- Posted December 31, 2012 by
Beverly Hills, California
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The fiscal cliff: Messages to Washington
America's Fiscal Fiasco Obama's Nightmare
I am no economist, but after being a British expat journalist, foreign correspondent, former top radio DJ in Australia, Canada and the US, plus living in America for over 25 years I have a pretty good idea what's going on.
I have travelled far and wide across all corners of the US except Alaska,they say travel is the best education and experience the best teacher...well what I noticed between, NY's long Island in wealthy spots like The Hamptons, Forida's West Palm Beach, Jupiter Island, Phoenix's Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Southern California's Beverly Hills, Malibu, Marina Del ray, Rancho Pale Verdes, Santa Barbara's Hope Ranch area..just to name a few of the places where the super rich dwell and the other parts of America where the REAL Americans the hard workers live..I saw a massive differentiation(no surprise) between the $ levels,living standards and lifestyles ! The rich have waaaay too much of everything ad the rest too little of anything !
Now I am NOT against opportunity or self made millionaires through hard work, perserverence and sheer determination to succeed...that's the way life should be in a free enterprise, democratic country and that's what America's supposed to be all about and why so many folk wanna come to the good ole USA and get a piece of the pie !
Not to be misconstrued folks, I am well aware of the hypocrisy,corruption and brutality existing in communist countries whose rhetorics, propaganda and hypes never match their realities and much prefer the fairness and justice in the American system to anywhere else I have lived, including the uk where I was born, where only the unelected royals and the very rich have ANY justice ( or should I say favortisms) in reality.It is absurd to continue to tolerate an inherited house of (wealthy fat cat) lords who are in charge of every aspect of British life at the top rungs of the ladder !
But alas dreamers...NO surprise to y'all I'm sure...life ain't that fair a capitalist system is great...IF you can get some capital, the rich, especially those who inherited wealth don't need it because they were born with it in the family.
There is something sad and wrong with country where some people have scores of properties,numerous multimillion dollar homes, chains of businesses, huge offshore accounts, fleets of luxury cars, super expensive yachts and you name it..and their neighbors down the way who have to struggle to make ends meet and put sufficient food on their kids table,etc and the other poor slobs who have to sleep under bridges and line up at the salvation army and missions for something to eat !
Now don't get me wrong, unlike Piers Morgan, I like America, it's my favorite country, I like the people, the way of life and just about any and everything American ! What I don't like is when there is a bunch of congress people elected solely because their wealthy benefactors supported them into getting elected and whose sole purpose is,- to protect the interests of the mega wealthy and hinder the President of the United States attempts to improve the lives of ALL Americans,-any which way they can !
And that, in this writer's opinion is exactly what is now happening in Washington. Almost everything Obama tries to do the congress cronies of the rich place obstacles in front of him This makes it virtually impossible for America to move ahead when there's a lead weight tied to the President's leg so he can't move the country in the right direction so to speak.
Call it revenge for the democrats second term, the rich resentment of a socialist minded, America for everyone leader in the Oval office or whatever you like...but that's how I see it and it appears there's no end in sight of this petty and sordid political dilemma. How can there ever be a UNITED States if their is great division within ?
The capitalistic system has worked fine for some, Rockefeller had some $900,000,000 surplus waaaay back, if my memory serves me correct and he owed and controlled, among many, many other things some Utah mines, this was long before the unions became a formidable power of course and when the workers protested about the abominable living conditions and pathetically lousy wages...he threw them all out of their homes and their jobs...instantly depriving them of their meager livelyhoods ! During the same period in America's industrial growth, the wealthy factory owners in the east brought in violent strike breakers to crack heads and try to cower the protesting, underpaid workers into submissive obedience !It was around that time the unions like the AFLCIO Chicago materialized and people like Jimmy Hoffa confronted the filthy rich folk with equal force ! That got their attention and the working folks lives actually improved, but as the French say se lavi the mob,who helped the unions then got control of them and the five powerful organized crime mafiaso families became the cosa nostra (italian for our thing) nouveau riche in America ! Their kids went to the best schools and became doctors and lawyers, the latter being in prime positions to defend their families who'm they were and still are OWNED by ! All these happenings were and are unfortunate for the little guys who really have NO say or actual power in America and their congress reps. are as difficult to get hold of as a mother lode in a gold mine.
Now, of course most of that so-called dirty money syphoned from the prohibition days ad union welfare and retirement funds etc,etc,etc, been well laundered and invested into legitimate business ventures and a host of banks, many who seemingly change their names and ownerships every time the IRS starts to investigate whose who behind them or get wise to the wise guys !
So what happened down the line, the ethnic minorities (who are rapidly heading for the majorities) got slick and united their voted to finally elect someone NOT connected to the John Birch society, ant-socialists or America's right and rich, Barack Obama...a Guy who is seen by America's non sharing and caring LOADED few as a BIG thorn in their side and who then pressure their congressional cronies, whom they own anyway, to block any and every move Obama makes !
THIS is the REAL reason for the fiscal fiasco, because that's what it has become, it is the ordinary, every day American worker who will suffer the consequences, not the rich, they can hop i their private luxury planes and or boats and head for Bermuda or Nassau at a moments notice and in many cases their patriotism is as close and deep as their bank accounts and stock shares ! Unless and until all this changes and I for one do NOT see a light at the end of the tunnel...the American people will oly get a RAW deal at best ! It is those republican congressional reps. who are the problem and the key to resolving America's fiscal nightmare !