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Chronicling the collapse of a failed society
If it’s not A, it must be B, because life is always black and white, right?
Voters are increasingly displeased with President Obama’s handling of the economy, but a new poll finds most Americans still think George W. Bush is responsible for the nation’s dismal financial state.
According to a new Quinnipiac poll, 54 percent of those surveyed say Bush is responsible for the “current condition” of the economy, compared to just 27 percent who blame Obama. Among self-described independent voters, a key 2012 voting bloc, the number shifts slightly: 49 percent point the finger at the former GOP president, while 24 percent blame Obama.
Part of the problem, of course, is the simplistic wording of the question which automatically creates a false dichotomy of Republicans versus Democrats. The question might have been, which administration is more responsible for the current financial crisis, which then translates into the definitive statement that voters “think George W. Bush is responsible.” This simplified version of reality, which suggests that the complex terrain of the political frontier is easily understood in concrete, black-and-white terms, is then absorbed by an impatient and apathetic public whose attention span is incapable of grasping anything beyond the 10-second sound byte.
The poll reinforces the bogus notion that there are meaningful differences between the two major corporate parties, that they actually pursue alternative agendas, and that problems with the nation can therefore be blamed on one party but not the other. In reality, the Republicans and Democrats consistently strive for the same corporate interests, as the two parties – branches of the same tree – have been wholly bought by the same corporate funding.
So the notion that either Bush or Obama is responsible for our economic woes – and not both or neither – is completely false. Both the Bush and Obama administrations are responsible for the financial crunch that is squeezing the masses of ordinary Americans, because both administrations enacted policies which ensured rapidly increased profits for the very rich, while virtually guaranteeing destitution for the rest. And it didn’t start with Bush – Clinton, Bush I and Reagan all participated in the reckless promotion of financial deregulation which eventually – inevitably – led to the mess in which we now find ourselves.
The lone Corporate Party is extremely skilled at fulfilling the agenda it has set for itself, which explains why, whether Republican or Democratic administration, the corporations always reap ever greater profits, while ordinary Americans have seen their living standards in decline for at least the last two generations. And as long as people continue to buy into the lies about a fantasy division between the Republicans and Democrats, and like baffled, hungry dogs repeatedly run excitedly from one to the other, we will only experience more of the same, and the once proud middle class of America will fade into the mists of poverty as it reveals itself for what it truly was: a mere anomaly in a long, tortured history of elitist repression of the masses.