RANGER AGAINST WAR: Sitting Ducks, Pt. II: Reagan Re-Ducks (Redux) <

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sitting Ducks, Pt. II: Reagan Re-Ducks (Redux)


 Well we're living here in Allentown
And they're closing all the factories down
Out in Bethlehem they're killing time
Filling out forms
Standing in line 
--Allentown, Billy Joel

When the facts change, I change my opinion. 
What do you do sir?
 --John Maynard Keynes
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We spent time in Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University (OU).  Athens has a permanent population of 21,342, with about the same number of students attending the university; Athen County has a population of about 65,000. 51.9% of the population of Athens County, a former coal mining community, live below the poverty line; over 94% of Athens Co. is white.

$333 million in Federal Stimulus money has been spent in Athens since the inception of that program, or $111 per year (data from Athen's Visitor's Guide.)  Ranger thought to juxtapose the privations of a small Midwestern town with the $45 billion spent since 2007 on the MRAP vehicles alone.

Remember when a presidential race was won with the phrase, "It's the economy, stupid?"  This truism defeated a President (George H. W. Bush) who doted upon foreign policy versus the economy of his nation. While 2012 United States languishes in the same condition as then, President Obama leaves his foreign policy to Secretary Of State Clinton and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

And foolish as this seems in terms of not addressing the dire needs of the nation which elected him, it may be savvy politicking: Whoever can out-Reagan Reagan will win.  Romney (and whomever the Republican machine would have tapped for candidate) must design himself as a Nuevo Reagan ... Reagan Redux.  The Democrats are also charged with meeting this bar, and Obama is coming fashionably close to out-gunning Mittens.

Considering what a sub-standard president Reagan was, his iconography is all the sadder.  But the Democrats have not found a viable contender to the Reagan brand and electioneering is acting, and no one out-acts an actor.

Of course, regardless of who out-draws whom, 50% of Athens County will still meander in the miasma that is poverty.  In this way alone, perhaps, they will share the situation of their elected leaders: Both will be signing checks on accounts with insufficient funds. 

(As an aside, the quick check cashing storefront in Athens features a colorful children's Playskool table and chair in the lobby; children should not have to be in fast cash establishments which charge their parents usurious 30+% interest.  It is not a good teaching point.)

No astrologer is needed to tell us too many of us are drawing on an NSF account.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Deryle said...

Most excellent.Thanks.
Now give me a hit on how many of those poor folk --god bless 'em--appear prone to voting a straight Repug ticket and we got a fair appraisal of what's going down in the USSA.
When i'm back on my homeground in the South, I'm always amazed, bemused and flat out confused as to why the po white folk get so foamed up at the mout' over their love for those who wouldn't, as bro Dick Gregory was wont to remind us, "wash their feet in the bowls they eat from."
I do admire their practicality, however, in holding the doors to the trailer shut with republican bumper stickers.
It's not just the poor frothing either--the white christian middle class are worse in their endorsement of the mean and insipid.

I just flat-assed don't get it anymore. Or too naive to admit it.

Turn out the lights, the party's over.

There it is.
Deryle

And yes , I can too talk this way 'cause y'all believe in free speech and I was raised in a trailer.

Them's my peeps I'm talkin' about here. That's why I live in New Mexico.

OH...That robot door keeper thingie isn't very friendly to these aging eyes..And I got new glasses , thank you.It's about as smart as an E-2 on his first guard duty.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 11:35:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...

Howdy Deryle,

First: Right on, bro -- we can bumptious because we know whereof we speak; we're not jus' bein' high-falutin' (not just).

2nd: I'll take the robo-cop off again, til the Russian brides start filling up our box, again.

3rd: Re. naivete --

You speak of "mean and insipid", and that's where it is for lots of folks, sad to say. (It's an ugly thing the recognize.)

People must awaken and surmount their bigotry before they can ever hope to see solutions. Far too many would rather die in quicksand than capitulate.

Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 5:52:00 PM GMT-5  
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