I've used the morning trying my very best to wade through the surface three ring circus nonsense of the campaign hell and other generalized nonsense that I've been able to catch on American television this week and try to get to things that have actually been going on. As my aunt said yesterday, it looks as though we're in this thing for the long haul, so it's time to start trying to reenter the world.

The first thing I'd like to say? Dear Sarah Palin. The Left doesn't give a damn that your little tart went and got herself knocked up by a hillbilly -- we're just relishing the irony, yet again. We have plenty of other (valid) reasons for not wanting you anywhere near our White House. You judgmental little anti-feminist creationist book-burning green-as-fuck Evangelical nutjob.

Secondly, Mike is right. As he usually is about these things. It is really nice to hear someone finally get angry, and to have that person not be a comedian or an artist, but a politician. And I know some of the worst men in the world have been passionately spoken politicians. But goddamn if it isn't good, way down to the bone, to hear a call for this country to start waking up. I don't know why the Evangelicals hate this Democratic ticket so much, to be honest. Where I come from, this is what preachers sound like.

"What do you talk about when you have nothing to say? What do you talk about when you cannot explain the last eight years of failure? What do you talk about? What do you talk about?"

Then there's the student loan bailout, of course. What can I say about that? Well, when the hell am I going to get bailed out? If the loan companies are getting free money, then why the hell do I still have to give them mine? I'm not going to go into some bitter rant about having to immigrate to make a better life for myself (although the concept is something I find hilarious in relation to traditional American snobbishness and narcissistic paranoia about how the whole damn world wants all of the wonderful things we have), because I'm quite happy to immigrate for any number of other reasons and I certainly don't find my position comparable to that of someone who is merely trying to stay alive, simply because I do have the privilege of a college education to throw into the mix. However. When are we going to work out a way for the average American not to have to choose between taking a shitty job and scraping by for the rest of their lives or going to college for four years and then taking a slightly better paying shitty job and scraping by for the rest of their lives? We won't even get into what ALL Americans still don't have access to....

In other words, this isn't working. Clearly.

Am I the only one who thinks perhaps the government should put its dollars and sense (sic) toward trying to give the next generation access to affordable education and let this horrible current system die a natural (if hopefully also painful and agonizing) death?


MikejGrey said...

You know, at least in New York, an undergraduate degree is totally worthless. I might as well have it printed on Charmin. At least it would have a practical use.

MikejGrey said...

Anyhow. Ryan actually called me.

If I don't get something this week I should be worried.

vai said...

i don't know if i'm allowed to comment since i'm a foreigner - but - 'amen, sister'. except i'm not religious. or your biological sister. or black. actually - i'm utterly wrong with everything. but you know what i'm trying to say. i stand behind you in what you are trying to say. these elections have been the topic of conversations in this part of the world as well.

i make no sense... off to bed with me. not WITH me.. ah.. lol. whatever :)

I'm no Picasso said...

It's not totally worthless. You'd be flipping hamburgers without it. But it's not much better than worthless, I'll give you that. Especially when you have to get into mountains and mountains of debt to get it.

Ryan. Pffffffffffft. I have to go to the consulate soon.

Iva -- I know you know. Heartbreaking when you couldn't stay, anyway. But now it's like that for everyone almost, no help at all.

Haha. Ah, Iva.

I'm no Picasso said...

Oh Iva -- was just this very fifteen minutes listening to Billy Joel's "Vienna" which of course made me think of you. Forgot to add.


MikejGrey said...

Flipping burgers is the only job I've had offered to me. Well. Not burgers, but working at Borders for 7 bucks an hour. Everything else with moderate pay has slipped through the fingers.

anyway. it'll be good to get out of here.

I'm no Picasso said...

It really will be.

What's it? Three more weeks? It'll fly.

I'm no Picasso said...

By the way, Mike. The "No Reservations" where an Indian guru tells Anthony Bourdain he has problems being strong in the bedroom is about to be on. In case you're interested.

MikejGrey said...

Oh man.

I should download as much of this show as I can before we leave.

Has he been to korea? Can we get him to come?

I'm no Picasso said...

He has been to Seoul, yes, but maybe we can get him to come to Incheon by claiming it's the New Jersey of South Korea. Since that's where he's from.