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The Pardu
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Showing posts with label Plutocrats. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Plutocrats. Show all posts

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Robert Reich On The Kochs

Trust me and many who are more learned and knowledge laden than me, the Kochs bare serious scrutiny. They are not spending millions upon millions because they love the GOP. These are pure unabashed plutocrats who have a cabal that would thrive and flourish even more in an American oligarch. Our only weapon is the vote!  We blew it in 2010, and look at what we have in the US House and US Senate.  Let's send the Kochs a message in 2014, "We will not be bought!" 


Sunday, October 6, 2013

Morning Java: Fox News Deflects on Government Shutdown And Reports A Satirist Story As Fact

Enjoy while the caffeine kicks-in!!!!

How about some GOP insanity and low information video to go along with your Sumatra,  Kopi Luwak IndonesianKenya AA, Tanzanian, French Roast, Kona Coast, 'Black Ivory' [Thai Elephant Dong],  Jamaica Blue Mountain, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Costa Rican, Espresso,  Moyobama Peruvian Organic, Indonesian Blend, Coffee Latte, Kauai Blend (often bitter), Colombian Red Lips, or your Folgers 100% Colombian?
                                         Coffees of the World

We start with a 30 second political commercial set to air during Sunday afternoon football games. Do you know anything about the BMW?  No, we are not speaking about a well crafted and marketed automobile. We are writing about people who "Bitch, Moan, and Whine" (BMW) the point of obnoxious.

We will start with a bit of Obama Derangement Syndrome.   Fox News continues to manipulate its viewers with information straight from the mind of satirist. We have embed a short clip below The clip is classic low information lies and manipulation fro Fox News. Before, the network unleashed an insane low information clip segment, producers consumed approximately one minute of air-time laying the groundwork with GOP and conservative deflection regarding the government shutdown.

Watch as three Fox News entertainers, including the patented leggy one on the couch, herd viewers towards an outright lie. Remember,  the GOP has sought a government shutdown since just after Barack Obama was inaugurated 44th President of the United States.

The art of propaganda. via Fox News

It really doesn't take much cognitive acuity to realize a President of the United States would be completely insane to even think about making a personal donation as stated in the clip. Any competent propagandist knows his/her target group and they know what lights a fire in the target group. The propagandist will in most cases focus on delivery and reinforcement of their message to sycophants vs. expending significant energy working to capture converts.  Thus we have the Fox News retention model; retain those who are in the corral while feeding the sycophants copious doses of red meat. 

Fox News producers and managers know full well the GOP has railed about shutting down the government to the point of strategy and mantra.  Anyone with an IQ over 40 knows no President of the United States would force a shutdown of the very government she/he leads as president an Commander-in-Chief. Fox News producers also know that President Obama would not dare propose, nor consider personally paying members of any religious organization.  If you want to add Ketchup to the mix, how insane would it be for President Obama to allow the thought of personal support for a Muslim Museum?

The segment was an example of pure insanity, correct?  Your sanity, intellect and rational thought is taking you to a wrong place.  Let's consider the Fox News clip in the following context.  

Bill Maher and Alexander Pelosi seeks out low information people.  Pelosi evens finds an Obama hater!

Jimmy Kimmel and the now viral low information video. I can watch this at least twice per day, and derive significant satisfaction that I am neither low information nor a pawn for uber wealthy plutocrats.

You should now share two psychic states, One, the euphoria deceived from that mug of caffeinated Java. Second, you have seen the horror of low information people. People who will undoubtedly vote for the GOP in the 2013 and 2016 elections. People who would turn our nation over to the insanity to the GOP. A political party that has become nothing more than a legislative front for uber wealthy plutocrats like the Koch brothers.  

Can someone help me understand why President Obama and the Democrats would want to shutdown the federal government? Are over compensated so-called journalists failing to ask the GOP mouth-pieces who book on television shows, why the president would want shutdown and improving economy?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Daily GOP Ignominious: Charles Koch Says Get Rid Of Minimum Wage Laws!

David and Charles Koch..they would be king!
One of the worlds most wealthy billionaires has come completely out of the "wage"  closet and declared eliminating the minimum wage will help the poor. Charles Koch has sprinkled a bit more oral plutocracy and "Hunger Game" rhetoric across the land. In essence, he commented the poor would be better off with no minimum wage laws on Federals Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Registers. (Linked below).

The National Minimum Wage is $7.25 per hour , equivalent to $15,080 per year (without overtime pay at 1.5 times the hourly rate...that Eric Cantor would eliminate).  The US Congress allowed the rate to sit at $5.15 per hour for approximately 20 years. US companies had to love the $5.15 rate, even though a vast majority of companies paid much higher minimum wage rates; a reality forced by labor (Unions) and pay rate competitiveness. Yet, millions lived with the minimum wage at $5.15 per hour until it was raised to the current rate of $7.25 per hour. In many cases state minimum wage rates are higher than the national minimum wage.  

How does the current minimum wage compare against income levels considered to be "impoverished?" 

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A quick question. Do you believe there are families in the United States with a one income earners earning minimum wage or close to minimum wage? Let's complicate the scenario with a family with three to four kids vs two kids. The answer is obvious and it is so obvious the family is impoverished.

The Koch Brother's net-worth compared to history of middle America's earnings is stark and illustrative of corporate plutocracy, greed and opulent personal gain at the expense of the masses. 


The Koch Brothers are an upper crust elitist (like Mitt Romney only far more wealthy) who have never wanted for anything. Their grandparents were instrumental in the Third Reich with the grandmother having connection to concentration camps. Their grandfather was reported to have worked in the Stalin Regime before entry into the United States and after showing evidence of anti-communism.".  The Koch lineage included a father who facilitated a inheritance in the billions (per kid), and he left them the mindset and paradigm that facilitated his serving as a co-founder of the John Birch Society. 

We assert the brothers, all three, are of one mindset. The mindset of the conservative billionaire with social views that may not have affinity for any demographic group other than white males and personal opportunity to earn more millions.

Charles Koch espouses eliminating the minimum wage to help the poor. we suggest his comments are the "Oxymoron of 2013."

Think Progress 
Billionaire Koch Brother Says Eliminating The Minimum Wage Will Help The Poor 
By Rebecca Leber on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:23 pm
A conservative mogul worth $43 billion says he knows the secret to helping poor people. According to Charles Koch, the U.S. needs to get rid of the minimum wage, which he counts as a major obstacle to economic growth. 
On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media campaign in Wichita, Kansas, with a hint of expanding it elsewhere. It is the Kochs’ biggest media buy since they promised to do more to “persuade politicians” after suffering losses in the 2012 election. 
In an interview with the Wichita Eagle published Tuesday, Koch said that the minimum wage is one policy he is working against: 
We want to do a better job of raising up the disadvantaged and the poorest in this country, rather than saying ‘Oh, we’re just fine now.’ We’re not saying that at all. What we’re saying is, we need to analyze all these additional policies, these subsidies, this cronyism, this avalanche of regulations, all these things that are creating a culture of dependency. And like permitting, to start a business, in many cities, to drive a taxicab, to become a hairdresser. Anything that people with limited capital can do to raise themselves up, they keep throwing obstacles in their way. And so we’ve got to clear those out. Or the minimum wage. Or anything that reduces the mobility of labor.
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Charles Koch practices pure unadulterated sophism. His point may sound rational to millions who subscribe to his forms of Libertarianism, his far right conservatism, and his predominately white male GOP. His point is factually ridiculous in practicality and application. How about one basic question for Charles Koch?  Before we pose the question, we know that it could take years for pay erosion to kick-in once the minimum wage laws are stricken from the FLSA Registers. That is a given. Companies cannot and will not summarily "roll-back" wages like a Wal-mart Rollback sale.  The lowered wages will evolve over time and your younger loved ones or friends will suffer most.  Another perspective is embedded in my question.  

"Will Charles and David Koch order their corporations to across the board lower prices commensurate with lowering of the minimum wage?"  Of course, they will not order such. In fact, before the full impact of Charles Koch's ridiculous comments would be come reality, he would have passed on to a place beyond this life. Thus another far right demagogue corporatist would leave a legacy that could only benefit corporations. Part of his false premise would include deductive reasoning that   reducing costs will lead to lower prices. Of course, now sell me same land in the Florida Everglades, Mr. Koch!

I can actually visualize corporate strategies focused on rewarding executives for creative ways to lower wages after the defunct federal minimum wage.

After seeing and reading comments from Charles Koch,  is there any wonder Eric Cantor has gone public with asinine comments, and possible legislation about eliminating over-time pay? 

If you know of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and its support from the Koch Brothers, is there any need to seriously contemplate the logic of Charles Koch's point and Eric Cantor's servitude via marching to drums that benefit the mega wealthy vs the needs of families?