How about that swine flu? I bet Don Rumsfeld‘s stock just went up.
Boy, a global pandemic is just what this economy needs. I’d ask what else President Obama can possibly fit on his plate, but I don’t want to tempt fate.
By the way, speaking of Obama. . . I read this ridiculous rant from Dillinger Escape Plan‘s Greg Puciato the other day about how Obama is some kind of monster (tee-hee) for “growing government” and how we should all just stock up on weapons and ammo in preparation for the inevitable fascist takeover.
While I was somewhat impressed with Puciato’s ability to string a sentence together (not all metal frontmen are illiterate), I was pretty annoyed at his half-baked assertions. I mean, this dude calls himself an “anarcho-capitalist.” What the fuck does that even mean?
Puciato doesn’t realize that when the jackboots come to kick down his door, they won’t be wearing U.S. military uniforms. Rounding up American civilians to slave in Obama’s tax redistribution mines is not a “core function” of government, so it’ll be private muscle jabbing the M16 into Puciato’s ripped abs — most likely Blackwater or whatever the fuck they’ve rebranded themselves as.
You see, when we “grow government” in the US, it always includes massive handouts to those private companies young Puciato seems to regard so highly. These firms then sub-contract and sub-sub-contract to other corporations who finally outsource the real work to those very same Mexicans they claim to not want in the country. Because you don’t have to pay taxes on the salaries of undocumented workers. Hell, you don’t actually even have to pay them! Just spread a rumor that Immigration is coming, and they’ll skitter off to the next site of government-supported capital plunder (bringing that sweet swine flu with them).
So Puciato is disappointed that our new President isn’t some kind of Libertarian savior. Looks like he wasn’t paying attention to what candidate Obama was actually saying on the trail. There will be no major change in America’s imperial ambitions, despite obvious shifts in the dynamic of geopolitical power. On the brighter side, we’ll hopefully have a saner environmental policy, health care and an easing up on the backwards social agenda that defined the previous eight years.