Theatrics of U.S. swindle

SUBHEAD: The political theater of US debt diverts attention while Americans' wealth is stolen. By Dennis Kucinich on 16 july 2011 for Huffington Post - ( Image above: Bank customers are used as hostages. Still from "Public Enemy", 2009. From (

The rancorous debate over the debt belies a fundamental truth of our economy -- that it is run for the few at the expense of the many, that our entire government has been turned into a machine which takes the wealth of a mass of Americans and accelerates it into the hands of the few. Let me give you some examples.

Take war. War takes the money from the American people and puts it into the hands of arms manufacturers, war profiteers, and private armies. The war in Iraq, based on lies: $3 trillion will be the cost of that war. The war in Afghanistan; based on a misreading of history; half a trillion dollars in expenses already. The war against Libya will be $1 billion by September.

Fifty percent of our discretionary spending goes for the Pentagon. A massive transfer of wealth into the hands of a few while the American people lack sufficient jobs, health care, housing, retirement security.

Our energy policies take the wealth from the American people and put it into the hands of the oil companies. We could be looking at $150 a barrel for oil in the near future.

Our environmental policy takes the wealth of the people -- clean air, clean water -- and puts it in the hands of the polluters. It's a transfer of wealth, not only from the present but from future generations as our environment is ruined.

Insurance companies, what do they do? They take the wealth from the American people in terms of what they charge people for health insurance and they put it into the hands of the few.

We have to realize what this country's economy has become. Our monetary policy, through the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, privatized the money supply, gathers the wealth, puts it in the hands of the few while the Federal Reserve can create money out of nothing, give it to banks to park at the Fed while our small businesses are starving for capital.

Mark my words -- Wall Street cashes in whether we have a default or not. And the same type of thinking that created billions in bailouts for Wall Street and more than $1 trillion in giveaways by the Federal Reserve today leaves 26 million Americans either underemployed or unemployed. And nine out of ten Americans over the age of 65 are facing cuts in their Social Security in order to pay for a debt which grew from tax cuts for the rich and for endless wars.

There is a massive transfer of wealth from the American people to the hands of a few and it's going on right now as America's eyes are misdirected to the political theater of these histrionic debt negotiations, threats to shut down the government, and willingness to make the most Americans pay dearly for debts they did not create.

These are symptoms of a government which has lost its way, and they are a challenge to the legitimacy of the two-party system. .

1 comment :

János Samu said...

"War takes the money from the American people and puts it into the hands of arms manufacturers, war profiteers, and private armies."

And what is the newest American success story? No, it is not yours! It is that of the corporate controlled American media that has become so successful in brainwashing the American public that there is no massive or public outrage because of the above. The masses are successfully sidetracked by celebrity scandals, by crime reports, by gay rights issues, by systematically dosed terror-scare stories and they remain silent about the biggest issue, money and life waster - the unnecessary wars.

While China is preparing its huge population to build the country and build a stronger future for the nation, the USA government prepares the American public presenting various options on how to die, only to justify its wars in foreign lands. The overblown cases of alleged human rights violations in China are presented to the Americans are intended to scare away the people from envying the economic and social success of that country, because if Americans start to watch and study it, they would probably start to question the current capitalistic system of their own country. And they would pose the very unpleasant question: "Why can't we do the same thing?"

What happened to the future vision of the Americans for their nation? ....Silence?

Yes, silence! Both from the politicians and from the public. Happy self-delusion America!
János Samu

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