Halfway through his first term, our glad-handing speechifier-in-chief eloquently glossed over the state of the union with his gilded vision of a brighter future.
Heralding a new doctrine of competition, the president cited government investment in corporate America as our salvation from the economic havoc they’ve wrought upon us.
Somehow, in this administration’s wisdom, giving more of our tax dollars to those who export our jobs to China will solve our unemployment problem.
Again the taxpayers bear the costs of the private sector while its wealthiest owners and stockholders keep the profits.
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This is corporatism; a hybrid of the profitable side of fascism and expensive side of socialism. It is the most insidious and dangerous of malevolent “isms” ever loosed on democracy.
It’s transmitted via consumerism and it alters our communication, education, food supply, health care, finance, shelter, elections and foreign policy to its own ends.
Its only purpose is profit at any cost and it has no national allegiance.
The president’s speech – lousy with conservative ideological rhetoric, punctuated sparsely with progressive points and bubbling with economic hyperbole – places our future in delivering us as better consumers to our corporate benefactors on a silver platter.