Here we are, America – - – at another crossroads – - – another opportunity to move a little bit forward toward a better future for ourselves and our generations or another chance to drop back . . . to backtrack to a place where we have all been and where I don’t think any of us ever want to be again.
That is the place that we entered during those dark days in 2000 when radical Conservative ideologies took control of our government and our destinies and created the biggest government bureaucracy in memory and created a financial crisis for the country that we are still feeling the hellish heat from.
I don’t want a return to the failed policies of a radical Conservative-Controlled America. I have been there and done that and I can tell you, it isn’t fun!
Yet the wheels of Destiny are turning once again and the Presidential Election is upon us once more and the Rich are wanting to get richer at the expense of those who are not so rich and the lies and deceit and treachery are flying like a rainstorm of barbs and arrows from the side of radical conservatism and the heads of many Americans are spinning at the complexity and wonder of it all – - – where will we land on this perilous flight? Only God, in His Infinite Wisdom knows.
In my view one of the greatest myths the right loves to spread like manure-flavored jam on over-burned toast is the absolute fabrication that tries to convince us all that the “Rich” (The 1%) are America’s Job Creation Engine.
I don’t think there can be much doubt that many employers are wealthy – - – it would be inconsistent with reality to assume that business owners go into business for the sole purpose of providing jobs for the unemployed.
When I was in business, Job Creation was the last thing on my mind – - – my focus was on “The Bottom Line” . . . the expense and profit statements. In fact, there were many occasions when my thought was to determine how few jobs I would actually have to support so that profits could be maximized. Making and keeping money was the focus of Business when I was younger – - – The focus was definitely not on creating jobs!
So whenever I hear someone in the right wing of politics say that the Rich are primarily “Job Creators,” it is all I can to do keep myself from screaming out, “Bull Shit!”
The Rich get their tax breaks and their incentives – - – they get their loans and their considerations – - – they soak up the generosity of municipalities who make all kinds of sacrifices to woo their presence within communities – - – and what do they do with their profits? Do they run right out and go on some kind of campaign to create more jobs?
They put their money in Wall Street so it can make even more money. They put their money in accounts on some God-Forsaken Island somewhere so they can avoid paying taxes to the United States that sustained them in their efforts. They invest and they save and they hide their assets, but I damned well doubt that creating jobs is first and foremost on their minds.
But that is one of the horns that Rightie likes to blow and many Americans listen with apparent rapture to every crap-encrusted word of it.
So who are the real job creators if the filthy rich are not?
The real job creators in America are the people who bust their rear ends every day at a job – - – the ones who punch time clocks – - – the ones who “Work” for a living – - – the ones who take their weekly paychecks and run out and go to stores and malls and who shop and spend their earnings – - – those are the real job creators in America! If it were not for this great supporting horde of consumers there would be no need for businesses and, in fact, businesses would be short lived indeed.
The great “Rub” for The United States comes when the working classes do not have enough casual income to spend freely and to support businesses – - – when inflation and economic downturns threatens personal futures, security and incomes.
And when greedy businesses decide to cut wages and benefits and to run off to foreign shores for cheaper labor, that is when income drops for American Workers – - – that is when unemployment spikes and stays spiked – - – that is where the promise of Conservatism fails and becomes the ultimate economic nightmare and that is when some great corporations might begin to slide subtly underneath that horrible accusatory title, “Un-American” or “Anti-American.”
Of course many of them don’t seem to care what damage they might do to either the workers or the country. That was pretty well illustrated, I believe, when Conservatism showed it’s stubborn side during those critical negotiations a few months ago to try to get the national debt ceiling raised – - – an event that led to the downgrade of America’s up-until-then perfect credit rating from AAA to something less . . . for the first time in History!
Radical Conservatism is, in my opinion, interested only in itself. There is nothing to convince me that they care about anyone but themselves and that their entire focus is on enriching the rich and grabbing everything that can be grabbed so that anyone who is not part and parcel of their elite can go scrounge the best they can to get whatever scraps and crumbs might fall on the ground.
The horrible part of all this, in my book, is the fact that there are a great many Americans who buy all the radical conservative crapola and continue to vote them into offices while getting their pockets picked and their lives set on a collision course with disaster. Look what American Voters did to themselves in the elections of 2000 and 2004 for crying out loud and now here we are in 2012 – - – ready to elect another President and maybe another administration and too many folks are seemingly too willing to back peddle to those horrid days of fiscal failure one more time.
The issue about America’s future lies in the question about who the government serves and how well it does it’s job in serving. The issue about the government is not really in whether it is a big government or an incredibly tiny government. It has always been my contention that a government has to be big enough to maintain the safety and security of the country and that the day of defending against attack with small local militias has long since passed. It has passed in the minds of realists but not necessarily in what passes for minds in some of the more radical conservatives.
Some disinformed conservative types run around like chickens without heads screaming that we need to shrink government – - – shrink, reduce, cut back! In the same breath, many of these same illusionists want us to believe they can maintain a large, powerful adequate military presence in the world on a budget of peanuts? That illustrates, in my opinion, the totally reckless and irresponsible abandon with which too many radical Righties think (Or pretend to think.). It is childish and it is dangerous as far as I am concerned.
We are about to get another opportunity to make our voices heard and to take definitive action to retain President Obama and the administration for another term in office.
This impending opportunity is driving many radical Righties up a wall with fear and apprehension and they are fighting like cornered cats to see that it doesn’t happen because they know that if it does happen, their little agenda of greed, carelessness and abandon will have to give way once again to the calm, determined, steady leadership of those who have stood against the obstructionist winds of adversity up on “The Hill” and have made positive forward progress in spite of those who would cause them to fail – - – at any cost!
My advice and my counsel to any who will listen is, “Ignore the noise, confusion and lies of radicals – - – vote for Obama/Biden in 2012. It may well be the most important decision you have ever made – - – and it will be even more important if you happen to be a beneficiary of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security or Government-Sponsored Tuition Assistance, Unemployment Benefits, Food Stamps or a dozen and one other things that have always been a port in a storm for those who need their government to look out for them in times of great need.
Posted by John Liming as his Political Opinion.