HEY STUPID!

 

I spend a lot of time talking to people, on-air and off, and everyone I speak to talks about the sad state of the American economy. There are no jobs. There is no money, People are afraid. Afraid to spend. Afraid to travel. Employers are afraid to hire. Afraid to invest. They are holding on to what little they have like grim death. Meanwhile the assholes in Washington argue about raising the debt ceiling and about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin. They are about as useful to us as tits on a bull, but in an effort to perhaps catch their attention on how to jump-start this pathetic economy I have one simple bit of advice for them, and please bear with me because I am going to shout, so here goes:

HEY STUPID! YOU WANT TO JUMP-START THE ECONOMY? FLOOD THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE WITH CHEAP AMERICAN OIL! TAKE ALL TAXES OFF THE PRICE OF GAS AT THE PUMP AND DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO GET BACK TO $1.99 A GALLON! THIS COUNTRY RUNS ON FOSSIL FUELS, DIPSHIT, NOT WIND & SOLAR! IF YOU CUT THE PRICE OF GAS AT THE PUMP IN HALF THAT WILL PUT MORE MONEY BACK INTO EVERYONE'S POCKETS AND GET THEM BUYING SHIT AGAIN SO EMPLOYERS CAN START MAKING SHIT AGAIN AND HIRING BACK PEOPLE!!

Sorry but you have to shout these days, and also use profanity to get an elected official's attention. Every thinking American knows what I just said above to be true, why don't the people elected to run this country get it? 99.99% of the American fleet runs on fossil fuels, including the trains, planes and trucks that deliver goods to the market. If we do what we have to do, including federal subsidies at the pump, to get the price of gas cut in half doesn't it stand to reason that more money will flow back into the economy? And that Americans will also reduce their crushing credit card debt? Every other country on the planet thinks of themselves first, but not us. We wring our hands in anguish over the right to vote for Afghani women, and send our young boys to that misbegotten fly speck of country to fight and die for this? While American children bankrupt themselves and their families for a college education, we subsidize the educations of non-citizens? While Americans fight to keep a modicum of health insurance, we hand it out free to non-citizens? While China drills for oil off the coast of Cuba, and Brazil drills three miles down into their ocean floor for oil we gnash our teeth over the fate of furry little critters most of us have never seen? I love the furry little critters as much as the next guy, but I love my children more, and I don't want to bequeath them a bankrupt former super power begging for scraps from our former enemies as my legacy to them. I believe the great majority of you out there agree with me, and that you care deeply about your children and grandchildren and your country, too. I want this to be a clean planet. I want us to expand renewable energy. I want us to protect God's creatures, but God damn it, not at the expense of our children! Why can't the pencil dicks in D. C. get it?

I'll tell you why: because they're all about party first, the people second. They genuflect in our direction and pretend to care greatly about our plight as the bag men behind their thrones give them a wink and a nod and shove endless sacks stuffed with cash into their campaign coffers. You know it. I know it. They know it. And yet we all pretend it doesn't exist. We need common sense now more than ever and we instead receive hot air and hare-brained legislation.

There is a historic precedent for this situation. Many think it's the American Revolution, but it is not. It is rather the revolution that followed on the heels of our own, when the people of France guillotined their king and set the stage for the Reign of Terror and the ascendency of Napoleon to the throne. It was the crass indifference of the nobility to the plight of the people who brought about violent change. I hope this won't happen here.

No, I pray it won't happen here.

Lenny Palmer 7/20/11

 

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