In the great science fiction movie Soylent Green (based on Harry Harrison’s equally great novel, Make Room! Make Room!) the government has introduced a popular new foodstuff for the hungry masses - Soylent Green. A policeman (Charlton Heston) looking into what he thinks is a simple murder stumbles upon the most monstrous conspiracy of all time - namely, that the food, which has has helped to save (in a fashion) many lives has a key ingredient - people.
And in a very real sense, Soylent Green is what the Paul Ryan (he who has been described as “courageous” by political dimwits) budget plan can best be described as. In order to save the economy for the very wealthy, and keep the traffic flowing smoothly on Wall Street, the key ingredient in the plan devised by a man who Ayn Rand might well have a crush on is - well, people.
Ground up, beaten down humanity - beginning with his own, I suppose
True, if followed slavishly to the letter - and we are surrounded by evermore political literalists these days - the federal government would be virtually shrunk down to the size of a dinosaur’s (or a congressman from Texas) brain by 2050.
Along with the stated cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, the GOP Green Lantern Corps of “Oh, ah . . .” also plan to go after education, infrastructure, law enforcement, job creation, workplace safety and anything else that might actually benefit anyone making less than $250,000 a year.
Infrastructure? Well, now that Osama bin Laden is no longer around, somebody has to finish his dream of bringing down America’s roads and bridges.
Going after law enforcement is a particularly sick joke, especially after so many conservatives sang the praises of police and fire departments after 9/11.
But hey, the Estate Tax is still safe, and those “job creators” at the top (who have been in suspended animation for the past few years) will be safe from government attack.
The bravery of the GOP was in full display this week, as House members insisted that no money be spent on those hit by any “disaster” in Missouri unless money be cut somewhere else.
The cool thing for of course, when you only give lip service to the religion you supposedly believe in, you don’t really have to worry about going to Hell after you die. It’s just another liberal myth, anyway.
Though eighty percent of the American people are foursquare against what the “leaders” in the GOP are doing, that means that twenty percent are still gobbling up that Soylent Green, even though, unlike the movie, they are well aware of its full ingredients.
The Paul Ryan/Soylent Green/Doctor Who connection
One of my favorite Doctor Who episodes from the 1980s, “Revelation of the Daleks,” is a send up of both Soylent Green and Evelyn Waugh's funeral industry-skewering The Loved One, which was also a wonderful movie with Robert Morse.
If you ever geta chance to pick it up, I heartily recommend it.
To get the Paul Ryan point, though, there is a fascinating subplot where Davros (creator of the Daleks) is using the “residents” of the funeral home as fodder for foodstuffs, which he the then sells on the open market in order to finance his latest mad scheme.
Enraged, the Doctor asks, “Did you bother to tell anyone they may be eating their own relatives?
Davros looks up at the Doctor and replies,” Certainly not! That would have created what I believe is called consumer resistance.”
In addition to just again proving why Doctor Who is the best science fiction series ever, “consumer resistance” is something the GOP is discovering, much to their horror and disbelief.
Quote of the Day
It is very easy to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own. - Jessamyn West