Yes, it was a
Freudian slip for Health and Wellness. But I was talking to someone about the
expanding void in health care, rising rates for private insurance, higher
co-pays, along with the trimming of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
benefits in relation to the net
bonanza in HMO and insurance company revenues. These factors, added to the
general decay in the quality of life in America in the Bush Years, more aptly
fits with a state of Wealth and Hellness.
In fact, include in
that Hellness the uninsured. The National Coalition on Health
Care reports �Nearly 47 million Americans,
or 16 percent of the population, were without health insurance in 2005, the
latest government data available. The number of uninsured rose 1.3 million
between 2004 and 2005 and has increased by almost 7 million people since 2000.
The large majority of the uninsured (80 percent) are native or naturalized
citizens. Read the rest and weep.�
Yet the Wealth side
of the Bush years is that the rich are getting richer, the poor getting poorer.
Thanks to the free market mentality that rules America and its world. The rich
are being taxed with a retrogressive system, shamefully cutting their liability
to the very system that provides their bulging incomes. These tax cuts
eliminate literally trillions of dollars in treasury income from now into the
The progressive tax,
favored for its fairness by FDR and the New Deal -- i.e., the more you earn the
more you pay in taxes -- provided a major income stream to the federal
government and supported the strength of the infrastructure that held the
financial as well as political system together. That tax system has been
seriously diminished. Remember that Clinton for all of his faults left Junior
Bush with a $260 billion budget surplus, long since gone; annual deficits
running in the $400 to $500 billions ever since; our annual trade deficits have
been running even higher.
It is the neocon
dream to totally destroy New Deal gains, along with Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, and any other social assistance. Better to underwrite Blackwater,
Bechtel, Halliburton, KBR, Enron, Rupert Murdoch, and Warren Buffett, the
second richest man in America, who boasts that he pays less in taxes than his
employees. FYI, Buffett�s
been called in his Gen Re Reinsurance Company trial, accused of helping AIG
(another beauty, formerly headed by Hank Greenberg) manipulate its financial
statements to the tune of $500 million.
This while the muscle
of labor unions has been destroyed wholesale to reduce our work force to a
low-rent service labor, challenged by illegal immigrants for work.
Manufacturing plants have been destroyed along with their hundreds of thousands
of jobs to tighten the noose around American workers, who are hardly expected
to stop consuming. This makes America hardly the industrial giant that churned
out the arsenal to win WW II.
This while war
(excuse me) defense expenditures have been drastically increased, sending us
into the deepest national debt hole in our history, some $9 trillion and
Dangeroom reports �It's not just the troops that are surging. War costs are
up for American operations in Iraq and Afghanistan* -- way up, more
than a third higher than last year. In the first half of this fiscal year, the
Defense Department's "average monthly obligations for contracts and pay is
running about $12 billion per month, well above the $8.7 billion in
FY2006," says a new
report, obtained by DANGER ROOM, from the nonpartisan
Congressional Research Service.
war costs for the next 10 years could total about $472 billion if troop levels
fall to 30,000 by 2010, or $919 billion if troop levels fall to 70,000 by about
2013. If these estimates are added to already appropriated amounts, total
funding about $980 billion to $1.4 trillion by 2017.�
Add to this, the Washington Post report, The Army�s $200 Billion Makeover -- March to
Modernize Proves Ambitious and Controversial, not to mention
outrageous costly. Read it.
One can say that debt
is us. In fact, some of the recent subprime debt has been financially
engineered by hedge funds (highly worthwhile reading) to make still
more money for Wall Street. That with help from the money-spewing Federal
Reserve, which recently gave the Street another quarter-point cut in interests
rates. Thank you again, Ben.
More surge in Hellness
Increasing also are
hellacious numbers of the dead and wounded in our two ongoing preemptive wars,
a million or more Iraqis and Afghans dead, nearly 4,000 American troops gone,
Iran looming in the focused scopes of the mad Cheney/Bush Company, raising
those numbers even higher on both sides, perhaps on both sides of the world,
presenting the potential for a world conflagration.
In the shadow of this
apocalypse is, by the inciting incident of 9/11,
which now the former President of Italy as myriad others say was an inside job.
So, we all live in a yellow-orange-pink-red-color-coded submarine -- submerged
beneath the daily generated angst, the reality of depleted uranium infecting
our air, threatened dirty bombs about to explode in our midst, and the very
real plagues of AIDS and genocide savaging America and the Third World. Behind
this is a CIA whose main business seems to be creating as much chaos as
possible. Today, there is the rampant fear that no place is safe, not Canada,
Cucamonga, the Caspian basin, Calcutta, Colorado, Cancun, Chile, Chicago, save
for the Cayman Islands (at least from taxes).
We are instead in Dante�s
Inferno, walking through the nine circles of this Hellness, waiting for
the stream of light to lead us out of the very center of human corruption,
which parenthetically is also corrupting the natural world that sustains us.
Was it ever like this before? No, and yes.
Where did Wealth and
Hellness come from?
One could say that
the Bush Years are the culmination of a post WW II, 60-year attempt to have the
CIA�s shadow government work for shadow leaders above and beyond the titular
leaders of our government. Shadow leaders such as the Bilderbergers, the
Elites, the Bribers, the Mafias of the world, the criminal (and government)
arms and drug dealers, the stokers of the flames of this Hellness. Their sole
end is to facilitate the bankrupting of the US Treasury and working people,
transferring the wealth to the rich and super-rich.
Consequently, we see our
infrastructure crumble; in fact being privatized like so many toll roads to
loot even more money from the average citizen and enrich the likes of Rudy
Giuliani, a partner in the Giuliani Bracewell Texas law firm, now busy making
private deals with Australian and Spanish firms to take over American highways
and byways. Right action has gone so far to the right that it is lost on the
neocon highway to hegemony�s Nowhere.
And behind the guns,
tanks, armies, airplanes, rockets, bombs and armored vehicles, walk the rest of
us, like an ever-increasing crowd of Dickens-like stragglers, the Brechtian Beggars Opera. We are a nation whose
treasury has been/continues to be looted, whose pockets have been picked and
whose health and welfare has been tossed in the garbage.
And from the remains
of that garbage, once legitimate healthcare plans, pensions, retirement funds,
savings, 401(k)s, grows the ever-blossoming money-tree of multi-national
corporate profits, the ever-climbing (until it explodes) Dow Jones Average and
NASDAQ Index. All to yield billions in bonuses to the Wall Street boys; that
Wall Street that runs around the world like an animated green/gold paved
thoroughfare, circling and circling until you can no longer see the blue
planet, just a glimmer of gold/green (money green).
These are the people
who created the capital drought panic with subprime lending. These are the
people who allowed the banks to pass on all their bad loans to the investment
community, to collateralize it until it vanishes, as they make fortunes passing
the bad paper from one hand to another, and, ironically, scoop up the
sold-on-the cheap properties by debt-drowning �owners.� There is no bottom to
this pit, except to pave it and its practitioners over like hell with concrete
and let them experience Hellness.
Pre-WW II to now
Previous to the
Second World War and the post-war economic surge, we had the Depression, and
before that the Roaring 20s, Prohibition and the drunken growth of criminality
and low-margin lending, so that America could stay drunk one way or the other.
And before that, came World War One and that slaughter, manipulated by the
Morgans, the Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Robber Barons of the late 19th and
early 20th centuries. And so it goes.
But we must fight our
way out of this condition of Wealth and Hellness. Fight to find the light back
to our world and reclaim it from those who want the whole pie and then some. It
won�t come easy, but it will come if we fight. It won�t happen if we don�t
fight. At the root of all depression, economic or psychological, is the
individual (collected into a society) that won�t fight back and thus feels
disempowered, impotent, depressed. Anti-depressants are not the answer. Kicking
Let us not be the
elites� desired �reduction in population.� We have by far the greater numbers,
but we must have an equal will, the collected strength to beat their bums into
the ground. That�s what it comes down to; simple as that. This government, once
the protector of the oppressed is now the oppressor of the unprotected. It�s
time to show the oppressors who�s the boss, constitutionally and every other
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York.
Reach him at email@example.com.