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Sunday, January 29, 2006

The fucking Holy Market... again!

So DLA's, the Disillusioned kid points up more of Dubya's dick-headery:
"I just want you to know that, when we talk about war, we're really talking about peace."
This whilst addressing the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, check it. Orwellian certainly, but i'm no longer surprised by the neo-cons contempt for the possibility of accountability.

What never ceases to amaze me though is how he gets away with spouting such utterly transparent bollocks. This time he even refered to how it's done: education. As if his meaning of indoctrination wasn't plain enough, he then told us clearly how it will be reinforced: "faith groups" "educating" poor Americans about home ownership. Now, i'm not a great bible scholar, so i'll admit i might have missed it, but then again, i'm sure that someone would have pointed it out by now, but i don't recall any mention of home ownership in fucking scripture, nor the righteous proselytising said in any attempt by Caeser to diffuse public unrest by extending a vested interest in the status quo. In fact, i'm fairly certain that Jesus was reported to have taken rather the opposite view, with his "Render unto Caeser" and "Camel to pass through the eye of a needle" quotes: give the government precisely its due but keep your hearts and minds fixed firmly on God.

No, it's the religion of The Holy Market again: it worked for Thatcher, why not give some ground in the US. After all, the amount of wealth redistribution we are talking about is actually miniscule in comparison to what's at stake should civil unrest topple the neo-con agenda.

Bush also refered to the method by which this indoctrination of the young will be more jealously guarded. Those schools which do not teach children to adequately "read, write, add and subtract" will have their federal funding removed. That surely begs the question, 'By whose reckoning?' The academic performance of American children is already subnormal by European standards and that after, here in the UK at least, a general dumbing down of the required syllabus. You just know that the real demarcation will be over attitudes toward primarily The Holy Market, and also Sex Education, Abortion and "Creationism", eh?

The symmetrical beauty of this particular foray into mendacity though comes at the end. After a rousing call to support Homeland Security through the economic security of being stuck in a low paid job for fear of losing one's investment in the meanest structure which can be built and still bear the appellation "home", thus allowing the continued crusade to convert heathens to the righteousness of The Holy Market worldwide, the witless chimp then explains how this will be done. Deregulation to stimulate growth and competition in the market? It get's a slight mention near the very end. Tax-breaks to directly stimulate supply? Nary a word of it. No, it seems that The Holy Market has been so efficient that Federal Grants will be all that's required for first-time buyers and the poor. In the face of this blatant hypocrisy, did anyone throw their screwed up pamphlets at him, even boo or heckle? No. The benighted fools applauded!

For any US readers, a couple more points:
  1. Margaret Thatcher's policies of house-market deregulation and increasing home ownership led to a short-term boom in the UK domestic economy which proved unsustainable, being as it was, based on credit. It also lead to an increased Trade Deficit. This was fuelled by home "ownership" allowing consumers to further extend, what was for many, the unrealistic credit of a mortgage. When the bubble burst, many people were left with debts which were not able to be covered by the suddenly depressed value of the property they were secured against: "negative equity" we call it.
  2. In Britain, even a multi-story structure made from wood is called a 'shed'. Even to the poor, a 'trailer' is a temporary dwelling used for holidays, unless the owner is a Gypsy, in which case the potential mobility is its salient feature.
If you're going to sell yourselves out, at least do it for something worthwhile.

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