"Budget deficits are a ruse, as we've seen in Wisconsin, where the governor turned a surplus into a deficit by providing corporate tax breaks, and then used the deficit as a ploy to break the unions, not just in Wisconsin, but seeking to be the first domino in a nationwide conservative movement. Deficits can be addressed by raising revenue, plugging tax loopholes, putting people to work, and developing the economy long-term in all the ways the president has discussed. But deficits are not what really matters to conservatives. Conservatives really want to change the basis of American life, to make America run according to the conservative moral worldview in all areas of life."
We need to win the rhetoric war and Lakoff is an invaluable guide. He says much more of pertinence so please see the article, especially about empathy (which relates to Rifkin's message). More from Lakoff I appreciate.
"And Democrats help conservatives when they function as policy wonks -- talking policy without communicating the moral values behind the policies. They help conservatives when they neglect to remind us that pensions are deferred payments for work done. 'Benefits' are pay for work, not a handout. Pensions and benefits are arranged by contract. If there is not enough money for them, it is because the contracted funds have been taken by conservative officials and given to wealthy people and corporations instead of to the people who have earned them."
Rachel Maddow made clear that the budget crisis in Wisconsin, whose budget was projected to be a surplus just a couple months ago, was caused by almost the exact amount the governor gave away in business tax breaks recently. This has nothing to do with unions getting an unfair advantage or causing a budget shortfall. The real agenda is to get rid of unions because they are the only big players in filling Democratic campaign coffers. With them out of the picture giant corporate campaign graft would then dominate and win all elections, which is what they want. They do not want what they claim is their capitalistic ideal: fair competition in the marketplace. They want monopolies, in politics as well as business.
And here's Robert Reich's take. He says the conservative strategy is to pit the working class against itself by separating public from private employees, union from non-union, older from younger. All with the intention of drawing attention from what's they' really up to: increasing wealth at the top at the expense of the rest of us. Another must read for seeing behind the smokescreen.
It's about time the US has learned from not only the middle east protests bringing about the downfall of dictators but from our own past, when we the people effected change in the Vietnam war through peaceful, yet very vocal, public protest. The people of Wisconsin are doing their civic duty to right yet another injustice against them in the face of ever-increasing corporate fascism. If we don't take a stand right here, right now, we face even further degradation at the hands of our masters. Please put down your toys and trinkets given to you by the masters as diversion from what really matters here. Turn off Facebook for a few minutes and go outside, get involved, march against this madness. If you don't you'll have no one to blame, not even the fascists, when they completely take over and we are entirely enslaved.
Update: See this link for solidarity demonstrations around the US. It's time to get back to the streets with our values.