We’ve heard it all before, and nothing they do, even if they did anything, can effect the underlying problems facing the citizenry. Stale political replays, and no progress on jobs and investment for the next two years in hopes of blaming the president for the ongoing depression and electing some mindless Tea Party patriot to dismantle Obamas “hope and change” crusade.
Meanwhile, the working poor, nearly half of the workforce nowadays, will continue to experiment with gourmet recipes for baked beans and tube steak smothered in canned Chile and American cheese spread. The two-day bakery counter is a big help for feeding kids and they take food stamps. No government program, other than direct stimulus spending on public works, can even make a den in the jobless rate for at least two years, and with the GOP in the congressional saddle the chances of that money being voted are slim and none, and Slim is riding out of town on the next stage.
The basic economic belief that government can work for the best interests of the people is largely a fairy tale of democracy best left to the ill educated children of our concentration campus school system. With the recent Supreme Court decision opening the election process to unlimited anonymous donations, the already rich and powerful can continue their plutocratic rule behind the mask of free elections, that just happen to cost several million dollars per elected seat.
The good news is the simple fact that most all of us will olive through whatever is coming next. The bad news is the decrease in comfort and lifestyle that Americans are not going to adjust too without much screaming and agitation. Tough times in the neighborhoods, and the government is likely to be as much of a problem as a solution.
If voting made a difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.
“Travus T. Hipp” is a 40-year veteran radio commentator with six stations in California carrying his daily version of the news and opinions. “The Poor Hippy’s Paul Harvey,” Travus is a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, but unemployable in the Silver State due to his eclectic political views.