Thursday, March 26, 2009

Anything to keep from crying

A lot's been made the last few days over Obama’s laughter on 60 Minutes the other night. Not surprisingly, most of it’s being made by the good folks who brought us eight years of disaster and Sarah Palin so fuck them, but still. But if we all stopped trying to lynch everyone else for our problems and stepped back for a second, I think we’d all have a good laugh at how fucked we really are. I mean, I would have been surprised if Obama didn’t laugh.

Just off the top of my head, here’s everything I can think of that’s gone tits up:

• The war in Afghanistan that we won but then lost and is now just falling apart

• The war in Iraq, still going strong after 6 years!

• AIG, the world’s largest insurance company, apparently got into the business of risky investments which has it now on the verge of collapse. Nice!

• Citigroup (the nation’s third largest bank) is neck-deep in shitty investments and I wouldn't be shocked if we had to nationalize that bad boy

• GM and Chrysler (2 of our Big 3) are barreling toward bankruptcy

• Mexico has recently gone third-world at an alarming rate. So much so we’re sending troops to our border

• Unemployment’s at 8.1% and cruising upward

• Global warming’s still real (at least to those with a grade school education) and still in need of the kind of dramatic change we’re clearly incapable of making

• The republican party is still being their usual prickish selves and not helping at all but rather just blindly throwing around terms like "socialism" and "fascism" while all their bible-beating members seem to be forgetting they're not millionaires (or even $250,000-aires)

• Health care costs are fucking out of control. It's gotten to the point where you get seriously ill, you lose everything. That’s how much we value our lives here in the good ol’ USA!

• We’re so out of money here in California that we just laid-off teachers! Teachers! Tell me what post-recession scenario doesn’t require a well-educated population. What the fuck else is more important than teaching our kids? Tell me that.

• Oh yeah, and Rush Limbaugh is still alive (and apparently still has listeners which is amazing to me)

So you can understand how our president might just take a second to laugh on national TV about how much can go wrong at one time and how he doesn’t have the luxury of saying “sucks to be the guy who’s gotta clean up that mess.”

‘Cause he is that guy.


Blogger Whitney said...

very well said howard

11:07 AM  
Blogger Grantis Maximus said...

Maybe it said "laugh" on the teleprompter?

8:06 PM  
Blogger minus five said...

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10:07 PM  
Blogger minus five said...

trust me when i tell you that my life has gone to the shitter, in ways that i never could have imagined.

i laugh every morning.
i laugh all day long.

my night usually ends with this same conversation on the phone with my brother:

me: what's the dow at today?

him: we gained 18 points, so 7,438.

me: what was it at in october 2007?

him: 14,500.

(hysterical laughter ensues)

how is this shit not funny?

10:10 PM  

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