Dear UCubed Leader:
Why, with the broadest measure of unemployment – U-6 – stuck at 13.8 percent, aren’t we focusing on the massive damage being done to our country?
The answer, my friends, is the CANT of the Republican Party.
The Oxford Dictionary defines cant as “hypocritical and sanctimonious talk.” So, when GOP politicians speak about jobs, CANT works.
For GOP leaders, it is the height of hypocrisy for them to say they are creating jobs. They aren’t. They haven’t. And since the first stimulus package passed four years ago, when all but three GOP Members of Congress voted nay, GOP leaders haven’t even really tried.
Instead they rely on sanctimonious speeches about “jobs, jobs, jobs.” They authorize sanctimonious campaign ads about job losses and what their opponents didn’t do. And their sanctimonious promises about the jobs of the future, the very distant future, are not simply disingenuous. They are pure horse manure.
By pushing for more austerity measures, GOP politicians CAN’T create jobs. Their CANT destroys jobs.
The GOP CANT is framed so as to cloak sneak attacks on the frail, the long-forgotten and the out-of-the-workforce Americans. It is devious, despicable. And their CANT is sinking the hopes and dreams of millions.
As in the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, the GOP leaders, metaphorically speaking, are conducting unrestricted warfare against their opponents’ logistics. Vessels carrying food, medicine, mail and passengers are seen as legitimate targets for their verbal and legislative torpedoes.
Who needs SNAP? Democratic constituencies do. The hungry kids, their parents and our small farmers need food stamps.
Who needs Medicaid and Medicare? Democratic constituencies do. The poor and the elderly cannot live without them.
Who needs six-day mail and commuter rail service? Democratic constituencies do. The folks who work five days a week or take public transportation, they rely on those semi-governmental services.
Who needs better schools and safer neighborhoods? Democratic constituencies do. Blacks and Latinos demand great schools and better housing.
Who needs the FDA, the CPSC, OSHA or NIOSH? Democratic constituencies do. Our working families deserve safe drugs, safe products and safe workplaces.
But GOP austerity measures – the CANT of cut, cut more, cut faster, cut deep, cut across the board, cut entitlements – are not aimed at shared sacrifice. They are targeted at the traditional Democratic constituencies while the corporate welfare queens and income tax dodgers get to do what they do best: screw the little guys and gals as they laugh all the way to the nearest tax haven.
To be continued…
In Unity — Strength,