Watching it all come crashing down
One of the joys of watching the U.S. “superiority” in the world go up in flames is being able to laugh and say “I told you so” to so many people. After 30 years of dittoits worshipping at the tit of the Free Market, that perfect machine that always knows best and can never be questioned, seeing its principles being exposed for the utter con artist scam they are is highly gratifying.
“It’s time to get government off our backs,” said Ronald Reagan in 1981. The myth Repiglicans created was that government couldn’t do anything right, bloated and corruption-prone that was, but the Private Sector [enter choir of angels here] could. A generation later, in the wake of the HP Spying Scandal Adelphia, Enron accounting fraud, involving Arthur Andersen, Exxon overreporting of oil reserves, Fannie Mae underreporting of profit and who currently knows what else, Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Halliburton overcharging government contracts, Harken Energy Scandal the Lockheed bribery scandal in Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands , Nortel executives overstate post-dot-com recovery earnings in order to earn bonuses, One.Tel collapse, the Phar-Mor Pharmacy collapse, Refco, Inc. commodities & futures scandal , Rite Aid accounting fraud, Royal Dutch Shell, Tyco International, Worldcom, many others I can’t even think of and no doubt dozens I don’t even know about, does anyone besides these idiots still think corporations are the answer to our problems of waste and corruption?
Free Markets are a religion, a dogma, a cult, the same as Creationism, Fundamentalism, Christian Science, Faith-Healing, and so many of the other irrationalities that conservative wackos believe in without a shred of proof. For years I read the writings of the corporate apologists of the world, from Harvey Mackay to Jack Welch, and thought these people were self-serving media whores, the modern day equivalent of hedonistic, underperforming megalomaniac rulers who were for the most part tossed off their throne (often without their heads) in the late 18th/early 19th century around the world as people wised up. After such a deposing the world advanced faster and became fairer to a larger number of people more quickly than ever before in history. If ever there was a history lesson to learn something from, that was it. But your average modern American, proud of his 5th grade education and basic functional illiteracy, didn’t want to know about history or anything else that might conflict with his worship of Reagan’s and the GOP’s glorious Free Markets–you know, those institutions chock full of tariffs and lobbyists and special tax exemptions for corporations, courtesy of Congressmen and women who’d rather you not know their fingerprints are attached to bills that bail out the wealthy at your expense. But you needn’t dust the bills for fingerprints: just study to what corporate boards said Congresspeople go after their terms expire. That will show you for whom they did the most favors while in office. Funny thing is when someone who’s not in office does it, it’s called prostitution, if not treason.
And now we’re seeing the result of 30 years of Reagan and Bushomics. The only backs the government has gotten off of is big businesses, and the result has been worse than the most liberal “doom and gloomers” ever predicted. As Herb Morrison might have said, “Oh the humanity!” A whole generation of ill-educated dogmatists is starting to realize they’re never going to share in those gold-paved streets, a realization Phil Gramm is calling a “mental recession.” He should know; he profited from it more than most, at the expense of a bunch of wide-eyed, small-brained once-Young Republicans who are starting to see that that power suit and power tie are about as close as they’re ever going to come to the power they were promised by private leaders whose address is now a P.O. box somewhere in the Canary Islands. I’m loving it. Hope we crash to the bottom and the future is bleak for hard-working college-“educated” Americans as Europe and much of the rest of the world—which by the way has relied on “big government” just to outperform us in education, GDP, healthcare, longevity, innovation, R&D, and the rest—pass us in the fast lane of the 21st century. Guess what? We’re not nearly as relevant on the world stage as we 1) used to be, and 2) think we are. Our standard of living isn’t nearly as high compared to theirs either, but few Americans today realize this because only 20% own a passport and even fewer than that have actually been out of the country even once, Mexico and Canada not counted. We’re a nation of provincial morons, and our leaders love us that way. Where’s the incentive in our government for a strong dollar if our currently flaccid paper keeps us deaf and dumb to how the rest of the world is advancing?
To paraphrase that GOP and Free Market hero Reagan, Are you better off than you were four presidents ago? A lot of people are, but I’ll bet they don’t live in your zip code. In fact, many don’t even live in your country anymore, dittohead.