New York Times columnist, economist Paul Krugman said today that this country has wasted trillions in domestic output.
...Reasonable measures of the “output gap” over the past five years — the difference between the value of goods and services America could and should have produced and what it actually produced — run well over $2 trillion. That’s trillions of dollars of pure waste, which we will never get back. -- Paul KrugmanRichard Nixon brokered the deal that sent America's manufacturing might to China. Ronald Reagan cemented the Republican Revolution by beginning the process of transforming the United States Government from a public good to a private concern, and George H.W. Bush was instrumental in aligning the Right's military, financial, economic, intelligence, and media interests for The Big Push. President Bill Clinton allowed the only laws standing between the banksters and the Treasury gates to be repealed.
But George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney transformed this country from a nation of laws into a criminal enterprise. They even sent Henry Paulsen to Congress at the end to collect the service charge.
It is good that we are reminded of our constitution and the proper role of Congress and our government by the debate over intervention in Syria. There has been more than enough of private hands making public policy.
What Bush and Cheney did is illegal, whether it was "against the law" or not. An important step toward stopping the cancer eating out the substance of our nation is making that right.