The tea party just cost you $322

The Tea Party just cost you $322.

That’s the latest cost of their incoherent national tantrum — $100 billion in increased financing costs for which America gets nothing in return. That works out to $322 for every man, woman and child in the United States.

So the Tea Party just cost you $322. They just cost my family $1,288.

You don’t get anything in return for that $322, nor does my family get anything in return for that $1,288. It is simply an added cost due to our sharing this country with aggressively stupid, resentful, angry fools who would rather let the whole thing burn than bother to learn even the slightest bit about others or about the world they live in.

Their willful, determined ignorance just cost you another $322.

Alas, that $322 is not the entire cost to you of their destructive, crabs-in-a-bucket lashing-out. It’s simply the latest cost incurred from their childishness.

This latest cost pales in comparison to the mounting costs of deferred maintenance on our infrastructure; the cost of the fiscal negligence, compounding daily, of not responding to our jobs crisis; the cost of the voluntary economic contraction they’re fighting for; the cost of the litigation  that replaces the regulation they despise; the cost of economic growth rejected, deliberately, due to their fierce efforts to suppress demand; the cost of decades wasted putting off the inevitable necessity of developing next-generation energy sources; the cost of the mounting and horrendously expensive consequences of climate change.

These people have real victims. They are hurting others — causing real harm to real people.

And now they have taken another $322 from you. I would say they were thieves, stealing this money from you, but they’re not lucid enough to be thieves.

Thieves at least enrich themselves by taking from others. These folks take from others and just set the money on fire.

They don’t benefit from their tantrum. It harms them as much as it harms you and everyone else you know.

“Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    The whole idea that economic and social justice is part of the message that Jesus taught doesn’t get through to some people.

    I’m convinced that if Christianity wasn’t the religion associated with dominant tradition, the establishment and “the way things are” in Western society, vastly fewer people would decide to be Christians.

  • Sgt. Pepper’s Bleeding Heart

    And so, regarding this thread — I suggest prayer, not polemics.

    You say this as if you believe they’re mutually exclusive. Have you not read the prophets of Israel? Or are you suggesting that Jeremiah was not a man of prayer?

    I don’t know about you, but often the result of prayer in my life is a deeper feeling of solidarity with people who are marginalised and an increased drive to act.

  • Kukulan

    S.D SImon wrote:

    Those people/groups you mention aren’t commenting here, so they weren’t my audience.  You are.  Unfortunately, ranting about things you have no control over, like GWB, the Wall Street/Congressional Complex, and dishonest credit rating agencies just wastes your time (though it probably felt good).

    Wasting my time? Have you considered your own activities?

    For the sake of argument, let’s go along with your presumption that those commenting on this thread don’t accept the need for personal integrity and responsibility. I don’t see evidence to support such a premise, but let’s assume it anyway.

    Further, let’s assume you are completely successful in your admonition that everyone here should accept that need. And, let’s go all the way, and assume that they act on that acceptance and become exemplars of personal integrity and responsibility. They’re your audience and your message is completely successful.

    Now what?

    I mean, as you so helpfully point out, none of us has any control over the things that need to change. We can be as personally virtuous as we can be and it won’t really affect anything. The ones responsible for the global financial melt-down, the outsourced jobs, the rewarding and bailing out of failure and the launching of unnecessary wars of choice, will just continue acting the way they have up until now. They’re the ones who need to accept the need for personal integrity and responsibility, but you’ve exempted them from that requirement. It’s only us little people who are required to behave that way.

    So, now what? Unless you’re hoping that our example will shame these individuals into doing likewise, I don’t see what you’re trying to accomplish.

    I mean, as I said above, I don’t see any evidence that the people commenting on this (and other threads) don’t accept the need for personal integrity and responsibility. And, what’s more, most of them not only accept the need, but actually display such qualities on a routine basis. They behave with integrity and accept personal responsibility. And, you know what? It hasn’t slowed down those responsible for creating the mess one whit. Not only hasn’t it slowed them down, it doesn’t seem likely to slow them down any time soon.

    So perhaps you should direct your admonitions towards those where, if accepted, they would be a tad more effective.

    And so, regarding this thread — I suggest prayer, not polemics.

    It’s not as well known as the stories about the tortoise and the hare or the ant and the grasshopper or even the one about the fox and the grapes, but Aesop has a fable that fits here: Hercules and the Wagoner:

    A Waggoner was once driving a heavy load along a very muddy way. At last he came to a part of the road where the wheels sank half-way into the mire, and the more the horses pulled, the deeper sank the wheels. So the Waggoner threw down his whip, and knelt down and prayed to Hercules the Strong. “O Hercules, help me in this my hour of distress,” quoth he.

    But Hercules appeared to him, and said: “Tut, man, don’t sprawl there. Get up and put your shoulder to the wheel.”

    The gods help them that help themselves.

    Now, I have nothing against prayer, but to paraphrase Al Capone: You can get much farther with prayer and actually trying to fix a problem than you can with prayer alone.

  • S.D SImon

    “Wasting my time? Have you considered your own activities?”

    Yes, the futility is deafening.

    By “polemics” I meant “arguing”, not “doing”.


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