It’s the weekend which is standing in for the Fourth of July this year since the actual fourth is on a Wednesday. If you need something light-hearted and fun to read over this weekend I recommend I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella. This is a nice little tidbit of Chick Lit which sort of melts in your mouth like a buttermint.
Here they are. Meet our new Forefathers, Thomas Cantor, James Ryan, Ben Boehner, and George McConnell. I do think these guys believe they are channeling our Forefathers. They are so unyielding and so sure they are right. Any one of us could have predicted how they would react to yesterday’s Supreme Court Decision. Of course the election is adding drama to their extreme reactions, but that does not explain everything. The Affordable Care Act is not that different as health plans go. It does not get rid of the private sector. Everything stays essentially the same except more people are served. So why so much vituperation. It all has to do, I believe, with the way Obama got the law passed. Seeing the opposition he faced he made a sort of end run around Congress and got his bill. Republicans were so angry they wanted to spit and they have not been able to put their anger aside. They have been “poor sports”. They have been worse than that; they have been vengeful. They just found Eric Holder, Obama’s Attorney General in Contempt of Congress, a thing which has never happened before. They are out of control. They are so angry they can’t think straight. They need to go sit on the bench for a while until they get a civil bone in their bodies. What Congress needs is a really good Coach.
The GOP symbol is the elephant. Elephants are wonderful critters, but are probably on the edge of extinction in the wild because they need so much human-free territory. The Democratic symbol on the other hand is the donkey, a wily little creature that can survive in the Grand Canyon, can climb mountains, can carry burdens, can be tough and adapt to our crowded future. Which one promises to be around in the long run and which will be visiting in a wildlife preserve?
Obama goes on to say: “I’m not just talking about the super PACs and anonymous outside groups – I’m talking about the Romney campaign itself. Those outside groups just add even more to the underlying problem.”
“The Romney campaign raises more than we do, and the math isn’t hard to understand. Through the primaries, we raised three-quarters of our money from donors giving less than $1,000, while Mill Romney’s campaign raised more than three-quarters of its money from individuals giving $1000 or more.”
“And, again, that’s not including the massive outside spending by super PACs and front groups funneling up to an additional billion dollars into ads trashing me, you , and everything we believe in.”
“We can be outspent and still win – but we can’t be outspent 10 to 1 and still win.”
Obama had a very bad week if you listen to the media. He met with Russian President, Putin, to discuss Syria. Syria is weighing on all our minds, but is a conundrum. Assad is a bad leader but the groups arrayed against him are the confusing part. There does not seem to be one group of rebels and Al-Qaeda is possibly involved. There is no clear image of what result Syrians have in mind beyond getting rid of Assad. Egypt hasn’t done very well with their unfocused revolution. They got rid of Mubarak and ended up with a military dictatorship which doesn’t look like it is going away.
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell – it is dangerous to give a king his heart’s desire.
From July’s list but I can’t wait: