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If our news organizations were truly newsworthy…. when it came to politics, they would be giving out facts, and let us, the public form our own opinion based on those facts.

They don’t. They dispense opinions. Pure entertainment. Ironically, if you want real news, you can find it quicker on John Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Jay Leno, Conan O’Brian, Jimmy Kimmel, or among comedians, quicker than it appears on MSNBC, CNN, Fox, CBS, NBC, or ABC…

This chart I discovered today was an eye opener… It needs to be front and center of every public discussion in regards to our deficit crises and the raising of the national debt limit.. I’m curious if our Tea Party friends were even aware that consecutively, Democrats reduced the national debt relative to GDP starting with Roosevelt, by 24.4%, 21.7%, 11.0% 5.2%,8.3%,8.3%,3.0%, and 3.2%… Of course every American by now, knows that the Clintons, decreased the deficit by 9.0% during their second term……..

But… did you know… that when Republicans came into office, the National Debt INCREASED… starting with the “Deficit Hawk” himself, Ronald Reagan, +11.3%. +9.3%, +15.0%, +7.1%, ending with “W” Bushes last term, at +20%?

This chart is an eyeopener.. Democrats consistently over the past 80 years, grow both the economy and reduce the portion of our national debt relative to GDP… Republicans consistently over the past 30 years, cause the economy to implode, and our national debt percentage to soar relative to what our national incomes tells us what we can afford…

Obviously, our friends in the tea party elected the wrong party in 2010 to control our deficit.

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Every Republican lives in fear… They go about their lives, hoping no one finds the truth… They fear one day, all will be revealed.. They fear that Delawareans will one day learn the truth… So they use their wealth to spin their lies, and huddle like scurvy little spiders… sucking the juices out past year’s kills…

Delaware woke up this morning to find Ginger Gibson got there first… Like Frodo in the cave of Shelob, a brilliant light seared their retina’s as the first rising Republican casually glanced over the News Journal page this morning… There for all to see…. Critics say GOP abused its perks: Shocking’ expenses slashed in Del. House!

First one call to Westover, then two calls, then four.. Soon, the phones began ringing all over Republican land… ” Wake up! Get digging! This is bad! We’re Doomed! Damage Control! Who squealed!” although for some reason the calls never made it as far north as Yorklyn… Heard all over Republican land, were these word muttered under every Republican’s breath… “That damned Spence… Why did he have to put his name on all those checks…”

Spiders everywhere retreated to their den… Holed up… Hibernating till 2016……

House Republicans who could knowledgeably dispute the facts would not be interviewed for this article. Spence did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Republican Party Chairman Tom Ross said he couldn’t speak to specific allegations but characterized them as partisan attacks likely fueled by election-year politics.

Absolutely… Which is why it is always important when listening to a Republican, to click on links… Like this one to the side of Ginger’s story…..

It is addressed to Vincent Lofink,

Dear Mr. Lofink:

As recommended in a report from the State Auditor’s Office, I am writing to ask that you reimburse the House of Representatives for tuition reimbursements you received while serving as a state representative… The total amount you were reimbursed is $12,124.50.

Since this is a partisan attack fueled by election year politics one would assume the State Auditor would be of the opposite party…. What, the state auditor is a Republican?

Oh, my…. He’s a Republican.

… and since he took the Republican House leadership to task, he is apparently a damned good Republican too… By rough calculation, I’d be guessing he, Kilroy, and Rsmitty are the only three good one’s left…. JoAnne might still be one of them, I don’t really know anymore… And Hastings, I don’t want to forget.

Obviously Delaware’s State Republican Party is still not familiar with how to act within the light of open government … Am I the only one remembering how they tried to take credit for being the only ones truly supportive of opening the General Assembly to FOIA?

Probably. 🙂

It was last July, as I watched a second shift come on, laughing and quite happy with themselves, that I thought… they don’t have a clue about what is about to happen… The Even Greater Depression…

…And as I greeted them… I had what for lack of a better word, ..a vision… and through that process I grew to understand what probably transpired in all those Sunday School history lessons when we were told of someone famous “having a vision…”

Naturally because I was a child, I had always interpreted those moments to be awesomely grand, and mind provoking… with perhaps the entire sky lighting up as a digitalized IMEX screen… But this quiet moment made me wonder whether perhaps a more accurate translation of “vision” in each of those situations……. might have been… say… “insight”, as in “God then gave him insight”.

For as I became disengaged from the interaction taking place, and began to wonder how that same scene would transpire a year from now were something major to happen, with no money capable of trickling in to the business… Granted, I would be out of work. Likewise, everyone coming and going on that July day, would be out of work. Those fortunately wealthy, would still eat… but the rest of us… would eventually die if not for the generosity of others… If economic collapse were ever became total… obsequiously serving those interests of the ruling class, would become the only way to survive…..

Those who had land, of course, could return to an agrarian existence… For the rest of us, there would be no electricity, primarily due to a lack of money to fund it… And with no electricity, most of our homes would become instantly uninhabitable… Neither would we be blessed with any of those comforts stemming from natural gas, fiber optic phones, ipods, batteries, gasoline, cars… Our interstates would be ribbons of concrete… empty….

Without electricity, we would have no way to communicate… Only those miserable few, living up and down our streets, would ever see our face or come to know our name…

And if you were able to extend that vision further…. one generation later…. all of civilization’s benefits… ie. everything we ever learned from any of our previous generations… stops… The era of the Darker than Dark Ages begins… The next generation, those who are just infants now, will grow up seeing abandoned cars with windows smashed, not knowing what they once did; they will see gas stations boarded up and forever sealed, only to guess at their original function; they will ponder the reason for telephone poles whose electrical wires have collapsed, collected, and been stripped…

For that knowledge of “how to start up a power grid”… has passed. And with no way to communicate across great distances, no one could even gather those few remaining experts into one place to figure it out.. And even if that miracle were to occur, it would cost far too much for any investor to initiate the repairs, even if it was a simple matter of figuring out just which switch to flip…..

Yes, in one year things could be vastly different…. our current existence that July day was so fragile.

As my mind returned to the present… and as I watched people who I consider as friends, entering and leaving their livelihoods, completely oblivious to what was looming on the horizon… I understood the kinship I had with those of old, who had similar preminiscent visions as they perhaps looked in on Maria Antoinette’s court syncophanting as normal while plebeian crowds gathered outside the Bastille;…. or as the family of Harold feasted on wild game while unknown to them, Normans climbed into their boats across the Channel, ….or as Anastasia and her brothers ate, played, slept and dreamed while the word circled among Bolsheviks to get themselves to the Winter Palace…

Our routines… are so shallow… when faced with breathtaking events….

But if things go bad… we still have choices… And after reading a comment tacked to the bottom of a post of The Mourning Constitution by one nosy neighbor… I think I saw the crystallization of what those choices eventually solidify into….

We are ultimately given two options… The first option is simple. We can attempt to survive this scenario by being incredibly selfishly individualistic, resorting to every man responsible only for himself… Hoarding what little he has, helping no one; keeping what little he has to hopefully survive beyond the famine…

Or…..

We can instead choose to help our neighbor with all the little we have, and hopefully survive the major bump-in-the-road as a group intact… preserving that good portion of our human nature… Obviously, you can’t help everyone… but if everyone helps someone, we could pull it through. And I think therein lies our answer… Ironically, despite the controversy swirling through October, at the end of November, it really boils down to us “sharing the wealth.” Not equally, of course… but just enough to survive… stepping up to help out when there is no other….

I have often thought myself magnanimous each time I’ve helped out charity… but never have I undertaken a sacrifice as that freely given by a nosy neighbor… It bothers me somewhat that I have a lot of learning to do….

For just today, as I stood in line for my commute-home coffee, a conversation to the side led me to believe that someone who should have retired already, (he’ll never find another job)… had just been let go.. on the day before Thanksgiving… “Sometimes life just shit’s on you” is the quote I overheard….

Stupid selfish ass me… It never even crossed my mind to offer to buy him a cup of coffee……

So as I read, agreeing with another blogger friend saying he didn’t feel like writing the obligatory Thanksgiving post covering all for which he was thankful….. it occurred to me that come Thanksgiving 2009….. perhaps we will understand a little better, how many wonderful things we had at this point in history… for which to be grateful.

Billy Kristol says so.

When intereviewed by the BBC on Hardtalk, this occurred.

Interviewer:  “Would you say the Conservatism as a movement, has failed?

Billy Kristol:  “In what way?”

Interviewer:  “The economy being in shambles is worse off than 8 years ago;  you took a budget surplus and turned it into a massive debt;  your nation’s security and safety are worse off than 8 years ago;  your stature around the world, has taken a hit, wouldn’t you say, and is much worse than it was 8 years ago…  Most people I know, would say that based on those results, that conservatism as a philosophy, has failed…?”

Billy Kristol:  “Well, yes, if you use those criteria, its failed….”

In an truly amazing event, the last bastion of conservatism accepted the inevitable…. thereby making a prophet out of our current president’s father, George H.W. Bush…… who predicted this ultimate outcome with these wise words…..” That’s voodoo economics….”

Other minor revelations made by Billy Kristol:

McCain has less than a one in four chance of winning this year…

There will be two full terms, sixteen years of Democrats, before any conservative will have the ghost of an opportunity to retake the White House..

The Conservative Movement will have to hide somewhere and retool its philosophy.

None of the policies that neoconservatives rammed through, accomplished their goals… None..

Bush failed at building a larger ground army after 9/11.

Finally this redeeming factor of the neoconservative movement:

Billy Kristol:  “At least liberals aren’t as liberal anymore….”

Obviously Billy has yet to realize that it was the liberals who absorbed all those who came to their senses and jumped off the neoconservative’s ship before it pulled out the dock……  Those philosophies he’s been fighting aren’t liberal; they are mainstream.

In case you haven’t yet heard……….
You may remember this recently from Delaware Way……..So Full of Life..Who Could Have Anticipated?

Our broken hearts go out this day……..