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In Response to Re: Raising America's Debt Limit:
Excellent post, Jan.
David Stockman has since recanted the whole trickle-down economics sham. He admits it was a way to sell Reagan's huge tax cuts to average Americans. Terms like "job creators" were devised--and carefully tested--to make the ultra-wealthy sound beneficent.
The whole idea of forcing the shrinking of federal government by creating huge deficits has been around at least since the 1960s. I remember when its proponents (the John Birch Society) were considered too radical for the Republican Party. Now they define the Republican Party.
The GOP is no longer interested in governing, much less compromise. They have two goals
1. Cut taxes on the wealthy (not the middle class; these taxes should be raised, according to radicals)
2. Shrink the size of government so that it no longer provides a counterweight to powerful wealthy interests.
Posted by cat2011
And yet, bizarrely, the only Americans who seem to be seething with anger are Boehner & Company, supporting the beneficiaries of this economic injustice –who are the wealthiest and most privileged among us. But those who are suffering seem strangely passive. As long as they stay that way, there will be no movement to repair these injustices. And the more these injustices are allowed to persist, the harder it will be to end them.
Where the H .... is the outrage? And how can we start some?