The spectacle of sending out onto the hustings a Secretary of State , a White House press secretary, a President and a Vice-President, makes the high stakes evident in the coming Democratic return to power.
It's a spectacle that makes me wonder if the American public isn't showing how badly it has been damaged in its sense of values by the past years of GOP wrangling against public interests. Like most principled people, I wince at the necessity of making this a one-sided accusation. But it would be dishonest to say that Democrats are equally guilty. It is the Republican party that throughout the past administrations, Clinton's as well as w's, have been excoriating the principles of government. The GOP has entered fully into service of the myth that re-aligning government's role to serving business, at the expense of public service, was the right path. Greed has become the GOP mantra. (Google 'Republican greed', get more references than we can fit in here.)
As a result of cutting out the needy to assume the role of Champion of the Rich, the GOP has attracted a great deal of support from Corporate America. It's hardly a surprise to see their coffers fill up accordingly. But disservice of public interest has not made corporations healthy. Note in a recent post I pointed out the spectacle of our supermarket chains trying to revive the food safety standards that this government has eschewed. It was in the corporate interest to assure public safety. Anyone with the slightest economic sense can see that retail is suffering because there are a decreasing number of comfortable consumers out there who can buy their stuff. Students who cannot afford higher education are not going to be adding to the affluent who made this nation great. Minimum wage workers aren't able to buy houses - has anyone taken note of the homebuilding industry's woes of late?
Europe has taken a socialist direction in recent decades because it had learned that the public, not monarchies, make a country wealthy and sound. Incidentally, our latest welcomed nuclear partner, India, is an avowedly socialist country. Are my winger readers leaping with glee that they can jump, ooooh, I am advocating socialism, by now? Hardly. I am pointing out that cutting out the less affluent has been tried and failed, and the rest of the world knows it, but we seem under GOP errors to be about to learn that lesson the hard way.
The White House is fighting for its life, because if the public rebukes it by voting in Democrats in either or both houses of congress, the spending spree is over and responsible financial management is nigh. Congressional oversight is much needed. They hates it, with reason. Corruption is due to be costly for the corrupt. Watch them campaign to keep from the light, and pity them, for 'at my back I always hear, time's winged chariot drawing near'.
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