Good morning, all, on this day before Thanksgiving. We have a couple of errands to do today but otherwise it should be an easy day. Not that any of our days are hard or rushed. In fact, we refuse to be rushed. It makes life so much easier and controls the blood pressure.
This story sums up the mishigas of the (not-so-)supercommittee. Most had little hope that it would really succeed in the first place but are disappointed anyway. Many of us feel a strange combination of disappointment and relief: disappointment that these morons couldn't come to a compromise and relief that they didn't come to a compromise that would severely shred what is left of our social safety net while giving the wealthy another free pass. I understand the rationale for the committee. After all, a similar committee managed to reduced the number of military bases in the U.S. after congress failed to deal with the matter. But the very different result this time reveals just how broken the entire system is; and that is reflected by the comments of those who find their faith in the system seriously challenged. Phil at Phil's Favorites has some wonderfully biting comments on both the failure of the committee and on the current Repthuglican Scrooge-like attitude towards anyone not in the upper 1% or associated with a defense contractor.