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America’s future is becoming Amy Winehouse’s.  SNL’s Seth Meyers would probably say, “Really?”. Really.

With one caveat. We are not interested in leaving any mourners behind. The head of the French extreme right party, le Front National, for instance, Marine Le Pen, a person who is not known for her progressive insights showed signs that she cared about others less fortunate when she called globalization “the way of having slaves work for the unemployed”.[1]

Unlike her, our center-right president avoids all eye-contact when he stumbles in debates about “debt ceiling.” At 50, Obama could show as little mojo as George Bush I, when Bush Pere raised our taxes. Instead, Obama, a smoker, coughs out cuts in Medicare, Social Security and similar programs.

But who cares? DSK, or le petit cochon français, keeps providing laughter for stress relief, as we all learn that 15 years later Tom Wolfe and his Bonfire of the Vanities remains the lesson for the unlucky and way-too-rich white folk.

I will stop here. Unlike the president, I do not want to distract my readers: I tell you how I see you – not at all – while facing you digitally. As I implied earlier, and saying it now: the president does not see you either.

  • Recovery is not coming, and what will come is far from providing any economic relief to the unemployed.

  • The private sector has only added temporary jobs and has no intention of bettering them with benefits. Benefits are so yesterday! Today we can all dream of 15 minutes worth of social services. This is the president’s dream as well.

  • The government is a step away from bankruptcy and cannot recover without raising taxes progressively, from each according to their earnings.  But no one takes the pain to explain this to us. And we are too distracted to think it for ourselves.

For a while Obama sang Adele’s “we could it have it all.” More recently, he’s become Amy Whinehouse’s fan… no no no. And you my readers? What tune do you like?


[1] La mondialisation, “c’est faire fabriquer par les esclaves pour vendre a des chomers.” (Thierry Brun, Demondaliasation, un faux debat? Politis, 7 Juillet 2011, p. 16-17.


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