Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Thursday, 3 October 2013
As the British government embarks on a campaign of personal smears against the long-dead relative of an opposition leader who served in WW2, one half the U.S. government seems to have decided to just shut itself down in order to make a point about Obama's promised welfare funding, and if that means a second disastrous crash for for the global economy and thousands of ordinary people out of work with no money (putting further strain on whatever welfare funding is left), then so be it.
Having just got back from a little holiday in Spain, I am now considering going straight off to the U.S.A. with an empty suitcase - I can now get 1.76 U.S. dollars for £1. That Armani suit which I bought for £176 was originally bought in New York for $4000 - there seems to be some sort of mystical correlation with these numbers.
I am witnessing the effects of the potentially catastrophic behaviour of the Republican party even over this side of the pond, right now. I have a friend who works for the U.S. government, and this morning I ran into him as he walked down the street on his way to kill time in a bookshop. For the third day in a row, he has received a call from the head of his department telling him not to go into work, because the department does not have the authorisation to pay his wages.
I will not say in what capacity my friend works, but I will say that he has saved the U.S. government an astronomical amount of money in the past two months alone, so the fall-out of the welfare spending argument is costing the American people even more money than the Republicans are trying to save and - bear this in mind - this is only one of thousands of officials put out of action by it when trying to do their job in a foreign field.
I don't pretend to know much about American politics, but even I could have predicted that the self-fulfilling prophecy that Obama would not live up to expectations might take the form in which it is now playing out.
The day that he was sworn into office, a rather tasteless British newspaper took up it's front cover with a large photo of him with a gun-target superimposed on his chest. They have been slowly squeezing the trigger ever since.
All over Europe, scum is rising to the surface as it always does in times of financial crisis, and where the crisis is worst, neo-nazis gain more and more political power, like the 'Golden Dawn' thugs in Greece.
Everyone seems to be forgetting the old maxim about 'with power comes responsibility'.