Free market won’t save middle class

Wednesday’s presidential debate was an enactment of chapter one of the 2012 self-help book, “Pomp and Circumstance for Idiots.” It was written especially for the uninformed electorate. Such time-long subtleties as having the Republican wear a red tie while the Democrat’s tie is blue may seem irrelevant to some; but if so, why is it a staple of partisan political theater? You rarely see a politician point an extended digit toward his crowd; it’s less offensive if the finger is bent at the knuckle. As a baby boomer, I’ve seen too many of these scripted plays. It’s embarrassing to my intellect – however much intellect I have been able to salvage.
Buzzwords and bumper sticker philosophies have more of an effect on the uninformed electorate than any seriously structured presidential debate ever will. However, since Mitt Romney hails the free market as the panacea for what ails all the problems faced by the middle class of America, I beg the reader’s attention and seek his wise counsel.
The free market; it sounds pretty cool. Everybody likes to shop, and what sounds better to a shopper than “free”? Here is where the actual experience of being a boomer comes in: I grew up in Sloan, a small and proud community only one square mile in area. Near the St. Andrew’s Lyceum stood two competing mom-and-pop stores. The best examples of both the free market and the American Dream, they co-existed even though one’s profit was the other’s loss. Long story short – free-market capitalism swallowed those guys up; they are long gone. The free market’s appetite is voracious. Left unchecked, the free market will become a massive monopoly acquired pretty much in the same manner as the winner in the game of the same name.
I will fight to the death for the right of Americans to engage in the free market; but please don’t insult us by claiming that it’s a “fair market” as well.
Robert J. Wegrzynowski