I woke up a little earlier than expected this morning and turned on a national news network. It makes for decent background noise while I'm starting up my day, and I'm catching a few headlines. Anyway, the current debt ceiling talks are sucking up much media attention this morning, and the story is that Democrats are likely not and Republicans are most assuredly not giving up their positions on the matter. Obama wants to trade off cuts to Medicare and Social Security (despite being widely unpopular among polled voters in swing states, no less) to get Republicans to detrench from tax increases. The latter seems just as willing to "negotiate" as before. In an effort to score early political points, Democrats hammer Republicans for shirking everyone else in favor of the rich while Republicans warn that Obama's policies have failed on virtually all fronts. The ads are starting to play back home -- though the likelihood that Kentucky votes Democrat is incredibly low at the national level. As you know, I'm liberal. I'm also not very much enthused by the Democratic party, save for the few progressive politicians that are willing to take a stand on the important issues and fight. But don't worry. I think hell will freeze over before I vote Republican. That's not out of sheer spite; rather, it's because trickle-down-economics has never worked since Friedman advocated it decades ago, yet the GOP wants to trot out that philosophy at a moment's notice. In addition, even with empirical proof of its failure, the GOP fails to consider alternatives let alone surmise why it's happening or how to change course. As I recall, Bush II was rather unrepentant at massive job hemorrhage and couldn't properly call out progress in the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The dude even applauded some old lady on the campaign trail for working three jobs. I nearly spit out my water and thought, you know how TIRED you get working that many jobs? (I should know; I nearly microslept and hit a telephone pole once.) And honestly, I'm rather tired of Boehner getting his drunk ass on television and complaining that Obama isn't doing anything about jobs. As I also recall, he along with McConnell spearheaded initiatives to defund Planned Parenthood, the EPA, and NPR; reignite the gay marriage debate (even though New York just passed it, bastards); and insist that millionaires need more tax cut. Oh, and collective bargaining. Fuck you, people who fought for the 40-hour work week and benefits. Again, this is despite the outflow of jobs away from the US, the tendency for large corporations to hoard their cash instead of hire, rampant discrimination against unemployed workers, and the general malaise of misinformation. Beyond particular stances on issues, I'm just really tired of politicians and strategists trying to push their half-truths. Democrats are bad about it, but Republicans are even worse. I'm waiting for these highly-paid media analysts and journalists to say something as simple as, "What assurances do we have that helping the rich ensures that we're helped?" "Oh, it's because they're job creators." "Yeah, elsewhere. Why not here? What about more American manufacturing?" "The American people want..." "Yes, John; they want jobs. You want to give tax breaks. But you can't run a government without revenue and we're at a 60-year-low when compared against GDP." " 'Cause you can't raise taxes in a recession." "Sure, on people that are already broke. They're getting stuck to." "We need to control our spending." "Sure, by spending it smarter. Do you know how much your tax cuts are bleeding the economy? That, plus no money in, equals the shit that American families deal with on the day-to-day." Sorry guys, I just had to vent that out. I think it was the 2004 cycle that someone coined the phrase stuck on stupid, and that's an indictment both parties need to avoid precariously right now.