The One Dirty Word Republicans Will Never Use, But It’s The Driving Force Behind Most Of Our Problems

michael-douglasWhen it comes to political debate there’s seemingly an endless stream of opinions – and even supposed “facts.”  You know, because it’s perfectly acceptable now days to call proven facts “opinions” if you happen to disagree with them.

But lost in all the back and forth rhetoric about gay rights, women’s rights, economic ideologies, government ineptitude and whatever other topic might be thrown back and forth, there’s one word conservatives almost never admit is a problem – yet it’s honestly the driving force behind most of the issues we face not only in this country, but on this planet.

Greed.  A word the Republican party will never use.

Even in the Bible, a book cherished by evangelical conservatives, it warns against greed.  That it’s perpetual.  That it’s never ending.  The more you feed greed, the more it’s going to want.

And that’s exactly what happens.

It’s people worth hundreds of millions – if not billions – of dollars, complaining about tax hikes.  People that couldn’t even begin to spend half of the money they have complaining because their growth in wealth might not be as large.

Millions of dollars being spent every single election to buy politicians so that they’ll support legislation that favors their interests.

Greed is why our cars still rely on gasoline.  It’s why our homes aren’t powered by wind or solar energy.  There’s too much money to be made in oil.  If a car could run for over 1,000 miles on a few gallons of some kind of recycled materials or a home could be forever powered with a few solar panels, think of the billions these greedy bastards would lose.

Heck, why do you think there’s “doubt” about climate change?  There’s too much money to be made in fossil fuels.  These greedy bastards would rather see the world end than see their profits vanish.

When jobs are eliminated, it’s usually not because a company can’t afford to pay the workers.  They easily can.  But they’re eliminated because they want to keep growing their already massive profits, and the easiest way to do that is to cut expenses.  Jobs are expenses.  But no worries, the executives still keep getting their giant salaries and bonuses.

Big companies don’t oppose hikes to the minimum wage because they can’t afford it.  They oppose the increase because it’ll very slightly eat into their large profit margins.  And as most of you know, raises and bonuses for upper-level executives are often determined by profit margins.

It’s an endless cycle.  Large profits today are next year’s disappointments.  Greed is an insatiable hunger that will never be satisfied.

Money is finite, that’s just the truth of the matter.  Shaping a society based upon the idea of “survival of the fittest” while concentrating most of that wealth in the hands of just fraction of the population is absolutely insane.

Is it fair to say, “Well, the rich have to pay more – it’s their responsibility”?  Nope, it’s not.  But if we want a country (or a planet for that matter) that’s stable and successful, we can’t continue to support economic policies that rely on the “generosity” of the wealthiest among us to “trickle down” what they feel like giving back.

Because the reality is, as long as their wealth keeps growing, they’ll continue to squeeze as much of it from us as possible until the whole damn thing collapses.  And it will collapse, mark my words.  The trend we’ve seen in this country over the last three decades of the rich getting richer while the rest of us get poorer is not sustainable.

And just because Republicans like to pretend as if greed isn’t an issue, that doesn’t change the reality that it’s not only an issue – it’s quite possibly the biggest issue facing this country.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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