Let’s Just Blame the 47 Percent For Everything!

by John Brian Shannon

I was pleased to find Simon Johnson’s brilliant article in today’s edition of Project Syndicate, entitled; “Mitt and the Moochers” — the best summary of America’s economic situation that I have yet seen.

The psychology of the present paradigm is very odd indeed.

It approximates the following statement; Blame 47% of the population, the mostly blue-collar working people and taxpayers for the combined failures of the banksters, a few corporations and some inept government regulations — and then at length, when some of the 47% complain about getting blamed for a situation not of their creation, just default to calling them ‘victims’ in the pejorative sense of the word.

Oh, and let’s make the 47% pay to fix the damage they didn’t cause.

Those who were the first to benefit from the $12.8 trillion dollars of corporate welfare — are among the first ones to criticize 47% of Americans, most of whom;

“pay a great deal of tax on their earnings, property, and goods purchased. They also work hard to make a living in a country where median household income has declined to a level last seen in the mid-1990’s.” — Simon Johnson

In a general way, I take these developments as a sign that the formerly deep roots of American egalitarianism are getting shallower and we are now seeing the beginnings of a class-based society.

“the emergence of global megabanks was not a market outcome; these banks are government-sponsored and subsidized enterprises, propped up by taxpayers. (This is as true in Europe today as it is in the US.)” — Simon Johnson

All of the above are egregious enough in their own right. But what I take greatest offense at are those corporations which having made poor decisions, then line-up to receive billions of corporate welfare — whereby the government effectively rewards those organizations with heavy doses of cash for their poor performance — while corporations and companies which made good decisions all along are comparatively weakened.

It is a sure sign of the apocalypse, when corporations which invested in better decisions do not receive federal ‘reward’ money, but lesser performers do. No lasting good can come of this state of affairs… in fact, it is to weep.

John Brian Shannon

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Time For Liberals to Take Long, Hard Look in the Mirror (1) | MY COMMENT

Time For Liberals to Take Long, Hard Look in the Mirror — The Huffington Post – Canada
By: Jesse Helmer, Grassroots Liberal, Director of Communications & Development at Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation January 12, 2012

The Liberals are an important part of Canadian politics.

Unfortunat­ely, they were in power for too long over recent decades and became “stale” resulting in a devastatin­g loss at the polls. A simple factor of the democratic (correctio­n) process has occurred. It’s not the end of the world, the sky is not falling, the federal Liberals will rise again.

To help guarantee our Canadian political process, every son and daughter of the True North Strong and Free should support our historic four-party system. The alternativ­e is to devolve to a two-party system like the U.S. where politics verges on either extreme, as opposed to the more nuanced Canadian system and electorate­.

Because I fit the profile of a “red-Tory” does that mean that I can’t offer well-meant suggestion­s to the Liberal Party caucus?

Is it any excuse for an individual to help (by inaction) Canadian politics to slide down a slippery slope towards extremist two-party politics to become a “mini-me” to the U.S. political system? No.

Canada needs a strong and vibrant three-part­y system at the very least — and Elizabeth May, you are most welcome to increase your party seats in the HoC, so that we will again arrive at our proper, historic, four-party system as envisaged by those who so wisely crafted our Canadian Confederat­ion.

This is above partisan politics, it is in everyone’s interest to have a stable and viable Liberal Party of Canada — whatever your political affiliatio­ns.