Hot Corner: When lies become truthWritten by Don Burnard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“And if all others accepted the lie which the party imposed-if all records told the same tale-then the lie passed into history and became the truth.” George Orwell, “1984″ (published 1949)
For the past few decades, the GOP has continually attacked the idea of paying taxes, and attacked government as the problem with America. More recently, the deficit has joined in as the latest reason we’re given by the corporate shills that pass as “our” representatives as to why we can no longer expect to have good paying jobs, a decent retirement, or any expectations for affordable health care. This, of course, only affects you if you make less than a quarter million dollars or so.
The Republican candidates virtually across the board ran on putting us all back to work and what have we gotten? The same old crap they’ve been shoveling for the last 30 years. On both the national and state level, we in the middle class and the poor have once again been sold a bill of goods so that the real persons that most of our so called representatives really represent can become even wealthier, while we the taxpayers cover their bills.
The Great Recession was brought on by their greed and avarice, and we are left to pick up the tab. So far, the attention hasn’t been on the lower 90% of the economic class, but virtually solely on the betterment of the upper 10%. We gave the big oil companies, who made $36 billion in the first quarter billions in tax breaks, paid for by us the taxpayers, so we can have $4 per gallon gas. Bob Latta thinks that if we let them drill anywhere they want, like in your parks, the Great Lakes, offshore, or in your back yard, we’ll all have plenty of cheap gas. There is of course, no scientific basis for thinking that we have enough oil to drill for in the U.S. to even put a dent in it, but that’s OK, since we don’t believe in science anymore anyhow. The fact that we have 2% of the world’s oil reserves and consume 25% of the world’s oil output shouldn’t stand in the way of letting the oil companies do their thing.
The largest financial institutions in the world, mostly American, lost $14 trillion of our pensions, home values, and wages, and their profits are the best in memory now. How come none of these guys are in prison? Do you think if you stole 1/10,000,000 of that amount that you wouldn’t be doing time? Instead, once again the taxpayers pick up the tab and things are better than ever now for them. We don’t need any pesky government regulations that would keep us from getting all those good paying jobs that are sure to trickle down. How long are we going to sit back and let America be hijacked by these guys?
How many of you who voted here in Ohio put these guys into office so that they would work on all our pressing problems, like being able to carry a gun in a bar? I’m sure that appealed to some, but I hardly think that was our foremost concern. But this is what our legislators are working on instead of jobs.
How many really thought that those incredibly overpaid schoolteachers, police, and firefighters were the problem. If you did, you got your wish. Thousands of them will lose their jobs too. I guess I have always missed the point on how cutting jobs will make everything all better. When Kasich said he wanted to be the jobs governor, I thought he meant he wanted to CREATE jobs, not lose them. So far, the majority of the jobs that have come back were due to Strickland policies put in place before he left office. Kasich did decide to appoint a gambling czar that will be paid upwards of $13 million a year to look after Ohio’s interests, so there’s at least one high paying job he created. Of course, if he screws up the casino deals that were passed by the voters that might not apply, after they milk that dry too. We’re still in reverse.
The biggest reasons that we’re “broke” are the Bush tax cuts, and the loss of 14 million taxpayers that are the main source of income for government. The large corporations don’t pay their fair share of taxes, if they pay any at all, and we just sit back and take it as our lot in life. Let me ask you, when gas dropped this week from $4 to about $3.60 or so, you felt pretty good, didn’t you? Yep, they sure have our number. Next column, we’ll discuss what we can do to stop this madness.