Top Leaderboard, Site wide
July 10, 2014
Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines
Help us grow by sharing
and liking Truthdig:
Sign up for Truthdig's Email NewsletterLike Truthdig on FacebookFollow Truthdig on TwitterSubscribe to Truthdig's RSS Feed

Where Does the Buck Stop?




Gays in the Military
The Most Dangerous Book


Truthdig Bazaar
Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

Reality Hunger: A Manifesto

By David Shields
$8.34

more items

 
Report

Return of the ‘Contract With America’

Email this item Email    Print this item Print    Share this item... Share

Posted on Sep 26, 2010

By Joe Conason

The Republicans have announced the forthcoming release of the “Contract From America”—a set of legislative proposals presumably intended to replicate the “Contract With America” used by their leaders in the historic 1994 midterm when they won control of both houses of Congress.

The question immediately raised by this news is why John Boehner and his colleagues would remind voters of their political descent from the likes of Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, and the legacy of misconduct, fakery and error that they represent.

They may well believe that most Americans won’t remember what Republicans actually did when they regained control of Congress for the first time in decades. Certainly amnesia is a perennial pathology in American politics. But anyone who listens closely to what the Republicans are saying this year should be able to detect the clues suggesting that the more they claim to have changed, the more they remain the same.

During the years of the Gingrich speakership, the most significant activity undertaken by Congress was a long series of investigations of the Bill Clinton White House, the Clinton Cabinet, the Democratic Party and anyone remotely associated with the president. Although the Republicans had promised back then to pass the various elements of the Contract With America, the investigative war against the Clintons is what they spent most of their time and effort preparing.

The result was expensive but unedifying, as congressional committees issued thousands of subpoenas seeking to expose such pressing issues as the alleged misuse of the Clinton family’s Christmas card list and rumors of cocaine trafficking at a rural Arkansas airport. These phony probes cost millions of dollars and required hundreds of hours of public hearings, brought to the American people courtesy of Republican leaders who had vowed to curb waste and abuse.

Advertisement

Square, Site wide
Now the politicians who may take control of important House committees next year are poised to repeat the same cartoon version of government. Once again, public funds and legislative attention will be devoted to the scourging of federal officers and agencies, for the sole purpose of advancing Republican political fortunes.

They have promised to investigate the Troubled Asset Recovery Program, the stimulus program and the implementation of health care reform. No doubt they will find ways to address other obsessions of their base, including the New Black Panther Party and the president’s Kenyan heritage. What they will not do is restore full employment, improve health, education and the environment, or repair the nation’s balance sheet.

What is new this year is the peculiar kookiness of the Republican candidates, especially those associated with the tea party. The party’s new Senate candidate in Delaware, for instance, says that she “dabbled in witchcraft” as a teenager. That is perfectly appropriate for a party that seeks to bring back voodoo economics—promising to achieve a balanced budget at the same time that they insist on permanent tax cuts for the wealthy that will cost at least $2 trillion.

Americans who worry about jobs and deficits should recall the searing congressional debate of 1993, when President Clinton passed his first budget without a single Republican vote. The same figures attacking President Obama now—from Gingrich to Boehner—blasted Clinton for passing “the biggest tax increase in history” and predicted a horrific recession, along with the end of the American way of life.

Instead, the Clinton budget, which raised rates for the wealthiest taxpayers, led to the longest peacetime expansion in history, a series of federal surpluses, and the elevation of working and poor families into the middle class. It was the Bush administration and the Republican Congress that squandered the surplus with lavish tax cuts, pork spending and unnecessary war.

That voters are disappointed by the pace of improvement since the 2008 election is understandable. That they would want to repeat the political experience of the 1990s is mystifying.

Joe Conason writes for The New York Observer.

© 2010 Creators.com


New and Improved Comments

If you have trouble leaving a comment, review this help page. Still having problems? Let us know. If you find yourself moderated, take a moment to review our comment policy.

Textex's avatar

By Textex, September 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm Link to this comment

purplewolf,

Actually, it was China that insisted on having the
manufacturing facilities in China. It was a
requirement for letting Amway in their country. That
was horribly distorted by the libs and press, and
DeVos was too wimpy to push back, just like Amway has
been too wimpy to shut down the Amway Tool Scam for
the past 4+ decades. That’s the REAL reason Amway is
suing me, they don’t want me telling people the
TRUTH! Good thing the judge put them on their ponies
and kicked them in the ASS last month! Read about the
Amway Tool Scam here:
http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com and the recent
court hearing here:
http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/amway-
lawsuit-update-dont-mess-with.html

Report this

By purplewolf, September 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm Link to this comment

Textes-9-27 10:14pm: Damn! You had to bring up that repukelican asshole who sold Amyway out of Michigan to outsource it “off shore.” At least I refused to vote for that liar when he ran for governor last time in my home state, he also had the gall to claim he knows how to make jobs, he just didn’t tell the public that it was in other countries. And this is more of the same from these redo dodo birds called the GOP.

Contract with America says who? And aren’t contracts supposed to be a mutual agreement? At least in the semi-recent past they were.

Report this

By Yamkee Doodle, September 27, 2010 at 9:33 pm Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

You are right..in principle. But keeping the Democrats
in office is not the answer either. Both parties have
lost their way and are intoxicated with the Jew
controlled special interest money that funds their
campaigns. That is why the Tea Party has gained so much
traction..Come on over..we’ll put a pot on for ya@

Report this
Textex's avatar

By Textex, September 27, 2010 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment

Here’s a link to what happened at the TRO hearing last
month:
http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/amway-
lawsuit-update-dont-mess-with.html

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

That sounds great TexTex!!

Keep us informed on the outcome and maybe some links to the filings and proceedings stuff, that would be something to read!

Report this
Textex's avatar

By Textex, September 27, 2010 at 8:37 pm Link to this comment

Napolean DoneHisPart,

When lying gets to the point of RICO/fraud, we have a
lawsuit. Amway tried to sue me first for telling
their IBOs the truth, now they are getting counter
sued for RICO/fraud. We are quickly heading towards a
Texas jury deciding the issue. I feel very confident
of the outcome going my way, as I’ve already kicked
Amway’s ass during the TRO hearing last month.

marcywrite,

According to this source
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contract_with_America),
the contract was followed, because it said, in part,
“A November 13, 2000 article by Edward H. Crane,
president of the libertarian Cato Institute, stated,
“... the combined budgets of the 95 major programs
that the Contract with America promised to eliminate
have increased by 13%.” [3] However, since the
Contract only promised to “bring to the House Floor
the following bills, each to be given full and open
debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote and
each to be immediately available this day for public
inspection and scrutiny” [4], the Contract did
accomplish its promises, even if some bills failed in
votes or fell to presidential vetoes.

Report this

By marcywrite, September 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm Link to this comment

Unfortunately, Joe, far too many Americans WON’T remember how incompetent
Gingrich et al were and how they failed to pursue their “Contract on America” once
in office. They’re great at campaigning (especially great at setting up straw men
and appealing to our fears rather than our hopes) but they’re absolutely lousy at
governing. But voters don’t even remember how rotten things were at the close of
the Bush Admin., or how TARP was passed under that admin., not by President
Obama, or how many jobs we were hemorrhaging per month during Bush or how
that has actually turned around thanks to this president’s actions…so why does
the GOP fall back to the same old, same old? Because, sadly, it could very easily
work again.

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

We also need to see between our lies.

We like capitalism only when we are closest to the top of any company’s model… not with the dregs, huh?

For those with padded wallets and kushy footstools of fiat-  Use wisdom to work that tool through and through as it can only truly benefit all others but you.

Then you’ll see miracles.

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

And to your point… yes those suckers lie too and are getting away with it, aren’t they?

‘What can one do about that?’ some may ask?

One can alert any stock holders ( if any exist in that structure, not sure how whatever the MLM is done at the top ) of any monies paid over and above typical structure bonuses and salaries and other remuneration.

You’d need access to such privy information and share it with your colleagues who aren’t mesmerized by the leadership…

Why do folks lie about their income or salary?

Is it to simply not find out who the dummies are from the ‘valued’ employees or the guys who are gaming the system?

Now I say that pointing this out- consider if you were in those shoes.

How about if it was YOUR MLM you started, and of course you want to ‘get paid’ without doing anything, just because right?  Or you have been ‘invited’ to participate in a greater ‘good’ which really is you ripping off the many along with the few.

That’s the owner of a business / company, and those who partake in managing and growing said business, not those who ‘work for’ that business. 

———————————-

BIG DIVIDING LINE THERE BUDDY.

———————————-

Like a border crossing ( like another country’s, not this one’s wink

That’s either represented by stock, or some paper that states who’s is who’s and for how long.

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 6:41 pm Link to this comment

Well of course they are lying.

A Rich Dad lesson I learned was that it isn’t against the law to lie.  Unless you break your word on a contract, if that would be considered ‘lying,’ but it’s more like not fulfilling your pledge or going back on your word…

But folks get lied to on tv, radio, at work, at home, friends and family do it… dare I say… “WE” have all lied.

It’s an FCC ‘infraction’ to lie on tv, not a federal law or state such none other, fines are paid and hands are slapped, nothing further.

Whomever it be, whether news or MTV or FOX ( “really Martha?”.. “Yes Frank, Murdoch is a liar, it’s not a conspiracy theory but FACT Frank!” ), they can and have lied and have only fessed up when the truth cannot be concealed any longer or the rest of the media isn’t biting its lips… as they do for some stories / truths.

Politicians lie, and when it is clear as day and they aren’t of much value to their closest ‘friends’ anymore, they get the lie broadcast for all to ‘know.’

They then make a ‘sacrifice’ but only on the books and only the ‘image’ is destroyed, for the scapegoat in their circles may still get a bone thrown at them… or they’ll get publicity gigs for some time… or they may just blow their brains out unfortunately, and then we all lose at that moment, not just the dearly departed.

Report this
Textex's avatar

By Textex, September 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

Napolean DoneHisPart,

Textex, you mean those higher up the food chain, who
now only administer and manage… are paying themselves /
fixing things so they make more on the lower food
chain’s efforts?—-> The higher ups, both the Amway
corporation and the higher level IBOs, are not only
paying themselves/fixing things, they are LYING about
it. I don’t have an issue with capitalism, I do with
LYING.

Report this

By Inherit The Wind, September 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm Link to this comment

PatrickHenry, September 27 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

Inherit,

Once you hit 120+ on a Harley you aim and pray the roads are good.

West coast I-5 good, east coast I-95 bad.
**********************

Unless it’s a V-Rod, there are only two ways you can do 120 on a Harley:
1) If it’s 120 kmh (72mph)
2) It’s off a VERY tall cliff and gravity’s doing the work.

I rented and rode a Harley for the first time on a tour last summer (not this past one).  It died 3 times during the ride and the tour leader had to fix it. Still, it was an OK ride—for a mid-70’s bike.  Too bad it was 2009 at the time.

The great thing about the immo-harleys from Japan: They don’t break down and use shaft drive.

Then there are the crowds of H-D riders who all have to be non-conformists together…(oxymoron if there ever was one)

Still, anything with two wheels and a motor (that runs) is a good thing.

Over-priced, under-powered, under-sprung, over-weight, under-reliable, over-hyped.  That’s Harley-Davidson, who are now forced to lay off staff.

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm Link to this comment

Yeah, it’s funny how you get sucked into ‘the thinking’ of any herd… gets the best of us, huh fellas?

Sorry for ranting off without considering what I was saying.

Point I should have made and somehow the disrespect instead came out; I like the idea of supporting Harley for the American made idea and all, the entire system of people behind the bike… yet it is a publicly traded company focused on profits… and look at the VRod and how it disappointed even though it can swallow anything on the road.

With that said, I agree the brand has captured more than bikers supporting the homegrown business but also the marketing exploits of people’s psyches… which is why you can also buy Harley diapers and gum and shoelaces along with a plethora of stupid stuff with the branding on it….

I sold at a win and sat out the summer not riding around like some buddies I have :( waiting for something else that catches my eye.  I buy low and sell high with everything, its more the point of riding without really buying… more like leasing when considering paying for insurance, gas and maintenance and getting your principle ‘investment’ back or maybe more.  I don’t accessorize btw, which is the Harley pitfall ( must disconnect thyself from the encumbering system )... but who isn’t caught in someone marketing trap right now… hmmm?

Loved my Honda CR’s and Yamaha YZ’s when I was younger jumping table tops and doubles and whoops and such… and I would ‘dis’ everything not kicking but in ‘my view’ on the track.

I don’t like that they are expensive, everything else is expensive… but I like that they hold their value.. shoot, I’ve even made money selling mine back on the market… so guess its which way the wind blows when.

I like Indian for the idea it is a rare something, not exploited by markets, but a market on its own… whether I’d actually buy one and like it is another thing.

I’d get something like a now non-production Buell, just to be different… and their sort of cool looking in an ugly sort of way.

Report this

By berniem, September 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm Link to this comment

Why does the republican party still exist and continue to try to get over with the same nonsense? Because about half of the American population is stone-cold stupid, proud products of an educational system which has been relegated to the relevance of a sunday school! This also stands true for democrats especially since THE GREAT DUPING OF 2008! Personally, I don’t hold out much hope for ‘12 either.

Report this
PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, September 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

anaman51,

Once you reach mach it doesn’t matter which bike got you there, only how comfortable the ride is.

My FL never stranded me, was easy to fix and was made by Americans in America. 

It was only the deathrap roads around D.C. which caused me to sell mine and go on a South American vacation, it sold for what I bought it for, even after 9 wonderful years.

Report this
anaman51's avatar

By anaman51, September 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm Link to this comment

Oh, yeah, before I forget; Napoleon Blownapart: Is that how you see the world, that the only real bike is a Harley, and all the rest are bogus? Are those of us who ride them also bogus? Forgive me for pointing this out, but during the last year I put a nice old 750 Virago back on the road. It wasn’t running when I got it, and I put about a thousand bucks in it before I was happy with it. It’s now a great-looking, reliable bike and good inexpensive transportation, not to mention being a blast to ride—-which is what it’s all about, isn’t it; knees in the breeze?

My point is that you couldn’t have done that with an old Harley. That thousand bucks would have disappeared so fast at The Hundred Dollar Store (Harley Shop) I would have been left with a non-running bike. That much would have bought me a few shiny doodads and not much else.

Instead, I’m out riding. Instead, I’m associated with great people who don’t look down their noses at folks with other bikes. Actually, we generally feel sorry for you Harley guys, what with how they rob you blind for parts and service, and the way they try out new equipment on the customers instead of using in-house testing. That’s left behind a legacy of whole systems and model years that knowledgeable riders avoid like the plague, knowing that certain components are going to fail no matter what the owner does to avoid it. You like Harleys? You keep ‘em. I’d rather be riding.

Report this
anaman51's avatar

By anaman51, September 27, 2010 at 3:45 pm Link to this comment

Once again, the Republican Machine has hoisted a bucket of bullshit up a flagpole and is asking us to salute. Considering that the average American voter is about as bright as a sack of hammers, they might just succeed. I used to fervently hope America would wake up and throw the criminals out of office, but then came Bush’s second term as President. I now hold little hope for the future of this nation. The ugly truth is clear enough; most Americans can’t be bothered to differentiate between right and wrong, and they consistently prove it at the polls. There are not enough of us who can see through the massive amount of crapola they generate, and that’s what the Republican Machine is counting on. I am sickened by them, by their corrupt tactics, and by the powerful criminal conspiracy that owns them.

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 3:27 pm Link to this comment

Some examples of worker owned businesses and corps is found in Moore’s documentary Capitalism…

If anyone needs a link, I’ll post one… its a decent doc showcasing much of the shenanigans we go back and forth on herein…

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm Link to this comment

For the Harley enthusiasts…

I haven’t gone over 110 on the ones I’ve had… if it’s not head-shake its the holes in the road on the west coast in SoCal…. missed the 9/11 ride this year, was a blast last year though… the ‘real’ one I’m talking about from Cook’s Corner to LB, not that one publicized in the media with Honda-Davidsons and Yama-harleys and all that bogus stuff… The one where real Firemen and Policemen were saluting the bikers as we thanked them for their service to us on the daily..

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

Textex, you mean those higher up the food chain, who now only administer and manage… are paying themselves / fixing things so they make more on the lower food chain’s efforts?

Sounds like a nicely run corporation…. just like most which are based on private profit regardless…

There are a few examples of businesses / corporations where the workers ARE the stock holders, and no one else.

Report this
PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, September 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

Inherit,

Once you hit 120+ on a Harley you aim and pray the roads are good.

West coast I-5 good, east coast I-95 bad.

Report this
Blueboy1938's avatar

By Blueboy1938, September 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

Contract ON America - I love that!

If the only issues that the GOP were focussed on were just making government
more efficient and less costly, that would be a fairly positive development. 
However, they bring the social conservatism along with it.  You know, the “we
know better than you how you should behave” syndrome.  That’s the only way
they can get elected, by catering to their rabid religious right base with the
holier than thou instincts.

In effect, putting them back in power is tantamount to putting the country
under a theocracy.  In other words, the Taliban of the Christian right will make
sure that everyone else conforms to their world view - which is flat!  Pseudo-
science will contaminate the educational system, producing a generation of
dolts to compete in the world economy.  Great!

Report this

By ocjim, September 27, 2010 at 12:24 pm Link to this comment

Being completely devoid of new ideas, Republicans must always look back and resurrect a stinking corpse that their debased perspective calls roses.

Report this
Textex's avatar

By Textex, September 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

Napolean DoneHisPart,

Here’s another huge scam that has been under reported
by our press: http://texsquixtarblog.blogspot.com

Report this

By Inherit The Wind, September 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

“addicted to going fast”...on a HARLEY????  Not unless it’s a V-Rod!  Harley riders LOVE to praise the joy of going slow, which, to be fair, has some solid positives from the purely aesthetic POV.

Still, it’s got two wheels and an engine which is an EXCELLENT sign!  There’s hope for you yet, Ardee!

My FJR goes pretty fast, too, and gets in the high-30s as well.

Report this
Textex's avatar

By Textex, September 27, 2010 at 11:19 am Link to this comment

The facts do not support the points of this story:
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=5656 and
http://www.craigsteiner.us/articles/16 Clinton didn’t
even think the budget could be balanced, until the
Republican Congress FORCED him to move in that
direction.

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 10:37 am Link to this comment

You said it purplewolf!

Upper crust needs the chattel to keep the ‘modern society’ we’ve grown accustomed to…. going and growing.

Folks need to break the fixation on money and work for themselves and not upper crusties.

Report this

By purplewolf, September 27, 2010 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

Raylan: It is the top less than 2% not 5% and if they take it back, they wouldn’t know how the hell to survive without the rest of us doing the things for them they need to survive. Fo example: growing their food, fixing their cars, repairing and building their houses, business(which will fail if the other 98% of the population goes under), maintaining their health care, you can see where this is going.They are not capable of taking care of themselves in the real sense of the meaning.

Also, since it was Bush’s plan about TARP, McCain and the other retards, I mean republicans thought it was fine and dandy, until Obama finished with Tarp II-Bush’s baby and them it was evil. These people flip-flop at the blink of an eye.

And if the T.P.ers and repukes get back in they have already said they are going on a massive witch hunt, with subpoenas and investigations and everything else they can think of so as to drag America further down the road to desolation and continue to give tax breaks to those who do not need them and screw the rest of us.

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Don’t we all fail miserably?  And yes, the dog does return to its vomit, and the pig wallows once again in the mud…

Report this

By robert puglia, September 27, 2010 at 8:47 am Link to this comment
(Unregistered commenter)

like the dog to his vomit

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 27, 2010 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

I’m in between HD’s right now… but the last one got near 45 mpg.. it is one of those things that is hard to give up, I know… I enjoy it too much… much fun with friends and the breeze and looking cool and all that… I miss it.

Looking to get an electric car to replace the petro one.

Yeah, I’m knee deep in the ‘automated consumption’ as well, deciding daily the ways to break away from the program still.

Report this

By balkas, September 27, 2010 at 6:27 am Link to this comment

If one dwells on individuals and especially on a few that are disliked by some or
many, one can thus avoid the real talk: the talk about the basic structures of
governance and society.
But doesn’t every columnist do that? Entertaining people away from elucidating
the structures in question while forever dwelling on the two wings of one goose
or this and that personality.

So, what’s important are ‘freakish’ gaga, deLay, gingrich, paris, lohan, bush,
obama, douglas’ cancer, and the like.

And much alienated and independent dependencies, depending on such starry
‘stars’ to feel less of a dependency or being left out or miss on daily dosage of
feeling like s’mone!

But hasn’t that been everywhere for at least 10 k yrs? So, what’s new? It has
worked well for kings, nobles, bishops, popes, et al; it works butifly for obama,
a ceo, an evangelist; john waine, but not for mother theresa, crazy horse,
geronimo, che guevara, castro, lenin, et al—the latter having no money! tnx

Report this

By robertaustin, September 27, 2010 at 6:25 am Link to this comment

The Republicans should call their little pledge “The Contract ON America.”

Report this

By ardee, September 27, 2010 at 5:42 am Link to this comment

“Excuse me, I can just never give up my luxuries…. oh my Mercedes… or my Harley, or my 80’ King Fisher… it makes me feel important and special… and valuable… much more than those who are walking and catching the bus surely I swear to you.”

My HD gets 38 MPG and would get more if I wasn’t addicted to going fast. What does your ride get?

Report this
RayLan's avatar

By RayLan, September 27, 2010 at 5:03 am Link to this comment

The government spending saw is so boring - and hypocritical - since TARP was initiated under Bush and the Reps have no problem bankrupting us with stupid wars. They just don’t want social programs - after all what business does the government have taking care of its citizens - with health care, social security and other safety nets. We should allow individual to slip into abject poverty - that should really help take back their America - like the top five percent - which is all the will be left to take back if they have their way. Try as I might, I can never get my head around that thoroughly callous self-centered anti-social view of statecraft.

Report this
Mike789's avatar

By Mike789, September 27, 2010 at 4:11 am Link to this comment

Itinerary:

Pledge to America
Dog and pony show at lumber yard
Vote against small business loan funding

Simply enough. What I find confounding is that anyone with access to their prefrontal cortex functions cannot connect the dots. Ooops, just realized that it’s that they “refuse” to connect the dots. My confoundedness disspelled. LOL

Report this

By Inherit The Wind, September 27, 2010 at 3:45 am Link to this comment

At least the Contract was a plan.  The Pledge is nothing but contradictory buzzwords.

Report this
Paul_GA's avatar

By Paul_GA, September 27, 2010 at 3:25 am Link to this comment

The question immediately raised by this news is why John Boehner and his colleagues would remind voters of their political descent from the likes of Newt Gingrich and Tom DeLay, and the legacy of misconduct, fakery and error that they represent.

Because the Repubs lack imagination and a sense of realism about this country’s present decline, that’s why. Not that the Demos are any better; as Huey P. Long, the “Kingfish”, said more than 70 years ago, “The only difference I ever found between the Democratic leadership and the Republican leadership is that one of them is skinning you from the ankle up and the other, from the ear down.”

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” ...

Report this

By 1whoknows, September 26, 2010 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment

Normally I respect Mr. Conason’s opinion, but his attempt to gloss over “rumors of cocaine trafficking at a rural Arkansas airport…” do not say much for his credibility on this story. Of course, the airport he was was referring to is in Mena, Arkansas. I’ve been at that airport (after the drug smuggling was over) and have seen some of the planes that were involved in the smuggling. 

One of the DEA agents who made the allegations about Oliver North’s drug smuggling in El Salvador is Cele Castillo. I’ve seen him speak an great length on the topic, and I’ve read his eye-opening book “Powderburns,” which goes into great detail about that whole era. In fact, while VP George W. Bush was on an official trip to Central America, it was DEA Agent Castillo who personally told Mr. Bush about the smuggling of drugs from North’s location at Llopango Airport in El Salvado. Mr. Bush’s reaction was to say nothing and to walk away.  After that, Mr. Castillo’s career started on a downard slope.

Here is the link, for anyone interested (even Mr. Conason) in reading further:

http://www.powderburns.org/indictment.html

Report this

By Maani, September 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment

“Contract with America.”  Failed.  Not lived up to.  “Pledge to America.”  Dead on arrival.  Cannot be lived up to.  Maybe next is a “Cross My Heart and Hope to Die Promise to America.”

Amazing what the American populace will buy…

Report this
Napolean DoneHisPart's avatar

By Napolean DoneHisPart, September 26, 2010 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment

Simply pointing the fact that most people have ‘dropped out’ of politics, even the point of voting, let alone reading something other than tv or the paper…. or yahoo news for example… or worse fox and those guys.

And lots of folks don’t understand nor debate much how we do here, whatever the point of view or core beliefs.

We need something concrete we need to offer people…. something that is ‘real’ for them right now, not getting some person ‘voted’ in from the current party system of marketing your face and name and whatever… we see it all over right now, and someone needs to pick up that trash.

Yes let’s advocate a fresh approach to the issue of governance and allowing who to govern.  This is the point of it all, isn’t it?

For starters, teaching folks about the money system, how it benefits the few… and how to really hit them where it hurts!

JUST STOP FEEDING THEM.

For example- going ‘electric car’ and dumping the petro guzzler.  Money and efforts move from supporting big car corps… and supporting the burgeoning local electric vehicle market… look out your window, it is happening.. this is just ONE area to make a shift that will have longing consequences down the road… from cutting demand to new gas burners, to increasing demand for new electrics that do all the gas-ers do.

Some guy converted his old pickup into an electric for $2k.  There is a whole market of used cars of all decades ready to be converted; slapping on new rims, tires, interior and paint job…. and you’ll have a ‘restored’ car, flipped to meet current amenities.

It’s starts with YOU reading this and realizing the difference your personal choice of consumption, who’s pet food to buy, who’s carrots to go buy, etc…

“Excuse me, I can just never give up my luxuries…. oh my Mercedes… or my Harley, or my 80’ King Fisher… it makes me feel important and special… and valuable… much more than those who are walking and catching the bus surely I swear to you.”

What if Joe Consumer knew how to open a business through a corporation where in worse case scenario, his liability is limited and the money takes the hit, not his life in jail…

Ever notice the contrast between, let’s say Robert Rizzo in Bell, CA…. and Hank Paulson in D.C.?

Paulson is protected going into and out of the position, whether public office or corporation… just the nature of the entity and how it shelters the natural person.

Rizzo is an example and scapegoat I hope we can all agree to clearly see.. while he is the puppet and stripped scarecrow which is just enough to satisfy the masses and their disgust with ‘government’ when its at ALL LEVELS the corruption and power play.

Think of public crucifixions like the old days…. but never the upper classes, clubs, pedigree or blue bloods…

Ever wonder why folks love to hear about Lohan or whomever celebrity falling meteor crashing and burning?  They tried and failed as we all wish we could succeed and thrive for generations… like they’ve done over us…

Same pony show folks, just in today’s guise.

If you can read and decipher several languages… you’ll learn more in this documentary than in one year taking a humanities class.  There are other versions.  Let it play and learn folks.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7400393743229742503#

Report this
Fat Freddy's avatar

By Fat Freddy, September 26, 2010 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment

I think these guys need to go back to law school. Contracts are only valid if all parties involved, voluntarily agree to all the terms and conditions. I’m not a lawyer, but even I know that.

Report this
Fat Freddy's avatar

By Fat Freddy, September 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

Well, if this contract contains a Sanity Clause, it won’t hold up in court.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS2khYJZKwA

Report this
PatrickHenry's avatar

By PatrickHenry, September 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

More like a contract on America.

Report this

By ardee, September 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Conason,

I would offer that the American people are not disappointed by the pace of improvement but are furious at the absence thereof.

Report this

By gerard, September 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm Link to this comment

Unfortunately, Joe,—America is, above all, the Land of Promise. Every election, scores of politicans make promises they never intend to fulfill, many of which are impossible to fulfill. And tens of thousands of voters vote for them, or against them, and go home feeling they have done their duty and can now relax.
  After several generations of being mostly disappointed in the results, you would think that hordes of voters would start making serious demands for reform from the top, down. Well, not right now.  Maybe later.
  Now here comes this bait-and-snitch thing—this Pledge to America. So what else is new?

Report this
 
Right 1, Site wide - BlogAds Premium
 
Right 2, Site wide - Blogads
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 
 
 
Right Skyscraper, Site Wide
 
Join the Liberal Blog Advertising Network
 

A Progressive Journal of News and Opinion   Publisher, Zuade Kaufman   Editor, Robert Scheer
© 2014 Truthdig, LLC. All rights reserved.

Like Truthdig on Facebook