The debt hawks are to economics as the creationists are to biology. Those, who do not understand monetary sovereignty, do not understand economics. Cutting the federal deficit is the most ignorant and damaging step the federal government could take. It ranks ahead of the Hawley-Smoot Tariff.

It isn’t Sarah’s fault

Jared Loughner was nuts. And those who are nuts do nutty things. He shot people, one of whom was a nationally known politician. What was his motive?

The word “motive” implies some sort of rationality. But, because Loughner was irrational, his motive could have been anything in his twisted mind. Did he want fame? Or friends? Or hate female politicians? (Or judges? Or kids?) Or the weather?

Whatever “motive” festered in his brain, Loughner was not unique. We have had assassinations, before. Judges, governors, mayors, even Presidents. Lincoln’s was successful; Reagan’s was not. It is hard to say that the harsh language of Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and the Fox News shouters was at fault. Yes, her repeated comment, “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” was idiotic. And her crosshairs ad was idiotic, too. And her repeated references to guns and shooting are idiotic. But she is only the idiotic product of our idiotic times.

Are Sarah, the Tea Party and Fox News any more at fault than, say, the Supreme Court, which has ruled that the 2nd Amendment words, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State. . .” have absolutely no meaning whatsoever?” Are Sarah, the Tea Party and Fox News any more at fault than the millions of gun owners who claim that “Guns don’t kill; people kill” and who say their guns will be taken “from their cold, dead hand”? And what shall we say of the politicians, Democrats and Republicans, who have sent many thousands of Americans to die and be maimed in Viet Nam and Iraq, based on politically motivated lies? Have they helped set the precedent for, or are they merely the product of, the violence in our society?

Inflammatory language is meant to inflame. Sarah intended to inflame our basest instincts, and she has succeeded, particularly with those who have needed only a gentle nudge to push them off the cliff. Inflaming is the way she justifies her huge speaking fees. That’s her business. Without outrageousness, what does she have? Certainly not calm, logical, intelligent perspective. And if by sowing the wind, she has reaped the whirlwind, is it her fault one nut took it too far?

It’s not just her. The entire political scene has become Palinized. Extreme has become the new center. When everyone is shouting, only the loudest will be heard.

And then this happens. And we all look around and we wonder. Why? Why?

First, of course, we will hear the “It’s not my fault” bleating. And there will be the finger pointing (“We didn’t do it and anyway, they did it first.”). But perhaps, for just a little while, the Palin/Tea Party/Fox News shouters will tone it down, and if we are really, really lucky, some quiet logic will enter the scene.

But it won’t last. Loud music sells. Hatred sells. Extremism sells. There always will be another Sarah Palin, and another Tea Party (aka Know Nothing Party) and another Fox News (aka Hearst newspapers), another Joe McCarthy, another Orval Faubus, another Hitler. There always will be those who inflame and those who follow.

Demagoguery is in our genes. It isn’t Sarah’s fault. It’s what we are. Don’t look around in innocence and wonder, “Why?” You are the reason.

Rodger Malcolm Mitchell

No nation can tax itself into prosperity. Those who say the stimulus “didn’t work” remind me of the guy whose house is on fire. A neighbor runs with a garden hose and starts spraying, but the fire continues. The neighbor wants to call the fire department, which would bring the big hoses, but the guy says, “Don’t call. As you can see, water doesn’t put out fires.”