A pox on both houses!

James Fallows prints the following letter:

Like Mike Lofgren, I am a retired Congressional staffer who worked for a House Member from 1985 until January of this year. Unlike Lofgren, I did not retire voluntarily; my boss, a moderate Democrat, lost his race for re-election last November. I found myself agreeing with virtually everything in Mike’s article and immediately forwarded it to a bunch of my friends, some of whom remain working on the Hill.

Privately, many of us who have worked in Congress since before the Clinton Administration have been complaining about the loss of the respect for the institution by the Members who were elected to serve their constituents through the institution. I don’t think people realize how fragile democracy really is. The 2012 campaign is currently looking to be the final nail in the coffin unless people start to understand what is going on.


This anonymous former Congressional staffer goes on to explain that most people are stupid and uninformed. This is what we always hear when voters don’t vote for the correct candidates.

Fallows introduces the letter by explaining how the evil GOPers in Congress want to destroy our government. I’m not going to copy it all here so if you’re interested go over there and read it.

What seems to go completely over Fallows head is the fact that the surest way to destroy democracy is to convince people that the other side is acting in bad faith.

If you really want to undermine people’s faith in the institution of government then have their elected representatives promise one thing and do another. So now we have the Village idiots getting their panties in a collective knot because the Tea Party candidates who were elected last November are actually trying to keep their campaign promises!



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23 Responses to A pox on both houses!

  1. Dario says:

    From the Simpsons:

    Kodos: It’s true, we are aliens. But what are you going to do about it? It’s a two-party system. You have to vote for one of us.

    Man 1: He’s right, this is a two-party system.

    Man 2: Well I believe I’ll vote for a third-party candidate.

    Kang: Go ahead, throw your vote away.

  2. DeniseVB says:

    I think Obama’s failed leadership is putting THE pox on both houses, as a skilled negotiator would be knocking heads together, not whining and blaming.

    Even Dick Cheney said Hillary had better people skills than Obama and probably would have accomplished more at this point.

  3. yttik says:

    It’s kind of funny, we believe in democracy and the will of the people…..oh crap, not those people! We meant Our people. Those people shouldn’t have any voice at all… they’re screwing up Our democracy….get them out!

    • WMCB says:

      What’s hilarious to me is that he goes on a rant about those ignorant low-information voters who only think 5 minutes before entering the ballot box…….. and then he makes some sort of magical leap into assuming that those voters are all being “deceived” by conservatives. Are they not just as likely to be “deceived” by the left?

      There DO exist people in this country that are stupid and clueless and easily lead. That’s true. Lots of them. But is does not therefore follow that if they vote R (or teaparty) it’s from their ignorance, but if they vote D they somehow got smarter. They didn’t. I’m sure all those homeless dropout street people who get rounded up every election in our cities and told to go vote D are budding rocket scientists?

      There is no logical explanation there of how, exactly, the ignorance of many in the electorate is fodder for condemnation of the right for “taking advantage of them”, but is not equally fodder for condemnation of the left for doing the same thing. I don’t get how the fact that “stupid people exist, and sometimes vote” is a point against the R’s. Huh? It’s a point against both or a point against neither. It has nothing to do with things, really.

      I’m beginning to think that to the average ivory-tower liberal, the reason they rail against the stupid conservative poor “voting against their self interests” is really just a peevish complaint that they refuse to be bought. Why the hell can’t they be like all those other poor uneducated people, and hand over their vote in return for a promise of a free clinic and a subsistence soup kitchen from Uncle Sugar?

      The Left lies with their hand-wringing over “dumb” voters. They really have zero problem with stupid people. They count on the votes of stupid people, every single election. They just have a problem with stupid people that they can’t buy with govt largesse. But stupidity and ignorance itself? Nah, that’s not their beef. Because they never ever complain about the stupidity and ignorance of their OWN voters, who think their mortgage will get paid from Obama’s “stash”. You will never see an article in the Atlantic bemoaning the shameful prevalence of that kind of “low information voter”. Only the ones who vote R.

      • You state it beautifully! “Stupid is as stupid does.” And “it’s only bad when “they” do it!

      • Mimi says:

        I am not sure that this carefully orchestrated symbolic gnashing of teeth is going to matter. According to Mr Charm and Personality Richard Cohen has announced in his column today that “It’s no longer Obama-land in the Hamptons”. He lets us peons know that “The Hamptons is where the Democratic energy, money and intellectual firepower of Manhattan goes for R&R. It’s just not another beach.”

        Dick continues with this riveting information,”I am talking about are writers and editors, lawyers and shrinks, Wall Street tycoons and freelance photographers, hedge funders and academics, run-of-the-mill Democrats and Democratic activists. They were all politically sophisticated, and just a year ago some of them were still vociferous Obama supporters. No more.” So Dick you are saying these assholes are kind of slow and just now figuring out what the rest of the country has known for quite some time now?

        He concludes with this brilliant analysis, “In the meantime, though, these opinion leaders, these political activists, these people with influence and, yes, money, have bailed on Obama — not just some of them, not just a few of them, but all of them. The early returns are in: Obama has lost the Hamptons.” Maybe Dick will figure out that rich people do not throw good money after bad (if sober).

        • votermom says:

          So who are they bankrolling now? Romney or Perry?

        • ralphb says:

          Being for or against Obama is just part of the latest “flavor of the week” amongst the rich and vapid. It was formerly “cool” to be for O, now it’s “cool” to not support him. That could all change overnight and they will all follow the herd just like the sheeple they are.

          Who cares?

      • Monster from the Id says:

        “Are they not just as likely to be deceived by the left?”

        Left? The USA has a Left? That’s news to me. :mrgreen:

        Do you perhaps mean the mere conservatives, as distinct from the reactionaries? 🙄

  4. votermom says:

    That was weird – the blog wouldn’t come up for quite a while.

  5. SHV says:

    “The early returns are in: Obama has lost the Hamptons.” Maybe Dick will figure out that rich people do not throw good money after bad (if sober).”
    **********
    It took two terms for Bush/Cheney and the Rs to become damaged goods for “big money”; one and done for Obama and the Dems.

    “The Hamptons” pretty much got what they wanted. No investigation or prosecution of bank and mortgage fraud, $16+ trillion for banks and Wall Street, “Health Industry profit protection law”, etc. The last Obama pay off for big money is the WH pushing the States Atty Generals to give legal immunity to Wall Street and banks for mortgage and securities fraud. The NY Atty Gen wasn’t buying it and was removed from the committee.

    • ralphb says:

      They can’t make any deal stick without buy-in from the attorney general with jurisdiction over Wall Street. Schneiderman can do whatever he wants with the financial sector.

      • SHV says:

        Schneiderman better totally clean because the WH thugs will take him down if he doesn’t get with the “program”.

  6. Karma says:

    We have fewer and fewer refineries in the US and often hear how they shut down for maintenance during peak summer months. Now we also have to wait for them to refine diesel for other countries. But good news….exports are up.

    http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011/09/us-exports-more-refined-fuel-keeping-domestic-prices-high.html

    Much of the refined product involved in the exports is diesel, Kloza said, meaning that refineries are opting to devote more of their attention to that fuel at the expense of gasoline. The customers are mostly in Central America and South America.

    “Notwithstanding disappointing U.S. demand, the worldwide merchant demand for U.S.-produced fuel is strong,” Kloza said.

    Five years ago, U.S. imports of refined fuels outpaced exports by a 3 million barrels a day, according to Energy Department statistics. Two years ago, fuel imports into the U.S. were still outpacing exports by 1.5 million barrels a day.

    No longer.

    The most recent statistics show exports of refined products from the U.S. outpacing imports by 476,000 barrels a day.

    “That figure is a new modern-day record. We are a net exporter now. If not for high prices in the U.S., it would be something to cheer about in terms of helping the deficit. But in the U.S., it’s just going to get under people’s skin. It’s like we’re selling off our birthright,” Kloza said.

  7. Monster from the Id says:

    Klowny, you better not let Miss Piggy know you compared her people to Congresscritters, or she’ll lay some of that Pig School chopsocky upside your chalk-faced head. :mrgreen:

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