By Mr. Curmudgeon:
“For once Benjamin consented to break his rule, and read out to her what was written on the wall. There was nothing there now except a single Commandment. It Ran: All Animals Are Equal But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.”
~ George Orwell, Animal Farm.
New Year’s Day, the U.S. Senate passed a “compromise” bill the media insists deals with the fiscal cliff. According to some estimates, over the next decade the federal government will raise $600 billion in new taxes and increase spending by $330.3 billion. No worries, Harry Reid’s Senate Democrats cut about $17 billion from federal spending over the same period. In short, the bill submitted to the Republican controlled House does nothing to deal with the nation’s growing debt and spending problems.
The Congressional Budget Office is somewhat critical of Reid’s fuzzy math warning that “some of the cuts Congress is counting are from programs on which CBO never expected the money to be spent anyway,” said the Washington Times.
However, GOP House Speaker John Boehner convinced enough Republicans to join in a coalition with Pelosi Democrats to pass the Senate measure. For all intents and purposes, Pelosi is the new Speaker of the House.
“Rapid economic growth and spending reforms are the only way out of the real fiscal cliff our nation is facing,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), “But rapid economic growth and job creation will be made more difficult under the deal reached here in Washington.”
Not to worry, it’s all in the service of equality.
Not equality as understood by the Founders – that all individuals are equal before God and the law, but the social equality imposed by electoral power groups through their representatives in Washington.
That inequality is clearly embodied by America’s stratified Progressive tax system that divides so-called equal Americans into unequal income brackets – penalizing the few in the name of the many. On the singular issue of taxation, equal protection under the law was a principle abandoned long ago in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” The effect has been a steady erosion of principles once unique in the freest nation on Earth.
The beneficiaries of this inequality, insist Progressives, is America’s middle class – for now, the nation’s most powerful voting bloc. But as the economy contracts and chronic unemployment grows, their power is waning.
David Rohde of the Reuters News Service observed, “In Democratic speechifying, the middle class is made up of hard-working teachers, police officers and union members being laid off by miserly Republicans. Yet those Americans, however hard they work, depend on successful businesses and banks for their prosperity.”
Government spending and servicing a rapidly expanding national debt siphons capital away from the real economy. According to a Congressional Budget Office fiscal cliff report, government spending in 2012 masked a 2% contraction of our economy.
President Obama acknowledges the collapse of today’s middle class by re-defining them as educators, police and firefighters – public sector workers whose wages and benefits are dependent on an expanding tax base.
In Greece, one in five citizens used to work for the state before the private-sector economy could no longer produce the taxes necessary to feed the government, and the world’s central banks refused to extend credit to that bankrupt nation. Today, Greece’s economy shrinks 6% annually, is racked by 26% unemployment and suffers from a shockingly high suicide rate.
According to press reports, the next elections will likely see members of Greece’s far-left Syriza party come to power. However, it’s unclear who in Greek society is capable of “paying their fair share” to the flesh-eating, social-equality zombies – there is nothing left to gnaw but bones.
Here in America, the New Year begins with a similar feeding frenzy. Granted, there is more flesh on America’s bones, but four years of economic depression (some call it a “sluggish recovery”) has weakened the zombie’s intended victim.
Nonetheless, as Greece proves, the unintended – but inevitable – consequence of social equality is … poverty, misery and death … parceled out equally, of course.