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10 Reasons Why There Will Never be a Recovery for Working People
Dhammabucha Rocksprings Meditation
For over one-hundred years, Republicans have held to certain principles, and since Republicans are now positioning themselves to gain control of both Houses of Congress and the White House, these principles will be put into action ruthlessly.
Nobody can stop this movement. It began with Ronald Reagan in the eighties and has continued unabated up to the present and will continue until there is a complete breakdown of society. Working America has been duped, and duped very successfully.
This breakdown will not happen overnight, simply because working people have become so confused and distracted by Republican rhetoric that they blame themselves for any economic hardship that comes their way and accept their fate, believing themselves to be worthless, unintelligent nobodies who are getting in the way of the savvy corporations, bankers, and wealthy financiers. In other words, workers really believe that they are holding back the country.
By the time they see what has happened to them and their families; they will be out in the street with no power to do anything about it. Only a total collapse of the entire system will finally awaken the inherent intelligence of the poor and middle class that has been asleep for over thirty years now.
The poor and middle class have been duped by these ten Republican principles which are why there will be no recovery for working people until these principles fall on their own sword which they eventually must because these principles only benefit the few leaving the masses behind.
So here they are. Can you see the deceptions?
1. Government is stupid, while bankers and Wall Street are smart.
2. The more money that is taken from the working class who spend it stupidly, and redistributed to the wealthy who invest it wisely, the stronger and faster the economy will grow.
3. We should shrink government, balance the budget, and lower taxes on the wealthy.
4. The common masses must be led to identify with the wealthy more than they identify with their own peers. Workers need to view their fellow workers as drags on society and impediments to progress.
5. Money should come out of the pockets of people who buy things (creating demand) and into the pockets of people who build factories and hire people (creating supply). In other words, a redefinition of economic success must prevail where supply must be substituted for demand as a definition of the engine of economic growth.
6. The lower the tax rate for Wall Street and financiers, the more GDP growth there will be because of increased entrepreneurship.
7. The Republicans, instead of Democrats, must be redefined as the saviors of the working class. The Democratic giveaways of entitlements, public work projects and social safety nets which endeared the Democratic Party to the working class for decades and was financed by wealthy tax payers, must be turned around to appear as negatives.
8. It was okay for Ronald Reagan and Greenspan to hike Social Security taxes on the middle class and then use the excess Social Security Funds to balance a Reagan budget that was decimated by military spending and extreme tax cuts for the wealthy. This forced Clinton to continue cutting social programs.
9. Clinton became the anti-middle class president because he was forced to now balance the overblown budget on the backs of the middle class and cut back social welfare programs. This is the trap Obama is in now after Bush decimated the budget once more by cutting taxes on the wealthy, ballooning military spending, and deregulating banking which caused the economic meltdown when the banks could not cover the unregulated bets they were making on Wall Street. Coming full circle, Republicans have successfully blamed Obama for the economic mess and will succeed in winning congress and the white house.
10. Republican policies involving more deregulation and more tax cuts for the corporations and the wealthy will duplicate themselves once more, but the next meltdown, and it is sure to come because tax cuts and deregulation always lead to a greedy overshoot of any common sense, will be the one that will be the real wake up call for the working people who will be the first to lose everything. But the Republicans, again, will convince the workers that it was their fault.
The only solution might be for all the workers to become as manipulative as the wealthy and become rich themselves. Maybe there is enough money to do that. I just pity the ones left behind.
E. Raymond Rock (anagarika eddie) is a meditation teacher at the DhammaRocksprings Theravada Buddhist Meditation Retreat Center: dhammarocksprings.org and author of “A Year to Enlightenment: http://www.amazon.com/Year-Enlightenment-Steps-Enriching-Living/dp/1564148912 His 33 years of meditation experience has taken him across four continents including two stopovers in Thailand where he practiced in the remote northeast forests as an ordained Theravada Buddhist monk.
He lived at Wat Pah Nanachat under Ajahn Chah, at Wat Pah Baan Taad under Ajahn Maha Boowa, and at Wat Pah Daan Wi Weg under Ajahn Tui. He had been a postulant at Shasta Abbey, a Zen Buddhist monastery in northern California under Roshi Kennett; and a Theravada Buddhist anagarika at both Amaravati Monastery in the UK and Bodhinyanarama Monastery in New Zealand, both under Ajahn Sumedho. The author has meditated with the Korean Master Sueng Sahn Sunim; with Bhante Gunaratana at the Bhavana Society in West Virginia; and with the Tibetan Master Trungpa Rinpoche in Boulder, Colorado. He has also practiced at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and the Zen Center in San Francisco.
Article submitted Wednesday, September 07, 2011 & read 4514 times.
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