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Monday, December 11, 2017

New Republic: The term "class war" is out of vogue. The Democratic Party doesn't use it, wary of its Marxist heritage. Mainstream outlets avoid it, at least as a serious way to describe how elites are perpetuating their command of this country's resources. When it is used, it is mostly to denigrate class agitation in the opposite direction: those on the bottom end who dare to criticize the wealthy. But the Donald Trump era has been clarifying in so many respects, not least in showing that the Republican Party, in league with the upper classes, is engaged in an all-out class war against the working and middle classes. In every area of policy -- tax, environment, health, energy, even the management of the nation's national parks -- we have seen a sustained disdain for common people and an allegiance to the rich. It is class war, and they're winning.

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Trump's menagerie seems determined to prove claims that he has turned the U.S. government into a kleptocracy. Consider Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who took government helicopters to private events and steered a $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico to a small firm in his hometown of Whitefish, Montana; or former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, who resigned in September after reports that he billed the government for private flights. And let us not forget Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who took a government flight to Fort Knox so that he and his wife could watch the solar eclipse atop a dragon-hoard of gold. "It's very hard not to give tax cuts to the wealthy," he said in October. In every instance, we see an extraordinary degree of entitlement, alongside a nonchalance for how taxpayer dollars are used.

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"For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required; and to whom much was committed, more will be asked of him."
--Luke 12:48

This sentence nearly killed John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who felt the requirement to give of his family's vast fortune. Now that the heathens have taken over from the hypocrites, there is no need to make it look like the poor are getting anything in this country. But wealthy Americans should go to bed tonight thinking of what Bob Marley observed: "A hungry man is an angry man."

#1 | Posted by catdog at 2017-12-11 08:24 AM | Reply

It is going to get worse before it gets better. The Fascists are taking over. Jimmy Carter said we are no longer a democracy but have become an oligarchy.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-11 08:59 AM | Reply

The future of the US,

"Animal Farm"

#3 | Posted by bat4255 at 2017-12-11 09:13 AM | Reply

If you see a threat by an enormous centralized government, where money and access rule. Why ask for more centralization and power for the federal government? Like running individual health care and an involuntary retirement scheme. Corporations pay big money to lobbyist because they are effective, because members of congress are constantly needing to raise money for their next election campaign. Maybe it is time for another Constitutional Amendment, like term limits for members of congress. Maybe we need to make the states responsible for more and the federal government relegated to what their original role was, provide for the common defense, deal with foreign governments, the postal service, issue money, etc. BTW, the federal government does not issue our currency. The Federal Reserve does, which is not a part of the Federal Government nor does it have a real reserve.

#4 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-11 09:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump is at war with all of us. The rich are just the beneficiaries.

Remember the phrase: "United we stand, Divided we fall"

Trump, by design, is not only fostering, but promoting the divide. He exacerbates every divide that already exists and promotes new ones. He stirs up hate and then spoon feeds the anger that results. Inch by inch he hardens our hearts and demands our intractability.

Who tracks terrorists in the U.S.? The FBI

Who is at war to destroy the FBI?

Who badmouths the DOJ? Who appointed Directors who vow to destroy the EPA and the Department of Energy? Who appointed a Director of Education (with no qualifications) as a political payback? Who hired a double agent (spy) for Turkey and Russia as his National Security Director? Who destroyed any chance for peace in the Middle East? Who insulted and antagonized our allies (Germany and Great Briton) and praised our avowed enemy? Who hamstrung the State Department? Who never misses an opportunity to preach hate and division? Who removed restrictions on financial institutions and defunded the Consumer Protection Agency? Who wanted to weaponize the FCC to silence the media? Who weaponized the tax code to punish blue states that did not vote for him. Who hired a Russian-connected Campaign Manager as a liaison between the campaign and Russia (who has since been indicted for money laundering). Whose most trusted advisor (and the keeper of all secrets) felt compelled to turn states evidence to save himself?

The overall question is? Who is trying to destroy the United States?

The answer to all of the above (and more) is Validmar Putin's in-house agent, President Donald Trump.

#5 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-12-11 09:49 AM | Reply

Why ask for more centralization and power for the federal government? Like running individual health care and an involuntary retirement scheme. Corporations pay big money to lobbyist because they are effective, because members of congress are constantly needing to raise money for their next election campaign. Maybe it is time for another Constitutional Amendment, like term limits for members of congress. Maybe we need to make the states responsible for more and the federal government relegated to what their original role was, provide for the common defense, deal with foreign governments, the postal service, issue money, etc. BTW, the federal government does not issue our currency. The Federal Reserve does, which is not a part of the Federal Government nor does it have a real reserve.

#4 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2017-12-11 09:44 AM |

Because the government is the only tool we have. The only protections we have are in the form of government regulations. The power wielded by moneyed interests in our government is the direct result of conservative efforts to weaken the power of people in the government, weaken protections, and add more corporate access and control.

Every man for himself is not a valid form of government

#6 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-11 09:59 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Term limits create a system where there are too many inexperienced representatives who are easy to manipulate. I am looking at Michigan as an example of that. Don't get me wrong - there are similar problems with long time representatives. The question becomes who does a better job for the country - manipulated inexperienced legislators or manipulated experienced legislators. The real bottom line is that until we take money out of politics and curb lobbyists they will do the bidding of whoever they are beholden to.

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-12-11 10:00 AM | Reply

Unless you enforce term limits on lobbyists and all of the peripheral people, term limits merely shift more power to the lobbyists

#8 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-11 10:14 AM | Reply

#7 | Posted by GalaxiePete If an individual goes into office poor, and comes out rich, the only way that happens is graft. Harry Truman.

#9 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-11 10:14 AM | Reply

Make all elections publicly funded with severe penalties for violators.

#10 | Posted by Daniel at 2017-12-11 10:17 AM | Reply

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"Posted by GalaxiePete If an individual goes into office poor, and comes out rich, the only way that happens is graft. Harry Truman."

Or they might write a book or two.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-12-11 10:19 AM | Reply

#6 | Posted by hatter5183, Maybe moving the services closer to the people it serves might make those agencies more responsive and accountable. Big bureaucracies are glacial in their responsiveness and resist change. Small organizations are far more nimble and adaptable.

#12 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-11 10:20 AM | Reply

I don't care for the creation of a war between groups because it's usually done for the purpose to entrench politician in their jobs.

urban vs rural
dem vs repub
black vs white
etc..

but the uber rich vs everyone else? I like this one and I think we should take up arms in it. Of course, political ideologies will prevent a real battle.

#13 | Posted by eberly at 2017-12-11 10:29 AM | Reply

#11 | Posted by danni If that was true, Hillery's book would be on the best seller list- it isn't last I looked.

#14 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-11 10:41 AM | Reply

#13 | Posted by eberly, divide and conquer. Most of what is considered news is a distraction from the real issues that actually effect us. Militants seldom have any real power beyond the news cycle. Most voters have no idea who their state reps or congressmen are, and their indifference is what the corrupt count on.

#15 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-11 10:46 AM | Reply

#11 | Posted by danni If that was true, Hillery's book would be on the best seller list- it isn't last I looked.

#14 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2017-12-11 10:41 AM | REPLY

Which is why the Clintons are merely rich and not uber rich.

They have made money from speaking fees and moderately successful books.

If the Clintons did 1/100th of the things the right claims they got paid for they would be far richer than they are

If she got $500 million from Saudi Arabia you would expect her net worth to be more than $45 millions

#16 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-11 10:51 AM | Reply

The war on working people is a constant struggle under Capitalism. It led to economic depressions and forced FDR to pass the New Deal to counter the power of Capitalists. The Oligarchy put it on a brief hold during WWII, when winning the war was all that mattered. Their first move at the end of the war in 1947 was to pass The Taft–Hartley Act which prohibited jurisdictional strikes, wildcat strikes, solidarity or political strikes, secondary boycotts, secondary and mass picketing, closed shops, and monetary donations by unions to federal political campaigns. It also required union officers to sign non-communist affidavits with the government. Union shops were heavily restricted, and states were allowed to pass right-to-work laws that ban agency fees. Furthermore, the executive branch of the federal government could obtain legal strikebreaking injunctions if an impending or current strike imperiled the national health or safety.

If you plot union membership and profits of the 1% you immediately see that as one rises the other falls. So the natural and easiest way for the 1% to gain is to make war on worker wages. Unions provide the only bargaining power Capitalist management because every individual is dispensable. Other factors such as changes in technology, commodity prices, weather, and consumer confidence are impossible to manage. So Oligarchs focus on wages and would impose slavery if the political climate permits it.

en.wikipedia.org

#17 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-11 02:35 PM | Reply

"The Rich Are at War with the Rest of Us"

Yes, and they are winning and will win even more after the GOP tax plan and subsequent unraveling of Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, SS, etc. gets passed.

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-11 03:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#18 | POSTED BY GAL_TUESDAY

Oh! trump meant we'd be sick and tired of thier winning.

#19 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-11 04:47 PM | Reply

#16 | Posted by hatter5183 But having control of 2.5 billion in the foundation sure helps.

#20 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-12-11 06:05 PM | Reply

#16 | Posted by hatter5183 But having control of 2.5 billion in the foundation sure helps.

#20 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2017-12-11 06:05 PM | REPLY |

They have no access to foundation money. It is not theirs and they have never taken a salary.

Unlike Donald Trump they don't use it illegally for personal enrichment.

#21 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-12-12 12:08 PM | Reply

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