by Joe Shea
November 5, 2014
DOING NOTHING IN STYLE
There are some people who won't believe a thng no matter how evident the "truth" is to the rest of the human race. I'm one of those.
What I don't believe is that President Barack Obama deserves even a tiny fraction - which would still be a huge amount - of the vicious, false and predatory criticism aimed at him from inside the Republican Party and the conservative movement.
I want to call it the conservative bowel movement, because that, to me, is the quality of the observations about our President that I hear coming from the likes of Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Bill Cunningham, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and the rest of the sick, twisted freaks who inhabit the right-wing mediasphere.
But that so many voters went to the polls and returned so many of the do-nothing House Republicans to office, and then elected 12 more of them at last count, and also established the Republicans as the majority party in the U.S. Senate - giving the party control of both houses of Congress, where they can now do nothing in concert and independently - managed to surprise me.
Of course, every conceivable media outlet except ours had predicted the outcome of Tuesday's mid-term elections correctly; we made no predictions and just clung to our hopes that Americans, as they often do, would demonstrate good sense. They chose not to, and we have to live with that.
If you asked most Republican voters what they disliked most about President Obama, I think most would vaguely point to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and then fall silent.
I have been critical, very mildly, of the President's failure to follow through with the missile shields once promised to Poland, and to lease a harbor in the Odessa region of Ukraine, and for taking so long to understand and react to the threat posed by ISIS, which was the topic of an article "The War Against the Caliphate") in this paper way back in 2009. A CIA Arabic-language analyst probably read it in one of the Arabic blogs into which it was translated; we've been ignored by the best.
But even though our free hits-tracking service does occasionally spew one out from the Executive Office of the President, I am not under the illusion President Obama reads our stuff, even though Randolph Holhut's work is really pretty good.
What bothers me is that not even a few other publications seem to see things as I do: Take the Ebola epidemic, for instance. It was weeks after we first reported that three cases had been identified in Liberia and that an outbreak was underway before any other American media reported on it.
Or take Terri Wonder's interviews with Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, and other then-al Qaeda terrorists at Bagram prison in Iraq. Isn't that relevant to the major story of our times?
Or even the "vote-shaming" mailer that Republican activists in several states sent out - why didn't the other national media pick up on that?
And why did even local media ignore our reporting on the tens of thousands of dollars being poured into school board races in which the contributors had no stake, being mostly large corporations with no local operations? Didn't local papers have some obligation to tell their public?
You have to put that down to the habit of major media preferring to wear blinders about the work of other journalists, i.e., those not employed by them.
That's a small part of the reason the incredible news about the successful validation of Andrea Rossi's Energy Catalyzer, or E-Cat, has been ignored by national media, even though some admit the price of oil collapsed 30 percent starting on the day of publication of the scientific paper on the validation - as the book, "An Impossible Invention," by science writer Mats Lewan predicted it would.
But back to the paralyzed Senate and House: Who is going to do the work of governing? For instance, we soon won't have an Attorney General of the United States because Eric Holder is leaving after six very distinguished years.
It's likely the Republicans in the Senate will reject the first 15 nominations from the White House before the public begins glaring ominously at them; there's no telling, these days, what those glares may portend.
First on their new agenda will be the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, no doubt. It has been repealed 50 times, literally, in the House, and was never taken up by the Senate. Now the Senate will veto it every week, too, to justify their salaries and tenure, I guess, and the White House will politely veto it again.
The good thing about this is that they will be spending time without really spending a whole lot of money; it hardly costs anything to prepare the 1,000-page booklets that contain the bills, print them for a thousand people, and then reprint them with amendments and everything, and then toss them into the recycling bin when the President vetoes the underlying legislation.
If they weren't doing this sort of thing they'd probably be spending serious money we don't have for renaming post offices and destroyers and schools and roads after their distinguished predecessors, and even building a new stretch of highway somewhere named for a newly deceased colleague.
All those costs add up to quite a bit of money, even hundreds of millions or billions of dollars, so the most cost-efficient way of earning their keep may just be to repeatedly repeal the ACA. As Einstein said, doing the same thing over and over again knowing it will fail is also evidence of insanity, so they would want to stay one step ahead of those big guys with strait jackets.
In short, even though Fox News is celebrating the takeover the Senate with joyful abandon, using a whole new set of vibrant, flashing colors on the broadcast so that it looked like the American Reporter home page on steroids, nothing important has happened, or will happen.
The problem, of course, is that new bad things can happen - oh, like those busy bridges that suddenly collapse - while both the Senate and the House do nothing together. Let's hope that impasse comes to an end before the George Washington Bridge falls down.
Joe Shea is Editor-in-Chief of The American Reporter. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org with the Subject header: AR Shea, please;.