Another Christmas-cardy day here in Jersey. It's beautiful again with a few inches of snow on the trees and everywhere else except the streets, and above freezing so pretty sweet.
We had gotten down to "the sunny side of the street" phenom where one side had all melted and looked like Spring and the other side was still covered in snow, several inches deep and even a few feet deep still here and there, all Wintery.
Today could be our last taste, or not, of this kind of beauty for this season, and I'm sure there are plenty of folks who are sick of it. But not me. This is why I moved back from L.A. after seventeen years there, and I appreciate every minute of every season.
By the way, I assume you're all noticed how smartly the right has reframed the total destruction, economic and otherwise wrought by their policies for the eight years of Bush/Cheney into how Democrats spend too much and the deficit is the greatest threat to the country since World War Two etc.
AND how the obvious solution of raising taxes on the wealthiest back to what they were under Clinton is off the table. The message is clear for those of us educated and intelligent enough to hear it, but unfortunately not stated very clearly by the Dems and certainly not by the mass media, that is: the wealthiest few (who have become richer and richer since Reagan started this process of kissing the butts of the rich and corporations) must never be asked to sacrifice anything, but the poor and the working class must face the music and accept cuts to programs that keep working families from becoming homeless or unable to feed their infants and children.
The right's message: whatever the rich want is good for all of us so shut up and take the stagnant pay and job losses and benefit cuts and losses so the rich can continue to accrue more and more.