T-Rex Capitalism-The Sardo File

Wack-A-Do Gibberish.

Right wing extremist Stephen Moore, who poses from time to time as an economist, took yet another ride on the wing nut tax cut band wagon.

In a wacky Kansas City Star op-ed paid for by the Heritage Foundation, from which Moore receives payola for pretending to be an economist, the think tank employee wrote a piece that managed to state just about every economic lie the right wing promotes, and then some.

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Trickle down economics in action, gushing wealth to the top while leaving everyone else in a mist.

In fact, the piece so notoriously stated falsehoods that the newspaper’s editorial board printed a correction that accompanied Moore’s article.

Here are just a few of the economist’s debunked statements:

Unemployment is a paid vacation. Moore obviously has never been without a job. He has however been on paid vacation for years being employed as a think tank think wonk on the payroll of the Heritage Foundation.

Tax cuts create jobs. The only comment a statement like that deserves is that it is plain bullshit, which is otherwise known as a right wing talking point.

Increases in the minimum wage result in unemployment.Unfortunately for us all, outrageously excessive wages for people like Moore don’t.

The tax cuts by right wing wack-a-do and current Republican governor of Kansas Sam Brownback will spur growth. This longed-for Kansas “miracle” ostensibly to work through “trickle down” economics, must occur after years of ruination and deprivation which is currently the state of the Kansas economy due largely to the irresponsible tax cuts Brownback forced on that hard pressed state.

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Brownback proves once again that small things come in big heads.

For right wing economists, the way to prosperity is always through ruinous tax cuts that further enrich the already rich, who pay good money to enrich people who write propaganda-saturated articles disguised as op-eds such as what Moore just did in the Kansas City Star.

And, yes, his writing was pure propaganda. Moore is not so dumb as to not realize that advocating for tax cuts regardless of the suffering the cuts are causing should keephim on paid vacation for decades to come.

And just when do the fruits of these destructive tax cuts finally come for the rest of those who lives are being ruthlessly destroyed???.

We’re still waiting, Stevie boy. We’re still waiting.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/07/25/conservative-medias-favorite-economist-caught-d/200213

http://www.kansascity.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/yael-t-abouhalkah/article800237.html

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Cracker Escapes From Barrel.

I’m referring to Jody Hice, of course.

Who???

Jody Hice. Surely you know Jody Hice?

Well, if you live in the dementedly religious, sexually repressed, hard drinkin’, straight shootin’ South, you know who Hice is.

No, not Rice, Hice. That’s Hice.

He’s the most recent winner of a Republican primary in Georgia who will run for a House seat in November. And since he’s a Republican from Georgia, he’ll undoubtedly win and become another of the gay bashing Tea Party members of that infamous Lower Chamber of Congress.

Hice contends that homosexuality is destroying America.

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They’re destroying Ameica???

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Not tax cuts for the rich and income inequality; not notorious job killing trade agreements; not poverty level minimum wages; not Wall Street’s felonious fraud; not excessive compensation for do-nothing CEOs; not tax evasion by disloyal American corporations; and certainly not crooked government in Follyland DC.

None of those conditions are destroying America. Right?

No siree bob says our most recent primary winner. It’s just a bunch of damn gay people what’s causin’ the decline of the whole dang country.

Why if gay people would just start fuckin’ the middle class like good rich folks are doin’, Amerca would be great agin and could afford to start some more wars so as to set people everywhere free from crooked gubmint once and for all.

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English: A symbolic marriage cake in favor of allowing gay marriages in Italy not only to heterosexual couples but to lesbian and gay ones as well. Picture by Giovanni Dall’Orto, January 26 2008.

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Demonstrations_in_favour_of_same-sex_marriages_in_Italy

Yes siree bob. We got to stop gay folks from a gittin hitched and save Amerca.

Praise the Lord.

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Ya got another winner there, Georgia.

Only in America.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/07/23/foxs-erickson-agrees-that-the-homosexual-moveme/200190

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Hope And Change. The Final Chapter

The Obama White House, the burial grounds where Hope went to die.

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Lyin’ Ryan Flyin’

That Ryan fella (Rep. Paul Ryan of WI) is touting another scam to ram down the throats of the needy.

Ryan is runnin’ (for president) you see and after getting blown away in the last election by a right wing president (yes, Barack Obama is a right wing conservative) largely due to an overwhelming minority vote against the Republican candidates, the man from WI figures he better do something, anything to hornswoggle the down and out into believing that he’s on their side.

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Paul Ryan, still out ‘dere.

But he can’t just say he’s on their side by supporting existing Federal programs.

‘Cause if he did, he’d be hog tied and tossed out of the Republican convention, losing all hope forever and ever of ever being nominated for that august position.

So he’s got to come up with a scam which he hopes to ram down the throats of the poor in order to garner a few more votes for the presidential election.

His recent proposal is just that, a scam. The plan says to his moneybags base, largely the 1%, that he is firmly against Federal assistance to the lesser among us. And then it purports to turn programs over to the states via block grants. Of course, accepting the grants would be voluntary and the states that do accept can pretty much do as they please with the money. Oh, please.

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Cover sheet for the Ryan plan for the poor. Artist: Svetlyana Fucova.

Anybody smell a rat here.

Ryan’s lyin’. Again. His scheme is a last ditch effort to convince people who desperately need help that he, Paul Ryan really cares. About them But his words echo the worn out “compassionate conservative” gambit that George W. Bush dusted off more than a decade ago.

The word has surely gone out the the base to pay no attention. The whole construct is a merely scheme to wangle a few more minority votes than the GOP managed in the last election.

http://mediamatters.org/research/2014/07/24/the-worst-part-of-paul-ryans-poverty-plan-is-ba/200200

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Unbelievable.

The unbelievable George Will. He’s right for a change. Or should I say “correct.”

You see, sometimes you have a problem and you’re stuck with it. There’s a solution to the problem. You may not like it. But it’s the only solution you have.

Let the kids stay.  With a little help and a little guidance, they’ll become good Americans.

http://mediamatters.org/video/2014/07/27/foxs-george-will-we-should-tell-child-immigrant/200215

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Limerick Lunacy.

A fellow was proud of his rank

Till it plummeted after his shank

His handicap rose

From his toes to his nose

He had only bad strokes to thank.

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A woman was trying to rank

The safety of funds in her bank.

She discovered a flaw

A security maw

So big that she sat down and drank.

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A fellow was proud of his rank

In a foreign affairs think tank.

He took cash from donors

Who were really his owners.

But their money he took to the bank.

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A fellow was terribly rash

About spending his limited cash

He bought a Ferrari

But soon he was sorry

In a flash he had spent all his stash.

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A gal was upset by a rash

From a night that left her abash

She fell out of a boat

And so couldn’t gloat

She plunged in coal ash with a splash.

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A woman had done something rash

Had tonic and gin just a splash

She woke up in a daze

With eyes all a glaze

She had been taken out with the trash.

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A gal was re-tiling the floor

When she heard a knock on the door

She wasn’t a prude

So she worked in the nude

And rushed to the door to find Pastor Nabore.

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A fellow demanded the floor

Gave a speech a saint it would bore.

Some listeners would weep

Some just fell asleep

And drowned out the speech with a snore.

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A teacher was trying to drill

A lesson in voice too shrill

She quit in despair

And pulled out her hair

Went home and uncorked the swill.

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A teacher was trying to drill

Her students on San Juan Hill

She said Teddy the bear

Ran up on a tear

Won the war then sent us the bill.

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A fellow who rented a suite

From a gal who was cloyingly sweet

Then made a fast pass

Got a boot in the ass

And hit the concrete on Main Street.

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A gal who was cloyingly sweet

Sent a titillatingly fiery tweet.

It said “I am ready”

“To go hot and steady.”

“And I promise I won’t tear the sheet.”

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A man in a mood for a sweet

Affair with a woman discreet.

Didn’t care ’twas quick

As long as the chick

Didn’t squeal and tell all in a tweet.

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A fellow was wielding his drill

After taking an energy pill.

He leaned on the bit

With much too much grit

And got hit with a 120 thrill.

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THE POWERS OF THE PRESIDENCY

Obama rejected the Fourteenth Amendment option much too quickly. But the path is still open if he can muster the gumption to use it.

If Republican­s raised a Constituti­onal question, the case would have to go before the Supreme Court. In that eventualit­y a defendant would have to show personal harm – a difficult propositio­n.

A shrewd lawyer could probably conjure up a ridiculous harm a la Bush v Gore and present the case. However,it would likely be recognized the world over as a purely political maneuver and be rejected by public opinion as such. Obama would have the people on his side – a powerful force if he chose to hammer the opposition with it.

Also, something to keep in mind is that the Court has no Constituti­onal authority to declare any law or action unconstitu­tional. That authority derives solely from precedent and an action of this type by the Court would raise questions of separation of powers, particular­ly in the event the president were to declare a national emergency and claim that he is invoking the powers granted to him by the Constituti­on as commander in chief.

Moreover, some scholars have pointed to the oath of office of the president and claimed that the oath itself grants the president the power to refuse to obey a law (or a decision of the Supreme Court) if he construes the law as unconstitu­tional.

The case of Andrew Jackson against the Second Bank of the United States offers some insight into the powers of the Executive versus the Judiciary. Jackson vetoed the law establishing the bank after the Court declared the law constitutional.

And in Worcester v Georgia, a pro-Indian decision of the Court with which Jackson disagreed, the feisty president is said to have remarked that “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it”. Marshall did not enforce it and avoided a confrontation with the Executive but the affair sheds light on the powers of the two branches vis-a-vis each other. 

So Obama has options. What he lacks is the courage to deploy his powers.


Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

THE TYRANNY OF PAYOFF MONEY

Things just got worse. It is becoming moot whether conditions for the working and middle classes get worse under a right wing extremist president who is a Republican or under a right wing extremist president who is a Democrat. In any case, conditions for the lesser classes are becoming steadily worse under right wing Obama.

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There is no question that George Bush was a right wing extremist. A large portion of his votes came from the most staunchly conservative sections of the country – the fundamentalist and, in many areas still deeply racist, South and Southwest; and the rural Midwest and upper Midwest.

Bush however made few egregious promises to his supporters.

He was however very loyal to the payoff money that bought him the presidency. The reckless tax cuts exemplify that fealty.

Obama however is a backstabber. He campaigned as a progressive populist but did an abrupt about face even before he was sworn in. His advisers and appointments testify to his reversal. He openly abandoned his campaign promises before the inauguration and revealed himself to be an opportunistic liar.

Liberals have got to come to the realization that Obama is an apostate. He renounced his platform with a speed seldom witnessed even in the mendacious political arena. He has demonstrated that his fealty lays with Wall Street and the corporations and that his needs his supporters only one day every four years.

Obama is yielding to his opponents out of crass political opportunism.

The question before those of us who feel betrayed by this apostate is should we allow ourselves to be victimized by the Rahm Doctrine – Emanuel’s wily proclamation that liberals have nowhere else to go and so can be marginalized and ignored.

The only reason that remains to vote for a right wing president is to influence the makeup of the Supreme Court for the next generation. Kennedy and Bader Ginsburg will almost certainly be leaving the bench in the next few years. The hope, now perhaps wistful, is that Obama will will appoint jurists who are at least somewhat left of center. Such is by no means guaranteed. Freed from the constraints of reelection he may just as likely appoint corporation submissive conservative judges to complement those who already degrade the Court.

Obama will run a campaign of promises and blame his shortcomings on Republican intransigence. The promises are sure to morph into lies. Republicans have already begun a campaign of lies. The outcome of the election as always will depend on who lies best. May the best lie win.

Under these circumstances, would it not make sense for liberals to abstain from voting for president. A Republican may well win; and conditions will certainly grow worse. But 2016 is just around the corner. And perhaps, just perhaps, this nation has within its soul one more Franklin Delano Roosevelt, one more man of the people, to rescue us from the tyranny of payoff money.   

NEEDED: A BOLD DECISIVE MOVE

Does Obama have even one such move in his soul?

A courageous president would announce a dramatic address to the nation at one minute after midnight on August 2, invoke the 14th Amendment, proclaim a national emergency, vow to uphold his Constituti­onal duties as commander in chief and declare Republican­s guilty of derelictio­n of duty.  He would then charge Republicans with attempting to inflict grave harm upon the national security of the country solely to advance a radical political agenda and order the Justice Department to issue arrest warrants.

Such actions would set a precedent that would prevent a minority from bullying into law an extremist agenda, end forever unscrupulo­us hostage taking and expose to the world the attempted sabotage of the economy by right wing radicals – and do it all in one bold stroke.

The chances of his being removed from office by such an affair are somewhere between zero and nada.

An impeachment would certainly ensure from a partisan, right wing House committee. But it would stand exposed for the political agenda it is attempting to impose on the nation.

Just saying.

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

WHEN FASCISM COMES TO AMERICA

The term “fascist” as used by right wing extremists such as Limbaugh and Beck is a propaganda device that bears no relationship to the actual meaning of the word.

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A Nathaniel Currier depiction of the real Tea Party with a genuine cause.

That Limbaugh and Beck are right wing extremists and engage in extremist propaganda should not be surprising. Unfortunately they appeal to a large audience of less educated and ideologically fossilized working class Americans who, in too many cases, are motivated by religious and racist causes.  We are all too familiar with the fanaticism of the fundamentalist right and the racist birthers.

For this reason the creed of those lower and middle class men and women, who support the Tea Party and right wing extremism, is filled with contradictions. As just one example, these Pied Pipers have embraced a movement that demands small government and rejects the so-called “intrusion” of government into private affairs while simultaneously depending on the government they so recklessly repudiate for sustenance either now or at some point in the very near future.

Moreover, the relationship between the Tea Party and its working class supporters is hardly mutual. The ignorance exhibited by these “small people” (a term of ridicule employed by the American aristocracy to describe this fatuous group) is fueled by latent racism and religious dogma. As a result the small people eagerly accept right wing propaganda but gain no benefit for themselves.

For the most part the racism, particularly in the South but not exclusively, remains below the surface where it cannot be detected. Nevertheless it remains a powerful influence in modern Southern politics where Jim Crow laws were violently overturned during the sixties.

The attack on Jim Crow by the Democratic Party, which prior to mid-twentieth century, remained a bastion underpinning the racist laws, delivered the South to a manipulative Republican party. Lyndon Johnson, when he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, remarked to Bill Moyers, his press secretary at the time, that his actions would deliver the South to the GOP for a generation.

Johnson, himself a southerner, knew well the region that spawned his politics. His prediction has been validated ever since although he badly miscalculated the time frame. The South could well remain in the Republican fold forever.

In part, the “fascist” propaganda leveled at the Democrats is an attempt to deflect the growing reality that the Republican party is itself a fascist party. Fascism is nothing more than control of government by corporations. In American history, the GOP has steadfastly remained the party of Big Business – in effect a corporate controlled fascist organization. The Tea Party is merely following in its big sister’s footsteps. As Sinclair Lewis remarked: “When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross.” He might have added that it will be embodied in the ideology of the GOP.

DEMOCRACY SHORN

The United States was founded as a Republic and not a true democracy. The men who created the government were certainly aware of the limitations they placed on representative government since they went to lengths to limit the franchise.

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What am I bid for this institution?

The limitations placed on democracy exist today and are emphatically apparent in the make up of the Senate, a decidedly undemocratic body. Consider, for example, that the 500,000 or so people who live in Wyoming have two representatives in the Senate while the more than 36 million citizens of California are represented by the same number. Given this unbalanced situation small, conservative states with a minority of the population can dominate the government, a condtion that is unlikely ever to be remedied.

And now with the growing influence of a powerful, monied elite – a veritable new American aristocracy – whose conquest of the government is all but complete, the claim to democracy, weak as it has always been, is banished for good.