With the election news out of both Greece and France this morning, I’m wondering how the Romney Camp will be playing these results. The French elected a socialist! Gasp! Yes, a real socialist. What did the French dislike about Sarkozy? His snarkiness or his economic policies? Both, really. During his tenure and after the financial crisis of 2008, the French saw the transfer in wealth in recent history from the poor and middle class to the rich; does that sound familiar?
The Globe and Mail says:
France has now given itself a “normal” president who is much better equipped to deal with the economic and social realities facing the country. Francois Hollande has a mandate to end the idea in France that the poor are fed by feeding the wealthy. He has a mandate to look for answers to Europe’s economic crisis that don’t simply repeat the errors of the 1930s. And he has a mandate to work for social peace – with a big warning about what lies ahead for France if he fails. The populist right will be making its own play to replace Sarkozyism in the French parliamentary elections later this spring.
I quite enjoyed the line: Francois Hollande has a mandate to end the idea in France that the poor are fed by feeding the wealthy. Hmm. I wonder how Romney will deal with that? After all, it seems that his economic plan is exactly that. Feeding the rich to feed the poor is, in fact, the GOP’s raison d’être. Is there any doubt about that? Where do the poor and the middle class fit into the Romney Economic Model? Surely you know- exactly as was the class structure during the Medieval era.
Just take a quick look at the brief outline that is shown on Romney’s website in the category ‘jobs.’ Taxes are listed first- flatter. Rather than raising taxes on the super rich, he wants to lower them. Naturally he wants a smaller government, cutting regulations and ‘free’ labor. Well not exactly free labor, but cheaper and fewer unions to interfere with profits. He also wants to amend Clean Air Act to exclude carbon dioxide from its purview. In other words, burn, baby burn! Does this sound like the 1930’s with coal-fired plants belching smoke, soot and pollutants over poor neighborhoods?
Here’s the question, though- the question that I have perennially raised. Do The People know this stuff? Or will they once again become the victims of slick media propaganda? Are The People willing to investigate the truth for themselves, or will they be too lazy to do that? Will they actually get out of bed on November 6?
These are the known unknowns, to quote Donald Rumsfeld. And they are just as important and deadly as the unknowns before the disastrous War on Iraq because this clearly is also a war- a war on The People of this nation. Sadly, though, most don’t even know.