This is a follow-up to my post on mindless partisan rhetoric.
Granted, this is like skipping stones over the ocean of facts that have come to pass over the past 50 years.
However, even this cursory glance at recent American history provides a more in-depth view than the voracious vapidity of current op. ed. news channels...
"Obama has quadrupled the deficit!" Seriously? Obama quadrupled the deficit all on his own? Dullards.
Obama did, however, add the cost of the wars to the ledger, which is what some people might call "living in reality."
I would like to mention Eisenhower's warning about the "military/industrial complex" taking over America... seems pretty prescient.
I'm skipping JFK and LBJ because I was scarred as child watching, literally watching, the Vietnam War. JFK does not get a free pass in the road to Vietnam (see Howard Zinn's People's History of the United States).
Walter Cronkite was a calming voice of sanity... yes, they showed the war during dinner.
Nixon allowed "for profit" healthcare. Hence, today's problems with healthcare.
Carter has proven himself a great humanitarian, yet was chewed up and spit out by the Washington elite.
Reagan deregulated the free market and let it run naked through the streets fucking everyone in sight (and you thought the 60's and 70's were an orgy).
Why did Uncle Ronnie do this?
Is the answer as stupefyingly simple and self-evident as many answers of today? Endless money/absolute power corrupts absolutely and Presidents are just puppets of the moneyed elite? The evidence of actions appears to support that statement.
His successor George, "The Elder" Bush, actually fucked himself for the good of America. He raised taxes and lost re-election.
This lead to a balancing of the budget, along with a growing economy that we now know was a bubble (fake prosperity) economy.
His successor Bill Clinton has laid claim to balancing the budget, as he has laid claim to many things. "It's the economy stupid."
Bill Clinton, a democrat, then repealed Glass-Steagall, which opened the final flood-gates to a few more years of an unsustainable economic fairy tale.
This is an over-simplified view of how we have been duped into pandering to big money and why Americans aren't making a living wage. We have the wealthy trying to get more wealthy which means they can't pay us.
The disparity of wealth will continue to grow until those at the bottom are so numerous and so destitute they have nothing to lose. Historically this would compel the masses to rip your dick "trickling" down us and shove it up your bung hole, while redistributing your ill-gotten gains more proportionately.
Then we have GW Bush, I man who bitch-slaps the goodwill of the world and decides to invade Iraq during a low tide in GW's approval rating... why? Because he now a reason to do so in 9/11.
Who is making the money off this war and the lives of the soldiers? His cronies.
There's nothing wrong with nepotism and helping friends as long as the machine he created (the Iraq war) is in the best interest of America.
The Iraq war appears to be nothing more than a wealth redistribution system to his cronies and a fuck you to America.
Trillions and trillions are unaccounted for... yet the partisan rhetoric is:
We're Broke and it's Obama's fault!
Liars lying again or ignorance run amok?