How did we get to the point where conservatives believe that a Corporation is a person. That employees are simply a resource for commerce and limiting them to part time hours so as to avoid paying them full wages or benefits. That reducing their hours and pay while taking home record executive bonuses, avoiding taxes by keeping assets in overseas accounts, undermining the American economy by outsourcing jobs overseas to reduce labor costs and increase profits is just part of doing business.
When did gambling on Wallstreet with financial institutions pushing toxic mortgages with ARM’s that they knew their customers couldn’t afford then tossing those people out on the street while raping taxpayers with record breaking bail outs become the the acceptable manner of conduct? Constantly steering the stock market through a reckless and dangerous roller coaster ride by refusing to pass legislation to control the run away economic engine all the while upholding their insider trader exceptions for politicians.
Spending millions of tax payer dollars to thwart a health care bill rather than proposing an alternative. Place blame on a sitting President for inaction while voting no on every measure proposed and refusing to proffer any sound or reasonable solutions themselves. At the same time supporting for themselves the very health care plan they deny for their constituents and letting insurance premiums rise, health care costs to skyrocket. All the while the truly indigent do in fact have free health care albeit delivered by Hospitals instead of doctors on an emergency basis and therefore an even greater financial burden to the American public.
We go about trumpeting the call for ‘smaller government’ while demanding more government control of the ‘poor’, less fortunate and under privileged whom they consider worthless and despicable refuse in society. This is a far cry from the Christian admonition to take care of widows and orphans, feeding the poor, clothing and sheltering the needy. Many go on living in a world where their luxury is more important than the agony of those suffering, much like biblical story of Lazarus and the bread crumbs and drop of water. Creating a world where raising the minimum wage is unthinkable but raising the taxes of those who are millionaires is Socialism.
Do they realize that their housekeepers, grounds keepers, service workers, teachers, bus drivers, taxi drivers, toll keepers, janitors, factory workers are in fact the people they would deny a living to? That by doing so they are directly financially strangling the very people who are in fact their consumers. A simple economic fact is that the function of a healthy economy is in fact wealth distribution and the current administration’s policy comes nowhere near a seizure and re-distribution of wealth. The effort to restrict job growth by deliberately effecting a contraction in production, reducing wages, limiting credit and withholding benefits serves to paralyze the economy. When the rich get richer and the poor get poorer the civilization crumbles.
When money is more of a priority than compassion, when profit is more important than production, executives feel that their Corporation is comprised of simply their own intellectual property and not the sweat and labor of their workforce then the spirit of the people is broken. When anyone who is in a desperate situation is considered a victim of their own making we have lost the heart that drives our soul.
When did outright lies, propaganda, slander and utter disrespect for the elected leader of the country become an act of patriotism? When was it decided that it is Governments role to provide jobs instead of the Corporations who are actually in control of the hiring and creation of new job opportunities? When did it become okay for business owners to decide to fire or lay off workers in protest of a health care plan that admittedly they don’t even know what the cost if any will be to them? In fact, some business Owners have protested that they will raise the price of their product or service passing on any cost to their consumers and in addition reduce their workforce effectively punishing all of America while not actually affecting their own profits at all. Where is the logic in that move? How is it that it is a better choice to simply not provide health care to employees and saddle the rest of Americans with the tremendous debt for unpaid services passed on by hospitals, doctors and insurance companies by the poor and indigent?
When did it become patriotic to hold a financial gun to the American public and threaten economic collapse rather than to compromise with their political foes for the benefit of the nation? When did it become appropriate to go so far as to sign a pact that regardless of the consequences they would stick with their plan to refuse to vote for any plan proposed by the ‘opposition’?
How have the people barely making over $100,000 been convinced that they are in the ‘millionaires club’ and become willing to throw themselves on the sacrificial sword and pine for cause of the wealthy? Did we forget that too many chiefs and not enough Indians doesn’t prove to be a successful business model for long?
Conservatives let their own party hijack them so they could conspire to ravage Social Security, deregulate financial institutions let retirement funds be pillaged. Our legislatures have passed laws allowing for the most invasive and pervasive government intrusions into civil liberties in our countries history. As a means to an end to stop drunk drivers a policeman now has the authority to revoke your license on the spot at a check point effectively placing the power in a law enforcement officers hand to punish a citizen for a crime without due process.
How is it we have come to the conclusion that less government means more laws profiling Hispanics? Laws that limit the rights and choices for women have been put in place. Conservatives who cry out for limited government hypocritically call for laws requiring drug testing for welfare recipients, laws restricting video games, TV and movie choices, limitations on what you can read, what you can watch and where you can go.
People who whole heartedly and without reservation support a President who used manufactured evidence of WMD’s to invade a country delving our country into a second war and then announcing ‘mission accomplished’ 8 years before the war would end now chastise the President who successfully oversaw the killing of the most wanted terrorist of all. A President who in addition has presided over the demise of almost all of the leaders (deck of cards) in that organization. Yet these same people refuse to grant even the slightest accolade or nod to this Commander-in-Chief. A President who promised to end the war and bring home the troops and is doing so.
Never the less they are quick to carry the banner and hold on high the President who was actively involved in the Iran-Contra affair. A scandal of drugs and weapons of huge proportions. Yet they demand the impeachment of the President ,who although not directly involved in the negotiation; was the sitting President when a Mexican gun deal went bad. A failed effort to deal with the blight of the drug cartel at the border. Certainly a tragedy that a border patrol officer lost his life but in perspective it certainly doesn’t approach the scope and scale of the former mentioned scandal.
A conservative party that focused the nations attention on a sexual encounter of a President while allowing a terrorist the opportunity to plan the most devastating terrorist attack on our soil. Now we hear the cry for the overthrow of the President for failing to respond to poor intelligence with the attack of an embassy, while hailing the commander who despite numerous FBI, CIA and DOD warnings concerning terrorists using airplanes against high profile targets allowed the World Trade Center and pentagon to be attacked. Killing thousands.
There is enough blame and fault and more than enough mistakes and bad policy to go around. What this country needs is for its people to take back their country from the divisive politicians. Americans need to forego the hatred, forget the constant posturing and obstruction and get back to reality. In order for our country to succeed Liberals need a little conservation and Conservatives need some liberation. We really are in this together for divided we fall.