Republican Representative Paul Ryan’s response to the President’s State of the Union speech was remarkably disingenuous – he charged the President with wanting to maintain the “status quo.” Who is kidding whom? Paul Ryan’s own “Road Map for America’s Future,” touted as being the Republican/conservative playbook for the months ahead, does nothing more than give the entire country to the major corporations, to the rich, and to Wall Street.
But, wait, there’s more! It also proposes taking social security and medicare away from the American people - most of whom need it and have earned it - and giving that money to the very for-profit entities whose ethical deficiencies, greed, and business failings necessitated government bail-outs in the first place; bail-outs ultimately most paid for by the middle class and by the poor.
We do remember Wall Street and the financial industry, right? That is the Wall Street whose greed, ethical deficiencies, and business failings led to a massive bail-out, courtesy of American taxpayers. We do remember the major corporations, right? Those are the corporations who have outsourced thousands of jobs, laid-off thousands of workers, raided employee pension plans, and cut back on employee benefits; the corporations who hire part-time workers in order to avoid having to pay benefits; the corporations who recently spilled some oil in the Gulf of Mexico; the corporations who lied to the American people about the dangers of smoking tobacco; the corporations who routinely bribe – oops, make donations to - our Congressional representatives.
Talk about status-quo: trickle-down economics in combination with so-called free market strategies have been tried over and over again and they have failed. Unfortunately, it seems that the wealthy tend to keep whatever profits that they make for themselves. Yet, the brain-dead amongst us continue to trot out these strategies as if they represent a solution to the situation faced by the vast majority of people in this country and by the country, itself.
What those strategies actually represent is government of the people, by the corporations and the wealthy, for the corporations and the wealthy. In other words, screw everyone but those who already have the most. It is elitist cant of the worst kind, it is greed personified, and it is the beginning of the end of our great American experiment – democracy.