More than 20 years ago, I wondered aloud about the patriotism of corporate executives who urged American consumers to buy American-made products while they consistently exported jobs manufacturing products to sweatshops overseas in order for them to pocket a few more shekels from the exploited labor abroad.
Those were the days when “greed” was the name of the game. I remember seeing an expensive Mercedes Benz in those days with a vanity license plate reading “GREED.” Those were the days before the savings and loan crisis in recent history, which preceded the stock market meltdown, which preceded the crash of The Big Three automakers, which preceded the Congressional-Wall Street-handout, which preceded Bernie Madoff, making off with $50 billion, fleecing everybody, even including thousands of greedy, savvy, bankers, who were supposed to know better than to fall for the same kind of “Murphy” they’ve been running on the public all these years.
You’d think by now, someone might have figured out that scam and gotten wise. But no. Maybe the only person who’s minding the store in Washington is Pres. Barack Obama, and judging by some of his cabinet picks, I even wonder about him (He couldn’t find anybody who paid their taxes before being picked for an appointment? And that Treasury Secretary came from Wall Street. He’s another fox guarding the henhouse).
To his credit, Mr. Obama called a spade, a spade, during his first prime-time press conference Feb. 9. “Now, you have some people, very sincere, who philosophically just think the government has no business interfering in the marketplace,” The Pres told reporters. “And in fact there are several who’ve suggested that FDR was wrong to intervene back in the New Deal. They’re fighting battles that I thought were resolved a pretty long time ago.” So did I Mr. President.
“What I’ve been concerned about is some of the language that’s been used suggesting that this is full of pork and this is wasteful government spending, so on and so forth. First of all, when I hear that from folks who presided over a doubling of the national debt, then I just want them to not engage in some revisionist history. I inherited the deficit that we have right now and the economic crisis that we have right now.”
Yes, he did inherit, what one commentator described as “the in-box from Hell.” He inherited it from all those Republican, fake-fiscal-conservatives. There was nothing “conservative” about them, unless by conservative you mean against progress for Blacks.
The behavior of 99 percent of the Republicans in the House and the Senate makes me wonder about their patriotism, about which Constitution they swore to uphold? For the good of the country, could not one of nearly 200 House Republicans and any more than three Senate Republicans find anything, worthy of supporting in the President’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act? In the face of hundreds of thousands of home foreclosures ahead in the forecast, with the country hemorrhaging 500,000 jobs each and every month, with the country in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression more than 70 years ago, with these dire statistics staring them in the face every day, only three out of nearly 250 Republican Senators and House members could bring themselves to vote “yes” to try to save America?
Pres. Obama may be too polite to say it, but I’ll say it: You scoundrels have sold your country out! And if you don’t wake up and smell the coffee (and do it quick, fast, and in a hurry), if you don’t get with the program soon, you better look, not just for a new job, but for a rock to hide under, because “the Jig is up.” The people have spoken. There’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Barack Hussein Obama.
“We had an election last year which had pretty decisive results in the White House, the Senate and the House,” said Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, chairman of the Banking Committee, on Meet The Press Feb. 8. “And it did say that public spending for improved infrastructure, to keep bridges from crumbling, to keep cops and firefighters working is a good thing.”
Let me put it another way. The Republicans with their tired old laissez-faire business model lost the election, Big Time! You lost! Get over it!
In 2002 and 2003, after Pres. George W. (for Worst in history) Bush launched his immoral and illegal, pre-emptive war against Iraq, only a handful of Democrats dared to vote against his war of aggression, for fear of being labeled “weak on terrorism.”
I’m wondering, where is the similar outrage toward these unpatriotic Republicans in Congress today? Who would rather see the whole country flushed down the toilet than see the will of the voters be done concerning the economy? The economy which they, almost single-handedly ruined over the last eight years, by the way.