We ought to get a flash mob together to assemble outside the Capitol Building and boo Congress, because they sure are finishing up with a bang. The House attached ANWR drilling to the Defense Appropriations bill so no one would vote against it, cut social spending one percent across the board (which will, among other things, throw 35,000 kids off Head Start), cut $13 billion from college loan programs, and gave liability protection to vaccine manufacturers that they surely don't need. Admittedly, they also put through a sizable amount of hurricane relief (which Tha Bush Mobb will allow to flow into the coffers of their crony corporations just like they're doing in Iraq) and added $2 billion in relief for heating costs for the poor, but let's not do jumping jacks when they do what they're supposed to do. This Congress is a stick in the eye of the American people, and I assure you Tha Bush Mobb are laughing at us about it. Here's a quickie candidate endorsement for 2006: whoever your Representative is, vote against them. I am so tired of seeing the back of their hand.
Hot on the heels of Mr. Bush's defiant-yet-defensive admission that he committed yet another impeachable offense, here comes a report alleging that the Department of Homeland Security investigated a U. Mass-Dartmouth student for borrowing a book by Mao Zedong so he could write a paper on totalitarianism. Apparently The Little Red Book, a collection of quotations and speech excerpts from Mr. Great Leap Forward, is on the Department's watch list. Now you could imagine a situation where a student might want to learn why totalitarianism is bad, and try to understand totalitarianism from a totalitarian's point of view, couldn't you? You know, so he can maybe learn how totalitarianism works and maybe fight totalitarianism wherever he might see it? Then again, maybe that's Tha Bush Mobb's real reason for snooping around in your library. I think this would be a good thing to call your Congressperson about. You don't have to mention that I just advocated his/her defeat if you don't want to.
But I'm not all about bad news, I'm really not. Remember a few months ago when I celebrated falling profits in the movie industry? Now I'm ready to break open the champagne for disappointing holiday retail sales as well. Just as America is finally getting sick of motion pictures and televised entertainment filled with ridiculous explosions and preposterous "characters," America is also finally starting to get sick of spending all its money on material goods, and it makes me damn proud of my country, it really does. Just buy a few gifts and donate most of your Christmas budget to charity, that's what I say. Or, if you're artsy-craftsy (I wish I was!), you can make gifts for people. Or you can shop online at a place like realgoods.com and get environmentally progressive gifts for your loved ones. These would all be good ways to put the Christ back in Christmas.
(Hat tip to the Media Dissector blog for the item described in the second paragraph.)