Martin Andelman, ML-Implode

The 18th Amendment and accompanying Volstead Act that banned alcohol wasn’t all that red hot an idea.  It didn’t work worth a darn, and it provided funding for the birth of organized crime.

Nixon’s operatives breaking into and bugging the Democratic headquarters when McGovern had no chance of beating Nixon in 1972, was also not exactly stellar thinking on the part of U.S. government officials.

Congress passing the Smoot-Hawley Tariff in 1930, which raised tariffs to historic levels on 20,000 imported goods and turned what was an economic downturn into the Great Depression, was sheer idiocy.

And that’s not nearly all of the stupid people tricks that my government has come up with over the years.

The internment of Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor has to represent a low point in our nation’s critical thinking skills.  And the Bay of Pigs and the entire Viet Nam War also stand as shining examples of morons at work.

Oh, and whoever conceived of the plan that had Israel providing arms to Iran, a country subject to a U.S. arms embargo, so that Iran might obtain the release of hostages being held by the Lebanese, all in order to funnel money to the Contras fighting in Nicaragua was obviously someone that rode the short bus to school, right?

And now we’ve got HAMP.

The Home Affordable Modification Program was initially just a dumb idea, but Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s implementation of the program transformed sophomoric dumbness into nuclear stupidity.  HAMP managed to take an unprecedented American tragedy an actually make it worse, almost like if the Bush Administration had mistakenly ordered the bombing of Southern Manhattan right after the second tower of the World Trade Center fell on the morning of 9-11-01.  Unthinkable, right?  Yeah, I used to think so too.

So, now the abysmal failure named HAMP threatens to send the Democrat’s control of the House of Representatives directly into the history books.  Oh well, I suppose.  But at least we’ve got more expensive health insurance and a completely deadlocked government to look forward to, so I guess it wasn’t a total loss.  It’s too bad no one saw this coming… oh, wait a minute… I did.

Now as we enter the 2010 political season, with the serious negative campaigning about to kick into high gear, we’ve got USA Today reporting that lawsuits are springing up all over the country, applying for class status in order to become class actions.  The multi-colored fish wrap story says that on Sept. 30 in Nashville, a federal court hearing is scheduled to consider consolidating one couple’s case against Bank of America with more than a dozen others.

Gentlemen, start your lawyers…

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