Sunday, September 21, 2008Albert Speer is credited with having said that Nazi Germany was built upon empty, meaningless platitudes. The same can be said of every GOP 'reign of terror' --be it Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan or, more, recently George W. Bush. The rule of law means nothing to the GOP but that matters little to goppers. GOP demagogues have even less to offer. As a Reagan devotee swooned at the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston: "Ronald Reagan made us feel good about ourselves".
During boom times, it's profitable to preach laissez faire, because an absentee government allows speculative bubbles to inflate. When those bubbles burst, the ideology becomes a hindrance, and it goes dormant while big government rides to the rescue. But rest assured: the ideology will come roaring back when the bailouts are done. The massive debts the public is accumulating to bail out the speculators will then become part of a global budget crisis that will be the rationalization for deep cuts to social programs, and for a renewed push to privatize what is left of the public sector. We will also be told that our hopes for a green future are, sadly, too costly.--Naomi Klein, Free market ideology is far from finishedDuring booms and bubbles everyone is an advocate of the 'free market', the 'invsible hand', 'laissez-faire' capitalism. When the bubbles burst, the first in line for a government hand-out are the very architects of disaster. They will get the bail-out, the hand out, the free ride! They always do! And they will get it from the same hypocrites who have derided the working classes and the poor for daring to ask for an even break! The very term 'free market' is misleading. The term 'free market' is intended to deceive you. Markets were never free but, rather, skewed, like Casino rules, to favor the 'house', in this case --the big investors and the big lenders, brokers and insurers who cater to them. When regulations are introduced, it is only when they are favored by the 'insiders', the big money that literally controls every financial market. As Bush conspires with the GOP financial base to bail out the money barons, Americans have already picked up the tab with their jobs, their homes, their educations, their futures.
RENO, Nev. - A few tents cropped up hard by the railroad tracks, pitched by men left with nowhere to go once the emergency winter shelter closed for the summer. Then others appeared — people who had lost their jobs to the ailing economy, or newcomers who had moved to Reno for work and discovered no one was hiring.Times have not been so bad since the regime of another stupid, vapid, platitudinous GOP regime -- that of Ronald Reagan. Double-digit inflation had been all but defeated by the time, the recession of 1982 sent millions of Americans to tent city. But that fact has not kept the GOP from trying to blame Carter for a recession that showed no signs of life until the effects of the Reagan tax cut --benefiting only the upper quintile --went into effect. Blaming Carter for a recession that began in Reagan's second year is an absurd stretch. Within 108 days of his taking office, Reagan had passed a budget remembered for its so-called 'supply-side tax cuts' --the most evil and pernicious of all GOP slogans and platitudes. The tax cuts were intended to be phased in over three years at ten percent per year. David Stockman --who later blamed a 'noisy faction of Republicans' for the tax cuts --is credited with having produced a computer simulation that prove the 'supply side model' would in a 5 percent growth in 1982. It didn't happen. Instead, the nation was plunged into the worst 'depression' since the great depression of Herbert Hoover, another 'free market Republican'. Reagan was not content to let the 'tax cuts' carry the banner of 'free market capitalism' alone. The administration 'slashed and burned' existing federal regulations, unleashing upon the world a free market Frankenstein of their own creation. With a growth at a NEGATIVE 2.2 percent, 1982 was the worst year since Hoover's 'Great Depression' ushered in since 1929. The GOP still blames Carter --though Carter was not President and 'double-digit' inflation had already controlled before Reagan's tax cut was effected. Check out the timeline:
Within weeks, more than 150 people were living in tents big and small, barely a foot apart in a patch of dirt slated to be a parking lot for a campus of shelters Reno is building for its homeless population. Like many other cities, Reno has found itself with a "tent city" — an encampment of people who had nowhere else to go.--MSNBC, homeless advocates report rise in encampments
Inflation (1)1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPI-U (1982-84=100), not seasonally adjusted, table CUUR0000SA0.
Carter --contrary to what the liars of the GOP will tell you --had already brought inflation under control. Omitted from GOP fairy tales is the fact that Carter is among the three Presidents whose performances are best since World War II. It is significant that all three of them are Democratic.
The polls are much closer than they should be. No rational person should be supporting the GOP, given its disastrous records since the Great Depression. The support now enjoyed by McCain-Palin --the most absurd ticket in American history --is, therefore, completely irrational.
Yet even with the influx of millions of former conservative Democrats, the Republican Party -- particularly following Watergate -- seemed in disarray and entirely out of touch with the nation's direction: rapidly evolving progress in the fields of education, arts and sciences, civil rights, women's rights, environmental concerns, workplace safety, industrial and corporate regulations, and much more.But then a strange combination of events turned things around for the conservatives. The tumultuous 60s, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the continuing and seemingly never-ending Cold War, a misfiring economy, the rapid expansion and politicizing of evangelical Christian sects, combined with uninspired leadership at all levels of government culminated in a national crisis of confidence in the mid and late '70s. Democrat Jimmy Carter, certainly one of the most decent human beings to occupy the White House, inherited this malaise, but was unable to turn it around on the basis of his administration's philosophies: honesty, openness, rationality, and long-term planning.By 1980 the voters had grown impatient with Carter, and turned their hopes, dreams and trust over to a Hollywood B-movie actor. Ronald Reagan had not even taken office before he betrayed that trust. But he got away with it, and he would set the stage for a hostile takeover of American government by the nastiest, most ruthless political animals the nation has ever known: the conservatives.--Conservative MythsIn the meantime --becuase the GOP it completely out of touch with reality, millions of voices are repressed with the GOP police state, an ultimate instance of 'blame the victim'.
The Fascist GOP Police State Demands Your Obeisance