Thursday, June 14, 2012

Time to Revolt against American Royalty

They are the cause of our ballooning debt, over-taxation and slide into European-style statism.
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The British have the Queen, the Saudis have their King and we have a Republic –where everyone is equal and the people rule.  Right?  In this week’s Majority Points we’ll explore America’s Royalty or ruling class.  Yes, we have them.  No bejeweled crowns or lavish weddings. Instead our royals are destroying the promise of America.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably not part of it – but you’re paying for it every day.   They are the cause of our ballooning debt, over-taxation and slide into European-style statism.

It might surprise progressives that the American Ruling Class isn’t the rich.  Progressives wage war on those who are successful, wealthy and accomplished for the sake of dividing America.  In fact, the Ruling Class is a complex cabal of seemingly permanent incumbent elected officials, public employee union bosses, and those in large financial institutions who work together to condemn the American taxpayer to generations of obligations they cannot afford. Let’s take a look at who they are.  It’s the first step in doing something about them. After all, as Jefferson wrote, “An elective despotism is not the government we fought for.”  Our Ruling Class is a damaging force that is quietly scraping away at the fabric of the country.

1. The Public Employee Unions
Looking at the simple math, it is hard to argue that public employee unions have not burdened all Americans for the sake of providing job security and Cadillac benefits for a small minority.  Of course, it’s not so small anymore.  Today more than 21 million federal, state, local and school district employees have greater job security, better benefits and often much higher salaries than their private sector counterparts.   Over the last several decades, as governments at all levels grew exponentially, it’s now more of a social program where those lucky enough to get a taxpayer-funded job become part of a special protected class of citizens.
The factory down the road from the state office building may close due to high taxation and its workers out on the street while government workers’ salaries increase with the help of government officials whose job security is then paid for with campaign contributions and Election Day foot soldiers.

2. Permanent Incumbent Elected Officials
American Royalty is anchored by a permanent group of incumbent elected officials and unaccountable senior civil servants who cycle after cycle remain fixtures of bad behavior, feeding the unions’ appetite for more workers and benefits the public cannot afford.  Even in a “wave year” like 2010 when America saw large political shifts on the national level, the vast majority of incumbents were reelected.

Remember, local and state elected officials are the ones who negotiate and sign on to most of the public employee union contracts in America.  It’s been their instinct for political survival that has permitted millions of employees from having to contribute to their pensions and healthcare, leaving the majority of Americans to foot the bill.  This downward spiral has been assented to by a public that fails to educate itself about such behavior, fails to engage in the political process, fails to vote, and fails to hold officials accountable. With the breakthroughs in Wisconsin, San Diego and San Jose last week, the tide is shifting, but there is still massive work to be done on this front.

3. Executives Who Rewrite the Rules of the Free Market (with government help)
The third segment of the American Ruling Class, are the executives who work in collusion with these unaccountable government officials to rewrite the rules of the free market in their favor, using the American taxpayer as a backstop for what should be a completely private enterprise.  This behavior has gained notice among those on the left and the right recently due to the 2008 financial crisis and the Wall Street bailout, but the conditions that created the problem have been developing for years. Here again as the vast majority of Americans work and pay, a few elites manipulate the system for their benefit.  It was legal then.  It’s legal now.  And it’s still going on. What are you going to do about it?

For all the work to bring about equality in America, little has been done to prevent these three segments of the population from being treated as if on a higher station than others.   The American Royalty’s greed and gluttony is bankrupting America.  We need to make it our goal to break the American Ruling Class’s hold on all of us, by holding elected officials accountable.  Then you can be sure the American royals will take notice of the American majority.
For Liberty,
Ned Ryun

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