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Showing posts with label Ronald Reagan. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Trump Tax Plan? Trickle-Down Again (Video)

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                 TRICKLE-DOWN

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The IMF Confirms That ‘Trickle-Down’ Economics Is, Indeed, a Joke

Like, a literal joke.

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“money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes it would trickle down to the needy.”
American humorist Will Rogers, who mocked President Herbert Hoover’s Depression-era recovery efforts, saying that “money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes it would trickle down to the needy.” 
At the center of Reagan’s economic doctrine was the idea that economic gains primarily benefiting the wealthy — investors, businesses, entrepreneurs, and the like — will “trickle-down” to poorer members of society, creating new opportunities for the economically disadvantaged to attain a better standard of living. Prosperity for the rich leads to prosperity for all, the logic goes, so let’s hurry up with those tax cuts already.....
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This past January the nation embarked on a tightrope experience of Trump as the 45th President of the nation.  In addition to many promises which equal the carnival barking lies of any cheap traveling carnival, he focused on a couple of promises which carry real danger for the nation. One such promise was the tried and failed Republican paradigm of promulgating tax policies which without question favor wealthy Americans and corporations. While many suspected the worse in a Trump tax plan, It appears Trump and his economic ministers have surprised even their cohorts among the GOP members of Congress.

As Trump was being inaugurated, a few social media and print media sources published articles based on their knowledge of Trump's spoken components of a tax reduction plan. One consideration is certain. I don't believe anyone forecast Trump proposing a tax rate of 15% for taxpayers and corporations.

January 2017


Janaury 2017 Center For Budget Policy Priorities

Trump Tax Plan Gives Big Tax Cut to the Top

House Republican "Better Way" Tax Plan Gives Big Tax Cut to the Top
Ugly, eh? 

Three months later and with Trump's cherish 100-day barometer, Trump has released his tax plan.  Yet, he hasn't released his past taxes for pubic review as has all presidents (back) through Richard Nixon.

Well, here it is (see video below). Trump's tax plan and I will wager not one surprise for those who don't trust Republicans with the US economy. I will also wager there is no surprise Trump's tax plan offers a form of neo-Trickle down (Supply Side) policy which favors the wealthy tax proposal provisions. What should surprise is the audacity to propose such reduced tax rates at a time when it seems Trump is chopping at the bits to engage US forces in wars? Do you recall The George W. Bush Great Recession formula for wrecking the US economy (after Bill Clinton)? The formula was:
1. reduced financial regulation. (Clinton and Bush): Sub-Prime Bubble
2. major tax cuts.
3. two Bush wars. 
The economic world changed as the Bush Bubble came falling down like Bush in the stands at the China Olympics (totally inebriated).

Trump's economic ministers




For those who abstained for viewing the 28-minute video, Kevin Drum developed a piece for Mother Jones with a basic (non-detailed) opinion review. No one has complete details of Trump's tax plan but Drum captured enough of the plan for validation of another trickle-down on steroids plan.

Trump Tax Plan Unveiled
There's a little more than you see in the tweet above:
Three tax brackets instead of seven. However, there's no telling how this affects taxes until Steve Mnuchin tells us where the cutoff points are.
Doubles the personal exemption from $12,000 to $24,000. This will help middle-class families, but it's a little hard to know how much it will help them until we get details on....
Elimination of itemized deductions. Which ones? All of them? Good luck with that. But you can be sure that one of the targets will be the deduction for state income taxes, since that mostly benefits the hated blue states of California and New York.
Elimination of the estate tax. A huge boon for the super-duper rich.
Elimination of the AMT. A huge boon for the rich.
Elimination of Obamacare's 3.8 percent tax on investment. A huge boon for the rich.
Reduce business tax rate to 15 percent. A huge boon for corporations and the rich, especially those with income from pass-through businesses. Apparently Mnuchin doesn't care that Senate rules make this almost literally unpassable.
Tax repatriation holiday. A huge boon for corporations and the rich.
Territorial taxation system for corporations. There's no telling what effect this would have. There are good territorial systems and bad ones. It's all in the details—though it's a pretty good guess that Trump will opt for one of the bad ones.
The driving force behind this appears to be Trump's desire to call this the biggest tax cut in American history. 




As one would expect, CNN loaded its afternoon programming with enough panel members to embarrass an Arkansas farmers chicken coup Another expectation would find a discredited Right Wing economic shill, Steven Moore, sitting on the panel ready to spew GOP talking points (AKA political bull crap). The session ended with another economic contributor taking Moore's Trump facilitation to task. Link.

MMFA on Moore and CNN's poor decision to place him on their shows.



The man is a class facilitator of bad economics.

MSNBC's AIi Velshi also devoted air time to a Republican carry a pail of Trump B/S.  Link.

I digress...back to Trump's tax plan.

We have a president sitting atop a party (while occupying the White House) who has never shown a propensity for caring about Americans who earn less than millions per year. He has surrounded himself with both billionaires (certain advisers and cabinet members) who can't fathom life in America without a country club membership. Actually, I would be surprised if joining Trump's Cabinet came with a prerequisite for membership at Mar-A-Lago.

If you believe Trump and company will propose a tax plan which will be fair and equitable across the economic income strata, you are a Trump enabler.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

GOP Obstruction: A Modern Day "Alamo"



Have you ever heard the phrase "Judicial Activism?"  

Sure you have heard the phrase, it is as popular among conservative politicians and demagogues as the words "Ronald Reagan." The words are almost 100% phraseology deployed on the Right as it facilitates mind-influencing rhetoric which so easily sticks with the listening public and the viewing public.

There is no more deeply ingrained judicial activists than judges appointed for the Republican party.  If you doubt my point, think about Scalia, his man-child Thomas, Alito and, yes, Roberts. Three of whom we have been observed attending moneyed GOP or conservative events (often away from cameras). 

The death of Scalia has handed both President Obama and the GOP majority Senate a unique problem: a US SCOTUS comprised of only eight Justices at a time when an evenly divided Court could lead to no final adjudication of key cases. Both the conservatives and progressives stand to gain from decisions that will not face proper adjudication because of a missing ninth vote. Obama will nominate a replacement and GOP leadership has declared there will be no interaction the US President's nomination. Alas, GOP obstruction at the highest levels in US government, yet again. Maximum obstruction from people who claim "strict interpretations" of the US Constitution.

McConnell Cornyn Wont Meet With Obama SCOTUS Nominee

We would expect more from a congressional Majority Leader who refers to President Obama as a "lame-duck" preside. A lame-duck president is an Oval Office holder who was defeated by an opponent and who is serving out her/his final months in office. For some McConnell's characterization may work to make them feel good, but the fact is Obama has never lost an Oval Office election. Yes, we should not expect more from McConnell, but the recent obstruction from a conservative member of the Court is a new phenomenon. Alito joins the lock-step republicans. If you believe Republicans are strict (interpretation) constitutionalist, you probably also believe they are fiscal conservatives.
This is pretty ugly for all Americans . The Constitution is only good as long as it can be used for this conservative...Posted by Susan Thompson on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Let's recap.  McConnell and company have worked against President Obama since well before he was inaugurated in 2009.  A group of 17, including Paul Ryan, literally met the evening of President Obama's inauguration to plot obstruction (thus performing a degree of sedition). Needless to say, the GOP fulfilled its mission of obstructing America for the full two terms.  As we moved towards Obama's "fourth quarter", McConnell and company step on the grave of their chief SCOTUS regressive via refusing to consider filling his bench seat.  

We hear the party on the Rguiht claim, "oh refusal to consider a nominee isn't new." The current lock-step railing in opposition to considering a nominee is well within the law has taken place in the past and is the thing to do. "Let the next president, fill the vacant seat!"  Words from a party which could very well see Donald Trump atop their ticket with the heavens only knows as a VP candidate. Imagine the nation's number one carnival barker, serial liar, a hero of white supremacists, and reality TV mogul nominating a SCOTUS Justice!

Friend of the TPI, Mike Victor dug deep regarding the GOP's basis for denial of a replacement hearing.  

Mike Victor
History doesn't repeat. It rhymes.  
The spectacle of white Southern conservatives opposing executive orders by a president issued to help African Americans (always on high-falutin' philosophical grounds, of course) has a long history in our country.  
I randomly stumbled upon this gem this morning while installing Encyclopedia Britannica: Executive Order 9981 that abolished racial segregation in the United States military. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica:

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Executive order issued on July 26, 1948, by U.S. Pres. Harry S. Truman that abolished racial segregation in the U.S. military. Beginning with the initial skirmishes of the American...
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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Trickle-Down is Reaganomics (Nomad Politics) (Three Part Series)

I have long posited about Ronald Reagan's disastrous and long-term impact on the United States. (Excuse me for use of the overused Donald Trump adjective: disastrous). Reagan's Administration and eight years in the Oval Office left us with regressive social policy/practice that has blossomed into full overt racism and bigotry across the land. His economic policy has become embed in GOP ideology and paradigm; thus Trickle-down/supply side economics will never be exorcised from the party. Defense spending, rampant under Reagan, has nourished the military industrial complex that Dwight Eisenhower warned against in the mid to late 1950s, and the spending has not subsided.

In 2012, Nomad Politics wrote a three part series that adds perspective to the fact Reagan was a leadership nightmare with lingering consequences. The complete series is a long reads. As is the case with all long reads: "why the to read the information in one sitting?" High information people do not scurry away from lengthy reads; we manage them into our social preferences and our spare-time schedules. 

It is important to remember, history of failed leadership from the White House isn't such that short treatises actually work for those who will read them decades to come.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Incredible Hoax of Reaganomics- David Stockman 1/3

President Reaganby Nomad


The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking. - John Kenneth Galbraith

For some time now, every GOP candidate wants to find some way, any way, to make a linkage to Ronald Reagan. It goes way beyond an illegitimate comparison into the offensive and idiotic. During the campaign in an interview with CNN, for example, Newt Gingrich had audacity to say,
"I think  big mistake on my part was to try to bring in conventional consultants. Because I am much like Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, I'm such an unconventional political figure that you really need to design a unique campaign that fits the way I operate and what I'm trying to do."
As if by invoking the name of the 40th president-like some enchanted spell- it will bring them political magic or a cloak of invisibility to hide their shameful ideological nakedness. 

Trickle-Down is Reaganomics
Many have objected to Obama’s call for a fair tax system, in which the super wealthy will pay their rightful share. Taxing the “job creators” is, they bewail, out of the question. Where on earth do you expect jobs to come from if you punish success? they moan. Of course, anybody familiar with history will recognize that line of thinking as the trickle-down theory, which was a key feature of Reagan’s economic plan. 


So much has been written on both sides about the supposed successes and supposed failures of Reagan’s economic policies. These policies go by many names, supply-side economics and the trickle-down theory and even as George Bush, Sr. once called them “voodoo economics.” Usually the opinions on his domestic programs fall along partisan lines. 

When one adds the limitless esoteric terms of economists and career politicians, all hope of learning the truth about Reaganomics becomes pretty much a lost cause. Statistics and graphs appear like flowers from a magician's sleeve but to no avail because as all of us have seen, that kind of evidence can be made to prove just about any claim. 

Some experts have made the claim that our present economic woes are a direct result of the reliance on the same policy, particularly tax cuts for the rich, deregulation and the free market philosophy. In order to give both sides a fair hearing, I thought I would investigate the background of Reaganomics. 

Read much more after the break below

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Reagan Factor: Policy, "The Scourge of Civil Unrest" and Radical Indifference

Re Post from North Star News 

Reagan’s Children

By Walter L Fields, Executive Editor May 03, 2015


They were called ‘thugs’ and ‘criminals,’ with many of the young men and women who engaged in looting in Baltimore accused of being ‘outside agitators.’ The demonization of young Black Baltimoreans was swift and deeply personal with leaders from Mayor Stephanie-Rawlings Blake to President Obama unleashing invectives toward the protesters. And if you listened to the account of television news journalists, you would have thought the entire city of Baltimore was under attack and in flames. After considerable pressure Mayor Rawlings-Blake backed off the labeling game and redacted her early characterization of her city’s disconnected generation.


What is being overlooked is that these are Reagan’s children and their offspring; the progeny of disastrous public policy that was championed by President Ronald Reagan, extended under George H. Bush and in many ways, fulfilled under William Jefferson Clinton. The raging generations are those that grew up during the greedy and self-indulgent 1980s, and embraced the excesses of that period and the lack of empathy for others. Their sense of detachment and disinterest in the welfare of others is reflective of an era when one of the top cinema releases of the period was “Wall Street” that sent the message ‘greed is good.’

Baltimore residents born when Ronald Reagan was elected are now 35, old enough to have children of their own, and many do. Those born on the back end of the Reagan years, at the end of his term in 1988, are 27 years old. This is the cohort that was victimized by the ‘government is the problem’ message of the Reagan era and the embrace of market solutions for social problems. These are the young adults, who, as children, were demonized as the offspring of ‘welfare mothers’ and who were deemed so insignificant that the Reagan administration determined ketchup as being worthy of classification as a ‘food’ in their diet. Their development was considered such a low priority that early on, and even as part of his campaign platform, President Reagan proposed to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education.
“We forget the viciousness of the 1980s and the impact it had on Black youth who are now young adults, some not far from approaching middle age status”


We forget the viciousness of the 1980s and the impact it had on Black youth who are now young adults, some not far from approaching middle age status. A few years before Ronald Reagan’s election, a 35 year-old, white medical student named Allan Bakke, decided that his inability to gain admission into medical school was because undeserving Blacks were being admitted due to affirmative action. It was a Hail Mary pass by Bakke after having been rejected twice for admission to the University of California Medical School at Davis. A more conservatively configured U.S. Supreme Court sided with Bakke in 1978 and gave Reagan and the political right the ammunition to launch a decades-long assault on affirmative action that continues to this day. “Reverse discrimination” was a new tool to distract from real discrimination and racism, and the news media gleefully cooperated. It was not enough to embrace malnutrition to erode the health of Black children or walk away from the principles of Brown v. Board Education but in the slight chance that a Black child slipped through the cracks and earned a high school diploma, Reagan loyalists saw Bakke as a way to cut off the higher education pipeline. 

Demonization politics became the weapon of choice during the Reagan era and often the target was Black youth; in particular, Black males. As ‘welfare queen’ was racial code for Black women during the Reagan presidency, the ‘war on drugs’ ushered in the wholesale attack on young Black men as crack flooded the nation’s urban core. White resentment was fueled by the likes of Lee Atwater and the National Conservative Political Action Committee that birthed a generation of right-wing activists and political operatives committed to undoing the gains of the civil rights movement. The atmosphere was further poisoned by the resuscitation of the Ku Klux Klan by David Duke, who used the political climate to disguise the hate laden message of the Klan as political speech; made possible because the language mirrored that being heard on Capitol Hill and in the Reagan White House.

It was clear during the 1980s that the goal of the conservative movement was to cut off the pathway to opportunity for Black youth and to use the criminal justice system to permanently dispatch as many as possible under the guise of fighting a drug war. It was not coincidental that programs like CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) and community block grants were eliminated as every effort was made to crush people at the grassroots. This agenda was supported by a new breed of Black racial apologists like Clarence Pendleton and Clarence Thomas, and Roy Innis, all of whom served as race shields for the new right. While the poor were certainly in the crosshairs of the Reagan White House, it was open season on Black people. The gravity of the moment was felt by Black college students as over 64,000, myself included, descended on the nation’s capital in September 1980 for Black College Day over concerns with the higher education policies of the Carter administration but a sense of dread over the platform of candidate Ronald Reagan and the prospects of a Reagan presidency.

The young Black women and men that we see on the streets of Baltimore are the offspring of this toxic era and the policies of Ronald Reagan. During their lifetimes they have known nothing but despair and their status reduced to political pawns. And it just got progressively worse under George H. Bush and Bill Clinton. Whereas it was anticipated that Bush would endorse the Reagan legacy, the omnibus crime bill signed by President Clinton in 1994 was beyond even what Reagan could have imagined signing into law. It is why Senator Hillary Clinton’s recent emoting over mass incarceration confirms the degree to which Black Americans need to re-evaluate the manner in which it engages electoral politics.

Whatever positive affirmation there was of blackness in the 1980s – the Jackson presidential campaigns, “The Cosby Show,” establishing the MLK national holiday, the elections of Black mayors and the founding of a Black cable channel – it was all offset by a deliberate campaign to undermine Black gains from the 1960s. Making matters worse was the sudden shift in youthful music from an upbeat new rap genre to a more foreboding ‘gangster rap’ that, while legitimate in its portrayal of the underside of Black life, also helped embed that imagery in the thought processes of millions of Black youth. The hardcore ‘I’m going to get mine’ edges of gangster rap coincided with the glamorization of greed on popular television shows of the era like “Dallas” and “Falcon Crest.” The message was that if you did not have what you wanted it was likely because you fell short on the ruthless scale. Black youth were bombarded with negative imagery that shaped their outlooks while our government did everything in its power to eliminate civic channels to personal uplift and advancement. 

It is why the harsh criticism of the looting that occurred in Baltimore is disingenuous when those on the street experienced childhood and their teenage years when selfishness and greed was celebrated. They are simply acting out that which was cultivated in them by national leadership and championed by popular culture. Every generation is influenced by the tenor of their time and the behavior of the Baltimore residents we witnessed engaged in what we all deem nonproductive activity is no different. What we could use is a little truth in reporting the roots of their behavior.
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Confusion on Social Security and Medicare? You Might Believe Such




Andrew Rei Andrew Rei

There seems to be some confusion....



I've been writing and saying for a long time that Social Security and Medicare have nothing to do with the deficit and debt. However, that's not completely true. It's half-true and I'm explaining why right now. 
Over the past 2.5 years, I've written several posts and comments regarding the Fascist GOP talking point/propaganda about SS and Medicare adding to the deficit. Even Ronald Reagan famously said that they don't have anything to do with the deficit and debt. But, then, he went out and did something that did make them a part of the deficit and debt: he "borrowed" $500 billion from the Social Security Trust Fund (SSTF), from which SS and Medicare benefits are paid, to finance his deficit-spending. Reagan was the first of four US Presidents in a row that "raided" the SSTF to pay for deficit-spending. Sadly, President Clinton did, as well, but, he remains the only President to "pay it back" by raising the SS income tax "cap". 

The biggest offender in raiding the fund was Bush 43. In early 2003, with one war and one coming plus tax breaks already in effect, Bush 43 and his party knew that they had to be financed somehow. At that time, there was more than $6 trillion in the SSTF. So, Bush 43 and his party raided the SSTF for $2.75 TRILLION to finance all of that deficit spending. In order to avoid being charged with grand larceny, Bush 43 and his Fascist acolytes left "Treasury Bonds" as "I.O.U.'s". To this day, those bonds are still drawing interest, which means that the SSTF is owed more than $4 TRILLION. It is that interest that's adding to the deficit. 

But, here's how the statement at the top is half-true: we are not borrowing money to pay Social Security and Medicare benefits. That's a pathetic Fascist GOP talking point and the GOP use it to justify their secret plan to abolish both programs, thereby leaving the money left over in the SSTF to be redistributed upwards to the wealthy and big corporate masters of the GOP in tax breaks. 

So, yes, the SSTF is a CREDITOR of our national debt. But, there's something you must realize: only about 15% of the current $17 trillion debt is owned by "foreign interests", like China and foreign citizens, etc. Just 15%...the rest is "internal", owned by other governmental agencies who had their funds raided and American citizens. But, what do the Fascist GOP propagandists say, "we're borrowing money from China to pay our bills". That may be true for other programs, but, as for Medicare and Social Security, they are not being financed by debt. The SSTF is a CREDITOR and still has enough money in it to pay full benefits through 2037 and 75% afterwards. 

Allow me to repeat: WE ARE NOT BORROWING MONEY TO PAY SS AND MEDICARE BENEFITS! 

#cococo
Since I wrote the part above this sentence more than three months ago, the response I'm getting from Seniors is that, "Meh...I won't be alive 20 years from now, so I'm only worried about the here and now". 

Here's why that's pathetic....and dangerous. it seems that Seniors don't realize the GOP's real plan for Social Security and Medicare. While the GOP say that spending on Social Security and Medicare benefits drives up the debt (debunked above), what they REALLY want to do is to abolish both programs and take whatever money is left over in the SSTF and distribute it to their greedy and Fascist wealthy and big corporate masters via tax breaks. If we're stupid enough to give the GOP supermajorities in both Houses of Congress as a result of the elections later this year, that's EXACTLY what they'll do. 

Listen, people, especially if you're near, at or past retirement age: the GOP doesn't give a flying f*ck about you. As a matter of fact, the GOP considers you to be "Useful Idiots" because you vote for them (if you vote for them). I'm a "Tail-End" Boomer (born in 1964) myself...by the time I and the other Tail-Enders reach the current retirement age, 65, it'll be 2029. More than 70 million Boomers will be alive and retired. This will put a strain on the Social Security Trust Fund, if it still exists then. That's the reason why something must be done starting very soon so that the SSTF is still there when the Tail-Enders and Post-Boomers reach retirement age. Pre-Boomers and older Boomers worked hard and paid into the SSTF for years. The way to stop the GOP from using the SSTF as a "piggy bank" for their deficit-spending is to make sure they don't have the power to do it. That means putting as many Democrats into Congress as possible. The Democrats want to save Social Security and also want to give Social Security beneficiaries a raise in benefits. They would accomplish this by raising the income tax "cap" so that the wealthy and big corporations pay what they should into the SSTF. 

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Immigration: A Tip Of The Iceberg Of GOP Racism

"The audacity of this president to think he can completely destroy the rule of law with the stroke of a pen is unfathomable to me," said GOP Rep. Steve King of Iowa, an outspoken opponent of relaxing U.S. immigration law. "It is unconstitutional, it is cynical, and it violates the will of the American people."




Prescient Obama's humane and rational Immigration Executive Order  has become the ObamaCare battle of 2014/2015. The GOP and conservative America to the man (and woman) are literally deranged as if the president proposed new Civil Rights Laws or utter a whisper about raising taxes on the nation's top income earners.

When it comes to consideration of any moderation of immigration laws, the GOP digs deeper into a conservative psyche that has an undercurrent of racism.


The undercurrent is impossible to ignore. Moreover, the more virulent in the party harbor deep rooted racial animus regarding Obama and immigration of brown skinned people.

Immigration and amnesty are not Obama an phenomena. The issue has roots in the GOP similar to the single payer healthcares roots in the GOP. Yet, longstanding issues found to be palatable within America's conservative base seems to take on a different perspective with the current US president.

It doesn't take much research to find irrefutable evidence of policy and mindset influenced by Obama

PENSITO REVIEW
Republicans Introduced Reagan’s Amnesty Act for 3 Million ‘Illegals’ Six Months Before 1986 Midterm Elections


[In] 1986, Ronald Reagan signed a sweeping immigration reform bill into law. It was sold as a crackdown: There would be tighter security at the Mexican border, and employers would face strict penalties for hiring undocumented workers. 
But the bill also made any immigrant who’d entered the country before 1982 eligible for amnesty … The law granted amnesty to nearly 3 million illegal immigrants, yet was largely considered unsuccessful because the strict sanctions on employers were stripped out of the bill for passage.

In a 1984, televised debate Ronald Reagan stated the following:
"I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally," he said.
While know the GOP has metastasized into a veritable seething cesspool of bigotry and racism, the extent to which many in the party (and conservative America) have devolved since the Father of Modern Conservatism left office is astounding. 

Actually, the party on the Right is dangling national Security in the face of those who will harm the nation, to resist any moderation of policy regarding "brown people" from south of the US Border.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Morris Dees, SPLC Founder Joins Atty, Holder On Racial Animus And President Obama

After Attorney General Eric Holder's ABC News interview on July 13, 2014, Sarah Palin and other GOP conservative talking heads accused the AG of "Playing the Race Card." 



Since Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan (years later) the GOP has carved out a geo/political region across a southern swath of the United States with an undeniably effective "Southern Strategy."

Southern strategy - Wikipedia

While the GOP "base" map looks more like the image below, rest assured the GOP has a voting bloc strangle hold on the states depicted above via Wiki.

A political party with 82% white membership with subgroups like conservative libertarians (reported demographic of 70 plus percent white members) has a dedicated voter niche. The GOP can claim fiscal conservatism and the moral high-ground (very much unfounded), but the glue that holds it all together resides in matters of race.

He claims not to have said "black people" while claiming a misstated and garbled "BLAH" people.  Yet, his audience resoundingly applauded his words signaling aggregate knowledge of a species called "BLAH" people (maybe only a denizen species in Iowa). There is not denying recognition of Santorum's "dog whistle."  

Rush Limbaugh has stated angst against Obama and Holder is not due to race. He posits the more vocal are anti-democrat. Fortunately, Limbaugh speaks to a dedicated group of sycophant listeners. His listeners may even find a place in their gray matter to accept Limbaugh platitudes. We offer a vastly different picture.
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THE TOP TEN RACIST RUSH LIMBAUGH QUOTES

1. “Have you ever noticed how all composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?”
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No, but I’ve noticed that all racist bigots think like Rush Limbaugh. Comparing a respected black politician and minister to common criminals is Jim Crow racism. Maybe all black people look alike to him, but I’ve never seen a picture of a wanted criminal that looks like Jesse Jackson. A serial killer that looks like Rush Limbaugh on the other hand.
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Talking heads on the Right consistently adopt deflective strategy against AG Holder, but the strategy fails once their rhetoric moves beyond their sycophants followers. I place much more faith in one who surely knows the vast cloaked world of racism, antisemitism, homophobia and gender bias. Once, I move past Tim Wise's educational anti-racism lectures and books, I quickly move  to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In fact, the SPLC is my one stop source of information related to US  covert and overt racism. Morris Dees, SPLC Founder, recently wrote in support of Holder's comments on race in America and direct animus towards President Obama and himself. 

HomeThe Southern Poverty Law Center 
Right-wing pundits are jumping all over Attorney General Eric Holder for daring to suggest on Sunday that “racial animus” plays a role in the “level of vehemence” that’s been directed at President Obama. They’re denouncing him for “playing the race card” and “stoking racial divisions.”
Who do they think they’re fooling?
The rhetoric is what’s hateful. Calling people out for it is not.
The racism Holder described has been obvious since the 2008 campaign, when Obama was portrayed as someone who was not a “real American” – a Muslim, a Kenyan, a communist, even a terrorist sympathizer.
Since then, an entire movement has been built around the thoroughly discredited notion that the president’s birth certificate is a fake. And that’s just the beginning.
Newt Gingrich has called Obama the “food stamp president” and referred to his “Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior.”
Rush Limbaugh has said Obama – and Oprah Winfrey, too, by the way – have reached the pinnacle of their professions only because they’re black. He added this week that “so-called conservative media types” praised Holder’s nomination only because he’s black.
Glenn Beck has said the president, whose mother was white, has a “deep-seated hatred for white people, or white culture.”
Conservative hero and former rock star Ted Nugent, who was invited to campaign with the GOP nominee for Texas governor, called the president a “subhuman mongrel.”
Confederate flag was waved in front of the White House during last year’s “Million Vet March.”
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina screamed “You lie!” during the president’s address to Congress in September 2009. When has that happened to a president before?
All manner of overtly racist posters have been seen at Tea Party rallies, including one depicting the president as a “witch doctor.”  
We’ve repeatedly seen stories about conservative politicians sharing racist jokes  And, we’ve seen an explosive growth of radical-right groups, including armed militias, since Obama was elected, and repeated threats that violence is needed to “take our country back” from the “tyranny” of Obama. This is part of a backlash to the growing diversity in our country, as symbolized by the presence of a black man in the White House.
I grew up in rural Alabama during the Jim Crow years and lived through the civil rights movement, when white supremacists did everything they could, including committing violent atrocities, to turn back the tide of progress. And I’ve stared across the courtroom at some of America’s most vicious hatemongers – men like neo-Nazi Frazier Glenn Cross, who recently killed three people and once targeted me. I know racism when I see it.
No one, of course, is suggesting that merely disagreeing with Obama is evidence of racism. That’s clearly not true.
But we have a political party and a right-wing media machine that pander incessantly to the racist reactionaries in our society, often through code words. It’s been going on since Nixon implemented his “Southern strategy” of appealing to white resentment in the wake of the civil rights movement.
I wish it weren’t so. But it is simply undeniable. We should call it what it is.
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