There is a lot of craziness that can be rationalized using the words “greater good”. Too often the only participants are those with a bizarre and dangerous imagination and with a vested interest in the outcome. That applies to the separate issues of America’s budget and the U.S. debt ceiling.
There is a small band of far right wingers who are holding hostage all the rest of the Republicans. The result of that is that together they are holding hostage the welfare of every citizen of The United States of America. Even more, by threatening to default on our national debt they are also holding hostage the entire world economy. Gun to the head of America and the world. All that matters is what they want.
Perhaps these far right legislators are true believers for whom their ends justify any means, no matter the pain they to cause hundreds of millions – and to perhaps billions – of others. Lying and bullying are okay, they believe. Those are just tools to achieve their goals.
They are funded by unimaginably wealthy individuals for whom ever more power, money and control are all that matter. Those legislators and their fabulously rich benefactors are all hostage takers, packed with hubris, self-interest and a complete lack of concern for others. “They are bold and proud and certain in the way of clever children blessed with too much self-esteem,” in the words of Ben Fountain’s brilliant 2012 best seller, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. The ruination of America is of no concern to them.
For these megalomaniacs, it is all for the greater good. Theirs.
Copyright 2019 by Jack Altschuler
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