One of the biggest myths laid on the American public in a while is the term “Fiscal Cliff”. On December 31, 2012, one minute after the stroke of midnight, the government will be as strong as ever. The “cliff” is a slippery slope that is only aggravated by the uncompromising U.S. House of Representatives. I believe the ability of one person or one party to totally close down the operation of our government is beyond the wildest dreams of the founders of our nation. At that time, the oratorical abilities of that hand-full of individuals is what set our government apart from the rest of the world.
Until 2009, the word “compromise” was often used and adhered to in the day-to-day business of this nation’s government. Then, things went down hill badly when the opposition decided that a “no-action” congress would make it possible to keep a half-black, half-white President from being re-elected.
The election on November 6, 2012 was a defeat of those “no-action” congressional members and those who supported their 2012 re-election or election. Massive amounts of money poured into state and federal elections attempting to elect people who would keep the government at a standstill until every law and resolution could be adopted in their exact ideological words. Numerically and percentage-wise, this did not work for them due to the diligence of those who believe in a multi-party system that still has the terms “negotiate and compromise” in their vocabulary. The 2012 election was a re-affirmation of early twentieth-century electors who turned to Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive Populist Party because, even then, the wealth of our country was being held by 1% of the population.
In President Theodore Roosevelt’s speech of December 22, 1906, he declared, “….It is not the wealth that flows from work and desserts that disturbs the American people. It is the unearned fortune; it is a stolen fortune; it is the ’swollen’ fortune. It is the wealth that is being corruptly used both to increase itself and worse still, to constrict the area of progressive prosperity. To be prosperous by honest, intelligent work, to be able to surround one’s self with comfort, to raise one’s family’s standard of living - that is civilization, is American.
..... But to prosper by fraud and theft, to use the ill-gotten gains in vain show, in seducing public officials, and in tempting or compelling one’s fellow man to become one’s dependent - that is not civilization, but barbarism.”
In 1933, after taking office, President Franklin Roosevelt wrote to a friend, “The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the government since the days of Andrew Jackson….The country is going through a repetition of Jackson’s fight with the Bank of the United States - only on a bigger and broader basis.” After raising taxes on the rich and using much of the money to put the unemployed back to work, he wrote: “We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob… I should like to have it said of my first Administration that in it, the forces of selfishness and lust for power met their match. I should like to have it said of my second Administration that in it, these forces met their master.”
Because the Supreme Court upheld the formation of “Super PACs,” money spent on presidential elections went up 164% between 2004 and 2008 and another 135% by 2012.
Nobel prize winner, Joseph Stiglitz, stated, “Virtually all U.S. senators, and most representatives in the house, are members of the top 1% when they arrive, are in office by money from the top 1%, and know that if they serve the top 1% well, they will be rewarded by the top 1% when they leave office.”