But then, for about the thousandth time, my mind wanders over the past ten years. Republicans got the tax cuts they wanted. They got the financial deregulation they wanted. They got the wars they wanted. They got the unfunded spending increases they wanted. And the results were completely, unrelentingly disastrous. A decade of sluggish growth and near-zero wage increases. A massive housing bubble. Trillions of dollars in war spending and thousands of American lives lost. A financial collapse. A soaring long-term deficit. Sky-high unemployment. All on their watch and all due to policies they eagerly supported. And worse: ever since the predictable results of their recklessness came crashing down, they’ve rabidly and nearly unanimously opposed every single attempt to dig ourselves out of the hole they created for us.
Medicynical Note: We’ve lost our mojo and have an almost totally dysfuntional political system.
As an aside, I listened to one of the best of Today BBC podcasts yesterday. They interviewed Retired Brigadier General Steven Anderson, formerly General Petraeus’ logistician. He revealed that the U.S. spends 20 billion, yes billion dollars on air conditioning in Afganistan. The money, in part, is used to buy fuel which costs the military $45/gallon delivered. The air conditioning is among other things used to cool tents. The commentator noted that this is 1/3 of the total British military government.