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Thursday, April 3, 2014

CNN's Smerconsih And His Anti- Socialist ACA Take



A little something very relevant from, The Everlasting GOP Stoppers!

Smerconish Screencap


CNN’s Smerconish SCHOOLS Tea Party For Falsely Labeling Affordable Care Act “Socialist” (VIDEO)

Published On April 2, 2014 | By james |

Last night at the close of his show, new CNN host Michael Smerconish discussed his own personal experience with the Affordable Care Act, and blasted the Tea Party campaign to falsely label the act as “socialism,” something that it is clearly not.

Smerconish is widely known as a ex staunch Republican who once worked for George H.W. Bush, but after a life time of voting Republican he supported Barack Obama in 2008. He currently defines himself as fierce Independent, and hosts a thought-provoking show on Sirius Radio’s POTUS channel in which he routinely demonstrates that independence be being both supportive and critical of Obama’s policies.

He closed Tuesday night’s show by reading Merriam Webster’s definition of the term “Socialist,”

so·cial·ism
noun \ˈsō-shə-ˌli-zəm\
a way of organizing a society in which major industries are owned and controlled by the government rather than by individual people and companies
He then quoted actual Socialist Greg Parsons, the National Secretary of the Socialist Party USA, who told had earlier Smerconish;
“The ACA Program relies on private health Insurance companies to manage health services. A socialized system would not include “health insurance,” but would be an actual national health care system which would be publicly funded through progressive taxation and controlled by democratically elected assemblies of health care workers and patients.
Of course, any time the FOX News watching sheeple get taken to school, it’s glorious to watch. Still to be determined is if they will ever figure out that they are being lied to on a nightly basis.

Watch via CNN;

http://youtu.be/8hFMuglu1K4 ('One Last Thing': Obamacare)

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The American Right Wing; Death Spiral; Denying Racism Via Justin Rosario

Re-Blog from Liberals Unite via Justin Rosario


The American Right Wing Is In A Death Spiral Of Denial And Racism

March 3, 2014 | Posted by: Justin Rosario
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“The Southern Strategy is a liberal myth! Liberals are the REAL racists! Liberals keep blacks on the Democratic Plantation! Liberals are afraid of blacks that can think for themselves! You’re just playing the race card! Blablabla! Garble Yarble Snarg!” – Standard right wing response to being called a racist.
When future historians look back at early 21st century politics, they will note that the political right was engaged in a level of denial not seen since since the band kept playing as the Titanic sank. The election of a black man to the White House triggered a response that can be charitably described as “unbelievably racist.”
Whoops! There I go, playing the race card again!
But let’s be honest: nobody screams “Go back to Kenya!” at a guy born and raised in Hawaii who lived in Indonesia for 4 years (which is over 5,000 miles away from Kenya) unless his skin color is an issue. If you seriously doubt this, try to imagine angry conservatives screaming “Go back to England!” to a hypothetical President Hilary Clinton. Doesn’t make any sense does it? Neither does “Go back to Kenya!” if race is removed from the equation.
But try convincing a right winger of that.

Seriously, who do they think they’re kidding?

What the right wing is doing right now is using racism to motivate their dying political movement. It’s called the Southern Strategy and despite what every single conservative will tell you, it’s quite real.
The Southern Strategy was first employed by Richard Nixon and Barry Goldwater as a way for the Republican Party to win elections in the South. Until the 60s, the South was strongly Democratic because, once upon a time, the Democratic Party was the party of slavery and racism. The Democratic Party actually founded the KKK a century ago! It’s true!
Conservatives LOVE to recite these facts. To them, it’s “proof” that Democrats and liberals are the “real” racists. But just as the right wing likes to “forget” about the disastrous eight years of George W. Bush, the also “forget” about what happened after the 60s.
You see, a funny thing happened after Democratic president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law:
Southern white people went completely insane with rage.
How DARE black people be allowed to vote! How DARE black people be allowed to eat and shop wherever they want! How DARE white people be told they can’t treat blacks like slaves! This is the SOUTH and we like our Negroes to know their place!

Come to the White Side, we have cookies!

Nixon and Goldwater played to this completely unconcealed rage by pretending they cared about “states’ rights.” States’ rights, of course, is the fictional cause of the Civil War that racists use to literally whitewash the South’s failed attempt to perpetuate slavery and, later, apartheid. By pretending to care about the plight of the poor, oppressed white man in the South, the Republican Party was able to win the White House and more or less take over the region.
Recognizing a winning strategy, conservatives and Republicans threw themselves into dog whistle politics with a vengeance. Republican strategist Lee Atwater’s infamous quote perfectly sums up the right wing’s move to coded racism:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”
Atwater, however, would be appalled by the modern day GOP and frothing at the mouth at the Tea Party. In a classic case of the chickens coming home to roost, conservative politicians have completely forgotten that the point of dog whistle politics is to appeal to bigots but still retain a fig leaf of respectability to allow moderates to ignore the underlying racism.
50 years of whipping up the racial resentment of right wingers has resulted in a crop of politicians who actually believe the nonsense they spew. Ronald Reagan was many things: a liar, a criminal and a bigot but he wasn’t stupid. He and the rest of the GOP did not actually believe that that an army of “welfare queens” were stealing millions of tax payer dollars. They didn’t actually believe that a race war was coming. They were quite aware that was just red meat for the rubes. Keep’em angry and they won’t notice while you give all of their money to the rich.
These days, Republicans are moving away from coded language and being far more open about how much they hate black people (and women and gays and immigrants, etc.). They call the president a skinny ghetto crackhead.” They say “I don’t want to make

black
 blah people’s lives better by giving them somebody else’s money” (the “somebody,” of course, being white people). They say, on camera, Voter ID will hurt “lazy blacks.”
But, you know, they’re not appealing to white racists for votes or anything. That whole Southern Strategy thing is just a liberal myth…

Racist is as racist does.

Your average conservative lies through their teeth when they say they don’t care about race. When they talk about “welfare queens,” they ain’t talking about white women. When they talk about “thugs,” they ain’t talking about Justin Beiber. When the GOP goes on a rampage to cut food stamps and calls President Obama the “food stamp president,” they ain’t talking about fiscal responsibility.
No, they are talking about black people. Whoops! There’s that darn race card!
But what else can you say to someone that declares that over 90% of black people are too stupid to vote the “right” way? What can you say to someone that smugly announces that most blacks are killed by other blacks (and then refuses to acknowledge that most whites are killed by other whites)? What can you say to someone that says they “know a
blackguy” that uses his food stamps to buy crab legs so the whole program must be riddled with fraud?
If you’re me, you state the obvious, “You’re a racist piece of dirt.” And then sit back and listen to the howls of transparent denial and phony indignation.

Does it ever end?

Actually, yes, it does. The Southern Strategy is in its final stages and it’s destroying the GOP. Rapidly changing demographics, an aging base and the aforementioned crop of extremist politicians have combined to poison the conservative movement.
Pandering to racists is like a drug addiction: It’s easy to start and feels great for a while but it’s incredibly hard to stop and you need more of it just to keep going. The GOP wants to appeal to minority voters but can’t stop the racist rhetoric lest their bigoted base drop them like a hot potato.
And so the GOP is trapped by the very same Southern Strategy that served them so well for so many decades. The kind of intolerant voter they sought will be even more intolerant of the mandatory move to the social left the GOP must make to remain viable on the national stage. Imagine having a party that supported all the same kinds of hate you live and breathe. Now imagine that party opens its doors to the very same people you despise. It will be like the 60s all over again. Angry white bigots will feel betrayed by “their” party. In the areas of the country they control, they will elect ever more extreme and vitriolic lunatics to represent their core values of hate and fear.  Michele Bachmann was just the beginning. At least she tended to go along with the GOP leadership. Ted Cruz, on the other hand, represents the next iteration of this death spiral. He takes every opportunity to throw his own party under the bus for not being “ideologically pure.”
To paraphrase The Crow:
A (white) Man has an idea. The idea attracts others, like minded. The idea expands, the idea becomes an institution. What was the idea?
Sooner or later, the southern right wing will start openly speaking of “white pride” as a campaign platform and the Southern Strategy will have fully come around to bite the GOP in its lily white ass.
Nom. Nom. Nom.
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Americans Against The Tea Party: The Power Of Propaganda


The Power of Propaganda; The Reality of the "Low Information" Followers!


Watch These Teabillies Proudly Display Their Ignorance (Video) (via Americans Against The Tea Party)
Wow! Just look at all the crazy! We ran across this clip from a New Left Media documentary on YouTube, and we just had to make sure you see it! The interviewer talks to a number of right wingers, and the ignorance just oozes from them! They really don…

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Playthell G. Benjamin: Is Society Missing Civics?

Re=-Blog from....


On Friday the workers in a German owned automobile plant in Nashville Tennessee voted against representation by the UNITED AUTO-WORKERS!!!! This is one of the most powerful and progresive industrial labor unions in the world! The benefits of joining this union are such that it would have lifted the workers status of these workers to a level that is unimaginible to workers in the South. THE COMPANY FAVORED UNION REPRESENTATION BUT THE REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS WHO REPRESENT THE REGION OPPOSED IT, LED BY SENATOR BOB CORKER....AND THESE DUMB ASS WHITE WORKERS VOTED THE WILL OF THESE REACTIONARY POLITICIANS OVER THEIR OWN INTERESTS!!!!!!!!!! THAT'S WHY WE NEED EDUCATION FOR CITIZENSHIP!!!!!!! PLEASE READ THE ESSAY BELOW TO UNDERSTAND THE CRISIS WE ARE IN BECAUSE IT AFFECTS US ALL!!!!!!!

COMMENTARIES ON THE TIMES

Praising Saints, Celebrating Heroes, Unmasking Charlatans, Defending the Defenseless and Chastising Scoundrels

On Education for Citizenship

Posted in Playthell on politics with tags , on February 11, 2014 by playthell
Thomas Jefferson
 “Those who expect to be both ignorant and free, expect what never was and never will be.” 
Whatever Happened to Civics?
For several years now I have been increasingly disturbed by the decline of civics instruction in our public schools.  But when I express this concern most people look at me as if I had suddenly begun speaking in ancient Greek, or some other unintelligible language.  If they are in their forties or younger they appear to have no clue what I am talking about.  I don’t know exactly when it happened, or how those who determine educational policy in our public schools decided to remove Civics from the curriculum.  I just looked up one day and it was gone!

Yet civics was the only course in our educational system that is designed to teach students how our political system works and the proper functions of government.  A vital part of civics instruction is the systematic study of current events, which provides a basis for making intelligent choices once we are old enough to vote.  When I was a boy civics was an integral part of public school instruction, and it has determined my approach to understanding the responsibilities of citizenship as an adult.

The first responsibility of citizenship in a participatory democracy with contending political forces is to educate yourself on the issues so that you can make informed decisions at the ballot box. In a racist, sexist, predatory capitalist system where the struggle for the necessities of life is becoming increasingly Darwinian – i.e. dog eat dog and only the big dogs shall survive – making the right choices  in the voting booth is a life and death matter.  One need only look at the Social Darwinst proposals of the Republican Party to recognized the danger facing the working  class in America.  Already they have become invisible; nobody even mentions their name anymore.
For a while, I felt like I was the only one who recognized the end of civics instruction as a crisis that is rendering America’s participatory democracy dysfunctional.  This was clear to me in the results of the first congressional elections after the inauguration of President Obama, when the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives only two years after their policies had wrecked the nation’s economy. (see: “On Our Dysfunctional Democracy” on this blog)  And what’s more, the most potent force in the New Republican coalition is the “Tea Party,” an ultra-right band of iconoclast who ran on an anti-government platform.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

US Politics and Life Blood Money...The Center for Responsive Politics 2012/2014



The Center for Responsive Politics informs...... via Open Secrets Dot Org


As I read a blog posting from Alan Grayson regarding his re-election campaign for the US House of Representatives, his comments about Koch brothers spending led to thoughts of 2012. In 2012, campaign contributions reflect Barack Obama's defeat of Mitt Romney, and contribution from small donors (like me) carried the campaign contribution win.  
Alan Grayson

The Koch Brothers are already spending a fortune running dirty ads in my district attacking me.

Americans for Prosperity intensifies pressure on congressional Democrats by launching another round of TV commercials. Targets this time include .....
All of the special interests want nothing more than to beat us and silence us. The question is, will you let them?

It's only February, and the Koch Brothers are already up on the air, with hundreds of thousands of dollars in attack ads. They are ....


Yes, it appears the Kochs have targeted Florida, just as they target North Carolina. The people of North Carolina are fighting back and in many cases winning. It is critical that high information people (voters) maintain a knowledge stream and knowledge base for sharing with others. 


The Center for Responsive Politics is one of the very best. Money in politics is a  infectious cancer across our democracy with both political parties reaping the benefit of campaign donations. Karl Rove and Koch brothers (cabal) money did not win the 2012 General Election for Mitt Romney. Small donors outpaced large donors and Obama won handily. 


Dark money in 2013 and 2014 is flowing like a melting iceberg' a dangerous melting. Money in US politics is a shameful reality, but it is an existential reality that we must deal with it. I often see and track donation to the Left as well as the Right. While, I certainly see democrats reporting donations, a quick review of their voting records (via Open Congress and Gov Track) allows me recognize the majority of Democrats are not legislating as stooges and tools for American corporatist and plutocrats.


The following is a detailed readout of the 2012 General Election "money-trail" results for Obama and Romney. Remember,  the past is a great predictor of future  behavior in human beings, EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO POLITICS.

Open Secrets

2012 Presidential Race


Barack Obama (D) 

Mitt Romney (R)
RAISED$715,677,692$446,135,997
SPENT$683,546,548$433,281,516
DEBTS$7,223,153$1,200,000
CASH
(ON HAND)
$5,397,399$12,921,629

OVERALL
SPENDING
(SEE MORE)
BLUE TEAM
$1,107,114,464
RED TEAM
$1,238,090,807

A detailed  breakdown for real numbers geeks.

Source of Funds

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Small Indiv Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
$233,215,440
$489,660,089
Individual contributions$715,150,163
legendPAC contributions$0
legendCandidate self-financing$5,000
legendFederal Funds$0
legendOther$522,529
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Small Indiv. Contrib.
Large Indiv. Contrib.
$79,806,091
$366,336,696
Individual contributions$443,363,010
legendPAC contributions$1,076,496
legendCandidate self-financing$52,500
legendFederal Funds$0
legendOther$1,643,991

Top Contributors

Barack Obama (D)
1University of California$1,212,245
2Microsoft Corp$814,645
3Google Inc$801,770
4US Government$728,647
5Harvard University$668,368
Mitt Romney (R)
1Goldman Sachs$1,033,204
2Bank of America$1,013,402
3Morgan Stanley$911,305
4JPMorgan Chase & Co$834,096
5Wells Fargo$677,076

NOTE: The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations' PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.


Top States

Barack Obama (D)
California$62,759,989
New York$36,982,096
Illinois$17,847,698
Massachusetts$17,315,441
Texas$15,240,394
Mitt Romney (R)
California$41,290,366
Texas$36,364,691
Florida$31,101,749
New York$24,670,565
Virginia$13,901,197

Sector Totals

Barack Obama (D)
transparent
Agribusiness$2,067,055
Communications/ Electronics$20,723,578
Construction$4,172,690
Defense$1,141,130
Energy & Natural Resources$2,410,062
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$20,431,321
Health$18,914,849
Lawyers & Lobbyists$27,959,192
Transportation$1,378,606
Misc Business$22,598,697
Labor$494,094
Ideological/ Single-Issue$17,276,836
Other$91,795,660
Mitt Romney (R)
Agribusiness$7,409,733
Communications/ Electronics$7,518,745
Construction$9,734,459
Defense$1,365,334
Energy & Natural Resources$9,788,922
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$58,902,452
Health$18,692,033
Lawyers & Lobbyists$15,791,881
Transportation$5,803,510
Misc Business$29,090,785
Labor$4,250
Ideological/ Single-Issue$10,522,878
Other$72,942,064

Top Industries

Barack Obama (D)
Retired$54,522,578
Lawyers/Law Firms$27,533,147
Education$21,615,820
Health Professionals$10,456,340
Business Services$8,646,106
Mitt Romney (R)
Retired$64,727,865
Securities & Investment$21,525,657
Real Estate$14,895,300
Lawyers/Law Firms$14,285,200
Health Professionals$12,598,997



Spending Related to Presidential Race 

   Blue Team
Candidate Spending$683,546,548
National Party Spending$292,264,802
Outside Spending$131,303,114
Total$1,107,114,464
   Red Team
Candidate Spending$433,281,516
National Party Spending$386,180,565
Outside Spending$418,628,726
Total$1,238,090,807
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2012 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data released electronically on Monday, March 25, 2013.
("Help! The numbers don't add up...")
The Center for Responsive Politics

Our point and central theme of this screed? A look at 2014 shows donations are trending positive for America's liberals and progressives. But, we have to remain ever-diligent of Koch cabal quick hit contributions that can and will overwhelming consistent donations to progressive politicians (or candidate hopefuls).  We like the analogy "Koch Money Bonzi." When you have billions and access to the contributions of thousand who have billions (and millions), quick hit Bonzi campaign donations are easy to launch and direct. We are already seeing millions spent on attack advertisements that do influence and away the voting public. 

2014 Overview

House

Financial activity for all House candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $172,970,709
Republicans: $230,475,846
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
Total
from PACs
Total
from Indivs
All862$403,910,628$219,595,940$329,587,398$148,164,101$218,690,135
Dems381$172,970,709$96,818,260$132,252,337$63,450,122$98,742,822
Repubs467$230,475,846$122,444,766$197,192,094$84,713,979$119,569,181

Senate

Financial activity for all Senate candidates, 2013-2014
Democrats: $107,006,605
Republicans: $79,826,709
PartyNo. of CandsTotal RaisedTotal SpentTotal Cash
on Hand
Total
from PACs
Total
from Indivs
All128$186,909,597$85,496,603$152,145,738$35,852,794$131,363,320
Dems37$107,006,605$53,182,874$75,287,945$20,499,105$81,874,118
Repubs87$79,826,709$32,247,572$76,846,596$15,353,690$49,462,182
Based on data released by the FEC on 01/23/2014.
To view data for previous cycles, visit our Big Picture section.



The American voter will allow the GOP to hold a firm Tea Party grip on the House of OZ. We simply have to avoid allowing the Kochs to takeover the US Senate. If that doomsday scenario happens, the Kochs will become far politically powerful than the President of the United States. That means doom for anyone who earns less than$150,000 per year, doom for minorities, doom for LGBT people, and doom for gender equity. You can rest assured the US geography will become the land of Industrialists who care nothing about climate control and combustion killing emissions.
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