Since posting the blog Doublethink and Newspeak = Doublespeak I’ve been thinking about and discussing Depression Era programs like the WPA.
Programs designed to put people back to work and address infrastructure needs.
My thought is that with the amount of money spent on foreign adventurism, unsustainable wars, and the billions spent on “nation building” in other countries ( some of which despise the U.S.) why not revive the WPA and address the same issues in this country?
Jobs would be created, poverty levels decline, foodstamp rolls reduced, and inevitably lead to an increase in consumer spending which in turn would lead to increased production.
Tell Jeb Bush to forget about his proposed one percenter centric tax plan and up the tax rate on them instead, directing that increased revenue to the new WPA and the national debt.
Let corporations know that if they want to export jobs then legislating a bill into law that would require them to pay the same wage to a foreign worker as they would here and provide similar benefits will be the way of it.
If that isn’t enough to make them strike camp and scurry home then impose a tariff on whatever they import just as a tariff exists on other imported goods.
That alone would increase jobs and revenue from taxation – doubtful any of this will ever occur though as politicians and government have their heads stuck so far up the nether regions of corporations, one percenters, and the banking industry they’d rather eat their shoe than act in the best interests of everyday people.
Such a suggestion will surely raise cries of foul and isolationism from those with a vested interest, but that would be far from the truth as the U.S. would continue to import and export, globalism doesn’t imply creating an employers market for a reduced number of jobs or driving wages down.
Nor should it sacrifice economic well being and the ability for workers to achieve and advance rather than remain stagnant or awash in debt.
At the very least this is something all those people who run around shouting USA, USA, or droning on about love it or leave should be thinking about.
If they love their country, it they’re the “patriot” they profess to be then it’s time to put up or shut up, to demand change, not just content themselves with partisanship or the rhetoric that emanates from the party of their choice.
Change – meaningful change and a government that represents those it’s pledged to serve …. now’s there’s a novel idea isn’t it?
Beneath the sheets political affiliations are left on the nightstand – beneath the sheets corporate and super pac money buy the same cronyism from Democrat, Republican, or Tea Partier.
Beneath the sheets it isn’t about sex trafficking per se but the pimping of an entire nation – every man, woman, and child of it not found among the privileged.
Huge divisions have and are being created in this country-if so many of this nations foreign policies are about “nation building” I submit an emphasis should be placed on doing so in this country as well-especially on the rez and inner cities which can truthfully be economically compared to third world countries.
America seems to have an insatiable appetite for enemies-if none exist then they are cultivated.
War is a mantra and affixed almost unilaterally across the board-there are “wars” against drugs, poverty, the lack of education, and of course foreign enemies who don’t ascribe to certain philosophies.
Kind of like Orwell’s future where an enemy is a necessity to rouse public support-an enemy one day, an ally the next.
People become inured, or accepting of “collateral damage”. Drone strikes routinely take out civilian non combatants, among them children, and few stop to think this reality only fuels the problem.
A relevant question is to be asked whether people choose to accept it or not, this so called collateral damage- if being the danger children are exposed to, the trauma, and emotional scars they will carry through to adulthood and undoubtedly inspire the same hatred of the U.S.,create the next generation of “terrorists” is all this really worth it?
Does anyone actually believe this is a good thing, acceptable? Do they believe the children of any nation exposed to such things will regard it as “nation building”, something constructive?
A policy the current president previously railed against and now embraces.
As indigenous people we know what it means to have children indiscriminately murdered, we didn’t like it and shouldn’t like it for the shared misery it is when the same occurs elsewhere.
Nation building-first you destroy a country then attempt to mold it in fashion that pleases you.
Nation building -where we pump billions of dollars into other countries such as Iraq to provide FREE healthcare, free education, employment opportunities, and infrastructure and fail to do likewise here.
To do so here is to be attacked as “socialism”-well, I submit that if providing such things is in fact nation building we need to do a little nation building within the borders of this country.
The Iraqis, Afghans, and Pakistanis pay no income tax to this government-citizens of this country on the other hand do-time for a little value for the tax dollar instead of the usual bs.
I went on the net and among the “headlines” that were “trending now”
I saw the following:
Gaga unable to walk
I Love Jenni to return
Kate baby bump photos
Bieber rips Carney
I just shook my head and kind of laughed wondering who finds such things relevant-granted there’s real news stories, but I kind of view such things as the above as being newspaper like-you have the news, and then the comic strips.
Also Dear Abby, which is where all the stories about Kim, Kanye, and her impending ex belong-along with whose that mystery man Selena Gomez is out with, and what about the Bieb?
Personally I don’t care what any of these people do or are doing-none of it impacts my life. I don’t care who wore what at the Grammys or the Oscars, who won or who lost.
I don’t like the opulence and facade when so many in this country, so many of our own, struggle just to put food on the table.
People like Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, or Steve Jobs don’t impress me-because I always think how much is enough, how many billions does it require to be satisfied?
Is the “work” they do worth billions of time more than a healthcare provider who saves lives, is it more physically taxing than a ditch digger or a construction worker?
But of course to ask such questions can only mean you’re a socialist, a malcontent, or a communist, but never a person with social conscience.
How does anyone justify this kind of personal wealth when so much poverty exists? How much manipulation does it take to achieve it?
How many pouty looks and wind blown hair will it take to make people forget their own reality?
These things, these mass produced diversions strike me as being the new opiate of the masses, fairy tales to fantasize over while corporations, Wall Street, and the banking industry rake in obscene profits and a growing number work for slave wages or can’t find work.
But all this we are told is civilization, progress, as the air we breathe becomes unbreathable, the food we eat more contaminated, living space more cramped, noise levels off the decibel charts, and finally,predictably, society increasing violent.
I’d say the price associated with civilization is exorbitant, and ultimately it has cost the nations everything-a toll is being extracted from every living breathing thing on this planet, on the planet itself- and there isn’t going to be a rebate.
As a minority the nations are being swept along for the ride, as nothing that impacts this country will fail to impact us to greater degree.
That’s something we ought to be thinking about-that’s something that should compel us to develop sustainability in our communities. Not casinos that are subject to economic ups and downs , not a reliance on government handouts, but agriculture and infrastructure that will serve our physical and energy needs.