As a New Year dawns and the tax-cut terrorist Republicans are poised to get their boney fingers around the neck of the “People’s House” in 2011, I shutter with the painful knowing that ever since they sold out to the Railroads in the late 1890s, the Republican Party does not get out of bed in the morning unless they can turn the government into a mere appendage to the affairs of banksters. Republicans are also so wedded to the same policies that have tanked the economy twice in a century that economists like Nouriel Roubini are outright speculating that Republicans are actively trying to tank the economy for political gain.
Though it baffles the mind why any working person would vote Republican in the Republican-induced “race to the bottom” world we have been living in since Reaganomics, we have to remember that it is merely a testament to the power of propaganda that has many unsuspecting dupes believing that anything less than complete corporate enslavement means the end of “freedom” itself.
A recent study stated the obvious – There is a direct correlation to the amount of Fox News an “Average Joe” views, to the amount of outright lies said “Average Joe” believes as Gospel truth.
Alternet Reported: In eight of the nine questions below, Fox News placed first in the percentage of those who were misinformed (they placed second in the question on TARP). That’s a pretty high batting average for journalistic fraud. Here is a list of what Fox News viewers believe that just aint so:
* 91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs
* 72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit
* 72 percent believe the economy is getting worse
* 60 percent believe climate change is not occurring
* 49 percent believe income taxes have gone up
* 63 percent believe the stimulus legislation did not include any tax cuts
* 56 percent believe Obama initiated the GM/Chrysler bailout
* 38 percent believe that most Republicans opposed TARP
* 63 percent believe Obama was not born in the U.S. (or that it is unclear)
The conclusion is inescapable. Fox News is deliberately misinforming its viewers and it is doing so for a reason. Every issue above is one in which the Republican Party had a vested interest. The GOP benefited from the ignorance that Fox News helped to proliferate. The results were apparent in the election last month as voters based their decisions on demonstrably false information fed to them by Fox News.” Read the rest of the article here.
Unfortunately, merely parroting the agenda of our corporate masters does not mean they will ease the sting of their lash across these poor dupes’ pitiful shoulders.
Bob Herbert wrote in the NY Times, “Even as millions of out-of-work and otherwise struggling Americans are tightening their belts for the holidays, the nation’s elite are lacing up their dancing shoes and partying like royalty as the millions and billions keep rolling in.
Recessions are for the little people, not for the corporate chiefs and the titans of Wall Street who are at the heart of the American aristocracy. They have waged economic warfare against everybody else and are winning big time.
The ranks of the poor may be swelling and families forced out of their foreclosed homes may be enduring a nightmarish holiday season, but American companies have just experienced their most profitable quarter ever. As The Times reported this week, U.S. firms earned profits at an annual rate of $1.659 trillion in the third quarter — the highest total since the government began keeping track more than six decades ago.” Read the rest here.
The tragedy is, in the Republican “trickle down” world of peons, the unwashed masses of working people may be convenient photo-op props to stand on a pile of rubble with while broadcasting manly bravado though a bullhorn, but they quickly transform into outright nuisances who dare pester their “betters” for, say, the privilege of health care after inhaling toxic dust Republicans ensured them was safe in the war zone Republicans created through incompetence.
Watch Rachel Maddow explain the FAILURE of Reaganomics:
This is just one small recent example of the disdain Republicans hold for those of us who haven’t pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps by marrying a beer heiress – those of us who have to work for a living.
So as we look to the New Year, let’s brace ourselves for what is to come by remembering that past Republican performance merely foreshadows what is yet to come.
As normal people (non-Republicans) fought in this Lame Duck Congress for things such as the repeal of the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in corporate America’s oil wars, Lame duck Republicans fought for THEIR CORE VALUES, such as LESS safety regulation of our food supply. They also fought to eliminate funding for health reform, fought to eliminate funding of Wall Street Reform and actually delivered a letter to the President stating more tax giveaways for those earning over a quarter million dollars a year was their number one priority – and they would do nothing else unless the country bended to their deficit-ballooning, no-job-creating demands.
With greed as their only motivator, Republicans fought to eliminate the estate tax for the very richest estates in the country – abandoning the principled stance of Republicans of a bygone era like Teddy Roosevelt who believed the disproportionate accumulation of wealth in the hands of a few would made a mockery of the American meritocracy and, ultimately, endangered our democracy.
Teddy Roosevelt said in his New Nationalism speech, “We grudge no man a fortune in civil life if it is honorably obtained and well used,” Roosevelt said. “It is not even enough that it should have been gained without doing damage to the community. We should permit it to be gained only so long as the gaining represents benefit to the community. … The really big fortune, the swollen fortune, by the mere fact of its size, acquires qualities which differentiate it in kind as well as in degree from what is possessed by men of relatively small means. Therefore, I believe in a graduated income tax on big fortunes, and … a graduated inheritance tax on big fortunes, properly safeguarded against evasion, and increasing rapidly in amount with the size of the estate.”
As Republicans fought to ensure the creation of a permanent American aristocracy with the financial power to manipulate government and disrupt democracy, they simultaneously launched a frontal assault to end unemployment benefits for Americans out of work due to the direct result of the Republican Reaganomics CHEAP LABOR agenda. In fact, many Republican Legislators themselves, without apology, boasted their opposition to President Obama’s capitulation to the tax-cut terrorist demands because it extended unemployment insurance… and out there in Faux News land, “Average Joe” Republicans shook their head in agreement, chiming “yup, yup” as their Medicare and Social Security cards nestled ironically in their pockets.
Yes. This is nothing new for Republicans. They are ideologues bent on permanently creating a small elite at the top and a permanent underclass of cheap labor to exploit. Add in the unwitting complicity of the very people permanently sliding into Serfdom on the grease of “Compassionate Conservatism” and it’s true mad genius! Tragically, the only thing “average Joe” Republicans reveals through their party affiliation is their utter stupidity and complete willingness to shoot themselves in the head on command.
A world where the rich run everything and everyone know their “place” is the Republican vision for America! It’s as familiar as the world of Charles Dickens – just in time for Christmas!
So, in the interest of arming the normal people (non-Republicans) who visit RDT with the proper ammunition to debate Teatarded uncles from sea to shining sea this holiday season, let’s take a trip down memory lane with a famous editorial written to Tulsa World Oklahoma by Clint C. Gold in 1999 that explains very succinctly what liberal policies have done for America.
The letter is also read periodically by Mike Malloy on his radio show.
CLINT C. GOLD
Not too long ago, my wife and I attended a TV football party in south Tulsa. With a lopsided score, the conversation turned to a livelier subject — politics. The crowd was, of course, top-heavy with Republicans. With each point expressed their faces became more flushed, eyes bulging a little more and veins popping in their foreheads as they railed against the liberal programs. Finally a lone, liberal voice asked: “Will you people name me one bill your party ever passed to help the working man of this country?” The question created much din and clamor, and someone sputtered, “Well, what have the Democrats done?”
The liberal responded with a few programs and was
interrupted by howling and disdain. He noted that he had not promised they would like the programs and he asked to complete his statement — a difficult task to ask of Republicans.
He spoke of Social Security; Medicare-Medicaid; Peace Corps; unemployment insurance; welfare (for the poor and corporate); civil rights; student grant and loan programs; safety laws (OSHA); environmental laws; prevailing wage laws; right to collective bargaining (which brought about paid medical insurance, paid vacations, pensions, etc.); workers” compensation; Marshall Plan; flood-disaster insurance; School Lunch Program; women’s rights.
He spoke of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which
established a minimum wage, instituted child labor laws, and set up time-and-a-half pay for over a 40-hour week.
He mentioned FHA-HUD with its public housing, urban renewal and 44 million residential homes (before WWII almost 70 percent of our nation were renters; by the 1970s this had been reversed). And farm-conservation subsidies — USDA programs, Farmers Home Administration (the bankers didn’t want to make rural loans), small flood-control lakes (more than 3,000 in Oklahoma alone), rural water districts, rural electricity (REA).
The GI Bill was passed, which the Republicans at the
time bitterly opposed. They were salivating over millions of returning veterans to hire as cheap labor. More than 8 million have used college benefits, creating millions of entrepreneurs; most of us had never dreamed of college. For the unemployed GI, there was $20 a week for 52 weeks to help get started (a lot of money in those days). The Veterans Administration provided more than 2 million home loans.
For the bankers at the football party, it was pointed
out that the liberals saved their industry with the
creation of FDIC and FSLIC, insuring their deposits, and saved Wall Street with the establishment of the Securities Exchange Commission.
The oil men came on bended knees to FDR at a time when
East Texas oil was 4 cents a barrel and begged him to save their industry. He did; prorationing overturned the rule of capture and the days of flush production were over. Prorating has served this great industry (and nation) well.
And the list went on and on, but of course this group
didn’t let him get halfway through. He noted they were weary, inattentive, so again he challenged them to offer up any Republican legislation examples.
I’m sure your party has authored one or two comparable bills from time to time, but I can’t think of any, and apparently you can’t either. What it boils down to is this: the liberals dragged you into the 20th century scratching and screaming with your heels in the mud, fighting anything that’s progressive, everything that’s made this country great. You Republicans have never understood that the spending power of blue-collar workers, obtained through Democrats and unions, is what really made this country great. You really believe “The Good Life” was obtained from your own endeavors. You cloak your greed in religion and patriotism, railing against any form of tax, never comprehending that these programs have benefited all of us and our country.”
Well, I almost didn’t make it out of the house. My wife and I didn’t even get to see the end of the football game.
If Reps. Steve Largent or J.C. Watts had been there,
perhaps politics would never have come up, only the game plan … pity.
Clint C. Gold is former mayor of Moore Oklahoma and a retired savings and loan executive.
Happy Holiday everyone. Now go set that poor, Teatarded, Faux New’s dupe uncle straight!
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