It is a cool September morning here in Dixie.
I’ve just returned from a brief run outside. There is a feeling in the air that we are on the eve of the storm. These last two months have been the most memorable and exciting since the great financial crisis of 2008.
This is where we are at today:
(1) Obama’s escalating rhetoric to the Congressional Black Caucus reveals that the fractures within the Democratic coalition are undermining his own base:
“You can’t stop marching. Even when they’re turning the hoses on you, you can’t stop,” Obama said. “Through the mud and the muck and the driving rain, we don’t stop. Because we know the rightness of our cause — widening the circle of opportunity, standing up for everybody’s opportunities, increasing each other’s prosperity.”
Fredricka Whitfield and Don Lemon might be projecting an image on CNN that everything is hunky dory in the projects, but Black America has lost 87 percent of its net worth since 2007 and the fat lady isn’t even on the stage yet.
(2) Robert Samuelson wonders if we are returning to the 1930s.
(3) Paul Krugman is scared shitless about the impending Greek default and the collapse of the Eurozone.
(4) Obama can write off winning Indiana in 2012.
(5) In another sign of desperation, Obama is planning to run an explicitly racial campaign in 2012 that will repudiate his “post-racial” and “post-partisan” platform that got him elected in 2008.
Obama is down to under 33 percent White approval in the Gallup poll.
(6) At The Daily Beast, this is correctly interpreted as Obama giving up hope of winning White Independents, and as a position of weakness where Obama has to stop the bleeding in his own base.
(7) Mark Steyn is playing his violin as the deck chairs are rearranged on the Titanic.
(8) Rick “Fed Up” Perry is unexpectedly collapsing with the conservative base over his coddling of illegal aliens – just imagine, the Republican frontrunner isn’t able to get away with that anymore.
(9) Americans are registering historic levels of anger with the federal government in the Gallup poll.
– 82% of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job.
– 69% say they have little or no confidence in the legislative branch of government, an all-time high and up from 63% in 2010.
– 57% have little or no confidence in the federal government to solve domestic problems, exceeding the previous high of 53% recorded in 2010 and well exceeding the 43% who have little or no confidence in the government to solve international problems.
– 53% have little or no confidence in the men and women who seek or hold elected office.
– Americans believe, on average, that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every tax dollar, similar to a year ago, but up significantly from 46 cents a decade ago and from an average 43 cents three decades ago.
– 49% of Americans believe the federal government has become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. In 2003, less than a third (30%) believed this.
(10) Karl Denninger on The Collapse of 2011.
(11) James Howard Kunstler on our Punked World.
(12) Finally, it seems that the U.S. federal government through FEMA is stockpiling enormous amounts of food and so are other governments around the world as food prices continue to rise.
Unfortunately, I feel asleep last night before I could watch Soledad O’Brien’s highly anticipated Latino in America 2.0 on CNN. I’m sure there will be a replay at some point though.
Note: The Muse of Hate will be back tomorrow to discuss the crisis in the storable food industry, black people putting on their marching shoes, The Day The EBT Card Stops Working, and the future of the Alabama Black Belt.