, etc. And that should not distract us from the fact the for the most part, Washington today operates simply at the behest of the banks and big money interests and the American people have no say and really aren’t part of the equation. And that is the problem. And that is why we need to both reelect Obama and even more importantly continue and grow the Occupy movement, which really is as simple as Americans wanting to take the country back from the banks and monied power. Our middle class is disappearing only because the wealth that made the middle class the middle class has, in the last generation, been moved upward to those who were already wealthy. Why they thought they had to be obscenely wealthy, I don’t know, other than to say yes, power corrupts. It isn’t good for them, and it certainly isn’t good for the country. The election is important, and it isn’t the most important thing we need to do.

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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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