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Fear Not the Apathy

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It is interesting to down right frightening to look at the state of
American politics in this election year of our lord. We have two, count
em, two wholly lackluster Presidential candidates both running in an
epic spectacle of absurdities. Our reformer has ignored us and laughed
at us and he thinks we don't know, but we do. I was reading a story
about Obama's drone missile program and the very first reader comment
asked, "Police state much?"

There is a vibe, a feeling, reflected in the lens of my own life; you
don't care so much about what you don't own. The American people get it
and respond accordingly, as someone who doesn't own nor has any stake in
the electoral process. Suddenly, Obama has become the Jon Lovitz'
character who can't say no, "Gay marriage? Yeah, I'm for that, I was
always for that! Immigration reform? Sure, we need immigration reform,
yes; I'm in favor of that!" The candidate assumes we own neither
calendar nor sense enough to smell election year stunting from a
president who's spent the bulk of the last three years keeping most of
John McCain's campaign promises.

On the other side we have Willard (Mitt) Romney, a campaign that should
carry as its slogan, "No really, were serious." A cocktail party on the
Fiesta deck of the Titanic. We've seen the trade offs to extend Bush tax
cuts and jobs bills which was sixty percent tax breaks. What's more,
the American people see this economy and in this economy they see two
candidates promising them only more of the same or worse. There are two
kinds of people in this economy, those who have lost their jobs and
those who haven't lost their jobs yet.

In Willard (Mitt) Romney we have the personification of all American
evil. In an era of economic struggle the Republicans choose to nominate
T.J. Money bags, the man off the monopoly box. A campaign dynamic
operating under the premise everything is Obama's fault, we'd rather go
back to doing it the way that caused the problem. It's the vision thing;
Romney has no vision because he only sees the America visible from the
veranda of the country club. A banker, a bully, a child of the super
rich, a draft dodger and elite educrat promising the American people
nothing but a smile.

Romney is possibly the worst presidential candidate since Thomas Dewey
and Dewey almost won. Dewy also had an uncomfortable look about him and a
disconnected manner which could turn people off, so much so, that Dewey
had as much to do with losing the Presidency as Truman did in winning
it. Dewy was a cold fish as is our Willard, Dewy was an empty suit as is
Willard. Only times have changed in America, the same tired old
platitudes have a grinding irritation to them now. And after three years
of economic hard times with no sign of relief on the horizon puts an
even a finer point on it. There's just nothing here get excited about
unless your primary interest in life is Bibles, bullets, babies or
bumping uglies.

With Barack Obama we've been through the wash cycle once, we know when
Obama says create jobs he means more corporate tax cuts. In Ronald
Reagan's first administration they pushed through eight different tax
cuts while the Obama administration has pushed for twenty two. Obama is a
corporate Fascist, a corporate whore. His reelection for a second term
will prompt an immediate sharp right turn and this time when his
administration says "f*ck the UAW" they'll mean it.

It is a National PTSD, a slow moving train wreck four years long. As I
was taking out the trash at the apartment complex, I noticed groups of
men standing in several areas around the complex. I've seen these men
before, I've seen them in Georgia, I've seen them in Minnesota and now I
see them in Oregon. There is zero wage growth in this economy in any
demographic; it means that even doctors and lawyers aren't getting
raises anymore. It means the system is slowly strangling on itself.

It means most high school kids will never have a part time job while in
school. It means twenty percent of our households have at least one
unemployed member in them. Millions who will never be able to save for
retirement and a generation of unemployed face abject abandonment by
their country. It is a dangerous thing to impoverish millions and then
to ignore them. It makes the ignored think along the lines of other more
radical solutions. It makes them susceptible to following unscrupulous
leadership of someone promising easy respite, a road to dark place.

Fear not the apathy, but fear what comes after the apathy. Tens of
millions Americans live lives of what used to be, former titles of
former employers. Grant writers, supervisor, head cashier and it's all
been snatched away from them. They don't live in that world anymore,
they see a house like the one they used to live in or a car like they
one they used to drive and it grates upon them like tight shoes. They
look upon their former life and see no improvement in their current one,
none, after three years and they get to thinking, maybe the recovery's
not coming.

They would be right, a recovery that's not coming instead, they will
face $1.2 trillion in budget cuts coming in January, known as
sequestration; roughly $321 billion would be cut from the "nondefense
discretionary" spending. Education, food inspections, cancer research
even law enforcement and grants to cities. We face as a nation the most
potentially devastating assault on the domestic economy in American
history and the American public get, nary a word from either camp.

New York Times - "There has been a great deal of attention to the
defense side," said Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington. "I
think a lot of people simply aren't aware" of the other cuts, she

It would be easy to speculate why most Americans don't know about the
other cuts, as well as why they aren't being told about them. Could it
be because a lot of people have no ownership in this society? They hang
on and rather than hoping for a better instead hope only for no worse.
The attention which defense has been receiving is only to make sure our
juggernaut keeps rolling. While little attention is being paid to the
budget cuts affecting the little people you know, you and me? Already in
advance of government cuts contractors are planning hundreds of
layoffs. Cascading in to thousands after removing $321 billion from an
anemic economy can only roll down hill. Millions cut from social
programs while the economy falters. What will it matter then, Obama will
be our leader for the next four years and will revert to Jon Lovitz,
"Fix the economy? With er um, tax cuts! Yeah tax cuts, that's the
ticket! We didn't want to extend the Bush tax cuts but we made a
bipartisan deal and well, the millionaires get a tax cut and the
administration got this ah, this, solid gold hockey puck. Yeah that's
it, we really needed a new hockey puck!

"Into the ears of many of you has been dinned the cry that your
Government is piling up an unconscionable and back-breaking debt. Let me
tell you a simple story: In the spring of 1933, many of the great
bankers of the United States flocked to Washington. They were there to
get the help of their Government in saving their banks from insolvency.
To them I pointed out, in all fairness, the simple fact that you could
not make bread without flour, the simple fact that the Government would
be compelled to go heavily into debt for a few years to come, in order
to save banks and save insurance companies and mortgage companies, and
railroads, and to take care of millions of people who were on the verge
of starvation. Every one of these gentlemen expressed to me at that time
the firm conviction that it was all well worth the price and that they
heartily approved.

But I did not stop there. In order to get their further judgment, I
asked them what they thought the maximum national debt of the United
States Government could rise to without serious danger to the national
credit. Their answers -- remember this was in the spring of 1933 -- were
that the country could safely stand a national debt of between
fifty-five and seventy billion dollars. I told them that a rise in the
national debt to any such figure was, in my judgment, wholly
unnecessary, and that even if they, the bankers, were willing I could
not and would not go along with them. I told them then that only a
moderate increase in the debt for the next few years seemed likely and
justified. That objective holds good today; but remember that at that
time many bankers and big business men would have been willing to put
the country far deeper into debt than I shall ever let it go." --
Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1935

There is your difference, this time the people will get the bill but no
bailout, no WPA or CCC. It is Friday night in Portland and as I walked
back from the store a young couple in their twenties are fishing for
cans and bottles out of the trash cans, I wonder who they plan to vote

"We need a Nuremberg to put on trial the economic order that they have
imposed on us, that every three years kills more men, women and children
by hunger and preventable or curable diseases than the death toll in
six years of the Second World War." -- Fidel Castro


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