Spoken or unspoken, the promises are:
- Elite: Your wealth will be secure, and as an offshoot, so will your status in society and security of life and property. You are buying protection by donating your money to my campaign.
- Underclass: Your access to the funds deposited to the government coffers via taxes on other people will be secure, and in fact will increase, if you commit your vote to me. You are buying access to someone else's money and there is no cost to you.
Both promises can be fulfilled for some length of time, which is what makes the campaign successful. The politico has a great likelihood of success, in political power and economic value, in the near-term, which is all any politico can reasonably be expected to consider.
By the time the promises fail... when the government starts to drain economic resources from the Elite, when the funds distributed to the Underclass start to dwindle, when the Underclass rises up in violence against he Elite that they have been convinced are not sharing enough... the politico is out of office and/or so securely ensconced that they cannot be harmed. Or won't be harmed until we see thing go full Atlas Shrugged.
We see a small taste of this setup in the Fiscal Cliff deal agreed to this week. Rush Limbaugh pointed out today on his program that taxes are going to increase for the income wealthy (those dependent on a paycheck for their wealth growth) but taxes are not impacted (or only negligibly) for the Asset Wealthy... or those in the Elite whose income sources from investments.
It is so unfortunate to see this playing out in America.
Perhaps, though, that is for the best? What if America is the only country that could beat these demons, securing freedom for a greater portion of the globe? Perhaps we are intended to fight this battle because we are the only ones that could possibly win it?