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Daveparts Donating Member (854 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:58 AM
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In the Shadow of an Apocalypse
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 11:01 AM by Daveparts
In the Shadow of an Apocalypse
By David Glenn Cox

The media has coined a new term, The great recession, the media loves terms like that, terms that they can use to encapsulate ideas. It allows them to rationalize and generalize and in this case minimize. To call this the great recession is as insulting as calling a train wreck a boo boo. To ignore the pain and suffering that millions of Americans are going through with a vulgar sugar coated euphemism.

Displaced worker is another such term; it explains the result without explaining how the worker came to be displaced in the first place. Screwed worker or abandoned worker might be more accurate but the media get it while at the same time they remain clueless. How about forgotten worker? Forgotten by the nation of his or her birth, sacrificed for an idea while we abandoned the legacy of, We the people.

I drove through Marietta Georgia yesterday trying to peddle my book at independent bookstores and what I saw was like something from the science fiction movie, I am Legend or The Omega Man a city in full collapse, empty stores entire shopping centers with grass growing through the asphalt of the parking lots. Restaurants with their signage removed but as you drove by the still open businesses you could determine the number of employees by the number of cars in the parking lots.

Tire stores, car rental places, office parks all standing idle. Crown properties have a banner advertising, Down sizing your office? We can help! No they cant, its only their own plea for help, wringing out the sponge because there are really only two kinds of businesses right now, those that have closed and those that are about to close. I drove by the car lots, the Dodge dealer has already down sized from a large distinctive building to a smaller humbler surrounding. Not that it made a difference there werent any customers there either. They were just buying time trying to hang on by living on their larder hoping against hope that things will turn around.

Meanwhile back in Washington the big three come hat in hand asking for a loan. Congress squints and wants numbers and the best the automakers can offer is, If you give us $30 billion dollars we promise to eliminate 30,000 jobs over the next five years. Republican Congressman smile and smirk, Let em go under and file for bankruptcy so that they can escape their legacy costs. Legacy costs, thats the elderly and retired, what these smiling jackals are actually seeking is a deathblow over the unions. To steal the pensions from the elderly and the future from their grand children all in one fell swoop.

The ORiellys ponder the war on Christmas but ignore the war on Americans. The collapsing economy receives intense coverage of Wall Street troubles with a complete and abject ignorance of Main Street woes. Most if not all retail stores remain profitable dependant on Christmas sales and come January its going to blow an ill wind. Rite Aid spent the last decade buying up their competitors assuming that they could pay off their debt load by increased market share. Indeed they have increased their market share but sales are falling. Sears was bought up to rescue a failing K-Mart and the plan worked but now it is Sears hanging from the precipice.

Reports in the oil industry say that due to falling demand worldwide oil might fall to $25.00 a barrel. From a high of $150.00 per barrel down to $25.00 per barrel, that is a complete market collapse. The oil service sector will be devastated, from drill baby drill to, out of business baby, out of business. Just throw them on the pyre, thousands upon thousands losing their jobs daily. More last month than in 26 years, 10,000 a day and still no help from Washington save extended unemployment benefits. Like the Dodge dealer its hanging on but its not a rescue.

This Great Recession as they like to call it hasnt even begun yet. The war on Americans is in full swing the beating down of wages and benefits the castrating of labor unions not just in manufacturing but every where. In their zealotry to make America over in the vision of Adam Smith they have over done it and killed the goose that laid the golden eggs in the process. The combination of outsourcing and the throttling of wages have created a critical mass in our economy and the creators of the term Great recession need to start again how about, The nuclear depression or the depression to end all depressions or even the victory over the American worker depression.

Still without realizing why they lost in November Republicans celebrate their victory over the American worker with out understanding that theyve killed the horse they ride as well. They find themselves among the ruins with only Sarah Palin to lead them out of the wilderness. Theyve out run their supplies; theyve expended their last cartridge in their victory over the people and now taps blows for them on the bugle. Little do they realize that the battle is not over the battle is only now about to be joined. Only now is the American worker beginning to understand that this situation is the result of an well-orchestrated plan.

The new administrations stimulus plan grows by the hour but do they understand? Do they understand that bailing out banks and industry is no more than pissing on a forest fire? Millions unemployed with millions more about to become unemployed along with the uncounted millions, the tradesmen and sales people who are employed in name only. About to be inducted in to the army of the had, the army of the abused, the army of the screwed.

Maybe, The Pivotal Depression would fit appropriately because before the sun shines again on the American economy there are battles that will need to be fought. Whom does this economy serve? If it doesnt serve the people then let us dispense with it and build a new one, if we must ride it down into hell then let us leave it there. Ive heard all the crap about taxing capital and point blank, if they want to leave then I hope the door doesnt hit them in the ass on the way out. The fact of the matter is that we have tried free market capitalism and free trade and it has brought us only to ruin.

These masters of the universe have screwed us blue; they have fucked things up at a level that dwarf any of the fuck-ups in American history. Theyve made Herbert Hoover look like a brilliant economist and Richard Nixon look like a nice man. They have taken the worlds largest creditor nation and made it the worlds largest debtor nation. Made the worlds most prosperous citizenry among the poorest in the western world. From a nation of dreamers who planned for a new tomorrow to a nation of scroungers trying to pay the rent with scrap aluminum cans all while enriching themselves.

The millions who watch Fox news are having their cable turned off as reality trumps lies. The illusionary light of free market capitalism and globalism is extinguished by the cold water of hunger and shut off utilities. The incoming administration needs to plan for feeding centers and millions upon millions of MREs along with a complete moratorium of home foreclosures. They must remember and take to heart, that those with nothing have nothing to lose and that the life of a rich man in a poor world is worth less than the life of a poor man.

To look now with new eyes and fully to understand that this is not the great recession as the bellicose cutie pie media whores croon but the shadow of an apocalypse.
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Voltaire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:16 AM
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1. Can't argue
Including the part about letting it all go to hell if the corporates will not reform.
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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:18 AM
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2. How can I reply
We. are. all. screwn...
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tomreedtoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 11:40 AM
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3. Apocalypses destroy sinners. We are all sinners.
We have sinned against what used to be called the "civic religion" of America, the belief that we had to defend each other, rather than exploit each other. And we are being punished for our sins.

Oh, it's easy to see the obvious sinners. The tire stores (who always ripped off the consumer by selling faulty tires, forcing people to put in new shocks, et cetera) and the auto dealers (who never advertised deals, whose ads only told what wonderful people they were, the sin of conceit) and the offices of companies that didn't make anything.

But Democrats - yes, even people at DU - are sinners too. Sinners because when we had people who would have promoted the "civic religion," we made them do stupid things like drive around in tanks, or we let them windsurf, or we made them wear hunting gear when they never hunted in their lives. We tried to make our candidates look like Republicans because we thought that the only way we could get voters was to look like Republicans.

We had no faith in our causes. We sat here and bitched and whined about how our candidates were no good, and how the Clintons were horndogs and connivers. We picked and poked at possible good picks for the Presidency. And we wrote self-pitying posts talking about how bad our lives were, rather than taking action to stop the Republicans and the rich who were causing it all.

Yes, there is a cold wind coming. It will kill many of us, some of us who were innocents and didn't deserve to be killed. Just remember, for every person who dies in the cold or of starvation, for every job that's lost, for every person who dies from a disease that universal health care might have helped - WE are responsible. We are guilty. We are damned. Because we didn't believe in the "civic religion," either.

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southernyankeebelle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 12:59 PM
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4. Its Obama's fault
No sooner than the ink is dry and Obama inherents this big mess he will be blamed. Bush passed the blame on to his daddy and Clinton. He takes no blame for anything. He never did his homework in office. He sat in the white house collecting welfare for the rich on our dime. He didn't do anything for the working people except make sure to keep division going. He let Rove run the government. He is hiding e-mails and doctoring them and he is getting away with it. Nixon comes off like a choir boy. Shame on this administration for destroying democracy as we know it. The republicans don't seem to care. Had this been going on in the Clinton administration they would have already been impeaching him. I for one would have joined them. Because we are americans first. The republicans like to say they put country first but in the last 12 yrs or so that is far from the truth. That is why they got defeated so badly. If they don't stop thinking the way they do they will lose again and again. Social issues are not going to put this house inorder. Its pocketbook issues friends.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:22 PM
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6. The Banking Reform Act of 1999, that helped allow all this sleezy business,
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 05:22 PM by truedelphi
Was signed into law by Bill Clinton.

Legislation that overturned the provisions of Glass-Streagall Act also happened under his watch.

We really do need a second party, one that is not out for Corporate America but real America.

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Hawkowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 03:41 PM
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5. The Bush Depression!
That is the proper name for this apocalypse. Tell everyone, everywhere : BUSH DEPRESSION.
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Hydra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:16 PM
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8. And?
No one is even pretending to want to take Bushco to task for their horrendous crimes. They'll be back in 8 years or less, assuming there's something left to steal.

This is Bush's Depression, but we're the ones who will have to live through it. He's going to Paraguay with the trillions he stole from us.
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judasdisney Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-06-08 05:47 AM
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10. The Bush Depression
The Bush Depression -- we're supposed to be "post-partisan"

The Bush Depression -- we're Doormat-o-crats, we simply can't

The Bush Depression -- we're not focused or disciplined enough to repeat it.

The Bush Depression -- we're more interested in marching for gay rights than against torture

The Bush Depression -- we don't have our priorities straight

The Bush Depression -- we're supposed to be "forward-looking"

The Bush Depression -- it was Clinton's fault, some Democrats are agreeing

The Bush Depression -- have I forced you to repeat-read "Bush Depression" enough fucking times that you're finally going to GET ON MESSAGE AND USE IT?
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:05 PM
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7. Recommended

"The incoming administration needs to plan for feeding centers and millions upon millions of MREs"

Yes, I foresee thousands of very hungry people in the near future.

And good luck with your book, looking at your link.
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:13 PM
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9. The GOPers can spread all the propaganda they want this time, but no one
will be listening. The GOPers blew this oen. The grover norquists wanted to drown American government in the bathtub; they succeeded and took the country with it. It will be a long time before people forget. The Bushistas probably wanted this to transpire in a year, but all that outsourcing along with the oil company. health insurance, pharmaceutical, financial institution greed could not be stemmed until Bush left office. He has now failed on every level!
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