Listening to the media becomes funnier and more hysterical every day. They are saddled with addle-brained pundits and policy wonks from both sides of the political spectrum, and must feel at a loss to make sense of it all.
Our president has recently fronted a political campaign warning the public about voting for the same people who fostered the current economic, cultural and international fiasco during the last 10-12 years, depending on how far back you care to look.
So those “same people,” aka Republicans, have come out with something to validate the president’s topic: The Pledge to America. Since most people have trouble remembering where they left their car keys, this smacks solidly of Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America from back in the 1980s.
The president is right. The Democrats who actually think clearly are right. The Republicans have NO new ideas.
The Pledge intends to destroy more than 70 years of progressive work for the benefit of the people of the country instead of the corporate entities the U.S. Supreme Court just made individual citizens. The Pledge wants to dismantle public education, eliminate Social Security, Medicare and the re-regulation of the banks and Wall Street. In short, the Pledge wants to give the country and its money to the richest people who pay these politicians. They want ALL the money for private institutions, which really means elitism.
It’s lords and serfs all over again.
The party of Medieval Thinking wants old people to die even poorer and in more desperate straits than they are now; they want to have all the inner-city kids attend private schools along with the suburban white kids (sure); and they want the insurance companies to take all the money from the sick and the doctors who try to make them well.
The party of Medieval Thinking wants the Wall Street finance industry to continue to bleed off every dime it can and invest it overseas while banks deny loans to small businesses and new homeowners because …. they are allowed to.
This is what the Pledge to America really means to the common man in this country.
I have just finished a lengthy series of columns discussing the situation with public education. Some friends have accused me of harboring Oliver Stone moments wherein I suspect a conspiracy by the elites to destroy public education so they can have all private schools for those who can afford them, and too bad about the rest of the children.
The Pledge to America corroborates that suspicion.
Other friends have extolled the virtues of “trickle-down” Reaganomics. In previous columns I have pointed out the truth about that: Reaganomics gave us a $6 trillion debt, our first such major debt in history.
The only “trickling” went to military-industrial complexes. Poor President George H. W. Bush had to commit Republican political suicide and raise taxes in order to pay them off.
Today, the Pledge to America says, “No tax increases for the rich.”
So, who is going to pay off this debt from 10 more years of the laissez faire economic philosophy inherited from that president’s son, the administration of President George W. Bush?
If you still have doubts about “trickle down,” go visit a country club parking lot on a Saturday, when most rich people turn out to be seen playing golf. Count the number of American built luxury vehicles vs. those built in foreign countries. I’ve done that and the foreign-built cars outnumber the American-built cars by 3-to-1.
Clearly, “trickle-down” economics is a Republican canard to take even more wealth to the top tier. During “trickle-down” times, the working wages have flattened or declined, while the money went up, up, up.
What I don’t understand is why Republican voters who are NOT rich keep voting for the people who are bent on taking their money, too. Equally clear is the rumor about taxes and how the government keeps demanding more taxes. We are the least-taxed people in the industrial world and we get the most, per capita, out of every tax dollar. We have to pay off our debts someday, don’t we? How else will we do that?
The Pledge to America will do that by removing all our social services so the rich can keep buying their BMWs.
Turner is a retired teacher and industrial engineer who lives near Marble Falls. He is an independent columnist, not a staff member, and his views do not necessarily reflect those of The Tribune or its parent company.