Class Warfare Blog

October 27, 2012

So, Who Wins?

With regard to the presidential election, if Mr. Romney wins, then the corporate class and the monied interests will have a pliable, if not plastic, President and we can expect attacks on women’s health issues, environmental standards, business regulations, and the social safety net. Rich people will get large tax cuts, poor people will pay for them. So, the corporate class and the monied interests win.

If Mr. Obama wins, the center will continue to hold. (Mr. Obama is a centrist, not a liberal or conservative, comparable to the likes of Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, and Bill Clinton.) It is unclear how the Republicans will respond. (I suspect that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will say that the Republican’s number one political goal is to make sure that President Obama is only a two term president.) If the Republicans continue their obstruction, we will at best muddle through. If they do not, we all will prosper at a fair rate.

No matter which candidate wins the President election, though, the monied interests will have won because their goals are a) to discredit the federal government as an instrument of the people and social change and b) to drive up the costs of elections.

These long term goals of the conservative monied interests serve them by weakening the only major opposition to them running the show (the unions have been pushed to the margins and they have bought most of the politicians and judges) and driving up the costs of elections will make their influence that much greater in the future, making them able to prevent any uppity politician from opposing their plans.

Conservatives (with a capital C) used to be conservative (with a lower case c) of the social order. These modern Conservatives want to change the social order and conserve their own wealth and power. They have even changed the meaning of the word.

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2 Comments »

  1. Well stated. Movement conservatism is very real and very radical. My dad was a life long “conservative” republican. If he were alive today, however, he would be shaking his head at the present Republican party. Great post!

    Comment by thejumbledmind — October 27, 2012 @ 11:17 am | Reply

  2. It took over two centuries for Washington to descend into its present state; a leviathan of cynically motivated Players, so concerned with their own narrow self interest, that the thought of addressing the real issue at hand, never seems to cross their mind. How then, can anyone expect all those in power to suddenly have an epiphany, and put bipartisan biases, and special interests behind them, and work together for a better, somehow saner tomorrow. http://circlesquaredblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/medicare-worse-than-wrong-it-was-a-mistake/

    Comment by circlesquaredblog — October 28, 2012 @ 6:52 am | Reply


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