Tuesday, September 21, 2010
It's the economy stupid
SW at Oh!pinion got me to thinking as to just how we can get our wonderful congress to start listening to us and not some corporate lobbyist. We know that with an election looming they are in great need to fill their campaign coffers. Corporations banks and investment houses are flush with cash and are now shoveling it at our elected reps to make sure the game isn't changed. America is at present to the point of producing nearly nothing. What is still produced here won't be for long if corporate leaders have their way. As large a nation as we are we can not afford to be a mere service run nation. Even selling Wall Street paper overseas can be done with the click of a mouse now. What to do? Here's the crux of SW's post and after I'll give my two cents:
People are trying to figure out what happened to our economy and how do we improve our economy. . . . you have to get back to policies that really encourage manufacturing in America and making things in America.”
— Pete Brodnitz, Democratic pollster,
in an Associated Press story,
Sept. 18, 2010
As those at the top seem to have all the wealth and power it would be silly to try and start some type of armed revolution. The right would love nothing more than keep the game as it is with big profits going to their backers and in return to them. I guess that's their idea of "trickle down" economics. The left is just as guilty. While they talk a good game you'll notice that all the bills passed of late have been watered down and have very little effect on us. That's because they too must rely on corporate backers to run campaigns and stay in office.
With nobody really listening to us and I don't mean Teabaggers who are really backed secretly by corporate lobby groups, it would seem obvious to change the game. As in the movie Trading Places what's the best way to get back at a rich person? Make him poor of course. But how could we do that? We don't have the knowledge of a Wall Street broker or the $40,000 they used to dupe the Duke brothers. But we do have money in banks and retirement funds in IRA's. But you say they'd kill us with fees and penalties if we cashed out. Stop to consider that if things keep going the way they are then that 401k or IRA just might become worthless anyway. Many of the 99ers are having to do this anyway. And this plan could work. When banks were faced with credit regulations they immediately raised their rates my own included. But it was funny how they back peddled when the union informed them that it's members would be changing banks. Congress, the bankers and Wall Street have held us hostage, now it's our turn and think about it not a shot fired or a drop of blood lost.
This is the only strength we have left. Let the right wingers distract you with homophobia and witch hunts while the real problems of this country go unaddressed. They're sucking the life blood out of this country and we're letting the get away with it. Just the threat may get some action.
Update and some ideas in a leter post.