So, now the debate in Washington has turned into a race between the White House and the Republican House of Representatives to determine who can try to cut more federal spending.
Speaker Boehner was just about to reach across the abyss dividing the Republicans and Democrats on the debt-limit crisis, to seal a huge $4 trillion budget-cutting deal with President Obama, when the Tea Party representatives reminded him that no deal could make it through the House if rich people had their taxes raised.
Instead, the Republicans demand that the poor and middle-class “pay their fair share”, but the “fair” share of a global catastrophe created by the rich should be nothing at all. A “fair” share of the fact the American Dream is a nightmare for millions of Americans should be a revitalized national effort to help change that fact, instead of an insistence on cutting meager aid to America’s most vulnerable citizens (including its children).
If a nation’s character can be judged on the way it “shops”, than the USA federal budget tells us that war is the most important thing America has to offer to the world. Another thing the budget tells us is that millions of Americans continue to need assistance just to exist in an economic environment wrecked by the financial misdeeds of rich people—most of whom got financial bailouts from all Americans, including the poor.
You might think in an environment like that, with millions of people continuing to suffer longterm unemployment, the nation’s number one concern would be putting people back to work in decent jobs, and training and educating the population so they could be competitive in an increasingly tough and heartless capitalist marketplace.
But, here are the numbers:
Money spent on war: 30% of income tax revenue allocation.
Money spent on education and job training: 4.8% of income tax revenue allocation.
Republicans are adamant that big-government spending is out of control, that rich people just cannot afford tax increases, that jobs will only return when businesses are doing well again. Yet, the only people prospering in this economy are the rich, the corporations, who of course are the people purchasing (often with taxpayer money) the legislative largesse of the United States Congress.
Democrats, in the always compromising figure of Barack Obama, have even offered to cut Medicare and Social Security, in return for a few Republican concessions on generating some additional revenue to cut the deficit, but once again, Republicans, who seem dead set on wrecking the US economy once and for all, have walked away from the negotiating table.
It is over a year before voters will have an opportunity to correct their mistakes of 2010, and in that time many millions of Americans will continue to suffer for the fact a disastrous hire was made by giving control of the House of Representatives back to the extremist right-wing.