Don't Be Alarmed! Washington.


  1. "Congressional Kabuki by any other name," indeed. I don't expect much will come out of it---other than the usual epideictic oratory, that is.

    The names alone of some of the sponsors of the bill, John M. and John K. (also known in some quarters as Tweedledum and Tweedledee) is pretty telling.

    It's not so much that Congress is corrupt, it is (and it's not entirely our congressmen and congresswomen' s fault - it's more of a systemic thing, just the way the system is designed - by design), the problem here, very specifically, is that the technological genie is out of the bottle and there is not much Congress can do about it, even if there were some genuine will (Al Franken is a good man) on the part of Congress to really do anything about this.

    Congress can't even regulate its own government's shadowy branch, let alone the executive branch (not anyone's fault either - same reasons as above), how is Congress going to regulate mega-multinational-corporations? Especially when said mega-corporations' own intelligence is rapidly growing in magnitude and complexity and getting in positions to even rival the CIA (or collaborate with it, when in pursuit of the same goal - and vice versa) in so many expending areas.

    Few senators will actually tell you this, but if pressed, they'll eventually fall back to the prevailing cliché about how it's war out there---and you know what they say about war, don't you?

    Washington's conventional ethos seems to be that "our" giant multinational mega-corporations are engaged in a war with "their" giant multinational mega-corporations. "Ours" and "theirs," they have become such relative ambiguous terms in a border-less economic world; wouldn't you say? Apparently the way they see it, they think of Google and Apple and GE "imagination at work", and whathaveyou, as American---as opposed to, say, Chinese, or Indian, as, well it could have been (in some alternate reality), if, think of it, "their" technological giants had conquered the global market instead of "our" homemade behemoths.

    Obama is of the same persuasion, of course. As was his predecessor (or rather his predecessor's handlers). And his predecessor's predecessor. And his predecessor before that. There are minor ideological differences, of course (that's what "the culture war" is for - gotta give the MSM something to talk about - especially around election time) but by and large they are all on the same train.

    Nobody's fault, really.

    "Been spending most their lives living in a Gangsta's Paradise."

    They don't know of any other way.

    And neither does Obama.

    They got the situation, they got him facin'
    ...So he gotta be down with the hood team

  2. > "OURS" and "THEIRS," they have become such relative ambiguous terms in a border-less economic world; wouldn't you say?

    Reminds me of that quote from Good Will Hunting.