Friday, December 18, 2009

Dennis Kucinich: a truth teller in Congress


Kucinich: ‘Class war is over, working people lost’

By Sahil Kapur
Thursday, December 17th, 2009 -- 3:05 pm

denniskucinich20090616b Kucinich: Class war is over, working people lostWASHINGTON -- Reflecting on the growing divide between Wall Street and Main Street, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Wednesday offered a powerful critique on the state of the economy in an open committee hearing.

"The class warfare is over -- we lost," Kucinich said before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. "I want to make that announcement today. Working people lost.  The middle class lost."

The harrowing comments from Kucinich, who is Chairman of the Domestic Policy Subcommittee, come amidst a national unemployment rate of 10 percent, one year and several months after the economic collapse of 2008 has marred the livelihoods of many.

"Don't tell me about class warfare," he continued. "Come to my neighborhoods in Cleveland.  I will show you class warfare.  I’ll show you hollowed out areas. I’ll show you businesses that went down because they don’t have access to capital.  And on Wall Street it is fat city.  Don’t tell me about class warfare."

Kucinich, a former presidential candidate who is viewed across the nation as a progressive champion on many issues, said that despite the recent uptick in economic figures, many regular Americans continue to struggle.

"All across this country people are starved for capital," Kucinich said. "Small businesses are failing, you have shopping centers that are becoming vacant because people can’t afford the rents anymore because the people who own the malls the developers are getting cash calls and credit is tightening."

"The separation between the finance economy and the real economy is real. This is not some fake idea. You can’t call that class warfare. That’s a fact."

Kucinich, who voted against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (also known as the Wall Street bailout), lamented it as a catalyzing force for the rising inequality of income in the United States.

"The wealth of this nation is being accelerated upward," Kucinich said. "That’s one of the problems that I had with the bailout."

"You could say that it helped stabilize the American economy, but what I see is the separation between the real economy and Wall Street. Wall Street is stabilizing, markets are a lot better, banks are doing well -- they parked their money at the Fed for a while so they could get higher interest rates."

With income and wealth inequality at levels greater than in 1929, Kucinich’s statement is not an exaggeration.  Presidents George W. Bush and Barack W. Obama, along with Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Larry Summers and the rest of the Whole Sick Economic Policy Crew, will go down in history as the puppets of the plutocracy who drove the nail into the coffin of the American middle class for a generation or more.  Just wait until they start raising taxes to pay for the bank bailouts!  You never hear these shysters ever talk about raising taxes on the rich (see previous post).  They are good lackeys of the plutocracy, all.

Combined with his sickening Nobel Prize acceptance speech, which displays a stunning ignorance of the realities of terrorism, social justice and proportionality (see Global Guerillas for up-to-speed discussion of asymmetric conflict) President Obama, with his soaring yesteryear rhetoric and good-little-boy conformism to his masters’ wishes, may go down as our most fey, quixotic president ever.


  1. Dennis Kucinich appears to be the only vocal person on Capitol Hill that understands both the problem and the solution. Ron Paul deserves some credit for repeatedly pointing out part of the problem, but appears ignorant of any solution that would actually work, a result of the Austrian fog that appears to have permanently varnished his thinking.

    Kucinich has indicated he will be introducing legislation based on Stephen Zarlenga's American Monetary Act ( which will put the issuance of money back under control of Congress where the Constitution says it belongs.

    Kucinich and three other Presidential candidates told President Obomba "No, you can't" last Saturday. See for videos.

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