We cannot tell a lie. It’s going to get worse -- much worse -- before it gets better. No, we’re not talking about the continued economic downward spiral. Yes, we’re talking about partisan insanity. Read on for an economists’ slap down -- we’re so damned sick of the media’s inability to cover anything in real depth that we did our own (admittedly minimal) research.
How much longer can the ridiculous Rush Limbaugh story continue? As long as the Fat Man and his lefty wannabes on MSNBC want it to. Yes, it was insane that Michael Steele had to apologize, kiss Rush’s ring and likely lose his job. And, yes, there was unseemly gloating from the WH and the Dems. And, oh yes, the Repub poll numbers are still in the toilet. But CAN WE ALL MOVE ON PLEASE? The economy and planet we save just may be our own. And, btw Dems, there are a lot of angry white guys out there who really love Rush and don’t care 'bout no stinkin' pollsters.
We will get to the forecast, yes, we will. But we have to pause for a brief moment while the Queen REALLY. LOSES. HER. SH*T. Yeah, baby, I’m gonna go all head swiveling, dreadlocked and sans culottes yet again...
We are experiencing the worst financial crisis since the depression. And the best the media can give us is a week on RUSH f’ing LIMBAUGH?????
Queenie had to actually talk to real economists this week, and, guess what. There are perfectly brilliant and credible PhDs out there who are NOT getting all hot and bothered about Obama’s spending -- in fact he may not be going far enough. Throwing money at a broken system doesn’t fix it (duh), we may even need to nationalize a bank or two. Where’s is the media commentary on this? (TV BOOKER ALERT: Get the Peterson Institute’s Adam Posen on your shows NOW.)
We keep asking, WHERE IS THE LEFT? Still in post-Bush stuttering Stockholm Syndrome learned helplessness messaging toward the middle? This is the best Dean Baker can do? We’re at a critical moment in economic history, with untold opportunity, and no one is manning the barricades, pushing O to go further? This leaves the WH completely exposed -- the poles of the conversation are the wacked out Republicans on the right and the White House on the left. At least give the guy some air cover, fer chrissakes. Couldn’t USAction throw together a few more large citizen protests against Wall Street and FOR the common man? Only the left-wing Germans are bitching, and they’re harder to understand than the economists.
Okay, phew, just had to get that out of my system.
Sadly, don’t expect to see any of the above (except Rush) in next week’s news. Instead, you will get:
- Embryonic stem cell order O will sign on Monday
- Budget hold-up -- and more scare talk
- Run-up to health care reform (led by the wraith-like Ted Kennedy)
- Updates on Barbara Bush’s & Robin Williams' health (if you’ve got a cardiovascular health story to pitch, do it this week)
- More on Michael Jackson’s, er, comeback
- More on Rihanna and Chris
The Week That Was
Thanks for that housing bail out, O. Glad the CNBC wack job didn’t scare you off. Funny how Santelli doesn’t throw any tantrums when the guvamint is throwing dollars at Wall Street.
While Rome burns, the entire social mediasphere goes wild over SKITTLES. World-shattering analyses: Is it the END OF CORPORATE WEB SITES???? How well did your opportunistic online campaign rank in the Skitter Twitter? (Still confused? Then click!)
Speaking of Rome burning, slow action on global warming solutions. It may yet be too late for all of us, but Waxman has pledged a committee markup by Memorial Day, and Pelosi has pledged a first-ever floor vote before the end of the year.
Hold the phone! Bush memos to invade U.S., suspend civil liberties post-911! 92 videotaped torture confessions were destroyed! Karl Rove & Harriett Myers to testify (not under oath, btw) on AG firings! W: The sorry gift that keeps on giving.
We were tipped off by our favorite paparazzi on TUESDAY that Brad Pitt would be on the Hill THURSDAY. Aren’t we cool? We’re still not sure why he was there, but Nancy Pelosi was sure starstruck. If you saw Angie or any of the brood, let us know!
And, on a final note, we love this decidedly non-scientific survey PROVING all pundits are wrong.
Well, we don’t predict them all, but those we call we call right on the money.
Catch you next week! Enjoy fleeting Spring!