Friends With Consequences

Caution: “In the United States today, we have more than our share of the nattering nabobs of negativism. A tiny and closed fraternity of privileged men, elected by no one, and enjoying a monopoly sanctioned and licensed by government,” said Spiro T. Agnew, the former Maryland Republican governor who is the only US Vice-President to resign facing criminal charges of bribery. Actually the two sentences don’t go together; the first was aimed at the kind of speech that President Obama gave on Monday.

00096045Louisiana’s governor just cut the state’s funds for end-of-life care, ending the benefits of hospice that allow dignity with death. The state’s costs will rise as end-of-life care will be provided in hospital ICUs. So costs or savings were never the issue for Jindal; he exercised power to break the public will and destroy the public good. Food stamps are labeled a part of irresponsible government, but the family budget withers with the raising price of milk when the House fails to pass a farm bill.

The latest debate is over politeness: Is Barack nice to Republicans? A reporter asked about his overtures of friendship during a press briefing. Resist the futility of scaling the American happiness meter. The President reminded the press, despite his “bon mots,” being friends with him can have consequences; he cited Florida’s Charlie Crist. Barack, our President, was correct. Back-slapping doesn’t advance the ball. Money and power does. To win forward, Democrats need both.


2 thoughts on “Friends With Consequences

  1. Unfortunately, this sad man is my governor and people were shocked all around me at just how far he’s going in his quest to privatize everything and almost want to say “I told you so.” Lol


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