Amazingly, Wall Street leaders – after getting salvaged by government intervention themselves – are calling for more Republicans in Congress to prevent government initiatives to help other Americans get back on their feet.

There is a strange consensus emerging that, for want of a better phrase, “gridlock is good.”

So, is the United States about to take yet another flyer with “Reagan-Bush-ism,” the “government is bad” ideology that has dominated the nation’s precipitous decline over the past three decades?

Has the Right’s media power left Americans so confused that they have forgotten how the country emerged from the Great Depression and built the great American middle class, with a combination of government infrastructure-building and private enterprise? Have the painful lessons of the George W. Bush administration been forgotten already?

Philosopher George Santayana famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But he surely didn't think that the people of a modern nation would forget their own history in less than two years.

That was one of the reasons for publishing the book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, which I wrote with my sons, Sam and Nat, in the final years of Bush’s reign. As difficult as it may be to relive some of that history, it is important to remember – or it will be repeated.

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Robert Parry

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet's first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media. 


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