The carnage of 2011 lies behind WC and his patient readers. But the whiff of hypocrisy still lingers. Put on your rubber boots, gloves and gas mask, and we’ll take a final look back at the dissembling and dissemblers for the past month.
First the U.S. Senate Republicans filibustered an attempt to extend the payroll tax credit for the middle class by refusing to approve a 2.1% tax increase on the richest two-tenths of one percent of Americans; then the House Republicans refused to vote on a compromise bill. As 113 million
Americans voters realized they’d face a tax increase because the sock puppet Republicans were still acting out political fantasies, the Neocons recanted.
Iowa evangelicals get a big, sloppy kiss from the Bigotry Fairy. Polls show they support serial adulterer Newt Gingirch over Mormon Mitt Romney by a three to one margin. The Ten Commandments don’t enter into it, apparently.
The Federal Aviation Administration, which has approved the use of iPads in jet airline cockpits (saving pilots from lugging around thousands of pages). But banning the use of iPads during take offs and landings by passengers. The FAA’s own testing established there was no risk of interference with electronics equipment. And the inverse square law assures signals back in steerage are much less likely to interfere than the pilots’ use of their iPads by those very electronics.
Fox News gets the nod for letting a guest say the President of the United States “looked like a skinny, ghetto crackhead.” And not calling him out. Civility is just one more kind of roadkill.
Don Young, for violating the intent of the law – but not, according to the Republican-controlled House Ethics Committee – the letter of the law. He accepted a donation to his Legal Fund of $60,000 from Edison Chouest, a Louisiana-based oil field services company. That’s twelve times the legal maximum of $5,000. But it all okay, because it was 12 subsidiaries giving $5M each, all controlled by Young’s “good friend” Gary Chouest. Young said, “I am pleased that the Ethics Committee confirmed what I have maintained all along — I did nothing to violate House rules. I am glad the inquiry has been completed.” Hey Don, why do you still need a Legal Fund?
Eye of Newt Gingrich, who failed to get the required signatures to appear on the primary ballot in his home state of Virginia and then blamed the system, saying “Only a failed system excludes four out of the six major candidates seeking access to the ballot. Voters deserve the right to vote for any top contender, especially leading candidates.” It’s his home state. If he has problems getting 10,000 signatures in a state with a population of 7.9 million people, do you think they might be, you know, Newt’s problem?
The small, dark stain on the highway? That’s candor, crushed so many times it’s reduced to an indistinguishable blot. Join WC in hoping for better in 2012.