It is interesting to see the media give inordinate attention to public figures intent on demeaning the President of the United States by questioning his love for America instead of why Republican-led states are in debt and cutting services for their residents. This is particularly true of Sunday political programs that provide some Americans with the only ‘news’ about their politicians’ viewpoints and opinions on why their constituents are suffering. However, the majority of Americans get their news from local sources that are as beholden to corporate advertising as the major networks pandering to conservative economic ideology. Democrats are just as guilty of failing to cite Republicans’ economic failings in states they control and it certainly contributes to why voters sat out the last midterm elections; they were unaware why their states are in economic distress or how to correct the problem. A problem, by the way, that a majority of Americans actually know exactly what it takes to correct.
The really sad fact is that there is an abundance of empirical data proving that every state controlled by Republicans is suffering economically, and conversely how Democratically-controlled states are succeeding and leading the nation in economic growth. However, these statistics never make the evening news, or Sunday political talk shows and it is further proof that the media is actively campaigning to impose conservative economic failings on the entire population. In what is a telling narrative, recent polling demonstrates that Americans overwhelmingly agree with the economic policies that allow Democratic states to grow their economies, pay down Republican debt and deficits, and create jobs. It is likely why the media is concealing the key to Blue states’ success; taxing the rich and investing in people.
A recent Associated Press-GfK poll that found that the majority of Americans agree with President Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on the richest income earners. This is a stark contrast to the economic policies being imposed in Republican states, or proposed by Koch Republicans in Congress, cutting taxes on the rich and raising them on the poor and middle class. Republicans continue to claim, like they have for over thirty years, that cutting taxes on the rich grows economies, creates jobs, and provides incredible revenue streams to invest in much-needed state programs.
Of course, the thirty year experiment in ‘trickle down’ economics is a monumental failure, and there are no better examples than most Republican-led states suffering massive debt, job losses, and revenue shortfalls affecting everything from education funding to road repair. Conversely, there are just as many examples of Democratic-controlled states that rejected Republican economics and raised taxes to increase revenue, create jobs, reduce deficits, and allow for investment in areas important to the people; roads, schools, law enforcement, healthcare and social services for the people.
For example, main stream media is deliberately concealing several Republican-controlled states that drastically cut taxes for the rich that led to unsustainable debt and deficits leading to greater cuts in education, services, transportation, healthcare, and lost jobs. The same Republican states, like Koch Republicans in Congress, have either proposed, or are already, increasing taxes on the poor and middle class to increase tax relief for the rich and still are suffering revenue shortfalls.
Just a sampling of Republican-controlled states that cut taxes for the rich leading to budget deficits are; New Jersey – $2.7 billion deficit, Pennsylvania – $1 billion deficit, Kansas – $1 billion deficit, Wisconsin – $2.2 billion budget deficit, Arizona – $1.5 billion deficit, Alaska – $3.5 billion deficit, Alabama -$950 million deficit, Louisiana – $1.6 billion deficit, Alabama – $700 million deficit, Michigan – $454 million deficit, North Carolina – $445 million deficit, and Oklahoma – $600 million deficit. Now, none of these numbers are theoretical, conjecture, or ideological; they are hard numbers that main stream media cannot be bothered to report on the national level any more than the overwhelming economic successes being experienced in Democratic-led states like California.
After twelve years of Republican economics in California, the state was left with a $42 billion deficit and high unemployment with massive program and social service cuts unable to save the state’s economic demise. As is usually the case on the national level, the people elected a Democratic governor and legislature that went to the people for permission to raise taxes and save the economy. The people had the same sentiment the recent AP/GfK poll revealed most Americans have and they voted to raise taxes and the results are indisputable; and not reported by the main stream media. California’s deficit is falling rapidly, the state is investing in education, law enforcement, healthcare, road repair, social services, leading the nation in jobs created, and posting a $4 billion budget surplus this year.
This economic success should be the leading economic news across the nation and yet, even in most California media the reports are that Obama and Democrats are intent on continuing to destroy the nation’s economy, and jobs, by proposing higher taxes on the very richest Americans. Sadly, even low-intellect Californians beholden to bible-conservative ideology believe the media and oppose the same Democratic economic policies they are benefitting from; more jobs, services, greater healthcare access, more law enforcement, and social services that are the reason they flock to the Golden State to receive. Part and parcel of the dumbing down of Americans is due to conservative media that is likely the only ‘education’ stupid California transplants, like the Confederate states they left, will ever experience.
Many Americans are perplexed by idiot voters’ habit of perpetually electing Republicans to enact economic policies that are detrimental to their supporters’ self-interests. It is likely it is because the stupid have no idea that there are proven economic successes in Democratically-controlled states the media never reports any more than the Republican failures ravaging red state economies across the nation.
Republicans are responsible for the gross income inequality killing off the middle class and sending poor people deeper into poverty, but they would not have such an easy time without a willing media facilitating enactment of failed Republican economic policies. The sad fact is that journalists would not have to explain anything to their audience; just provide a list of red states in economic distress and blue states experiencing budget surpluses, job growth, and increased services. However, that would entail contradicting Republicans. If Americans have learned anything over the past decade, it is that the media will not do anything contrary to the whims and wishes of their Republican masters because it would mean afflicting the comfortable.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.