Sunday, July 17, 2011

Two Parties? Not So Much

"Democrats often complained about increases in the debt limit sought by President George W. Bush
"As a senator in 2006, Joseph R. Biden Jr. lamented 'the tsunami of debt created by the policies' of the Bush administration, including big tax cuts. Now, as vice president, Mr. Biden is trying to persuade Republicans to support a much bigger increase in the debt limit.
"In a scrap over the debt limit in 2004, Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the No. 2 House Democrat, said, 'The immoral, intellectually bankrupt fiscal policies that we have been pursuing for the last four years resulted in this request for a gargantuan increase in the debt.'
"The increase then was $800 billion. The White House is now seeking an increase of at least $2.4 trillion. That would lift the limit to at least $16.7 trillion, about twice the level set in 2004."
From the New York Times, July 17, 2011

Well, this gives "the game" away, does it not? The only difference, which is no difference at all, between the Republicans and Democrats is who controls the White House. Both parties talk the same way, say the same things, and do the same things, so why is it that we talk of having "two parties?" Obviously, we have one ruling class, composed of those who pretend to be different, to have different political principles, when in fact their "differences" are illusionary. And, it follows of course, that those who take these differences seriously are delusional. And recognize that the result here is that it does not actually matter which party controls the government because the results are pretty much the same. Yes, there is some heated rhetoric about "gays and lesbians," about "socialists" and "capitalists," about "liberals" and "conservatives." But, bottom line, this rhetoric is used to mask reality and that reality is that there is one ruling class in the United States and it is not about to give up its power voluntarily.

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