Friday, November 8, 2013
Shame on us
Would Pope Francis and our other moral leaders agree with the article below? I think and hope so.
But the author's solution is too simplistic--not enough to fit his excellent analysis. Our tax, investment, and incentive policy-as demonstrated in the Farm bill--written by self-interested corporate paid lobbyists, chooses the winners and losers throughout our system. Until that system is based on different moral principles and is restructured to take out the power and manipulation of the plutocrats, it will not change.
We have built the "recovery" on government action to support Wall Street, rather than by investing in infrastructure, education, and jobs. Our job, housing, and, yes, health programs (e.g. Obamacare) that are supposed to assist the bottom 95%, attempt to do it by paying off the top 5% through the health insurance companies, syndicates of housing investors, and financial institutions.
Democrats and Republicans, not all but most, are allied in this. Its just that the Republicans or more crass and honest about what both are doing. The Tea Party could be a bona-fide revolution, but, in their fear and hate, are focused on the wrong enemy and so are simply reviving the anti-bellum southern secessionist "Birth of the Nation" and FOX news morality. Liberals compromise and try to reform rather than change our tax and incentive system because they measure success by consumption. Many just don't understand how the system is working and get caught up in ideological rants of pundits.
But like the author I am optimistic that the "arc of moral universe while slow bends towards justice." But that will only come when the people being oppressed unite on new moral principles (new meaning different, but as old as our common humanity), analyze their situation correctly so they pick the right targets, and resist, rebel, revolt, and renew. I think this can only happen outside government because it is government that needs to change to be an ally of the people's action for justice.
America's Greatest Shame: Child Poverty Rises and Food Stamps Cut While Billionaires Boom