A well-coordinated libertarian propaganda campaign is trying to convince the public that Obama-imposed "regulations" are strangling job growth. The propagandists rarely attempt to offer specifics about just which
job-killing regulations are in place now that were not in existence in, say, 2005 or 1995.
The cartoon seen here illustrates this propaganda position. Always remember: When conservatives rail against "entitlements," what they really
want is to get your Social Security money. They want that money invested in Wall Street, where the big investment bankers can rob it, just as they heisted so much else before and during the 2008 crash.
That's why the guy who drew this cartoon is trying so hard to convince people that the problem with today's economy is Social Security and Medicare. Of course, we had Social Security and Medicare during boom times and things were fine. The cartoonist wants you to forget that little point.
This cartoon, along with the rest of the propaganda barrage, is designed to distract you away from an obvious truth: The reason there are so few jobs is lack of demand
. (Also see here
-- and that
link goes to Murdoch's WSJ!) The problem isn't regulation or taxation or Social Security, despite the false memes being spread by libertarian opportunists. The problem is that potential customers have no money to spend
. The economic elevator has stuck at the bottom.
Only Keynesian solutions can unstick the elevator -- but Keynesian ideas are now politically verboten. The public believes that this approach has failed, when it fact it has not been attempted.
It takes a remarkable propaganda effort to convince people that the obvious is not obvious. But the CATO-ites are clever birds. They could convince you that you have no nose, despite the evidence of your own mirror.
Look closely at who is in the boat. An old person, a black person, and a college kid. The Republicans really pushed college loans at one time when they got a piece of the action. Now that Obama has cut the private sharks out of the action, they hate