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My apathy after the US declared war on a country on the false pretenses of weapons of mass destruction that were never found; a country that completely let an entire city go desperate without water/food after a natural disaster, a country that allowed torture in violation of Geneva conventions, a country that had no oversight as predatory lending practices, massive tax cuts for the wealthy to the great detriment of the middle class - all of these things I knew were coming in 2000, which made me direct my future to the country to the north - I am feeling a little hopeful again.
Special interests have been running the USA for nearly a decade now, exchanging political favors for campaign support. With the Obama campaign, it was literally a grass-roots, internet-based campaign that raised the incredible amount of money to win the primaries. And as I donated to the Obama campaign last night (you're not allowed to contribute much by law) I felt like maybe there was hope for the middle class.
I am so sick of people saying, "you're rich, you should vote for McCain". Fuck you. There is absolutely NO REASON for more tax breaks for the rich that is ridiculous. The middle class has taken a huge hit in the last eight years, and what drives me nuts is it's the red states that powered that stupid administration to its second win. These red states have been hit the hardest.
The Bush Administration unfairly favored people who had high income or assets. OK I am one of those people - and it is ridiculous. Maybe I am in the minority, but higher taxes are FINE as long as they are FAIR. The last eight years, the tax breaks - two credits in short succession that wiped out the budget surplus, tax breaks that heavily favored the rich - were WRONG. The tax breaks that I (we) got were VERY unfair to the middle class.
The treasury bailed out Bear Stearns - after they went nuts and created mortgage funds that completely sucked the middle class into predatory lending (with no oversight) - but did the government bail out any of the homeowners who lost their homes? No, but good thing that Bush is pro-life! He sure helped out when he chose Harriet Miers for the Supreme Court, a woman with a pro-choice history. Yeah Bush really cared about your silly little abortion judgemental attitude.
The middle class got completely fooled by simple slogans ("flip-flopper") and voted with their pastors. Now, after eight years, the middle class is hosed, the rich got richer, and it was completely unfair. Maybe, if this country - if the middle class - is mad enough and mobilizes enough for a revolution against the system that unfairly favors the oil companies, large corporations, and the rich - maybe there is hope for the USA.
I still am cynical, because part of me is absolutely sure that the voters will again do the wrong thing and not know what happened, and more annoyingly, be completely certain that Bush was the greatest vote for America. Yes, for the rich - devastating for the poor and the middle class.
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