I hope to get over this malaise and get back on track with posting regularly soon - it's just not a fun prospect to sit down and think seriously about the extremely difficult problems facing progressives in the U.S. and the world right now.
So, for today, I'm going to let Ezra Klein do most of my thinking for me - he posted an epic indictment of the current U.S. Congress today, entitled "14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever." It's worth reading in full, so I'm reproducing it here:
Wow ... just ... wow. I mean, I've certainly taken Congress to task several times on this blog for being so amazingly stupid about so many things, but to stick it all in a list like that - powerful stuff. I'm glad I'm not a Congressman - I'd be too embarrassed to show my face around DC or my district.
The worst part is, I don't feel that I can do anything about it, apart from vent here on my little blog. After all, I'm a DC resident, which means I can't even vote to change Congress. The LIBOR scandal and other various banking scandals from the past few weeks has shown that the world economy is now basically run by a bunch of crooks and liars (and that's not just me being hyperbolic - a full 24% of executives admit that "financial services professionals" need to engage in illegal or unethical behavior to succeed). Through their illegal or immoral acts, these crooks and liars amass huge fortunes, which they then use to buy large swaths of politicians, or even the entire electoral process, and perhaps even choose to try to become President themselves, like Romney did. The politicians they've purchased then pass laws to make their illegal actions legal or otherwise shield them from responsibility for their actions, including providing huge taxpayer bailouts of the banks when the banks' bets go bad.
Sigh ... sometimes I wonder, "why bother," and give serious thought to trying to scam my millions and then retire to a nice, non-extradition island country, or run for the Presidency - you know, whichever.
Anyway, that's it for today - my apologies once again for the rather dark, downbeat post - I hope I get over my existential dissatisfaction with American politics and economics soon so that regular posting may resume.