If you want to dance

If You Want To Dance

You Have To Pay the Fiddler

 Ralph Nader predicts the capitalists system will survive as it’s usually saved using socialism. The lack of control by our representatives has created a possible longer lasting economic crisis than the 1930s. Depression and won’t be solved by the free market. Corporate interests aren’t tantamount to national interests.

 During an economic crisis affecting the working class they tend to move to the left. During the 30s depression the Socialist Party grew with many Socialists and Progressives elected to local and state offices. The union movement also evolved. People wanted their voices heard. Government cannot transform society, only people can accomplish that.

 Millions of unemployed and those losing their homes are victims of an unchecked system that has collapsed. Our severely divided Congress has been in hibernation and owned by special interests. Lobbyists for the few elite control the politicians while the peasants with little representation fight the wars and scramble for the leftover crumbs.

 Easy credit substituting for decent wages comforted the working class for generations are how finding that if you want to dance you have to pay the fiddler.

 Obama has good intentions, but has found it difficult to prevail over the establishment and most disgraceful group of congressional members in my memory. Intellect is a liability in politics. 

Suppose twothirds of the members of the national House of Representatives were dumped into the Washington garbage incinerator tomorrow, what would we lose to offset our gain of their salaries and the salaries of their parasites? {H.L Mencken} quote


3 responses to “If you want to dance

  1. Sali Cosford Parker

    When I listen to our Congress these days, I am infuriated to hear, not a body of erudite men and women laboring to represent their constituencies, but a bunch of – what? Is there a word negative enough to adequately describes what Congress has become? Ah . . . I’ve got it: Politicians!

    In the hallowed halls of our Capitol, hectoring has replaced constructive dialog, ego has buried the potential for compromise, and Republicans and Democrats alike turn deaf ears to emails and phone calls from thousands upon thousands of frightened citizens.

    The Left wants to win. The Right wants to win. America stands to lose big, but neither the Right nor the Left cares who loses as long as it isn’t them.

    So, We the People stand at the proverbial brink while our elected officials indulge In tantrums and brew tea. I heard one disgruntled citizen suggest we vote them all out next election. Nice thought. Unfortunately, elections cost money and if those “politicians” on the Hill don’t get their act together, elections in America will go the way of dodo-birds and eight-track tapes.

  2. Sali Cosford Parker

    Let me clarify my closing comment because my husband interpreted it one way and my BFF another – neither “got it.”

    Elections cost money. A bankrupt country cannot fund elections. Elections in America therefore become extinct.

  3. Vicki Sue McKinnis

    Thanks to both Don and Sali for putting into words the angst felt by most Americans I talk with, and which I also feel. The further down the road we go, the more I lose faith.

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