November 17, 2008
Yah, yah but did we win?
Throughout the campaign, John McCain promised to win the war in Iraq (secure the victory) and bring the troops home victorious. Barack, according to Palin and McCain, would waive the flag of defeat! It had the ring of Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and Cheney: "We will be welcomed as liberators...their oil will pay the costs of war, pigs will fly and chickens will have lips...".
Good thing McCain lost, because he might have gone to war with 27 of 28 Iraqi Cabinet members who voted to require complete U.S. withdrawal by the end of 2011. (One can almost hear McCain, "Who asked them? This is our occupation and damn it, we will win before going home.") The Iraqi timeline is longer than the one Barack Obama proposed, but so what. It is the end of this painful occupation. But something is missing. The Iraqis did not include a declaration of victory.
Privatization: Just as Cheney privatized the Iraqi operations by hiring Blackwater, Halliburton, and hundreds of other private contractors, Sott Walker, governor wannabee and Republican Milwaukee County Exec, wants to privatize everything in his domain. But let's start with the very successful Mitchell Airport. Mitchell works just fine; provides an alternative to O'Hare; and lots of profit maximizers rub their hands just thinking of buying cheap from Walker and raising fees. There is no good reason to sell the airport.
Nothing wrong with the concept of privatizing services the public sector cannot deliver. But spell trouble with a capital "T" if ideologues like Walker try to sell everything to show the neocons that they, like Grover Norquist, are pure and want to kill government. (Norquist's idea: drown it in the bathtub.) Walker is symptomatic of the Republican problem in the 21st Century. People want government to work and are not confused with ideology. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." Mitchell ain't broke.
My bet is Walker would kill Social Security if he could.
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