Not the next 100 years. Now

The Next 100 Years by Peter Zuris

One of the observations that is absolutely unarguable about this posting site, so I assume others as well, is that Republicans never, and I mean never, talk about Republicans. Candidates, ideas, platform, organization. solutions. Nothing. Ever.

Two questions arise from that observation.

1. Why the lock step consistency? I can only assume that they get their ideas and "orders" from the same source and through the same channels.

2. What is that they are trying to avoid by not talking about republicans?

Again, I can only assume. The only answer that makes sense to me, from reading their dogma, is that they, in reality, have only one plank in their platform and it is that which must not be named. Redistribution of wealth upwards.

Now, perhaps there was a time in history where that would have been a good thing. I can't think of any in US history, but I could be wrong.

But, now, they've been wildly successful at doing that for a long, long time. So here's where we are:

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Again, real, unarguable data.

But, even in the absence of that data it's clear that they've gone so far as to kill the golden goose for everyone.

Our economic success has always been based on capitalism, and that has always been based on the motivation that comes from being rewarded in proportion to your success at creating wealth.

The question is what if that cause effect relationship is broken.

Now we know. For quite a few years, the wealthy, who do not create wealth, are getting wealthier. The middle class, which does create wealth, have not shared at all in an amazing demonstration of productivity increases that they achieved.

Now we see the economy that results when we are no longer capitalistic.

I would say, so far, no surprises at all, except:

Obviously, the wealthy can see the current data that demonstrates a dysfunctional economy.

Yet they can't help themselves from continuing to want to redistribute the minor wealth that they don't already have, even at the expense of their future wealth.

The whole republican play going on in DC now issues many words, but they all boil down to this. Leave in place the historically low bargain basement capital gains tax which benefit only the wealthy. It is the magic source of wealth redistribution even though it clearly has driven US indebtedness beyond what in anybody's mind is affordable.

It's that simple.

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