Where the Hell is Robin Hood when you need him?

August 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Posted in corporate bullys, crooks & liars, economy, government spending, government waste, political rants | 2 Comments
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I think we all know the story of Robin Hood: the guy who wore green tights, lived in the forest with his band of merry men, robbed from the rich and gave to the poor.  Somewhere along the way that whole concept got mixed up and what we are faced with now is rich hoods robbing the poor.  Yesterday I  posted an article by Mark Karlin, of The Buzzflash Blog, about the puppet masters who pull the strings of our elected marionettes.

America is the land of opportunity.  If you have enough money you can buy anything, including power, packaged neatly as an elected official.  The richer you are the higher the office you can buy.  If you are that rich, it might be worth remembering that it was most likely the people of U.S., and our consumer driven culture, who made your lavish life possible.  Yet here we are in the big ship of state, sinking in a turbulent sea of debt, and your solution: throw the poor, the elderly, and the disabled overboard rather than be taxed and/or contribute to the country that made you wealthy.  I have just two words for you, but since this is a pg rated blog I am not going to print them, but they rhyme with buck moo.

I understand there are exceptions, and every one among the uber rich isn’t a greedy bastard who can never have enough money, power or influence; but there seems to be no shortage of the aforementioned.  You are so terrified by the prospect of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts that you would rather see the country take from those who can least afford it, see people go without food, shelter, or medical care, than pay what, to you, is a drop in the bucket.  Again, buck moo.

You keep telling us you need those tax cuts in order to create jobs.  I’ve asked this before and I’ll ask it again.  You’ve enjoyed those tax cuts for some time now and just where are all those those jobs you promised to create?  I guess you never really came out and said you were going to create American jobs, now did you?  Our bad; when will we ever learn to be more specific in how we word things.

I just had a thought.  One way to reduce government spending would be to eliminate the IRS and just have the common folk send their money directly to the greedy bastards.

This morning I was listening to the Diane Rehm show on NPR.  One of her guests was Ron Elving, the senior Washington editor for NPR news who was of the opinion that had the Bush tax cuts expired earlier the country would not be faced with the huge deficit and we wouldn’t be as far up that nasty creek without a paddle as we now find ourselves.  He urged people to call our representatives and let our wishes be known because those people (the representatives) want to do the best for their constituents.  I think that is a load of that creek water I just mentioned.

Do we (the regular people without piles of money) really have representatives?  Sadly, with a few exceptions, I think the answer is no.  I don’t, for a minute, believe that most of the people on the hill are there because they give a rat’s ass about we, the people.  I believe they are there because they wanted a cushy, prestigious career, loaded with perks (like being bought and paid for by those rich guys I mentioned earlier).

I think many Americans are so fed up they would hold demonstrations in Washington, but no one can afford the travel expenses.  I think we should, en masse, take our cues from our great leaders and contact our creditors and tell them that unless they raise our credit lines by September 30, we are all going  to default on everything we owe  to everyone.  That would bring the economy to its knees in no time flat, so we now have leverage to play like the big boys and insist on a government bailout.  After all isn’t our collective credit rating as important to us as the triple A rating is  to our government?

The way I see it we have two separate issues.  One is how the government is funded and by whom, and the other is how the funds are spent.  As it stands now both systems are broken; it is as if our country is a big game of monopoly being played by a bunch of drunken monkeys.  The party’s over.  I’m not privy to all of our spending, but in my little world I see so much waste I can only imagine that is just a representative sample of the big picture.

We’ve been in this recession, that feels more like a depression, for a very long time and I don’t see an end in sight.  A big contributor to our current situation was the mortgage debacle and the subsequent real estate bubble that popped.  Japan experienced a similar real estate bubble burst and a decade later is still in a recession.  That does not bode well for any of us.

Most of the world economies seem to be in dire straits these days.  My solution.  We zero everything out, wipe the slate clean, and start over.

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