Finding the Right Bush

As a young reporter, I traveled across Canada with the late, great Tommy Douglas, and I can still remember how stirring his speeches were. His rhetoric was richly illustrated by anecdotes, and one of the stories he told  came to mind this morning as i pondered the mess America is in.

The story, as I remember it, was about a confrontation he had when he was first elected to Parliament. He recalled advocating a war on poverty that would have cost millions. I don’t remember the exact amount, but for the sake of this story let’s say it was $200 million (which was quite a lot of money back in those days).

Tommy said a senior member of the opposing political party patronizingly remarked that “two hundred million dollars doesn’t grow on gooseberry bushes.”

To which Tommy replied:

I don’t know what kind of bush two hundred million dollars grows on, but if a war were declared today, the honorable member would find the bush.

Yes, governments can always find the money for projects they really want. They do it by raising taxes or by just letting the national debt soar.

As Trump is doing now. You and I (and our children and grandchildren) owe more than $21 trillion, I understand. And it’s going to get worse as the recent tax giveaway to the richest Americans impacts the government’s bottom line.

Sooner or later, Trump will notice the skyrocketing debt and decide we the people need to tighten our belts.

You know he isn’t going to cut his pet projects or stop lavishing tax money on the Pentagon. It’s social spending that will get the axe.

He will tell us seniors America can’t afford to pay the Social Security we are owed. And he will attack our Medicare.

He will slash food stamps for the destitute and abolish school lunches for hungry kids. Educational funds will dry up. Research grants will disappear (you can forget about the arts and sciences).

Meanwhile, his cronies will rake in billions by housing the kids stolen from asylum seekers,by  operating  prisons for profit and by other nefarious privatization scams.

Why do so many Americans put up with this kind of highway robbery?

Because Trump panders to their bigotry and intolerance. He is about to criminalize abortion, for example. And he is savagely pursuing a racist immigration agenda.

He is also demonizing religious – and all other – minorities. And he is poking the fire of jingoism.

Horrifyingly, millions of Americans are prepared to sell their birthright for Trump’s malodorous mess of pottage.

We will find out ust how numerous these people are when the nation goes to the polls in November.

The ugly Americans

How much we owe

Another Tommy Douglas story

Who was Tommy Douglas, anyway?

5 thoughts on “Finding the Right Bush

  1. “He will tell us seniors America can’t afford to pay the Social Security we are owed. And he will attack our Medicare.

    He will slash food stamps for the destitute and abolish school lunches for hungry kids. Educational funds will dry up. Research grants will disappear (you can forget about the arts and sciences).”

    As far as I’m aware, that kind of policy is called “austerity”; and it will probably be the result of any scheme that concentrates financial control in fewer hands. That’s because of the Malthusian Doctrine:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Robert_Malthus

    Thus the elite have an excuse to impose savage austerity, ostensibly to curb excessive population growth.

    “The book was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘Most Successful Literary Hoax.’ Some people claim that the book is genuine and has only been called a hoax as a means of damage control.”

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Report_from_Iron_Mountain

    Even if that book is a hoax, it seems difficult to ignore that the authorities seem intent on carrying it out.

    This might seem shocking to ordinary people, but we’ve had a “black swan” with respect to how the elite regard ordinary people. Even if they haven’t been friends to the “peasants”, peasants have been hard to grow until the 1800s when discoveries of sanitation and nutrition made all the difference.

    Then any system that concentrates financial control risks savage austerity, including any system that takes away money ostensibly to redistribute.

    If you don’t want to be poor, make sure you hold on to your own money.

  2. P.S.,

    On further review, that Wikipedia article seems to neglect the report’s Malthusian and eugenicist themes; so here’s an excerpt from a copy I downloaded:

    “Another secondary ecological trend bearing on projected population growth is the
    regressive effect of certain medical advances. Pestilence, for example, is no longer an
    important factor in population control. The problem of increased life expectancy has
    been aggravated. These advances also pose a potentially more sinister problem”

  3. LogicFish, where do you find such garbage? I have ceased to try and out guess how Americans will vote. There seems to be no rhyme nor reason. Billy G.

  4. “LogicFish, where do you find such garbage?”

    Probably you can’t see my previous post yet. Give it some time, and it will make more sense (hopefully).

    Garbage? I don’t dispute. As has been often said, the inmates have taken over the asylum. And I’m pointing out that the madmen seem serious about applying such “garbage” to the ordinary people.

    To quote Star Trek, “We’re in grave danger.”

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