As I have written several times in this blog, the current economic “recession” is no such thing. This is a great depression, as bad as the first, and in many ways it may be worse. As long as we continue to believe the “happy talk” we will not demand the focus on the real issues that are at the center of the current problems.
We have seen the largest transfer of wealth to the top 1% than in any other time in our history. The middle class has lost $10 Trillion in wealth in just 24 months! The top 1% now control 43% of the personal wealth in this country. Financial reforms have been a joke, not attacking the instruments of this war, credit derivatives, Repos, and High Frequency Trading (HFT’s). Clearly, the banksters and big oil, healthcare and pharmas don’t seem to see any need to change their modus operandi in a compassionate response to the fact they just fleeced the middle class to death.
Mostly by accident, the tea party express has at least shown us that we DO HAVE the ultimate power and that is our vote. While big business can easily buy votes on the hill doesn’t mean they can buy the votes on the street and it is the vote on the street that trumps the vote on the hill. What it illustrates to us all is that even whacky activism can “shake things up” a bit.
We do need to wake and begin to shake up our leaders. In fact, we should rough them up a little as well. Before anyone starts calling me a radical, let me clearly what I mean by “rough them up”. I mean we should all be calling or writing our representatives. We should all turn out to their “town hall” meetings and local offices to let them know we are watching and we are informed and we are not whackos, but the very middle class of this country. We are the ones who built this nation with our sweat and we are the very same grunts who bought all the big companies’ stuff and invested in their little scams and we ARE THE ONES IN CHARGE HERE.
If you need to get fired up a bit consider this:
15 Shocking Facts About Poverty In America
1. 45 million Americans were living in poverty in 2009
2. 2009 saw the largest single year increase in the U.S. poverty rate since the U.S. government began calculating poverty figures back in 1959.
3. The U.S. poverty rate is now the third worst among the developed nations tracked by the OECD.
4. Household participation in the food stamp program has increased 20.28% since last year.
5. The number of Americans on food stamps surpassed 41 million for the first time ever in June
6. As of June, the number of Americans on food stamps had set a new all-time record for 19 consecutive months.
7. One out of every six Americans is now being served by at least one government anti-poverty program.
8. More than 50 million Americans are now on Medicaid, the U.S. government health care program designed principally to help the poor.
9. One out of every seven mortgages in the United States was either delinquent or in foreclosure during the first quarter of 2010.
10. Nearly 10 million Americans now receive unemployment insurance, which is almost four times as many as in 2007.
11. The number of Americans receiving long-term unemployment benefits has risen over 60 percent in just the past year.
12. 28% of all U.S. households have at least one member that is looking for a full-time job.
13. Nationwide bankruptcy filings rose 20 percent in the 12 month period ending June 30th.
14. More than 25 percent of all Americans now have a credit score below 599.
15. One out of every five children in the United States is now living in poverty.
What we need really now is a tea party type movement, but with sanity and reality at its core. The PTB are counting on that not happening. While the Republicans are worried in the short term because of their association with the psycho-babblers, they feel in the long run, they will regain control of the far right within the party. The Democrats are thankful for the tea party because in the mid-term elections, they will help Democrats minimize the damage.
The reality though is that only 8% of ALL voters actually support or believe the tea party agenda! So it seems to me to be a no-brainer to form an active bloc of the “Silent and Sane Majority”. We don’t talk much, but when we do everyone will listen. It is time to put the kids and fools in their place. Look around, who else is going to do it.