I often feel disheartened and baffled by the political climate in the United States. Not to mention out-of-the loop–I was probably the last person in the country to find out about the Occupy Wall Street movement! But I am trying to be less out-of-it politically, and encourage everyone to read an essay that came out last month by Mike Lofgren who recently retired after 28 years as a Congressional Staffer. Though it paints a dark picture of politics, I think Lofgren exposes and clarifies many hidden agendas in politics and the media, of which every voter should be aware. I found it shocking yet informative; and sadly it all kind of makes sense.
I was struck by Lofgren’s discussion of the confusion the general populace feels regarding what forces are most to blame for our country’s current economic woes:
“It would have been hard to find an uneducated farmer during the depression of the 1890s who did not have a very accurate idea about exactly which economic interests were shafting him. An unemployed worker in a breadline in 1932 would have felt little gratitude to the Rockefellers or the Mellons. But that is not the case in the present economic crisis. After a riot of unbridled greed such as the world has not seen since the conquistadors’ looting expeditions and after an unprecedented broad and rapid transfer of wealth upward by Wall Street and its corporate satellites, where is the popular anger directed, at least as depicted in the media? At “Washington spending” – which has increased primarily to provide unemployment compensation, food stamps and Medicaid to those economically damaged by the previous decade’s corporate saturnalia. Or the popular rage is harmlessly diverted against pseudo-issues: death panels, birtherism, gay marriage, abortion, and so on, none of which stands to dent the corporate bottom line in the slightest.”
And what does everyone think about this Bank Transfer Day on November 5th?
I’m intrigued because I like the concept of voting with your dollar as a political act. Any Wednesday Post readers going to do this?
And finally, what does everyone think about Fall? Beautiful, right?