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President Obama has had a difficult time with the midterm election results. I don't much blame him for having difficulty. The Sister Sarah Cult voters and the Fox-crack addicted voters all marched to the polls clueless, disinformed and brainwashed....but in perfect timing with King Rushbo's racist and hate-filled drumbeating. The outcome, for reality-based Americans, has definitely been hard to accept.
But accept, we must.
However, accepting the braindead choices of the majority of midterm voters doesn't necessarily mean raising the white flag....or worse yet, joining the zombie ranks of the braindead.
But that looks like where Mr. Obama is headed.
Yesterday, Obama made an announcement.....in an act of pre-emptive unilateral bipartisanship.....one of many to come, I'm sure......
Bowing to growing budget concerns and months of Republican political pressure on federal pay and benefits, President Obama today announced he would stop pay increases for most of the two million people who work for the federal government.
Here's how the post-midterm neo-Republican president described his act of unilateral bipartisanship.....
"Getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifices and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government," Obama said in a speech Monday afternoon explaining the decision.
Those are the words of a president who has capitulated to the deficit zombies. Surrendered to the walking and talking dead. And just like the zombies in movies, their gutteral sounds are unintelligible gibberish.....meant to scare people.
Despite the fact that exit polls clearly demonstrated that midterm voters ranked the deficit and debt as a very low priority in comparison to jobs and the overall economy........Villagers and Republicans disagree. Villagers and Republicans have one top priority......and that is keeping taxes on the top 1% as low as possible.
That priority....as misguided and as shameless as it can get, especially during a historic recession.....is now becoming President Obama's priority as well.
Let me explain.
While a federal employee pay freeze is certainly not the end of the world for federal employees....at the same time, cutting the pay of the federal working class is projected to only save $28 billion over 5 years and $60 billion over ten years.
So instead of having to borrow all of the tax cut extensions for Americans making over $250K annually......the tax cut extensions a certainty at this point.....we can redistribute the pay freeze savings from middle class government workers, you know, like national park employees and VA nurses......giving it to those who need it the least.
Tax cuts for those over $250K cost the Treasury $60-65 billion yearly. Deduct the savings from freezing middle class government workers' salaries....$6 billion annually......and America will only have to borrow $54-59 billion every year to give tax cuts to those who don't need them.
Hey, it's a start.
The urgent problem facing the U.S.....other than the epidemic of zombies, I mean.........is not the deficit....is not the national debt. Our most urgent problem is unemployment. Token acts of pre-emptive appeasement directed at unappeasable zombies will do abso-f*cking-lutely nothing to address our nation's most urgent problem.
Why, then, is President Obama wasting any time on the non-urgent issue of deficits and debt......while the unemployment rate remains in the middle 9's?
"Bowing to growing budget concerns and months of Republican political pressure on federal pay and benefits..."
Translation: Obama is caving to the zombies even before they begin to drag their decomposed ideas into the new Congress.
Will Republican dead-enders appreciate Obama's "bowing" and look to respond in kind? Will the deficit zombies be partially satiated with the bloodletting from federal employees paychecks and therefore be willing to work together for all Americans?
Let Obama's new Head Inquisitor, Darrell Issa(R-CA) answer.....
“As Republicans outlined in our Pledge to America there are a number of actions the president and Congress should immediately act on to demonstrate a real commitment to reigning in the excessive growth and spending of the federal government.”
Issa's net worth is right around $250 million. The Bush tax cuts on the rich are extremely important to guys like Issa. And that's why he, and zombies like him, are more than willing to slash middle class jobs and wages to pay for continuing those tax cuts.
After the 1994 midterm, when the zombie party began to flex it's rotted and decomposing political muscles, another Democratic president thought he might find favor with Republicans by agreeing to cave to their every zombie conservative whim.
As a reward for taking zombie incoherency seriously, in 1998 those zombies impeached Clinton.
Take from that what you will.