From Iraq to our Pocketbooks

I can’t help but notice some chilling similarities between the Bush Administration’s approach on the financial crisis and the Iraqi War Resolution.  I literally sat awake until almost 5:00 this morning fretting about this.
Let’s look at a few of them:

  • We were told that calamity was imminent, and a failure to act and do exactly what Bush asked of us would result in a disaster;
  • Congress was strongarmed into doing something big and something fast, without time for proper analysis;
  • We were conned into spending hundreds of billions of our hard-earned dollars (much for the benefit of corporate malfeasants) – only to take a giant step backward;
  • We handed legal immunity and absolute control to the very authorities who demanded the actions;
  • We were lied to every step of the way.

And eventually the majority came around to see it as a colossal blunder.  So, I think Congress would serve itself and the People well if it took a much more measured approach to this, or even refused the bailout.  I know, I’m asking for cajones of steel here, but I can dream.

If this goes through, it will be the swindle of the century.

I’ll close with a few words from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That is fascism; ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.”

How did we get here?  Is it too late to stop it?

6 thoughts on “From Iraq to our Pocketbooks”

  1. Good question. “Is it too late..” It's too late to rely on the broken system to fix itself. In fact, it's insane to think that something like that is possible. The system is designed to be perpetually broken. Sorry you stayed up all night… some of us never sleep.

    ONLY REVOLUTION.

  2. these sort of discussions have been going on in every culture for hundreds and hundreds of years. it is the way of the world. those born to play the power game do so, with great gusto, shrewdness, and amorality. what is the wise response? it depends on the level of your wisdom, perhaps..

    the truly wise response seems to be, let the children have their fun. it is essentially meaningless. hue and cry.

    i am not so wise as that. for me the sheer banality is just embarrassing. i feel tarnished by association with a cliche. as if i went to a movie so bad that i was embarrassed to tell my friends.

    in some ways, in the light of eternal values, these guys don't even deserve to be in the papers. they add nothing to existence, and should enjoy neither our esteem nor our anger.

    they can have my food, my land, my life. they are proof that life on such a low-consciousness planet is not worth very much at all. whatever is next will be welcomed. i remain me.

  3. Good question. “Is it too late..” It's too late to rely on the broken system to fix itself. In fact, it's insane to think that something like that is possible. The system is designed to be perpetually broken. Sorry you stayed up all night… some of us never sleep.

    ONLY REVOLUTION.

  4. these sort of discussions have been going on in every culture for hundreds and hundreds of years. it is the way of the world. those born to play the power game do so, with great gusto, shrewdness, and amorality. what is the wise response? it depends on the level of your wisdom, perhaps..

    the truly wise response seems to be, let the children have their fun. it is essentially meaningless. hue and cry.

    i am not so wise as that. for me the sheer banality is just embarrassing. i feel tarnished by association with a cliche. as if i went to a movie so bad that i was embarrassed to tell my friends.

    in some ways, in the light of eternal values, these guys don't even deserve to be in the papers. they add nothing to existence, and should enjoy neither our esteem nor our anger.

    they can have my food, my land, my life. they are proof that life on such a low-consciousness planet is not worth very much at all. whatever is next will be welcomed. i remain me.

  5. Good question. “Is it too late..” It's too late to rely on the broken system to fix itself. In fact, it's insane to think that something like that is possible. The system is designed to be perpetually broken. Sorry you stayed up all night… some of us never sleep.

    ONLY REVOLUTION.

  6. these sort of discussions have been going on in every culture for hundreds and hundreds of years. it is the way of the world. those born to play the power game do so, with great gusto, shrewdness, and amorality. what is the wise response? it depends on the level of your wisdom, perhaps..

    the truly wise response seems to be, let the children have their fun. it is essentially meaningless. hue and cry.

    i am not so wise as that. for me the sheer banality is just embarrassing. i feel tarnished by association with a cliche. as if i went to a movie so bad that i was embarrassed to tell my friends.

    in some ways, in the light of eternal values, these guys don't even deserve to be in the papers. they add nothing to existence, and should enjoy neither our esteem nor our anger.

    they can have my food, my land, my life. they are proof that life on such a low-consciousness planet is not worth very much at all. whatever is next will be welcomed. i remain me.

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