Thursday, February 07, 2008

The Digging Continues!

The Digging Continues!


Columnist Alan Caruba points to the “Nausea Factor” in the article below. As usual, he is absolutely correct. This has been a "never-ending campaign" for President and many, if not most, Americans are sick of it! And the worst part is... we still have nine months to go! The country is in a massive hole, of crater dimensions, and we are told we must choose a President from those who have been busy digging the hole! How much sense does that make?

Here’s Alan Caruba’s “Nausea Factor”:
The Nausea Factor
By Alan Caruba

There always comes a time at some point in the process by which Americans select the next “leader of the free world” that one experiences the nausea incurred by too much political rhetoric. There is an impolite word for this that begins with the word “bull.”

Depending on one’s age, fortitude, gullibility, gender, et cetera, the nausea can set in early or late, but it will arrive and, with it, what is generally called wisdom. There is that quiet voice in the back of your head that says these are the same people that put the nation in the mess we’re in and we’re arguing over which one of them should dig the hole deeper.

How much change will either Sen. Obama, McCain or Clinton bring about when they have all been part of the gang that managed to add 55,000 “earmarks” over Bush’s seven years in office that cost Americans more than $100 billion? When the President sent a $3 trillion dollar budget to Congress this year, not one of them rushed to the microphone to suggest we’re broke. The government keeps itself in business by borrowing millions every day.

And, guess what? All around the world bankers and hedge fund gamblers are trying to figure out how much money they’ve already lost in the sub prime mortgage debacle. One bank in France lost $7 billion because one very low level employee broke the rules and nobody noticed. That doesn’t put folks in a mood to lend to anyone, including the U.S. of A. where the value of homes is dropping like a stone.

I do not normally pontificate about politics. I am busy enough pointing to the cracks in the dam where policy failures in areas like energy, education, or immigration are showing signs of stress and collapse, enough to leave politicians standing around in Congress asking, “What happened” and not, as usual, having any common sense answers.

That said, it seems to me the wheels are coming off both parties. Forget about the rallies filled with cheering crowds, the endlessly parsed speeches and answers, or the drama of who won what state, has x-number of delegates, or cried (again). The voters are so sharply divided that the party leaders must be wondering how their candidate will be nominated without conventions where television viewers will watch anarchy in the aisles.

The party conventions are likely to be a bloodletting as the “big tent” collapses under the weight of fractious constituencies. Ultimately, the “super delegates”, party workers, most of whom will vote to protect their jobs, will decide the outcome. And absolutely no one will be happy.

For now, this onlooker is trying to recover from the nausea of a night of endless blather by people who are supposed to know what’s happening, but more often than not seem as confused as the viewers. As for the polls and the pundits, pay them no mind.
Way to go, Alan! You’ll find much more at Alan’s “Facts not Fantasy” site at

“… all is vanity, sayth the Preacher”. Ecclesiastes (The Bible)


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1 comment:

Frank said...

The republican wrote more earmarks in the short time they controlled congress then the Democrats wrote in the 50 years they controlled it. I hope the Dems tkae back control and redistrict the repucblicans into obscurity, I eould give them 1 house seat per state and make it impossible to win a senate position. Then I'd wack the electoral college so the people in hickvilles vote counts more evenly towards the urban peoples' vote... 1 preson 1 vote.