Unrecognized Problems

There will be a lot of talk (actually there already is) about Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts and what the Democrats (and perhaps the people) should take away from that.  I would like to highlight some things that will likely not be discussed in the mainstream media.

Health care is not the problem.  Martha Coakley did not lose because of the health care debate.  She lost because she was a bad candidate and because this is the beginning of the mid-term elections.  The mid-term elections will be really bad for the Democrats because the economy is still in the toilet.  And especially because unemployment is still so high.  Unless the economy turns around and turns around quickly, the Democrats can expect to lose a lot of seats in the real mid-term elections and the White House in 2012.  When the economy is doing well, people praise the President and when it is doing lousy, they blame him.  It’s not fair because it doesn’t matter who the President is, there is only so much he can affect the economy.

The real problem when it comes to elections is the fact that there are no real choices.  On the one hand, you have Democrats who have control of both houses of Congress and the White House and still can’t get anything done.  Of course, the system is designed to be very slow and it is very easy to make things even slower.  In addition, the Democrats have been taking money from the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies for a long time now.  So if you expect to have real reform that will actually help people, you are looking in the wrong place.  But if you don’t like the Democrats, then you obviously have to pick the Republican.

Of course, the Republicans are worse than the Democrats.  Their rhetoric is similar (We want to help the American people blah blah blah…) but they are really worse.  Or I should say that they are worse when it comes to certain things like social issues.  Gay marriage, abortion, you name it.  But when it comes to economic issues, they are pretty much the same.  One group says they want to help all Americans, but they only help the rich and the other group does the same fucking thing.  If you’re not rich in this country, don’t expect shit from the government.  Regardless of what party they are from, all of these politicians are bought and paid for by their corporate paymasters.

Some people will blame the banks for this economic crisis (and there are plenty of things that they did that should be scrutinized) and the banks are saying that they did not cause the housing bubble to burst.  I am not going to argue one way or the other.  I think the problem is with capitalism itself.  There have been booms and busts since we started using this system to allocate resources.  It is inherent in the system.  And this is one more reason why we need to scrap the whole damn thing and start over.

The worst part is that the effects of the economy are not felt equally.  Right now, the heads of the biggest banks are back to making large bonuses.  They have not felt the impact of the downturn partly because they got bailed out by the government and partly because they are huge fucking corporations.  They don’t care what the unemployment numbers are except that it makes their jobs even easier.  Think about it.  If you are a manager and the people under you aren’t doing their job to perfection, you just get rid of them because there are ten people in line to take that job and will take less money to do it.  And if you are one of those people looking for a job, you just want something to pay the bills.  And the longer it takes to find a job, the more likely you are to take whatever you can get.

The economy does well and very few people benefit.  And when the economy tanks it affects so many people.


I know my last post was a bit brash and overheated.  That’s how I felt, so that’s what I wrote.  If you don’t like it, don’t read it.  Or leave a comment and tell me how wrong I am.  Or write me off as some hell-bound idiot.  It’s up to you.


Perhaps I should not have come back to writing when I did.  I am still pissed off.  I am cynical and I look around and all I see is shit.  And I know this post is all over the place.  So please bear with me while I get my head straight.  Or you could just ignore me.  There are plenty of other things to do on the internet, like tweeting about your bathroom habits or telling your Facebook friends what you had for dinner.


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