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Bread and Circus Ain’t Looking So Good Right Now.

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Like most of you, I have been paying close attention to the budget/debt ceiling negotiations on Capitol Hill. Like most of you, I have also been keeping the NFL negotiations on my radar of interests as well. It occurred to me today, that both sets of negotiations are currently in an intriguing juxtaposition.

To see the duality of both circumstances, we need to look at them separately; in Washington, we have a group of overpaid, out of touch with the public, pampered brats attempting to make financial decisions that will affect all of us.

In the NFL, we have a group of overpaid, out of touch with the public, pampered brats attempting to make financial decisions that will also affect us, only on a smaller, not as crucial scale. In either situation we have two groups of the social elite haggling over amounts of money that are so large, it’s difficult to quantify in our minds.

However, I’m not wholly comparing the two; the debt ceiling negotiations, affects our bread, the NFL, our circus. Only an idiot would think that circus takes priority over bread.

There are many similarities, as well as differences, but there is one common denominator that makes this comparison meaningful: The public. While Washington is poising itself to slash and burn programs that mean the most to us, Medicare, Social Security, Education, etc, the NFL will no doubt negotiate an agreement that will inevitably cause owners to raise ticket and concession prices to keep their bottom lines intact. In both cases, the majority suffers, while the minority sucks more out of our dwindling finances than ever.

In both cases, what the public wants is of no importance. We do not matter; what matters to our “elected” officials is money, what matters to the owners and players is money. Constituents and fans alike are of no importance.

We can’t afford bread, we can’t afford circus: We’re just fucked all the way around aren’t we?

Happy Hump Day!

Local News | Candidate who bashes U.S. aid got thousands in subsidies for farm | Seattle Times Newspaper

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Meet Clint Didier: the newest Tea Party candidate for the senate. Didier, a former tight end for the Washington Redskins is running for the senate position in Washington state. Didier has repeatedly bashed the government calling Obama’s administration a “Marxist utopia Democrats want to create” — “where everyone is taken care of from womb to tomb.” Mighty strong words from a man who received nearly $273,000 in federal farm subsidies since 1995, according to the Seattle Times.

He has also stated that America has gotten “lazy,” and relied on a “work force coming in from Mexico, when the country should be hiring its own ditch diggers and fruit pickers.” Nice generalization Clint. I suppose next that you’re going to rant about the Chinese taking away American jobs in the dry cleaning industry. Or maybe you could bitch about the Irish coming over here and drinking all of our American alcohol.

If you want a bunch of racist gun toting hypocritical religious zealots forming policy based on uninformed bias, then by all means vote candidates such as Didier to office. We may as well switch to a monarchy and name Sarah Palin as our queen.

Local News | Candidate who bashes U.S. aid got thousands in subsidies for farm | Seattle Times Newspaper