Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Posted by Zek J. Evets at 12:01 AM
Every day the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and the rest of us in the middle get stretched even further until that paycheck to paycheck is as thin and worn as an old dollar bill. Watching the debate over our fiscal and economic policy between Republican'ts and Democraps has been more depressing than watching The Notebook.
On one side, the GOP refuses to acknowledge that the wealthiest Americans must pay their fair share of taxes, meaning a progressive tax code that actually taxes people on real income, not just percentage points held in isolation. The Dems need to acknowledge that we cannot keep spending our money like a goddamn suburban housewife -- that means no more inflated military budget, and no more prison-industrial complex. BOTH parties need to acknowledge that major companies will not be allowed to lose billions of dollars and then receive tax-payer money to salvage their unsustainable and harmful financial decisions. BOTH parties need to stop letting corporations get away with tax fraud, take government subsidies at will, all the while disenfranchising their workers and evade shouldering their burden of the economy, especially by pretending that a corporation somehow counts as a "person"!
We cannot wait any longer for this situation to sort itself out. Our elected leaders are failing us by taking no action to fix this broken system. Some are unwilling, some unable, and some outrightly refuse to accept that they have a duty to this country, to their constituents, and as such they should be ashamed of themselves for pointing the blame at anyone other than themselves. I most especially include the Republicans, for their continuing devolvement into pure fringe radicalism in the face of this crisis, but blame falls also upon the president, the Dems, all of congress, and our state governments. Everyone will be held into account for the crisis that is slowly evolving into a monstrous downfall of our precious, privileged, American economy.
I, for one, would be extremely disappointed if I have to move to Canada when that happens.