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Showing posts with label plutocracy. Show all posts
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Plutocracy, Kleptocracy And The Carnival

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Remember this from 10/30/2016?

The reality of Trumpism can escape people who are reticent to see the reality: A veritable swamp. The problems is in part the result of not seeing the reality. If you are one who prefers Fox News, Breitbart, Info Wars and other conservative propaganda, you will never know the full scope of your President's swamp. Data is most effective when presented in a way viewers get a quick review, ease in comparison and without lots of verbiage. The chart or the table offers Trump's swamp reality.

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Trump's record-breaking which he will never tweet.  A record which owes a major contributor acknowledgment to uber-wealthy backers.

Trumpism's money backers.

The Trump phenomenon is yet another example of GOP uber wealthy Plutocrats funding their pick for president. Let's reach beyond the Kochs tot he Mercers. The Plutocrats who facilitated Trump's rise to Kleptocracy.

Did the interview with Ed Henry actually fool any of you? Henry's interview Trump's, now, number one swamp critter and EPA Head Scott Pruitt. Watch as Pruitt fails to deliver lies with the same level of acuity offered daily from Trump.

The Carnival (Cohen, Sex. The Raid, 45)

A few days after FBI agents exercised a warrant to search and seize that the home (under repairs), hotel room and the office of Trump's family "fixer", Michale Cohen, MSNBC contributor David Korn spoke about the matter.
Trump's response to the warrant search was typical Trump, replete with nonverbal arm shielding, and customary bluster lies and circling the wagons around himself. What you are about to see reminds of people who allow a dentist to remove large numbers of teeth in preparation of dentures. I have yet to know anyone who didn't seriously reflect on their decisions as the wrong thing to do. Trump now rails like a frightened baby as anyone with rational management of their faculties think in terms of ..."If you can not do the time, do not do the crime".  


Sunday, December 17, 2017

Kleptocracy, Plutocracy And GOP Dismantling Democracy

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  • a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.
  1. government by the wealthy.
    • a country or society governed by the wealthy.
      plural noun: plutocracies
    • an elite or ruling class of people whose power derives from their wealth.

    • In either case. or either definition, we do not find indications the administration you may very well have voted to elect is showing any vestiges of old-school American Democracy. 

    • Let's run through a few cases of Trumpism as potential fascism.

    • ‘The Art of the Deal,’ Tony Schwartz and MSNBC's Joy-Ann Reid discuss growing indications Trump has ambitions which mirror those of Vladimir Putin prior to his dictatorship. Schwartz asserts Trump wants absolute power; quite probably Schwartz is dead on in his assessment of a president he knows very well.

      The following segment is seven and one half minutes long. but relevant to the second. While both Reid and Schwartz alternately opine throughout the segment, Schwartz's comments seem to embody and accurately depict that which we are seeing from Trump on a daily basis.

      How would Trump and his cabal instill a "police state?"

      A. Mind-altering dogma from the White House, the GOP and Fox News as well as a wealth of AM Radio demagogues, Sinclair Broadcasting and the newly charged-up Trump TV).
      GOP strategist for the McCain/Palin campaign commented about Fox News and its mission focused broadcast against the Special Counsel. 
      How about recent revelations of words prohibited from CDC use?  Why would the following words bother any rational leader?

      "Mind-altering dogma....."
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      Forty-Six minutes of INTEL expert Malcolm Nance and Trump's growing police state.
      From the same morning show, another security expert commented on Trumpism and its move towards the dark state.                                         
      The signs are obvious.  It seems the entirety of the GOP and many US conservatives are OK with Trump's desire to lead a plutocracy. 
      B. Congressional federal legislation
      C. Literal advancement of ideology and policy which supports police departments (regardless of clear evidence of far too many cases of police abuse) while taking to task the nation's most credible and effective enforcement body: the FBI. 
      Judicial nominees who have little too judicial experience: Politico (Talley and Maater). Talley's wife actually works in the White House; a fact which went undisclosed on a pre-nomination questionnaire.  (again the "lie" via omission).  At 36 years of age, he was also rated "not qualified by the American Bar Association. Do you see any problems with the Talley nomination? 
      Mateer seemed to be a Paleozoic Era regressive plant for the federal bench.  His record of utter bias and bigotry against LGBTQ Americans should have disqualified Mateer well before his name was placed in nomination. Yet, not so in the era of Trump. 
      Jump forward to this week's congressional hearings with five judicial nominees facing a congressional judicial committee. One of the five drew an inordinate level of questioning from a southern Republican member of Congress:

      While some have expressed sorrow and sadness regarding Petersen's congressional hearing, I do not share the sentiment. Once his nomination is withdrawn (and I assumed it will be withdrawn), we must assume we will see the reality of what was to be a functionary conservative judge sitting in a lifetime appointment with daily opportunity to guide his courtroom with consideration of Trumpism and the role he would pay in US conservatism from the bench.  

    • As time passes, we are seeing indications many who voted for Trump and his cabal are souring like a half ripe lemon. Actually, a better example for those who grew up in the deep South. Trumpism for some is souring like an unripe Persimmon. 

    Suffolk University poll

    A Suffolk University poll released this week suggests Trump’s once strong popularity among Fox News viewers like himself is plunging. While Trump plunges, according to Suffolk's December polling his base is truing of Fox News.

Suffolk posted a 58% favorable rating among Fox News viewers. Impressive, right? Well, consider past surveys showed Trump's support among Fox News viewers at 90 percent. The polling numbers hit the 90% level as recently as six months ago with a drop to 74% this past October. Now that is a problem and evidence of pure erosion among those who voted to put Trump in the White House. also published a piece with polling data indicating a not so rosy path for Trup and his GOP going forward.

Public sentiment is key. No one should forget how human beings can turn their backs on other human beings as well as the health of their nation.

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Leadership matters.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Plutocracy Is A Nation Killer. American Plutocracy: The Kochs and Other Conservative Uber Wealthy (and your vote)

Do remember the revelations of IRS scrutiny of applications of Tax exempt status for alleged 501 (c)(4) organization?  Do you recall the conservative SCOTUS Citizen's United Decision? How about recognition the decision would (and has)  inseminate hundreds of organization seeking status for purpose of funneling money to political campaigns, political parties, and socio/political causes? Since, we are on a roll, could we convince you that many conservative (behind the scenes) political organizations adopt names that denote some sort of false nationalism and serve as easily recognizable as 'dog whistle' draws for those on the Right.  They can simply read the 501 (c) (4) title and know it is there to fit their mindset and socio/political views. 

If all of the previous worked for you, it shouldn't have come as a surprise the Cincinnati IRS office charged with 501 (c) authority would seek to investigate false or misleading organization claims of "non-political." Of course, you know eventual investigations yielded data Left leaning organization received similar scrutiny. It is important to know, not one organization submitted an application was denied 501 (c) (4) non-profit status

If you follow American politics via any sources other than Fox News or the Wall Street Journal you know of Charles and David Koch. You know the brothers have DNA genesis in a father who help build the John Birch Society, and you may also know three Koch brothers shared inheritance in the billions. 

Billions in inheritance, a solid foundation as American Industrialist, non-profit status shadow groups, social and political beliefs solidly Libertarian, and an obvious deep-rooted desire to shape American society as Koch-Top 1% feudalism. If you are reading this piece, rest assured a Koch society will not include the good life for you and me. Regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or the degree to, one can affix to the nation's Top 20% (ers), society rooted in libertarianism with the Koch's as pseudo kings, is a society doomed to eventual erosion. And, if you are purchasing Koch Industry products, you are funding our de-evolution to regressive libertarian plutocracy.

The Tea Party is the child of Koch(ism). Polling results indicate a clear diminution of the Koch movement. We assume you now understand where the tea party movement has taken the nation.

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Study Confirms Tea Party Was Created by Big Tobacco and Pollutocrat Kochs

If Pew Research is accurate the Koch Tea Party has waned in approval. We can assume the movement has taken "hits" due to growing perception the tea party is not about governance, it is about reshaping the nation with a focus on 'regressivism.' Moreover, the tea party is funded by the Kochs and other far-right wealthy plutocrats.  We can only hope that funding is only in the form of support for political campaigns. CNN recently ran a segment that has us wondering about political contributions and how members of Congress are becoming increasing more wealthy. 

The only weapons we have against what you are about to read and that you have just is the vote.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Income Inequity: As Dangerous To The Nation As Some External Threats

President Obama referenced this data during a recent tour around the country. The GOP called the president's tour a campaign tour, we considered it interacting with the people on issues that matter most.  The relevancy of the chart comes to light in just a bit.
We at the TPI written worn-out many keyboards on screeds related to income inequality. Our belief,  the nation is now seeing the full rotten-fruit of income disparity planted by Reagan's "supply-side economics" or "trickle-down economics" if that rolls through the grey matter more easily.

Media Matters has published a piece regarding the lack of media coverage of issues related to growing income inequity. The significance of the piece cannot be overstated.  If we are given opportunity to educate ourselves, we become an informed populace and informed voters can improve life in the United States.  Simply watching until the inequity becomes a matter of revolution is unacceptable. Or worse, inattention condemns future generations to lives of virtual servitude. Servitude which by policy and practice is leading to an undeniable plutocracy. 

We will visit the Media Matters piece after a brief journey through excerpts from Jobeconomics.  

In November 2012,  Jobeconomics published a piece that not only echoes many sources regarding income disparity/inequity, the piece lays-out the issue from definition of income brackets through irrefutable details of the GOP economic failures. Economic failure for the middle and lower income strata; quite the contrary for upper income people. 

The data that gets most political and media attention is from the US Census Bureau’s Income Inequality Historical Tables[5].  The Census Bureau reports historical income inequality data in current dollars (not adjusted for inflation) and inflation adjusted dollars.
The US Historical Income Inequality chart was created by Jobenomics using Census 2011 dollars (adjusted for inflation) over the last 45 years.  Over the last 4 ½ decades, the bottom 95% of US households have not made significant income gains.  The top 5% average household income increased from $111,866 in 1967 (note: unadjusted 1967 household income for the top 5% was $19,000) to $186,000 in 2011 for a gain of 66%, or 1.5% per year— significant but certainly not great.  To get to great numbers, one must use top 1% or top 0.1% data that is addressed below.
 Here is the same chart showing current dollars that are not adjusted for inflation.   In current dollars the top 5% increased their average household income by 879% ($19,000 in 1967 to $186,000 in 2011) as opposed 66% ($111,866 in 1967 to $186,000 in 2011) using 2011 Dollars that were adjusted for inflation.  Jobenomics believes that inflation adjusted dollars give more of an apples-to-apples comparison, than non-adjusted current dollar comparisons.
Jobenomics created the Top 1% chart using the most recent bipartisan US Congressional Budget Office report[6], updated August 2012 (note: the US Census Bureau does not report on the top 1%).  The chart shows that the top 1% far exceeds all other taxpayer incomes.  In 2009 Dollars, the top 1% earned an average after-tax income of $886,700 down from $1,120,500 a year before the recession.  The CBO also reports that there are 1.1 million top 1% households out of a total of 117.6 million US households, and that their share of total after-tax income was 11.5%.  In other words, the top 1% represents 1% of all households and earns 11.5% of total US income.
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Now for a look at how media appears to avoid the issue.  

Media Matters....

Media Remain Silent As Inequality Reaches Landmark High

Blog ››› ››› ALBERT KLEINE

New research shows that the gap between the rich and poor in the United States in 2012 rose at the fastest rate since 1928. This revelation comes at a time when television and print media outlets largely underreport economic inequality. 
According to research from economists at the University of California, Berkeley, the Paris School of Economics, and Oxford University, in 2012, incomes for those in the top 1 percent of earners rose by roughly 20 percent. According to the Associated Press, the share of income captured by the wealthiest was the highest since 1928, a year before the onset of the Great Depression . 
The remaining 99 percent of earners, meanwhile, saw a 1 percent increase in income. 
The research findings reinforce previous warnings from economists that rising income inequality poses a threat to economic well-being.

Media Matters article teaser...


The lack of media coverage of the growing disparity is literally inexcusable.

If media avoids the issue, people have no opportunity to explore growing income inequity. 

If we are not aware of a problem, it is impossible to address the problem.  

If an entity wants to advance an agenda with little interference from the masses, what is the best way to proceed?  The answer is simple: 

"Keep the problem under wraps and restrict understanding or knowledge of the problem, thus keeping the problem in a closet."

I learned many years ago, "Information is only as good as how you use it."  If we ignore the growing disparity, desperate measures may one day come forth. 

People are like that, yes they are. 

Friday, August 23, 2013

North Carolina...And The Devloping Battles For Human And Voting Rights

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In July of this year the conservative (well stacked) US Supreme Court performed the ultimate act of judicial activism. The SCOTUS struck-down Section Four of the 1965 Voting Tights Act, thus effectively killing Section Five of the act. 

WIKI Voting Rights Act 1965;  Section 4 and Section 5 (brief summary
Section 4(b) contains a formula for determining which jurisdictions will be subject to the preclearance conditions of Section 5. 
Section 5 of the Act [28] requires that the United States Department of Justice, through an administrative procedure, or a three-judge panel of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, through a declaratory judgment action, "preclear" any attempt to change “any voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or standard, practice, or procedure with respect to voting..." in any "covered jurisdiction," which are jurisdictions that fall within the Section 4(b) coverage formula.[6]

A SCOTUS that is well "stacked" from Ronald Reagan (Scalia) through George H.W. Bush (Thomas) and so on, is paying dividends for conservative America beyond any expectation the early 1980s. If you think the father of modern conservatism did not inseminate our society with the full blown authoritarianism and growing disparities plus developing plutocracy we see today, you should call or text PT Barnum. Within days of the landmark reversal from the Court, the GOP and RNC jumped into action. The following images show which states were apparently chopping at the bit to enact voting laws developed to severely restrict the votes of historic democratic voting blocs. 

First, a meme message regarding a conservative organization that funnels drafted legislation to state governments and we can only assume money moves from ALEC to the very 'stooge' officials who move ALEC's edicts forward. 


North Carolina's ongoing and overwhelming steps to restrict the votes of non-Republican voting blocs is cause for battles.
  "Battle Ground" North Carolina. Rachel Maddow (below) will provide a comprehensive electronic summary of the following images.

CBS News July, 2013. (Linked..good read)

In 2012 most North Carolina votes - 61 percent - were cast early, before Election Day. Registered Democrats cast a lot more of them (443,000) than registered Republicans. In percentage terms, Democrats cast 47 percent of the early votes and Republicans cast 32 percent. (The rest, 21 percent, were independents.)

If you want to see authoritarian voter suppression at its most blatant and bodacious, you must watch the Maddow segment below.  If you want to see plutocracy creep across a state, view this one a watch. Unfortunately, the segment is as long as the problem is serious. As you watch, think of the possible ease of the very same creep in "border/swing'' states that went for Obama in 2012. 

We will not posit after the segment due to its length. We will take a position now: "This is a damned shame and it is as UnAmerican as any action I have witnessed since poll taxes, literacy tests and outright threats against voting!" 

Some in America will tolerate any oppressive act as long as the act does not affect their lives.  Well, if you think these acts (as exemplified in North Carolina) will not affect your life, you should call the PT Barnum ticket office for front row tickets.

"Then they came for me..."

According to the Martin-Niemöller-Foundation the text is as follows:[2]                                                                                              
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
Rachel Maddow from North Carolina

MSNBC August 22, 2013, Rachel Maddow 20:37 minutes.