Despite thousands of lives lost in the accidental Iraq War and the evaporation of trillions of dollars of wealth, we somehow managed to live through the Bush presidency.
Given that, I suppose we could somehow survive a four-year stint with Mitt Romney in White House.
Set aside for a second all the stupendously ludicrous lies that both sides are launching in hopes of, I don’t know what. Do Democrats and Republicans really think they can fool Americans into believing that Romney killed a woman with cancer? That Obama secretly has worked to undo Medicare?
That’s just acid-trip crazy crap at a time when voters need to get a clear head about the upcoming election.
Has too much of America completely forgotten that the American economy is in a shambles because the country’s high-rollers in the banking and finance industries destroyed the collective wealth of the middle class through malfeasance, thievery and greed? Have too many Americans totally lost their minds in forgetting or overlooking the fact, not the opinion, but the fact, that past congresses and administrations created a slipshod set of rules and laws that allowed for the super-rich to destroy untold middle-class wealth, and then walk away with millions in their own pockets?
It wasn’t a bad dream, folks. It really, really happened. And now Mitt Romney waltzes on to the political stage trying to sell the very same garbage that very nearly destroyed the U.S economy for good.
In case it’s slipped your mind, the country’s richest citizens did indeed get richer. And in case you haven’t noticed, everyone else, and I do mean everyone else, has either lost their job, their savings, their retirement, their health care, their homes, or if they’re really, really lucky, they just lost financial ground to the price of gas, health insurance, food, tuition or the evaporating Social Security system.
For crying out loud, folks. You were hustled and rolled by the Bush White House and Congress, sold the biggest most expensive boondoggle war in the history of the world and then left to suck eggs.
If you would rather believe Romney than your lying eyes, you might want to listen to economists like Joseph Stiglitz, who gets to put “Nobel Laureate” on his resume. Stiglitz and others say the U.S. economy is ailing because of the growing gap between America’s haves and have nots.
“For two decades, all the increase in the country’s wealth, which was enormous, went to the people at the very top,” Stiglitz said in an Associated Press interview this week. That included Romney and the companies pouring endless millions into his campaign.
Among the myths Stiglitz wants to dispel is the joke that making rich people richer makes all Americans better off.
“Mitt Romney has called concerns about inequality the ‘politics of envy.’ Well, that’s wrong. Envy would be saying, ‘He’s doing so much better than me. I’m jealous.’ This is: “Why is he getting so much money, and he brought us to the brink of ruin?” And those who worked hard are the ones ruined. It’s a question of fairness.”
And so this guy who was born into wealth waltzes out of a grocery store pushing a buggy for a photo op and we’re supposed to believe that he’s just a regular, hard-working guy out doing his weekly shopping?
That’s acid-trip crazy, folks. This guy never, ever, for one day in his life, had the worries that 99 percent of the rest of us have. Ever. He never had to walk home from his restaurant job in the middle of the night because he couldn’t afford to fix the clutch in his car. He never had to pawn or sell his TV to try and make payroll for his struggling business. He never had his phone or lights turned off or wrote a hot check for groceries because his own paycheck bounced again.
And this guy who makes money off the labor of others, is telling me that he wants to restore a real work ethic to America?
He is selling the exact same thing that Bush did. But don’t believe me. Trust your lying eyes.
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