The coming Republican victory in the mid-term elections won’t mean squat. Their win is coming because of the Depression-like job numbers and personal antipathy to Obama. A GOP sweep will come not because of any solutions proffered by Republicans. That’s easy because they’re offering zilch. In a loaded political system, voting for the out party is the only way to protest.
So. Less than two out of five Americans will bother to cast their ballots. In turn, this truncated electorate will be highly weighted towards the elderly denizens of the GOP’s front, the Tea Party.
Republicans out of power sound like pillars of fiscal rectitude. Neanderthal Republicans on the side lines even strike some libertarian notes. But all is forgotten once the votes are counted. Then it’s time to get down to business. It’s usually a dirty business, hidden from the public until a scandal can’t be contained. Then the real nature of the system stands illuminated. A few scape goats are thrown to the wolves. The public’s blood lust thus satisfied, it’s back to business as usual.
American living standards peaked in 1972, helping Nixon coast to a 49 state landslide. The next year, 1973, the Free Trade Regime kicked into gear and American living standards have been in decline ever since.
The Free Trade Regime went on steroids under Reagan. Much of the great American industrial base was “strip-mined” and shipped to China. The USA became a debtor country for the first time since 1914.
This, in turn, caused too big changes in the American Way of Life. One was the massive entry of women into the workforce. This was motivated less by feminist ideology and more by sheer economic necessity. The second was the massive increase in personal debt. Both sets of changes came as desperate Americans tried to halt their economic slide.
Yet the Free Trade Regime is a non-issue for the Neocon-dominated Republican Party.
The Republicans says they want to restore fiscal discipline. Never mind that they showed none when they were in the majority. Anyway, they’re proposing to do it without ending the Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Nor will they raise taxes. This means they’ll do the dirty work of the Global Financial Elite and raid Social Security. Obama will join them in this.
The GOP victory and their control of Congress will usher in an ersatz Bi-Partisanship on Social Security. What this means in practice is that the bandits of both the Democrats & Republicans give themselves mutual amnesty.
When you keep hearing the calls of Bi-Partisanship, check for your wallet or purse. If they keep saying it, check to see if you still have your underwear.