In the discussion thread: Here's Why America Stopped Caring About The Public Good [View all]
Response to Scuba (Original post)
Sun Aug 25, 2013, 11:40 AM
mick063 (2,424 posts)
20. I dislike the premise of the article. Un rec
It does not delve into the great communication campaign to persuade the middle class into a tax revolt. The Welfare Queen, the "fleecing of America", the "inefficient government", the "excessive regulations". All were extensively promoted by political pundits through the media. Of course such propaganda would lead to a tax revolt by the middle class.
"Business Insider" attempts to have us believe that middle class earnings can stop while the economy can continue to grow. This is very revealing. It suggests that the economy can improve without a majority of Americans realizing the benefit. A viewpoint of the rich and powerful.
The suggestion that "Most families still wanted good public services and institutions but could no longer afford the tab." The great tax revolt was actually a front to allow the most profitable institutions to avoid representative taxation. They simply blended into the middle class horde that was relentlessly informed, and ultimately convinced, that taxes were much too high.
Finally, the article does not mention the transfer of subsidy from the poor to big business, the military adventurism, the rescue of criminally managed financial institutions, the expense of incarcerating a disproportionate size of the population, the increased cost to the middle class for privatization, the criminal growth in the cost of health care, the diminished tax base due to the effective wage reduction caused from the castration of organized labor, or the outsourcing of employment to foreign lands.
The article is very selective in the narrative and attempts to lend credence to the notion that the middle class has created it's own fate. This notion is true in one regard. The middle class bought into Freidman economics and politically put the theory into practice. This was the major mistake of the middle class of the 1980's.
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