Thursday, May 17, 2012

On deficits, budgets and Mitt-wits

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."
                                                                                                      ~John Kenneth Galbraith

That about sums up modern America.

The Republican Party represents the wealthy in our society. And, Mitt wants to be president of this small but powerful group. He clearly doesn't want to be president of all Americans because that would include minorities, Democrats, non-Mormons and gays.

Mitt is the poster boy for the entitled class, those who inherited wealth and, shockingly did not squander it, but rather enlarged it beyond all usefullness.

Those who have done the least amount of actual work, such as Wall Street banksters and vulture capitalists known as the Mitt crowd, but who have acquired mansions of undeserved wealth, are the first ones to whine the loudest that they are the victims of  "class warfare."

It's the Orwellian way. Accuse others of behavior that you, yourself, are engaged in.

Bush II was a master of this and he was loved by the 1 percent. Plus, he gave them huge tax breaks that were still not enough for people like Mitt who felt compelled to hide mega-millions in off-shore accounts.

Obviously, giving tax cuts to the wealthy is like supplying a crack addict with a daily fix. It's never enough.

That is why the GOP is commonly referred to as the Greedy Old Party.

Republican teabaggers are fixated on the deficit even though they want to enlarge it through even more tax cuts and more military spending.

The Republican-controlled House passed the Ryan budget, which was inspired by Ayn Rand's "The Virtue of Selfishness," and transfers more from the poor to the rich.

The "weeper of the House," John Boehner, is threatening to shut down the government and default on America's financial obligations rather than raise the debt limit. Yeah, that worked so well last summer.

The Mitt-wit wants to get America "working" again by giving his buddies more tax breaks.

Yeah, that worked well for the past decade.

It would be nice, for once, to hear that the "era of big selfishness is over."

We can only hope.

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