On The Undead Center and Budget Cuts!!
The debate over Bernie Sanders version of post-trotskyite democratic socialism is an educational one; look what happened to Trotsky. The right in seeking to invoke the usual groundless fears, urges the average American to consider Stalinist Russian purges, slave camps, targeted repression of both individuals and groups conveniently forgetting the subversive fascist initiatives already instituted by their own powers behind the throne; think Carl Rove eliminating his election IT man who ended up in the garbage dump; one very inconvenient individual and that cool subversive drug war with the SWAT raids and the machine guns killing off those bad ole black people in those durned dirty slums. Then there’s the rage imagined against the brown and black outgroups and the fear of what could happen if we actually did return to adequate Keynesian economic pump-priming; a working diversified local-regional economy complete with adequate housing, food and medical care, oh, the horror. Let’s just remember who the real failure was in the 1980’s; Newt Gingrich first cutting all kinds of budgets to the bone and then demonizing the people affected by the consequent collapse while falsely alleging that the previous status quo was failing when actually it worked much better than anything he did; remember tax breaks have actually been found to NOT create any new jobs, another inconvenient fact.
What we all seem to be afraid of is a predatory politicized enslaving totalitarianism that can emerge from a variety of sectors and scenarios. Given the present huge inequality of resources, the only voices actually heard are only those voices previously vetted as “acceptable” to their elite benefactors while other dissenting voices are on their own. Well guess what? When a proposed policy is not vetted adequately by critical voices and brains, and the number of brains is limited to those who are parroting the properly optimistic message desired, all you get is the positivist crap that led to the 2008 bank fraud/collapse which by the way, still remains practically uninvestigated by the legal authorities. Why? GW Bush wouldn’t allow it; we all know what happened there, It was just like the greek “crash”; Goldman Sachs role was conveniently hidden by who? Those who stood to lose if a properly independent and critical investigation actually took place.
I digress. In a peerfect world, this is what I wanted to see. I wanted the credit wasted bailing out the present outdated and now death-dealing paradigm redirected to main street and the lives of our people, rather than just to the usual extortionate suspects on Wall Street and overseas. When combined with adequate wage increases, this would have acted to reverse the present demand crisis-long term recession/depression that the present misleaders are taking advantage of. Is making sure the elderly/disabled get adequate resources to survive their old age with some quality of life OK with you? Is making sure that all children receive and adequate education for an increasingly skill-centric job market OK with you? Is replacing aging infrastructure with newer better stuff OK with you (remember those pesky aging nuclear plants that are now licensed beyond their safe operating lifespan). Because so far, your “free market” final solutions have proven time and again to be abject failures for the majority of the American people, you know, the ones who are deemed to be “acceptably disposable” by your friends; the Kochs and their one percenter friends. The real lesson here is that contrived theories concocted out of thin air have proven historically time and again to be wrong-headed; clearly some kind of mixed real world responses are necessary especially in the present crisis where lives are actually on the line. Yup, those old folks really did freeze to death in the UK when David Cameron “stuck to his guns”, murdering off thousands of those innocent middle eastern people while gutting his domestic budget to do so to support an outdated energy paradigm that will kill us off in time. Of course,, that would take thinking about someone other than yourself sometimes.