Tuesday morning, and we awaken to news that rebels have stormed the gates of Daffy Gadahfi’s military compound in Tripoli. Question is, “where’s Daffy?” Is he hiding somewhere within the country, or has he gotten on a plane and flown away? And if so, which nation has taken him in? Say it ain’t so, Hugo… Or is our “man of the desert” in a spider hole somewhere, wearing sunglasses in the dark , surrounded by automatic weapons and bags of money, living on power bars and mineral water? What will become of Libya, without the strongman giving orders?
The AP reports that Sen. John McCain is applauding the “popular uprisings” in the Arab world. Stand by John, we’ll have one right here in the good ol’ USA, if you and your millionaire congressional buddies don’t get your fannies back to D.C. and put our house in order. An overstatement? I don’t think so. Reuters is running a piece on the US “becoming a food stamp nation.” They report on a woman who works for Wal Mart, but is forced to use food stamps to feed her family. According to the wire service, there “are now almost 46 million people in the United States on food stamps, roughly 15 percent of the population. That’s an increase of 74 percent since 2007, just before the financial crisis and a deep recession led to mass job losses.”
At the same time, the discrepancy between the rich and the poor in America is the broadest it’s been since the Great Depression and the gap between the wealthy and what’s left of America’s middle class is growing. CNN reports that “The richest 1% of U.S. households had a net worth 225 greater than that of the average American household in 2009..”
Think there’s linkage in any of this? Why do you suppose the mainstream tv news folk don’t pay more attention to just how dire the situation is? It’s almost as though they are in denial. Could it be they’re afraid of losing their audience, should they start doing real reportage on the actual state of the state and nation? Or have they focused on “happy talk” for so long that it’s impossible for them to change gears?