* Russ of Russ' Filtered News posted the quote that really boils it all down to reality:
Where the blame should fall: David Brooks (whom I cannot tolerate) was finally correct: 'If the debt ceiling talks fail, independent voters will see that Democrats were willing to compromise, but Republican were not. If responsible Republicans don’t take control, independents will conclude that Republican fanaticism caused this default. The will conclude that Republicans are not fit to govern. And they will be right.'
My excellent friend Rain gives a sane and well-thought and rational rant here.
Barbara, at the beautiful and interesting Folkways Notebook and almost never get political, made this brilliant comment here yesterday:
I am tired of the whole charade. For the politicians to drag the middle and lower class through this mess is irresponsible of them. We need a total reevaluation of this whole system of operating. What happened to pressing issues like oil and food prices etc. Perhaps the politicians are happy they don't need to address these other concerns for awhile? At least not until gas reaches ten dollars a gallon.
Bill Maher with a irreverent one-minute comment:
Here's the oldie for the week -- and yeah, I'm in full tilt cynical/despair mode:
I an just plain sick at the prospect of my/our future and grieve for those more unfortunate than I.