As most readers who have been here a while will know, I don't usually go to Politics or Religion, here. Because everybody's right is someone else's wrong. It's never been my aim to do anything but entertain a little. Educate a little. Distract a little. But not push what I believe onto anyone else.
There are two things I've come across lately that are sticking in my craw - and if I had more facts and could do more attribution, I would go into greater detail - but as it is, all I can say here is this is what I saw and heard yesterday - and if the first thing is true, I'm outraged - and if the second thing is true, it only goes to support what I've felt all along - if you repeat a lie often enough, you may actually start to believe it.
Yesterday I heard on NPR (and then did a Google search and READ) that the Republicans don't want the Economy to get better NOW. It was said - some Republican political aide said - "Why give this guy a win? We've got him on the ropes."
There is something seriously wrong with the politics of this country if the politicians are more concerned with their Party's political goals and gains than the good of the American people. There are people who need jobs NOW - who are losing homes - who are not taking needed medicines - who can't send their kids to school beyond high school - who are having trouble putting food on the table to feed those kids - because they don't have jobs. They don't want or need jobs in 2012. They need and want jobs NOW.
The second thing is this - the Republican say that "Tax Cuts mean more jobs". History would counter that claim. First of all, the Rich already have major tax cuts in place - as do Corporations. Where are the jobs? The jobs are in the TWO TRILLION DOLLARS currently sitting in Corporate coffers - money they won't spend because of the political climate - money which could be spent to give people jobs and stimulate the Economy. After all, the major driving force behind the American Economy is the spending power of the American Worker. When people are working, they're spending money - on houses, cars, restaurants, clothes, trips, schools and food - putting people everywhere to work.
But as to history?
I grew up in the 50's. EVERYBODY was working. The economy grew at an amazing pace. The highest tax rate, during all that time of high employment and economic growth, was 70%. SEVENTY PER CENT. And somehow, the Rich survived. Corporations paid higher taxes, too. No major corporation ever went out of business from paying its taxes.
If you put people to work, tax revenues go up and the National Debt becomes a smaller percentage of the Gross National Product and, therefore, easier to handle. But people have to be put to work. The Republicans want smaller government? Laid off Teachers, Policemen and Firefighters, Fema workers, and Government Clerical Staff are not the answer - but that's what the Republicans would give us. More unemployment.
Please. If I can see all this, why can't anybody else?
p.s. I'm sorry about the disjointed nature of this post - but this is very "off the top of my head" - and I really don't want to go back and edit this for clarity of thought - because the more I think about it, the more it pisses me off.