We are a nation in decline. Defense spending continues to increase, labor unions and public employees are being scapegoated for our economic problems, the tax code favors the rich and on and on. Some millionaires in the U.S. paid zero income tax as did many of the largest U.S. corporations. And no, those defense “cuts” you are hearing about aren’t really cuts in any real sense of the word- it’s a statistical ruse where they are counting future spending as cuts- see this article here for a good explanation of how the White House and Congress have been lying about this (and this article too). Of course, despite making out like a bandit, Obama’s new Defense chief, Leon Panetta, is already whining about how the trigger provision in the debt ceiling bill is completely unacceptable if it allows defense cuts. You see, it doesn’t matter who is Defense Secretary- their job is to pander to the Military Industrial Complex and keep the military happy by ensuring future wars and lots of nice, expensive toys. Some people thought Panetta would be a refreshing change and that he would usher in an era of responsible defense cuts. Wrong! Of course, Secretary Panetta speaks for Barack Obama which means that Obama, despite claims to the contrary, has no intention of doing anything about the bloated defense budget.
And no matter how well the super-rich are doing under President Barack Obama, they seem intent on whining and moaning about how he’s not very nice to them. Some of this folks should be wearing orange jumpsuits right about now based on all the games they played which led to the global financial meltdown, but instead they are making record profits while the rest of the country crashes and burns. They should be sending Obama gift baskets thanking him for propping them up at the expense of the middle class. Obama is just another corporatist democrat who every once in a while uses populist language to sugar-coat his anti-working class policies.
This country is doomed.