Wednesday, August 3, 2011

End of the Republic

Congress voted yesterday to give up its budgeting power to a Super Committee, 12 members who will be picked for their belief in small government.

Ha, ha, just kidding. They will believe in a massive military, increased Homeland Repression, and more prisons added to the gulag that already imprisons more people than any other country in the world.

They just don't believe in a strong sovereign government which represents US citizens, instead of multi-national corporations, and which provides for the common welfare. Chris Floyd sums it up very well, in his post "If the republic had not died a long time ago, this would indeed be the death of the republic".

If you actually read the Constitution, that short document which is easily contained in the booklets that Congresspeople wave in the air while legislating against US citizen's interest, Congress has almost all of the power in government. The only duties that the President really has are to enforce the laws that Congress passes, and to give a speech to Congress yearly. And to command the armies if Congress declares war.

Congress has already given up the power to declare war. That power has been taken over by the President, wielding the incredible death dealing apparatus of a massive standing military. The power to raise an Army, and pay for it (but for no more than two years) was also given up by Congress.

The power to coin money and regulate the value of it was given up long, long ago.

Here's a duty of Congress - "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time."

Where's the amendment that says, "except for the black budget"?

So this appointment of 12 people to be more equal than the others is just one more step down the slippery road of oligarchy.

But it's an amazingly big step. They are giving up the power to raise revenue, and to decide how the revenue should be spent. The more equal 12 people will decide those questions, and the only thing the rest of the 435 representatives can do is to approve it or not.

I've quoted Lily Tomlin before "No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up".

I have agreed with Michael Hudson and Glenn Greenwald, that this entire artificially suspenseful debt ceiling theater was a way to attack social spending for US citizens.

Obama even threatened to withhold Social Security checks for the elderly, the disabled, and orphans, even though Social Security is funded separately from the federal budget. Not even Bush or Cheney ever sunk that low!

But I wasn't cynical enough to realize that this power play would go far enough to further strip Congress of its powers.

I just can't keep up!


David G said...

Great article! Terrible implications!

I don't know where we are going, WL, but it seems all downhill.

The collapse in world share markets could signal that we have passed the tipping point.

Is there no madness that humans will leave untouched?

wagelaborer said...

Yeah, David. It doesn't look good!

Flimsy Sanity said...

People long for the Eisenhower years - you know when we built the interstate, dams for power and to make the desert bloom and sent all the veterans to school and created a middle class. Big government killed the dream.

wagelaborer said...

And the top income tax rate was 91%

And corporations paid 30% of all federal revenue.

But Washington, DC is now corporate occupied terrority, as Ralph Nader says.

Pangolin said...

Who knew Obama was elected to the position of Jar-Jar Bink; the well meaning clown who makes it possible for the Dark Side to consolidate power.

wagelaborer said...

I can't stand to listen to Obama speak now.

Just like I couldn't stand listening to Bush, or Jar Jar Bink.

Pangolin said...

"I can't stand to listen to Obama speak now."_ Wage