Endings can be good or bad things. If you’re watching a Michael Bay movie, it could be a good thing. If you’re enjoying the spectacle of GOP candidates blowing each other up, it could be a bad thing. In life, all things change…except petrified wood and the minds of Tea Baggers (technically synonyms).
Economically, America has been on autopilot for decades, the flight path locked in by the wealthiest Americans and we have all been taken for a ride. Even Democrats have been on board, sometimes handing out complimentary beverages, pillows and blankets to offer some comfort while the flight takes us closer to crashing into the side of a mountain. There have been attempts by Congresses and Presidents to grab the wheel and fight with it to alter our course and they have nudged us a bit to the left at times but never far enough to avoid the disaster we have been approaching. In 2012, either we change course in a big way or we crash, one way or another it’s the end of America as we know it today.
Thanks to the Mayans, we now have the year 2012. In the run up to 2012, we have seen the wealthiest given greater power over our country and democracy through the Citizens United decision, the manufacture of the Tea Party and winning control of The House in 2010. Now we have seen the uprising of a real populist grass roots movement opposing plutocratic control and oppression in the form of Occupy Wall Street which continues to grow in influence and numbers.
While President Obama has been campaigning for a jobs bill and addressing economic inequity, the Republicans have been continuing their campaign to smother any attempts to revive the economy while pushing for the wealthiest to receive an even greater transfer of wealth from the majority. The choice in 2012 between voting for Republicans and Democrats will be crystal clear and stark.
One thing that Occupy Wall Street has clearly accomplished is tearing a hole in the Corporate Mainstream Media’s blindfold over the eyes of Americans. While Americans have been losing their jobs and income, their homes, their savings and futures, the MSM has been convincing the public to disregard the man behind the curtain and just stare fearfully at the ghostly and threatening facade of The National Debt!
What this convenient slight of hand did, naturally relying on pressing the fear button in the public that America will be destroyed if we don’t cut all the safety nets and social programs for the majority (which just by coincidence assures that more tax breaks for the wealthy can be afforded), is distract even President Obama and Dems in Congress from pursuing policies that actually helped the unemployed and the economy. This has been a devious slight of hand, the wealthy seeing an opportunity to exploit the current desperation in Americans, have been promising that glittering jobs will trickle down all over Americans in a Golden Shower if only they were given more money and allowed to pollute and steal freely, without those horrible regulations!
Hmm…I don’t seem to remember how oil companies not being able to foul our air and water led to the economic crash of 2008 which is what we’re trying to reverse. Nor, at a time when tax rates on the wealthy are the lowest in decades (for those who even pay taxes…unlike Exxon, B of A, GE, etc.) do I remember taxes as being the cause for our economic crash. These weasels never let a disaster they caused go unexploited so they have re-packaged their continuing class warfare as a present to the American People, we give them more of our shrinking wealth and they “promise” it will make us better off. Logical? Sure, they’re sitting on $2 trillion they’re not using to create jobs but give them $4 trillion to sit on and then just watch what happens!
This has been a bait and switch, conceived by the top 1% and their GOP/Fox News machine, aided and abetted by the rest of the coincidentally corporate-owned MSM.
So, in this current insanity, while people struggle in a horrible economy, the solutions being sought, even now by Congress’s Super Committee, is to help those who are at the end of their rope by cutting away at their safety net under them. Really? Right now the priority is cutting Medicare and Social Security? That’s what the most pressing economic issue is for most Americans?
The intentional disconnect between politicians in DC and the American People has reached a zenith, hence the catalytic nature of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Not all or necessarily even a majority of Americans have awakened from their mass media induced slumber but many have and they are not going back to sleep. The hope is that by 2012, the silent majority will no longer be silent about making a big course correction in this nation.
With economic inequity at its greatest point in our recent history, we are indeed at a precipice. Based on which party wins power in 2012, America will change one way or the other from what we have come to know it to be. If a Republican such as Mitt Romney beomes president with the GOP controlling one or more houses of Congress, the wealthy’s class war will deliver it’s final coup de grâce and push the American people in so deep a hole they may never be able to climb back out of it. If President Obama wins re-election but the GOP continues to control The House or could continue to use the filibuster to block bills in the Senate, the growing gap between the 1% and the 99% will simply continue and also solidify the descent of the majority. If Obama and the Dems wrest power from the Repubs and limit the use of the filibuster, there would at least be an opportunity for steering this nation away from destruction.
This is not hyperbole, just simple math. 70% of the American economy is consumer driven. The strategy of the top 1% is to continue outsourcing jobs which keeps American unemployment high and wages down. This is the new normal for them and giving them more tax money won’t change this reality. Their tax and budget policy is to essentially fractionalize and eliminate the taxes they pay while raising the taxes the 99% pay so as to reap that from them in the form of subsidies, tax credits, government contracts, etc. The net result of this corporate policy is to depress the incomes and wealth of the 99% in order to fatten their own income and wealth. In the end, this results in a financially impoverished 99% who plainly have less to spend which makes the economy and joblessness worse, lowering income and spending further.
Eventually, this downward spiral of economics collapses in on itself. When consumer spending drops past a certain point, the economic damage becomes a vicious circle, the decline in spending brings a decline in jobs which brings further declines in spending and so on until we hit bottom. Just as the wealthy had no concern about what happened in the long run when they squeezed trillions out of the economy through the Wall Street housing bubble fraud, they show no concern about ultimately destroying the necessary consumer pillar of capitalism if it means they can stuff their pockets today. Who are the true anti-capitalists and anti-Americans?
One way or another, America as we know it will end in 2012. We will be living in an America where a wealthy class is cemented into power and economic dominance over the majority or it will be an America where the majority rallies to retake their nation and democracy back.
Sometimes the end of something means the beginning of something else. Other times, the end is simply the end. We can only hope that in 2012, the American People decisively choose a path for an America whose best days lie ahead of it and isn’t just a painful reminder of what it once was.