Boy, this working thing really cuts into my blogging time. What’s up with that?
Never mind. I’m home for a few hours, and today, I’m thinking about Fascism.
Fascism is usually defined as a merger of corporations and state. Since we have deregulated our financial institutions to the point of insanity, they made a lot of bad lending decisions and are leveraged out the wazoo. We are now forced into bailing them out with taxpayer money because they are “too big to fail.” Other corporations, like the Big Three automakers, now expect taxpayers to pony up more cash to pay for their poor competition in the market of ideas.
When you nationalize key industries and institutions, that’s a large part of what makes up a fascist state (well, that, and things like The Patriot Act and warrantless wiretapping, which we have also allowed to happen). I thought we Murkins were dead-set against this type of economics, being so in love with “the free market” and all?
In reality, which despite reports to the contrary actually exists outside of Ayn Rand’s brain, a truly competitive market needs to be overseen and regulated, or the corporations will run amok, taking our economy – and the world’s – with it.
We have seen this actually happen over and over again, yet ideology continues to trump common sense with voters from all sides of the political spectrum. We keep allowing our politicians to loot our pocketbooks and direct trillions of our dollars into their cronies’ bank accounts, with nary a peep of protest from us.
The people this year who were likely to enforce regulation and transparency on the giant wealth-transferral machine that our government has become, were driven out of the race by the corporate media and deserted by their own political parties; while Barack Obama, the most unelectable candidate I have ever seen in my lifetime, was elevated to the status of Jesus.
And only the PUMAs asked why. Why did the corporate media love Obama so much, when he had friends and associates that would have driven anyone else, of any political party, out of the race before he was even allowed to become a candidate? Why did the Chicago Machine politician, the ultimate insider who married into The Family, pass the Democratic Party’s vetting process? We received no response other than wild accusations and rejection by friends, family members and former blogging communities for asking these obvious questions.
Since I’m talking questions, let me ask two more. What will happen once Barack Obama is inaugurated? Will we keep going down this road of merging the private and the public sectors of our economy?
Take health care as an example. It’s official: Ex-Senator Tom Daschle is not just going to be in charge of Health and Human Services, but he’s also going to be in charge of organizing the Democrats’ new efforts to “reform” our increasingly third-world health care system.
Obama, who last month offered Daschle a post in his administration, said he planned to nominate Daschle to lead a new White House Office of Health Reform as well.
Obama also announced that Daschle’s deputy at the White House health office would be Jeanne M. Lambrew, who worked on healthcare in the Clinton White House and co-wrote a book with Daschle about healthcare reform that Obama called “groundbreaking.”
Well, that sounds wonderful! But wait – let’s not get too excited about the shiny packaging. The contents don’t smell so good.
The president-elect has provided few details about his healthcare proposal. And he has declined to outline how his administration would pay for an overhaul that some estimate could exceed $100 billion a year.
Look, there are three ways a government gets money: Printing it, borrowing it or raising it through taxes. I keep saying that Obama should raise taxes on the wealthy and the big corporations, the way Bill Clinton did when he inherited the last Republican economic crisis. But since Barack Obama is not an FDR Democrat (WE TOLD YOU SO), that’s not the way he’s going to do it. He’s already reneged on his promise to revoke the Bush tax cuts, and now says he’ll let them expire in 2010. I’ll believe it when I see it. As for taxing the oil industry’s windfall profits, that’s not going to happen either. So where is all that money going to come from?
Here, let Nancy Pelosi explain.
Pelosi said trillions of dollars in new funds were needed to rebuild roads, bridges, sewer and water systems, mass transit and even Internet broadband networks. But given huge U.S. budget deficits, she said ways must be found to finance the spending.
“We’re working on it to figure out whether we can create an infrastructure development bank” in a government partnership with the private sector, Pelosi said.
The bank, advocated by other prominent Democrats including Obama and Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, could leverage tens of billions of dollars in seed money into hundreds of billions of dollars of projects, Pelosi said.
So Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Chris Dodd think it’s a-okay to let private corporations fund government projects. The article never mentions the fact that the corporations will most certainly demand something in return for their “tens of billions.” No-bid contracts? Massive tax breaks? Outsourcing? Whatever they want, I’m sure it will be no problem for Obama For America, Inc. Laissez le laissez-faire rouler!
It’s becoming more and more clear just why Hillary Clinton could not be the Democratic Party’s nominee this year, isn’t it? Remember how HillaryCare was blocked by the insurance industry and Democratic and Republican congresscritters? We wouldn’t want that type of nasty disagreement again, now, would we? Thank goodness that everything is now post-partisan between the Dems and the corporations. Those patriotic companies will invest tens of billions out of the goodness of their hearts in order to make everyone in America healthy again.
The most disgusting thing about all of this is that Obama is pretending to care about what YOU think the government should do about health care. If you want to make your voice heard, you are supposed to sign up at his website and share your thoughts.
Only problem is, that site is heavily – and I mean HEAVILY – censored. Even the Obamedia noticed.
President-elect Barack Obama’s Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another’s questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.
It was suggested when it launched that the tool would bring uncomfortable questions to the fore, but the results so far are the opposite: Obama’s supporters appear to be using — and abusing — a tool allowing them to “flag” questions as “inappropriate” to remove all questions mentioning Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich from the main pages of Obama’s website.
The Blagojevich questions — many of them polite and reasonable — can be found only by searching words in them, like “Blagojevich,” which produces 35 questions missing from the main page of the site.
Wanna bet how many questions about single-payer health care, and raising taxes on the wealthy and corporate America to pay for it, will make it onto the front page?
Wanna bet how many questions in favor of privatization of Medicare and Social Security will make onto the front page?
Gosh, maybe we should have paid a little more attention to the content of Barack Obama’s character, instead of the color of his skin. We didn’t want four more years of Bush, but we got it anyway.
Let’s hope and pray that something derails this gravy train before it docks in the station.