If you want to understand the economic disaster that’s going on across the nation, go to Google and search “starve the beast” and “Grover Norquist starve the beast.” You’ll find hundreds of sites that explain the Republican strategy for dismantling Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Bankrupt government = bankrupt capitalism
Now that Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats have achieved their goal of a bankrupt government at both the federal and local levels, they’ve deliberately created an era of misplaced anger. Unemployed and poorly paid private sector workers are angry at public employees with adequate jobs and benefits. Nonunion workers are angry at better paid union workers. And everyone is angry at the big spending government that supposedly created the present deficit by paying too much for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
Actually, private sector workers should be angry at the government policies that caused their own wages to stagnate for the past 30 years. Nonunion workers should be angry that, because of globalization, union workers no longer have the negotiating clout to demand the higher wages that raise everyone’s income. (When unions wages increase, nonunion companies must also raise wages if they are to remain nonunion.)
Government always sets the rules
Those who control government, either directly or behind the scenes, always determine the extent to which different classes of citizens share in the productivity of society, or even of their own productivity. If our government wants to create a vibrant middle class, as it did between 1932 and 1980, then that’s what it does. If it wants society’s elites to become a new class of royalty, and workers to barely survive, well then, government makes it happen. That’s the direction we’ve been going in for the past three decades, and it’s no accident.
Historian Arnold Toynbee wrote of “The nature and symptoms of social disintegration” in his twelve volume A Study of History. He concluded that “…the horizontal schism of a society along lines of class is not only peculiar to civilizations, but it is also a phenomenon which first appears at the moment of breakdown, and which is a distinctive mark of the phases of breakdown and disintegration, by contrast with its absence during the phase of growth.”
The GOP’s record proves that it played a significant role in depriving the federal government of revenue, and thus putting Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in jeopardy. Removing that party’s ability , even as a strong minority, to hamstring our government should be a primary concern of voters.