Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Post-SOTU Reflections and the Continuing War of Words

Contrary to the constant sneer and jeer of rightwing rhetoric, President Obama has always been a centrist politician and hardly the “socialist dictator” as alleged by Republicans.

Perhaps Jon Stewart expressed it best last night: “President Obama is apparently now in the 'f*ck it' stage of his presidency" - given six non-stop years of legislative obstruction, filibustering, gridlock, and Godwin-style name-calling

F*ck it, indeed. Consider this ABC News interview of Warren Buffet and his secretary, Debbie Bosanek, who reveal an inconvenient truth about the American tax system:
 

What drives income inequality in America? Debbie Bosanek pays a Federal income tax rate of 35.5%. In contrast, her boss pays 17.5% on income estimated to be 200 times greater!
Everybody in our office is paying a higher tax rate than Warren,” she says.
I pay hardly any payroll taxes, Buffet admits. “Gov. Romney hardly pays any payroll taxes. Newt Gingrich hardly pays any payroll taxes. Debbie pays lots of payroll taxes,” he continues.
Repeat this admission across the economic spectrum of American life, and what you have is a massive redistribution of income from the middle class to a special privileged class. Yet, Republicans have lashed out: They dismiss Buffet’s admission as an act of “class warfare.” One has to ask: Which side of this war is hurling the bombs?

Here are more inconvenient facts: Since 1979, the productivity of American workers has risen 80%; yet, the wages of these workers have risen less than 11%:

Please note the precipitous rise in income for the privileged class: Over 240%.  In other words, American workers have put enormous wealth into the pockets of their employers, yet received next to nothing in return.

Since 2001, this trend has turned ever more ominous as shares in the national economic pie have essentially turned upside down. Middle class wage increases have fallen to less than one percent. The ├╝berclass now pockets a whopping 99% slice of the national pie but constitutes only 1% of the population.

Meanwhile, US multinational corporations are laying off workers at home and shipping jobs overseas:
Given these data, consider this thought experiment: If you are a Kochroach raking in $1 billion per year, what is the cost benefit ratio of spending $100 million on PACs and stink tanks to avoid a tax hike? The difference between a 17.5% tax rate versus 35.5% (drum roll) is:

$180,000,000 each and every year
for as long as ye shall live (badda boom)!
[The GOP] has built a whole catechism on the protection and further enrichment of America's plutocracy. Their caterwauling about deficit and debt is so much eyewash to con the public … [The GOP] could not abide so much as a one-tenth of one percent increase on the tax rates of the Walton family or the Koch brothers, much less a repeal of the carried interest rule that permits billionaire hedge fund managers to pay income tax at a lower effective rate than cops or nurses” (Mike Lofgren, Reflections of a GOP Operative Who Left the Cult).
Mike Lofgren's words explain the stalking point phrases of “class warfare” and “job creators” framed and marketed by PACs and stink tanks to protect the ├╝berclass. Now you know why the Kochroach Brothers spend buckets of bucks to convince ignorant country bumpkins to vote Republican - and against their own economic self-interest.

Recently one of those country bumpkins - or perhaps a psy-ops troll employed by the ├╝berclass - left this comment under a recent post by Shaw:
"Just compare the "poor" in the US to the rest of the world and you have to come to the conclusion that our system is better for poor people. How much more do you Bleeding Heart Liberals want us to do for these people, most of them ar [sic] lazy slobs anyway who just take, take and take!"  Steve
My reply:
"For your information, most of the impoverished people of this country are the working poor earning subsistence wages - people who mow your damn lawn, pick up your damn garbage, flip your fucking hamburgers, and pick your damn fruits and vegetables under a hot sweltering sun – jobs which shiftless lazy bastards such as yourself consider beneath your contemptible dignity."
In response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address, Republicans have responded with:


"Kommandant-In-Chef" - Randy Weber (R-TX);
6,778 words. 'Benghazi' is not one of them” - Steve Stockman (R-TX);
Obama speech reads like dictates from a King” - Tim Huelskamp (R-KS);
The world is literally about to blow up” - Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

Words and more words, but nothing of substance. How long will the middle class tolerate this bullshit? Historically, no society has tolerated unchecked economic privilege and injustice for long. It is only a matter of time before the war of words spills into the streets. When that day arrives, my choice of weapon will not be ink.

3 comments:

  1. Excellent. I'm cross-posting this at P.E.

    I don't know if it'll get through to the lead-heads who come to my blog and then whine and complain about what's written there. In fact, I think it's a lost cause. I hope President Obama executive-orders the s**t out of the next years so we can get things done. The American people detest the current Congress, with especial contempt for Boner's Republican House.

    The low-information voters will probably not be convinced by these facts, but still, it is worth spreading them around. Some winger somewhere may yet wake up.

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  2. I welcome any distribution. Do we know anyone who can drop leaflets via pterodactyl over Congress, over every state capital, and from coast to coast?

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  3. Today’s incompetent and incontinent Gee-Ohh-Pee reminds me of the 1962 James Bond thriller, Dr. No, a morality play of good against evil as our intrepid hero matches wits against a madman hell bent on world domination. In the 2014 remake of Dr. No, we have a political party that says:

    No to contraception,
    No to abortion,
    No to healthcare reform,
    No to curbs on carbon emissions,
    No to a global warming treaty,
    No to evolution,
    No to economic stimulation,
    No to infrastructure investment
    No to pre-K education,
    No immigration reform,
    No to “equal pay for equal work”
    No to stopping violence against women,
    No to peace talks with Iran,
    No to unemployment compensation,
    No to raising the minimum wage,
    No to civility and decorum in governance,

    No, no, no, and a thousand times no! Time to send in Agent Double-Ohh-Seven and his sidekick Honey Ryder.

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