Thursday, December 29, 2011
Guest Blog by Jim Hightower: Hoping Won’t Do It; Let’s Make Next Year Better
The following endorsement information was provided by the Eric Griego for Congress Campaign.
About Jim Hightower: Writer, Commentator, and Agitator. National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.
Let's not just hope and pray that next year is better than 2011 – let's team up to make it better.
One way to do that is to send someone to Congress who actually believes what he says and does what he believes. We need someone who is a populist champion with a record we can trust to fight for ordinary families.
I’m talking about our friend, Eric Griego, who is running a genuine people-powered campaign. He’s running for Congress in New Mexico’s First District, and he’s the real thing – principled and people-minded.
The problem with someone like Eric, who actually puts people first, is that he inevitably invites powerful opposition. After all, he’s consistently taken firm stands for consumers and small businesses against corporate giants. He defended Elizabeth Warren against right-wing attacks and stood up to Speaker John Boehner, demanding that he stand with the 99%.
As a State Senator and City Councilor, Eric has fought for and passed real campaign finance and ethics reforms to save our democracy from the torrent of corporate money and powerful lobbyists. A politician
who actually fought for and passed laws to take less money? How about that!
These are some reasons why Eric’s facing well-funded opposition from Tea Party Republican and centrist candidates drinking out of deep corporate troughs.
Eric Griego is a rising national star. He counts on the support of people-powered groups such as Blue America PAC, Democracy for America, MoveOn.org Political Action, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and the Daily Kos. Major labor unions representing middle class workers in both the private and public sectors are also standing with him. He’s no slouch either when it comes to fighting for clean energy and environment, with groups such as the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters committed to his victory in 2012.
Join me in sending a real Democrat to Washington to stir things up a bit.
Author, "Sacred Economics"
It's not an either/or proposition. Governments are in debt because for over 60 years they've been supplementing falling real wages, which are the result of industrialization and technology reducing the need for human energy in the workplace.
"Productivity" means we need fewer human hours to produce the things we use - because machines are doing more of our laboring for us. Productivity makes it harder to place currency in the hands of consumers, who are really just day laborers in drag. Now that businesses are international they can shop overseas in cheaper markets for the little bit of human energy they do still happen to need. All the above means our age-old system of selling our labor for wages to purchase products made by other humans is now invalid, since products today are mainly produced by machines instead of people, rendering wages too scarce to support the necessary of goods and services.
Government spending masks the truth: the economic system we've relied upon for centuries is outmoded and can't be salvaged. Cut government spending and the truth will reveal itself in the form of a global depression that will make the "great depression" seem like fun.
The solution is to shift our economy from an endless growth, for-profit paradigm, to one that honors sustainability, self-actualization and the expansion of human wisdom. Such a system would, however, require us to be more compassionate, trusting, loving, cooperative and conscious of the interconnectivity of life, which is our REAL challenge.
Posted by: qofdisks | Dec 29, 2011 6:32:23 PM
Jim Hightower write "...Eric’s facing well-funded opposition from Tea Party Republican..."
Hmm, tea party republican. Where have I heard that phrase?
Oh yes. Here's an excerpt from a letter I got recently:
"... Tea Party Republicans ... Tea Party Republicans ... Tea Party Republicans ...contribution of $10 ... Tea Party Republican opponent Dan Lewis ... Tea Party Republicans ... send $10 today ... Tea Party Republicans ... Tea Party Republican ... contribution of $10 today ... Tea Party Republican opponent."
That letter was from Eric Griego, dated December 1, 2011.
I can see this is going to be one of those deeply wonkish, issue oriented fights between the Tea Party Republicans and the myrmidons of the Socialist Kenyan Muslim. Whoopee!
Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Dec 29, 2011 6:40:46 PM
gofdisks write "Governments are in debt because ... "
I hate to disagree with you on this, because I usually find myself agreeing with what you say, but this time you're flat out wrong.
You have swallowed the completely falsified republican theory of economics. By starting out talking about government debt you are assuming that government debt is something we should be worried about, that government debt is a problem.
Wrong. Government debt is not a problem right now. We shouldn't be worried about debt or deficits. The republicans are wrong, the republican economists who push the republican ideological economic theory are wrong, and Obama is wrong and was disasterously wrong in January '10 when he stopped focusing on stimulus and turned instead to the deficit.
And, by the way, both Marty Chavez and Eric Griego are wrong in precisely the same way in their economic positions.
I could go on at great length to explain why you are wrong, but someone who is a lot smarter and a better writer than me has already done the hard work, so I'll just link:
Posted by: Michael H Schneider | Dec 30, 2011 10:25:44 AM