Rick Perry, the right-wing Republican governor of Texas, is running TV and radio ads - backed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce - attacking the Democratic governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon.
Some things that just seem obvious are often denied for devious political or personal reasons.
Standard and Poor's is a "bond vigilante" for the "investor class" - essentially a finance capitalist business agent with a big economic machine gun.
The Republicans are no ordinary opposition party with whom the Democrats can have amicable differences. They are racist, anti-labor, anti-democratic extremists, beholden to fascist-minded billionaires.
As if written for today's headlines, William Stafford's poem "Allegiances" reflects that we will have to take care of each other; we will be our own protection.
The debt deal is a bad deal for the American people and the economy.
The threat of default may have beeb averted, but working people will lose MORE ground.
Even if a deal is struck at the last minute, or if President Obama raises the debt ceiling on his own, this controversy reveals a system in serious need of repair.
The problem is not so much a "gang of six" now making deals, but the gang that took over the House of Representatives and statehouses and governorships across the country last fall.
Is it a train wreck? A gathering tsunami? Just a fake drama?