Political Theatre, Robert Reich, Marty McFly, Glenn Beck, Ronald Reagan   Leave a comment


In the first “Back to the Future” movie, Dr. Emmett Brown doubts Marty McFly’s story that he is from the future. Dr. Emmett Brown says, “Then tell me, “Future Boy,” who’s President of the United States in 1985?

Marty McFly answers, “Ronald Reagan.”

Dr. Emmett Brown, “Ronald Reagan? The actor? (he chuckles in disbelief).Then who’s VICE-PRESIDEN? Jerry Lewis? I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady and Jack Benny is Secretary of the Treasury?

Funny dialogue if show business and politics had not continued to blur beyond belief. “I am not a witch.” Twilight Zone? Sara Palin’s doing a reality show. Need I say more? We all deserve the opportunity to try different trades, but if your car mechanic started baking bread between oil changes or your ear, nose and throat doctor preached religion while checking out your strep throat, you might wonder if you’re on Candid Camera or some modern version of a practical joke program.

In his CPAC speech, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said “who wants to hang out with guys like Paul Krugman and Robert Reich when you can be with Rush Limbaugh?” Is that what this is about, “hanging out” or getting factual information?

Here are the three men’s credentials: Rush Limbaugh: Attended Southeast Missouri State University but left the school after two semesters and one summer. According to his mother, “he flunked everything,” and “he just didn’t seem interested in anything except radio.

Paul Krugman was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on the New Trade Theory, which deals with the analysis of trade patterns and location of economic activity. He was presented the John Bates Clark Medal in 1991 by American Economic Association. This medal is given to economists who are below 40 years of age and have made significant contributions in the field of economics. He won the William Alonso Memorial Prize (2002) for Innovative Work in Regional Science, given by the North American Regional Science Council, Nikkei Prize for Excellent Books in Economic Science co-authored with Masahisa Fujita and Anthony Venables (2001), Adam Smith Award (1995) given by the National Association for Business Economics and George Eccles Prize (1981) for Excellence in Economic Writing given by the Columbia University Business School.

And Robert Reich: Before becoming Secretary of Labor in 1993, Reich lectured for 12 years at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. His career in public service included a stint as Assistant to the Solicitor General, during which he represented the United States before the Supreme Court, and Director of the Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Trade Commission.  In his four years in Washington, Reich fought for pension-plan protections and a higher minimum wage.

Reich will establish a Center on Jobs, the Economy and Society based at Brandeis University’s Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, continuing the work that has filled his career, first at Harvard University and later in his Cabinet Credentials.

When television access to 24-hour news programs became available other channels competed by allowing their news shows to report with opinions, so now we have Glen Beck performing with puppets and Keith Oberlin ridiculing politicians. Before the war in Iraq began, television news/entertainment programs began flashing the words, “WAR ON TERROR” across the screen in primary colors with loud background music. Lights, camera, action! One might think it was the beginning of a movie instead of what was presented as news and information. It appears our wars on terror, drugs, crime, all have the opposite effect than the one desired..

Gullible Americans, arrested development, Candid Camera? What’s happening? For instance, “Three million Americans say they’ve been abducted by aliens, 300,000 women that they’ve been gang-raped by them. Really? In Ethiopia, not one woman has been gang-raped by aliens.” Too much TV? Are we dumbing down at an alarming rate?

Americans have been inundated by political advertisements by both parties. Why does anyone watch? We are allowed to pick our candidate from those who spend millions to run for office. Does it not make sense that if a person truly wanted to help their fellow-man, they would decide that the money spent might be better used to help citizens in more direct ways than becoming a member of the House or Senate that’s main goal is obstructionism instead of cooperation?

Americans hear that their tax cuts will end and they panic, so we vote for those who we believe have our best interest at heart. But the 40 trillion-dollar debt could be fixed if we lifted the cap on the rich not paying their fair share of taxes.

Not many Americans know that if a person earns over $106,000 a year, he/she does not have to pay social security tax on the money earned over the that amount, and the money up to that amount receives a 13% tax cut. If every person earning over $106,000 would continue to pay into social security accordingly, every United States citizen could retire at age 55 with double the social security payment and with no worries of social security ending. It would be solvent forever if ALL paid based on their income. But Republicans are balking at a 3% increase in taxes for the rich, so why would they ever require the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share of social security.

Today paper money is not real, not backed by gold, no more valuable than a hand-written IOU, just something for the obscenely wealthy bankers, traders and other thieves who assault the lives of the middle class and poor while continuing to receive bonuses in amounts beyond belief, and they do their thievery, blatantly without shame or remorse.

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Posted November 24, 2010 by strongjacksonpoet54 in Essays

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