Oh how I miss George Carlin. Yes he was mainly known as a stand up comedian, but he was more than that, much more. He was a social critic, he challenged that status quo, he dared to go where society wasn’t prepared to go: Look at ourselves critically. He did it with biting humor, masterful oration and a directness digging into core truths that were not only uncomfortable at times, but needed to be heard and said.
His voice has fallen silent as he passed away a few years ago and I’m sorry to say: We don’t have anyone like George today. I didn’t agree with everything George said and I don’t need to, nor does anybody else, but his talent was to make us think and to view the world with a different perspective and yes he was a prophet.
He saw long ago where this was all heading. The political charades and manufactured dramas that are sold to the public as choice, the illusion of choice as the agendas have long been in play.
“What do they want?” he asked.
“More for themselves and less for everybody else.”
He spoke of the owners of this country, the owners that control everything, the media, what to believe what to think, and the great business and lobbying interests that spend billions of dollars lobbying for ever more benefits for themselves.
And lobby they do:
And boy did they succeed. Under the mantle of populism and draining the swamp they got themselves the biggest tax cuts in corporate history, a historic killing:
Wall Street celebrated and celebrates to this day.
Wealth inequality skyrocketing for years and now trillion dollar deficits as far as the eye can see and debt through the roof:
“But now they’re coming for your social security money” George prophesied.
“So they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street. And sooner or later they’ll get it all”.
After all after Act I is complete here comes Act 2:
Act I: Big corporate tax cuts for the top 1%.— Sven Henrich (@NorthmanTrader) February 9, 2020
Act II: Cut benefits for the poor. https://t.co/UrrrDn8rHP
“President Donald Trump will propose a $4.8 trillion budget on Monday, with sharp cuts to safety-net programs and international aid.
“Trump would increase military spending by 0.3% to $740.5 billion for the fiscal year 2021, which starts on Oct. 21.
Spending cuts of $4.4 trillion over a decade would target $2 trillion in savings from mandatory spending programs, including cuts of $130 billion tied to Medicare drug-pricing and $292 billion from safety-net programs, such as food stamps and Medicaid.
The budget assumes the $1.5 trillion tax-cut package enacted in 2017 and set to expire by 2025 is extended.”
Protect those tax cuts for Wall Street, but cut benefits for the rest, the needy and poor specifically. But we always have money to increase military spending which was already increased dramatically in the past few years on yes, a bipartisan basis. Both Democrats and Republicans voted for those. Lobbying dollars freely flow into both parties of course. Elections are expensive, don’t you know. And who are you going to listen to? To those that pay for access of course.
Don’t act surprised though. George Carlin, the prophet, told you years ago this was all coming in a brutally honest and biting rant that only George could’ve pulled off:
I miss his voice and I do wonder what he would tell us today. I shudder to think.
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