I happened onto your blog by your Paul Ryan post. Interesting. Naïve but interesting. Full disclosure: I’m in the banking business and I do well for myself. Full disclosure: I see the real world better than you academics tucked away in your classrooms and offices.
Here’s the scoop: the world operates through capital. If you have it, it works for you and you can influence people. If you don’t have it you’re out of luck. You have no real power. While you complain and gripe (even whine) about how it is so unfair that the rich are rich, that Republicans favor capitalism [and many Democrats do too], and that “the poor and needy” aren’t taken care of more, that is how the world works.
During Obama’s 2008 campaign, he rallied the idealists to chant that “Yes we can” find the means to help everyone and reign in financial spreadsheets of the big bad corporations. That was a lie. All of that rhetoric is a lie because everyone in Washington and in corporate America know that the engine keeping America afloat is business. Without business there is no America. America = business.
Let me say this another way, you need Republicans to keep making the decisions for big business. We need to have the Bush tax cuts extended permanently. If you spook the corporations and the CEOs, you are only hurting yourself. They are who really lead this country. They have always led this country. If you make them mad or slow down their capital, you will feel the effects and you will not like it. Your ethics really have no place in politics. Politics is and has always been about keeping capital flowing and growing. Social programs don’t really have a place in all this but one must keep appearances since there would be a public outcry.
If Ayn Rand praises the producers of the country that is the right view to hold. They should be the ones making the decisions for us because they hold all the cards. Money does talk and money does rule.
Republicans do what Jesus couldn’t do and we should be grateful. If Jesus became president, financial America would collapse along with everything else.