Thursday, February 26, 2009


Ok, I stayed away from this topic yesterday because.. well to be honest, I hadn't seen Obama's speech and I certainly hadn't heard the response. Well now that I have ... I have to say I completely agree that Jindal was an absolute tool in his response.

This article by Krugman suggests how silly the whole "volcano monitoring" comment was:
So what did Bobby Jindal choose to ridicule in this response to Obama last night? Volcano monitoring, of course.

And leaving aside the chutzpah of casting the failure of his own party’s governance as proof that government can’t work, does he really think that the response to natural disasters like Katrina is best undertaken by uncoordinated private action? Hey, why bother having an army? Let’s just rely on self-defense by armed citizens.

The intellectual incoherence is stunning. Basically, the political philosophy of the GOP right now seems to consist of snickering at stuff that they think sounds funny. The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead.

From my own perspective, he did seem to blame a large part of our current circumstance on bad republican policy. Then he turned around and said that the new government should listen to that same answer again. Look the whole deregulation, let the market rule itself bullshit is old news. It doesn't work. It never has. Look at the tycoons of the pre-depression era. Today's corporate viewpoint is exactly the same. We just hide monopolies under the guise of technologies and seamless integration. The fact is, a lot of people did a lot of misguided things that caused our situation. Talking down to us like we're children who didn't play the game right isn't how to fix the problem.

Oh and that whole Kenneth response was hilarious. And Jimmy Fallon is a terrible late night host. That is all for now.

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