One or Three Butlers?

The polls tell us that Mr. Romney’s strongest support is among low-income white men and high-income white men. In other words: the pissed-off jobless dude and the boss-man who outsourced his job. Go figure.

Similarly ironic are the political preferences of Tea Party enthusiasts, who claim to detest reckless spending, and the government — the same government their candidate is spending recklessly to join.

There is nothing subtle about Uranus  — governor of the shocking and outrageous – when up against Pluto – the planet that pushes things to extremes, the better to expose their toxicity. The shenanigans that have characterized American politics this summer have been as blatant as a slugfest in the schoolyard. One can only imagine how crazy things will get in 2014-15, when the Uranus-Pluto square meets up with the natal square in the chart of the USA (whose Sun-Saturn reside at the 13th and 14th degrees respectively of Cancer and Libra) to form a Grand Cross.

In a country considered by most of its citizens to be the greatest democracy in the world, the electoral system took another step into dark parody in recent weeks with the passing of a new rash of voting restrictions. Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania have now joined the game of exclusion, coming up with polling-station tricks reminiscent of the Jim Crow South. The I.D. requirements to be demanded of elderly, black, poor and student voters are intended, of course, to keep the voices of the have-nots from being fully counted.

In a way, it is almost refreshing to see the voting process manipulated with such crude blatancy; given the carpet of deniability that covers the far more all-encompassing chicanery at the root of the whole system: that is, the conceit that there are appreciable differences between the two ruling parties.

Were Americans to turn off their TVs and instead actually consider their candidates’ policies, they would see in an instant how closely aligned Democrats and Republicans are. Both support keeping the financial industry unregulated; both advocate for “free trade”. Both have sung the praises of corporate bailouts and would push for more if their man wins. And, for all the hay made by the Obama camp out of Romney’s secret tax returns, both are committed to reducing rich people’s taxes.

Obama’s tax plan (price tag: $150 billion) would give a one-year tax cut of $20,130, on average, to the top 1 % income earners. Romney’s ($210 billion) would give those same aristocrats $70,790. As journalist David Sirota puts it, the dispute here is over a tax code that would give each of those households the equivalent of the annual salary of one butler (Obama’s plan) or three butlers (Romney’s plan).

Perhaps the qualitative difference between these scenarios strikes you as less than staggering.

Such fundamental similarities would seem, at the very least, an interesting point for discussion. But the dominant red-vs-blue narrative, perpetuated by the kingmaker class and maintained by its cohorts in the mass media, precludes any intelligent analysis of the US system (see “pretend politics”). I have suggested that there is a concerted attempt here, on the part of the public opinion manipulators, to rivet voters’ attention upon personalities and People Magazine-style details, and away from what really matters.

Such as the continued machinations of Wall Street, whose high-rollers’ tricks with “synthetic credit products” gamed the global economy to within an inch of its life. These guys know which side of their bread is buttered, and it has nothing to do with partisan allegiances. They’ve benefited handsomely from deregulation under both “red” and “blue” administrations, and they know that, as long as the left-vs.-right narrative continues to obfuscate the 1%-vs-99% reality, they’ll never see a day of jail time.

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Thomas
Thomas

Romney is the next and last president.

ANGELA
ANGELA

Correction: the line should read: I see no reason to contribute or give my time to getting Democrats elected this year.

ANGELA
ANGELA

As Michael Moore says "never mind a third party - how about a second party to represent the rest of us?" As a state of California employee I am disgusted at how throwing us under the bus has become a bi-partison sport. I see no reason to contribute or give my time to getting Democrats this year. They turned their backs on me and now I am way too busy help them. A number of years ago they made a calculated decision to ignore unions in favor of hob-nobbing with the 1%. I applaud the unions who decided not to participate at this year's convention in North Caroline. Too bad they all didn't have the courage to do this. I keep wonder where and when this race to the bottom will end. To quote a line from HBO's Newsroom - "When we say we are the greatest country in the world - what do you mean?"

will
will

To be fair, isn't it true that President Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder, went after the banksters, only to realize that technically,the vast majority of these sociopath financial robbers did in fact adhere to the "letter-of-the-law" as bought and paid for by the massive bank and financial-services lobbyists. Hence, no grounds for conviction. I'm not making excuses here, but there was a 60-minutes episode of a few months back which interviewed PBO and in which he expressed his frustration with the legislation on the books which allows the culprits so many loopholes as to be able to wrestle free from almost any legal entanglements. Just sayin.'

Neil Ormsby
Neil Ormsby

Better the devil you know, besides President Obama is a breath of fresh air after George Bush (The Texas gun slinger) Mr Romney ! NO COMMENT !

Sarah
Sarah

Brilliant and brave as always. It has long been taboo to suggest that voting is not the sine qua non of political action. Reading this piece makes me hopeful that if we can admit that, it will free us to start working together to come up with more and more creative and peaceful ways to express the will of the populace and raise our expectations for leadership. Can we really continue to allow ourselves to be led by folks who don't even seem to be able to run their own lives? (how many butlers does it take to run America?) A lot of people dedicated their lives to give everyone the right to vote. They must be rolling over in their graves.