Friday, February 17, 2012
1) Most sane conservatives and liberals that I've known over the years don't have a problem with moderates. They see them either as a part-time ally or a group of persons who are at the very least "convincible". It's only these insulated preservers of the particular who seem to have a problem with them (and with free thought, in general, too, apparently). And, boy, do they ever have a problem with them.............2) I'd also like to recommend a couple of classic books that thoroughly explore this phenomenon of pathological ideological rigidity. One of them is "The True Believer" by Eric Hoffer and the other is "Escape From Freedom" by Eric Fromm. They're both great books and they really deconstruct this entire ditto-head mentality. Hell, I might even crack them open myself just for a refresher.............3) President Clinton, Robert Rubin, and Lawrence Summers played just as big a role in crafting the Commodities Futures Modernization Act as Senator Gramm did. But, for some strange reason, only Mr. Gramm gets eviscerated by the progressive schmoes. Hm, I really have to wonder why that is - NOT!............4) And I don't buy for one second this whole the Democrats were ambushed bullshit. First of all, nobody complained about it at the time. Nobody said, "Gee, whatever happened to that CFMA that we all of us voted on just a couple of months ago and which a compromise was hammered out in conference and between the Congress and the White House? They did what? They snuck it into an omnibus bill and then they didn't tell us about it? Holy shit, am I ever going to blow a gasket over that!". And, besides, even if not every single Democrat was privy to the action, isn't that the fault of the White House and the Democratic leadership?...I don't know, folks, the way that I see it is that the Democrats here are either culpable, stupid, or derelict. And the fact that they have apologists like David Corn (who, let's face it here, would never make excuses like this for a Republican - EVER) is abominable.............5) Another apologist has asserted that the 50 Republicans (as opposed to only 10 Democrats) who ended up voting no on this, only voted no because of the spending in the bill. Pure speculation. But even if it is true, at least the Republican can say that they actually...read the damn thing! This whole not reading the bill and then bitching about 10 years later stuff is crap, I think.............6) And like I said in the previous post, nobody even knew what a frigging credit swap was back in 2000, and so unless there was a big-time Kreskin or two on the Democratic side back then, I highly doubt that there would have been any major exodus, big time revolt, etc.....Obviously, though, I could be wrong.