Was it here or some other webshite where a wit commented that what Rmoney did to Jimzheimer Lehrer the other night was pure corporate sociopath — look a person in the eye and announce “I’m going to fire you as soon as I get a chance”? Because that’s the essence of Lizard Overlord behaviour — to casually say “I’ll fcuk up your life and not give a chit about it. You are not human to me. You are a number, and I will erase you like one without a second thought.”
And people will still vote for this bastard. My wife was speculating today, “Maybe more Americans are turning into sociopaths. That’s why they’re not bothered by this.” She sure is. I have stopped giving a flying monkey fck.
Bukko, I think the problem is that the Big Lie that the right wing is pushing, that the United States is bankrupt and the only solution is to throw granny (and Big Bird) under the bus, has achieved the status of “common knowledge” that “everybody knows.” I doubt that the majority of Americans want to see Big Bird mounted as a trophy on Romney’s wall. But Romney is telling them — and the Lamestream Media is telling them — that the nation is bankrupt and has no choice but to throw things like Big Bird under the bus if any semblance of national government is to continue.
Of course, the reality is that any fiscal problems faced by our government are due to one thing: The United States is the least-taxed major economy on Planet Earth. The majority of major economies collect anywhere from 35% to 40% of GDP as taxes. The U.S…. less than 20% of GDP. And the majority of that is because the rich and corporations are not paying their share, the share of taxes paid by corporations has been sliding since the 1950′s and now accounts for under 8% of U.S. tax collections when it was around 1/3rd of U.S. tax collections in the 50′s, while the fact that Mitt Romney’s effective tax rate is around 12% *as he himself admits*, or roughly 1/3rd of *my* effective tax rate… well. That speaks for itself.
And the reason the U.S. can get away with being the most under-taxed and over-privileged nation is because of reserve currency status, enforced by a threatening military. That status was easy to obtain when the rest of the world was a relative wreck after WW II. It would be harder to maintain now, with upstart challengers itching to unseat the reserve king, even if the U.S. were a well-managed concern. But it has become a stumbling country of porcine poltroons managed by venal vermin. It’s gonna fall.
And what Duhmericans don’t realize is that the Alien Lizard Overlords are going to throw them under the same bus that Big Bird’s bound for. “Reducing corporate headcount” when it comes to an entire country means letting the old, sick and otherwise non-productive 47% of the citizenry just fucking die. The Lizard People won’t give 2 shits if 100 million Americans expire. It will make a leaner, meaner country. I’m sure they’d be happy if the population could be whittled down to 100 million in total, as long as the dying 200 million don’t kick up too much of a fuss on the way out. Out of life. A world population shrunk to 1 billion humans before 2050 would suit the Overlords just fine, and prolong their ability to run civilization as it’s operating now.
I’m hearing more and more people talk about The Big Die-Off as being part of the 1%’s plan. Mrs. Bukko and I are paranoiacs who have been spouting this fringe theory for about a year now. We are at the extreme edge, but well-studied, too. We have been fringe about a lot of things that have come to pass (albeit more slowly than we predicted.) I will be curious to see how much this Alex Jones-like freakish theory gains in popular currency over the next two years.
One Fly, the US is relatively underpopulated compared to most countries, so no, the die off is not inevitable in the United States. Still, I do believe it will happen. When the supply of North African wheat to the city of Rome was cut off, Rome went from a million people to maybe 20,000 heavily armed survivors huddled in the ruins in less than 50 yeas. That’s what a Great Die-off looks like when the food supply is cut off to a population that has no skills and no ability to grow their own food. It ain’t pretty.