This is the world of Paul Ryan and the rest of the Republican “deficit hawks”. Who’s under the pile? YOU ARE…
This considered, the kingdom of darkness is nothing else but a confederacy of deceivers that, to obtain dominion over men in this present world, endeavour, by dark and erroneous doctrines, to extinguish in them the light.
Leviathan (Chapter XLIV)
[There’s been a] 29.2 percent increase in profits for American businesses in the fourth quarter of 2010, “the fastest growth in more than 60 years” … [but there’s only been a] 2 percent increase, since the recovery began, in the amount businesses are spending on employees, according to the Commerce Report.
I paid my insurance all my life, but when my costs became too high, the insurance company just cancelled me, happy to push me off on Medicare. How many are there like me? From the letters and emails I’ve received, thousands. Has it not occurred to anyone in this sorry saga that one reason Medicare’s costs are going up is that insurance companies are pushing “high-maintenance” patients like me off on the public purse? If the Republicans who oppose the current health-care overhaul have their wish, they’ll send us, with vouchers, back to the insurance companies… the ones who already have caused so much damage.
The good times are here again… at least for top corporate executives. The New York Times reports that high-ranking executives at 200 of the biggest US companies saw their pay increase an average of 23 percent from 2009 to 2010, bringing them ever nearer to pre-recession earnings. Those big paycheques didn’t trickle down to the rest of the workforce, with the average American employee seeing less than a 1 percent increase in pay.
Let’s not dawdle… Reaganomics claimed that if you favoured the rich it’d “trickle down” to the levels below the “Five Percenters”. The above puts the lie to that… there’s been only one thing that the oligarchs have trickled down on us, and it sure as hell wasn’t prosperity… it was something else, rather more odoriferous and nasty. If we increased the tax level on the rich 10 percent, it’d be 45 percent, only 6 percent more than that in Clinton’s era, and much less than the 91 percent of Ike Eisenhower and the 70 percent of Richard Nixon. I seem to notice that there was a more equal sharing of America’s prosperity in the Eisenhower and Nixon years, and that rich people still existed. In short, Paul Ryan’s programme is a tissue of lies from start to finish… it’s nothing but an excuse to rip up the social safety net on ideological grounds. You see, Paul Ryan is a devotee of Ayn Rand. Don’t forget, she wrote:
Only a ghost can exist without material property; only a slave can work with no right to the product of his effort. The doctrine that “human rights” are superior to “property rights” simply means that some human beings have the right to make property out of others; since the competent have nothing to gain from the incompetent, it means the right of the incompetent to own their betters and to use them as productive cattle. …
The only proper functions of government are the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach and fraud by others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. …
When I say “capitalism,” I mean a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism… with a separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church. …
I’m not primarily an advocate of capitalism, but of egoism; and I’m not primarily an advocate of egoism, but of reason. If one recognises the supremacy of reason and applies it consistently, all the rest follows.
This is the true credo of the Tea Party fanatics… the strong can oppress and use those weaker than they are without any interference whatsoever from the government, the Church, or established custom. Might makes right… that’s all that matters. It makes you wonder about the religious groups that slobber their approval of the Neoliberal rightwing (people such as Franklin Graham and other Sectarians) and about the Catholics and Orthodox who’ve fallen victim to the rightwing siren song of power and prosperity. For, at base, the philosophy of the Paul Ryans and Dropout Scott Walkers is the diabolic notion of the unrepentant Scrooge:
If they’d rather die, they’d better do it, and decrease the surplus population.
I somehow think that doesn’t serve justice at all… and that you agree with me on that…
Thursday 7 July 2011