Finally reality has collided with politics and reality has scored a first round knockout!! For years we have lived high on the hog living through what has been called the "greatest economic expansion in the history of the world." Well the party is over and the caterer has cleaned up everything and is ready to be paid. Guess who has to write the check?? You and me and everyone we think we know!!!!
Here is a little known fact that every American needs to read and understand. The Republican Party is always the party that causes Americans financial harm. Guess which party was in power before the Great Depression? The Republicans. Here is a great link to educate yourselves about past economic crisis!!
The Glass Steagall act was introduced in 1933 by two Democratic Senators to prevent the abuses of Wall Street and banks and to protect the common citizen from having their wealth stolen from them. Guess who has worked over the past 30 years to have that act repealed one law at a time? The Republicans.
Guess which party has a recorded history of running up tremendous national debt while telling us they are fiscal conservatives and "we need smaller government? The Republicans . Here is another link to educate yourselves.
Under Richard Nixon America experienced a 12.1 inflation rate and long gas lines as we faced the OPEC oil embargo. Sound familiar? NIxon of course was run out of office over Water Gate ( as Bush should have been run out of office over Iraq) so Harold Ford took over as President. Poor Harry was like a minnow thrown into an ocean full of hungry sharks. He didn't know "his butt from his eyebrows" about anything so frustrated Americans turned to Jimmy Carter.
Carter inherited one of the largest debts in history, out of control energy prices, spiraling inflation and a still threatening Soviet Union and Red China. Interest rates soared to 22% and he was perceived to be weaker than Ford and so lost to Reagan because of Reagan's famous line "are you better off now than you were 4 years ago?" Of course Reagan never bothered to mention that the economy was still reeling from the failed policies of Republicans nearly 10 years ago. He was elected and turned on the printing presses again and started "Reaganomics" or trickle down economics. For a while it worked but then Americans began to understand we were in the hock and had been duped again!!!
The Republicans have always run on hyperbole and innuendo. They have never presented the nation with a real honest plan on how to manage our wealth and power. Every single election cycle they find a way to scare us into voting for them. In the past they told us, "The Communists are coming!!!" So they used that ruse for years to scare us into allowing them to spend insane amounts on defense. When the walls for Berlin came crashing down, we found that the Soviet Union, (much like North Korea, Cuba, and other nations still clinging to Communism) couldn't even feed its own citizens. They were too busy spending money trying to build as many missiles as we were building. We won that war. Thank God its over. Or remember the Willie Horton ads run against Dukkakas? Oht ehscary balck men are coming!!! Finally we got sick of it and elected to try something new and elected Bill Clinton.
Since the Soviet Union was in shambles when Clinton came to office we no longer had to build as many bombs and some ,in the business of profinting from war .bristled!!
Since Clinton was doing so well and our economy was adding 22 million jobs and our deficit became a surplus and our debt almost cut in half, the Republicans had to find a way to get "we the people " to hate the Democrats!!
Enter the Evangelical movement and the Republican "Contract with America". All of a sudden we became more concerned with who our leaders were sleeping with than we were about what they were doing for our nation. Newt Gingrich lead the charge, ( although he was in his 2nd marriage and was in the midst of a 15 year affair with his current wife) and they had Clinton impeached. We didn't care. We were all fat and happy so "praise God get rid of the heathens" became the national battle cry. The problem was they had no "new ideas" to keep the economic expansion going so they had to find ways to demonize every single person that opposed them.
How many remember being called "unpatriotic" if they opposed going into Iraq? Here's a better question. How many of us were cowards and didn't stand up for whats right because we were afraid of being called "unpatriotic?"
Once the Republicans began winning this ideological battle they started the same thing all over again. This allowed them to restart deficit spending and reignite the military establishment. We all know that Bush is an oil man, Cheney was the former CEO of Halliburton and Rumsfeld the former CEO of G.D. Searle and Co. ,a friendly Pharmaceutical company that forced the FDA to approve aspertame as an aritifical sweetner although clinical studies showed that some people actually died from the stuff
Since the "Russians" have been vanquished they needed a new enemy. An enemy that might last a few decades so that they could again steal our wealth. But what enemy could they get that would scare Americans into allowing them to spend whatever was necessary to "keep us safe?"
TERRORISTS!!! A perfect enemy! They don't belong to any one nation so they cannot be localized!! A terrorist can be your neighbor!!!!Timothy McVeigh was a terrorist!! We became so frightened that we are scared to take a bottle of water on an airplane!!!! What a great enemy!!! A terrorist can never be truly vanquished!! "We might be in Iraq 100 years" sound familiar? In the meantime our national wealth has become a national debt and nations that really have hated us for generations are gaining wealth in an amazingly short span of time. China, Russia, Venezuela, Iraq and others in OPEC are getting their money from us!!!! So the Republicans have always surmised that if we can keep the American people believing that the "boogey man" is coming, they will pay whatever prices we charge them for "protection."
We have allowed ourselves to be deceived because as long as they kept us fat and happy we didn't care. Lets borrow our money from the Chinese so we can drive our Hummers!!!!! Lets buy our oil from the same people who are flying planes into our skyscrapers!!!! (The vast majority of the people who actually caused 9/11 were citizens of Saudi Arabia).
We have been lied to by these people, and every generation we allow them back into power to screw us all over again!!!
For brevity sake I won't go into anymore scandals and details but the rest as they say is history.
Now am I saying every single Republican is a non American agent of greed? No. Senator Chuck Hagle, Senator John Warner and others have spend their lives serving America and there are many others too numerous to name.
But the facts and the numbers show that under Republican rule, America always end up in the red, and the taxpayers always have to come to the rescue.