Framed All Over Again

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Reframing! It's not just for old Led Zeppelin posters anymore. Don't like how things look the way they are? Can't change the way they are? Then change the way they look through the power of reframing! Reframing. It's like lying, only it's still socially acceptable. And it's also, ironically, a very loose framing device for this week's IDIOTS SAY THE DAMNDEST THINGS!

“We spent our first six weeks building a structure that our donors want to see in place, and now we are at the stage where the checks will begin catching up with increased commitments,” said Law. Though he wouldn’t disclose specific fundraising figures for June, he said “the checks are starting to roll in and we are on track to have a solid financial report for June.” - Stephen Law, president of Karl Rove's "American Crossroads" 527 group.

Some background. You probably don't remember American Crossroads. That's because it's one of dozens of attempts to create a "conservative MoveOn" or some other conservative version of the liberal/Democratic mobilization and fundraising that, for one brief, shining moment, actually worked.

American Crossroads wanted to raise $52 million dollars this year. So far, they've raised about one and a quarter million. And in May, apparently, they raised $200. Whoops. But since Law can't actually make $50.75 million dollars appear out of thin air, he actually attempted to reframe the archetypal lie, "the check's in the mail", and get away with it. No, honest, the checks will begin catching up to commitments! That's what happens when you suck up to Wall Street motherfuckers. You get the illusion of money, but it may never actually materialize.

"The ACLU, SEIU and the Muslim American Society are calling the shots at the Justice Department. The 'draft complaint' DOJ has prepared to challenge the Arizona law is a 'cut & paste' version of the class-action lawsuit the ACLU filed in United States District Court on May 17th... No other conclusion could be reached unless Holder releases the Department's 'draft complaint.' But when it becomes public, all of America will know what I know today. The ACLU and their radical affiliates are dictating the policy of the White House and the Department of Justice." - Steve King, the stupidest man in Congress, crossing another paranoid delusion off his bucket list.

Some would call this a delusional ad-hominem attack. But I am desperate for a cohesive theme, so I'm going to call this King Fucktard's attempt to reframe the debate over Arizona's racial profiling law as a battle against a right-wing bogeyman Constructicon. It's the civil liberties Nazis! Union thugs! And radical Muslims! All teaming up to take over the Justice Departmet, blow a hole in the border fence, and let millions of Mexicans into Arizona! And I think we can get Brett Ratner to direct.

Notice, also, the borderline subtle extortion that must have come from one of King's cleverer staffers. We're going to HAVE to believe in a vast conspiracy between our most hated groups unless you release confidential documents to us that we will then cite as evidence in a vast conspiracy between our most hated groups. I'm sure Eric Holder will get right on that.

"And even when businesses are willing to hire, nearly two years of unemployment benefits are too much of an allure for some. The evidence is mounting that so-called stimulus policies rammed through Congress are doing more harm than good." - Georgia congressman John Linder, sounding a very familiar drumbeat these days.

 

John Linder's doin' it. Michele Bachmann's doin' it. Rand Paul and Sharron Angle are doin' it even when the press is looking. Even a few Democrats - just enough of them are doing it. Yes, it's the summer's great new pastime, bashing the unemployed! We can't extend unemployment benefits again, because it'll just keep lazy people from finding work!

Unemployment's still hovering around ten percent. Every week, without fail, new jobless claims hover between 450,000 and 500,000. Sometimes it's up a bit, and everyone frowns. Sometimes it's down a bit, and everyone cheers. But it's never down a lot.

Are there people who don't bust their asses as much as they should because they've got barely enough to live on thanks to unemployment? Fuck yes. But I know how much money that is, and I can tell you, as your sole source of income, even the lazy slackers aren't living high on the hog.

Not that it fucking matters. The right has been obscenely successful in promoting the notion that as long as some people are getting a benefit who may not entirely deserve it, we can ignore all the people the benefit actually helps. And we can spend any amount of money and put applicants through any amount of humiliation we want just so we catch that fractional group of undeserving ingrates.

Fuck that noise. There are, by many accounts, five to six applicants for every job opening in the country. If all the lazy fuckers actually applied themselves and hunted for jobs, there's no guarantee they'd GET them. There'd just be six to seven applicants for every job opening. And they're spending all that unemployment money - there's not enough of it to wrap in foil and stash in a freezer - so it's essentially economic stimulus that's turning ramen and peanut butter into growth industries.

The only thing government stimulus is doing more harm than good to is the affronted egos of the Republican luck mongers, whose lack of marketable skills somehow didn't leave them homeless and starving in the alleged meritocracy they love to believe exists. Pass the damn extension, if for no other reason than to piss off people like Linder.