Just a few tidbits about how “Washington” and “Wall Steet” are fucking this country, and but good.
Job Creators: this is as cynical and retrograde as “Clear Skies Initiative”. The actual problem with the economy is hidden directly behind this crystalline piece of “douche-speak”. Actually, these captains of industry are laying people off, and avoiding hiring here in America, because they first and foremost need to keep the profit-wheel turning. Not just normal profits. Profits that increase every quarter. The irrational ever-expanding economy concept at the granular level. So when (as mentioned here in a previous post) a company that relies heavily on American military spending, like Sikorsky, needs to keep the profit margin rolling, so they can continue to “perform” and their executives can continue to reap performance-based bonuses… they lay off thousands and move them onto the American Unemployment System! Uncle Sucker provides a backdoor “entitlement” to Sikorsky, as opposed to the “front door” they were using* back in the “aughts”. Meanwhile, those unemployed people can no longer participate in the economy at large to the same degree, causing other businesses to slow down, layoff, and you have the makings of a true economic Domino Theory clusterfuck. This is happening on a national basis, and thousands of businesses are complicit, but I am just using Sikorksky because they are so transparent in their efforts. In Conclusion: Thanks, “Job Creating” Doublespeak Assholes!
When Occupy Whatnot has the time to figure out what is really going on… maybe they will connect a few dots and make some concrete points. So far I see a lot of vague generalities about the economy, but nothing that you can really hang your hat on. My feelings are: keep it simple, keep it direct, don’t pull punches, and don’t let yourself get co-opted by a group that is part of the problem (Move On, I’m looking at you)
* What Changed? Back in the heady days of say… George W. Bush… it was easier to just divert the money from multiple war efforts directly to the bottom line, knowing that the GAO would never have the time or resources to figure out if you actually delivered on a contract. You had a neutered Accountability arm of the Executive Branch, and a lot of open graft, wink, nod, repeat. We now find out, horrors, that BILLIONS of US Dollars have gone missing in our multiple “wars” in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan… who knows since the USA never actually declares war any longer. We just deploy a bunch of taxpayer funded military resources, and an equal or greater military contractor force, and then stop answering the phones over at the Penatgon. Seems to have worked so far. But with the US Government actually paying attention, at least in a small way, it is safer to play this shell game. Even if it tanks the US economy… I mean, once you offshore enough of your business it really doesn’t matter what happens here, right?