Tavis Smiley (very nice looking man btw) talking to Dickhead Durbin
SMILEY: I think most Americans agree, although I've not done a scientific poll, but I think most of us would probably agree, Senator - I'm sure you do as well - that deficit reduction is a real issue. [But] The question is when the time for that conversation has come, and whether or not, given the condition of the economy, we ought to change our focus to talking about deficit reduction versus stimulating this economy.
Because the deficit has *nothing* to do with the economy. Does it?
So everybody knows now this commission has come out with their report about what ought to be done with regard to deficit reduction, so I'm asking two questions. One, your take on that report, just a top-line take on it, and your take, more expressly, on whether or not this conversation in Washington is going to shift at the wrong time.
DURBIN: This is a reality. The deficit faces us. We borrow 40 cents out of every dollar that we spend. We borrow most of it from countries like China. They have become major creditors of the United States and have more power over our economy than we want them too. So dealing with this is not only the right thing economically, it's certainly right from a moral viewpoint. We can't leave this debt to our kids and expect them to shoulder that responsibility, but the reality of the situation is if we hit the brakes now on spending and stimulus, right in the midst of a recovery economy, we could plunge this economy back into recession, with even higher unemployment.
(Sidebar: suddenly they're concerned about leaving our kids debt? That's a laugh.) Ok excuse me, a recovery economy??? When did this recovery start? Why didn't anyone tip me off to it? Oh, I forgot...they're citing the likes of Paul Krugman. IOW they don't have a fucking clue what they're talking about. BACK into recession??? Are you freaking kidding me? BACK into recession? Do these people live in jars? Higher unemployment?? Higher than WHAT? Under Bush it rose to possibly 7.6 which is bad enough (though it wasn't the norm) and under Obama - who swore it couldn't go over 8%, it's now risen pretty much to double digits. We're back in the Carter years, and they're talking about going BACK into a recession from a RECOVERING economy with double-digit unemployment??? And we've got Bernanke TheBenbernank promising to raise inflation and printing tons of fiat money (because God forbid DEFLATION! Oh NOES!) and Krugman recommending an inflation rate of an eventual 28%...and extensions of those sweet sweet unemployment benefits of 2 years total (i.e. welfare, duh) and every day I hear from people who can't get a job making more than they are already making on unemployment (and it's unfortunately all too true)...and a recession rapidly turning into a DEPRESSION...and these geniuses are recommending more of the same because it just wasn't ENOUGH the first time. Never mind that if they'd get the hell OUT of Thebenbernank plan, the stimulus, and all this other nonsense, we might HAVE jobs to get if we're willing. The country is in the hands of utter, utter fools. Who have never run an economy before. Who have NEVER shown an ability to make or keep money and who just want to punish the people who could give us employment and stop taking taxes from people who don't really pay taxes anyway. Welcome to the Cloward-Piven strategy of manufactured crises to perform massive takeovers. Greedy, power-hungry little songbirds that they are. And now even Gene Simmons wishes he could take his vote back. If only you hadn't been so fucking stupid in the first place, Gene. Lick it up. Read more: http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2010/12/05/pbs-tavis-smiley-asks-dick-durbin-and-gary-hart-about-too-much-gop-parti#ixzz17Hs60NdU