Archive for July, 2010

July 29, 2010

The United States and Rome

Many pieces have been written concerning the fall of the Roman Empire and the comparisons to the United States in recent years.

The reasons for the rise and fall of any great nation are many. There are connections to single factors, but more people think a combination of such factors as religion, decadence, superiority, monetary trouble, and military problems caused the fall of a once great society. Imperial incompetence and chance could be added to the list. Even the rise of Islam is proposed as the reason for the fall, does this sound familiar, these are some of the factors leading to the fall of the Roman Empire.

There are too many similarities to the United States of the last 10 years that worries me, lets look at the comparisons.

Religion then was rising with the Catholic Church exerting influence over Rome, in the United States for over 8 years we had the right wing evangelical influence over our Presidency and our Government Representatives which still exists for some representatives today.

Decadence, today the United States has continued its decline in manufacturing and trade superiority since the 1980’s. Our democratic processes normally entrusted to our elected legislators and our regulatory agencies by the people have been taken over by big business through campaign funding influences.

Our Superiority in Technology and Science has been systematically transferred to our International competitors through trade policies controlled by multinational Corporations influencing our government.

Monetary policy and basic economic systems which grew our nation have evolved into a casino like economics where values are place on how much money can be made at the expense of the uniformed players through the use of technology in short periods of investment rather than long term investments. These games of chance transfer wealth from 99% of Americans to the wealthiest 1% of Americans. This must end. Those controlling the wealth of our nation mainly Corporations and there top executives are taking control of our government at all levels, Federal, State and Local. There is no trickle down in America. Today they are flexing their muscles by hording trillions in cash on their balance sheets refusing to invest in capital and human resources necessary to get our economy moving again. This tactic to prevent growth will continue until the political environment is beneficial to them specifically the 2010 election.

Militarily we have been fighting two wars over the last 7 years spending billions if not trillions of dollars. This drain will be the major contributor to the continued decline of the American society unless stopped and a priority is focused on the welfare of the people of this Nation. Russia is a prime example of fighting a loosing war against a society based on tribal traditions, Afghanistan. This war bankrupted Russia and the people of that nation lost.

Rome was divided into two controlling empires the east and the west. The similarities are stunning as to what is happening in the United States. The divisions of the Republican and the Democratic Parties has widened so dramatically over the last 3 years with no signs of ever having again a bipartisan government. This extreme division has contributed to an ineffective legislature and less productive legislation for the people. If the houses of congress have split majorities as a result of the 2010 elections you can depend on a stagnant government until the 2012 elections and possibly into the future.

Complacency and lack of understanding on the part of every American must be added as a contributing factor to the fall of our nation. If we the people do nothing to stop this spiral down the future of our children and grandchildren is grim. Let us clear our minds of all the campaign rhetoric, read about and understand the candidates and what they really stand for. It’s hard work, but necessary work. Do not make the excuse that you are tired when you come home from work, if you have a job. Today’s network media is easily accessible yet not the place to get your information, you must read independent sources of information on the same subject. Then form your opinion and vote in every election it is a right you must exercise.

July 24, 2010

Unemployment Extension approved

I’d truly like to address politics from a logical perspective but I find myself totally influenced by a theatrical perspective.  On Wednesday and Thursday July 21 and 22nd I glued myself to C span 1 and C span 2 the broadcasting network for the U.S. Congress and the broadcasting network for the U.S. senate respectively.  I watched the debate over whether to extend unemployment benefits to millions of Americans faced with the possibility of losing their homes, being unable to put food on their table, pay their rent, utility bills and other expenses which are part of the necessity to live if not approved. On one side the Democratic Party representatives voiced their concerns for the need to approve this extension immediately.  On the other side the Republican Party approach was to complain that the bill would not pay for itself.  They complained about the future generations their grandchildren and how they would have to pay for this bill.  The hypocrisy of their argument was so overwhelming I looked at these men and wondered if prior to entering these congressional chambers each of these republicans had taken drugs causing their irrational thinking.  If they were able to stick to the subject I would not be writing this but one by one Republican objections to the extension of unemployment were preceded by discussions of the need to do away with the inheritance tax for estates over seven million dollars, lifting the drilling ban in the Gulf of Mexico, extending the bush tax cuts for an additional decade all of which is not paid for.  They continually pointed out the fact that the current economic situation was a result of the Obama Administration policies. I began to visualize Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  If you had ever watched this program you would recognize some of these characters currently filling congressional and senatorial seats for the Republican Party.  Their complete disregard for facts and figures and out right lies is beyond comprehension to any intelligent human being.  Another movie comes to mind it is called the night of the living dead.  If you observe most Republican Party followers specifically the new tea party movement you will observe a similarity to the aforementioned movie. We are seeing the party of no, the party of obstruction, and the party of fabrication become more radical in their thinking. The leadership of this party does not exist. They are out of control and are becoming an additional burden if not a threat to our democracy.

Just some facts concerning some of their arguments, Tax increases do not loose jobs.

During the Clinton presidency he raised taxes and created over 10 million jobs. During Bush 2 presidency he lowered taxes to the wealthy and created 2 million jobs. At the end of the Clinton presidency we had a 236 billion budget surplus at the end of the Bush 2 presidency we had a 1.2 trillion deficit. Finally, during recessions and now the great recession the congresses both approved emergency unemployment extensions during the Reagan, Bush 1, and Bush 2 administrations without paying for it.

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