There is no doubt about the fact that the radical right has taken control of the House of Representatives. The news media this week claim last week’s election means that the policies of the Obama administration require a U-turn rather than a course correction. For the last three months, we’ve heard nothing except how disaffected we were with Obama’s policies. The talking heads have been predicting that the Democrats were about to take an awful drubbing, and that happened.
But really, which came first: the news stories telling us how dissatisfied we were with government policies or the dissatisfaction? I was never so terribly disaffected with the administration as I heard on the news, except when Mr. Obama seemed too ready to cave to the radical right or business interests.
Not that I haven’t been put out with congress. The plant-your-heels-and-just-say-no crowd got on my last nerve regularly. I wondered often if anyone in congress was reading the mail. Many people wanted forward movement. Some even thought it might be okay to run over idiots who think sick people should have to fight with insurance companies to get health care.
Now the media says that Congress is going to dismantle the health care bill. But hold up a minute. This is the United States Congress we’re talking about. It’s an exclusive club, but it still has rules. Strict rules. Rules that say both houses of Congress have to agree on the same bill. Rules that say both houses have to override a presidential veto by a 2/3 vote (Article 1, Section 7, U.S. Constitution).
This gives further cause to question the news. The health care repeal dog just won’t hunt. Political scientists study how many times the public needs to hear a lie before they believe it. It isn’t all that many times. The media kept saying how dissatisfied we were. Makes me wonder if the media, which is owned by corporate America, was really only telling us how dissatisfied their owners were.
Rupert Murdoch has a lot more to lose than the guy working at McDonalds if he has to pay all of his taxes. The story was that regular folks were dissatisfied, but the story came to you from some very not regular folks.
Americans for Prosperity is a billionaire-owned noise machine that spent tons of money to make sure that people knew that “the stimulus failed.” If GM and Ford had gone out of business, they would have taken 20 per cent of American jobs with them. That is one job in five. So somebody needs to explain how keeping those jobs was a failure, because the people who stayed employed do not see it. The people whose living depends on those people’s spending power don’t see it. And if there is a way for an economy to survive losing that many jobs, most people probably do not want to see it.
The corporate media paid lots of attention to the Tea Party, which made lots and lots of noise. They paid precious little attention to the speciousness of their claims. The taxed enough people are crying because they have been told that they are being robbed. In fact, all Americans are paying hugely less in effective taxes than they were at any time since 1979 (CBO). Where is the problem with that?
The problem, it seems, is largely a manufactured one, and the people manufacturing it are not your friends. In fact, the people manufacturing the problem are the problem.