Posted 10 years ago on Jan. 26, 2012, 4:40 a.m. EST by Middleaged
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Why do Americans Watch Debates or SOU??? Really!
All we get is a guy kissing a baby for all our time!
US Politics Prevades All of Our Lives due 2 Perverse Incentives both in business and in politics.
The secret is to control the narrative, then you control the facts and the truth. I am told that investigative reports have been laid off in the USA. So much of what we see on the Internet and cable news is a repeat of news that was previously written and released.
You can call US Politics and US Business spin "Public Relations". But why don't we call things what they are. I first started learning about politics when President Nixon was being impeached on TV. Then I remember Jimmy Carter saying how we needed to work on Alternative Energy. Then Ronald Reagan charged President Carter with increasing the US Budget, and US Budget Deficit. Then of course Ronald Reagan had budgets that were multiples of Jimmy Carter's budgets - taking the budget to $3 Trillion Dollars building up the Defense Department and fighting what was a cold war (one with very few bullets fired).
Later on we learned that the Vietnam War was started by a "False Flag" operation in which a US Ship was shot by US military in order to declare a war that was never intended to be won. The Social Security Trust Fund was raided in 1967-8 to fund the Vietnam war (a war 5000 miles away, which we had been involved in since 1959, and which had nothing to do with American citizens, American Soil, or American common interests).
So we have a War Department not a Department of Defense. And we have propaganda, political spin, and shills like Bill O'Riley on Fox news mouthing words written by Public Relations, corporate, employees. And we have politicians who transfer US Taxpayer dollars to one of our giant industries.
But historically politicians have always had some weak ethics and morals. Take your pick. We called US Indians savages to take their land to build this country under an excuse called "Manifest destiny" (American progress to build a strong economy). But how is it we don't know so many things about our world history and US History. Politicians didn't want you to worry about how our government has been involved in regime change in many countries over the last 100 years.
Did we forget about Iran Contra? That was where the CIA was caught moving drugs around the world to fund operations around the world that weren't approved by congress. Did we forget that congress is supposed to authorize use of military and military support programs in foreign countries. yes. And congress is supposed to declare war before we go start wars in foreign countries too. Naw, congress doesn't want to sign off on US Budgets and US Wars. The US Congress doesn't want to sign off on any CIA programs either. Signatures can hurt elections.
Well Iran Contra involved the US Government and CIA funding, training, and supporting the abusive government(which killed and tortured people all over Nicaragua). The Sandinista rebels were minding their own business in their own country. The US Government didn't have any business in Nicaragua. It turns out the CIA was recruiting and training Nicaraguan National Guard soldiers. Hm,...why so covert??? If it was above board and moral, why wasn't it the US Army that trained the government soldiers?
Because we have a military industrial complex (MIC) that is big business. And if the MIC wants to lobby why not have a war in Iraq??
US Politicians control the narrative even beyond the borders of the USA. The major media outlets carry the news world wide. It is pretty hard to tell the truth with so much Spin, and self serving propaganda (both government and corporate).
Say, you don't think if US Congressmen will allow a war in Iraq without any evidence... they wouldn't cover up massive Fraud on wall Street, or the systemic risks to financial systems posed by Financial Derivatives (CDS,CDO)??
Surely the US Congress would not sanction too big to fail banks that have grown 33% since 2008 and who now control way too much of our banking and economy. YES, They HAVE!
So here are some more conclusions:
The problem that I see is all of that, but also we have perverse incentives in business that encourage fraud, encourage out sourcing of jobs, encourage layoffs, and don't encourage building businesses and invention.
It appears that the US wages and European Wages have been too high for the last 20-30 years. It appears that national strategies in the US and Europe are to bring down the wages and benefits. This probably means bringing US quality of life down as well.
I believe it is clear that Federal Politicians and Federal Puppeteers see the huge population of the USA and are looking at China and India to plan out our next 10-20 years of control in the USA. I think it is also clear that INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS are been eroded (and have been eroded over the last 30 years) to help in strategic government planning. All of our government systems, court systems, city planning systems, welfare systems, food distribution systems, agriculture systems, water systems are going to face enourmous strains as predicted by population growth analyst. And the strain is not just funding, but also infrastructure of dealing with people face to face or dealing with their data or their needs.
So it makes perfect sense to look around the world at other countries and see what they are doing. Yes, there is corruption around the world but look at the bottom line. In the end the problems have to be dealt with quickly and cheaply. Government has to become quick and cheap. And not that the USA has been a spotless example of Humanity or Tolerance over the last 100 years (think of slavery, civil rights, and pushing native peoples off the land).
It is CLEAR that we are heading for more of the globalism that has cost so many good jobs, and now we are learning how to treat our population from India and China. Politics just COVERS THIS UP. But so much of this is kind of a natural progression. The economy was based on stealing land, slavery, then government support of capitalist, now wages and benifits look very high, and we have a growing and expanding population. It doesn't look evil. It looks like part of a plan.