Year after year, decade after decade, Republicans in Washington have lectured the American people about the need for “welfare reform.” In the 1980s, Ronald Reagan railed against a fictitious “welfare queen” driving a Cadillac. Just a few years ago, Republicans turned their attention to a young surfer who used the food stamp program to purchase lobster.
Why is there not a cap on this sort of bullshit income and wealth?! If they passed a law to stop monopolies, why isn’t there a law to stop this INSANE takeover of finances from the economy?! Who the FUCK needs that kind of income?! This asshole should be put in a mental institution for his sickness: G-R-E-E-D!!!
Political theater. But I like it.
Nancy Pelosi offered policy, too. And she lost her party more votes.
go, Nancy, go!
Sickening that the head of Amazon, Bozo or whatever his name is, has this much money. My family doesn’t shop at Walmart. Now all I got to do is convince the wife Amazon sucks too. It’s ironic that the Right has no problem with getting rid of unions and minimum wage, yet they don’t support social welfare programs.
Good luck with THAT! If you succeed, please let me know how you got through…
Sounds like trickle down is working very well.
Unfortunately the mythical riches are NOT what are trickling down.
What IS trickling down are costs that should be on the expense side of corporate ledgers but are being paid for by me and the rest of the taxpayers.
$277 Million every single day.
If he paid the same tax rate on his earnings that his workers paid, providing his workers made a living wage, I’d say Jeff was playing by the same rules all of us have.
and who is going to do that? Will politicians stop taking legal Wall Street bribes and lose the funding that pays for their MSM and other publicity that guarantees their re-election? Don’t hold our breath.
Get politicians out of the business of making our decisions for us to favor corporations:
The only thing that will work is if grass roots organizers put on every state poll that the politicans cannot accept any money but their pay check or will be imprisoned. We can have tax money pay for campaigns and give it out equally. Of course now that our voting machines are usurped we can’t get that passed. And, hey look what the Koches have become - they now hold Republican voter rolls which is impossible without also holding Democrat voter rolls. And, they’re big into wall street de-regulation now a days. The people in charge will kill anyone who tries to get change. They aren’t any better than thugs. But yes, we should still try.
Oh, and they’re doing Facebook on us:
"What is i360? It’s a vast voter database/data mining/micro-targeting/media buying/door-to-door knocking/phone banking/artificial intelligence business owned by Koch Industries, a fossil fuels conglomerate with more than $100 billion in revenues per year. Koch Industries is known for its anti-climate-science and anti-regulatory agenda. Last November, the watchdog group, Public Citizen, reported that 44 Trump administration officials have been plucked from the Koch big money donor network. (See our recent in-depth reports on i360 for CounterPunch here and here.)
Koch Industries has, for some reason, decided to come out of the closet on its ownership of i360 and is now openly running help wanted advertising for data scientists and other IT professionals to assist it in meddling in the 2018 election. It says in all of these ads that the location of the jobs is in Arlington, Virginia. So if the i360 brainiacs are located in Virginia, why was the South Australian Liberal Party sending folks to Ohio?"
… the article keeps getting worse the more you read it.
“You are also likely asking yourself how it can be legal for a multi-national fossil fuels company to be overtly inserting itself into elections in this fashion. The answer is that under our current Republican-controlled three branches of government, anything is legal if you can get away with it.”
- And was under Obama, too.
The state is crucial to the generation of billionaires (the .0000001%). That’s how the capitalist state works.
Grassroots organizers have temporarily beat Big Money, but the system is rigged to allow that on occasion, letting us blow off steam that could otherwise turn uglier for the oligarchy.
Increasingly, countries are figuring this out and turning to true democracy, direct and decentralized.
Yes it is political theater - by Sanders. Bezos has far more power and friends in high places than Sanders does, and Sanders knows it. Sanders is still playing the “sheepdog” role: herding the disaffected Dem base back into the Democratic Party, the party of .00001%, that will remain the party of billionaires.
FF, it’s worse than even you (or BERNIE) thinks — : “Capitalism isn’t
broken; it’s working precisely as it’s supposed to: generating surpluses
and giving all of them to a small ownership class.” [Jacob Bacharach]
So Bernie, as I shouted to you in Manchester (and was reported in the Washington Post, by David Weigel) — “Be a real Socialist” and “Speak-out about EMPIRE!”
(see the end of my comments here on CD)
Actually, surpluses, or more accurately “surplus value” as economists say, is the
fiction created (and approximating) the faux-profits of what crony
capitalist corporations and banks achieve only through their dumping of
‘negative externality costs’ on all of us, our children, our government,
and our planet.
There is little or no actual ‘surplus value’ —
only the perceived ‘value’ created by doing immoral actions which dump
‘negative externality costs’ (as hidden multi-trillions of corporate
taxes) on everyone else except the UHNWIs of the globe who are looting,
extracting, exploiting, expropriating, hoarding, monopolizing, and most
importantly ‘taking-out-of-productive-use’ the human, humane, natural,
and societal “surplus values” of our world by replacing ‘earth values’
with the massive ‘negative externality costs’ that will surely end our
Eg. There is no ‘surplus value’ in devaluing life on
earth only to shift ‘apparent value’ to the UHNWIs who have, in the
past, and continue to invent via the most awful “creative destruction”
by inventing newer and more deceitful ways of hiding, extending, and
disguising more complex convoluted and polluted schemes of converting
the potential value of our natural world into false ‘surplus value’
through the scam of more inventive new ‘financial engineering’ (and AI
machine engineering) by the supposed ‘smartest people in the room’
working for the self-appointed “Masters of the Universe” in coming up
with newer schemes to hide the world-ending crime of turning us and our
earth into nothing but the apparent ‘surplus value’ of the alchemists’
trick of turning, not lead, but tobacco leaves, oil, and paper (CDOs,
CDSs, synthetic ETFs, derivatives, et al. into gold, and human-values
into gold with the trick of making ‘negative externality costs’ (like
global warming and environmental destruction) disappear as if by
This form of black magic is akin to the type of robbing
and killing people, hiding the bodies, and pretending that they are
“Making America Great Again” — which both Hitler and Stalin tried to
do with less perfectly designed and merely single-party facades of
faux-Republic, faux-Socialist, and faux-peoples’ revolutions hiding
earlier Disguised Global Empires.
Don’t beware the “Ides of March”
but beware the March of this dual-party Vichy-political facade of this
current 21st century first and last effectively Disguised, truly Global,
Capitalist-fueled Empire under Emperor Trumpius Caesar ---- for which he
prevailed in our 10th ‘least worst (s)election’ cycle over
"Empress-in-waiting’ and certified War Hawk Hillary!
WakeTF-up folks — because another coming 11th ‘least worst (s)eletion’ cycle in 2020 will surely be our last!
It is incomprehensible that almost no one in America can comprehend that they are all living in a Disguised Global Capitalist Empire, which is only nominally HQed in, and merely ‘posing’ as our formerly promising and sometimes progressing country PKA America.
Only Professor Robinson’s reality cuts through this fog of bull shit
to reveal the “Crisis of Humanity” that the spawning of capitalism and
empire both create & destroy, which he so accurately and correctly
has diagnosed and revealed in his most notable ‘exposure’ of this
uniquely 21st century Disguised Global Capitalist Empire of cancer
in our world to be the following;
“The U.S. state is a key point of condensation for pressures from
dominant groups around the world to resolve problems of global
capitalism and to secure the legitimacy of the system overall.
In this regard, “U.S.” imperialism refers to the use by transnational
elites of the U.S. state apparatus to continue to attempt to expand,
defend, and stabilize the global capitalist system. We are witness less
to a “U.S.” imperialism per se than to a global capitalist imperialism.
We face an EMPIRE OF GLOBAL CAPITAL, headquartered, for evident
historical reasons, in Washington.” [Caps added]
Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity, 2014 Robinson, William Cambridge University Press.
As far as the actual structure and form of this newest and last
Empire on earth is concerned, it is composed by at least seven sectors;
corporate, financial, militarist, media/propaganda, extra-legal, CFR
coordinated ‘plot-tanks’, and both the “tougher-talking” neocon ‘R’
Vichy Party and the “smoother-lying” neoliberal-con 'D Vichy Party —
which since the OSS’s research of the Nazi Empire’s installation of a
single party Vichy regime under Marshall Petain in France (c. 1940 to 1944)
didn’t fool the French people —but by 1947 as the re-named and expanded
CIA/NSA/NSC, had promulgated a “New and Improved Model” of DUAL-party
Vichy Empire control of our former country by the “National Security State
and Double Government” [Michael Glennon], which the naive haberdasher Truman
replacement president for Henry Wallace in '44 which the un-Truman
didn’t even suspect during “Red Scare II” and the McCarthy era/error,
but which the more strategic-thinking Ike tried to ‘blow the cover on’in Jan '61.
Books worth reading about the current state of this Disguised Global Capitalist Empire:
“Dark Ages America, The Final Phase of Empire” Morris Berman
“Revolution Against Empire” Justin du Rivage
“Secret Team” Fletcher Prouty
“The Condor Years” John Dinges
“It’s Even Worse Than You Think” David Cay Johnson
“How Democracies Die” Levi=tsky and Ziblatt
“Democracy in America” Page and Gilens
“Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity” William Robinson
“Hegemony or Survival” Chomsky
“The Making of Global Capitalism” Panitch and Gindin
“Hearts and Minds” Tanner Mirrlees
“The New Imperialism” David Harvey
“Empire” Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
“In the Shadows of the American Century” Alfred McCoy
“Empire of Illusion” Chris Hedges
“Governing the World” Mark Mazower
“Wall Street’s Think Tank” Laurence Shoup
“The True Flag” Stephen Kinser
“War and Empire” Paul Atwood
“They Rule” Paul Street
“Unspeakable” Chris Hedges
“Empire, Racism & Genocide” Robert Fantina
“Killing the Host” Michael Hudson
“God and Empire” John Crossan
“The Politics of Empire” James Petras
“The Empire of Chaos” Pepe Escobar
“The Changing Face of Empire” Nick Turse
“Among Empires” Charles Maier
“Empire of Capital” Ellen Meiksins Wood
“The Pentagon’s New Map” Thomsa Barnett
“Exorbitant Privilege” Barry Eichengreen
“The Rule of Empires” Timothy Parsons
“The One Percent Solution” Ron Suskind
“Why America Failed, The Roots of Imperial Decline” Morris Berman
“Dismantling the Empire” et al. Chalmers Johnson
“Democracy Incorporated” Sheldon Wolin
“Against Empire”, “Superpatriotism” “The Face of Imperialism” Michael Parenti
BTW, if Bernie wanted to do something more useful than play economist, when he ain’t one, he could respond to my deal with him — that I would continue donating to his site (as a fromer Maine delegate of Bernie) — if he would just get his arse over from Vermont to Maine here and do something for Zak Ringelstein who is the young 32 year old DSA progressive with most of the same ‘issues’ as Bernie, since Zak is the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate (like Bernie) and since ZAK is getting none of the LOVE that Bernie shed on Alexandria in NYC.
What the hell is up, Bernie brother, we made a deal and I kept my end of the deal.
Now the Maine Democratic Party is treating Zak Ringelstein like kriptonite and not doing shit for ZAK and of coruse, as the Portland Maine based COMMON DREAMS knows the Maine MEDIA including the “Portland Press Herald”, WCSH 6, WMTW 8, and WGME 13 are doing NOTHING — so most of the people in Maine have no effin IDEA that their current 2018 MAINE DEMOCRATIC PARTY candidate for SENATE is named ZAK RINGELSTEIN and that they could (and SHOULD) VOTE for ZAK instead of A KING who is a IINO (Independent In Name Only) and a ‘middle of the road’ phony who votes 47% of the time with EMPEROR TRUMP.
So Bernie, be honest with me, don’t welsh on our deal ----- I contribute to YOU and YOU come to MAINE and help ZAK.
It would also be nice if the nice progressive COMMON DREAMS as a MAINE progressive site tossed an article or two to poor socialist progressive ZAK RINGELSTEIN in Common Dreams own back yard, hey Craig, just sayin — I contributed to you guys also.
I deeply resent the fact that my meager pension is taxed to provide safety net funding for grossly underpaid employees of billionaires. If their employees were paid a living wage, then the safety nets would not be necessary. Of course, this would shift the burden of keeping employees and their families alive from me to the billionaires. Too f***ing bad!
Lol. I brought up Bernie’s legislation (The Bezos Bill or whatever it’s called) and why it was introduced, and she seemed quite supportive of it. She actually said we could stop supporting Amazon, believe it or not. Now all we got to do is match our words with some action
Good luck and keep at it!
“Surprise, surprise, surprise!” — as Gomer Pyle used to say.
And like Gomer, there’s not even a single effin CD reader who seems to have the brains, curiosity, nor interest to even read or comment on this admittedly lengthy comment of mine which accurately describes the roll that 'negative externality cost dumping, by the UHNWIs and the Corporations that they control through stock ownership has in being the single and seminal cause of the ‘global warming’ that is killing our planet for ourselves, and more importantly for our children, and grand children ---- nor do any of the mushrooms here have any interest in the Disguised Global Capitalist EMPIRE, which is the deadly cabal through which this and all other crimes against humanity operates in our fragile little world of deaf, dumb, and blind supposedly ‘leftish’, progressive-lite, alt-media dopes.
As Kurt Vonnegut says — “and so it goes”.
Squirrel, mice, and wolves show more sense in training and protecting their young.