Republicans swept into the House of Representatives giving them control while handing the president a bitter pill to swallow. Sure, government spending has been out of control for a long time. Unfortunately, most spending is not for the benefit of the people. Well, regular people anyway. The United States has long supported a secret government and has built up a military and intelligence complex unbeknown to most Americans. After 9/11, the government expanded that to include a terrorism-industrial complex as a recent FRONTLINE Episode produced by PBS and the Washington Post revealed. Do we need this massive shadow government and the enormous costs associated with it?
Well, yes and no.
America needs to protect herself in an ever-changing geopolitical landscape. The American people are quick to form opinions based on the responses made by our various government agencies whenever a major event or disaster strikes. Normally, the first question out ofanyone's mouth is "did you not know this was coming?" And if not, you should have!
It will always be six of one and a half-dozen of the other. There are some things that you just can't win at because of human nature. One thing is abundantly clear, though, it costs mucho Dineros to support our shadow complexes. As FRONTLINE and the Washington Post pointed out, we don't even know the true cost of those things right in front of our eyes. If one were to think that good old Uncle Sam hasn't been doing this for a long time, even before 9/11, it would be naive.
But, when we look at social programs that the people need, they are always the first to be slashed. Social Security is near insolvency (so they say), but in reality just like we see in our own state politics - there are diversions of public monies everyday. Funds such as Social Security or Pension Funds are routinely robbed by our foresighted politicians and/or kept underfunded in the pursuit of their other aims.
Now, I am not saying that everything President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barney Frank rammed down Americans throats was good, but not everything was bad either. I believe that the health care, for instance, is a program a long time in coming and that the powerful drug and medical lobbies have exerted undue pressures on legislators.
Sometimes to the point of threatening them with the almighty campaign contribution dollar.
This has never been a Republican thing, just as it hasn't been a Democrat thing. It is a Washington thing. And it trickles down to the states to become a political way of life and that is why I have long held that blindly, and loyally following an ideology is mostly a waste of time. Politicians know what the score is. The bigger problem, though,
is that the people refuse to accept what is clearly being dangled in front of their noses.
Donkeys and Sheeple we all must be at times.
Health care reform was a noble idea because it offered protections long denied us. But, even I objected because the true measure and costs of the legislation was withheld from us. Lawmakers were told to sign on the dotted line without knowing the full details. I think, that more than anything, angered people into refusing it. Do we still need health care
reform and revocation of lifetime payment limits or revocation of pre-existing conditions rule that deny coverage after people are laid off from a job where they were once protected?
Damn Right We Do!
I am on Medicare because I was forced onto it after being amply protected previously and I will say this - I ain't getting any better and that is what I believe they want in the long run. Medicare is far less effective than what I once had. The program is definitely not about "preventive care." Then again, that would cost more wouldn't it? So shall we say that the present system is simply about culling the rolls by natural death? Well, that is how I view it.
President Obama also wanted make education a high priority. Today I read that the Pell Grants, which offer so little in the first place, will be adjusted to provide a $5,500 annual grant instead of the possibility of doubling that if you attended summer school. Higher education costs are sky high and getting scholarships will become even more difficult. As I
see it, tampering with education is the first step in stamping out a society. Instead of focusing on making us even more competitive in the global economy, we will no doubt embark on a plan to lessen that ability .
If you relied on Pell Grants, which many do, just be prepared for a tougher road ahead.
Republicans and their weepy Speaker of the House, John Boehner say that they are merely following the mandate of the people to stop wasteful spending. Yes ass-holes all, we want to end wasteful spending! But what we want, more than anything else, is that that waste be cut from the "military complex programs." And what about the fact that government officials and politicians get enviable health care, stipends and pensions that few of us could ever attain?
Perhaps Republicans should use their mandate to attack the shadow complex spending that has dogged us all. Do we really believe that those non-existent government agencies don't
exist? And I am not going to get obtuse or join hands about conspiracy theorists.
Let us just say it would be foolhardy to believe that there aren't "special agencies within agencies" that operate under a cloak of secrecy and anonymity. And they add a tremendous cost on our National Budget. That is the world we live in, but it shouldn't go unchecked.
Meanwhile, Republicans better understand that austerity programs is not what we asked for. And there will be another election in two short years to reckon with those who use incorrectly interpret the peoples will of what they want and don't want.
Oh Yeah, I would not attempt to follow the United Kingdom's model of austerity either.