The beginning and working toward an end - 2
By Dave DeMars -Edited and Posted 3 Feb 2017
“Money is watched with a narrow, suspicious eye. The man who handles it is assumed to be dishonest until he proves himself otherwise. Audits are penetrating and meticulous. Commercial morality is enormously improved.”
-John Kenneth Galbraith, The Great Crash 1929
The watching of money and the guy who handles it was a result of the crash of 1929 and the heartache and suffering it caused. Roosevelt & company enacted a slough of regulations to make sure that it wouldn't happen again, and to protect the man in the street.
Somewhere in the 1970's I'm guessing, “the man who handles it” apparently proved himself honest because it was about that time that government began to loosen the reins on the horses of economic expansion deregulating one industry after another, allowing new money schemes and products to make their way to market. It was the new beginning of another “caveat emptor” era.
In the 1980's, we got a warning shot fired across the bow when the S&L crisis hit. We heard then the phrase “too big to fail.” And while we should have been mindful, it was a mere speed bump in the economic highway as Wall Street and the big banks convinced us – politicians and the guy down on main street that everything would be all right.
And Bill Clinton, ever the Rhodes scholar, bought into the idea that a hemispheric trading scheme (NAFTA) would be the best thing for the economics of this country. And while it sounded good, and looked good on paper, the little man from Texas with the hand drawn charts was right when he predicted that we would hear a huge sucking sound. But the sound came not only from our South and North American neighbors. It came primarily from the Orient – from Japan and China and a host of other countries who fought for the American sugar tit. And with the help of Wall Street and the smart marketing of firms like Wal-mart, they pushed aside American industry and workers with cheap labor and cheap goods.
With less regulation, and fewer audits, commercial morality got caught up in that huge sucking sound. And Americans were transformed from producers to consumers with an ever increasing appetite for the trash and glitter .
I listened the other day as a preacher talked about the need for relationships in politics and in the business world. People who have relationships with one another have connections in the soul, he said. They appreciate the humanity in others because it reflects the humanity in themselves.
And there's the rub. Corporations are not human despite what the Supremes may have said. Corporations have no soul, thus they have no morality. It's all for profit. There is no God higher than profit. And the men and women who work in the corporations measure their self worth by the size of their pay checks and bonuses. And if someone gets hurt along the way, if they get wiped out and lose house and hearth, health and job – well that's just the way the cookie crumbles. There are those that get, and those that get got the old saying goes. Most of us fit into the “get got” category rather than the former.
“Fleece the sheeple,” the corporate tycoon cries. And we sheeple, like sheep and lambs, go willingly to be sliced, diced and filleted on the slaughter lines of corporations, banks and Wall Street. Worse – through the mechanism of government, we sacrifice even our young and their futures when the government that is supposed to look out for our interests is bought and paid for by those busy getting.
“We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Read the words and answer the questions. Have we formed a “more perfect union?” Tell me Congressman, Senator, Mr. Businessman – what does a more perfect union look like? Have we established justice? For all or is it just for some? Does the justice in this country depend on the depth of your pocket book? The color of your skin? Your place of worship? Or maybe your address?
Do we provide for domestic tranquility? Can the elderly go to sleep at night without worrying about their health care? Can a single mother send her child to school in the mean schools of Chicago and LA without worrying about the safety of that child? Do the working poor still have to worry about health care and whether they can afford the deductible despite the working two jobs and being blessed with Obamacare? Do parents have to worry as to whether their child will be killed by a stray bullet from gang infested streets as she sleeps in her bed at night?
“Provide for the common defence.” Now there is something that we do really well. We spend more than any nation on earth on our ships, and planes, and guns and tanks. We have more bombs than anyone, and they pack more of a wallop than any other country. Our training is the best, and our fighting men the best drawn of course from the 90 percent at the bottom of the economic ladder. No corporation ever gets its legs blown away, its eyes destroyed, its brains scrambled. No, we send our best to suffer in our “common defence.” And when those veterans come home from Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and who knows where next, we give them purple ribbons, and medals, and monuments, but little of the care and ministrations to help them heal and become nearly whole again.
And what about the “general welfare?” Have we provided health care for all? Have we eradicated homelessness? Do all our children go to bed each night in a bed or their own, or do some sleep curled up on the floor near the radiator for warmth? Are the rats eradicated? Is the lead and asbestos stripped from the walls and pipes? Do the poor and elderly still cut their pills, and dine on dog food? Can a mother spend time with her son or does she have to work two jobs to make ends meet? Are our work places safe? Are our schools well staffed, our nursing homes sanitary and clean? Do we look our for one another? Or do we do the Christian thing – that thing that salves our souls? Do we put our shekels on the collection plate and say we've done our duty?
Any congress person or senator, or judge or President need look no further than the Preamble to determine what needs to be done in this country. If there is any bill, law, or executive action that cannot be shown, in two hundred words or less, how it satisfies some part of the preamble, then it is not needed. Look at the first ten amendments. Each and every one of them can be justified and shown to support one or more of the six concerns of government. That Preamble constitutes the mission statement for the government of the United States. Anything that interferes with the attainment of that mission needs to be removed from government. And that includes the congress persons, senators, Presidents, and bureaucrats that suck the marrow from the bones of the working class.