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The thing about Michele Bachmann is that she leads the TEA Party caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives. While everything Mrs. Bachmann says, naturally, cannot be automatically attributed to TEA Partiers everywhere, she does represent TEA Partiers in her House position. And proudly so.
In yet another GOP debate Saturday evening.....that I did not watch....TEA Party Michelle took it to the outer limits...
“The ‘Great Society’ has not worked and it’s put us into the modern welfare state,” she said. “If you look at China, they don’t have food stamps. If you look at China, they’re in a very different situation. They save for their own retirement security. They don’t have the modern welfare state ....and China’s growing. And so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us with the Great Society and they’d be gone.”
China doesn't have a food stamp program or a Social Security program like the U.S.....and "China's growing." So, in TEA Party thinking, if the U.S. would simply get rid of its food stamp and Social Security programs....the U.S. economy would grow as well.
The Reverend has often pointed out, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes not, that supply side conservatives in the United States will not be happy until American workers are working for Chinese labor rates. Believe it or not, that is the Republican/Tea Party solution to our deep recession.
You see, China's economy is growing...and the U.S?...well, not so much. To movement conservatives who only care about profits....if the U.S. would just follow in the footsteps of a growing economy, like China, our economy could grow too. Getting rid of the safety net of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the food stamp program, and so forth....according to TEA Party caucus leader, Bachmann,....is the way to grow our U.S. economy. Just follow China's lead.
Michele Bachmann is a candidate from the GOP who is seeking the presidency of the United States. She would like the U.S. to behave more like China. That's her message.
And the problem is, as crazy as it may seem,....is that way too many Village politicians on both sides of the corporate-lackey aisle agree with Michele.....even many who would never acknowledge so publicly.
As we see in the Penn State ugliness, the rich, the powerful, the celebrated in American no longer feel like the rules apply to them. I'm not sure why that is, really....but it is. And that principle helps to explain how it is that during America's worst economic downturn in a lifetime, with unemployment rates at somewhere between 9% and 15%, with low tax rates, with our problem being one of lack-of-demand......our Leaders have decided that NOW is the time to rig the system a bit more in favor of the already filthy rich.
Just like with the Penn State "leaders".....shamelessness is really what it is. America has become a nation led by powerful, wealthy, and detached celebrity Leaders who shamelessly stride the earth above the unwashed masses, doing as they please, taking what they want, dismissively hurting millions in order to enrich themselves and their friends even more.
Our corporately bought-and-paid-for elected officials have been working overtime in the middle of this pain-inducing economic nightmare...working overtime to further enrich the top 1%. These appendages of Fortune 500 America have been taking the opportunity presented in the economic misery being experienced by millions of Americans in this downturn....to further cut taxes and accountability for the already-filthy rich and powerful.
To me, that is the ugly disgrace of our current national political "conversation." There is little difference in what our elitist Leaders are working to accomplishment during our deep recession from how looters often behave during a national emergency. Shameless, and heartless, Leaders are taking the opportunity of our severe recession to take what they can while they can take it.
Disaster governance. Heartless governance.
And as these Leaders arrange and manipulate conditions on the ground to benefit the already rich and powerful at the further expense of the have-nots.....it's just like with Joe Paterno and his untouchable football Leaders......our political leaders no longer have the capacity for shame.
And that...in the end....will lead to America's final demise.
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