By Stephen Lendman
Washington wages wars multiple ways. Hot ones rage abroad. Political ones bully and/or bribe governments to accede to US demands. Class war targets Americans.
Bipartisan agreement years ago began destroying America’s social contract. Safety net protections are being eroded en route to eliminating altogether in their present form.
Bedrock Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and public pensions are threatened. Death by a 1,000 cuts is planned. Both sides of the isle agree. Grand bargain betrayal looms.
Neither party worries about debt or deficits. Saying so is duplicitous doublespeak. Obama, most Democrats, and Republicans want corporate friends and super-rich elites protected.
Obama was hand-picked for what no Republican leader would dare try on his own. Lies repeated ad nauseam claim no alternatives exist.
Safety net cuts are essential, they claim. Ordinary people least able to afford them will be hit hardest. Imagine political leaders tolerating near record levels of poverty, unemployment, homelessness and hunger.
Imagine force-fed austerity when stimulus is needed. Imagine decades of transferring public wealth to bankers, war profiteers, other corporate favorites, and super-rich elites already with too much.
In the 1980s, it was Reaganomics, trickle down, and Thatcherism. In the 1990s, it was shock therapy. Today it’s austerity. Duplicitous fiscal cliff doublespeak conceals what’s really going on.
Predatory capitalism wants a bigger piece of the pie. Decline replaced prosperity. Millions suffer. Living standards deteriorate. America is no longer fit to live in. Financial war rages. Venal politicians support it. Bad economic policies reflect bad politics.
Social programs improve lives. Prosperity produces jobs. When people have money they spend it. Cutting back when stimulus is needed is madness. For most people it’s the worst of all possible worlds.
Money power in private hands and democracy can’t co-exist. It runs America. It wants things its way. Growing human needs go unaddressed. Washington is corporate occupied territory. Bankers turned the nation into a kleptocracy. It’s a Ponzi scheme writ large.
Predatory bankers make serial killers look good by comparison. They’re more dangerous than standing armies. Their business model is grand theft. It creates crises. It facilitates financial terrorism and debt entrapment.
Bankers make money by stealing it. Doing so fails long-term. Grand theft economic policies don’t work. Benefitting America’s 1% at the expense of all others assures the worst of times for people most in need.
Both parties agreed to grand bargain betrayal. It won’t be pretty when it arrives. Ordinary people will have three choices. They can either suffer, leave or revolt.
Impossible to tolerate pain may become uncontainable rage. People grin and bear it only so long. Fighting back is the only chance for change. Key is mobilizing it to make a difference. Perhaps it’s only a matter of time.