It’s always interesting when members of the ruling-class reveal their cluelessness
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about the lives of ordinary working people. Sometimes it can cost them dearly in the political realm. The late George H.W. Bush famously expressed amazement as president over the workings of an electric scanner in a grocery check-out line….And then there’s Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul who posed as the “populist” champion of the heartland working-class (its white component at least) and went on to pass a giant tax cut for the rich…The ridiculous Trump shutdown is in its third week. Roughly 800,000 federal employees have been furloughed or told to work without pay…Trump “can relate”? The president’s net worth is $3.1 billion… He claims he didn’t inherit his wealth, but… he got his start and otherwise benefited significantly from his father’s real estate fortune. “By age 3,” the Times reported, Trump “was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars from his father’s empire. He was a millionaire by age 8…
Now might be a good time to recall how Trump’s then top political adviser Steve Bannon described his main policy goal when speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference in February of 2017: “the deconstruction of the administrative state.” ….Will it cost (Trump) politically? … the shut-down could prove disastrous for Trump as stories of desperate and impoverished federal workers mount – and as more and people die thanks to the absence of vital federal services…In the meantime, it’s important to keep a critical distance from the Inauthentic Opposition corporate and “progressive neoliberal” Democrats…
Yesterday morning, over at MSNBC…headquarters of Goldman-Clintonian “progressive neoliberalism” …the political talk-show host Stephane Ruhle and two guests spoke passionately about the human costs of the shutdown.
Right before a commercial break, Ms. Ruhle then said that her next segment would turn to “Wall Street, my favorite place.” That was no joke… Ruhle is a wealthy finance capital veteran who made a killing on the Street, specializing… in the toxic financial mechanisms that did so much to distribute wealth upward and crash the U.S. and world economy in 2008…The sensitive-sounding hosts at MSNBC can cry all they want about the plight of working people and the poor but their network, most of its hosts, and those in in the saddle atop the Democratic Party are every bit as allegiant to that dictatorship as FOX News and the Republicans.
January 9, 2019 at 12:14 AM #10118PunxsutawneyModerator
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But then I guess, we’ve been well trained over the last 50 odd years.
In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.
Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.
“People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c
January 9, 2019 at 1:34 AM #10127Cold Mountain TrailParticipant
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who is (imho) some kind of low-level psychopath, then coming home to read about the wealthy democratic donor who preys on homeless black men to the extent that 2 have wound up dead at his house with no apparent repercussions…not to mention all the govt reps who continue to vote for war abroad, austerity at home, and low wage slavery elsewhere, Orwellian surveillance with seemingly no exit from the present nightmare.
It is our admiration/acquiescence and fear that gives them power. Why do we do it?
January 9, 2019 at 6:48 AM #10142peacecorpsParticipant
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The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.
"Arguments must therefore be crude, clear and forcible, and appeal to emotions and instincts, not the intellect." JG
National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.
January 9, 2019 at 8:09 AM #10152HIP56948Participant
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I’ve always loved the term Freedom as it applies to the USA. Oh, we’re free when it comes to the minor stuff like choosing what car you drive or what movie to watch. Actually choosing what leaders will guide us through the reality of this existence?…not so much. We choose what type of financial system we truly want? Dream on..Dream on.
Crawling through reality.
January 9, 2019 at 9:40 AM #10199game meatParticipant
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She’ll be on the verge of tears over the child separation policy only to openly shill for the policies that exploit these people once they get here with the purpose of keeping wages artificially low on the lower end of the economic ladder, all for the benefit of the corporatists that pay her salary.
January 9, 2019 at 11:20 AM #10231JustSayinParticipant
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and then complain as to why things donot change . Remember paygo was instituted after giving the military industrial complex their dues but M4All cannot happen
Never expect different result by following the previous steps
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