Wednesday, May 23, 2007

David Sirota Speaks Truth to Power: Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying

Elitist Democrats Want to Bury Our Middle Class

“Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying.” –Morgan Freeman in Shawshank Redemption, 1994

While the Democrats look more and more like Republicans every day as they allow bipartisan, elitist, Big Money People to destroy their own party, will this Party finally bury itself by backing the wrong horse in 2008? All Democrats have to do (left, right and center) is open their eyes to the elitist agendas and decide: do they want to dig their own grave with a candidate who is committed to burying the middle class? If you want answers to who’s selling out to who in the Party while, most recently, the immigration debate rages on, one need look no further than to David Sirota’s excellent blog for answers.

While certain driven radio talk show hosts and otherwise admirable blogging divas who shall remain unnamed work fervently to interview and promote the corporate welfare, tech-lobby-supporting, former vice president Al Gore with almost cult like zeal is his undeclared presidential bid, Democratic journalists with integrity and conviction like David Sirota are cutting through the elitist wannabe bullshit and speaking truth to power.

In a speech he gave last week in Montana to the AFL/CIO entitled “Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying”, he speaks of the corporate lobbying that “has become a multibillion-dollar industry” and goes on to explain to us that “at a time of war and deficit, we have upcoming federal tax cuts that will hand roughly a half-trillion dollars to the wealthiest 1 percent--tax cuts for millionaires are larger than the annual income of the average American household.”

Sirota describes the inspiration for the title came while he was watching the movie The Shawshank Redemption: “Knee-deep in economic data and stories about the recent legislative session, I heard Morgan Freeman's distinct baritone voice utter that haunting phrase: "Get busy living, or get busy dying."

Along with his impeccable and thorough research and investigative reporting, what is most impressive about Mr. Sirota is his intelligent, unassuming, humble and laser sharp wit with which he provides the facts and takes no prisoners. He reminds me of those unpopular kids in high school who I identified with…although they looked ‘normal’ and otherwise acted ‘cool’, they would steadfastly refuse to go along with the crowd even at the point of ridicule.
That’s what I call integrity. If only a mass epidemic of integrity would replace this massive onslaught of hubris from popular bloggers and elitist wannabes that has infected the Left, imagine how large the Democratic Party could start living!

“Get Busy Living, or Get Busy Dying.” –David Sirota, 2007



Anonymous said...

"Either you're lying or I'm dying".
-The Middle Class

Citizen Carrie said...

I laughed my ass off when I read that Bill Gates admitted that Montana should not hold its breath waiting for high tech jobs.

Americans have to wake up. War is being waged against the middle class. Our policies our turning us into a nation of the "haves" and the "have-nots". Do we want a nation with a disappearing middle class? Do the "haves" really believe the US will be better off with a bunch of people that won't be able to afford to buy new products? How is new wealth going to be generated?

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robbarron-ny said...

Sirota's writing suggests that he is looking for integrity in places that he will never find it (politics). Yet, for all of his reporting on the obvious corruption of both parties, who are his friends and what ties does he have to the business community who has bought the politicians?

2Truthy said...

Hey robbarron-ny,
How the hell should I know who Sirota's friends are? It's not like I bump into the guy at the grocery store, I mean he lives in Montana. Ok seriously--- I get your point. Dunno who he wants to see get elected, I think it was Edwards but you never know, I guess, what some Dems are thinking about with rumors of Gore maybe running (PLEASE NO!!!!)t.t.

2Truthy said...

hey citizen carrie,
Don't count on any jobs to be movin to Montana soon, or anywhere else around this sorry ass of a country anytime soon.

You ask how we will be better off if they keep selling out our jobs and then we can't buy stuff, and the answer is that for every one of us they kill a good paying job for, they will replace with 3-4 Indians who will make up the difference in purchase power and of course, the most important thing, TAXES. t.t.

nova9 said...

This IS a war against the American middle class, Citizen Carrie and yet, I am afraid that Sirota rants just long enough to pique interest and then rolls back, never addressing it directly. It is as if he indeed must be on somebody's payroll to keep diverting attention away from the h-1b abuse problem.Note that he never discusses it and rails about CAFTA, an important issue but does not address rigged American job losses.