Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Corporatocracy Strikes Again!

Quote of the day:
Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said in a floor speech that the compromise was an essential first step toward addressing the nation’s deficit, by “cutting off the spigot’’ of tax income to the federal government to force Congress to make spending cuts.
The Republicans have an agenda which is to cater to the corporatocracy and the affluent.  However, in order to do this they have to "sell" their agenda to the average American.  And this they do very well.  Traditionally, they have done this with deceit and subterfuge.
Lately, they are not even trying to conceil their true intentions but are outright announcing that they want lower taxes for the top 2% and that they want the government to make spending cuts.  If you read between the lines, it means cuts to social programs like public schooling, unemployment insurance, social security and medicare.  They're not that keen on infrastructure either so even our civil servants aren't safe.

It doesn't matter if the government increases the deficit by spending or by tax cuts.  Either way the corporatocracy wins when the government doesn't have money for social programs.

The corporatocracy consists of the biggest corporations that have the most influence on government like banks, defense contractors, energy companies, big pharma, etc.  The corporatrocracy has another name - the "military-industrial complex" and Dwight D. Eisenhower dropped the bomb on it in his farewell speech:
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.
Two points come to mind.  One, why wasn't anything done about it after it had been exposed by Ike?  And two, we must fight for democracy as well as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.