Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
First, stop paying for anything. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Military, Foreign Aid... all of it. Second, see who screams the loudest. Third, see if these people a) vote or b) have weapons capable of overthrowing the government. Fourth, feed the voters and the well-armed until they are pacified, and then keep feeding them. Everyone else--nothing.
Borrow more money. Lots of it. All of it. Interest rates are so low that we are foolish not to borrow it. It is almost free money. Borrow and build. Build like we were the Chinese of a couple of years ago. Build high speed rail, tall buildings, taller buildings, build new highways and bridges, build dams to protect our coast lines from the coming super storms, build a huge dome over the country and climate control the who thing, build, build, build. And spend, spend, spend. Send every citizen (and--this is my personal addition--if you are a Republican every zygote) an annual check for $150,000. Tax them 150% of what is left at the end of every year. No tax at all if it is all spent. Actual quote: "I don't know how this will end, but when it does we can have a huge garage sale, and raise the money we need to pay back the Chinese. Or we could just nuke them."
Frack everything. Frack you. Especially you. But frack me too. And frack the poor and frack the rich. Every home and apartment building out to have a fracking well attached to it and every person dwelling in that home or apartment (yes, Republicans, including zygotes) should share in the profits. Frack, frack, frack, frack, frack like there's no tomorrow. Cause, you know, maybe there won't be. (This last sentence is mine.)
OK, I know you think I'm kidding. And if it makes you feel better to believe that, then believe it. But if you really want to listen to the people you need to stop smiling.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
I am often very critical of the State of Israel. I support a two state solution, oppose theocracy, and would like to see the Israeli government take bold, decisive, and creative action to secure the former and end the latter "speedily and in our day" as our liturgy says. And yet I want to see the Israeli Defense Force annihilate Hamas.
I feel personally attacked. I feel ready, if the need arises and I would be a help rather than a burden, to immediately fly to Israel and volunteer to help. I don't often feel this kind of allegiance, and I surprised (and not unpleasantly so) that I can still feel this way.
This could be mere romanticism, and I will have to wait to see whether or not I am willing to put my life on the line for my people, but the feeling is not something I had expected.
You might argue that an incursion into Gaza is not an existential threat to Israel, but I worry that, given the current state of Arab affairs, what happens in Gaza cannot stay in Gaza. A war with Israel might serve the interests of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Syria's Assad regime, not to mention Iran. Attacking Israel is a convenient way to shift the attention of the masses away from the despots that oppress them, and toward the Jewish boogeyman that haunts them.
When war comes to Hamas in Gaza, their compatriots in Egypt will demand that they join the fight. The president of Egypt is himself part of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas is their movement. How could he stand by and let them bleed?
If Egypt enters the fight, Syria will open a second front hoping to put an end to its internal rebellion. Lebanon and Hezbollah will do the same. And even Jordan, with its huge Palestinian population, may be forced to enter the fray. The potential for regional war is real.
Should Israel refrain from invading? How can it? Imagine Mexican drug lords shelling Arizona, Texas, and Southern California: would the US just sit on its hands and beg them to stop? We would fire back, and if that weren't enough we would invade claiming that the Mexican government was incapable of controlling its own people and maintaining peace. Israel is in the same position.
No matter how strongly I detest the Occupation; no matter how illegal and even evil I hold many of the settlements to be; no matter how wrongheaded I think the Israeli right and Prime Minister Netanyahu are, I cannot help but support war.
I am not happy about this. It troubles me on so many levels. I share these thoughts with you as a matter of honesty, and invite you to help me see another way if you think there is one.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
*This title, Door l'Door is a play on the Hebrew dor l'dor, generation to generation. Its sort of funny if you know the Hebrew. It isn't funny if you don't. It is even a little annoying if you have to read a footnote that explains it. Footnotes and jokes don't usually go together. So maybe this wasn't the best title, but it was the best I had. And so there it is. If you've got a better one, please post it.