Keith Olbermann:The Four Great Hypocrisies of the Debt Deal
Keith’s Special Comment covers the “four great hypocrisies” of the debt deal and the necessity of taking the governance of this nation back from politicians.
Keith Olbermann gives his take on the Debt Deal that just passed. He points out the hypocrisies of politicians and more specifically those of the Republican party. As usual Olbermann is on point. I’d like to focus on two main points, the cause of America’s money troubles and the ultimate solution.
Everyone’s going to have differing opinions depending on their political affiliation. Republicans are going to see is a democratic problem, Democrats are going to see as a Republican problem. It’s in that division that continues to allow these problems to exist.
If we could all take a step back for a minute and just look at the facts. The economic crisis that we are in now started with Pres. George Bush. Of course any bad deal made now Pres. Obama has to take some ownership of. Let’s be clear and at least recognize that America’s money issues in this current day and past decade by largely due to the high cost of multiple wars that weren’t paid for. Those wars were started by the
previous administration. Obama does take fault for not ending those wars immediately but even had he done so day one America would still have 10 years of unpaid for war expenditure. That fact has nothing to do with anyone’s personal ideology or political party allegiance. Money was out late and continues to be spent on military operations without the funds to cover them.
That’s cause number one. Cause two, is the protection, by the government and politicians, of hope or rations and the wealthy over that of the American people at large. Understand this, regardless if you are Democrat or Republican, if you are not rich, a major corporate CEO, or in the top 1% income earners in the country in support for those that are is not in your best interest. The members of the so-called upper class, the rich, the wealthy are doing what is going to benefit them. Cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare or even healthcare are going to hurt the middle class and the poor regardless of which political party you affiliate yourself with. Those cuts don’t specify that a Republican gets a pass or a Democrat is in the exempt. The Republicans have been willing to hold hostage the whole country, on more than one occasion, even pushing us towards a default on debts, just to protect corporate interests and the rich. We would all do well to remember that.
Now, onto the second point I want to address. The solution. Olbermann said it very well. The answers to our questions and the solutions to our problems will not come from those who have a hand in causing them. The solution must come from we the people. If we the people keep quiet we will continue to be ignored and steamrolled. If we the people don’t get mad and act we will continue to be casualties of corporate interests and political aspirations. He’s right in that the spirit from the 60s is going to have to come back. That spirit of protest and standing up for our rights. We are going to have to follow the advice of Howard Beale from the 1976 movie Network and get mad.
What can we do? We can start by joining in and signing the hundreds of petitions being run by action committees and organizations that are fighting some of these important causes. We can attend city Council meetings and let our voice be heard. The reason why Pres. Obama’s campaign was so successful was because of we the people. When the people get involved, when the people act things can happen and can change. Don’t get caught up on the idea of Obama’s campaign has him the candidate. With that type of grassroots support any candidate regardless of party would have had success.
Of the people, by the people, for the people. We the people must act.