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Monday, 8 August 2011

8 August 2011. Let’s STAND UP for what’s Right! Please, DO Read the Link…

THIS is the God of the Tea Party and the New GOP… Almighty Mammon the Great… don’t be fooled by their cries of “Jayzuss”… they’re about as Christian as Anders Breivik was… that is, not much…

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Read this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/07/opinion/sunday/what-happened-to-obamas-passion.html?pagewanted=1&_r=3

Here are the guts of it all:

“I know you’re scared and angry. Many of you have lost your jobs, your homes, and your hope. This was a disaster, but it wasn’t a natural disaster. It was made by Wall Street gamblers who speculated with your lives and futures. It was made by conservative extremists who told us that if we just eliminated regulations and rewarded greed and recklessness, it would all work out. However, it didn’t work out. Moreover, it didn’t work out 80 years ago, when the same people sold our grandparents the same bill of goods, with the same results. Nevertheless, we learned something from our grandparents about how to fix it, and we’ll draw on their wisdom. We’ll restore business confidence the old-fashioned way… by putting money back in the pockets of working Americans by putting them back to work, and by restoring integrity to our financial markets and demanding it of those who want to run them. I can’t promise that we won’t make mistakes along the way. But I can promise you that they’ll be honest mistakes and that your government has your back again”.

A story isn’t a policy. However, that simple narrative… and the policies that would naturally have flowed from it… would have inoculated against much of what was to come in the intervening two-and-a-half years of failed government, idled factories, and idled hands. That story would’ve made clear that the president understood that the American people had given Democrats the presidency and majorities in both houses of Congress to fix the mess the Republicans and Wall Street had made of the country, and that this wouldn’t be a power-sharing arrangement. It would’ve made clear that the problem wasn’t tax-and-spend liberalism or the deficit… a deficit that didn’t exist until George W Bush gave nearly 2 trillion dollars (58 trillion Roubles. 1.4 trillion Euros. 1.2 trillion UK Pounds) in tax breaks largely to the wealthiest Americans and squandered 1 trillion dollars (29 trillion Roubles. 700 billion Euros. 600 billion UK Pounds) in two wars. Perhaps, most important, it would’ve offered a clear, compelling alternative to the dominant narrative of the right; our problem isn’t due to spending on things like the pensions of fire-fighters, but to the fact that those who can afford to buy influence are rewriting the rules so they can cut themselves progressively larger slices of the American pie while paying less of their fair share for it.

However, there was no story… and there’s been none since. In similar circumstances, Franklin D Roosevelt offered Americans a promise to use the power of his office to make their lives better and to keep trying until he got it right. Beginning in his first inaugural address, and in the fireside chats that followed, he explained how the crash had happened, and he minced no words about those who had caused it. He promised to do something no president had done before… to use the resources of the United States to put Americans directly to work, building the infrastructure we still rely on today. He swore to keep the people who had caused the crisis out of the halls of power, and he made good on that promise. In a 1936 speech at Madison Square Garden, he thundered, “Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me… and I welcome their hatred”.

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There it is in a nutshell. One of the reasons that we’re in the straits that we’re in today is that Barack Obama is trying to be kind to those who have no other desire but to slice off his balls. He’s trying to conciliate the irreconcilable. Look, these people are greedy and grasping nutters, that’s all there is to say. They want to gut social welfare programmes to enrich the affluent, and that’s that. They want a world were everyone is the Step n’ Fetchit of the Five Percenters. In short, they want a plutocratic dictatorship based on Ayn Rand’s perverse philosophy… a dictatorship that would make the solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short life available to one under the state of Hobbes’ Leviathan look positively alluring. Ponder this… most of those who follow this perverse credo also claim that they have “a personal relationship with Jayzuss” (an aside to my Orthodox readers… good examples would be phonies like Jonas Paffhausen, Terrence Mattingly, and Rod Dreher). THAT tells you much about American religiosity. You don’t honour God by kicking the unemployed full-force in the face! That’s all that there’s to say on the matter. We can fight for what’s right, or, we can bow down before Satan and worship naked greed… that’s the alternative. What do you want? I know what I want… and it’s not THAT!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 8 August 2011

Albany NY 

8 August 2011. A GREAT Figure Passes from Us… Mark Hatfield

US Senator Mark Odom Hatfield (1922-2011)… the rightwing commentariat calls him a “RINO”… I do beg to differ…\

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Today, one hears much rubbish from Tea Party extremists about RINOs… Republicans In Name Only. One of the more prominent RINOs, US Senator Mark Hatfield (R-OR), died yesterday. Here’s the kind of guy he was:

  1. He was the only governor to vote against a resolution by the National Governors’ Conference supporting the Johnson Administration’s policy on the Vietnam War
  2. Pro-life on the issues of abortion AND the death penalty
  3. He opposed government-sponsored school prayer and supported civil rights for minorities and gays
  4. Co-sponsored the McGovern-Hatfield Amendment, which called for a complete withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam
  5. Co-sponsored nuclear freeze legislation with US Senator Edward M Kennedy (D-MA), as well as co-authoring a book on the topic
  6. Frequently broke with his party on issues of national defence and foreign policy, such as military spending and the ban on travel to Cuba
  7. He was the lone Republican to vote against the 1981 DoD appropriations bill
  8. He voted against authorising military action against Iraq in the Gulf War, one of only two GOP US Senators to do so

His US Senate colleague from Oregon, Bob Packwood, was a moral midget compared to Mr Hatfield. Packwood was a knee-jerk rightwinger… a slobbering advocate of Neoliberal “deregulation” and tax giveaways to the affluent. Packwood was a sexual predator forced to resign from the US Senate… Mr Hatfield was an upright man, respected even by those who disagreed profoundly with him on the issues. After leaving the Senate, Packwood the Lesser became a lobbyist… a conscienceless shill for the oligarchs in the District. Mr Hatfield went home to teach and engage in selfless public service. I’d say that one of these things is NOT like the other, one of these things ain’t even kinda the same!

When you compare the current crop of “Republicans” with Mark Hatfield, Ike, Jake Javits, Rocky, Richard Nixon (as widely-respected abroad as he’s excoriated in the USA), Barry Goldwater, William F Buckley, Bob Dole, and Gerald Ford (and even Rudolph Giuliani), one notices that the present cabal of “Republicans” are the actual RINOs (“Republicans In Name Only). I left the Republican Party when I realised that it had become nothing but a greedy and all-consuming mouthpiece of the affluent effluent (they don’t “do” “give-backs”, dontcha know). I was a “conservative mugged by reality”… that’s becoming more common as the extent of the Five Percenter’s godless cupidity and the ill-effects of their thoughtless rapine of the economy becomes more and more self-evident. It’s FAR more common than “liberals mugged by reality” are, for the evidence of the anti-Christian greed and hubris of the voracious affluent effluent is all around us. In the famous words of Thomas Heywood (often, falsely thought to be Biblical):

There are none so blind as those who WILL not to see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.

So many “conservatives” REFUSE to accept what they see all around them. As St Jeremias the Prophet said in the Old Covenant:

Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which have eyes, and see not; which have ears, and hear not…

St Isaias the Prophet echoed that:

And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear you indeed, but understand not; and see indeed, but perceive not. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

We are the lesser for Mr Hatfield’s passing… if he was a TRUE Republican, what does that say of the current crop? Think well before answering that…

Memory Eternal, Mark… may you rest in the mansions of the Righteous.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 8 August 2011

Albany NY

Thursday, 28 July 2011

28 July 2011. Brent Bozell Has a Temper Tantrum and Hissy Fit About the Rich Being Overtaxed and How There’s a “Hate-GOP” Machine

Income Distribution in the USA, 1947-2007, in 2007 dollars… it’s clear from this that Brent Bozell is a well-paid liar, there’s no other way of putting it. The above graph is clear… the Republican Party/Tea Party is lying to you… you know what to do.  

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Read this:

http://news.yahoo.com/hate-gop-machine-070000918.html

Note this:

In round numbers: In fewer than four years, Obama has increased the debt by 4 trillion USD (110.5 trillion Roubles. 2.79 trillion Euros. 2.442 trillion UK Pounds). He proposes we raise it another 2.3 trillion USD (63.6 trillion Roubles. 1.6 trillion Euros. 1.4 trillion UK Pounds). This makes Obama responsible for almost half the debt of the United States. But it’s “unreasonable” to say so.

Yes… there’s a deficit because taxation on the top people is amongst the most lightest in the world! The Republican Party refuses to allow a reasonable level of taxation on the rich. The Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Five Percent are the cause of the mess that Mr Bozell “cites”.

See this:

http://news.yahoo.com/low-taxes-high-health-costs-us-choices-tough-080137550.html

Note this:

This year’s federal tax revenues are forecast to equal 14.4 percent of gross domestic product, a broad measure of economic output, according to the Office of Management and Budget. That’s the lowest share since 1950, long before Congress approved expensive programs such as Medicare. Tax collections have been reduced by the recession and by tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003. Among 29 countries ranked by the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation, only Japan and Spain take in less tax revenue than the US as a percentage of GDP.

In 1950, the top marginal tax rate was 90 percent… under Richard Nixon, it was 70 percent… under Clinton, it was 39 percent… today, after Bush’s tax giveaways, it’s 35 percent. In short, the rich ARE getting a “free ride”, and Mr Bozell is nothing but a well-paid running-dog lackey of the Five Percenters. You see, if the Top One Percenters have 35 percent of the income, under a progressive tax structure (as is used by all developed societies), they’d be paying at least 50 percent of the taxes. As they’re not, the US tax structure is highly regressive, with the government collecting a MUCH greater proportion of sales taxes, fees, fuel taxes, and payroll taxes from moderate-income households… data that the Tax Foundation ignores (it IS a rightwing Neoliberal outfit, after all).

Another way of seeing how the Post Reagan New GOP/Tea Party raped ordinary people in the US is to look at the index of the richest 10 percent as compared to the lowest 10 percent, the higher the figure, the more income inequality there is. Here’s a list of representative countries, going from most inequality to least inequality:

1.  USA

15.9

2.  Georgia

15.4

3.  UK

13.8

4.  Russia

12.7

5.  Australia, New Zealand

12.5

6.  Canada

9.4

7.  France

9.1

8.  Poland

8.8

9.  Kazakhstan

8.5

10. Denmark

8.1

11. Armenia

8.0

12. South Korea

7.8

13. Germany, Austria, Byelorussia

6.9

14. Slovakia

6.7

15. Sweden

6.2

16. Norway

6.1

17. Finland

5.6

18. Hungary

5.5

19. Czechia

5.2

20. Japan

4.5

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“Undeveloped” countries weren’t considered, as their R/Ps are VERY high.

Look at the above table… the USA has a very high R/P. Do note how high Georgia’s R/P is? Saakashvili is aping the USA, he and his cronies are living high whilst they crush under the ordinary people… the R/P says so! Now, you see why the Western media just LOVES Georgia. Russia’s R/P is going down; the USA’s is going up. That’s one of the reasons that Fox News HATES Russia. In short, this table just simply proves that Brent Bozell, Rush, Michelle, Dropout Scott Walker, and all the rest are lyin’ sacks o’ shit. No representative democracy can function with an R/P as high as the Anglosphere states have (except for Canada). In short, the Neoliberal “conservatives” are raping ordinary folks to fatten the boodle bags of their oligarch paymasters. It’s time to do something about it. Income inequality in the USA was going down until the time of Ronnie the Drooler. How do you like being lied to? Remember… petrol went up 20 percent in the USA, whilst it only rose an average of 8.6 percent in Europe, over the past six months. Somebody’s getting richer… and it sure as hell isn’t us!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 28 July 2011

Albany NY   

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

26 July 2011. This is From “Forbes”… Read it and WEEP

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The 400 richest Americans used to pay 30 percent of their income on the average to Uncle Sam. Today, they pay 18 percent on the average, according to Steve Rattner, a Wall Street financier, who just presented these figures on Mornings with Joe on MSNBC. The main reason for the drop in their tax rate of some 40 percent is the tax cuts by George Bush in 2003, taking the rate paid on dividends and capital gains down to 15 percent. This reduction in the investment class’s taxes powered the bull market in stocks from the fall of 2003 until the fall of 2007. Shockingly, the plan to raise the debt ceiling collects nothing from the wealthiest Americans to reduce our budget deficit. The Republican rightwing holds the Obama White House hostage. It’s a sad day for the principle of sharing the pain equitably.

http://blogs.forbes.com/robertlenzner/2011/07/25/the-400-richest-americans-pay-an-18-tax-rate/?partner=yahoofeed

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John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Rush, Michelle, and Lil’ Mizz Sarah all scream that the rich are overtaxed, and that we can’t raise their taxation levels. THIS proves them to be bald-faced liars… it’s from Forbes, of all sources. It shows that the political/media duopoly, at least the New GOP/Tea Party and the rightwing commentariat, are bought-and-paid-for running-dog lackeys of the oligarchs. Rush Limbaugh earns 150,000 USD (4.136 million Roubles. 104,000 Euros. 92,000 UK Pounds) a DAY. Do you make that in a year? It’s time to put the axe to the Bush tax cuts. Return taxation to the levels of 2000… that’s fair. The Five Percenters won’t be able to afford to buy a new McMansion or hire an illegal wetback Mexican nanny… BOO HOO! Close your hearts to pity… these bastards gave themselves a 29 percent pay increase, profits went through the roof, yet, ordinary Americans suffered, hell, two million American families were tossed out on the street via foreclosure (per Val Zorin of VOR, a 50-year veteran of watching the American scene). What’s wrong with that picture? Bernie Sanders looks like a better president candidate than any other… and he looks better every day, with each example of greed we see from the oligarchs, with each brazen lie uttered by their political/media lapdogs. It’s a Jabberwockian world, the District is… send them a CLEAR message… vote AGAINST the New GOP/Tea Party in 2012… otherwise, do stock up on Vaseline… you’re gonna need it…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 26 June 2011

Albany NY

 

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