Rather than just taking in what the MSM feeds the masses, take a train ride and talk with ordinary folks.
“For eight years we had Putin, then Medvedev, and now Putin again. Who after that: Medvedev?” Alexander Yurov. “Well, this is what they’re getting from me,” he says, holding up his middle finger.
[We had bush 1, then the Clintons, then bush 2, then O-Scam-ya, and they all deserve the middle-finger salute.]
Conversations with people like Yurov, who plans to vote for Communist candidate Gennady Zyuganov, reveal the undercurrent of dissatisfaction across all layers of society and across Russia’s varied geography. In fact, many say the elites are Putin and his cronies.
[Kitty, you mentioned detecting some dissatisfaction at the hair-cutter last week, sounds like this?]
“All that matters for the government is what’s going on in Moscow and in St. Petersburg. As for the rest of the country, it can just deal with its own problems”
[All that matters with the US govt. is what’s going on with Wall St. & the Banks.]
“Everybody wants stability,” says businessman Andrei Khorashavin, traveling in first class. “I see Putin as the person that can guarantee that.”
[Of course Big Business & 1%’ers are perfectly happy with the status quo.]
The train stop at Gus-Khrustalny, some two hours train ride east of Moscow, demonstrates that although Russia has come far under Putin, it still is a country of marginal living for many. Women employed at the city’s glassware factory clamber aboard, prowling the corridors to try to sell stemware and trinkets they made in their spare time to try to supplement their wages.
[I’ve been there! They manufacture fine crystal in an old factory there. The workers receive part of their pay in cash and the rest of it in crystal – which they must then sell in order to convert into cash.]
In his four-berth second-class cabin, Fyodor Kolesnikov says Putin’s economic management is a recipe for disaster.
“The economy has gotten better, but that is only thanks to the oil,” he says.
[If you only look at the stock indexes & believe the ‘cooked’ employment reports, it looks like the US economy is also getting better.]
“We need somebody in this country that can take bold decisions, otherwise we are just going down the road of stagnation.”
[America also needs someone who can make decisions; haven’t had someone like that for a while.]
Despite all the criticism, the passengers on Train 109 agree with a degree of resignation that their next president will be Putin.
[O-Scam-ya will be re-elected, too.]
The train-riders liken the current government to a blood-sucking insect — but says any other government would probably be no better.
[Blood-sucking insect aptly describes the US govt., too.]
“The mosquitoes have had their fill,” he says, “but why invite new ones just so they can take their turn at sucking our blood too.”
[Better to deal with the devil you know, rather than the one that you don’t know. Americans are fvcked just like the Russians are.]