Back in the mid 1990s, when front-running Virginia Republican Senate candidate George “Macaca” Allen was Governor of the Commonwealth, Rep. Bobby Scott, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus from Virginia revealed a sinister scheme employed by Allen in order to bring about ruin to the dreaded social programs and entitlements in that state which he and other Republicans love to hate.
During his term of office Gov. Allen–who in his last unsuccessful campaign the Senate publicly mocked a questioner of East Indian descent at one of his campaign rallies as “Macaca”–set out to build prisons all over the state with the intention that years later, the state would have to financially maintain the prisons it had built during prosperous times, even if later the funds might be better used by the state for another purpose.
Without funds available to maintain them, “non essential” social programs would wither and die. Republicans nationally have with great success adopted similar tactics. They call it “starving the beast,” with the national beast being the federal government itself–except for the military.
When Pres. George W. (for Worst in History) Bush took office in 2001, he perfected that system, and whether Americans recognize it or not, whether they deal with it or not, the Bush Financial Doctrine has driven this country’s economy into the ditch.
The first phase was to give tax cuts to wealthy individuals and to corporations, thus rendering the balanced budget he inherited with small federal surpluses from the Clinton administration, to eternal deficit status. The sad fact is that the rich and the corporations should pay more taxes proportionately than the less-well-off, because the communal services–roads, schools, law enforcement, etc.–which make up the environment in which the wealthy prosper, are provided by the government…the government they say they loathe. So they should pay for the infrastructure which has helped create their wealth. But of course they don’t.
The second phase was to plunge the nation into war. War is a very, very expensive enterprise, and it adds nothing to the betterment of the society as a whole. And just like Gov. Macaca’s prisons, wars must be financed and fought till victory is won, ad infinitum. After all, what politician can vote against appropriations for the new sacred cow: “The Troops?” Even politicians who oppose wars, vote to support The Troops.
Never mind that each cluster bomb that is exploded, and now each un-manned drone aircraft that kills dozens in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, (through a dart at a map, choose any non-European country) each “insurgent” who is murdered by U.S. forces becomes a martyr to his family, and each of those families becomes a sworn enemy of this country, regardless of what they might say to Al Jazeera or to CNN. And of course that means, more enemies for this country to fight to subdue in more ensuing wars. Genius.
So here we are a decade later and the same guys who drove the federal budget into the ditch, and who de-regulated the Wall Street bankers, thus licensing them to literally make “bets” on currencies, derivatives, futures, unsecured mortgages, and every other imaginable risky venture–bets we can now see they lost Big Time, driving the private economy over the cliff as well–those same guys are now refusing to even debate the real problem at the root of the deficit impasse at which the Congressional so-called Super Committee recently arrived. The real problem was caused by unneccessary tax give-backs to the rich, and by expensive, immoral, and unneccessary wars.
Sadly, the only folks talking about addressing those problems are the Occupy Wall Street (and their co-conspirators all over the country) demonstrators camping out in tents in cities and on campuses everywhere, just as winter is approaching.
Finally, the truth that even the Wall Street protestors haven’t contemplated is that the so-called 1 percent, the wealthiest in the society, the plutocrats who make all the political decisions (nearly half of the 535 members of the U.S. House and Senate are themselves millionaires), decisions which always benefit their wealthy class first–what the protestors have not even dreamed of, is that these rich rulers would sooner see the country return to the utter disaster and chaos of the soup lines of the 1930s, than to see the ordinary people prosper, especially with Pres. Barack Obama in office.
A sign now displayed on the trucks of a Georgia business which makes cranes: “New Company Policy: We Are Not Hiring Until Obama Is Gone.”
This just goes to show. There are people in this land who would rather see the entire country fail, than to see this President and the little people he symbolically represents succeed.
That’s their financial formula–failure–and it seems to be working.