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The GOP Sword of Damocles
In the next day or so, you are going to hear the mainstream media spew out tons of bilge about the casualties of the sequester. Their dialog is designed by the elites to instill fear, uncertainly and doubt in the hearts and minds of us common folk. Something that the big media hucksters have become very proficient in doing, as proven by their false dialog about the healthcare debate that made sure that our country will not get universal healthcare, but will protect the interests of corporations that profit from the status quo.
They are now telling us things like:
The bottom line is that there is a concerted effort by the elites who, by virtue of their massive campaign contributions form the unelected, but real government of our country to use the very temporary sequester to panic us little folk into giving up hard fought, established programs that they cynically refer to as “entitlements.” Not big stuff, just little things like the Social Security and Medicare that the GOP wanted to kill for years! Let's not allow a bogus hyped-up “crisis” to panic us into giving it to them and let's warn Democrats that want to go that route that they will be primaried and alternative parties will spring up that really represent us!
Now that the elections are over, and campaign promises are nothing but vague, fuzzy memories in the minds of the folks that we voted into office, we are hearing constant chatter from them about the "fiscal cliff". As I've said many times, the "fiscal cliff" is nothing but a straw dog designed by our electeds to panic we, the people into accepting draconian cuts to what they like to call "entitlements." Their definition of an entitlement is any government administered social program that they see as a cash drain on the budget. That is usually something that the average citizen needs, as opposed to something the average billionaire or corporation wants. My definition of an entitlement is something that, by virtue of years of paycheck deductions or years of service is owed to an individual or something that, for moral reasons is a right.
If you are foolish enough to think that “entitlements” are the main causes of the deficit, consider the following: Any businessman worth his or her salt will tell you that there are two ways for a
business to become profitable: 1- By bringing in profits. 2- By cutting costs. Most businesses use a combination of Increasing profits and cutting costs to succeed. Failing businesses make draconian cuts that hurt their infrastructures because they haven’t been able to bring in profits for one reason or another. Successful business find creative ways to increase their profits, let's say by building a better product. A business that is competitive, doesn't have to make
cuts that hurts its future capabilities. In the case of governments, profits are revenues and costs are expenditures.
In the case of the United States of America, the most obvious loss of revenue is due to the many tax breaks that our electeds have ”given” to corporations and the wealthy. A less obvious and equally significant loss of revenue was and is caused by corporations offshoring American jobs which increases unemployment and underemployment, turning taxpayers into former taxpayers. Similarly, corporations that underpay their employees create a shameful condition called the working poor, who are not a source of revenue because they don't earn enough to pay taxes and in many cases, through no fault of their own need government assistance. To make matters
worse, many giant corporations, especially those that own big box stores put America's real job creators, small businesses out of business by unfair competition.
Folks, I didn't write this article just to whine about the current sad situation, I come to the table armed with ideas that can put our country back on the road to true equitable economic recovery. Economic recovery is as simple as 1, 2, 3, 4:
If you think that those four ideas are baloney and our electeds have the answer, please let me know.
Well folks, looks like when it comes to military spending, the U.S.A. Has money to burn. Juxtapose that with John Boehner planning to do the patriotic thing by bringing our economy to the brink of collapsing by instigating yet another budget crisis and we have some solid food for thought. The ironic thing is that the austerity measures that his party supports call for cutting various kinds of domestic spending, but makes damn sure that not a penny is cut from the war-making part of the budget, otherwise known as “defense.” If recent pat history is a guide, the Democrats will offer up various domestic spending items on the table to placate the mean, nasty Republicans and get them to come to an agreement before Moody's lowers America's credit rating.
The thing that ticks me off about that Republican/Democratic comedy act is that budgetary allocations for the corporate war profiteering machine A.K.A.“defense” are a sacred cow. President hope and change extended our stay as "advisers" in Afghanistan to 2024 with little objection from the Republicans who would do the same thing if their guy was in the White House. The best way to sum up this situation is to say that our electeds want to take away the Social Security and Medicare money that's saving the lives of our seniors and spend it to take the lives of whoever is the enemy du jour overseas! Don't we, as taxpayers get a say in how our money is spent or is that reserved for corporate lobbyists and shady corporate shill organizations? Look that is only my opinion, everyone is entitled to one. If you agree or disagree with me, please let me know. These days, I get the strong feeling that I am talking to myself.