Have you seen this?
The following letter to the editor is rapidly becoming known as the “Letter to the Editor Heard Around the World” according to this source. (readable text is below the photo):
“Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. midterm elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6%, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries. The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there’s no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.
“America is leading the world once again and respected internationally — in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.
“So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason.
“When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?
“Richard Brunt, Victoria, British Columbia”
Add this the to late Robin Williams once said about Canada:
The GOP waltzed (sort of) into victory in at least seven US senate races, propelled by an extremely low voter turnout (the worst in 72 years, according to the New York Times), the demographics of these races (gerrymandered districts in red states), and the obscenely massive amounts of money (almost a billion dollars), injected by the outside groups such as the super-pacs, the National Rifle Association (NRA) the Koch brothers and other billionaires and mega-corporations.
These organizations and people have everything to gain with a republican-controlled congress. This includes, but is not limited to, ignoring global warming by INCREASING the use of fossil fuels including coal and shale oil and tar sands, eliminating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its pesky anti-pollution regulations, dropping all efforts at increasing the minimum wage, and fighting against ANY new gun control measures. And, of course, the wholesale repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare).
Needless to say, the winners in Tuesday’s mid-term election are now beholden to these groups and folks who greased their skids into victory with money, so to speak. This means that, contrary to representing the interests of the people of their districts and states, the GOP winners will most likely represent the big money that enabled them to win. Sadly, this is how the American political system now works.
When the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in “Citizens United” in 2010 that corporations have the same freedom of speech rights as individual citizens, including the right to express themselves through monetary political campaign donations, they opened the floodgates to an incredibly lop-sided environment of unlimited campaign financing by outside interests. There is, after all, no way the average citizen could possibly match the hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars in financial contributions that the billionaires and corporations can make.
In effect, the representative democracy that was the USA has gone from a government of the people, by the people, and for the people to a government that represents wealthy special interests. To a large extent, many of the people who voted these republicans into office dis so based primarily upon massive TV ad saturation. They are low-information voters who rely on political TV ads to decide who to vote for, as if those slick and expensive ads were news sources. Sad…
To be fair, the democratic candidates who ran away from Obama’s fine record of accomplishments, such unemployment down from 10.5% to 5.8%, record stock market, the deficit down by more than 50%, having ended two wars, millions more having health insurance and premiums rising by the lowest rate in 50 years, and subsequently lost their elections ANYWAY, should hang their heads in shame…and should grow a set of balls.
So now the congressional republicans will vote for the 50th-plus time to repeal Obamacare, which, of course is a waste of time and money, but they’ll do it anyway. But it is a sure bet that they will NOT vote in any campaign financing reform that would stop the wholesale purchasing of the US government.
For the next two years, the conservative GOP agenda will get pushed continuously onto Obama desk. Perhaps he’ll become known as the “president of “NO”…?
But if there is one bright spot in all this, it’s that ultra-conservative Ted Cruz of Texas is now being joined by ultra-conservative Joni Ernst of Iowa, and they’ll be mercilessly nipping at the ankles of the more moderate republicans in the senate.
THAT could be fun to watch. 🙂