One of the key things I have come to understand about politicians and the mass media is that the things they do not talk about are often more important than what they do discuss.
The rising populist anger of the Occupy movement against the dominant monied regime, though still awkward and inconvenient for Democrats, especially worries Republicans and their plutocrat handlers – because their incessant repetition of “blame the government” is now starting to fall on deaf ears.
Don’t blame big business! Heavens no! They might have spent millions on advertising propaganda and lobbyists to de-regulate their own industries, to legalize the reckless, dishonest business practices that lead to the 2008 crisis – but don’t blame them!
They’re the “job creators!” (Overseas or minimum wage anyway). The financial sector isn’t overpaid for their jobs far beyond the actual amount of value they contribute to society… No! People are just jealous of their success! Lazy socialists want hand outs.
Our congressmen might even be former corporate lobbyists, or they’ll act like one in office to ensure that such a job will be waiting for them when they inevitably lose an election – but please ignore these blatant conflicts of interest.
The strategy of this do-nothing Congress is deliberate. They want the government not to create jobs, they want it to be ineffective at solving the nation’s problems, because they are betting uninformed voters will direct their anger at Uncle Sam (or Obama) himself, rather than at the ultimate source of the government’s corruption and sabotage – big private money.
And why? Why would they want to keep unemployment high? Isn’t it obvious? To sustain the record corporate profits and executive bonuses they’ve been getting! To keep unions weak and voters divided so that the gravy train of welfare for the wealthy never gets de-railed.
Non-issues of theocratic veins like creationism, gay marriage and abortion become manufactured controversies to prevent the public from talking about issues the business elite don’t want them talking about.
Even the debt-ceiling debate and the Balanced Budget Amendment were cynical attempts at gutting popular programs like social security and medicare under the false pretense of caring about US debt (which has SKYROCKETED thanks to the Bush wars and tax breaks, which were championed by the SAME people who now hypocritically holler and cry so loudly about Obama’s spending and the deficit).
The aristocrat thieves’ attempts to re-direct public anger away from themselves is beginning to fail.
People are starting to see through their lies, which have worked amazingly well for close to 30 years.
The really interesting question is, what will the People do now that their eyes have begun to open? I doubt sincerely those who have worked tirelessly to keep the People divided or distracted will meet with favorable fates. All Karma being equal, they will finally reap the chaos and suffering themselves that they have long sowed for others to beget personal gain.
Financial criminals from the 2008 crisis could have been publicly executed for treason, and much of the public would have delighted in their hanging.