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A Regime of Austerity Versus the Common Good


A Regime of Austerity Versus the Common Good

Jim Hightower

Sometimes, it's useful to state the obvious. Here's a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America's economy is enormous. It's worth saying that out loud and repeating it to ourselves and others, because today's Powers That Be (economic, political and media) are wrongly forcing a regime of austerity on our nation. They're insisting that we hoi polloi must downsize our middle class dreams, claiming that America no longer has the wherewithal to do big things.


Tell it like it is Jim!

A regime of corruption, contempt for the law and precedent, a cabinet of fools and shills designed to destroy protections Americans have fought for over -what? - a century or more, and passed by both parties - a regime led by a mentally unstable and dangerously ignorant idiot, deserving nothing but contempt, defeat, impeachment, indictment and imprisonment!


Only one among most all among the regime of destruction and service to the 1% at the expense of all others - that is “austerity” (AKA theft and so much else contemptible) in its most virulent malignant form!


It all began in the 1950s following the Brown vs Board of Education decision by Unversity of Virginia economist James McGill Buchanan. Later the Koch brothers liked Buchanan’s ideas and the money flowed in to create think tanks, etc. The critical role of Buchanan was uncovered by Duke professor Nancy MacLean who describes how we got from Buchanan’s ideas to the present situation in her new book “Democracy in Chains. The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America.”


The phrase “Common Good” has become on oxymoron.


No, the common good must be a rallying cry.


In any sane reality, you would be correct.


It didn’t start with Trump. Remember, Obama created the Catfood Commission.


The 1985 formation of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) focused the Party’s mission on getting more corporate money than the GOP gets.

Both parties have been wholly owned by corporations ever since. Trump has shined a brighter light on that duopoly than any of his predecessors. Unfortunately too many Murkins are partisans who will never acknowledge the duopoly’s existence no matter how bright a light illuminates it.


“This massive redistribution of wealth is not an issue of economics, but of basic morality.”

It’s not just economics or morality, it’s a matter of survival. The richest 7-10% emit half of human greenhouse gases; the poorest 6 billion emit only about 20% of the GHGs. Harm done to the biosphere is directly proportional to income and wealth, regardless of “caring” or party, or any attempt to reduce it. The climate and larger psycho-ecological crisis is being caused by rich people. We can no longer afford them.


And Clinton got rid of welfare and signed NAFTA. On empire, capitalism, extracting wealth from nature, and other issues that aren’t issues, the corporate duopoly’s only disagreement is over how fast they want to ride toward destruction–canter or gallop.


You can’t keep a mighty tree alive (much less have it thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at the tippy-top.

That is a brilliant metaphor and a clear descriptor of why the trickle down theory doesn’t work.