Barack Obama’s Facebook page announced, “We’re going to keep on fighting until wages and incomes are rising, businesses are hiring again, Americans are headed back to work again, and we’ve recovered from this recession.”
Sound’s wonderful, but I’m done with promises… promises…. like most normal (non-Republican) Americans, I’m numb from promises and looking for ACTION.
The gap between the rich and poor is the widest in decades. Well-fed Republican bastards are, AS USUAL, fighting for tax cuts for the rich – although it would add to the deficit they suddenly care so much about – while simultaneously blocking the extension of unemployment benefits for those out of work in the worst economic climate since the FIRST Republican Great Depression. Their reasoning is simple – the more people unemployed at election time, the better their chances of getting their boney fingers around the neck of power again. THAT’S how much Republicans hate the “small people” of this nation.
But, still, rather than boldly and unapologetically embracing Democratic Party values and policies, our duly-elected President woos the greed-centered Republicans no matter how many times they reveal this disdain for the suffering of the late, great, American Middle Class.
How about we reach back into the past of and emulate a successful DEMOCRAT whose policies CREATED the once-vibrant American Middle Class – FDR – and restart the Civilian Conservation Corps? Stimulate the economy in a way that works – from the BOTTOM up, put millions of unemployed people back to work, clean up the corporate-sponsored environmental disasters, put us on the road to energy independence and instill a sense of pride in a despondent workforce.
Why does government always bailout the elite and let the Plebs eat cake? Where is the Candidate Obama I voted for? He has surrounded himself with corporatist ideologues who want to maintain the power of our “too big to fail” masters and appease Republicans like battered spouses pining for their abusers. They won’t take bold action like FDR did because they are just as wedded to the corporate money as Republicans are. THAT’S how corrupted by money our government is. This is why we can’t get real “change we can believe in,” only watered-down compromises that they can tout as “victories” for the people too exhausted from their 3 “Uniquely American” low-paying, dead-end, jobs to pay attention. The root causes of the giant problems unbridled greed and the war on the middle class have brought us are still in place. Geithner, Summers, Emanuel… are so careful not to anger government’s true constituents – the big moneyed interests that don’t care a whit about the “small people” – that real “change” that would restore the power of the middle class, bring our jobs home from China and India and restart American Manufacturing is impossible.
Want to see the future for the American worker? Take a look at powerless Chinese worker. That’s what they are slowing doing to us here.
“The world is flat” if you are a corporate bankster with no allegiance to country or community.
This war on the middle class all began with Reagan. Why doesn’t the President talk about that? All we hear from Republicans are “the Obama recession… Obama, Reid Pelosi Bailout…” The party of “Personal Responsibility” sure knows how to take no responsibility for their messes! But, you see, this destruction of the middle class is what Republican policies are designed to DO. Their goal is to have the rich own and run everything and the rest of us are turned into compliant Serfs fighting for the scraps that “trickle down” off their tables. Thanks to Republican policies, the United States is the LEAST upwardly mobile of all the industrialized nations.
Knowing that most American have the political memory of a fruit fly, the President should get on TV – like he did with his final half hour ad from the campaign titled “American Stories, American Solutions” – and tell the story about how Republican policies have destroyed the middle class with their selfish obsession to shift the tax burden to the shoulders of working people and ship our jobs to China. (yes, I know that Clinton signed NAFTA – that’s why I said, Republican “policies.”)
That won’t happen, though, because we can’t even have a mature conversation in this country – instead we get speeches about how we put a man on the moon (in a time when the top marginal tax rate was 77% BTW) and “let us pray.”
FDR used to say, “I welcome their hatred.” This President lauds about “bipartisanship” and welcomes “ideas” from the very dead-enders we voted against who are turning “The Land of the Free” into “The United States of Serfs and Lords.”
We didn’t vote for “Republican ideas.” We voted to reverse the “Republican Ideas” that have given us the greatest income disparity between rich and poor since the Gilded Age (ANOTHER time of “Republican Ideas”… btw)
I’m so tired of watching this country be devoured by greed. Join our Green CCC FB page… if you are so inclined….
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