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October 23, 2008


Economic Armageddon

The Religious Right has helped put us all in our current economic bind. By electing George W. Bush and falling for his "I'm one of y'all" crap, those 78 percenters (the percentage of voters citing "values" as their main issue and who voted for President Bush) have sentenced our nation to a generation (at least) in the economic desert with little water in our canteens.

I guess only the "true believers" would support his agenda today.

In recent Bush-years, we have heard of the coming of The Rapture - The End of Days - and that those of us who weren't "true believers" wouldn't get to Heaven. But if good deeds count for something shouldn't the health and welfare of all of the people matter more than just that of the few?

George W. Bush, with the help of the friendliest US Congress and Senate a President has ever had, have brought us to a point where we are experiencing a unique phenomenon.

We are in the midst of an Economic Armageddon.

Today, those same "morals voters" are also lining up to support John McCain. McCain is not exactly known as a religious man. There aren't any videos of McCain going to Church nor are there any talks about God from the man who has to count on "moral voters" to even stay in this race.

The funny thing about this is that Barack Obama is a religious man who does attend church regularly and has done so as far back as anyone can remember. Obama does so even as crazy people at McCain rallies call him a "terrorist", a "Muslim" and an "Arab", and as his newest big-time supporter, former Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell said:

"I'm also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say. And it is permitted to be said such things as, "Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim." Well, the correct answer is, he is not a Muslim; he's a Christian. He's always been a Christian.
"But the really right answer is, "What if he is?" Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer's no, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some seven-year-old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she could be president? Yet, I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion, "He's a Muslim and he might be associated [with] terrorists." This is not the way we should be doing it in America."

By keeping the Religious Right in line, and with the prospects that they will stay in that line for McCain and Sarah Palin - the woman brought into this race just to keep them in that line - the Economic Armageddon we've been experiencing will continue along the same path which has been plowed for it by the Bush administration.

Why call it Economic Armageddon? The answer is simple: it is the end of the US middle class' days. What Osama bin-Laden and al-Qaeda weren't able to do with the terrorist attacks of 911 - destroy the West's financial industry and institutions - the policies of "The Wealthy First and Last" which the Bush administration have set in place, and which John McCain promises to continue, will end our existence.

The United States Democracy was called an "experiment" by European leaders after General Cornwallis left for Britain in defeat. It's death knoll was chimed numerous times but, somehow, the Democracy survived. It survived a second war with England, two twentieth century world wars, a Great Depression and even its own internal Civil War. And so has its middle class.

It's taken foolish economic policies made without oversight, rules, regulations or any kind of care to force us into this Economic Armageddon we are experiencing today.

As our nation was being thrust into this economic debacle of historic proportions, President Bush, John McCain and their surrogates kept on telling us things like, "the fundamentals of our economy are sound," and "all boats will soon rise with our rising tide."

Too bad that our anchors have short chains and we're floating in a rubber raft named "The US Middle Class".

If these past few weeks have taught all of anything it should have taught us all this: That Trickle-Down as a form of economic policy doesn't work and the US middle class is not only the driving force of our nation's economy, but quite possibly, the entire world's.

And that makes this Economic Armageddon a global catastrophe.

The "true believers" aren't the ones who will be saved from this Economic Armageddon by the current administration or a McCain presidency. Only those who can afford the price will be allowed to enter that Heaven.

Those Religious Righties will have to hang tough with the rest of us in the dingy...

... and I think it's got a hole in it.

-Noah Greenberg

McCain's Demeanor

At the last debate, as I watched McCain, I was reminded of a petty, pouty child who was angry that he was not getting his way. So he put out his bottom lip and crossed his little arms and pouted the entire time. While he grits those yellow teeth, I sit and watch in fear that this petty, petty man could be the one who has his finger on the button. It's even worse that Caribou Barbie might end up as president if anything happens to McCain. He does not seem to be in the best of health - mentally or physically. I really can't imagine that Sarah Palin will be anything more than a joke punchline after the election. She's irritated over half the country with her "soccer mom, Joe-Six-Pack, stupid speeches." I think she will be like Britney and Paris - fading away because no one cares anymore what she's doing.

-Sheila Burleson

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