as so many of mine are.... There was no defitcit under Clinton... then Bush ran up a deficit by giving the richest of the rich tax cuts, in a dream of trickle down economics that proved to be Voodoo Economics (what Reagan himself called Trickle Down before adopting the policy when his handlers decided to use their puppet that way).. Now, they are using said deficit to cut social programs. Is there a connection?
It does not matter if this was the plan or not, it is the reality. How can the average person change this? Oddly, the voices on the net are finally getting a bit of heft. Politicians are being effected by the huge number of signatures on petitions -- and they know, these are voters who will punish or praise them. Durbin, from Illinois, a champion of the people, brought the Public Option back around after being Petitioned about it, then went on to start his own Facebook petition for a good cause. This is Democracy in action.
The unfortunate other side of today's news... another Nut has wasted his life shooting at armed security guards working at what they see as THE BEAST. This time it was the Justice Dept. His family has already come out with a plea that he was metally ill, and asking the press not to demonize him. I agree with them. The pundits make too much of the supposed reasons crazed people do what they do? IF they are right wing and the killer is left, they blame this... if the person used drugs... they blame this... if they are black... unemployed... a member of some right wing or left wing organizations... They use that corpse for a talking puppet, and their pseudo-experts make up all the words, imrpov up a reality they pretend has something to do with the world outside of their studio.
The Conspiracy theorists who kill people... they are the tip of an iceberg of frustration. I have been thinking since I was a teenager and came across a Penthouse with an interview with Othello, and FBI informer who went on the run and was exposing CO_INTEL-PRO . This is old news to some, but at the time, discovering the sleazy tricks our government was using on law abiding citizens -- Dr. Stern, who taught me Military Intelligence, talked about how the cops sent people to his communist/peace activist meetings to try to get them to kill people, blow up shit... anything that could be used to get them all put in Jail. I mean, the sold the Black Panthers guns, then put together a swat team to bust them for said guns, and went in with guns blazing... hoping to kill as many of these young activists as possible.
I should be more of a conspiracy theorist, since I have actually had a lot of dealings with the Intelligence community and they end up making less and less sense everytime something happens that reminds me they have an active interest in me (my home address disappeared from my facebook as recently as last week, after I challanged some boof to come to my house so I could kick his ass. I left the address off the entry. I cannot tell exactly why someone chose to do this, but I do know there are people who watch out for me -- they are the same ones who informed me of various death threats and more directed my way after I had Bin Laden put out a Fatwa to cover goats assses, because they turned him on as much as the 12 year old boys they also keep covered. Won me no friends in the middle east. I want peace there, and in Iran, which has won me fans among the Iranians, who I know to be a very interesting and wondrous people, who value freedom with the hunger of someone who has been slightly starving for years; look at the difference between what happened in the states when Bush stole the elections.... basically, nothing, and that which happened was BRUTALLY SUPPRESSED. In Iran, the populace really took to the streets, in numbers the state sponsored media could not ignore, and the world press played up. They are raised over there being told they are revolutionaries, and when that turned around and bit their present government on the ass, they reminded those citizens just what they are -- the bitches of the red guard and the mullahs.
I have been having conversations, through facebook, with various political views. A lot of people who like my form of humor, my cynicism, are right wing. I have confused people for years about what I believe in. I have been raised a Spartan in America, a war-culture. Briefly during my childhood, the anti-war movement and the hippie movement and free love and pot all seemed like they were going to change everything .... the came the Right Wing Back Lash, sending out a union busting, actor to start a cult of personality they could manipulate into cutting their taxes, and getting ups some good wars going to keep their munitions stocks rising.
I think conspiracies are often about like asking if there is a God? We are never going to get the perfect answer, which would be God just not playing coy, coming down for personal appearances, to clean up the planet, stop war, end death, etc... We just have to start with what we have now, and say we are stop certain things from happening in the future. I would rather that the CIA straighten out their use of private prisons, out-sourced torture, assassination (character and otherwise), without some kind of witchhunt that destroys their capacity to act. On this one I agree with Obama, look forward not back. Still, I think this requires that they open up, release a plethora of documents that are top secret only to cover a few peoples asses, and this alone would destroy a lot of conspiracy theories. Truth. This would leave the crazies no room to make stuff up.
This is the problem with secrecy -- humans are pattern makers, and they will decide on some reason for just about everything, even if they have to resort to astrology.