Like many working Americans, I didn't watch the live VP debate, because of work. Luckily, it was up on Youtube. I used it as white noise. Undressing and rubbing all the bad electricity from my temples. I try to stay informed of the political world, but it's difficult. Who has time? Half the day on my feet. Customers come in, but I can't keep up. My only reprieve comes from those solitary bus rides going home. And when I get home, I just want to sleep on the floor. It's better on my back. I have scoliosis.
I zone back in to Biden and Ryan. Biden laughs like a drugged-up dying man in a hospice. He points out the the blatant misconstrued intentions Ryan played when he basically accused the Obama Administration of allowing Chris Stevens, ambassador to Libya, to die. "Not a single thing he said is accurate," Biden pointed out that Paul Ryan recently voted for a bill that would cut embassy security by $300 million. And Ryan rebuttals with a boy-scout death stare.
I don't like this. This is shit. This could hurt in the long run. But only if I let it. Election season. When the birds from both sides squawk a little louder. My back hurts, and I can't even get up to eat. Paul Ryan, however, and his incessant lies, taking a cue from his running mate, are on full blast.
Politicians lie. That's not news. That's why the media doesn't linger on any one lie for very long. Politicians lie, because at the end of the day, they're just people like us. Not gods. Getting voted in by a majority doesn't endow you with special powers (unless you count a fuckton of paid sick days and a $174,000 a year salary).
Take for instance, Howard "Buck" Mckeon. A republican who represents the 25th district of California, which includes Santa Clarita (where I live). Let's leave the politics out of this, for a moment, and look at the man. Before assuming the position of congressman, McKeon became councilman of Santa Clarita, shortly after the city incorporated in 1987. In 1993, he became representative of the Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley, predominantly Reublican hubs, and he has kept this position even to today. He is a staunch social/fiscal conservative and stands as a member of both the Education and Arms Committee in Washington.
In January of 2012, the Signal broke the story that Mckeon had gotten a "Friends Of Angelo" loan from Countrywide. Anyone who payed attention during the tumultuous times of 2008 know that it was Countrywide and it's frivolous sub-prime mortgage loans that helped in the bursting of the housing bubble and later the great recession. Angelo Mozilo, CEO of Countrywide later got a slap on the wrist and no jail time. Neither did Buck McKeon. And this man is running again in November. It is here that I place blame at the DOJ, and to a lesser extent the Obama administration for not going forward and canning this little orange man's ass. But, that's another story.
McKeon's name has become synonymous with "drones", those un-manned aircraft that have blown up many a middle-eastern, and will soon populate the skies over the U.S as per his money-making plan:
In the last year, his campaign has taken in much from various drone companies: Lockheed and Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman. He has even fomented a group called the Unmanned Systems Caucus. A symposium on drones. This group includes many representatives currently on the take of the same tech companies listed above: Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.), Joe Wilson (R-SC), and Candice Miller (R-Minn.). In early spring, his wife ran for state assembly, and McKeon demanded funds from these same companies. This man is corrupt out this ass.
Biden calling Ryan's ideas "malarkey" and Ryan being a stone-cold "wonk" are chicken shit compared to what's happening at the local level. So, it's very hard for me to get cheesed off about one VP debate. It's an easy in, but it's not the endgame. Do your homework.