Master of Querimonies

Since the 2012 elections seem to have begun already….

Posted in The upcoming Mayan general elections by Davis X. Machina on December 25, 2010

…without having the common decency to let 2011 happen first, everyone’s calling the 2012 primary races, and I can’t handle the peer pressure. So….

The winner is Chris Christie, running as the fightin’ general American needs to manage its war on public employees.

I expect he’d do rather well. Crab-bucket syndrome (If I don’t have a job, then you don’t get to have one either) is bi-partisan—see discussions here on public-sector pensions—ostensibly race-neutral—but you know who those employees all are, wink, wink—and not closely identified with any particular area of the country. It’s not obviously part of the religious wars, either.

Ressentisment light—all the rage, without all the baggage.

GOP R&D may have finally developed the new product they needed, now that the patent on fighting nearly pointless wars in nearly unreachable places has expired, generics are available, and it’s in all the shops now, not just the GOP.

On the Mandate…

Posted in Uncategorized by Davis X. Machina on December 14, 2010

Let’s play Jeopardy.

A. A purchase that Congress finds worth encouraging, so it passes a law that gains its purchaser a tax advantage, a tax advantage withheld from those who do not make such a purchase….

Q. What is a thirty-year fixed mortgage from Wells Fargo?

Q. What is an ACA-compliant health insurance policy from Aetna, or Anthem/Wellpoint?

Vanguard of the Revolution

Posted in Uncategorized by Davis X. Machina on December 11, 2010

A cold, hard, small, disciplined, real Democratic party is the only thing that will save the country.

Oh, sure, some people will carp, and point out that during this process real people will suffer real pain that could otherwise have been averted. When the historical necessity of their sacrifice is explained to them properly, however, they will come around.

Some day, when real progressives finally take power, we can recognize their sacrifice. A memorial, something tasteful, and not too grandiose on the Mall? Or a commemorative stamp…we could have Banksey do it; think how cool that would be.

Remind me again, when did Lenin die?

“Eduard Bernstein, pick up the white courtesy phone.”

Posted in Forward into the past by Davis X. Machina on December 9, 2010

Kevin Drum says of the Democrats: They [the Democrats, ed.] have to figure out a way to build a supermajority coalition for complicated legislation, and that means compromise. And everyone knows this.

Part of that supermajority coalition, if you include actors outside the actual legislature, doesn’t know this, or pretends to not know this. And it has no interest in compromise. It has no interest in ‘a supermajority coalition for complicated legislation’ because it has a profound mistrust that anything good can come from a legislature.

Power corrupts, and the more you exercise it, the more corrupt you become. The only legitimate, uncorrupt stand is to not exercise it.

This leads to adulation of the powerless (Bernie Sanders, Alan Grayson), and ‘Kill-the-Bill’ politics. In progressive circles, marginal status is considered proof of good will. Anybody with efficacy is corrupt, because they have efficacy.

We’re fighting Marx/Kautsky v. Bernstein/Jaurés, all over again.

In the long run, the ‘professional left’ doesn’t trust, maybe doesn’t even believe in, government — sharing that predilection with the teabag right, interestingly enough.