Let’s take a quick look at recent legislative initiatives and the relationship of opposition-killing news events:
Health care reform – dead in the house and frozen in the senate until Anthem/Blue Cross announces billions in earnings along with huge policy price increases and the tea party takes the Kennedy senate seat.
Wall Street reform – seemingly dead in the Senate, then record-breaking Wall Street profits, revelations of sinister-sounding, but all too routine conflicts and manipulation, then Goldman Sachs was indicted.
Immigration reform – no one thought this could get a breath of political air during this partisan election season, then along comes Arizona’s xenophobic immigration law.
Energy bill – not a hope in hell for Senate action this year and, boom, BP/Transocean’s Gulf oil platform explodes, drill-baby-drill turns to spill-baby-spill and the oil-version of Katrina makes landfall.
Acts of god? A conspiracy of the non-working liberal press? Greed and hubris metastasizing naturally? Or, is Rahm, just that good?
I have been worried all week about President Obama and his family choosing Martha’s Vineyard for their vacation while Hurricane Bill (aka: Tropical Storm Bill) was in the Atlantic. Talk about political risk. Just imagine the photos of the first family being evacuated while the island’s commoners were forced to wait in line for the ferry as the storm was approaching. They’d be shown side-by-side with photos of other Massachusetts’ politicos – Kerry surfing; Kennedy at Chappaquiddick; and Dukakis in the tank.
Just imagine the Weather Channel’s interviews with island folk who dismiss the Cat 2 storm as something they’d been through dozens of times, and how they love to watch others turn tail and run. Imagine the firestorm as pundits exclaim what a wimp Obama is, and how the nation’s enemies would be emboldened. Imagine the comparisons with other presidents who vacationed during a Hurricane – Bush and Katrina would be replayed over and over, finally displacing the grim news repeats covering Michael Jackson’s death.
Fortunately, the storm has veered right and the storm warnings for Massachusetts have been lifted. Too early to tell if this president, who has been compared to the Messiah, and the Anti-Christ had direct involvement – but he did choose to delay their travel until they were cleared by the weather service.
SPAULDING GRAY: Well, I hope you’re satisfied, (bleep)! You just blew your chance to cover the world!
MICHAEL KEATON: Really. Well, guess (bleeping) what? I don’t really (bleeping) care. You want to know (bleeping) why? Because I don’t live in the (bleeping) world! I live in (bleeping) New York City, so go (bleep) yourself!
I don’t live in (bleeping) Georgia. I live in (bleeping) Atlanta.
Sunday’s Atlanta Journal reported that (bleeping) firearm permits are up 79% in 2008 and attributed the increase to fear “that it might become harder to get a permit during the Obama administration.” I am sincerely hopeful their fears are (bleeping) justified, but am embarrassed and apologize for (bleeping) Georgia.
They also reported that our (bleeping) Federal government has asked for an $8.2 million refund from three (bleeping) Georgia school districts that included (bleeping) Atlanta who wrongfully received the millions in per-pupil aid for victims of (bleeping) Katrina. Shame on (bleeping) Georgia. Shame on (bleeping) us. I apologize.
The (bleeping) Atlanta Journal reports that our (bleeping) governor, (bleeping) Sonny Perdue, has recommended eliminating all school nurse positions to save money. I can only presume that he feels (bleeping) Georgia is ranked too high on the number of healthy kids. What a (bleeping) jerk. I apologize for Georgia.
The (bleeping) New York Times reports that during 2008 (bleeping) Georgia’s welfare rolls shrank by 11% last year and by 70% since early 1990s. I remember reading something about the (bleeping) economy recently. What was it? Oh, yeah, it was the (bleeping) worst time since the (bleeping) depression. Way to go (bleeping) Georgia. I apologize.
Even in (bleeping) Georgia, every (bleeping) criminal defendant has the right to be represented by a (bleeping) attorney and if they can not afford one, the (bleeping) court appoints an (bleeping) attorney. The problem in (bleeping) Georgia, is that we don’t provide enough (bleeping) money to pay the (bleeping) public defenders. Sure the (bleeping) high-profile Brian Nichols’ case sucked $1.5 million out of the (bleeping) system last year. But in (bleeping) Georgia, we don’t fund indigent defense with (bleeping) taxes. Since 2004, we fund what we fund with fees and fines imposed on criminal sentences and those filing civil cases. By itself, that is a (bleeping) nasty way to fund it and I apologize for (bleeping) Georgia. But in the “wisdom” of our (bleeping) legislature, we raise too much, so they suck off (intentional) millions each year for other (bleeping) purposes. I apologize for (bleeping) Georgia. And I apologize for defendants not receiving a speedy (bleeping) trial because they have to wait in line to get a (bleeping) attorney. And I apologize to the (bleeping) attorneys for (bleeping) Georgia randomly paying them reduced (bleeping) fees because that’s all the (bleeping) money on hand. Shame on us.
And for all the worst lists that (bleeping) Georgia leads or is among the bottom (here’s a quick, but partial list: Worst (bleeping) Senators; Worst (bleeping) Legislature; Worse (bleeping) Governor (it is a close race to the (bleeping) bottom); Worse (bleeping) Plan for Draught; Worst (bleeping) State Flag; Worst Places to Cast a (bleeping) Vote; Least Progressive (bleeping) State; Worst Infant Mortality; Worst (bleeping) Nursing Homes, Worst (bleeping) Schools; Worst (bleeping) Graduation Rate; Worst (bleeping) Foreclosure Rate; Worst (bleeping) Poverty Income Tax Threshold; Worst in Number of (bleeping)Uninsured; Worst (bleeping) Syphilis and Chlamydia Rates; Worst Funding for (bleeping) Public Health (one might wonder if they are (bleeping) connected); Worst Funded (bleeping) Medicaid Program; Worst (bleeping) Credit Laws; Worst (bleeping) Speed Traps; Worst (bleeping) State for Knowledgeable (bleeping) Drivers; Worst (bleeping) Peanut Plant; Worst (bleeping) Power Plant Pollution; etc. ), I (bleeping) apologize, but I live in (bleeping) Atlanta.