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“All the Good Things Have Been Taken” by the Plutocrats

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>by brian conners, Yahoo! Contributor Network| Apr 10, 2012 |[Back in the time of Ronald Reagan was when I knew that the Republicans Party was heading in the wrong direction and they called it Trickle-Down Economic, because the wealthiest American were just getting richer and richer and there was very little of the wealth (the riches) trickled down to the underlings (the under privileged 98%) - the deprived Americans! It was then that I knew I couldn’t be a part of that party! Watch the video below on: What Digby Said: Plutocrats. Gbismarc! ]

 We saw Al Gore win the Presidency in 2000 if the GOP stacked US Supreme Court didn’t steal the highest office in the land from him. Do you imagine we’d have lost so many of our dear children’s lives in the Iraq war if he were President? What about the economic strain that unnecessary pre-emptive war put us through? Estimates of the economic cost of the Iraq War are well-known.

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In 2000, Al Gore had over half a million votes more than George W. Bush, with 50,992,335 votes to Bush’s 50,455,156. But after recount controversy in Florida and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Bush was awarded the state by 537 popular votes. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images

The article “Iraq war will cost more than World War II” states that it “has cost more than $800 billion so far. But ongoing medical treatment, replacement vehicles, etc., will push costs to $4 trillion or more.” Would our economic status be so bleak now if we had that money back?

What about the Ryan budget that the GOP controlled House is trying to steamroll through Congress? Don’t you think the bottom 99% realizes how disastrously that will impact them?

Back then I used to joke that if a concept wasn’t in a 1960′s rock song then you didn’t have any need to trust it. The above Animals lyric in their song “It’s my Life” fairly describes today’s life in the US.

There has been study after study describing how there is class warfare in the US with the income being redistributed to the richest.

One party, the Democrats, has made tentative steps to honor the requests originating from the Occupy Wall Street protestors. The other party spews propaganda that there is no definitive list of demands from the Occupy Wall Street protestors as they try to ram down Ryan’s budget that will exacerbate the economic inequalities that exist today.

It is not like seeing your economic standing deteriorate occurs in a vacuum. So many families are one lost paycheck from disaster. So many families are one illness away from seeing their little part of the American dream disappear forever.

The Animals song “We Gotta Get Out of this Place” had a lyric “Little girl you’re so young and pretty – And one thing I know is true – You’re going to die before your time is due.”

The Animals words were literally, not figuratively, true. Ryan’s plan would fundamentally alter Medicare into a voucher system and reduce each state’s Medicaid funds. That will cause illness and death. Everyone remembers how the GOP mocked former Congressman Alan Grayson for saying that the GOP’s health care plan was “Don’t Get Sick! And if You Do Get Sick, Die Quickly”.

The bottom 99% realizes this and if it could it would follow the Animals Eric Burdon advice in “We Gotta Get Out of this Place” and pray that there really is a place where “Girl, there’s a better place for you and me” materializes.

The GOP is intent on ruining the America we loved, one were everyone had a chance to excel. The GOP has blotted out that dream and replaced it with a nightmare were the richest stole everything from those who need help the most.


 

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[notice]What Digby Said: Plutocrats[/notice]

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December 22, 2011

Digby discusses the bizarre, disconnected narcissism of the 1 percent.

This segment is excerpted from Virtually Speaking A-Z, http://bit.ly/ufFYO1 where Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd consider who is lying to whom about changing Medicare as we know it.


 

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