It should be clear to all by now that the crazy, clueless bastards at the helm of this country scare the crap out of me. But the depth and breadth of that cluelessness, and the implications for us all, are becoming ever more apparent. Oldman has a must-read post over at BOP news on the netless high-wire act now being performed to keep us from plunging into utter economic catastrophy:
If the liberal plan for decades has been to solve the issue of exporting jobs by creating a new technological boom, at the very least the Clinton years failed to invest in a new technological wave to come online after 2000. This is not to take away the blame from the Republicans but to emphasize that their witch hunts over Lewinsky and other faux scandals hurt us all more than we could imagine at the time. Clinton was able to keep the government running so people weren't alarmed, but quietly in the background what was happening was that the future was being sacrificed. That meant that after the crash in the NASDAQ there was no "Plan B"....Two words: Shanghai condo.
It's clear that 5 years into this Administration that Bush has no vision of where to take the country. Iraq was the vision. Iraq was their idea of how to solve the problems of America in the 21st century. Invade a country, prop up a client state, and extract neocolonial "free market" advantages from raping the country of its oil. This is what happens when you hand the keys to the most powerful nation on the earth to a bunch of rednecks and business school graduates. There's not as much difference between the two as you might think.
That is the essential point to grasp, that the guys in three-piece suits and the guys in wife-beaters neither of them have any fucking clue what is really going on much less where to take this country. They are literally making up shit and hoping that the world doesn't catch on that they don't have any idea what is going on. And everything comes from that original mendacity. The legal torture memos of Gonzales and the pissing on Korans in Gitmo all stem from the same root. THESE GUYS DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING.