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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #765 on: November 02, 2018, 02:44:14 pm »

On November the 6, 2018, you have the LAST opportunity to prevent the Fascist Republican (planned by them for DECADES) total DESTRUCTION of Social Security, Medicare and the few rights you have left.  

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« Reply #766 on: November 03, 2018, 02:57:43 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: Apologies to actual canines everywhere. Canines can hear at frequencies that most humans have difficulty hearing, if they can hear them at all, as this video demonstrates (the last sound in the video is an appropriate 🦀 Trump 😈 Dog Whistle auditory metaphor). 

[embed=640,380]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taVYoRDqxr0[/embed]

Bought and paid for (by American Fascist Oligarch(s)💵 🎩 🍌 ) Politicians 😈 know they cannot honestly campaign on the issues that voters support.

So, they often use code speech to rally hate filled and racist indiviuals who would not otherwise be suckered into voting against their interests. This vile, underhanded appeal to the basest of human tribal instincts is often missed by people of good will.

Because mostly the targeted (racist) suckers are motivated by it, AND the politician SCUM using it can Orwellianly claim he (or she) is not engaging in racist hate speech , this heinous technique's message, hidden, in disingenuously innocuous words and phrases, for the express purpose of motivating ignorant racists to vote against their economic interests (on behalf of fascist oligarchs ), is called a "Dog Whistle".

The emotional appeal of the political "Dog Whistle" prevents people from thinking logically. It triggers fear of the other, even if not acting on that "fear" is as statistically likely to cause actual harm as the probability of being hit by a lightning strike in your basement (when your house doesn't have one). That's why it works so effectively to con many working class white people to continue to vote to be further asset stripped and conned out of their rights and freedoms by the fascist bastards.


In the following interview, you will learn more about the history of this technique, which was originated and used, mostly by Republican Party, using cold blooded, empathy deficit disordered, careful, deliberate and methodical malice aforethought (mens rea). Trump is not the first devious Republican bastard to use this technique, but he, and the Fascist Republican Party of Profit over People and Planet, is the one that now uses it routinely.

 

How Trumpís Racist Campaigning Serves ĎRule by the Richí

November 2, 2018

Unveiling a racist, anti-immigrant ad just days ahead of the midterms, Donald Trump is making unprecedented use of a decades-old ďdog whistleĒ political strategy that demonizes people of color in the service of policies that benefit ďrule by the rich,Ē says UC Berkeley law professor and author Ian Haney Lůpez

AARON MATE: Itís The Real News. Iím Aaron Mate.

A spate of white supremacist terror has not slowed President Trumpís embrace of racism, xenophobia, and nativism. Instead, just days before the midterms it appears to be his main campaign strategy. On Wednesday, Trump shared a racist anti-immigrant advertisement on his Twitter page, along with the message ďVote Republican now.Ē The ad features a Mexican man who was convicted of killing two police officers in California earlier this year.

Louis Bracamontes, the Mexican immigrant shown here, was deported twice under Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. The ad also shows unidentified crowds riding and pushing down barriers in unidentified locations. It has been described as one of the most racist political ads in the U.S. in decades. But it is not an exception. The 2018 midterm campaign has seen a number of racist ads, particularly targeting candidates of color. Take, for example, this ad from Republican Duncan Hunter, who is currently under federal indictment for corruption. This is how Hunter is campaigning against his challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Latino Arab-American.

DUNCAN HUNTER CAMPAIGN AD: Ammar Campa-Najjar is working to infiltrate Congress. Heís used three different names to hide his familyís ties to terrorism. His grandfather masterminded the Munich Olympic massacre. His father said they deserved to die. A Palestinian Mexican millennial Democrat named Amar Campa-Najjar doesnít get the support from the people of San Diego.

He is being supported by [care] and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a well-orchestrated plan.

Ammar Campa-Najjar: A risk we canít ignore.

Iím Duncan Hunter, and I approve this message.

AARON MATE: An ad from Congressmember Duncan Hunter. Well, joining me to discuss racism as a campaign strategy in 2018 and well before is Ian Haney Lopez. He is a law professor at UC Berkeley, and the author of Dogwhistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class. Welcome, Professor.

Let me start by asking you about this ad tweeted out on Wednesday by President Trump. What was your reaction, and where do you think it rates in the history of racist campaign ads in this country?

IAN HANEY LOPEZ: Somewhere near an all Muslims, Mexico is sending rapists, MS-13 likes to kill people slowly, and their animals. That is, I think this rates pretty much typically for Trumpís campaign from 2015 through the election, and in the way heís governed.

AARON MATE: All right. Letís go back a little bit, because people are comparing this ad to the Willie Horton ad of 1988. And itís important to know this history, because otherwise there are some who might think if Trump was doing something unprecedented. But as your book Dogwhistle Politics well documents, this is a very old campaign strategy. So letís go back to 1988 and play the Willie Horton ad. This is at a time when the Democratic challenger Michael Dukakis, he was leading in the polls, ahead of the Republican nominee Vice President, at the time, George H.W. Bush. And then Bushís people, Lee Atwater, his campaign manager, masterminded this ad featuring Willie Horton, who was a prisoner who was let out of prison, and committed crimes while he was let out. And this was the ad that the Lee Atwater conceived of and that changed that campaign.

GEORGE H.W. BUSH CAMPAIGN AD: Bush and Dukakis on crime. Bush supports the death penalty for first degree murderers. Dukakis not only opposes the death penalty, he allowed first degree murderers to have weekend passes from prison. One was Willie Horton, who murdered a boy in a robbery, stabbing him 19 times. Despite a life sentence, Horton received 10 weekend passes from prison. Horton fled, kidnapped a young couple, stabbing the man and repeatedly raping his girlfriend. Weekend prison passes. Dukakis on crime.

AARON MATE: That was the infamous Willie Horton ad that changed the course of the 1988 campaign. Professor Haney Lopez, talk about the Willie Horton ad, and what it meant then, and how it has influenced politics since.

IAN HANEY LOPEZ: Dogwhistling really starts in the mid-1960s when the Republican Party, which was more or less equally committed with the Democratic Party to civil rights, but when Republican Party leaders figured out that they could exploit rising white anxiety generated by the civil rights movement. And itís this same dynamic that we see in terms of rising white anxiety around the election and re-election of a black president. Thereís really been a 50-year process. All throughout this process, the Democrats have understood that the Republicans were using racism as a strategy. They are using it as a wedge issue to break apart a New Deal Democratic coalition of African-Americans, the white working class, and white liberals.

Theyíve understood this since at least 1970. How would they respond? Initially they decided they wouldnít respond at all, they would ignore it. It just seemed too difficult to challenge Republican racism. That seemed to backfire, because it seemed to accuse not just the Republican politicians, but Republican voters, white voters, of being racist. So the Democrats opted to stay silent. They hoped the whole thing would blow over.

Now, you get Reaganís election and the so-called Reagan Democrats, which are white Democrats who flee the Democratic party, switch to Republican, because Reagan was dogwhistling about welfare queens and cracking down on crime. But again, Democrats were staying silent. Then you get the Bush-Dukakis run. Dukakis isnít talking about race. And all of a sudden, George H.W. Bush comes out with the Willie Horton ad. He comes from behind in the race. He takes the lead, he goes on to win. And so this is huge, and itís huge on a couple of different levels.

One, it proved that staying silent was no solution at all; that if you stayed silent, you were going to lose. You had to address race. Two, it left the Democrats in a trap. They couldnít stay silent. They had to address race. But they couldnít allege racism. What should they do? Enter Bill Clinton and the so-called new Democrat. Their strategy? Imitate Republican dogwhistling. So Bill Clinton says, Iím going to end welfare as a way of life. Thatís a dogwhistle. Whose way of life are we talking about? Or Bill Clinton says, Iím going to crack down on crime. Well, who supposedly are the criminals. And so what we get after Clinton, after the Willie Horton ad with Clinton, after the Willie Horton ad, what we get is a competition between the GOP and the Democrats as to which party can most appeal to fearful whites with the message that that party is going to crack down on undeserving, dangerous people of color. And this is really where, for example, mass incarceration and the war on crime come from. Not from Republicans alone, but from Republicans and Democrats together competing in terms of dogwhistle politics.

Last key point about about Willie Horton. It soon came out that the masterminds behind Willie Horton like Lee Atwater confessed to their racial motive. And so the Willie Horton ad today stands as a classic example that everybody recognizes as dogwhistling. So the move for people to compare what Trump is doing to Willie Horton is a move to say see? What Trump is doing is dogwhistling because we know the Willie Horton ad is dogwhistling. Only thing is, Trump is doing something much much worse, if you really look at the sorts of messages that he is spreading in the public.

AARON MATE: How so?

IAN HANEY LOPEZ: So, the Willie Horton ad was really evasive. Yes, it pictured Willie Horton. No, it didnít picture the victims. It was one ad; the campaign didnít own it. They said, we disavow this. This is being run by somebody else. Weíre in a completely different setting now. Now we have a president who funded the creation of that ad. This isnít just some other group and he happened to tweet it. He paid for that ad. Heís directly endorsing that ad. And his message is not- the Willie Horton ad, if you think about the victims, they were never pictured. It was a white couple. They never were pictured. But itís implicit. Trump over and over again talks about and centers white people as the supposed victims.

So weíre now in a sort of a political era in which we have a president of the United States surrounding himself within his administration by white nationalists, people like Stephen Miller, elected with the help of white nationalists like Steve Bannon, applauded by white nationalists. Someone who says that white supremacists, when they riot, that some of them must be very fine people. This is a level of racist provocation that we havenít seen in the United States- we havenít seen this sort of racial poison since the 1950s. And in terms of a president spreading this sort of white nationalism, you really need to go back to the civil war, and to the years just after, to the years just before, before national figures of Trumpís stature and power were spreading this sort of racist hate.

AARON MATE: OK. So on that point, letís go to a clip from 1981 featuring Lee Atwater, who later on masterminded the Willie Horton ad, and ran the George H.W. Bush presidential campaign; after that chaired the Republican National Committee. But in 1981, Atwater was working inside the Reagan White House, and he was interviewed about his electoral strategy. And he laid out, in stark and offensive terms- and a warning now, because in this clip the N-word is said multiple times by Lee Atwater. But he told the interviewer about he wanted to appeal to voters through racially coded language and the audio wasnít covered by the Nation magazine a few years ago. But this is from 1981.

LEE ATWATER: Hereís how I would approach that issue as a statistician, or a political scientist- no, as a psychologist, which Iím not, is how abstract do you handle the race thing? In other words, you start out in- you donít want to quote me on this, are you? You start out in 1954 by saying, ďN i g g e r, n i g g e r,  n i g g er.Ē By 1968 you canít say ďn i g g e rĒ- that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, stateís rights, and all that stuff. And you get so abstract, now, youíre talking about cutting taxes. And all these things youíre talking about are totally economic things. And a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. Iím not saying that. But Iím saying that if it is getting that abstract and that coded, that weíre doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. Do you follow me? Because obviously, sitting around saying we want to cut taxes, we want to cut this, and we want Ö Is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ďN i g g e r, n i g g e r. Ē You know. So any way you look at it, race is coming on the backburner.

AARON MATE: Thatís Republican strategist Lee Atwater speaking in 1981. Now, later on in his life, about a decade later, he developed a terminal illness. And itís said that on his deathbed he developed remorse for his actions, and he even wrote letters of apology to people who he had targeted with his racist smear efforts. But there he is, laying out in stark terms the strategy that he masterminded. Haney Lopez, is it fair to say that that Atwater strategy is still very much alive today?

IAN HANEY LOPEZ: Very much so. But I want to, I want to stop and really make two points about what Atwater is saying. We hear him saying the GOP is going to campaign in racial code. Thatís point number one. Most people donít get past that. Whatís actually most important about that Atwater quote is the second thing heís saying, that the GOP can talk about tax cuts and attack, and attack- and they can sell tax cuts through a racial narrative of dangerous and undeserving people of color. And we really, really have to unpack that. Thatís the only way weíre going to understand Donald Trump and his racist fearmongering, and Donald Trump and a trillion and a half dollar tax cut for his billionaire backers. Those are not two separate things. Theyíre directly connected through dogwhistling.

Itís really important that we understand that dogwhistling has an ideological project. Not just stir racial panic, but convince people that the real threat in their lives is government; get white voters to turn against government in a way that allows the right to hijack government for their corporate donors. So I want to stop, and I want to really go through that.

Hereís the message. For example- and Ronald Reagan perfected this- talk about welfare queens. The minute you talk about welfare queens, you conjure the image of undeserving black women cheating and ripping off the system. But then pivot and say, you know who the real enemy is? Itís government, because itís government is taking hard-earned tax dollars from decent, innocent whites, and giving it to these undeserving black people. Right? So the message is hate and resent people of color. But really hate government. Governmentís the enemy. It coddles minorities with welfare, it refuses to control them through lax criminal law. Itís why we have to crack down on crime. It refuses to control them through unsecure borders. Does it matter to Trump that we have the highest sustained levels of deportation in the history of the nation? No. The narrative is you canít trust government. Youíve got to hate government, because government is opening the doors. Government refuses to control these people.

Now, what should you do if you hate government? One, starve it. Cut off its funds. Cut taxes for the billionaires. Two, if you canít trust government, you should reward the people who are the real engines for progress in America, the corporations. Let them write the rules. So we say deregulation, or the right says deregulation. What they really mean is let corporations write the rules of the game. And they are. Three, if government is a problem, then all of those social programs- you know, things like public education, or healthcare, or environmental regulation- get rid of those, because government really cares more about undeserving people of color than it does about hardworking, decent, real Americans.

The narrative of dogwhistling is a narrative that says resent people of color, but hate and turn against government. And when you turn against government, you get rule by the rich. In other words, you get Donald Trump. Donald Trump, more than any politician that weíve had in the last 50 years, absolutely crystallizes the sort of fundamental politics of dogwhistling. Racial fearmongering to help elect a billionaire who is completely corrupt, and all he cares about, his billionaire friends and his billionaire backers, and has just rewarded them with a trillion-dollar tax cut thatís coming out of the pockets of all the rest of us. Meanwhile, theyíre busy trying to cut off our healthcare, trying to make sure that people with pre-existing illnesses canít get health coverage, because that way they can shuffle a few more dollars to the billionaires.

Thatís the story that we need to tell. Thatís the politics we need to understand to truly understand how dogwhistle politics is working today.

AARON MATE: Ian Haney Lopez , UC Berkeley law professor, author of Dogwhistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class, thanks very much.

IAN HANEY LOPEZ: Thank you so much.

AARON MATE: Thank you for joining us on The Real News.

https://therealnews.com/stories/how-trumps-racist-campaigning-serves-rule-by-the-rich



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Re: Corruption in Government
« Reply #767 on: November 03, 2018, 08:10:56 pm »
Trump's Medicare administrator thinks Medicare is 'scary'
//

SNIPPET:

Perhaps because that tweet got so much blast-back from an enraged Twitter populace, she came back with this lame rejoinder: ďDid I get your attention? Good. Medicare for All isnít a joke. Itís a multi-trillion dollar drain on the American economy that will bankrupt future generations.
https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/1/1809121/-Trump-s-Medicare-administrator-thinks-Medicare-is-scary


At this point, you're arguing religion with these yahoos. What the "medicare will bankrupt us" crowd will avoid at all costs is a discussion of priorities. It's all about priorities, starting with the "defending the empire" part of the federal budget that ticks in @54 per cent of the budget. Not accounting for transfers and other budget trick that fatten that wad. We'd have money for Medicare for all and a skittle-shitting unicorn in every driveway if we weren't busy diverting so much to insure the capital of a handful of swells.

I understand what you are saying about how propagandized the yahoos are to their own detriment. Nevertheless, I disagree that I'm "arguing religion". Forget "Medicare for all", those yahoos voting Republican are guaranteed Medicare (and social Security) for NOBODY if Republicans remain in power. Of course the Republican/Libertarian voting Fascist Enablers that curse this forum, and the country, play word games with Government bugeting and funding. BUT, I refuse to believe they are so STUPID that they do not see that ROBBING those programs is BAD for THEM, regardless of the warped priorities in their "yahoo religion" about what government "wastes money" on. These fuckers pretend to wail and p i s s and moan about 'govment givaways' when they KNOW DAMNED GOOD AND WELL that the most MASSIVE economy destroying GOVERNMENT GIVEAWAYS are to Wall/War/Oil Street. THAT is why the DUMB FUCKS here who live and die by the Stock Market hang on to that with bated breath! They KNOW the Fascists in power are a pack of crooks and they, instead rejecting this GRAND LARCENY, just wish to cash in on the CROOKS AND LIARS GRAVY TRAIN while they can.      

Well, they will soon have even more INNOCENT BLOOD on their hands than they ALREADY HAVE by voting for the Fascist Republican Bastards who tried, since 2010, OVER 70 TIMES to DEFUND the ACA, and finally succeeded in getting millions of poor and needy people, MOSTLY WHITE, to be FORCED to choose between medical care and FOOD!

Those IRRESPONSIBLE BASTARDS who parade themselves here as "good citizens", including those LIARS that claim Trump 🦀, who was getting PAID $200,000 a YEAR from the time he was FOUR YEARS OLD (as part of an inheritance avoidance scam by daddy but TRUMP DID KEEP THAT GIVEAWAY, UNEARNED, MONEY!), is a "successful businessman" (BULLSHIT!!!) are so calloused by their comfortable life and economic security that they cannot see that they have been taken for WORLD CLASS SUCKERS by the Fascist Oligarchs pulling the Republican machine strings.



All that said, the GREEDBALLS (normally business owners, NOT employees) who are so short sighted and STUPID as to celebrate the imminent destruction of the "entitlement" programs on behalf of "Wall Street controlled Privatization", BECAUSE the employers 🐷 won't have to "pay" part of employee Social Security and Health Insurance when those programs are Fascist KAPUT ", are fooling themselves into thinking that employees will not demand FAR HIGHER wages to cover the same thing. I mean, are these business ASSHOLES so STUPID that they don't GET the fact that EMPLOYEE PRODUCTIVITY, NOT CEO GREED, is what keeps the USA from cratering?

Don't they GET that the loss of those hugely successful SOCIALIST PROGRAMS has prevented an untold amount of LOSS of employee productivity and made the workforce healthier and more secure?

Do these TRUMP WORSHIPPING Employer MORONS REALLY BELIEVE the historically proven LIE that the best way to run a business is to keep your employees in fear through insecurity, slave wages and no recourse or rights?

If they really are that STUPID , then this country is TOTALLY F U C K E D and will soon experience THE most bloody revolution that has cursed the world TO DATE.


Surly, I am hoping that Right Wingers on this forum resolve to STOP SHOOTING THEMSEVES IN THERE SOCIAL DARWINIST WORSHIPPING, MIGHT EQUALS RIGHT BELIEVING, FACE. If they don't, I will at least be comforted by the fact that people like me (and you and millions more who can actually add and subtract) at least warned them. 

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Itís a multi-trillion dollar drain on the American economy that will bankrupt future generations.


Who gets the SSI deductions after the drain is stopped?  Do I not understand self funding?

K-Dog, stop speaking in vague metaphors. If you want to talk seriously about Federal Government budgeting, stop going off the SHALLOW END of non sequitur economic perspective free discourse. The Wall Street Fed babied PONZI SCHEME is what is bankrupting this country, NOT Social Security and Medicare.  

AND, if you keep voting Republican, you will end up without either of those programs, BECAUSE THOSE PROGRAMS are the only ones that ACTUALLY have funds to be robbed from by your Republican and Libertarian, Profit over People and Planet, Racist **** friends in Wall Street controlled Government.

Now if that is just too complicated for you to figure out, then go ahead, VOTE REPUBLICAN. Don't blame me when your ass is Fascist Grass, even before it is Climate Change Catastrophe GRASS!

However, I will certainly blame you and everybody else who irresponsibly, irrationally AND self destructively, supports the Republican Party.

HOW THE REPUBLICAN FASCIST PARTY WILL REWARD AVERAGE PEOPLE WHO VOTE FOR THEM IN THIS ELECTION:

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« Reply #768 on: November 03, 2018, 09:01:20 pm »
These BASTARDS Voted to put 22 million people in medical jeopardy. YOU ARE NEXT.




Message to ANYONE HERE who is so STUPID that they think Medicare and Social Security will not be SCRAPPED by the FASCIST REPUBLICAN ASSHOLES they support:



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« Reply #769 on: November 03, 2018, 09:02:17 pm »
GOD DAMNED REPUBLICANS AND GOD DAMNED COUNTRY DESTROYING ASSHOLES WHO SUPPORT THESE FASCIST BASTARDS!


VOTE REPUBLICAN FOR THIS GUARANTEED FUTURE:



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« Reply #770 on: November 03, 2018, 09:03:59 pm »
WHO ARE THE REAL WELFARE QUEENS OUT TO DESTROY SS & MEDICARE?






If you think the above is BAD, YOU AIN"T SEEN NOTHIN' YET! The Fascists were JUST WARMING UP! After the (s)elections they GO FULL IN-YOUR-FACE-FASCIST!

VOTE REPUBLICAN AND KISS YOUR greedy, stupid, good German ASSETS, RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, along with your SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, GOODBYE!




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« Reply #771 on: November 03, 2018, 09:33:00 pm »
NOV 02, 2018TD ORIGINALS

Lee Camp: 'We're in a New Age of McCarthyism'

Article with podcast: 👍 🕯️

https://www.truthdig.com/articles/were-in-a-new-age-of-mccarthyism/

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« Reply #772 on: November 03, 2018, 09:46:21 pm »
Midterm Elections and the Divider in Chief

November 1, 2018 ē 1:00 PM PT

Control of the House and the Senate are at stake in the midterm elections. So is the power of the Trump White House. The president is not on the ballot in any state, but heís back on the campaign trail--with a vengeance. Weíll hear how heís responded to some real crises and invented another. 

People march in memory of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. October 30, 2018. Photo credit: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters. (at podcast link)

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https://www.kcrw.com/latest/midterm-elections-and-the-divider-in-chief


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« Reply #773 on: November 04, 2018, 06:42:09 pm »
November 4, 2018

Webster Tarpley exposes the Fascist Threat of Republicans to the USA in this November 2, 2018 podcast.

http://tarpley.net/audio/WCR-20181103.mp3

http://tarpley.net/world-crisis-radio/

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« Reply #774 on: November 04, 2018, 08:04:30 pm »

We have no excuses now. Our eyes are wide open. (WashPost)

SNIPPET:

Will we take a step, even a small one, back from the ugliness and the race-baiting that has engulfed our country?

Or will we affirm that we are really the intolerant and frightened people Donald Trump has made us out to be?

If we choose the latter, 2018 will in some ways be more difficult to take than 2016.

This time, we donít have the luxury of saying we didnít really know what Trump would do.

Our eyes are wide open.

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« Reply #775 on: November 05, 2018, 12:19:32 pm »

Stiglitz explains why "The American Economy is Rigged" and why Trump doesn't want to talk about it


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Sunday November 04, 2018 ∑ 12:06 PM EST

SNIPPET:

Trump is not talking economy much in these last days before the midterm.  Could it be because he read this Scientific American article, The American Economy Is Rigged ?

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By most accounts, the U.S. has the highest level of economic inequality among developed countries. It has the world's greatest per capita health expenditures yet the lowest life expectancy among comparable countries. It is also one of a few developed countries jostling for the dubious distinction of having the lowest measures of equality of opportunity.
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It is not the laws of nature that have led to this dire situation: it is the laws of humankind. Markets do not exist in a vacuum: they are shaped by rules and regulations, which can be designed to favor one group over another. President Donald Trump was right in saying that the system is riggedóby those in the inherited plutocracy of which he himself is a member. And he is making it much, much worse.

Read more:

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/4/1809793/-Stiglitz-explains-why-The-American-Economy-is-Rigged-and-why-Trump-doesn-t-to-talk-about-it





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« Reply #776 on: November 05, 2018, 08:13:40 pm »
In Conversation: Elizabeth Warren and Robert Reich
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Published on May 8, 2018

Robert Reich discusses the progressive movement and how we can reclaim democracy.

Agelbert NOTE: Robert Reich ends the conversation with this quote:

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ďWe can have concentrated wealth in the hands of a few or we can have democracy. But we cannot have both.Ē - Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

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« Reply #777 on: November 07, 2018, 12:52:00 pm »

Democrats Take the House  Ė What Now?
 

November 7, 2018


TRNN midterm elections panel with Thomas Frank, Eugene Puryear, Jacqueline Luqman, Paul Jay, Khalilah Harris, Lester Spence, Ralph Nader, Danny Glover, and host Marc Steiner discuss what the Democratic party can do now that it re-took the House of Representatives

https://therealnews.com/stories/democrats-take-the-house-what-now
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« Reply #778 on: November 07, 2018, 09:24:05 pm »
Danny Glover: Crucial Midterm Election Not just for US, but Also for Rest of World

November 7, 2018

Activist and actor Danny Glover looks at the big picture of the midterm election and what it means for people living outside the US


https://therealnews.com/stories/danny-glover-crucial-midterm-election-not-just-for-us-but-also-for-rest-of-world
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« Reply #779 on: November 08, 2018, 11:34:02 am »
Devin Nunes🐒 just had a really bad night  ;D

Bill Palmer | 6:04 pm EST November 7, 2018

Palmer Report Ľ Analysis

As expected, embattled GOP Congressman Devin Nunes was reelected last night in his overwhelmingly Republican-leaning district. After seeing how the rest of the House races went, and what it means for his future, Nunes may now be wishing he hadnít won. In fact he may be wishing he could hide under his bed and never come out.

The Democrats took majority control of the House last night, meaning that Devin Nunes will no longer be the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. That role will now go to Democrat Adam Schiff instead. Unless the GOP shakes up its committee assignments, Nunes will be demoted to ranking member of the House Intel Committee. That means heíll have to sit there helplessly as Schiff reopens Nunesí illegitimate Trump-Russia investigation and redoes the entire thing, this time in legitimate fashion. But thatís just the start.

Itís not just that everything Devin Nunes has done in the past two years will now be quickly undone. Itís that Adam Schiffís new House Intel Committee probe into Trump-Russia will expose all the corrupt, and in some instances illegal, moves that Nunes made while trying to obstruct justice on Donald Trumpís behalf. Schiff is going to serve up Nunes on a silver platter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

So yeah, Devin Nunes had a really bad night last night. He won reelection, but so what? Heís in such a deep red district, the Republicans could have run a talking scarecrow and won. Nunes gets to keep his seat, but that merely gives him a front row seat for whatís about to happen to him. Nunes is now powerless to save himself, so if he were smart heíd just go cut a plea deal with Mueller. But as weíve seen, Nunes is the opposite of smart.

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https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/devin-nunes-really-bad-night/13937/
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