Retired Congressional staffer Mike Lofgren destroys the widely-held notion that there are no more American heros in this incredible expose of the treasonous behavior now commonplace in Washington, D.C.
He does so by putting his ass on the line to advance the greater good and leveling his intellectual Gatling gun on the Republican Party he served for 16 years, and the wingnuts who have hijacked it. He describes both of the big political machines as “captives to corporate loot” in this Truthout article, but saves his harshest criticism for the far right and the wealthy robber-barons behind it.
Along the way, Lofgren establishes himself as a keeper of the flame for true Republicans and loyal Americans who place the good of the nation ahead of the short-term profit growth treadmill which has hypnotized so many business and political leaders.
This article is reminiscent the painful truths being leveled by Bruce Bartlett, the former Reagan administration economic expert and longtime Republican policy expert who blames former President George W. Bush for bankrupting the nation. Like Bartlett, Lofgren goes granular to make his points with a wealth of insider knowledge of knowing misconduct.
“Both parties are rotten,” Lofgren says at the top. “How could they not be, given the complete infestation of the political system by corporate money on a scale that now requires a presidential candidate to raise upwards of a billion dollars to be competitive in the general election? Both parties are captives to corporate loot. The main reason the Democrats’ health care bill will be a budget buster once it fully phases in is the Democrats’ rank capitulation to corporate interests – no single-payer system, in order to mollify the insurers; and no negotiation of drug prices, a craven surrender to Big Pharma.”
“But both parties are not rotten in quite the same way. The Democrats have their share of machine politicians, careerists, corporate bagmen, egomaniacs and kooks. Nothing, however, quite matches the modern GOP.
“To those millions of Americans who have finally begun paying attention to politics and watched with exasperation the tragicomedy of the debt ceiling extension, it may have come as a shock that the Republican Party is so full of lunatics. To be sure, the party, like any political party on earth, has always had its share of crackpots, like Robert K. Dornan or William E. Dannemeyer. But the crackpot outliers of two decades ago have become the vital center today: Steve King, Michele Bachman (now a leading presidential candidate as well), Paul Broun, Patrick McHenry, Virginia Foxx, Louie Gohmert, Allen West. The Congressional directory now reads like a casebook of lunacy.
“It was this cast of characters and the pernicious ideas they represent that impelled me to end a nearly 30-year career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill. A couple of months ago, I retired; but I could see as early as last November that the Republican Party would use the debt limit vote, an otherwise routine legislative procedure that has been used 87 times since the end of World War II, in order to concoct an entirely artificial fiscal crisis. Then, they would use that fiscal crisis to get what they wanted, by literally holding the US and global economies as hostages.”
Lofgren’s article goes on like this for 6,200 glorious words. It’s one of the more incredible stories of the past 20 years – not because he shocks with outlandish accusations, but because of the way Lofgren details that outlandish behavior with his insider knowledge.
His revelations confirm our own worst fears about the self-serving people who lead us and want to lead us, and is required reading for anyone who claims to be a patriotic American.
Here’s the Cliffnotes summary: We’re in trouble and Mike Lofgren tells us how and why.
Thank you Mike.