American President Joe Biden said, “don’t tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” Well, look at the broad 2020 budget above and tell me what values America has.
The two biggest line items are Social Security/Medicare and War. The World War II generation got benefits for themselves and their kids, and every future American can go to hell. And the world can have forever war. America’s budgetary values—across administrations—are old people at home and dead people abroad.
The country is a genocidal gerontocracy, and Joe Biden is the walking, creaking personification of that. The past standing athwart the present, completely fucking the future up.
Gerontocracy means rule by the old, and America’s leaders are old as the color TV. Biden is 79, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is 82, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is 71. Former President Trump is now 75. Biden first ran for President in the 1980s and just kept trying. In America you can just fail upwards until you die.
The median age of this 117th Congress is 60 years old, much higher than the national median of 38. They’re also much richer than the average American, so they really represent rich old people, as you may have noticed during the pandemic. Unprotected old people could just fuck off and die for the stock market’s sake, as long as Nancy Pelosi’s portfolio was safe.
America has social programs that the ‘greatest generation’ fought for—Social Security and Medicare. These are now so ensconced that they’re called mandatory spending. Every latest generation, however, has to fend for themselves. Younger Americans have to pay for everything themselves, including Social Security and Medicare.
The people working now pay for the benefits being given out now. Given changing demographics and circumstances, it’s not clear that these programs will even be solvent by the time current workers retire.
Hence it’s not just working class people that get screwed in America, it’s working age people. They pay for old people to have ‘socialist’ healthcare and UBI while living under predatory capitalism themselves.
It’s generational theft really. This is not to say people shouldn’t take care of elders, of course we should. But the broader principle of ‘we should care for everybody’ has never taken hold in America. That’s what the budget shows.
In fact, instead of spending on the lives of its own people, the next biggest line item is killing people abroad.
Genocide is killing a people, in whole or in part. This is what America has been doing to Muslims since 9/11, and it’s still going on. They have killed over a million (at least) and displaced tens of millions. They have legitimized and spread genocidal Islamophobia all over the world. Now they’ve moved on to demonizing, besieging, and proxy attacking Chinese and Russian people.
Right now Joe Biden is actively starving hundreds of Afghan children to death.He stole the country’s foreign reserves, destroying their economy more thoroughly than bombs, leading to 13,000 newborns dying this year alone. If you don’t call that genocide, then fuck off and die.
This is all a for profit industry. Half of the money going into their ‘Defense’ Department goes out to private arms dealers, who literally run the Pentagon. The current Defence Secretary walked straight out of Raytheon. It’s really an Offense Department. The whole thing is an offense to god and human.
Just as the leaders of both parties are rich, old fucks, they are both equally bloody minded abroad. There’s not much daylight between Trump and Biden’s discretionary budgets. It’s all dark.
Biden is actually worse. Whereas Trump at least didn’t start any major new wars, Biden is banging the gong for World War III quite liberally. He has worsened historical atrocities against Yemen and Afghanistan and is sowing the wind all over the world.
Like armored chickens coming home to roost, America’s war machine has also come home. Since the War On Drugs, the Pentagon has been giving military equipment to local police departments. Since 9/11 they centralized their police state, including a border Gestapo complete with concentration camps for unwanted souls. America has quite thoroughly occupied itself. There’s just a thin blue line between foreign and domestic violence now.
If you include all this violence against itself, a full two-thirds of Biden’s discretionary budget is for violence. Elected on the wings of the largest anti-occupation protest movement in human history (BLM), Joe Biden did what every American President does instead. He chose violence.
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The desires of the American people for better lives at home have no impact on the gentrified gerontocrats in charge. The American people got all the concessions they were ever going to get by the 1960s, and then that generation just closed the door.
The ordinary American’s natural disinterest in the world has no impact on the corrupt oligarchy that’s actually in charge. America got rich fighting World War II and that’s all they really know. So the world gets forever war.
So unlike the Romans who at least got breadandcircuses, Americans just get a circus.The color-TV generation built a cable-TV circus, where culture wars are endlessly performed. They’ve been feeding the Muslims to the lions for decades, now it’s Russians and Chinese because the plebs have gotten bored.
Americans also get to fight each other, it’s all a distracting performance. Their media has endless debates about socialism vs. capitalism, while its gerontocrats have both. If you turn off the TV and just look at the money, that’s what their budgets show.
The truth is that America is an aging Empire, well-personified by oldest President they ever elected, Joe Biden. Their budgets serve the past on a mandatory basis, but no leader has ever used their discretion to invest in the future. And so they have none. Instead they invested in death, and you reap what you sow.
A thousand Americans are dying every day because they don’t have a social safety net. Their corrupt government is killing tens-of-thousands globally because that’s how they cash cheques. They have buried future Americans under national debt, and every future living being under climate debt.
This is a dead and killing Empire and as it both implodes and explodes, why should we have any regrets? I grew up there and good riddance (though it’s going out ugly). There’s no values in America anymore. You can see it in their budgets. As Paul Simon said, “Nothing but the dead and dying back in my little town.” There’s nothing but killing and dying, as White Empire goes down.