So let us recap the points of this article.
Throughout history, the oligarchs have always hated and feared a middle class. The Ryan- Romney economic plan is designed to finish the destruction of America's working middle class. Voltaire pointed out two-and-a-half centuries ago in his Philosophical Dictionary that the primary if unspoken purpose of government is the redistribution of wealth: the only choice is whether the government will transfer wealth from the poor to the rich, or the rich to the poor.
It is a simple axiom of political science that whichever class is to have dominance in a nation must have the government constituted in such a way as to support that class in times of economic or political trouble. This is why the oligarchs do not like money that has been set aside for the middle class, money which they can't control, like Social Security and Medicare, and all of the rest of FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society programs. The oligarchs cannot control it, and through it, the middle class. These programs established, expanded, and maintained the largest middle class in American history, creating programs that protected unions, provided unemployment, funded our public education and colleges, and insured care for the elderly, disabled, veterans, widows and orphans. Poverty, which -- as I pointed out in my February 18, 2009 OpEdNews article " The Forty Percent Solution " -- was at fifty percent in 1928, had been reduced to eleven percent in 1973, eight years after LBJ's Great Society was established. Forty years of an all out attack by the reactionary Right and their GOP lackeys has riven this social safety net, through which an increasing number of Americans are falling into poverty and despair.
If you look at the source of corruption in the New Deal and Great Society programs, the largest percentage in terms of dollars comes from the predations of the rich: for example the wealthy hospital groups, drug companies, and insurance companies who have defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of billions of dollars. There is nothing new about the government supporting corrupt business practices. My February 28, 2011 OpEdNews article " The Communist Takeover of America ," showed that during the Gilded Age (1865-1900) millions of dollars were appropriated by Congress to create and maintain the oligarchs' wealth, so much money that President Grover Cleveland all but indicted the Congress for this practice in his Fourth Annual Message to Congress in 1888.
The issue of the deficit is not nearly as serious as the GOP tries to make it . Take away the Bush tax cuts, get us out of the war in Afghanistan, and shake loose the three trillion dollars that the financial sector is refusing to loan to American consumers while Obama is President--in spite of the fact that they agreed to do as part of the TARP agreement (this is information is from guest host Mike Papantonio on Ed Schultz's radio show, first hour, October 22, 2012) --and our economy will recover...fast.
As the chart above shows, if we do these three simple things, our deficit will approach zero almost instantly, leaving us with room to invest an extra trillion dollars in our infrastructure over the next four years, while increasing the national debt by approximately that same amount, not the four trillion that Romney and Ryan are trying to scare you into believing will accrue. Maybe. Increased revenues from the taxes paid by people currently underemployed or not working together with an improved infrastructure will take care of most of that deficit.
We cannot get an honest answer from either the oligarchs' or their spokespeople as to how dangerous a deficit or large National Debt really is. Arch-oligarch and Ayn Rand disciple Alan Greenspan (as the Wall Street Journal reminded us in Mark Golgoff's September 13, 2012 article, "Same Alan Greenspan Who Warned Against Budget Surplus Now Warns About Deficit,") went before Congress in 2001 about his fear of having too great of a government surplus. Mr Greenspan stated in testimony before Congress that without a national debt, the government would be accumulating too many "private assets," and distort the allocation of capital. Kind of like Social Security.
Once again, this is the oligarchic class being pissed off that they can't control the money that establishes and maintains America's middle class. They love the Big Lie: truth is not in these people. The Romneys, Ryans, and Greenspans not only in the United States, but around the World, will lie, cheat, steal, and even kill to get their way. If you have any doubt of this fact, ask Jack and Bobby Kennedy or Martin Luther King, Jr.
The election of the Romney-Ryan ticket will insure the end of the Average American citizen's right of privacy, not just the right to choose to have an abortion. It will also be the end to the liberal view that our Constitution is sufficiently expansive to protect unions, desegregation, affirmative action, women's and gay rights, and the social insurance and education programs at the heart of FDR's New Deal and LBJ's Great Society.
The right of privacy is about far more than abortion and the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, et al . It is about more than the right of a woman and her physician to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy. This is about keeping the government out of the bedroom of every adult American. This is about the availability of contraception as a legal right for both men and women. This is about family planning, reduction of poverty, and what you watch on your computer or TV in the privacy of your own home. This is about the rights of men and women to have control of their own bodies. It is also about the fear of white supremacists made manifest: in forty years whites will be a minority in this country. Quite simply, they want more white babies!
The attack on the right of privacy is also part of the ongoing attack by the oligarchs on your rights as an individual under the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution. The application of the majority of those rights to the states were first established by the Warren and Burger Courts in the 1950's, 60's, and 70's. Among these were: Our right to have an attorney present when arrested for a crime and tried, Gideon v. Wainright and Miranda v. Arizona; States required to have search warrants. Mapp v. Ohio; Free speech rights applied to the States, while the first case where this was applied was Gitlow v. New York in 1925, those of Tinker v. Des Moines School District, Brown v. Louisiana , Spence v. Washington, and Miller v. California are all examples of Free Speech rights that we now take for granted that did not exist before the 1950's. The real story behind these attacks on the Constitution is the same story that has a disproportionate number of Black and Latino Americans incarcerated in our prison system, as well as allowing the manipulation of voting in predominantly Black and Hispanic communities by County Clerks and Secretaries of State who are Republican: maintaining white control in the United States.
Finally, we have the Romney-Ryan ticket's stated desire to raise the Pentagon's budget to a level far beyond that even the military and their bureaucracy believe necessary. Why do they want to do this?
The answer is that as with the Bush Administration--with its "cost plus" contracts, and fighting wars on the Federal credit card--there are two reasons for the Romney-Ryan Defense plan.
The first is to further raise the National Debt to such a massive level that they can claim that all we can afford is money to service our debt (without an unpopular tax increase), pay for the military and Homeland Security, and provide a justice system whose primary--if unspoken--purpose is to oppress the lower classes so that they cannot rise against their betters.
The second is to squeeze every dollar they can from the Federal treasury for their friends and patrons like the Koch Brothers.
These idiots forget the warning of Marcus Tullius Cicero from 2000 years ago, "The sinews of war, a limitless supply of money." ( Philippics, Oration 5, section 5.) What they are doing is destroying the foundation of our nation's defense. But we shouldn't be surprised: Other than work related documents, I doubt if lay Bishop Mitt Romney has read anything other than the Book of Mormon, or Congressman Paul Ryan has read anything other than Ayn Rand, since college. Intellectual curiosity is an idea frowned upon by the GOP.