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Republican “Ineptocracy” November 11, 2011

Posted by Mary W. Matthews in National Debt, Politics, Taxes, Tea Party.

A friend of mine sent me an e-mail in which he quoted his acquaintance “Joey.” It looks almost like free verse, doesn’t it?:

Joey sends this definition:

“Ineptocracy” — The system of government where:

The least capable to lead are elected by
the least capable of producing,

and where the members of society
least likely to sustain themselves or succeed

are rewarded
with goods and services

paid for by the confiscated wealth of
a diminishing number of producers.

Dear Joey:

I realize that you have been duped by the Republican Party into believing that ignorance is as worthy as knowledge; that unprovable hypothesis is as worthy as mountain-of-fact-confirmed theory; and that mulish adherence to failed ideology is “faithfulness.” I realize also that you have probably also been duped into believing that morality is impossible without religion and that religion is impossible without believing that theology from the Stone, Bronze, and Iron Ages is as literally factual as the most recent Encyclopedia Britannica. You may even believe that women have no right to control their own bodies if their medical decisions might conflict with your religion’s 19th-century misconceptions.

The sets “least capable to lead,” “least capable of producing,” and “least likely to sustain themselves or succeed” are identical. The members of all three sets consist of:

  • newborn babies;
  • people in comas;
  • people on life support in Intensive Care;
  • those born with no or damaged frontal lobes;
  • those with advanced Alzheimer’s disease;
  • those with IQs below 60; and
  • Fox News True Believers.

(Those last two groups have a significant overlap, if the Fox on-air personalities are any evidence.) I would add quadriplegics and those with advanced degenerative diseases, like Lou Gehrig’s disease, but Stephen Hawking is living proof that success IS possible for some of the members of society who are least likely to sustain themselves without being “rewarded” with help.

Joey, your use of “rewarded” and “confiscated” and your scorn for those “least capable” are profoundly immoral for those who delude themselves that they are Christians. You sound like someone who has made a religion out of the literary and political fictions of Ayn Rand, whose atheism substituted the worship of individual wealth for the idea that one cannot buy the love of God. I would suggest that if you consider yourself to be a Christian, you follow the example of Zacchaeus and of Jesus: First, if you have committed any sort of crime, you repay everyone you have injured fourfold (Luke 19:8). Second, sell all your possessions and give the proceeds to the poor (Matthew 19:21, Luke 18:22). Not 39.6 percent. Not 28 percent. Not 20 percent. Not 9-9-nein percent. Jesus said, “Sell EVERYTHING you own and give the money to those poorer than you.”

You would surely consider a top marginal tax rate of 91 percent confiscatory, Joey. And yet between the 1950s and 1982, that WAS the top rate. The economy boomed, and the wealthy remained wealthy. Then along came “conservatives.” A genuine conservative wants to keep what works, Joey, and fix what doesn’t work. The radical oligarchs who have taken over the Republican Party want to dismantle what works if the wealth can be diverted into the coffers of the GOPlutocracy instead. They’re about as “conservative” as Che Guevara, but with MUCH more selfish motives.

Reagan and the two Bushes added 85 percent of today’s national debt, Joey. This is a FACT. (Here’s proof.) The three “conservative” presidents dismantled decades of regulations protecting Americans from the crimes of businesses and corporations. The three “conservative” presidents started wars and, in Dubya’s case, put two wars and trillions in overspending on the nation’s credit card and left people like YOU to blame Obama for Dubya’s crimes. Today Americans pay the lowest taxes since the modern age began, and people like you are duped by the GOPlutocracy into shrieking about “confiscated wealth.”

(One of the funniest things I’ve heard recently was Bill O’Reilly telling his faithful that President Obama was “very likely” to raise Billo’s tax rate to 50 percent, in which case he, Billo, would be so disheartened he would just quit “pro­ducing” whatever it is he “produces” to justify his membership in the top 1 percent. As if even the attempt to wrest fairness from the GOPlutocracy would face zero opposition from any Republican! Democrats can’t even get Republicans to agree that 9/11 first responders and U.S. war heroes deserve to be treated fairly!)

Thirty years ago, the GOPlutocracy owned or controlled 21 percent of the nation’s wealth. Today the GOPlutocracy owns or controls well over 80 percent of the nation’s wealth. Joey, you are shrieking about the “confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers” when in the real world of FACT, your “confiscated” means “multiplied by FOUR.” You SHOULD be shrieking about the diminishing wealth of yourself, your family, your friends, and everyone you know, confiscated by Bonzo, Poppy, Newt, and Dubya and given to their “have-more” friends.

Do you want to know about the success of worshiping “producers” as if wealth were indistinguishable from merit? Look at Europe. The more closely a nation adheres to the Republican philosophy of “wealth for us, fiscal austerity for you lower classes,” the worse off its economy is. High interest rates, tax shifts from rich to poor, slashed services, vanished social safety nets, and similar conservative prescriptions have all increased both national debts and national suffering in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, England, etc. On the other end of the pole, ultra-liberal nations like Sweden, with strong social safety nets that include universal health care, are doing JUST FINE.

Pray that your moral philosophy never becomes law in the United States of America, Joey. Otherwise, you may discover that your hurricane, your earthquake, your major flood, your drought, your massive oil spill, your dust bowl, your home invasion, your tainted meat, your pothole-broken axle, your need for an army, a navy, a coast guard, a police force, firefighters, teachers, librarians, court clerk, inspectors, highways, street lights, trash pickup — well, sorry, you are now among the “least capable,” and “the producers” refuse to have the wealth they took from you “confiscated” to “reward” you. You are NOT a victim of an act of God or of human crime; you’re a moocher, a parasite on “the producers.”

Just what have “the producers” produced since 1981, except for rampant inequality resulting from a massive transfer of wealth upward; a debased polity poisoned by hatred, lies, and smears; soaring corporate crime rates; and a semi-permanent depression caused by $12.8 TRILLION in debt (out of $15T total) amassed by REPUBLICAN “producers”?

Do you feel better off now than you were in 1981, Joey, or even in 2000? WHY????? And why do you delude yourself that if we stop “confiscating” the “earnings” of the “producers,” things will be totally different THIS TIME?



1. markmcinturf - November 13, 2011

I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or puke over your post. Corruption is running our country into the ground for sure but to believe it comes from only one side of the political aisle is just ignorant rhetoric. The only real difference between the two sides in recent years is that Obama’s promise of transparency has simply meant that he picks his winners and losers right in front of our faces and then with a swagger, dares anyone to call him out on it. Anyone who does gets labeled as a racist. It takes advantage of the fact that we’ve become candy asses, unwilling to be responsible for anything yet denying ourselves nothing. It’s the deepest/darkest attack on our freedom ever constructed. We cannot all be winners… real life keeps score.

2. woody - November 14, 2011

Bravo again. The comment above is illustrative of the mentality that Joey seems to display. I think you are right in the analysis of the roots of the current state of affairs. And, I love the way you weave your ideas together. Thanks for being willing to take on the Joeys of the world. My fear is this: the momentum of the last 33 (minus the last 3, although the conservatives have gained even there) is so strong it may not be reversible. My hope is this: the awareness brought about by the 99% movement may be strong enough to stem that momentum.
In any case, thank you once again for your clarity and analysis. Woody.

3. Kevin - May 14, 2012

You must be a genius, you just proved the long held theorem “you can’t argue with stupid.” You can now get back to your rainbow and not to worry, a producer will foot the bill.

4. Klem - May 14, 2012

Amusing. I also graduated summa cum laude (MIT BSEE), summa cum laude (Harvard MBA), and JD/Phd (Harvard Law); I found staying at the top of each program it to be easy with just a little bit of effort. Didn’t bother with Mensa however, I didn’t need anyone to acknowlege my intellect and also listened when my parents told me that ‘you’re known by the company you keep’.

Your blog is an excellent example of why you shouldn’t argue with an idiot.

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