You now have no place else to go, and no means of raising your voice against this outrage, since you stupidly thought the Democrats were protecting your interests.
You are virtually defenseless and have been outmaneuvered on every level over the last 60 years since the President Truman signed NSC-68. While you were being dazzled by all the post-war trinkets, Wall Street was engaged in a long term covert war on you, your organizations, and your ability to act or think in your own interest. It does not appear, at this late hour, that you can recover any significant portion of the bargaining position you have lost.
As workers, and as citizens, you have been broken and defeated. You’re fucked!
We do wish there was a way to sugar-coat our conclusions on this, but we fear any attempt to soften the presentation of how dire our collective present circumstances are would only lull you into some false sense of security. We will leave the gushy optimism to the progressives, who will, no doubt, respond to our conclusion with the sort of puckish self-delusion with which they have marked more than 60 years as the loyal opposition to the most rapacious and predatory economic beast ever to slouch toward Jerusalem.
Majority rules! They will counter. Democracy is a work in progress! (Pun intended)
They will, perhaps, quote to you from one of the very well delivered speeches of the Messiah himself, or, to avoid the appearance of worshiping the rough beast, an optimistic view of American democracy written by some safely dead moral authority. But more likely, they will attempt to drag you into some wonky policy discussion on the tactical subtleties of health insurance reform in the context of shifting party loyalties, as we recently experienced with one writer on the blog, Econospeak.
I have to say it because the Senate health care bill is terribly flawed and very far from what so many of us were hoping for. However, we must face the hard reality in light of the election results in Massachusetts. There is simply no way anybody is going to get the Senate to pass any variation on it once Scott Brown is seated, unless they can actually change the rules to do reconciliation with 50 votes without mucking about at it for too long. The only possible bill likely to be actually signed into law at this point is the one passed with such enormous effort by the Senate in December. If the House refuses we will not see another serious effort for many years. The bill does little, but it is better than nothing, increasing coverage to two thirds of the uninsured and forbidding insurance companies from refusing people over preexisting conditions or arbitrarily dumping them.
Basically there are six systems of health care out there: 1) more or less pure laissez faire, formerly seen in the US but now no high income countries, although some very poor countries; 2) the US system of mixed public private with for-profit health insurance companies and no universal coverage; 3) universal coverage through private but non-profit insurance companies, seen in Switzerland and the Netherlands; 4) mixed private public system with universal coverage, non-profit private insurance companies, and a public option, see Germany and top-rated on health-care-by-the-WHO France; 5) a single payer system by government with universal coverage, with health care workers still privately (mostly self) employed, with Canada the leading example, and 6) full socialized medicine with health care workers employees of the state, see the UK and the former Soviet Union. There has been talk in the US of single payer, and many in Congress wanted a public option (although nobody was willing to push to change our badly behaved for-profit health insurers to non-profit), but in the end the Senate bill does not move us off System 2, merely extends and improves it some. Still, it is better than nothing, and killing it with no alternative will not help Dems politically this fall in the elections.
The writer argues as if the crude, rudimentary social safety net in the United States can be attributed to the lack of parliamentary tactical imagination on the part of the Democratic Party – a party which began this Congress with control of the Presidency, and unchallengeable control of both houses.
We prefer to assume the worst: The Washington-Wall Street Axis is firmly in control of both parties, in both houses of Congress, and the Presidency. Its aim is to enforce the status quo – otherwise referred to as the Washington Bipartisan Consensus – against any change in the existing balance of power in the United States.
We have already offered as evidence two of the most shocking features of this balance of power:
- The steady off-shoring of the US industrial infrastructure: The export of at least non-military critical manufacturing capacity to low wage industrial parks in the less developed countries. A process that not only allows American corporations to escape the relatively higher wages of the US, but also its regulatory regime.
- The covert dismantling of your independent organizations. and erosion of your capacity to organize yourselves and to think and act independently of the two parties. As we have shown previously – and, we understand, Tom Walker will document in a forthcoming book – one of the most important efforts of the authors of National Security Council Report 68 was to hijack the union movement in this nation and subvert it – leaving it in such pitiful shape as is demonstrated by the statistics we mentioned in the previous segment.
With the Messiah’s sweeping election victory, and the events of last year’s health insurance debate can there be any question that Washington is firmly in the grip the most predatory interests in American society? What other explanation can you give for why a party with the presidency and insurmountable majorities in both houses of Congress begins to fulfill one of its most important and long standing campaign promises by negotiating with the same losers who have have spent the last sixty years opposing that promise!
Oh, but it gets worse.
Not only are you fucked, so is the rest of the planet.