Massachusetts, the most liberal of liberal states, just elected a Republican, Scott Brown, to the U.S. Senate. What the hell just happened? People are Red Faced Pissed Off is what happened!
This commentary, Dear Politicians: We are Fed up says it best:
We are fed up with the lot of you.
You promised to change the way Washington works, but you didn't do it. Your answers to our problems are inadequate, or they make things worse. As usual, you're taking care of everyone but us. Despite the worst economic crisis in generations, nothing has changed.
This country is in trouble, maybe big trouble. Our economy doesn't work for us any more. Jobs are hard to find, health care is hit or miss, and the idea of a comfortable retirement seems a cruel joke. We legitimately worry that we're bequeathing our kids and our grandkids a life that's going to be much tougher than ours.
Now here is the joke. Republicans, you think your corporate driven inane policies that do nothing but give more corporate welfare and support the super rich is what American voted for? I think not! Don't take a protest vote as thinking somehow Americans want your shit can policies.
We don't want either party's corporate driven, special interest driven, not in the national interest, special interest, corporate lobbyist written bills.
If you haven't noticed the middle class is dying on the vine and all you can do is enable more offshore outsourcing of our jobs, save Zombie banks and spew a whole lot of nice sounding rhetoric.
You even turn health care reform into a lobbyists' wet dream and spew all sorts of crap out about how you just can't get it done, uh, no, you could get it done in a few days if you would listen to real experts, use the many other industrialized nations' systems as examples and get the for profit health care sector out of D.C.
Same goes for Financial Reform.
But nope, the idiots on TV try to make this about Centrists and running the country from the center. This is pure bullshit!
Left, Right, Red, Blue, Purple and Aqua Marine are all screaming the same damn thing you corrupt holier than thou bastards. We want government that makes common sense, based on objective metrics, that is for the people and not special interests and corporate lobbyists.
I'm so disgusted with this swinging from one side to the other of the same corrupt bird. The problem is corruption, corporate lobbyists, special interests running the country and writing the bills in Congress.
Don't believe me? A new poll says Brown's election is a protest vote. They don't want his policy positions anymore than they want your corporate and special interest corrupt agenda.
How many politicians in the 2008 election promised no more bail outs to Wall Street? What was their first vote? To bail out Wall Street, by granting the other half of the TARP funds.
Obama railed on offshore outsourcing as campaign rhetoric. Who does he add, first thing, to his administration? Diana Farrell, the offshore outsourcing princess. He bails on even the most trivial of actions to curtail offshore outsourcing. Of course we should not forget, putting into his economic team, the exact same people who brought you financial deregulation, bad trade deals, global labor arbitrage in the first place. Larry Summers being the lead Rubin's Rube of that neo-
con-liberal gang. This centrist line of spin really means more multinational corporations and elites run the show.
The list goes on and on and on. We could spend $787 billion dollars in Stimulus. That's our tax dollars. Yet when it comes to make sure that money went to hire U.S. citizens, U.S. workers and buy American goods for projects...
oh lordy, somehow that's protectionism and we cannot do that. Right o! You can rob money straight from the taxpayer's pockets yet not make sure that money stimulated their own economy. Unbelievable!
Folks reading this, please add your own rant. The TV idiots simply try to spin all of this as if Americans want Republican corporate agenda over Democratic corporate agendas...
The truth is....Americans want the American agenda. We want this government to act in our citizens interest, our national interest, not some multinational's agenda or even some special interest group with a lot of campaign bucks.
Fed Up? If the entire country turns red, it's not because we all went conservative, it's because we are all that hopping mad.
Update: James Woolley in the comments pointed to the below video as the #1 reason for Coakley's loss and it's beyond damning.