The House ‘narrowly’ passed the $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill and sent it to the Senate, where it is expected to pass into law. Sneaked into that necessary legislation was and enormous give-back to the banks that assures another public bail-out and a ten-fold increase in money legally available to bribe the Congress. If news of the CIA revelations had broken a bit earlier, they would have been let off the hook as well. Our President greased the skids by flashing an early green-light prior to the vote. By ‘narrowly,’ I mean three votes out of 435. Three fucking votes and those three included a cave-in by fifty-seven Democrats.
That both parties have lost their way is indisputable. That Barack Obama is complicit is undeniable.
Republicans claim to be conservatives and yet they conserve nothing; not the environment, not jobs, not fiscal responsibility, not the shambles they conspired to make of democratic governance.
Democrats no longer represent working Americans, having thrown them under the bus for two (and perhaps three) successive decades. Wall Street is king and cares not a damn who we elect, as they merrily bribe their way equally through both parties to achieve their goals. Now, with Democrat support, they’ve handed whatever fiscal disaster looms back to the American taxpayer to make the gamblers and fraudsters well again, just one more time.
And they did it for money.
This was once a nation of opposing (but honestly held) principles. No longer. The run-up to the 2016 presidential elections is a joke. Whichever side prevails, Wall Street and Corporate America win, while American citizens choke back another kick in the mouth.
Elizabeth Warren is the sole voice of reason in a political arena that no longer makes sense to conservatives, liberals and everybody in the middle, but she refuses to run and god bless her for that. For one thing, she has no foreign policy skills and for another—far more relevant—she knows damned well that the presidency will take her out of the ‘money runs government’ dialog she holds so successfully with the American people. She can only be heard as a Senator and I honor her for preserving that voice in the face of increasing pressure to run. Big Money prays that she will run, so her voice will be silenced.
Democrats deserve every single loss they are sure to suffer as Republicans take over all three branches of government. It won’t make a piss-pot’s worth of difference. We’re headed for another financial meltdown that will make 2008 look like a walk in the park. Perhaps that’s our only salvation—breadlines and soup-kitchens in the streets—and the fall will hurt everyone, but perhaps a logical, fair and sustainable re-building of what we once were will finally come out of the aftermath.
Watch now, as the CIA revelations slowly become yesterday’s story and disappear from the news cycle. I am astonished that Berkeley is burning over the choking death of Eric Garner and yet All’s Quiet on the Western Front concerning the CIA and the massive give-back Wall Street sneaked into the 2015 budget.
Apparently the Occupy Movement moved on.
But year by year, as we lose more and more of the values that made us great as a nation, my astonishment increases.