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  •  What's happening is a corporatist cartels-paid (24+ / 0-)

    for scheme to defund the proper functions of government.  The so-called sequester fight is more Kabuki theater.  There is a concerted, planned, strategic and focused effort to render the government dysfunctional, and thus destroy any remnants of democracy in the country.

    This should be very clear by now.  From now on, the question should always be: What are we going to do about it?

    •  Not all that dysfunctional for the right people... (15+ / 0-)
      There is a concerted, planned, strategic and focused effort to render the government dysfunctional, and thus destroy any remnants of democracy in the country.
      I certainly agree with your last assertion. But the federal government is working just fine these days... for the plutocrats.

      Notice how during the many manufactured crises' we've endured over past months that each one of those potential catastrophes in itself dealt with a specific issue?

      The whole debate last summer about raising the debt-ceiling-limit ended with an extension of a few social programs -- and spending cuts -- in exchange for a higher debt-ceiling. So, basically, the reductions in spending relatively equaled the amount of extra debt we would have assumed anyway as a result of the higher debt ceiling. The deal reached between the two parties was more or less a wash for the national debt.

      Now, fast forward.

      The crisis back in December addressed the so-called "fiscal cliff" by making 80-some-percent of the Bush tax-cuts permanent while also reducing spending and ending the "payroll-tax-cut". Ostensibly, only the second issue of the three really helped lower the debt. The former actually added to it. And the latter reinstated the funding into the social-safety-net programs like Social Security. The whole exercise back in December was once again, essentially a wash as far as the debt goes.

      The "sequester" crisis at the beginning of March was basically revenue-free and all spending cuts, which if handled right would help with the debt. It won't be handled right.

      The next fight coming down the pike will once again be over the debt-ceiling. And, once again revenue will most likely be "off the table." But spending cuts won't be -- especially cuts to so-called "entitlements." They remain quite stubbornly "on the table."

      What's that tell you?

      To me, it says that for the past year or more the only achievements we've managed have been [multiple] spending cuts, the act of making previously lowered tax rates for roughly 20% of Americans go retro again, and the successful implementation of putting the social-safety-net programs in extreme peril -- both for now and in the future.

      Meanwhile, spending has not gone up and the debt is going down more or less on its own.

      Our government is only dysfunctional when it comes to working for everyday Americans.

      We're being scammed, unfortunately, by both parties.

      There are no real crises'. This entire strategy of manufacturing them one after another has been part of a larger three-part scheme: to reduce spending, to make permanent most of the Bush-cum-Obama tax-cuts, and initiate the process to blowing up the social-safety-net. (which, btw, could only be done by Democrats)

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 02:15:47 AM PDT

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      •  Right on the money! We are being scammed. Now (5+ / 0-)

        the question is, and should always be, what are we going to do about it?

        •  Well let's see -- we get to vote every four (1+ / 0-)
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          Years. The bigger problem is that we have really very little choice in candidates. The Elite makes up the roll call of who gets to run. If you live in California, you got to see Wise Woman/Senator Di Feinstein deliberately chose people who could not win over Gov Schartzenegger -even though one primary proved that Steve Westly was more popular the Dem Party man that Di Fi selected, the mousey Phil Angelides who simply didn't have enough charisma to hold a candle to Schwatzenegger.

          Over the last fifteen years, the Democratic Party has managed to deliberately eliminate any FDR progressive types, more or less. Somehow Elizabeth Warren squeaked by, but most of the progressives out there now run as third party which gives them about as much chance of winning an election as winning the lottery. In the mid-2000's, Obama's "Good Buddy" Rahm Emanuel spent years of his life seeing to it that progressives were left without funding from the party, while Blue Dawgs were given the campaign monies needed, and also the go ahead. And the Blue Dawgs are the ones who think Social Security needs to be reformed!

          I am afraid I am more likely to see many of us in camps than to see the party reformed. Too many people like the hero worship of saying, "Well he is good on social issues, and ain't it great he and Michelle invite Springsteen to the White House!" If  the middle class collapses, the military surveillance state increases, unfortunately the Elite are very much in charge and the rest of us can "just make a fist  and put it in our pocket." (As they said in Third Reich Germany about not liking things their Fuerher was doing.)

          Offer your heart some Joy every day of your life, and spread it along to others.

          by Truedelphi on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:12:39 PM PDT

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