This week’s prediction from the BBC programme The Oracle: Booming Bivouacs for Boomers as Retirement Plans Go Bust
Keiser: “Well it all sounds mighty convenient for the baby-boomers… Free market-loving, deregulatory, Reaganites who outsourced the entire economy of the country and then plundered from their children with a debt-fuelled binge during their ‘working years’… Now they declare themselves socialists when they’re about to retire bankrupt! So their slave children can pay the bill.”
A generation “abandoned” by the baby-boomers… This will, of course, come as absolutely no surprise whatsoever to Gen-X’ers and others that have unfortunately followed in the wake of these pricks for the past thirty years or so.
And various other matters…
Here’s some more excerpts from Real Time discussing the current economic crisis with Tina Brown, Chrystia Freeland, and Maxine Waters. A lot of interesting, provocative topics were covered that may provide some food for thought. For example… Should the “rich” be made to pay back for their abject failure to deliver on the promise of “trickle down economics”? Would it be advisable to have a “Nuremburg Trial” of sorts to hold unregulated, predatory lenders to account for their part in the economic collapse? Can America be regarded as a “serious nation” given its recent history of reckless consumerism and determined ignorance when it comes to the delivery of basic social services like universal healthcare to its citizenry?
But wait, there’s more! Is the media a truly accurate representative of our culture? Can the “hate” and seething anger now emerging from the Right (for lack of a better term) that’s being directed at President Obama be reasonably compared or contrasted to the virulent hostility that was aimed towards the Bush administration from the Left for the last eight years?
Finally, the debut of a new feature on Real Time called “States of the Union” that profiles NEVADA. (Followed by the lurid story of the Pakistani-American “media mogul” who beheaded his wife.)
Considering the alternatives, it seems like a fairly appealing choice. Ah, but sadly it’s not to be…
Well, that was certainly quite dumb (but perhaps somewhat “revealing” about the hopelessly deranged Republican mindset these days…). Personally, I rather like this alternate suggestion made by someone over at “Something Awful!” when attempting to guess at the solution to Hannity’s little Obama “advent” teaser at the end of each show.
Bill is back… with a modest proposal.
Allan Keyes, the perennial Republican presidential candidate and freelance kook appears to be stepping into some highly questionable territory based on remarks made recently. “Obama is a radical communist and I think it is becoming clear. That is what I told people in Illinois and now everybody realizes it is coming true. He is going to destroy this country and we are either going to stop him or the United States of America is going to cease to exist,” said Keyes. Hmmm.
Would it surprise you to learn that, in addition to having lost every single election the man has ever been involved with (and there have been a least six of them, most recently running for leadership of the fringe Constitution Party — losing by a wide margin to Charles Obadiah “Chuck” Baldwin, a talk radio host and pastor of the Crossroad Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida), that Keyes’ roommate at Harvard was Bill Kristol?