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The End of the Establishment?


#1

The End of the Establishment?

Step back from the campaign fray for just a moment and consider the enormity of what’s already occurred.

A 74-year-old Jew from Vermont who describes himself as a democratic socialist, who wasn’t even a Democrat until recently, has come within a whisker of beating Hillary Clinton in the Iowa caucus, routed her in the New Hampshire primary, and garnered over 47 percent of the caucus-goers in Nevada, of all places.


#2

As the petrodollar crumbles there will be an angst writ large among the establishment minions. The uber wealthy will have diversified their wealth well enough to stay on top. The rest of the one to three percent who keep the trains on time will shit their pants as their money is largely invested in the unicorn-based ever expanding economic myth. The end game is totally unpredictable and most likely not pretty. May we live in interesting times.


#3

Billionaire

A billion dollars,
I won't see,
And it does't,
Dazzle me.

We absolutely,
Have enough,
And we survived,
When times were tough.

No one earns,
A billion bucks,
It comes from inheritance,
Or plain old luck.

Counting a billion,
Whilst sitting here,
Would nearly take,
A hundred years.

Hoarding that much,
Is being greedy,
When so many,
Are poor and needy.

If the world,
Was just and fair,
There would not be,
One billionaire.


#6

While I love Robert Reisch and think he would be an excellent Labor or even Treasury Secretary in a Sanders administration, he seems to believe Bernie's plans would do little for economic growth. The opposite is actually true. Today's article by Dave Johnson shows that Bernie's plans would greatly INCREASE GDP, average wages, etc. Now is the critical moment to keep supporting Sanders by making donations, phone banking, or anything else. We may never have the chance to elect a true liberal of absolute integrity as President again.


#7

Tell it like it is Robert!!

"Wealth, power, and crony capitalism fit together. So far in the 2016 election, the richest 400 Americans have accounted for over a third of all campaign contributions" - vast wealth has bought all politicians, political mechanisms, candidates, elections, and legislation to criminally increase the wealth and power of the 1%!

"Those at the very top of the top have rigged the system even more thoroughly. Since 1995, the average income tax rate for the 400 top-earning Americans has plummeted from 30 percent to 17 percent" - these are the BS "tax-cuts" touted by RepubliCons, supported by Dems, and politicians of both parties are too corrupted to expose or denounce!

"At its core are the major corporations, their top executives, and Washington lobbyists and trade associations; the biggest Wall Street banks, their top officers, traders, hedge-fund and private-equity managers, and their lackeys in Washington; the billionaires who invest directly in politics; and the political leaders of both parties"

"most Americans couldn’t care less about economic growth because for years they’ve got few of its benefits, while suffering most of its burdens in the forms of lost jobs and lower wages" - "most Americans" paying higher taxes and "fees" to make-up revenue the uber-wealthy and corporations are evading!.

If reforms cannot be effected to restore some measure of fairness for the common guy and gal, revolution will become inevitable........the "establishment" had better realize that......and right quick!


#9

Or legalized stealing, or illegal stealing -- covered up, or illegal stealing followed by sweetheart deferred prosecution, or ...

Peace.
ths.


#10

Really hate to say I agree with you, but I do. A system as lopsided as this one has become always collapses under its own weight. It is a law of nature, or science or something, that everything in existence seeks equilibrium, even manmade systems. Since the 1% have plundered and stolen, legally or otherwise, from the whole world, the imbalance is worldwide and the crash will be worldwide. The really bad part about it is that it all didn't have to happen if our leaders had looked ahead to the foreseeable end results of unrestrained greed.


#11

Eventually, those with significant economic and political power in America will have to either commit to fundamental reform, or relinquish their power.

Or risk the GUILLOTINE! :rage::imp:


#12

Our 'leaders' welcomed that "unrestrained greed" (think Raygun, Clinton, the shrubs, the obadrone, and HRC if it gets elected) -- I'm thinking it might be necessary to wipe out the gov't as we know it and start over.


#13

I think the main rebellions are really against the political establishments of the Democratic and Republican parties. This is much more serious on the Republican side. For many people on the left the Democratic establishment has moved too far toward the center. They would like to return to where the party was several decades ago. The Republicans seem to have a couple of different rebellions going on. Ted Cruz represents extreme conservatives who believe the Republican establishment is too moderate. I think Trump is a rebellion of people who have bought into the xenophobia and racism that the Republican establishment has been pushing quietly with code words for years but who now want to be open about it and not pretend they want a politically correct diverse society. The Republican establishment may actually fall. There is not enough antipathy to bring down the Democratic establishment.


#14

Unfortunately the reality as Naomi Klein points out is that in the age of Peak Oil, Limits to Growth and Climate Change "economic growth" in the old sense of endless consumption is over. We cannot continue to have infinite material physical growth on a finite planet.
The US passed Peak Oil in 1970! We are losing fish, soils, the coral reefs, woods, rain forests.... We have the hottest year on record with unprecedented wildfires in the Northwest American rainforest, hurricanes, tornadoes, already sea level rise which is slowly flooding Miami. To survive with a decent life we need to share as much as we can with public transit, schools, parks, post offices, health, music and the arts. We cannot continue with endless Wars nor endless Auto Addiction forcing almost all Americans into the monopoly of the private car.
We do NOT need the legions of grass-mowing trucks towing trailers full of riding lawn mowers for suburban lawns run by poor immigrants. We do NOT need electric can openers, leaf-blowers and in almost all cases gas lawn mowers.
We DO need more Green Transit workers to run shared trains and Green Transit, more actual health workers rather than healthcare denial bureaucrats, more librarians, more teachers, artists and musicians. Learning, arts and music do not create major greenhouse emissions or do not have to...
But actually giving up the privatized isolated and alienated consumption lifestyle will actually make people happier than just more junk to throw away tomorrow


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#17

you note that "he seems to believe Bernie's plans would do little for economic growth. a few days ago i read and discussed "this article written by robert reich in which reich says bernie's plans would spur economic growth in the u.s. several of us, however, felt that economic growth at the expense of the ecology is not the best way to go. we need to focus on stability not constant growth in a finite system.

i don't remember who, but in the original common dreams a wise poster said, "we need to put eco back in economics!"


#18

Healthy economic growth will come from investments in the right things. Clean energy, a national rail system that ties into state and local hubs, regenerative farming and ranching, commercial hemp, restorative ocean programs, watershed restoration,true health care, the list goes on and on. We can do it with Bernie at the helm.


#19

All well and good Robert, but while your analysis is excellent, you aren't coming out and denouncing Hillary Clinton as the corporate tool that she is, even though you know her to be exactly that. You know if Hillary gets elected we'll have more wars, more military spending, an undermining of jobs and a destructive climate policy. She will do what the corporatocracy that bought her wants her to do.

It's easy to denounce Trump and the candidates chasing him for the Republican nomination, but what we need is for an insider like yourself to denounce Clinton as the same kind of vile corporate shill.

Dave Lindorff
founding editor of ThisCantBeHappening.net


#20

The Establishment "gets it." They just don't care.


#21

In the photo that accompanies the article, Bush, Jr. looks like the washed up crack-pot that he is.

The caption should read:

"In spite of the finest of Genetic Engineering: We present the nation with THIS!"


#23

RR is accurate here re voters and Sanders, but I'm not so sure about voters and Trump except in a turn-the-bums-out sense. Trump embodies the linkages "between wealth and power, crony capitalism, declining real wages, soaring CEO pay, and a billionaire class that’s turning our democracy into an oligarchy" that RR says voters are rejecting. Trump voters reject the political establishment but not what they think of as the corporate establishment that Trump represents.


#24

I am not the first to notice that as soon as Trump put "9/11" and "Bush lies" into the same sentence, Jeb Bush's campaign was pulled from under him. Now which part of the Establishment did that? Old Poppy, GW or their neo-con puppet-meisters (like the carter of ashes). And why so sensitive? Might it be that maybe, just maybe, we haven't been told the whole truth about 9/11? Might it be that there were quite a few Bush lies - not just around Iraqi WMD, but about the whole "conspiracy" to attack WTC and Pentagon? (Omigod! He used the c-word!), But which conspiracy am I talking about? Is it :-
1. The 1998 paper "Catastrophic Terrorism" co-authored by Zelikow, Deutch and the carter of ashes?
2. The conspiracy which led to the BBC announcing the collapse of WTC7 (aka Salomon Bros) 23 minutes too early?
3. The conspiracy between Tony Blair & Bush to misinform via the 'dodgy dossier' about Saddam's WMD?
4 The conspiracy of OBL and 21 Saudis outwitting the entire CIA, NSA, FBI, NORAD etc.
I don't know myself now because there are just too many of them. However, if we were to push a good deal harder than Trump did, the End is indeed Nigh for the Establishment.


#25

My apologies. I have just cut and pasted my comments from below into your reply box. (Very naughty of me...)

I am not the first to notice that as soon as Trump put "9/11" and "Bush lies" into the same sentence, Jeb Bush's campaign was pulled from under him. Now which part of the Establishment did that? Old Poppy, GW or their neo-con puppet-meisters (like the carter of ashes). And why so sensitive? Might it be that maybe, just maybe, we haven't been told the whole truth about 9/11? Might it be that there were quite a few Bush lies - not just around Iraqi WMD, but about the whole "conspiracy" to attack WTC and Pentagon? (Omigod! He used the c-word!), But which conspiracy am I talking about? Is it :-
1. The 1998 paper "Catastrophic Terrorism" co-authored by Zelikow, Deutch and the carter of ashes?
2. The conspiracy which led to the BBC announcing the collapse of WTC7 (aka Salomon Bros) 23 minutes too early?
3. The conspiracy between Tony Blair & Bush to misinform via the 'dodgy dossier' about Saddam's WMD?
4 The conspiracy of OBL and 21 Saudis outwitting the entire CIA, NSA, FBI, NORAD etc.
I don't know myself now because there are just too many of them. However, if we were to push a good deal harder than Trump did, the End is indeed Nigh for the Establishment.