Today as I was watching the news, I should not have been surprised to see that Lindsay Lohan had more press coverage outside the Los Angeles Courthouse than the President of the United States at the UN. She did not leave the Courthouse through the front door, so the wait was in vain.
If anything trumped that it had to be Steven Colbert testifying before a Congressional Sub-Committee today — in character. Admittedly, I can usually take a joke — and have been all year just listening to Congress. But, the idea that in these tough economic times, when gays still have to stay in the foxhole’s closet, and when too many of us do not have a job and may be facing foreclosure on our homes — the idea that a Congressional committee has a command performance by a comedian as a part of the workplace experience makes me so damned angry with those we elected that I am almost ready to become the Mad Hatter for the Tea Party, if for no other reason than to get rid of all the Republicans and Democrats.
Earlier in the week, on a national news program, it was announced that Moody’s Ratings had given the E.U. a AA rating. What the hell is that about? Does anyone really care what Moody’s says? Moody’s, Fitch, and Standards and Poors are the rating agencies that gave all those derivatives and credit default swaps a AAA rating. Let’s face it, if anyone can put stock in what Moody’s has to say today, they need to buy stock based on Moody’s ratings and let the chips fall where they may.
As a last resort, I turned to PBS for the evening news. And, there was Judy Woodruff interviewing Alan Greenspan. What the hell! Woodruff was asking Greenspan about taxes and the debate over whether to tax all of us or to keep the Bush tax cuts. I guess I was glad I watched part of it. I was quite surprised that Greenspan and I agreed on some points, only because it caused me to question my own opinion. After all, Greenspan is the one who was the fiscal guru who set us up for the Great Recession — and admitted that he didn’t see it coming.
Is this the best of the week? Oh, please…. another insult to American values and reasoning.