Sunday, May 27, 2012

Postcards from the 'economic desert'

Greetings good citizen,

Most of you know that ‘a couple of percent’ of the population of the US is a number in excess of 3 million, right? Which is to say a single percent of our population would be in excess of 3 million, so more than a percent would be decidedly more.

You can do the math. You know two percent would top 6 million and so on and so forth so what about the statistic where 40 percent of the population receives some kind of food assistance?

Where are the alarm bells over such flagrant mismanagement of our society?

Are we ‘too stupid’ to figure out that the collective ‘we’ are being robbed by the now infamous > One Percent? Or is this just another ‘side effect’ of being absolutely powerless to stop these motherfuckers?

Perhaps I expect too much. Both the capitalists and their apologists are vigorously denying the news that capitalism is defunct. They don’t care about the facts on the ground, all they care about is going about their business ‘unmolested’ (read ‘unaccountable.’)

Still it can’t be denied that people are NOT being paid enough to live on and the bankrupt capitalists continue to insist this is NOT THEIR PROBLEM, it’s ‘ours’.

Well, let’s take a look at the flip side of what living in the ‘economic desert’ has produced:
A staggering 45 percent of the 1.6 million veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now seeking compensation for injuries they say are service-related. That is more than double the estimate of 21 percent who filed such claims after the Gulf War in the early 1990s, top government officials told The Associated Press.

What's more, these new veterans are claiming eight to nine ailments on average, and the most recent ones over the last year are claiming 11 to 14. By comparison, Vietnam veterans are currently receiving compensation for fewer than four, on average, and those from World War II and Korea, just two.

It's unclear how much worse off these new veterans are than their predecessors. Many factors are driving the dramatic increase in claims — the weak economy, more troops surviving wounds, and more awareness of problems such as concussions and PTSD. Almost one-third have been granted disability so far.

A war twice as long as WWII and the only thing the media can point to is the number of people claiming disabilities is DOUBLE that of the 29 day Gulf War back in the 1990’s!

(The six months of ‘camping out in the desert’ don’t count.)

Geez good citizen, you don’t suppose there’s something wrong with ‘journalistic integrity’ these days, do ya?

Worse, it is not being debated that these soldiers have been injured, the corporate owned media is marveling over ‘how many ways’ these soldiers claim to have been ‘mistreated’.

WTF were they expecting, fighting an endless ‘war of occupation’ with no idea of what victory looks like can be completely demoralizing.

If you asked your commander what you were doing there you’d be told you were there to win.

If you dared to ask something as trite as ‘how will we know when we’ve won?’ you’d probably wind up in the stockade! Even if you were legitimately asking ‘Can we go home if we kill ‘em all?’

You couldn’t get a ‘straight answer’.

You’d be fed illogical bullshit like ‘we’re fighting them here so we don’t have to fight them back home.

But the mind rejects that kind of twaddle, how are they going to get ‘here’, swim?

Small wonder these boys are experiencing psychological problems. Is there any way to explain (never mind justify) the kind of trauma they were forced to inflict upon the natives of a country that had never done anything to warrant armed occupation by an overwhelming force?

Short answer, no.

Well, maybe the longer answer, the one that goes ‘we are ruled by idiots’ MIGHT, partially explain what happened…but it will never make it right.

The part that should amaze even the dumbest among you is the ‘it’s on you’ card! Because once we left with the ‘conclusion’ that we have (been) suffering from a major ‘breakdown in leadership’ the question of ‘who should have put a stop to this’ ball starts rolling.

Fingers are pointed left and right, anywhere but where they belong and that is the fucking corrupt media for completely IGNORING IT for the duration as well as those ‘eternally patriotic’ bottom feeders who earn their staggering wealth from the public teat!

So, good citizen, why do you suppose HALF of the returning service men and women are claiming, er, ‘disabilities’ upon returning home to the economic desert that has no need for them?

Worse, good citizen, the line has already been draw in the sand. Regardless of who you vote for this November, it will be FOUR MORE YEARS of the same exact bullshit!

Barrack isn’t going to put a stop to it but neither will Willard (Mitt.)

Some fucking choice, isn’t it?

Welcome to the broken land good citizen, where we all pretend that things will get better…someday.

Thanks for letting me inside your head,


Hat-tip to you vets out there. Thanks for letting me write this and a word of comfort, you will soon be granted the opportunity to redeem yourself, fight the good fight when your people will need YOU most!

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