the kidnapping of amerika

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I have no photos to accompany this post.  I have no clever words & I find myself very angry and sad as I sit down to write this.

I have long been disillusioned with the capital/corporate/money oriented fashion that my country has become.  Most of society organizes itself around the acquisition of money.  Now I am aware that currency is only symbolic and that good people make good money in order to do good deeds once they have fully fed themselves.  And it may be only a small number of people who carefully orchestrate and lobby for causes that have very little or few,  socially redeeming features.  But that minority that sits atop of Wall Street has a powerful impact on the lives of the multitude of people on whom these giant cats trickle down.

Actually, I do not like the phrase “trickle-down”.  I prefer to think of it more like they are pissing on us.  Yes, the gigantic, fat, cats of Wall Street are pissing on my American Dream.  And, I have never like it, but now I am beginning to hate it. Now I am beginning to understand how revolutions come about.

Do you know what Wall Street is consulting the American Health Industry to do.  They are consulting our health care system to NOT improve because it will be a financial windfall for wall street if my health care and your health care continues to be broken and continues to break even further.

Wall Street is saying, bluntly, because they are too big to fall, so they can now bluntly say stuff like…

“A Goldman Sachs analysis of health care legislation has concluded that, as far as the bottom line for insurance companies is concerned, the best thing to do is nothing. A close second would be passing a watered-down version of the Senate Finance Committee’s bill.

A study put together by Goldman in mid-October looks at the estimated stock performance of the private insurance industry under four variations of reform legislation. The study focused on the five biggest insurers whose shares are traded on Wall Street: Aetna, UnitedHealth, WellPoint, CIGNA and Humana.”

Right next to Wall Street protecting the coffers of the mega-rich, we have the health care executives calling for actions that would also prevent health care reform:  “The nation’s largest health insurance carrier is urging its employees to lobby the Senate against reform proposals that would hurt the firm’s bottom line, according to copies of e-mails released Thursday by a liberal advocacy group.”

Did you hear any of this on the 6:00 o’clock news?  Did you see this in a local newspaper?  Are people talking about this in beauty parlors and barber shops?  I don’t hear it.  I am not even hearing concern, except perhaps an occasional remark that we should do something because “things” are really getting bad.

Folks, things are not getting bad–they are bad.  China owns us.  We owe our Trillion dollar debt not to our little piece of plastic credit card that we carry in our back pocket.  We owe it to China.  My grandchildren will not live the American Dream.  They will live some bastardized form of a China Dream…

Do you know that small towns in Chili  who were until recently living moderately comfortable lives by buying direct from the market place where the farmers and the manufactures would bring their good, do you know that now these small towns buy from Wal-Mart using a wal-mart issued credit card that carries up to a 50% interest rate….

Why should we care–for God-Sake, Al–that is going around half way around the world and in a different hemisphere. What does that have to do with me, you say….Well  read this, if you dare:

“It didn’t even surprise her to hear about a consumer whose rate went from 8.65 percent up to a whopping 30 percent.

That’s what the companies are saying. “They’re saying they’re forced to do these things to cover their losses due to unemployment and just the general economy,” Hudson said.
But, there’s more insult to the injury. Hudson said the big credit companies already have a lot of your money.
“Even though they got bail-out money — they got tax-payer money — which some people will say, they got billions of dollars, why are you having to still increase these rates for consumers? They’re saying it’s not enough to cover their losses”
“That’s pretty common,” she said Thursday. “Right now we’re hearing a lot of that.”

One more tip: “While you can now, pay off your debt as quickly as possible,” Hanson said. “Try to keep it below 30% of your available credit.”    –bakersfieldnow.com

This is one of my weekly installments on my blog page.  It isn’t pretty.  I have not included smart, cute little drawings or photos with this essay.  I have not done so, because the subject matter is so damn ugly to me.  It is a shame on the amerikan conscience that we the voters have let ourselves be hoodwinked .  While decent republicans argue with decent democrats, a host of indecent corporate thugs have hijacked amerika.  While we sat here discussing if it was o.k. for Jack to love John, or should Mary be allowed to have a private discussion with her physician about an abortion, our country was kidnapped and we are plum out of cash.  We can’t pay the ransom.  “They” will not give us back our government of the people, by the people and for the people.  The Too-Big-To-Fail are turning our democracy into an oligarchy, an aristocracy that will make King George of England look like a benevolent Lord….

I pledge alliance to wall street and to the lobbyist for which it stands, one nation under money

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6 comments on “the kidnapping of amerika

  1. jessica hagen says:

    Believe me Al, I am right there with you. I will talk about it with anyone who will listen. I have said to W. with increasing frequency, that if the US continues on this path- only worshipping $, forgetting our humanity- that there has to be someplace else we can live that isn’t so soul- less. I am scared for all of us but I refuse to give in to it- I can’t for the sake of my kids. The utter irony of it all is that on both sides of the healthcare debate there is fear and anger. Teabaggers (ugh!) march and yell about what is happening and Liberals like myself argue intellectually (and even spiritually) for the greater good… I feel unconsidered by an administration that I voted for and I wonder how Joe Lieberman sleeps at night….

  2. Jen Fairchild says:

    Wow Al…

    I’m not sure you are “just another recalcitrant ego looking for peace” with these comments 😉

    Normally I’d say move to a socialist nation where everyone is “equal” and fat cats get just as fat. But instead, I’ll say read Atlas Shrugged, realize we need capitalism, and go paint something nice and move on – it will be more peaceful than thinking of these things 🙂 … Unfortunately it is in our nature to be selfish and greedy to some degree. When you put us all together, this is always where we will end up, and this is where we have always been, from the beginning.
    Sincerely – J

    p.s. I hate Walmart

  3. Collette Williams says:

    You expressed many sentiments and concerns that I share. Powerful controlling forces from Wall Street to Washington are top-heavy and so infiltrated by fat-pocketed greed mongers and lobbyists, that “of the people, by the people, and for the people” governing is more endangered than ever! … feels like we Americans we are living in quagmire of a “Republi-Cratic” making. Politicans on both sides and inbewteen, continue to Blah! Blah! away time and resolutuons while we – the people – continue to lose ground, houses, JOBS, retirements, health, and footing. Yes, “trickle-down” economics is more like “tinkle-down” on Main Street, USA. I put my faith in what can “trickle-up” from proactive, innovative, and commonsense-based middle America, because if we wait on politicians and powerbrokers to deliver us from evil – we’re likley to wait ourselves into oblivion!

  4. aldussault says:

    dear jen:
    now that we liberals are no longer the minority, perhaps it is you who ought to be leaving
    to find a new nation–one populated by greed and wealth–but who on earth would plow the fields,
    and water the seeds & who would bring up the children and teach them….
    i am not against capitalism–i am against a capitalism that bails out the mega-rich while saying
    that when the poor get in trouble they need to pick themselves by their own boot straps.
    i am saying that if a mother has no right to an abortion–by God, at least have the decency
    to provide that child with health insurance….
    while 47 million people have no health coverage, congress and the likes of the wealthy have no concern
    about seeing the best of surgeons to cure a hang-nail….
    it is not me that should move….I will continue to paint and draw and play music and with every ounce of me
    and with my last breath I will continue to rally & prod my fellow citizens to take down the upper crust
    by any means, until my heart is content that we are living a just and fair existence…
    I am not eager to have amerika look like cuba in 1959….

  5. Jen says:

    Deal Al,
    I appreciate your prodding, and I think it is an important thing to do. However, what is it that we do about it? I am a person of action, and all I hear from Americans is a ton of complaining, and I’m sorry to say it’s disheartening to know that most Americans don’t appreciate what they have. I indeed think we need to take care of our underprivileged, but, we also need to stop the corruption and stealing from American taxpayers by those in the position to apply for undeserved welfare or disability. Too many people cheat the system at all levels of society, and it’s disgusting. There are so many people in need while others are just taking advantage of the system.
    Our health care system stinks, for sure, as I see my 25 year old daughter without health insurance and needing it, while an “illegal alien” residing in this country is able to get free health care when she can’t, and works 50-60 hours a week?
    I am pondering this question – are we all willing to tolerate a big tax hike to pay for this? Someone has to pay, and it affects those of us who turn to blogs to deliver our educated opinions. What are WE willing to sacrifice? Is anyone thinking of this?
    I am a proud American (with a “c”). I have lived overseas, traveled often, and still come to the same conclusion – what a great country we live in. Yes, we’ve screwed up, are in debt to too many, and can’t come up with a health care plan to save our lives. We have our fat cats and our suffering, but what a tolerant and generous nation we are.

    In reality, I was worried about you – life is too short to hate anything (except for Walmart). Your art is such a wonderful gift you have received. Enjoy it 🙂

    Jen

  6. phebs says:

    Dear Al,
    Good thoughts. I don’t shop at Walmart, either.

    Phebs

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