With a weak economy, massive debt and high unemployment, are accusations against a small minority of being financially greedy the best means of improving the economy or even increasing political power? The latest propaganda from the US government seems to lean in that direction:
“I’m a Romney girl, in a Romney world. Life is taxless. It’s fantastic,” sings the fictitious Miss Swiss
The Globe and Mail
Such talk may very well appeal to masses of poor people who are struggling to meet their daily needs in a weak economy. They certainly have much more serious things to worry about than to question the propaganda being fed to them by their government. Thus, they may not realize that “Miss Swiss” isn’t even Swiss, or that the video clip “I’m a Romney Girl” is not real.
Do they know that the dirndl is probably from Bayern? They might not even know that Romney doesn’t even have a Swiss bank account. Hopefully they know that Switzerland is not Sweden! Yet, even if they knew that he once had a Swiss bank account, would they know that no wrong-doing was every linked to that account? The Swiss are greedy, they are told and thus the Swiss must blamed for their hardships. Yet, how accurate is this perspective?
The reality is that, in the minds of the people, it is easiest to link Switzerland with banking secrets, tax evasion, and the rich who seek to hide their money.
The Swiss are greedy and evil, the US government wants you to believe, and yet all Swiss in Switzerland pay taxes. Nation Master lists the Swiss corporate income tax as being 33% higher than that of the US, the goods and services tax is listed as being 28% higher than that of the US and the personal income tax is shown as being almost be the same as that in the US. In fact, the total taxation as a percentage of GDP is 21% higher than that of the US. Are the Swiss thus really as greedy and evil as US propaganda insists for poor Americans to believe? The facts seem to suggest otherwise.
Yet, the poor who are struggling in America are unlikely to be concerned about innocent people who are threatened with arrest, denied banking services or even the ability to refinance their mortgage due to US policy. With US propaganda, all Swiss are tax evaders who may be punished, forced to suffer, or even worse, as one American expressed:
We’ve got thousands of nukes… would anybody really miss one or two of them?
What exactly does the US government seek to achieve with its propaganda? I strongly recommend that the US government focuses on the real issues instead of blaming scapegoats.
Disclaimer: This article is not recommending for one to vote for any political party and it is not making any comparisons with any past events, but rather discussing political propaganda in relation to known facts.