“Right you are! I'm no fan of China, but for god's sake, what about human rights HERE!
What an insubstanial remark, what a waste of valuable time for the speaker of the house. What about doing something, anything, to stop the upcoming war with Iran, nancy? Okay with you if we nuke iran and kill possibly millions? Where does that place on your list of human rights?”
“First let me say that I accidentially marked you as favorite; that was a serious mistake.
You simply do not know the facts and only repeating republican talking points. The fact is, Wisconsins' budget WAS balanced when Walker came in. He immediately granted tax breaks to corporations, putting Wisconsin in the red, then used the deficit as a reason to demand concessions from the unions.
And the unions conceded, despite your belief that they didn't want believe in "shared sacrifice!' The thing they did not agree to was Walker's dismantling of collective bargaining rights; they also protested against massive budget cuts -- to vital services and education.
Perhaps you fancy a country where workers live on $7/hour, have no benefits, no pension, and no functioning infrastructure, like roads and running water. May I suggest you move to a 3rd world country.
But this is not the America I want to live in. I'm happy to pay taxes to live in an advanced, functioning society--but I damn well don't want my taxes used to stuff the pockets of corporations.”
“These are recycled talking points and patently untrue!
Some people (like those who work for themselves) don't pay into Social Security and therefore don't get it when they retire. Period. As well, the amount you're entitled to is based on how much you put in--the more you put in (i.e., the more you earn, up to $106,000), the more you get once you retire.
Indeed, this is another tragedy of being unemployed that's hardly ever discussed--your Social Security benefit goes down because you're not paying into it.”
“By spending on things that stimulate the economy--such as infrastructure spending, job creation.
If people have money in their pockets, they spend it on businesses. No money, people don't buy, businesses close...which mean less revenue all around for municipalities. And when municipalities have less revenue coming in, they downsize and more people lose jobs, resulting in even greater revenue loss, etc., etc.
Without stimulating jobs and growth, we're in a never-ending downward spiral. There's no way up...unless, of course, we want to become an impoverised nation. Ever been to Calcutta?”
As to word-smithing (i.e., propaganda), have you noticed for the last few weeks the word 'corporation' is being replaced by 'job creators'? Yet another way to try to make a criminally false distinction between those who take all the money and those who work for it.”
“'What is different today (as opposed to the days of Teddy and Franklin) is that the business/financial communities are entirely global.'
This is indeed true. But I believe another, even more pernicious difference is the pervasive influence of our corporate media. Not only is it difficult to distinguish between news and entertainment, but what's offered up as 'news' is simply party talking points, both republican and democrat. And what used to be considered the beliefs of average Americans--like the right to, and goodness of, Social Security and Medicare--is now touted as 'far left,' EVEN BY THE DEMOCRATS.
I'm afraid the only difference between the two parties is their style; the substance is the same--pro-corporate.”
“You are so right. What's most telling about Obama's 'strategy' is, as you say, he should be leading a battle that could be easily won. for heaven's sake, poll after poll shows the vast majority of the pubic thinks wall street should be punished, the rich should pay their fair share of taxes, and, even, that unions should have the right to bargain.
The fact that Obama does not go with a winning strategy just says all we need to know. He's simply on the side of his wealthy benefactors and really, truly does not care about the middle class or those who put him into office.”
“'The Obama administration is treading carefully on the contentious political issue that has led to a national debate over the power that public sector unions wield in negotiating wages and benefits.'
The issue is contentious only inasmuch as Obama refuses to support labor, whether union or non-union. As to the national 'debate,' there is none. It's simply the right demonizing unions and pitting union/municipal workers--like teachers and firefighters--against everyone else. The right has no support for its claim; they only demonize.
If Obama really cared about his base, he would in an instant support it. Indeed, popular opinion is not a valid excuse because polls--even conservative ones like Rasmussen--all show an electorate clearly on the side of unions being able to keep collective bargaining rights.
I'm afraid the real situation is much more cynical...Obama's 'base' is not the middle class worker; it's the corporations who funded his election in '08 (mostly the bankers) and those he wants to fund his bid in '12. Wish it weren't true, but look at the record and you'll nothing but breaks for the wealthiest at the expense of the middle class. And don't even mention the poor...Obama doesn't.”
Pupadup4oBama on Mar 12, 2011 at 18:22:40
“Why is it up to President Obama to do our job?
He supports us. Why do we need to be babied and have affirmation that ...gosh darnnit, I'm smart enough and I'm a beautiful little snowflake.
guestuser1 on Mar 12, 2011 at 18:17:17
“I like you. F&F. Tnx, Diana for being willing to see & state the truth.”
“I'm afraid I don't have an answer...except that right now, with the obvious will of the people being anti-corporate and anti-politician, might be a real good time for a serious democratic primary challenge. I don't think there's time enough for any serious third-party challenge, but I think we can give the dems a good run for their money (no pun intended).”
The people of Wisconsin--and the people of all the other states where the door on the middle class is rapidly closing--are shouting clear and loud, and we all hear it! It is the people who are fighting back, with a strong, rational narrative that is difficult for the corportists to counter, and we need to seize this moment.”
“As always, Mr. Eskrow, excellent, insightful piece. Vital to emphasize the bi-partisan nature of this scam and its flagrant Newspeak buzzwords.
Most scary is that, as with health reform, what the majority of the people want no longer matters--and politicians show no signs of shame over doing the bidding of their corporate masters.
What gives me some hope is Wisconsin. Not only because the people are in the streets, but because they are providing a vital counter narrative, one that the democratic party of old used to provide. (Of course, this narrative, and the story itself, is getting shockingly little coverage, even in the Paper of Record....but that's another story.)
I'm hopeful that the new-found voice of the people--along with important voices like yours--will make mincemeat of the corporate narrative on SS.”
“Which is exactly what the corporations want...you get bush out because he's a nasty fool and people hate him, and instead put in someone who SEEMS the complete opposite. But once the anti-bush is in office, he goes ahead and continues bush policies, in almost every significant area.
Here's the genius of the plan: this time, instead of rebelling against the very same policies supported by Bush, you distract the public with frightening extremists on the right; so people are too busy being terrified of the crazies to feel anything but lucky that the anti-bush is in office. Meanwhile, the anti-bush 'compromises' on ideas that are vile, hateful, immoral, and illegitimate.
Corporations run both parties and they're playing us all for fools...or tying to. One of the greatest things about the protests in Michigan is that the people are providing the narrative that's missing from the democrats, the narrative that says that what the 98% of us want and need is far more important than the wishes of the 2%.”
Dicateo on Mar 9, 2011 at 19:03:19
“You bring up some very good points but what do you do about it? I hate the large corporations. But still you have to vote, so had you rather have Obama or had you rather have one of the crazies? I sometimes think our system is so broken that it is like Humpty Dumpty and no one can put it back together again!”
Additionally, the false inferences made from low support levels is deliberate, as far as I'm concerned. It's a way for the New Bush to justify the very policies he WANTS to pass...but, you know, with the public crying out for teaparty solutions, what can POTUS do but support them..
The latest example of this very thing was just the other day, when O sealed the fate of the Gitmo detainees, saying it was a tough decision but he had no choice...all as he signed an executive order that required no republican approval. It's all just a scam.”
“I voted for the man and have followed his policies--not his rhetoric or the democratic talking points about him--but what he's actually done. I'm trying real hard to figure exactly which 'pledges' he made good on. I don't know of anything substantial, anything controversial, anything that would truly benefit the working and middle classes (let's not even mention the poor--he doesn't).
I'm eager to be educated, so go ahead, tell me what all he did--or even tried to do.”