posted on Jul, 7 2007 @ 01:03 PM
Biggie and Benevolent are on to something here. Privatization. Xmotex brings up an interesting idea.
Traditionally the Republican Party has been associated with the interest of "big business", which is corporate, which, to make it more user
friendly, has been called "privatization". This is controlling ideas by controlling the words used.
Iraq was, among other things, a demonstration of privatization. Not only would warfare be more privatized, but the country was going to be a model of
what corporate interest could accomplish. (Through the American plans for reconstruction.) Of course, and here's the rub, this privatization would be
done with much, much taxpayer (public) dollars. Republicans can spend like Democrats, just on their own projects. (It is fair to say, however, that
corporate interest will donate to Democrats, if it serves their interests, butter both sides of the bread.)
Note: A current push is to open up the American public system of schools to privatization. Lots of money to be made for business interests if the
taxdollars can be siphoned off for private business use. Getting churches to want vouchers is a good way to get support for this.
Privatizing public water systems is another area for concern. Heck, we got that in a way now, with consumers being advertised into buying bottled
Republicans have, for decades now, been focusing on getting votes from citizens who end up in the end getting politicians in who vote against their
personal interest. The party campaigned on social issues (abortion, gays, issues like Terry Schiavo, etc.), then, when getting into power, voted on
corporate issues. Those well intentioned voters got their jobs outsourced and got stuck with a national energy policy based on oil, for example.
The final gift of the Republican Party neo-conservatives to the American people has been the Iraq War.
Please, to fend off any comments about hating the free enterprise system/free market system, my husband is a small business owner. What I object to is
the corporate government, which can dictate its own rights without responsibilities. Eisenhower warned us.