Saturday, October 30, 2010

Turn off your Television

If you have been disgusted by the political advertising as I have, now is the time to turn off your television. You might also want to rent that movie or plan that outing for Tuesday night as you will be inundated with political reporting on every major channel. It seems that, despite -- or perhaps because of -- the staggering amount of money spent on political advertising this season, the atmosphere is particularly negative. It seems that politicians and political parties are hell bent on pointing out the faults of the opposition. I suspect it's because, given the current situation in the country and the inability of anyone to deal with it immediately, neither side really has all that many real ideas that they can tout. The addition of non-reportable money from those new corporate citizens isn't helping the tenor of the political debate either. Without fear of discloser, they can pour money into advertising which does little more than slam the competition without actually saying what they will do. Of course, corporations don't really want to say what they will do, since it amounts to maximizing their profits to the detriment of anyone and everyone else.

The bottom line. Keep the television off, don't read the newspapers and avoid other forms of communication until Thursday (don't want to hear all the pundits rehashing things on Wednesday).

Monday, October 25, 2010

Will they Close the "School"?

Take a look at the NPR Opinion piece and then come back (don't worry, I'll wait) . . .

The only question I have about this is, if too many of us fail, will they close the school? That is, if politics becomes more partying than studying and meeting the needs of the American Person, will our country fail just like a college would?

Something to think about . . .

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Describing Politicians

I like words, and today, I found one which describes politicians:

mendacious

It means

given to or characterized by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth

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Pretty much describes most politicians, doesn't it. I especially like the "divergence from absolute truth" part. That's spin -- a nice word (spun, I suppose) for lying.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Turning off the Moderate Voter

I was listening to the news and had an inkling that attach ads may be intended to so wear down the rational, moderate voter that they don't participate in the process. I know that I am disgusted by ads on both sides and, except for the fact that I have already voted by mail, would be discouraged from doing so by these ads. With the moderates turned off to voting, the radicals at both ends of the spectrum have free reign in the election to get their candidates elected by smaller percentages of the population. Political strategists at both ends are smart . . . I wonder . . .

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

California Getting Closer

A budget agreement has apparently been reached in California after the longest period with a budget in modern times. You would think that the politicians in Sacramento could get this done on time, but the state capitol is so split that they can't even agree on what day it is, it seems. Radicals at either end of the spectrum refuse to budge from their positions and this nothing substantive gets done. The people who suffer, even when the budget is reached are not the politicians and their cronies, but the working people and especially the state workers. It seems that they are taking much of the burden of the budget crisis on their backs. It's a sad commentary on the state of the U.S. today.