Morning Joe today presented first thing Carl Bernstein, Jonathan Capehart, Mike Barnicle, Mika and Willie Geist discussing the budget battle. Bernstein wants to raise taxes on rich people to pay for what the "people need", so he thinks we have a revenue shortfall rather than a spending addiction. Everyone on Morning Joe agreed that the rich should pay more in taxes, but Willie, Mika and Barnicle at least admit that spending is out of control. This has been discussed to death, and progressives like Bernstein are oblivious to fundamental problems because they are the fundamental problem.
Even when they brought Jack Kingston and Jeff Blake on the show, two Republicans who give lip service to restricting the power of government, there was still no talk about our statist system which is geared to spend more and more money on social programs, wars, entitlements, and payoffs to corporations which partner with the State to ensure a free market never rises. The discussion considered tweaks and gimmicks to avoid financial collapse, but not one fundamental solution was mentioned.
Bernstein then began pontificating on the callous disregard of "too many people" when it comes to black unemployment. The camera showed Capehart looking down and smiling as if to ask what Bernstein had ever done to fight for greater opportunity for inner city blacks. Bernstein is the classic blowhard political class parasite who hasn't had a new idea in 40 years, and who promotes an anticapitalist ideology that has contributed greatly to government dependence, poor education and entrenched poverty.
Later in the show, the discussion was the Afghanistan War, and Michael Hastings from Rolling Stone was on calling for the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We need many more such voices, and much more influential voices. One of the biggest problems we face is our foreign policy of intervention and this manufactured War on Terror. Even as some of the others around the table agreed that it's time to end the Afghanistan War, they questioned the wisdom of not dealing with Pakistan. This week I'm writing about this issue, so I will address all this later.