This week's news stories seem like some of the bleakest I've seen in a while when viewed together. I want to comment on the recent election. The Republicans ran against the perceived failure of the Obama administration to improve the economy. Technically speaking the economy has modestly recovered from the last year of the Bush administration when the monetary system literally was on the brink of collapse. The implications of that possible collapse are staggering. My point here is not to compliment the Obama administration for modestly improving the economy nor is it to take note against the GOP for utilizing fear to make its political gains all of which were funded by billionaires taking advantage of profoundly troubling campaign financing regulations.
What has occurred to me and you is that the Republican cry against the slumping US economy is nothing more than pure hypocrisy. It is hypocrisy at its worst in fact. The fundamental point is that the failings in our economy reflect the wishes of the GOP and the direction that the GOP wants to economy to go. The rich are getting profoundly wealthy where a few families own more of the country's wealth than millions upon millions of ordinary citizens. The tightening on the middle class and poor class is at its worst in recent decades. The middle class is crumbling, the safety net is pot holed to threads, companies are exerting more and more pressure over credit and payments, and this list of obstacles for ordinary citizens is growing and strangling everyone. You know it, I know, and the GOP knows it. This is exactly what they have called for. If trickle down actually worked, we would all be fabulously wealthy right now as the DOW is in record territory. But as we know trickle down is nothing more than a well conceived ruse for the amazingly ignorant American electorate. But that's just one point of many.
My point is simple. The economy is stressed and this is exactly what the GOP wants. The more the middle class disassembles, the more the safety net is removed, the more medicare is made unmanageable, the more SSI is reduced and is eventually ended, the more that the tax burden of the country is squarely placed on the shoulders of the poor and completely off the shoulders of the rich, the more that ordinary people clash with each other over the puny morsels left over from a few ultra wealthy individuals and corporations, the more we get of all of these things then the more we are completely and utterly moving in the direction of the real GOP economics. And make no mistake, this is what we have signed on for, willingly, in this last election.