As long as their corporate-sponsored media can keep us talking in terms of conservative/liberal; Republican/Democrat; right-wing/left-wing, then the rich control the conversation–and it will always be directed toward THEIR best interests, not the best interests of the majority.
I don’t make any distinction any more between the Tea Party/Republican and the Blue Dog/ Wall Street Corporate Centrists. if you still do, then remember some of their history and stop listening to what they say. Instead watch what they do. The issue is not party but economic class. It is not left wing vs. right wing but rather rich vs. poor. As long as the upper 10% can keep at least15% of upper middle class believing that the belong to the rich (or will soon have their fingers around that brass ring) and 10% of the working class stirred up with irrelevant (to their economic well-being) wedge issues, the rich like Betsy DeVos and David Koch can continue to dismantle what is left of our democracy with the blessings of the 261 millionaires in the House and Senate.
The rich of BOTH parties joined hands years ago–at least 24 years ago in 1987 when the two major parties formed a corporation together to control the outcome of our political elections: The Commission on Presidential Debates.
The day this corporation was formed was the day that democracy in the USA went on life support.
BOTH PARTIES CONTINUE TO SUPPORT WAR
In 2006 we elected a majority of Democrats to the House and the Senate. These Democrats were put in office by the people on a clear mandate to bring our troops home on or before December of 2008. And what did they do instead? They continued to rubber-stamp George Bush’s demands for unfunded military appropriations and even voted to send thousands more troops over there in 2007. Today we have 50,000 troops still in Iraq.
Look no further than the Wall Street stock ownership of BOTH Democrats and Republicans for your answer More than a quarter of senators and congressmen have invested at least $196 million of their own money in companies doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) that profit from the death and destruction in Iraq.
According to the latest reports, 151 members of Congress invested close to a quarter-billion in companies that received defense contracts of at least $5 million in 2006. These companies got more than $275.6 billion from the government in 2006, or $755 million per day, according toFedSpending.org, a website of the watchdog group OMB Watch.
BOTH PARTIES CONTINUE TO PRETEND THAT THE DEFICIT AND THE NATIONAL DEBT IS CAUSED BY “BIG GOVERNMENT SPENDING.
This is an outright bold faced lie. “Big government spending is a myth—a total fabrication of both parties and the leadership of the Democratic Party is as guilty as the leadership of the Tea Party/Republican Party in perpetuating this myth.
Government spending should always be viewed as a percentage of the GDP. In 2007, the last year before this recession, Government Spending was at 19.6% of the GDP. That is exactly 1.1% LESS than Government Spending was in 1977—more than 30 years prior. The thing that has changed are tax breaks for corporations and the rich. We need to return to the tax structure of 1977 if we want to repair our economy and build our democracy.
Why do the leaderships of both parties continue to perpetuate this myth?
As long as the American public believes the myth of “out of control government spending”, the rich can continue to dismantle what shred of democracy we have left. Politicians can continue to pretend that cutting public spending: laying off teachers, attacking public sector workers, raiding pensions, closing hospitals, and eliminating essential services for children, veterans, and the elderly are the solutions.
AND YES PRESIDENT OBAMA IS AS GUILTY AS ANY REPUBLICAN. He is the one who appointed senile, rabid, right-wing Alan Simpson to head up his deficit commission. And why do you think that Obama appointed such a rabid Social Security and hater of the poor a-hole? Well duh, it’s a matter of creating contrast. Thus any cuts to Social Security that Obama is going to propose will look “sensible” compared to Alan Simpson’s rants.
Obama is the one who appointed Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of GE to be one of his financial advisors. Now I ask you, what kind of financial advice do you think that the CEO of an outfit like General Electric, Reagan’s mentor, the man who began the tax cuts for the rich and put us in this hole in the first place is going to offer? What kind of financial advice do you think that Obama will be getting from the leader of a corporation that is the largest war contractor in the world and who paid no income taxes in 2009 and 201o?
WAKE UP AMERICA AND PASS THIS FORWARD TO TWITTER AND FACEBOOK.
If we want representation, we must first vote out all the millionaire plutocrats, the born-again rich, from our Congress. Run for office yourself. Support your neighbor. Stop expecting change to come from those who support the status quo of the rich.