WARNING: This blog (article) may be injurious to the mental conditions of Republicans ( and Blue Dog Democrats), Tea Party members and Plutocrats. The author assumes no responsibility for increases in sanity of these groups!
During the Cold War we were kept “safe” by insuring that we could kill more in the Soviet Union than they could of us by having more nuclear weapons. Fortunately, we did’t have to prove that.
In the current environment, we were told that the Republicans and the Tea Party would save us from the deficit and unemployment by electing them to office. Once elected they have stated their opposition to allowing tax cuts for the rich to expire, that they probably couldn’t do anything else about jobs, that they didn’t care about deficits except for making sure unemployment benefits were “paid for”, and the fact that Bush’s record for creating jobs was the worst in decades. Bush’s record was the creation of about 1 million jobs in eight years compared to Clinton’s record of about 23 million.
The Republican Party is not only insane (stupidity is too weak a word) and is lying to us, but they think the rest of us are insane and stupid too! I’m beginning to be concerned about the Democratic Party and President Obama.
Now the evidence is getting stronger that we will continue on the same destructive path for at least two years and it will undoubtedly get worse. Remember the definition of insanity: “Continuing to do the same things and expecting different results.” Republican “leaders” refuse to tell us why the Bush tax cuts for the rich will suddenly start to increase or create jobs when the opposite was true for nearly 10 years. And “we” seem to be willing to allow them to get away with this.
Look at the graph below. It shows the current situation with the deficit and the projections for the near future. It has little or nothing to do with Social Security and Medicare over the next ten years. Instead our “wise men” in Washington want us to be concerned and excited with what will happen decades into the future. Most of us won’t be alive and our children and grandchildren will all be living in poverty as the rich become hideously rich as is already the case today. One percent of Americans now control about 25% of the wealth and the top 10% control half the wealth. Even Warren Buffet, the third richest man in the world, is “begging” for the government to force him to pay more taxes and increase taxes for the wealthy. (Click on the graphs to enlarge and make clearer.)
In the graph above you will clearly see that the largest contributions to the deficit are coming from the Bush Tax Cuts, the economic downturn (recession) and the two wars (defense spending). What this means quite clearly is that if these are reduced then the only place to make serious cuts is with domestic programs. Does anyone want to speculate what this means for Americans–all of us??
In this next graph below, I show a graphic of how the plans by Democrats and those by Republicans differ to retain the Bush Tax Cuts for all. In other words, the tax cuts for the richest individuals exceed those of about two average family incomes. Does anyone care to speculate how much this increases the wealth of the top 2% or more even in a few years? This is what we have been doing for 10 years.
Are we angry yet? Try the graphic below I presented in an earlier blog. This is a representation of the large concentration of wealth in the top brackets over the last three decades. The trends started to worse for us near the beginning of the Reagan administration with Reaganomics otherwise known as Voodoo, trickle down and supply side economics. The Republicans cannot stop telling us enough how their brand of economics has been so good for us. Don’t you feel it?
So if you are a progressive what are you going to do about it? Write a letter to your Congressman? Wring your hands? Drop out? Cry? If we are not angry and fed up enough with all the lying, deceit, cowardness, etc. going on in Washington yet, and are ready to vote with our feet and our bodies to stop this insanity soon, then we will only have unpaved streets to march on. This is where we are headed folks. The suggestion of “civil dialogue” with the Tea Party made by the Founder and other leaders of the Coffee Party is one of the most absurd suggestions I have ever heard. These economic issues affect all Americans and even some of the rich recognize it. It’s time to talk about and plan civil disobedience before it becomes uncivilized.
Dr. Tom Baldwin
Biloxi, MS 12/6/2010