As we enter the 2012 Presidential Political season, there is some fact that must be separated from the fiction we are currently hearing from Iowa and New Hampshire.

Republicans have no governance philosophy; they have many social philosophies and lots of political rhetoric but they no practical mechanisms for running a government that serves the needs of the “We The People.”  In other words, we need practical day-to-day solutions for ALL the people and not just the 1%.  Their policies caused the mess we are in; and it just didn’t start in 2007.  Yes, it started in 1980 under Reagan: trickle down economics, supply-side economy and the class warfare that everyone is so afraid to talk about.  Yet, 2012 is so different from 1980, Republicans have stripped the wealth and production capability of this country and have sold it overseas (all while getting lucrative tax breaks to do it).

Because of this, typical economic models of recovery no longer apply.  The New Deal programs which took us years to get out of the first Republican Great Depression of 1929 may take even longer.  Instead of years, we may be talking decades or generations to get out of the mess Republicans have put us into.  To seriously listen to anything coming out of the Republican Primary is lunacy in the definition of Albert Einstein (doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result).

One thing I will never understand: people who despise government and want to destroy it at any and every opportunity—want to get into government and take a salary and increase their power and benefits (their own medical coverage, tax breaks, construction jobs in their home state, etc.).  These people should be ineligible from ever serving publicly.  The poster children of this are Eric Cantor and Paul Ryan—Republicans or Tea Baggers.  The destruction of government philosophy or being a complete political neophyte are not legitimate governance strategies.   Grover Norquist’s “wanting government so small he can drown it in a bathtub” and tax pledge are not viable (or probably achievable) governance strategies (unless you want a total social and economic collapse).

Paul Ryan for all his hatred of the government is totally indebted to it.  His grandfather in Ohio became a contractor on the railroad and the family’s massive wealth was all derived from government contracts (hypocrisy).  After his father died, the grandfather cut his mother off from the family wealth and they had to go on public assistance.

In this Republican Primary there have been a lot of things that have been said by REPUBLICAN candidates that should scare the 99%.  Mitt Romney said that he would not have approved the auto bailout, thus costing the economy 3-5 million jobs perhaps a deeper recession than the Republican Great Recession of 2008).  But more importantly for the Republican Party punishing the unions, which vote for the Democratic Party.  Romney saying this despite economists saying that if we allowed the auto industry and its associated parts suppliers to go down it would have spun us into a depression.  Rick Santorum said that people should be weaned off Social Security and Medicare, thus putting the elderly and minorities at risk of dying prematurely or becoming sick.  But more importantly for the Republican Party punishing the elderly and minorities, which also vote for the Democratic Party.  Santorum saying this despite a $2.4 trillion dollar surplus in Social Security last year and the fact that economists are saying that simply removing the $106,000 cap on contributions would make the fund solvent for another 100 years.  Newt Gingrich wanting to lay off janitors in schools and replace them with students to learn a work ethic.  Rick Perry wanting to end Social Security.  Ron and Rand Paul wanting to end all government services.

Each Republican candidate’s claims are more outrageous than the others and are like throwing raw meat to the shark tank of the 1%.

The January 16, 2012 issue of Time has an article by Michael Scherer whose title is; “How Obama Saved Romney.”  It says the Romney slogan “Believe in America,” is just one step removed from Change We Can Believe In.”  I think Romney’s slogan was suppose to be “Believe in America Again,” but the handlers felt that this implied the American Dream is dead – killed by Wall Street and Insider Trading and Offshoring of profits and jobs (which it has been and he participated in as a vulture capitalist—https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulture_capitalist).   Romney’s whole idea of his campaign and his potential governance philosophy is that people must believe that one day through their own hard work they and their offspring will one day become millionaires.  Of course without the lottery this can never happen because the Wall Street insiders (of which Romney was one) have rigged it that way.  Without this “hope” of one day falling into riches, the American economic system collapses under its own weight.  The idea of Free Enterprise works, but we have an ugly Capitalism that is based on a fraternity system.  Unless you are the son of a son (G.W. Bush for example), or a member of an Ivy League school, or out of a Republican Think Tank (Hoover, Cato, Heritage, etc.); you are not “entitled” to anything.  Making $50,000 a year for twenty years does make a million dollars; but your living expenses will most likely leave you with less than $100,000 in assets over the same period.  Another problem is that it takes the average person twenty years to reach the $50,000.00 level.  In almost all industries, whether it be digging ditches or typing behind a computer, after twenty years of working you are so broken physically (back, neck, vision, carpel tunnel, migraines, etc.) and maybe mentally, that it is easier to replace you with another new person than to allow you to go another twenty years at the $50,000 level to become your millionaire.

This is a lot like the Army Infantry.  The best recruit is eighteen years old and you take their energy and harness it.  You break them until they are a boy crying and asking to go back home.   Then you tell them there home is right here it is the team philosophy of following the Drill Sergeant “up over the top” every time without questions.   Then apply some gunfire in training and it always happens: they go up over the top without question—even in battle (even though it is much easier to go around the side and shoot the bad guy in the side of his temple instead of head on).  So that recruit is the average American as they enter the workplace; or the voting booth.  The job is to break them and make sure they do what you want without question.

So we are the sacrificial lambs led to slaughter in the economic marketplace.  Without appropriating our lifetimes’ of labor at massive underpayment and over taxation, there is not enough capitol to fuel the engines of corrupted capitalism.  The greed for money must be fueled by the lives of the unsuspecting who are willing to vote to allow the system to continue.  This legal theft by the fraternity I spoke of earlier is what our entire economy is based on.   Pensions are a target that are appropriated and then paid out in bonuses to CEOs.  Health care pools are a secondary target of these fatcats.

Let’s look at the press:

 

The Romney Record at Bain: Bankruptcies, Bailouts, & Mass Layoffs

http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=109068&elq=f454dfeed8384f178609fc3b1492aa3f” \t “_blank

Mitt Romney’s pitch is that he’s a “businessman” who understands the “real economy,” in contrast to President Obama who Romney says “doesn’t understand how the economy works.” During a presidential debate in November, Romney reminded the audience of the source of his “real economy” experience: “I worked at one company, Bain, for 25 years.” That quote has now been replayed thousands of times in Romney television ads in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Florida and has been viewed more than 168,000 times on YouTube.

Here’s how the Los Angeles Times described Romney’s tenure as CEO of Bain Capital: http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=109070&elq=f454dfeed8384f178609fc3b1492aa3f” \t “_blank

Romney and his team also maximized returns by firing workers, seeking government subsidies, and flipping companies quickly for large profits. Sometimes Bain investors gained even when companies slid into bankruptcy.

 

Romney himself became wealthy at Bain. He is now worth between $190 million and $250 million, much of it derived from his time running the investment firm, his campaign staffers have said.

 

Bain managers said their mission was clear. “I never thought of what I do for a living as job creation,” said Marc B. Walpow, a former managing partner at Bain who worked closely with Romney for nine years before forming his own firm. “The primary goal of private equity is to create wealth for your investors.”

 

Here’s the rundown on Mitt Romney’s devastating record as CEO of Bain Capital, a tenure marked by bankruptcies, bailouts, and mass layoffs — all while Romney and his partners raked in billions of dollars in profits for the firm and Romney himself amassed a quarter-billion dollar fortune.

Romney’s Bain Capital Caused Mass Layoffs, Sent Jobs Overseas

Thousands of Americans were laid off by Bain Capital at companies it purchased, managed, and, at least a quarter of the time (http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=109071&elq=f454dfeed8384f178609fc3b1492aa3f” \t “_blank), drove into bankruptcy (http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=102268&elq=f454dfeed8384f178609fc3b1492aa3f” \t “_blank). Here’s an infographic from Americans United for Change laying out some of the carnage (http://app.mx3.americanprogressaction.org/e/er?s=785&lid=109072&elq=f454dfeed8384f178609fc3b1492aa3f” \t “_blank):

To add to this look at Romney in New Hampshire saying: “I know what its like to fear a pink slip” http://www.nationaljournal.com/romney-in-new-hampshire-i-know-what-it-s-like-to-fear-a-pink-slip-video-20120108 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/07/rick-perry-new-hampshire-debate-iraq_n_1191990.html

Some others worth reading:

http://www.truth-out.org/cost-government-job-creation-15-million-worker/1325800265

http://thinkprogress.org/progress-report/?m=20120103&mobile=nc

http://www.truth-out.org/have-super-rich-seceded-united-states/1326127151

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/01/11/402671/romney-any-concern-for-income-inequality-is-about-envy/

 

http://www.nationalmemo.com/content/what-kind-capitalist-was-romney

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