Saturday, September 27, 2008

When constituents don't want legislation by a margin of 100-1,

the rational thing to do would be to back off - that of course would assume we still had a functioning representative government. Instead, as I am pretty sure I've mentioned at least once or twice in the past, we in the US live in what is at bare minimum as failing state, if not an outright failed state. One symptom of failing states is that those in the governing classes refuse to listen to the very people they are supposed to represent. The Great American Swindle of 2008 is but one example. Apparently, according to this article:
However, there were also reports that some legislators' phones were ringing off the hook with irate voters opposing any bailout - and out-calling supporters of the deal by 100-1.
And yet, in that same article, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is stating that the process for approving the swindle is "back on track."

Personally, I'm not particularly surprised. I expect some kabuki theatre before the deal is eventually done, and we regular working stiffs will be left holding the bag. What we will witness is yet another transfer of wealth from those who can least afford it to the wealthiest elites. We've certainly witnessed plenty of such transfers already as the military-industrial and prison-industrial complexes have grown exponentially over the last few decades, and as the neoliberal push to "privatize" all manner of public services has turned the agencies once managing them into mere storefronts for private corporations bent more on turning profits than serving taxpayers.

What I can say with some degree of confidence is that such wealth transfers as the one being pushed by the White House, some of the power players in Congress, and media pundits hoping to manufacture consent, tend to be very unpopular with those who did not ask for such swindles, and who will most certainly be the victims. As I mentioned earlier this week, what is being forced upon us is nothing short of the same "shock therapy" that has been pushed upon the populaces of various other nations in South and Central America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe; and if history is any guide, while a few will profit, for the rest of us we can look forward to a further crumbling infrastructure, a decline in quality of life, increased numbers of displaced persons, and increasingly repressive measures by the government as these angry folks begin to protest.

This is a crisis of legitimacy, folks. In this case, it's the White House and Congress that have squandered their legitimacy, as have the crooks running Wall Street. We don't need them. They need us, but to repeat, we don't need them.

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