Poverty is on the rise and the canyon growing between those who have access to wealth and the rest of humanity is evident in Middle East social upheaval.
"Middle Eastern politicians and business leaders.. confront the problems of persistent unemployment and slow economic growth... amidst...regional unrest."
Yet, American conservative political candidates, somehow, don't see themselves creating problems, when they preach about cuts to middle class safety net programs.
There's no evidence of socially conservative policies being successful in solving economic problems. In fact, in my rudimentary research, I can't find a precedent in history where social austerity led to economic or political stability. Nonetheless, economic upheaval and social instability created several world class writers like Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy and Pearl Buck.
Those who put their political capital behind conservative politicians like Congressman Paul Ryan and Congressman Eric Cantor ignore the historic danger of social austerity. Let's take a short on-line walk through some modern history:
"... the royal court at Versailles was seen as being isolated from, and indifferent to, the hardships of the lower classes."
The revolution arose mainly in response to the decline of the Qing state, which...proved.. ineffective in..efforts to modernize China and confront new challenges presented by foreign powers, and was exacerbated by ethnic resentment against the ruling Manchu minority.http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/greed-and-debt-the-true-story-of-mitt-romney-and-bain-capital-20120829#ixzz26dI1lhCF
1917- The Russian Revolution: "...owing to a lack of food in response to the disruption of agriculture. Food became a considerable problem in Russia, but the cause..did not lie in any failure of the harvest, which had not been significantly altered.... The indirect reason was that the government, in order to finance...war, was.. printing millions of rouble notes, and by 1917, inflation..made prices increase...The peasantry were consequently faced with the higher cost of purchases, but made no corresponding gain in the sale of their own produce, since this was largely taken by the middlemen on whom they depended. As a result they tended to hoard..grain and to revert to subsistence farming. Thus..cities were constantly short of food. At the same time rising prices led to demands for higher wages in the factories...
"Greed" is today's equivalent to the above turbulent historic situations, a summary of all the conservative policies reduced to one word. Republicans want taxes cut for their rich friends but expect government to be paid for by the middle class.
A magnificent report about how Romney used greed to build his business resume is told in, "The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital- How the GOP presidential candidate and his private equity firm staged an epic wealth grab, destroyed jobs – and stuck others with the bill"..
When fiscal conservatives recoil at the mention of words like "deficit" and "entitlement", they don't think, out of the box or historically, about alternatives to our social responsibility to care for the middle class, especially, the poor. Rather than overuse the buzz word "deficit" these conservatives should superimpose the concept of revenue sharing; rather than marginalize people who rely on "entitlements" they should look at how particular programs improve our nation's economy and quality of life for all our citizens.
Vice-Presidential candidate Paul Ryan is an example of social conservative hypocrisy. He supports cutting programs for the middle class while benefiting from a healthy salary, health care and retirement paid for by middle class tax payers.
Yet, Congressman Ryan acts and sounds like he's "..honored to tell Oliver Twist there's no more soup left..." the classic scene in the Dickens famous novel, paraphrased by Taibbi in "Rolling Stone".
My point is: Socially conservative politicians create world class novelists who expose budget hawks like Congressman Paul Ryan as regressive zealots.
Ryan and right wing colleagues collect salaries from tax payers while paying for their ambitions with cuts on middle class and poverty safety net programs.
Thankfully, the Romney-Ryan-Regressive political campaign is currently collapsing under its incompetence. Although there's no good news to bolster any politician these days, we can't let regressive politicians like Ryan set the social agenda, especially when we need as much economic help and support as possible.
Let's give Paul Ryan a first edition 1838, "Oliver Twist", as a relic of his failed message to push an irresponsible social agenda without calling for revenue sharing.
Labels: Paul Ryan, poverty, Taibbi