by Mumia Abu Jamal
October 4, 2008
Using individual tales of fallen 401Ks or of a few firings, they successfully insinuated that unless “the bailout” passed, YOU might lose your job or YOUR 401K might turn to dust. They ran the banner headlines of the drop of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and scared legislators into flipping their prior “No” votes into “Yea” votes.
Here’s the deal: What we’ve seen from both major political parties is the greatest transfer of public wealth into private hands in history. Indeed, it is privatization run amuck. It is a bailout, pure and simple, that the media and its masters want you to call a rescue.
But who is rescued? You? Come on. Does the government that facilitated the loss of millions of jobs, that scuttled public education, that gave away the U.S. economy to Wall Street bankers, that sold you a long war based on lies, that allowed millions of homeowners to fall into foreclosure, give a damn about you? A government that cared about its people wouldn’t have led them to this disaster.
Think of it this way: The same government that fought for months to privatize Social security, or in other words, to invest people’s retirement money into stocks, came up with THIS “bail out” plan. If the government was successful, some 40 million people, or those over 65 would have been flat broke. What they couldn’t do one way, they did another. For the economic hole that another trillion dollars will blow into the deficit spells danger to this project.
If you elect a government based on political rhetoric’s of anti-government, of deregulation, of “the blind hand of the market,” you get economic carnage, crony capitalism and misery for millions. In a nutshell: You get what you vote for.
From Death Row, this is Mumia Abu Jamal.
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