Politics / Socioculture

Remind me – why do we bother voting?

“How would we test the idea that the election of this or that party actually represented the will of the people? Taking a simple example, Gore argued that Bush’s proposed tax cuts would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest 1% of Americans, and the election was not 99-1, but a statistical tie. Obama argues that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest must go, but they’re not going anywhere. Given the dire straits our economy is presently in, and given the outlandish wealth and income disparities that exist in it, why would this issue even be close if the will of the American people had anything to do with it?
“I think the theme for 2012 should be, What’s the Difference?, because for the things that truly matter to the common man or woman, there is none between Bush and Obama, or between Obama and Palin/Bachmann.
“For those wondering what degree of overstatement is intended with the “no difference” remark, here’s a little rundown:
“Bush orders attacks on countries, Obama bombs relentlessly. Bush authorizes torture, Obama winks at it. Bush condones assassination, so does Obama. Bush takes the path to our becoming a national security state, Obama accelerates it. Bush targets whistleblowers, Obama raises it to a first principle. Bush is secretive, Obama more so. Bush prefers to look forward, ignoring history. Obama prefers to look forward, ignoring justice.
“Things are going to happen that are beyond the control of the common man or woman. Least of all will they be able to affect them at the ballot box.”

http://www.counterpunch.com/rothenberg07222011.html

Well, at least we have committed progressives like Dick Durbin here in Illinois. Wait…what?…

“The Gang of Six — three Republican and three Democratic senators — say their plan would save $3.7 trillion over the next decade, including $500 billion immediately. The proposal includes changes in Social Security and Medicare, and an overhaul of the tax code that would produce $1 trillion in new revenue. Others in Durbin’s group of six are: Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.; Kent Conrad, D-N.D.; Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga.; Mark Warner, D-Va.; and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho.”

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_e4c62c20-f9b2-5d37-b667-a3c83ee74be3.html

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