Kremastics – Salem-News.Com
By Daniel Johnson Salem-News.com
For half a century or more, the American people have been bloody fools. It may be too late to do anything about this; in fact, it is almost certainly too late.
(CALGARY, Alta.) – Many, if not most, Americans are in serious denial. The country they know and love is almost over. As Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand,” and America has never been so divided. Democrats hate and fear Republicans, and Republicans hate and fear Democrats. With extreme polarization, grounds for compromise and common ground are virtually non-existent. For the ordinary citizen, the United States is ungovernable.
America will continue, but most of its people will not, at least not in the way they hope and expect. There, the children are going to be much worse.
The poverty rate across the country is 14.3%, the highest since 1994 (after 12 years as Republicans). There is a record number of uninsured. The Ministry of Agriculture reports record âfood insecurityâ. Eleven million households have mortgages that are underwater, but no one is bailing out them outside.
It is about kremastics – the unlimited accumulation of wealth. The top percent of Americans earn one-fifth of the income and control one-third of the wealth. The rate of accumulation is accelerating.
Republicans are the bad guys here, but Democrats aren’t significantly better. Members of both parties have sold their souls to the plutocrats. President Obama could work to make America a better, fairer and more humane society, but politics prevent him from doing much. He has the chair of bully, but even mentioning that he favors tax increases for the rich threatens his re-election. It may also have been purchased.
Here is the situation:
Republicans want to make Bush’s tax cuts for the rich permanent.
Republicans are doing all they can to gut the EPA because regulations for the safety of everyone – you, the reader – are annoying to business and cut profits. People are expendable, profits are not.
Republicans want to reduce the personal income tax rate from 35% to 25%, in order to “promote growth and job creation”, even if this strategy has turned out to be a fallacy. The year-over-year change in GDP and changes in the highest marginal tax rates historically show that tax cuts for the rich and job creation are not correlated.
The top tax rate for the richest 1% of households fell by one-fifth from 1979 to 2007, while the average household’s tax rate fell by less than one-tenth.
During those same years, the tax rate for America’s 400 richest households, those with an average annual income of nearly $ 350 million, fell by more than a third. The tax rate for these super millionaires is now lower than the average taxpayer’s tax rate. It’s you. If you want your personal taxes to go down, earn two or three hundred million dollars a year, then you will be immune to tax increases.
The Institute for Economic Policy reports that âbetween 1992 and 2007, a period in which the income of the average household and the richest 1% increased by 13% and 123%, respectively, the income of the richest 400 households increased by 399%. “
In 1960, in Waste manufacturers Vance Packard wrote in the last sentence: “The central challenge seems to be this: Americans must learn to live with their abundance without being forced to impoverish their minds by making them fools.. “
This is it: For half a century or more, the American people has been damn fools. It may be too late to do anything about this; in fact, it is almost certainly too late.
It happened because he was mostly invisible, but not entirely. When Enron arrives; when hundreds of billions of dollars of taxpayer dollars are used to bail out banks, when Wall Street players receive hundreds of billions of dollars in individual bonuses; and when it is reported that one of the largest American companies, GE, not only does not pay taxes but is in fact entitled to a refund, it is evident that, collectively, the American people are either extremely gullible or very stupid. Take your pick, but the result is the same.
In September 2009, Keith Olbermann commenting on Joe Wilson shouting that Obama was a liar, said:
“It’s obvious this week that the biggest threat to this nation isn’t terrorism, or the economy, or H1N1, or even bad healthcare, it’s deliberate stupidity. When did we come to praise stupidity before information, and superstition and voodoo prejudice before education? How many Republicans believe in death signs, brownies, and elves. When did we start to listen and to erect the impregnable densityâ¦ The time has come to rise up and take this country back, to make it safe again for people who have actually completed seventh yearâ¦This nation cannot survive the continued acceptance, the continued approval, the continued encouragement, the continued institutionalization of stupidity.. “
But, says PJ O’Rourke: âNo drug, not even alcohol, causes the basic ills of society. If we are looking for the sources of our problems, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.. “
When GW Bush attempted to bring his personal lawyer Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court in 2005, Jonathon Chait in the New Republic the summary :
“It’s hard not to suspect that a good number of social conservatives have simply been co-opted by the Republican establishment. This would explain why, while social-conservative intellectuals and commentators almost unanimously rejected Miers, social-conservative organizations had a much more mixed reaction. While some criticized Miers, Dobson praised her and she garnered the full support of Jerry Falwell and groups like the Christian Coalition and the American Center for Law and Justice. With allies like these, Bush has little incentive to work harder to reward his socially conservative base. No wonder the poor nutty bastards watered each other again. “
The only way to save America is to act individually on the ground. And I’m not talking about the people like the tea freaks who want to take the country back to the 1950s or even the 1850s. Fantasy, outright and denial, also outright.
Ordinary Americans need to start organizing, block by block and neighborhood by neighborhood. Pick out people you know and trust and start by working against corrupt municipal governments, governments that work for the plutocrats and not for you. Take them back, then build from there. This is actually a simplistic suggestion, but it is potentially the most effective.
Take back your country, or keep getting watered. It’s up to you.
Daniel Johnson was born in the mid-twentieth century in Calgary, Alberta. As a teenager he knew he was going to be a writer, which is why he was one of the few boys in his high school typing class – a skill he knew was needed. He defines himself as a social reformer, not as a left wing, the latter being an ideological label which he says is the reason he is not an ideologue. From 1975 to 1981, he was a reporter, photographer, then editor-in-chief of the weekly Airdrie Echo. For more than ten years after that, he worked with Peter C. Newman, Canada’s top business writer (most notably on a book series, The Canadian Establishment). During this period, Daniel also did a few national radio and television shows. He gave up journalism in the early 1980s because he had no interest in being a mainstream media hack writer and became a software developer and programmer. He retired from computers last year and is now back to doing what he loves – writing and trying to make the world a better place.
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