Monday, May 9, 2011
They say the Rs are shelving the Ryan Plan to Gut Medicare for the time being, while -- of course -- "quietly" continuing their campaign to gut government funding of social services. As the states encounter more and more budgetary limitations, funding for social programs is inevitably cut. Federal support is also being cut somewhat more gradually right now, but the cuts are growing, and ultimately they will be draconian.
Rs will get their way. They always do in the end.
They are relentless.
And that's the key to the current situation. No matter what happens, the Rs find that events and circumstances always justify what they've done and what they want to do. Cutting taxes, regulations, and services are what they want to do, and they pursue that goal without deviation no matter what.
And they succeed.
They succeed with the sometimes shockingly active collaboration and cooperation of the Democrats, their ostensible political opposition. But as we have learned over the years, the Rs and the Ds are not really opposition parties; they are essentially two phases of one Government Party, both essentially bought and paid for by a shrinking but devilishly wealthy Ownership Class whose interests and demands are the primary focus of the political system.
As was the case generations ago, so it is now: the Government exists to serve the interests and needs of the Owners, no one else.
Unfortunately, this condition is built in to our anachronistic Constitution, and so long as we are governed by that Constitution -- even if only in theory -- so long will Government of, by and for the Rich in opposition to the People endure.
So it was at the beginning, so it is now, so it will be forever unless the People take into their own hands the means and methods of forming a government in their interests.
Unless the People become as relentless in pursuing their interests -- which are going to be in opposition to those of the Ruling Class, there's no way around it -- the consolidation of rule in the hands of a tiny minority of the Rich will continue without let up.
The Rs (with their D collaborators) will continue to succeed, even if it takes them a little bit longer to reach their goals than they originally decreed.
The People must resist.
[AND come up with viable alternatives -- that aren't simply futile attempts to maintain the status quo... ]