Message to Women: Republicans in Congress Do Not Like You
Yet, they don’t.
Democrats may have the best vision for the nation but Republicans have the “united front” down pat. The cat-herd Dems have way more ammunition to work with but seem to have trouble with target messaging. The smart thing for us to do is to get on board with a common cause. The vision of a much brighter future than Republicans have planned for us.
It is no exaggeration to say that corporations threaten the sanctity of democracy with their oligarchical aims. And they own the Republicans, which explains much of the gibberish that has become Republican talking points. How they form their lips to even say the word “patriot”, is beyond me. But in spite of all the talk about “makers” and “takers”, “the real Americans” and “job creators”, the truth of the matter is the greedy bastards won’t stop until they have everything. It will never be enough.
That’s their game plan.
Voting is our best defense against the gluttonous, chronically insecure frat boys threatening drill, frack, “develop, and consume earth’s resources until there’s nothing left. That’s including every hour of underpaid work they can squeeze out of you.
36 days before election day, Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Daily Kos – Sept 28, 2014 – Ian Reifowitz
Last week, the Obama administration issued new regulations to limit corporate tax inversions. This maneuver, as our own Joan McCarter explained, is “the practice of corporations buying subsidiaries in foreign countries, then renouncing U.S. citizenship to get out of paying U.S. taxes.” In other words, another scam by big money to stick the rest of us with the tax bill they should be paying. When Burger King announced plans for such a move last month, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said they’d “abandoned their country” and called for a boycott. Damn straight.
On the one hand, we should applaud the White House for taking action, but the problem is that regulatory changes alone aren’t enough to do the job. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) noted: “The administration wanted to go as far as they legally could, but they’re very careful.” He referred to the changes as “a good effort,” but added “the only real way to stop inversions is legislative.” Schumer urged Congress to craft a stricter definition of inversion and enact a ban on “earnings stripping.”
Earnings stripping? You’ll love this. Earnings stripping refers to a practice by which a foreign-based parent corporation loans large sums to—wait for it—itself. How? By loaning, on paper, the money to one of its own U.S. subsidiaries. Then the corporation gets to deduct the interest it is paying—again, to itself—and cancel out, dollar for dollar, taxes on profits it owes our government.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) called for legislation that would solve the problem for good “before this growing wave of inversions erodes our nation’s tax base.” And why hasn’t Congress passed such legislation? You guessed it, congressional Republicans have blocked it over and over again, saying they are waiting for “comprehensive tax reform.”
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Just a few short months ago, U.S. citizens overwhelming opposed our heavy-handed policy of engaging in other peoples’ problems worldwide. Americans were weary of political and military hawks’ fear-mongering about the dangers of the next terrorist threat. Folks were waking up and deciding to let other countries handle their own business, without our “help”.
But the recent brutal beheadings of American journalists in Iraq turned the tide of public opinion at breakneck speeds, as if these horrific acts could be balanced by another war. What has changed that makes one think that we’ll fare better in that region than we did the last time? It’s a history doomed to repeat itself.
There’s always an agenda for war among those who profit from it. Billion dollar profits for “war contractors” is what really should be getting our attention. But, the strategies of fear and distraction, smoke-and-mirrors, has won, once again, taking gullible American minds down the primrose path to another conflict in the Middle East.
IS is not knocking at your door. But the greedy bastards are huffing and puffing and blowing that bitch down while you’re distracted by all the chicken-hawks running around screaming that the sky is falling.
If you really want to understand all the fervor, it’s simple. Just follow the money …
Talking heads like former General Jack Keane are all over the news media fanning fears of IS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors?
If you read enough news and watch enough cable television about the threat of the Islamic State, the radical Sunni Muslim militia group better known simply as IS, you will inevitably encounter a parade of retired generals demanding an increased US military presence in the region. They will say that our government should deploy, as retired General Anthony Zinni demanded, up to 10,000 American boots on the ground to battle IS. Or as in retired General Jack Keane’s case, they will make more vague demands, such as for “offensive” air strikes and the deployment of more military advisers to the region.
But what you won’t learn from media coverage of IS is that many of these former Pentagon officials have skin in the game as paid directors and advisers to some of the largest military contractors in the world. Ramping up America’s military presence in Iraq and directly entering the war in Syria, along with greater military spending more broadly, is a debatable solution to a complex political and sectarian conflict. But those goals do unquestionably benefit one player in this saga: America’s defense industry.
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By Katrina Taylor
We’re in the midst of a vital election season, the results of which will determine the direction of the nation for some time to come. So many people struggling with low wages, high costs and debt makes the choice clear. In an unprecedented move, Republicans have done nothing to help the country since the economic crisis five years ago. They chose a strategy of “NO’ when their constituents and the nation needed them most and have taken the obstruction of government to heights before unknown. I call it treasonous for elected officials to so blatantly seek to sabotage us all but that’s considered “extreme”.
President Obama and the Democrats have still managed to turn the ship away from the ruin we were heading towards, even in the face of tea party madness. The idiots who say we’re “worse off” now have no understanding of what worse means. Worse would be breadlines at this point since we were losing 700,000 jobs a month back then. Remember that? We stand now at fifty-four consecutive months of job growth. That’s called “better”.
It’s a small sacrifice to take a little time to go to the polls on November 4. I consider it a duty.
I get that the electorate has been kneaded and plied by so much nonsense, faux noise, intentional misinformation, poisoned panels, and corporate-owned perspectives, hope can be difficult to muster. But the greedy bastards never sleep. It’s their plan to wear you out with bullshit. With every positive step taken on behalf of the American people, corporate lobbyists and their cronies in congress have doubled-down against it. Now, we have Citizens’s United and crappy for-profit “colleges” sinking the next generation into massive debt before they even get a job. Politics may be a game and to be in it you gotta play it. But the Republican and Democratic parties have diametrically opposed visions for our future and we can’t afford to forget it. Remember when you’re feeling uninspired that women’s rights, civil rights, labor rights, basic human rights wouldn’t exist here left to our Republican legislators. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Your vote matters.
Our democracy is once again on the line and the choice, once again, is in our hands. The facts speak for themselves. When We, The People show up, there’s no stopping us.
The arc of justice bends towards truth and the majority tends towards what’s right for the whole, whether or not the whole sees it.
We just need to show up.
The general meme in Washington these days is that people don’t pay attention to the midterms but these are unprecedented times. It’s up to us to get the job done. The “Trickle Down Theory” has been a long, painful, epic fail. Enough already! It can only continue with our consent. Stop rewarding bad behavior.
Thanks MoveOn.org on fb for the graphic.
There is a fun foreign policy game making all the rounds in Washington D.C. this summer: Pin the tail on Barack Obama.
Its appeal is not hard to understand; it’s so easy to play.
Step 1: Pick a foreign crisis that touches even slightly on U.S. national security interests. This shouldn’t be hard, because the United States defines practically everything in the world as being an American interest.
Step 2: Make clear that this is no garden-variety problem but rather “the defining crisis of [OBAMA'S] presidency,” or a threat to the “very foundations of global order” or the answer to the question, “is this how World War III begins.”
Step 3: Bemoan the lack of “leadership,” “strategy,” “attention” or “fortitude” from the commander in chief. Note that the President is “weirdly detached” and “emotionally disengaged” (bonus points for a Churchill reference).
Make corny jokes about how Obama’s focus on golf is “turning into ‘a real handicap.'” Ask snarky questions like “what would it look like if America actually had a Middle East strategy” that wasn’t defined by “inaction” and the lack of a “clear vision.” Even suggest that if only a Russian strongman were running America, those terrorists would finally get their due.
Step 4: Insist that everything would be better if something had been done differently a few years ago (bonus points if you made that suggestion at the time).
Say things like:
“We should have ____ (“bombed Syria” or “supported the moderate rebels” or “bombed Syria and supported the rebels”)…
“If only we had ____ (“pressured Maliki” or “kept troops in Iraq” or “pressured Maliki and kept the troops in Iraq”)…
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“America, you know not what you have …”
Originally posted on The Fifth Column:
By William Thomas
There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.
Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.
Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…
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