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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Next Great Depression


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.



Cheers

10 footnotes:

Brotha Wolf said...

Let the church say Amen.

Mira said...

I think Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows" would be a perfect soundtrack for this post.

Zek J Evets said...

Brotha Wolf,

Hallelujah amen.

Mira,

Haha, damn straight!

Student of the World said...

Sadly I am already in Canada for the very reasons you describe. I don't see the US situation improving, I see it getting much worse.

IT's not perfect here but compared to the US...sadly it is.

serpentus said...

"Charity frequently given, becomes chairty expected."

Zek J Evets said...

Serpentus,

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." Khalil Gibran.

lifeexplorerdiscovery said...

There is no such thing as logic and common sense in the political world. If there was, the news wouldn't have any stories and there would be few political problems because everyone would compromise and fall into the middle.

There is a reason only the extreme get voted into any political office.

Zek J Evets said...

lifeexplorediscovery,

I would say it's the opposite, only the completely vanilla bleh get voted into office. Only the people who compromise so much of themselves that they finally resemble nothing so much as a blank poster of Uncle Sam's Maintaining the Status Quo.

For once, I'd like a revolutionary in office to change things -- but only for the better. Sadly, no such revolutionary would ever go into politics.

However, there is logic and common sense in this world, even amongst the politics. It's just not what wins.

Stoner With a Boner said...

I don't much like bu$h or obummer....

Don't see much difference between the two, but then again, my thinking skills aren't up to par....

after all eye iz a produckt ove thee american't educashunn sistemn....

I like how Dave Mustaine rephrased JFK's old quote:

"Don't ask what you can do for your country, ask instead what your country can do for you."

Pretty shameful how a veteran can become homeless and a draft dodger President.

Why do we have a Selective Service again? How come my sister didn't have to register-benevolent sexism or maybe men don't really have it so great. Patriarchy-is that like that thing in the Matrix?

Well, I'm just talking loud and not saying much.

Zek J Evets said...

Stoner with a boner,

You brought up a lot of kinda random points! Haha, but I think they're all important things in what's wrong with our country.

But better to talk loud AND say as much as possible. Gotta make yourself heard if you want to have a voice in this world.