We have John McCain, a post George W Bush (who never found WMD’s and didn’t read the Bin-Laden-determined-to-attack PDB) Republican, who was grasping at straws in an effort to win an election, to thank for this, Sarah I-can-see-Alaska-from-my-backyard Palin. Only in Republican, CONNEDservative, America could owing the Chinese (Chinese investors are owed 9.8 percent of US debt.) be compared to this:
The YouTube account may not be available but you can look for the HBO special “Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives or you can read this
If as the article states “Alaska’s free stuff — Medicare, Social Security, roads — was being paid for by taking money from the rest of the country,” then won’t that make her and her family some of those whom Mitt Romney referred to as “takers”that is if “The state-owned oil resources return to each resident a certain amount of money each year, under the Alaska Permanent Fund?” And if Mitt Romney can hide his money in Cayman Island and Swiss bank accounts, even as he runs for President, doesn’t that mean that the borrowing required to pay the “takers” has to be greater to make up for the untaxed-Tony-Soprano-styled-stashed lucre? If American corporations, needing protection and assistance from the American State Department and American military and America’s military posture abroad can keep profits offshore and avoid taxation doesn’t that make them takers? I mean I never saw the bill that the American government sent to that shipping company for the Somali pirates that we killed.
And I wonder what would the outrage had been if Palin had compared owing money to the Japanese to being interned in Nazi concentration camps? And this brings us to the point of thinking how some Americans trivialize slavery as if the American public is desensitized to the point that the national debt can be compared to this:
The national debt, a lot of which is attributable not to true national defense but to policing the world, is now seen by today’s Republicans, in a veiled appeal to Ayn-Randian self-interest, the way Lincoln felt about slavery?
“I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world — enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites — causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty — criticising [sic] the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest.