I have to admit that there are very few things that I could ever find common ground on with the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Don't get me wrong here either as my contempt for Jesse Jackson does not diminish the fact that I truly believe that African-Americans, as well as other minorities and low income Americans, have been given the short end of the stick.
Much of it, though, is self-induced by a false sense of security given to a flawed ideology and by those who push it. You see, I have always viewed the Reverend Jackson as being part of the problem as opposed to being part of the solution and I don't think that I will ever waver in that belief. To me he is a charlatan who has enriched himself handsomely off the backs of the very people he purports to serve. And believe me, that contradiction has always bugged the hell out of me. However, his commentary in today's Chicago Sun-Times (dare I say it?) is spot on!
Jesse Jackson believes that the fix is in and asks us to not fall for the latest con that will ultimately fleece working Americans. He rightfully points out that it is quite ironic for Standard & Poor's to downgrade America's credit rating when they themselves "contributed directly to the mess we are in after they rubber-stamped NINJA (no income, no job, no assets) mortgage packages as Triple-A secure investments."
Well, Reverend Jackson, you are 100% correct that that scam definitely contributed to the economic collapse and has magnified the malaise we are currently in. Somehow, though, I suspect that their actions would have met your approval had you directly profited from them yourself (that is if you haven't already). But hey - the world is being run by all sorts of charlatans and scam artists isn't it? Just because the financial sector conducts its business legally, that doesn't mean that their motives are completely honorable in their execution at all times. Let's face it, the financial sector, and its speculators, have turned everything into a commodity. I am surprised that human waste isn't traded on the open market. Oh shit (pun intended) - there are such businesses out there doing just that!
Now, I do not doubt that Reverend Jackson is probably correct when believes that the Republicans will more than likely destroy Social Security and/or Medicare while resisting any and all efforts to raise taxes on the wealthy. Yet, we should not forget that both sides of the aisle have perpetrated these frauds and scams upon us all along. It isn't as if the Democrats haven't exactly refrained from robbing a once very solvent Social Security fund to pay for some other desired extravagance at the time or that they themselves haven't capitulated to the demands of the private sector as the lure of huge campaign donations hung in the balance.
The debt, and its refusal to curb it, falls squarely on both political parties.
So please - let's stop kidding anyone here okay?
The fact of the matter is that Democrats and Republicans alike have both fallen prey to the special interests that now dominate our national political landscape. And no matter what political ideology is being hawked at any given time, there will be people within who will go along with the status quo in order to enrich themselves "while the getting is good." Both sides have used the very same loopholes and exclusions as the other party so as far as I am concerned - these charlatans do not have a specific ideology except for the one called greed!
Isn't that right Reverend?