so i was watching television news yesterday and it was some random interviews of regular american voters and their thoughts on the upcoming election. one man stuck out particularly for me because he noted on obama that he wants more government control over citizens and as ‘government isn’t working already’ then his vote will go to john mccain as he favours less government intervention.
this kind of logic both drives me crazy AND helps further the right wing agenda. bush, cheney and rumsfeld have stripped the american federal government so thoroughly already that it will take decades to reverse the damage that contracting-out every possible job has already done. but this actually helps their cause as some (frankly idiotic) people think as the above gentleman, that government has failed in general and therefore should be abandoned in favour of letting the market take care of things.
SERIOUSLY? sometimes it seems as though the ideological gap between people like that and people like me is so vast that there will never be any hope of bridging it. i had hoped that this financial crisis would galvanize people and force the world to look at the failure of neo-liberal economic policies but little examination seems to be going on which scares me quite a lot. it is frustrating when the news simply seems to attribute the problems on wall street to greed.
1. greed = capitalism. greed is the foundation of capitalism and to say that greed caused this crisis without further probing the fundamental problems with laissez faire capitalism is ridiculous.
2. deregulation is what caused this mess so why aren’t people stepping up and demanding the re-regulation of the banking industry in america. and how can people vote for john mccain when he has pushed deregulation for his entire career and continues to push it despite the disaster on wall street?
what’s even more frustrating is that in canada we voted in a government that has emulated the bush cabinet in many key ways despite overwhelming evidence that the legacy of the bush years will be failure at every turn. my only hope is that the coming years will bring a swing back to the left as the bush years have shown us what happens when a country swings far to right. hopefully obama in as president will lead this swing.
two final notes:
1. it was ronald reagan that started all of this deregulation mess and yet somehow he is still a revered man among many across the spectrum political allegiances
2. it strikes me as distinctly hypocritical that conservative individuals push for less government intervention in people’s lives yet still want to restrict the right of gays to marry or the right of women to abort an unwanted pregnancy.