Last weekend, there was some rumblings in the comments from some of the best and brightest Scissorheads that I do not write enough. Being functionally illiterate (University of California — I might not know a lot, but I can compare and contrast with the best of ’em!), I can attest there is a reason why I keep the snark cold, tempers hot, and my opinion to myself.
My parents said that I started speaking in complete sentences at a very young age, and dammit, why don’t you shut up. They also used to call me Ché because I often organized my stuffed animal toys to fight the oppressors (who generally speaking were my parents and some of my siblings). But I am already off the track for this essay.
Under Chimpy McStagger’s watch, we’ve lost:
- the WTC
- New Orleans
- a bridge over the Mississippi
- our self-respect
- our liberties
- mostly likely the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
And this is only a partial list… Can I sell you a Hubbell telescope?
The country is falling apart at the seams, and our political class takes a month off — just like their counter-parts in Iraq, I might add, of whom they were so indignant for the nerve to leave when there is so much work to be done. But before leaving us, they authorized yet more spying on us. So glad we have representational government. It just is not us whom they represent.
The thing that surprises me the most these days is that more infrastructure has not failed yet. I mean, we can trace the lack of maintenance back to the original Reagan tax cuts and certainly the lack of new projects, and well, the “vision thing” too goes back to Chimpy’s dad. It actually speaks well of us that it took 30 years before the bridges started falling down.
But the Grover Norquists of the world are all smiles these days. You see, every bridge that falls gives them the talking point that Government is the problem. It bolsters the argument in favor of privatizing everything. You think that Bechtel and Halliburton made a killing in Iraq reconstruction? Wait until they get the no-bid contracts to rebuild America.
So it is just about the second anniversary of Katrina, and how is New Orleans today? Rebuilt? Citizens returned yet? How about the rebuilt WTC? Nope, and Pluto is still not a planet. I’m not holding my breath.
So hop in the hand-basket, we’re going to hell, but at least we have the matching luggage.
EDIT: removed factually incorrect statement about the space station.