As many of you know, in our “Rethinking National Security” blog and elsewhere, I have tried to argue against the devastation that is being done to our nation and to the world by the “crazies” of our society and especially by those who would in our politics be the handmaidens of making the very rich richer and the middle class and especially the poor, poorer. The politics of “austerity” has been and will be a major global disaster. In the end it makes our nation poorer, our world less safe, and our global community dysfunctional.
The downward global spiral we are experiencing is very likely far more dangerous to our nation and to people around the globe than any threat from terrorism. Yet our response so far has been, both here in America and in Europe, pathetic and wrong headed…not just my judgment but that of just about every respected economist one can ask.
Recently in the New York Times, Robert Reich, not only an eminent economist and former Labor Secretary, but also a Rhodes Scholar, has set forth in considerable detail and undeniable facts the consequences of denying fair compensation and a fair say in the politics of our nation from the average American family due to the corruption fostered by great wealth in the hands of a greedy few. A recent article in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer, “The billionaire Koch brothers’ war against Obama” posted Aug. 30, 2010, essentially reinforces the argument that we have become a government of wealth for wealth. These documents, including the influence of the Koch brothers and others, detail the ascendancy and power of “crazy” right-wing radicals on American politics and media.
On Thursday night we will hear from President Obama on our economic crisis and especially on the question of how to get productivity and especially jobs back on the American agenda. I hope this will start a debate away from the false, fear-induced idea of “debt,” which has always been promoted by those who fear that their wealth will be impacted and that the average citizen and worker might gain a voice.
Many voices are asking for a wide and bold perspective in this key speech. I hope he will mention the larger global trends that sway our economy and reaffirm the call he made two years for strong international cooperation to face this international crisis. A lot is at stake, including the kind of global society our children will inherit.
More comments after the speech.
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By Harry C. Blaney III.