Vincent Thomas Bridge Twilight wallpaper, Avoid Creating Martyrs, The War on Reality

Vincent Thomas Bridge Twilight wallpaper. The Vincent Thomas Bridge is a suspension bridge crossing the Los Angeles Harbor in California.

Difficult to believe but the story creating the most buzz in blogtopia is David Letterman’s Top Ten list with a joke about Governor Palin – you can read the complete list here, Top Ten Highlights of Sarah Palin’s Trip to New York. The flight attendant joke was in poor taste, but I’ve been watching Letterman for years. From the 90s and even up through Bush’s two terms the jokes about Bill Clinton and his real, imagined or greatly exaggerated indiscretions were a very regular source of Letterman material. Some of it was funny, some not and some in poor taste. As the whining mobs on the right feign fainting spells in outrage, the rest of us know that Letterman did Palin a favor by adding yet another notch on Palin and the Right’s endless game of Martyrdom. Rather then deal with the issues and Palin’s absurd takes on governance and relevant issues, the Right gets to deflect criticism by citing yet another incident in which poor Sarah was victimized by the media. All the while pretending that the endless jokes directed at former President Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the non-stop, deeply egregious and unfounded epitaphs directed at President Obama mean nothing. The words that come out of Palin’s own mouth are arguably more damning then Letterman’s acerbic sense of humor,

Hannity: …The price of oil is going up again.  It’s not quite at $140 a barrel, but it’s on its way up to $70 and $80…

Palin:  Yeah, well and I thank God it’s not at $140.  You know people say, “Hey, Alaska!  85% of your state budget is based on the price of a barrel of oil.  Aren’t you glad the price is going up?”    I say, “No!”  The fewer dollars that the state of Alaska government has, the fewer dollars we spend.  And that’s good for our families and for the private sector.

As many might remember Alaska is one of the fiscally easiest states to govern because the state and the residents get a direct share of oil revenues. Republicans frequently, abet inadvertently, make the case that working class Americans are actually better off with lower incomes. Thanks to Palin for once making the Republican stance on income distribution crystal clear.

Another trip in the way back machine, Without a Doubt By RON SUSKIND

In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn’t like about Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House’s displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn’t fully comprehend — but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ”in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who ”believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ”That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. ”We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.

Now along comes WaPo columnist, Fox News contributor and darling of the fringe Right, Charles Krauthammer, Fox News has ‘created an alternate reality’ for its viewers.

In his acceptance speech, Krauthammer lauded Fox News channel, which he said has “done a great service to the American polity” and for “single-handedly breaking up the intellectual and ideological monopoly that for decades exerted hegemony (to use a favorite lefty cliché) over the broadcast media.” But his praise took a strange turn when he extolled the “genius” of Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes for creating an “alternate reality” for its viewers…

Obviously humor is subjective, but its  sad commentary of the Right’s war on things that really matter where they find a bad joke reason for hollow outrage yet embrace their inability to deal with facts and reality.

In sad, but true and not so funny news, America’s Sea of Red Ink Was Years in the Making

There are two basic truths about the enormous deficits that the federal government will run in the coming years.

The first is that President Obama’s agenda, ambitious as it may be, is responsible for only a sliver of the deficits, despite what many of his Republican critics are saying. The second is that Mr. Obama does not have a realistic plan for eliminating the deficit, despite what his advisers have suggested.

The New York Times analyzed Congressional Budget Office reports going back almost a decade, with the aim of understanding how the federal government came to be far deeper in debt than it has been since the years just after World War II. This debt will constrain the country’s choices for years and could end up doing serious economic damage if foreign lenders become unwilling to finance it.

Mr. Obama — responding to recent signs of skittishness among those lenders — met with 40 members of Congress at the White House on Tuesday and called for the re-enactment of pay-as-you-go rules, requiring Congress to pay for any new programs it passes.

The story of today’s deficits starts in January 2001, as President Bill Clinton was leaving office. The Congressional Budget Office estimated then that the government would run an average annual surplus of more than $800 billion a year from 2009 to 2012. Today, the government is expected to run a $1.2 trillion annual deficit in those years.

You can think of that roughly $2 trillion swing as coming from four broad categories: the business cycle, President George W. Bush’s policies, policies from the Bush years that are scheduled to expire but that Mr. Obama has chosen to extend, and new policies proposed by Mr. Obama.

If Obama and Democrats do not produce a plan that shows verifiable progress toward reducing the deficit, Obama is headed toward being a well liked, but one term wonder. Then we’ll have another conservative who will inevitably run on some form of voodoo Palinomics. Tempting to say that such a scenario will simply produce another boom and bust cycle, but I wonder if working class Americans can survive , what would probably be worse then the predicament we have now.