Today the first anti-Arnold demonstration of his tenure as governor is scheduled to be held at the state capitol. The marchers will be advocates for the developmentally disabled, who doubtless never imagined that it would be a Kennedy in-law who laid waste to the most humane program Ronald Reagan ever created. (Harold Meyerson, Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30082-2003Dec2.html))How broad of a flyswatter? How heavy a blow? (The chorus of a bad crossover rap (http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Slam-lyrics-Onyx/60272D7811A8706948256A33000C1DD4) was the first thing I heard when I read that paragraph.)
Meyerson obviously is not an Arnold fan, but it is an interesting article. Meyerson is so steamed, it seems that he's resorting to absolutely shallow humor.
Read the article ... I wouldn't know where to start the topic. I find myself quickly meeting Meyerson's standard of rhetoric: After all, Arnold's onto something with this; why not hack the people who are not capable of noticing?
Er ... yeah. I would hope that last doesn't become the topic, but whatever.
• Meyerson, Harold. "The Terminator and the Terminated." Washington Post, December 3, 2003; page A29. see http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30082-2003Dec2.html
any politician worth his salt is "on to this." it is s.o.p to screw with the folks least able to protest or at the least, protest in an wholly ineffectual manner ie: marches to the capitol where a friendly reception is provided by coppers in full body armor. dont the "marginalized" know how to deal? oops silly me. i mean, is'nt that why they are marginalized?
wasnt it the clinton admin that told a food conference that americans dont believe in the "right to food"? i guess it aint explicitly covered in the declaration
here is the typical scenario...florida 2001 budget
These are among an estimated $840-million in health and human services cuts up for consideration as House and Senate negotiators head into the final, frenzied weeks of the legislative session and iron out a state budget for Florida.
At the same time, the state House has proposed $355-million in tax breaks, mostly for people who pay the intangibles tax on stocks, bonds and other investments.
House lawmakers have also set aside some $300-million for their local projects. The Senate has some $400-million in community projects -- often called pork barrel projects or "turkeys" -- according to the governor's office.
Legislature weighs slashing programs for poor (http://www.sptimes.com/News/041701/State/Legislature_weighs_sl.shtml)
I only mention this at all, since it's Israel and not the US, because I so rarely read Ha'aretz.
Like every Israeli, I watch with concern as the government, since it was established, manages to mislead the citizenry in practically every sphere of life: in politics, economics, and social affairs. There's no growth, no work, no pride, and worst of all - no hope. The gaps between the rich and poor in Israel are reminiscent of the Third World. There are 1,312,000 people living below the poverty line and every third child in the country is poor. Crime is rising, and in international comparative achievement tests, our children show up in the lowest ranks.
The government's response to this situation is to pass an antisocial budget, which includes painful economic decrees that will cause intolerable harm and damage to many - but most of all to the weak. This budget is a grave indictment against the government, which behaves like an ostrich hiding from reality.
The economic program's decrees hit practically everyone: Another 1,500 public sector workers will be fired, tax will be imposed on pensions, and the retirement age will rise. Some NIS 250 million will be cut from the medical services basket and another NIS 200 million will be cut from the Education Ministry budget. Nothing remains of the promise to lower VAT to 17 percent. (Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, Ha'aretz (http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/367662.html))I admit, this is how much the Palestinian issue overshadows things. This is ... news ... to me.
At any rate, perhaps it's time to look again at the role of government in society (as if that isn't happening every day.)
Gunz o' butta, peepz?
Er ... :bugeye:
(Strange, I thought I'd smoked enough pot already ....)
At any rate:
We've got warehouses of butter
We've got oceans of wine
We've got famine when we need it
Got designer crime
We've got Mercedes
We've got Porsche
Ferrari and Rolls Royce
We've got choice
She said meet me
In the Garden of Gethsemene my dear
The Lord said Peter I can see
Your house from here
An honest family man
Finally reaped what he had sown
A farmer in Ohio has just repaid a loan
It's a miracle
By the grace of God Almighty
And the pressures of the marketplace
The human race has civilized itself
It's a miracle
(Roger Waters, "It's a Miracle (http://www.songlyrics.com/song-lyrics/Waters_Roger/Amused_To_Death/It_s_A_Miracle/83110.html)")And just to reinforce the abstract part:
From the pulpit of Fairlington United Methodist Church last Sunday, Kenneth Bradford produced one of those schmaltzy gifts you see in the mass-consumer catalogs that clog our mailboxes.
It was a plastic singing fish, geared to belt out "Take Me to the River" at the push of a button. It may have been funny to some, but on a rational level, it was hardly worth the resources to produce it. Yet for Bradford, an executive of the anti-hunger organization Society of St. Andrew, it served a far more valuable purpose.
He told the fish's story. He said it was manufactured in China, shipped in containers to Los Angeles and sent by truck to warehouses across the country, ending up in the possession of an American consumer who probably forked over $25 for it. Bradford's point: If the global logistics are possible for something as inconsequential as a plastic, singing fish, then it's a sin on a mass scale to let the problems of hunger remain insurmountable. Bradford's message put a new twist on the Christian Biblical passage of the fishes and the loaves. (Chuck Raasch, USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/raasch/2003-11-26-raasch_x.htm))It's hard for me to tack on any additional comments here. To me, the issue is both vague and clear; qualifying the issue specifically is difficult, but if some intuitive gag reflex doesn't lurch up in the context of a government's service of its citizens, or at least in terms of human decency as compared to the fact that nations and societies exist at all, well ... yeah, I don't know what to tell anyone yet.
Plastic fish? Can you imagine if all Jesus had to work with was plastic fish?
• Ben-Eliezer, Benjamin. "He's not an economic magician." Haaretz.com, December 3, 2003. see http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/367662.html
•_Waters, Roger. "It's a Miracle." Amused to Death, 1992. see http://www.songlyrics.com/song-lyrics/Waters_Roger/Amused_To_Death/It_s_A_Miracle/83110.html
• Raasch, Chuck. "Hunger is the great moral failing of our age." USA Today.com, November 26, 2003. see http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/columnist/raasch/2003-11-26-raasch_x.htm
A note on the title: This post started with a simple observation of the Ha'aretz article. There was a subtle connection that, as I noted, I think I see clearly. But the rest of it, as connect-the-dots as it is, came pretty quickly, and is merely an attempt to not leave an odds-and-ends Ha'aretz editorial without any contextual framing.
With this new $15 billion bond biz, he is essentially sealing the Californian economy in the future... MORE DEBT! Do I see a new Argentina in the wings?