February 4, 2012
Well, sort of. I was pleased to read this recent statement by the great white hope of the Republicans, my emphasis:
“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I’ll fix it. I’m not concerned about the very rich. They’re doing just fine. I’m concerned about the very heart of America — the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling.”
As Charles M. Blow of the Times notes, he went on to say that his campaign was focused on “middle-income Americans” and that “we have a very ample safety net” for the poor.
Wow! Confirmation from the lead Republican candidate for my historical-sociological analysis of the American way of ‘middle-class!’ Maybe Romney is reading my blog!
See this post: Who Rules America?
April 11, 2011
All money, all the time. As Gore Vidal remarked, there is only one political party in the USA, the party of money. And now, as we edge towards complete plutocracy, we have a ‘visionary’ president acting as a ‘bridge’ between the ‘two parties.’ That’s the reactionary Republicans, and the Democrats, who have become the left-wing of the reactionary Republicans.
Reform of the financial bad-actors? Pretty much dead. Health care reform? An incremental fix to a jury-rigged system that works badly except for the insurance companies who make piles off of it. Budget? Cut, cut, cut…but don’t raise taxes on the wealthy and the corporations. They are already high enough, at least on paper. Nobody pays those rates, though. Wasn’t it Leona Helmsley who said, “Taxes are for little people?”
And those plutocrats, they are not ashamed to hold out their hand for me, after all, they paid for it! What are all those campaign contributions for? They squeeze mega-bucks out of the most vulnerable and least affluent sectors of the economy with credit card flim flam, mortgage flim flam, and every other trick in the book. And they skim mega-billions off of the economy through financial speculation. How would they do this if there were no economy? The economy that they ransack is the collective production of all citizens, but they game the system for themselves. And they, through the Tea Party surrogates, call for Big Government to get off the backs of the citizens. How convenient.
Not much good news out there.