Being relatively new to SDMB, this topic may have already been debated to death. In that case I’d appreciate anyone’s references of web site addresses covering the debate within or out of SDMB. I have already studied all writings of Noam Chumsky, Gore Vidal, Michael Parenti, Jonathan Kwitny, etc.
Here is the issue in this grim day of the Republicans coming back to power with their motto of “Greed is Good”. Never before in the history of capitalism, such high percentage of wealth has been accumulated by such few percentage of people. And now, with the arrival of the Bush Empire, the pressure is on to increase those percentages. (If you don’t believe it, just look at the face of the rich Secretary of State in Florida as she is interviewed on TV. Isn’t her smile ugly). The Wink of the Republicans (as displayed by George W. Bush) means that it is time again for the few to go on sucking the ordinary people’s earnings dry and kick some asses (as his father used to say). Note that the $500 possible tax relief by George will hardly pay for uncontrolled rental or mortgage increase of ordinary people.
If any of you have ever tried to become an entrepreneur in this “land of opportunity”, you know very well what a struggle it is to break even, let alone making a profit. And yet, looking at the Fortune 500 companies, they seem to be making huge, filthy profits year after year. Who is paying for the Naval forces in the Persian Gulf to make the safe passage of the oil companies tankers? Why aren’t the oil companies paying the $300 billion annual defense budget out of their profits? The question is, who is paying for those profits? Please don’t give me the conservative think tank Hoover Institution line as explanation of supply and demand determining the price. Next time your landlord increases your rent or the utility companies increase your bill, and you are forced to evacuate and pay moving expenses to a slum area, you understand perfectly well the rules of “the free market” and supply and demand. Of course, you are not supposed to ask what happened to all the capital gains made by the utility companies over the past 50 years. Who paid for those gains?
In my humble opinion, under the name of “trickle down economics”, we ordinary people are all becoming a bunch of slaves under the motto of “increased productivity”, working harder and getting paid less by a bunch of greedy bastards in search of huge profits. These guys would never share or disclose their know-how or intellectual property with anyone who wants to catch his own fish, thus pushing people into the streets begging for some fish. How far are we away from the time that everyone pours into the streets. How much longer the greedy bastards can kick asses and squeeze the rope around the neck of the ordinary people?