Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, July 21, 2019

U.S. political institutions are captured by elite economic actors, who seek to enhance their own material positions at the expense of the many. Donald Trump is the wealthiest U.S. President in modern history, pursuing tax cuts for the wealthy, and pushing environmental and health care policies to benefit health insurance corporations and the fossil fuel industry, at the expense of access to quality care and environmental sustainability. Little is likely to change in the future in terms of prospects for a "Green New Deal" or the introduction of a progressive governing regime, so long as wealthy individuals continue to dominate American politics. Upper-class Americans are from 20-30% more conservative than the general population and reject liberalism. Upper-class Americans usually claim that the economy is "fair to most all Americans"; to disagree that "too much power" exists "in the hands of a few rich people and large corporations". There aren't any poor representatives in government.

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Numerous social scientists, including Benjamin Page, Martin Gilens, Nicholas Carnes, and others have identified how the top 10% of American income earners dominate the policy process. Sociologist Rachel Sherman documents how the top one percent of earners construct notions of "hard work" and "worthiness" to justify their extreme wealth in an era of growing inequality.

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"There aren't any poor representatives in government.
POSTED BY BAYVIKING"

This is a surprise to you? Poor people are poor because of a lifetime of bad decisions. I have a loser uncle. Just got out of a 60 day lock up after his 3rd DWI - which occurred under a 'no alcohol' plea deal after a domestic beef a month before the DWI. He is 52 - he is poor as ----. You progressives would love him. He blames people with more money than him for EVERYTHING - including his family members. His operating without a license - well, that is because he didn't make enough money to buy car insurance. Why can't he afford car insurance - well, not his fault he has been in excess of 10 accidents resulting in cars being totaled. Just bad luck - or the fault of the guy that sold him the cars. He also got a medicaid funded heart operation in his late 30's which was likely brought on by drug and alcohol abuse - again, he is 100% for more free stuff.

Now, while this is the type of poor person you liberals drool over - I would not trust him to watch my cat much less govern a country. Again, poor people are poor because of a lifetime of bad decisions. AOC would be another great example of this. If she was even moderately uglier - she would still be a bartender. But, because she is a 7, you liberals hang on her every word - even though the same nonsense spouted by a 5 would be completely ignored. As Rep. Kennedy said about AOC - she is the reason why we have instructions on shampoo bottles.

#1 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-07-21 08:08 AM | Reply

According to the stats, I have been poor a vast majority of my life, including a majority of the time I was in the army. No one in the house ever went hungry. We had a car or cars, all paid for. The kids went to school and all graduated, they are all gainfully employed now. We had TVs, cable, and took vacations. How? I avoided debt. I didn't get stupid and do self destructive things.
Lifestyle is important. We went camping instead of going to Disneyland. We had hamburger instead of steak. I bought used cars instead of new ones. Bought a lot of cloths at thrift stores. Ate a lot of pasta and beans. We cooked instead of buying ready to eat stuff.

#2 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-07-21 09:35 AM | Reply

"#2 | POSTED BY DOCNJO"

I don't think your definition of poor is correct. Poor people don't have insurance - health or car. Poor people are not poor in the sense that they lack food - most poor people I have met are fat or doughy - not from not eating, but consuming empty calories. A lot of 'poor' people have jobs - they just spend all their money on useless, near term consumption - lottery tickets, fast food, weed. Poor people don't invest in their future so they will always be stuck in a cycle of poverty. You were working class investing in your future and that of your family. There is a difference. I grew up poor - it made me never want to be poor and hence, avoid the mistakes the people around me were making.

#3 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-07-21 09:46 AM | Reply

IRA proves the point of the article. BushII was a falling down drunk alcoholic through his college years, was picked up for a DUI and paid a $200 fine, ran away from the Air Force reserve when it instituted drug testing for all its pilots, and after SCOTUS decided to make him President even though he was later proven to have lost by any measurement method, he then proceeded to destroy the nation of Iraq. Don't get me started on the notorious crimes of his father and grandfather. But everyone's place in America is determined by how hard they work. That is brilliant.

In liberal Sweden your first DUI results in a mandatory 6 month jail sentence, but their public transportation system is good enough that their is no excuse for drinking and driving. In the sixties kids in white neighborhoods caught drinking and smoking pot were more often than not sent home. Today its another cash flow for cash starved cities which will cost the offender $10,000 to stay out of jail and return to the streets where they aren't supposed to drive but had few alternatives until Uber came along. If you're a black man and reach for your registration or cell phone you are ten times more likely to end of dead than a white man, but EVERYTHING depends on how hard we work. All the trust fund babies in this country agree with you. Never mind that the distribution of accidents of actual human beings follows a bell curve exactly which is the mathematical model for the probability of accidents of random events, devoid of free will. Of course its also true that I have a brother just like your uncle who has wrecked more cars than I've ever owned and his siblings are sick and tired of him. Still the question of free will cannot be resolved.

You are a perfect example of the impoverished thinking which deliberately pollutes government policy, for the benefit of the ruling class. If everyone understood they live in a country that cares about every man's right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness there would be less failure and violence in our society as those countries which practice these principles by making sure every child has an equal opportunity in life to achieve self actualization. Make no mistake about it. We don't do that. We still segregate by class and race and the results speak for themselves. Then people like you blame the perpetrators and victims. The truth is more complicated than that.

#4 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-21 10:03 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"#4 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING"

You fail basic logic.

I said that poor people are poor because of a lifetime of bad decisions - I never said that all people that make poor decisions are all poor. Learn about a Venn diagram for crying out loud - you make progressives look even dumber than your take on policies make you.

So, maybe this helps:

poor people == lifetime of bad decisions

lifetime of bad decisions != poor people

If you are rich, you have many more opportunities to screw up and still not wind up poor. But, there is some universal truths in the US. If you do the following 3 things, you will likely a achieve middle class status at a minimum:

1.) graduate high school
2.) don't get pregnant or get a girl pregnant before marriage
3.) don't do drugs

If you do that, you have damn near a 100% chance of being middle class in the USA. Outside of some Nordic countries (ie - 'whiter' countries than the US), there does not exist a better country in which everyone has the chance to achieve a middle class lifestyle. It is not China, France, UK, Japan, etc - you have the best social mobility in the US.

#5 | Posted by iragoldberg at 2019-07-21 10:53 AM | Reply

That wasn't the point, which you still fail to grasp. The system is rigged. Rich people make the rules for their own benefit.

Look its still better here than most, but not all, of the world. Drugs are integral to everything from the Beatles to the Grateful Dead achieved.

1, 2 and 3 are good advice today as they were in the past. Never-the-less, short of being born born a beautiful woman, the possibility of rising above your birth class in the USA has diminished greatly since the fifties, at least by lifting yourself up by your own bootstraps, largely because technological development opportunity are less frequent and where they do exist require massive capital investments. That truth is just as true for buying a house today because of differential inflation rates in housing, salaries and student debt, the last problem the ruling class dodges completely, even as tuition skyrockets.

Everywhere in Europe and Scandinavia the possibility of rising above your birth class today are better than in the USA because of their socialist policies, which level the playing field, free tuition and better and welfare programs including health care.

But we're still better than Asia, Africa and South of our border, no argument there.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-21 12:13 PM | Reply


There are a few things that budding dictators do in order to rise to their popwer and stay there. Among them are...

- trivialize the news media, putting into place an alternative information feed that is obsequious to the person

- make the wealthy of the country happy, and let them know that their wealth won't be a target

- install law enforcement leaders who are obsequious to the person

- speak admirably of other dictators around the world

It is kind of frightening...

#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-21 03:29 PM | Reply

Most poor people I know don't do drugs, drink, buy lottery tickets. They cannot afford them, and they know it. Most of the drug users and dealers, mostly white and middle class, many own legitimate businesses.
Many, many small business owners I know, cheat their employees, on top of getting preferential tax considerations. Better for them to buy a Mercedes they don't drive or a boat they don't float, than pay wages that can be lived on. Still others operate "gig" businesses.
Then life itself comes into play. The financial melt down destroyed many lives permanently, with no way to dig themselves out. Life altering chronic illness, and no way to pay for astronomical medical costs from providers, whom, more often than not, get it wrong. Not once, not twice, but time and time again. And then you cant work, your bankrupt and then those who have cheated, lied, stolen their way into life say, well, you just didn't work hard enough.

I know thousands of people who are in harm, not because of the choices they made, but for the choices someone else made. At their expense.

And I laugh at all of them.
Karma is a bitch.

#8 | Posted by gitmboy at 2019-07-22 12:23 PM | Reply

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