Tomorrow a New World Begins

By David Glenn Cox

Tomorrow a New World begins; in this new world we are going to tell the

unvarnished truth. We are not going to skim the numbers or color the

facts. The unemployed are unemployed. They are not discouraged workers,

they are not displaced or outsourced, they are unemployed. And they are

unemployed, to a large degree, so that a small number of people can get

very, very rich.

We are not in a recession, repeat, we are not

in a recession; we are in a depression. A massive depression and until

we face that ugly truth as the ugly truth we cannot begin to dig out of

this man-made calamity.

We have begun, in the name of the rich

and for the rich, a policy of exporting 30% of our manufacturing base

to the third world. Productivity has reduced industrial employment

another 10% while at the same time financial services have soared. This

policy has resulted in fewer jobs with lower wages for the citizens of

this country. It has been a boon to despots and dictatorships around

the world. We import container ships full of slave-made crap and we

return them full of hard currency; then we rush them home to go and get


At the same time and for the pleasure of the same small

group, we have altered our tax policy to aid and abet this same small

group. We have been told in the repetitive monotone of Big Brother that

these tax cuts bring jobs, and yet the last eight years have produced

fewer jobs than any presidency since, “Ready?” Herbert Hoover. We have

eliminated the death tax, which wasn’t a death tax but an inheritance

tax, so that heirs to billion dollar fortunes can escape writing a

check to the tax man. We hear the big lie of taxing small business will

hurt the economy without distinguishing the difference between profit

and income.

This is from the same media which yapped with

pleasure at stories of Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction, and they

barked on cue to explain that these tax cuts would help grow the

economy. They gleefully ignored America’s cities decaying into ruins,

just as they ignored the millions suffering in the so called “good

times.” An expansion of credit, a fisherman’s jig to lure in the

suckers, then snap! “Welcome to the nightmare.”

Now the rescue

prescription is $787 billion with $200 billion for tax cuts with a $500

tax credit for the working poor. (Yippee Skippy) $144 billion for the

states, $111 billion for infrastructure. Those infrastructure projects

will have a 15 to 20% profit margin built in so the taxpayer only gets

eighty cents on the dollar, and the workers will earn not much more

than pennies on the dollar. Not much bang for the mega buck, is it?


Republicans howl in agony, as they prostrate themselves and tear at the

ground. “How,” they ask, “can we allow this legacy of spending to be

saddled on our children?” This, after eight years of irresponsible tax

cuts almost exclusively for the benefit of those who needed them the

least. After two foolish and unnecessary wars which have caused the

deaths of nearly 5,000 American service people and the wounding of

30,000 more. The army is exhausted, its equipment is old and worn, its

objectives are unmet, and the treasury is empty. Not since Caligula has

there been such a massive waste of empire. Honorable men would hang

their heads in shame, and the less honorable would hide, while those

without honor speak in Congress.

Now this same media and these

same Republicans say that it’s wrong to try and assist the people

because “They,” the people, were irresponsible! One company, A.I.G.

(American Insurance Group), has already received $150 billion in

taxpayer aid and today will ask the US taxpayer for an undetermined

amount to cover a $60 billion loss in the fourth quarter of last year.

But, you? You get five hundred bucks and Republican sneers.


Governors parade for the cameras to announce that they won’t take the

stimulus money. If they mean that then let them cut the food budget at

the Governor’s mansion to that of a food stamp recipient in their

state. Sorry, but they make too much for food stamps, so they get zip.

Ditto heating and mortgage assistance. Let them pay the upkeep and all

the bills for the Governor’s mansion out of their own pockets. What a

proud day for Louisiana that’s its residents can suffer to get their

governor in the headlines!

The Republican plan is to bank up the

fires and to let you starve and to throw you out into the road. Obama’s

plan is to bank up the fires and to make a minimum effort to keep some

from starving, to spend billions for banks and insurance companies and

pennies for you. If A.I.G goes under, the big money boys would suffer.

But you, you wouldn’t know the difference. If you go under the big

money boys wouldn’t know the difference either, but you, as a citizen,

have a constitutional right to government protection. A.I.G does not.


year from today, unemployment will be double the government’s foist

pretend numbers. A.I.G will need still more money and Republicans will

still argue that the best course of action is more tax cuts and letting

you starve. The media will continue to repeat its same tired corporate

message and will, to a large degree, ignore the suffering of millions.


took over the streets of Athens for two weeks; protesters brought down

the government in Iceland. Protesters rioted in Sophia, Bulgaria and

farmers in France shut down Paris. Last week 120,000 marched in Dublin

as Great Britain has earned the title of the “sick man” of Europe. In

Switzerland, once the haven of banking stability, two banks, Credit

Suisse and UBS, totter towards ruin and default with seven times the

liabilities of Switzerland’s GDP.

The Irish protesters carried

signs that read, “We won’t pay for the Greed of the Super Rich.” In

America Fox news asks, “Was Sarah Palin mistreated by the media?”,

along with a round-the-clock litany of Republican congressmen. But a

New World starts tomorrow; this is our world. Let the banks fall into

ruin as we are already in ruin.

The US media will not cover

these stories; instead they tell manipulative lies. Yesterday CNBC

noted that Citigroup stock was up almost 20%, or .19 cents. This on a

stock that was selling for $26.00 a share less than a year ago, that

now sells for two dollars and change. Fox News interviews Wyoming

Senator John Barrasso about manufacturing, ignoring that the population

of Wyoming is about the same size as the population of metro

Montgomery, Alabama.

Our free press is not ours. It is theirs

and they are enemies of the people. They aid and abet in the misery of

the average American. They broadcast for free on airwaves that are the

property of the people of the United States and dare to call us losers

and free loaders. The tank crew that fired on the Al Rashid hotel knew

what they were doing. The press was not their friend, just as the press

is not our friend. They are persona non grata.

I read and grow

weary, then I became depressed, but then I became angry. In my anger I

found a new freedom. Capitalism is dead and I will not let the weight

of its corpse suffocate me. The broadcast media are, for the most part,

Judas goats; just camp Kapos, unloading the trains. The President

offers hope and promises that America will recover, and the crowd of

assembled millionaires, the prime beneficiaries of the fallen system,

responds with the thunderous applause of a Nuremberg rally. Just whom

do you think he’s going to save first?

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.