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Waging Class War in Comfort


#1

Waging Class War in Comfort

Sam Pizzigati

In a typical corporate board of directors meeting, what do CEOs see when they look out across their richly lacquered boardroom tables? They see . . . lots of other CEOs.

That’s no accident. CEOs today purposively pack their corporate boards with their pals, who often turn out to be current or former chiefs at other corporations. Everybody who’s anybody just feels more comfortable that way


#2

The Trump supporters should be pleased at the cabinet picks as they are almost all white guys. Ben Carson is one exception. They voted for Trump who is a billionaire so the fact that these people chosen for the cabinet are also every wealthy should be okay. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General is a home run, particularly with his past history of racial slurs and his immigration plan that was the basis of Trump's plan to build the wall and deport all illegal immigrants. And Trump campaigned to get rid of the EPA so his pick for the head of the EPA, someone who has spent his career suing the EPA, looks like a winner for the Trump voters. The pick for Secretary of State looks like a sure winner as well. What more could the "drill baby drill" crowd want than the CEO of Exxon. The combination of Putin (probably), Comey, Johnson, and Stein has delivered big time for the anti-establishment crowd on the right. Finally they will able to see Big Government taken down and social Darwinism being allowed to flourish.


#3

Yes, of course it is always "class war" with republicans. That is job one. Democrats generally do a decent job of fighting this, but that is not nearly good enough for lots of lefties. Just to refresh people's memories, Obama did push through 2 separate tax raises on the wealthy, and do recall that Bush had gotten the "death tax" down to zero before the democrats raised it to a reasonable amount. Lot's of horrible stuff will be happening over the next few years, but it is quite possible that with huge cuts in taxes and regulations and a fair bit of corporate slush fund money and tax credits that the economy will pick up nicely for a few years.


#4

Corporate chiefs and billionaires have always viewed the US government and the 99% as "just another enterprise - to fleece". FDR's New Deal era (1935-85) was the only time in US history that they had any serious obstacles.

Saint Ronny's revolution and the formation of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) more than three decades ago set a fleecing frenzy in motion that has accelerated ever since and will hit mach 1 during the Trump Regime.


#5

The author's name is a lot like "PizzaGate"
Coincidence?
I don't think so.


#6

"waging class war" is terrorism, unless you think, know, or can prove that poverty and having wages leveled for 40 years does not instill any fear.

We fear them, or they fear us. Anyone with the fear loses. 40 years is too long.


#7

Yes, and it has gone on a lot longer than that- think about doing away with unions, even slavery and the masters.


#8

As much as it seems to anger some people, we seem to be seeing the rich step up to essentially do to the middle class what the middle class already did to the poor. Step by step, policy by policy, we've already reversed much of a century of labor/economic progress. As a result of the policies and programs implemented from FDR to Reagan, the US made tremendous gains. Then we decided to reverse course, doing just the opposite. In spite of many shortcomings, the US was rated at #1 in overall quality of life when Reagan was first elected. By the time Obama was elected, this has already plunged to #48.


#9

We've been transitioning into a low wage job market for years. The US shut down/shipped out a big chunk of our jobs since the 1980s, ended actual welfare in the 1990s, creating an abundant surplus of job-ready people who are desperate for any job at any wage. There's nothing to fall back on. Most low wage workers are one job loss from losing everything, with no way back up. Once you no longer have a home address, phone, etc., you're out. You can't get a job.


#10

Vampires can enter only a premises when INVITED in.

Our Government is now about to Inaugurate the INVITER in Chief.


#11

I think Vampires is the best monster metaphor of the 1%. Where do they get a 400% increase in wealth since 1980? from the poor and the middle class, of course. Why do we have 401k's instead of real pensions? so the 1% can take their cut. We have been sucked dry at every turn, which are much too many to list.

In fact, Vampire 1% t-shirts, with Commander in Chief Vampire.

"The world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money." Matt Taibbi


#12

Yes, because the Empire had fallen into Eisenhower's MIC prophesy.


#13

Exactly.
Great Taibbi quote, too.