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Top Marginal Tax Rate Must Be Kept Very High — To Keep the Top 1% From Destroying Democracy!

By Frank Byronn Glenn -- There are several things necessary and several ways to become rich and stay rich in America. 

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The best way to  become rich is, of course, inheriting it — being born rich. 

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For those who were not born rich — the  most important thing necessary to become rich is -- like what is required to become extraordinarily successful at anything — that is focus.  You must relentlessly, tirelessly, some would say obsessively focus on making money and getting rich.

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If you we not born rich, you can also get rich by going to work for rich people — doing their bidding -- advancing their causes — helping them make more money and helping them keep what they have.  And there are different ways you can go work for rich people and get rich yourself.

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First, of course, you can go to work for them directly.  You can go to work for a wealthy person or a large corporation, pay your dues, learn the business, learn the corporate managerial and political ropes, display unwavering loyalty and tireless commitment to the mission at hand — making the wealthy more money  — and actually help them make more money by your hard work, your diligently  acquired business acumen, your entrepreneurial perspicacity and innovative energy, and rise to the top levels of management  — where, because you have proven yourself and become a “made” man in the sense that you become an “essential” component of the enterprise  — and you earn ownership of the company through direct executive compensation — and through stock options and bonuses — ideally based on the company performance and the success of the divisions or area of operations falling under your direction.  This is what I would call the all-American way.  Earning it.

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The second way one can become rich — particularly if one does not have any particular business acumen to market, and maybe even if you do — you simply choose not to work that hard or that long.  Or maybe you have another gift  — the gift of gab — or show biz — maybe showmanship.  This is a class of people most typified on right by people like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and, to some extent, a guy like Grover Norquist — to name only the most obvious.  There are of course many of them at varying levels of exposure — and income.

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They are people that do not strike you as being particularly astute or talented.  They are people who are decent enough actors or performers  — and they want to be rich — or at least get to associate with the rich — so much, that they will do just about anything to achieve those goals.  Most of the time what happens is that they go to work for an entity the life’s work of which is to promote the interests of wealthy people and corporations.  They do not have a lot of opinions of their own.  They are not particularly creative or insightful — and are not encumbered or troubled by excessive moral or political principles.  They, for the most part, simply recite the lines given them by the political operatives representing the wealthy, and they espouse those viewpoints and incessantly cant and recant the “talking points” the wealthy want to seed the public discourse with — with the hope that over time they can shape the opinions of a significant majority of low-information citizens that are looking for easy explanations to complex issues and a focus for their displeasure and disenchantment with their own lives because they are not people who enjoy great wealth themselves — and some where deep down know the game is stacked against them to such a degree that they never will.  By pretending to share the values and political views of the enormously wealthy they hope people will confuse them with the ruling class, I presume — or at least construe them to be close allies, supporters, and or friends of very wealthy people — because they are continuously repeating the attractiveness and desirability of the viewpoints and policy desires of the plutocrats.

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A third, and most dangerous group,  are the politicians and lobbyists for the rich and Super Rich.  Their designated mission in life in many cases is to work to perpetuate the wealth of those they work for and support  — and to simultaneously, where possible, weaken or destroy those who would stand in the way of this continued wealth accumulation.  They work to eliminate or neutralize people who attempt to put in place rules or restrictions which might impede the ability of the wealthy to accumulate more wealth as quickly and in as risk free manner as possible.

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The result of this is that when wealthy people make money, they use it to make more money.  They make more money by innovating and creating new products, selling them and growing market share.  They also make more money by pressuring legislators to reduce taxes, and by taking advantage of tax credits and other loop-holes, designed by their lawyers and introduced into law by their lobbyists, and  passed into law by state and national political allies — whose campaigns they support financially.   They add to their wealth, once they have it, by ___delaying, impeding, restricting or eliminating competition, by legislating ______barriers to new entrants who would become competitors to their established cash-cow businesses.

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The final stage is the defense of the “economic royalists” phase of the late stage free market capitalism.  If the top marginal tax rate is too low, the preferred method of compounding wealth for the super rich becomes that of rigging the system in their favor.  When they have too much money left after their tax contributions, their new business model becomes — not starting new businesses, investing in research and development — and consolidating their dominance in the market through innovation and ever greater efficiency or synergy. It becomes cheating the American people to enrich themselves by rigging the system to pick them as winners every time — all  with the aid and active cheer-leading of the politicians they have corrupted and now own.  The Souless ones, we shall call them!

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The “low-risk-high-return strategy domestically becomes that of using their accumulated wealth to lobby for lower taxes, more investment and other tax credits and and ever-increasing and more diverse loop-holes.  They campaign for less regulation and fewer restrictions on methods and types of money making instruments.  They also deploy their great wealth to eliminate, defeat, weaken, or render ineffective people with ideas about about the role of government and the kind of society we want to  have that differ, contradict,  or which might be proposed as ideas, laws, and government policy in contrast to theirs — particularly broadcasters, news media and politicians who work to maintain a more fair and just society — with more opportunity for advancement and success for ordinary Americans, who do not have the advantage of possessing enormous wealth.

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These things are not hard to understand.  It is not even necessarily true that the very wealthy should not be relentlessly pursuing  policies and political candidates that support their public policy objectives.  But what is true, in any case, is that if the top marginal tax rates are too low, they allow wealthy individuals and  corporations to accumulate enormous wealth, which then becomes the war-chests of capital available to them for the purpose of influencing public policy in ways that benefit them — and in most cases enhance yet further their ability and options for increasing their wealth — not only even further — but to the detriment of most of the rest of the people of the United States.  We see it playing out daily in every facet of our lives now — and more intensely since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United ruling — where the wealthy are using their staggering resources to captivate, subjugate, and dominate nearly every level and aspect of our public policy making process. And very little of what they promote benefits anyone but themselves — the 1%.  It helps them consolidate power, so that they can accumulate wealth, then use the additional accumulated wealth to further consolidate and enhance their power and leverage — so that they can make even more money — and gain even more power.  And the loser  is the United States of America — our openly democratic process — and the American people!

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When its all said and done  — the biggest threat to democracy becomes the unbridled free market crony, monopoly capitalism combined with low and ever-decreasing top marginal tax rates — providing the unlimited, undisclosed, and unstoppable avalanche of money legalized by the Citizens United ruling  — which allowed the “economic royalists” to finally replace democracy with plutocracy — a United States of America — of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich  — and their lapdog politicians and talking heads — at least for a while!

 

 

 

 

Obama Should Ask For U.S. Attorney Resignations And Get Rid Of Bush, Cheney, and Rove People — If He Gets A Second Term!

We saw in the “war-crimes” situation with regard to Bush and Cheney that Obama considered it “too risky” to mess with the power structure by prosecuting Bush, Cheney, and others for what other civilized countries (and Geneva Accords Signees) clearly thought were war crimes.  And the atrocities committed by U.S. forces in Iraq (including torture) were “war crimes” as defined by the Geneva Accords, and were in clear violation of Chapter 7, Articles 39 – 54 of the United Nations Charter — but  primarily Article 51:

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Chapter 7, Article 51:  Nothing in the present Charter shall impair the inherent right of individual or collective self-defence if an armed attack occurs against a Member of the United Nations, until the Security Council has taken measures necessary to maintain international peace and security. Measures taken by Members in the exercise of this right of self-defence shall be immediately reported to the Security Council and shall not in any way affect the authority and responsibility of the Security Council under the present Charter to take at any time such action as it deems necessary in order to maintain or restore international peace and security.

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When Obama was sworn into office, his official position on the “war crimes” of Bush and Cheney, was that we should “look forward”, not backward.  If having a degree in constitutional law is not enough to instruct one on the necessary honoring of the laws of your own country and the international treaties your country has signed — I am not sure where you would turn next.  Maybe the conclusion you must draw is the the constitution, the United Nations, and the Geneva Accords were all just window dressing for the dumb-downed masses of America as props for the idea that we are a nation of the rules of law — both domestic and international  — when in actuality the only law is the law of money and power.

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In that dismal context, it might make sense what President Obama did with regard to the U.S. Attorneys when he came into office.  For decades the standard procedure — and expectation really — was that when a new President came into office, particularly when the political party of the President changed — all U.S. Attorneys resigned — it was pro forma.

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During Bush’s term, the Justice Department became substantially the political enforcement arm of the Republican party.  Karl Rove would direct U.S. Attorneys in target Districts and States, in the case of Senators, to investigate and charge Democratic political candidates with crimes — election fraud, bribery, extortion, or corruption — for the apparent sole purpose of impeding or destroying the political careers and election chances of Democratic politicians and candidates in those locations targeted by the Republican Party as ones they had to win.  Many of the U.S. Attorneys complied with Rove’s requests and investigated and/or charged prominent Democratic politicians with crimes.  The ones who did not respond to the overt politicization of the Justice Department and refused to prosecute Democratic politicians that had committed no chargeable crimes, were fired and replaced by U.S. Attorneys who would do as Rove instructed them to do.  There were at least 6-8 that have been exposed as having done so.

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However, when Obama took office, he did not even request the resignations of those political hacks installed in politicized U.S. Attorney positions around the country.  He did not request the resignations of any of the U.S. Attorneys.  Now I understand that when you are a young, fairly inexperienced black man coming to power in America, it may be prudent to move cautiously and not immediately start prosecuted the entrenched cadre of the White Power elite of America.  One step at a time,  y’all.

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In fact, one of these “politicized” U.S. Attorney “switchees” , I have heard,  is behind the John Edwards prosecution for election crimes.  I am not an Edwards sympathizer.  In many ways he has done the least with the talent, good lucks, and drive that almost anyone you could name has done.  He has not only behaved badly — he has behaved stupidly — and shamefully. For which he has paid the price.  For a more calamitous fall from grace and loss of reputation you would have to go back to Nixon — although there have obviously been worthy contenders along the way.  Bill Clinton’s famous “did not have sexual relations with that woman” comes to humorously to mind also.  Right, Bill, blow jobs are just thorough personal hygiene, right?  But John Edwards is clearly being prosecuted on a political vendetta of some kind.  I mean he is charged with election and campaign fraud by virtue of a couple of his friends personally paying for Edward’s girlfriends expenses and travel money — some $121,000 dollars or some such.  Meanwhile Karl Rove collects by his own words $75 million or so in secret money and does not, by virtue of Citizens United, even have to reveal the exact amount or sources of the “political influence” money of dubious origin — and he is a national political hero of the right wing in this country.

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So maybe President Obama was just still a little steeped in the moral superiority argument that we need to look forward, not backwards.  Maybe he was just showing us a little of the “confrontation aversion” pundits speculated about early in the President’s first term.  Maybe there really is a power structure, and rather than run it when you are President — you are allowed to become — or remain — President,  only if you genuflect before that power and don’t mess with the under-pinnings of the ruling class’s power structure — which really rules America.  Or maybe the President was just astute enough to understand that when you are  new, comparatively inexperienced — and an hertofore unconnected to the power elite President  — when you first come into office — better to tread softly at first and avoid the risk of an uprising!

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But there are at least two things the President must learn.  The first is that politics is the quintessential art of acquiring and wielding power.  And the nature of power is that if you are given power  — and do not exercise it — it will either be taken away from you — or it will be used against you.  And Republicans do now how to seize and wield power.  But right now the failure to use the power to replace U.S. Attorneys has been usurped and is being used against Democrats to publicly prosecute a prominent Democrat with extreme prejudice and venom when there are far egregious crimes being committed in broad daylight with the blessing of the highest court of the land — the Supreme Court  — and with no recrimination whatsoever.

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So, Mr. Obama  — if you get re-elected, I hope the first thing you do is give notice to the Republicans that your second term will look slightly different than the first one.  Request the resignations of all the U.S. Attorneys the day after the election and replace every republican U.S. Attorney — whether they are good men or not — as a demonstration to Republicans that you intend to wield all the power the office of the Presidency commands during your second term.  And then do it.  The Republicans need their butts kicked — and the American people and Democrats need a President who knows how to wield power — and who can push forward a progressive agenda badly needed by the American middle-class and working poor!  The 99%!

 

 

 

 

 

Republicans Preside Over Dysfunctional, Canabalistic, Predatory, Anti-Democracy Political Party As the “Good Germans” For the Rich and Super Rich!

By Tony Petramonaco – Paul Ryan pleads disingenuously that his Budget Plan is misunderstood, and that it will actually save the social safety net for the middle-class and working poor.  Romney, never one for an astute choice of descriptive adjectives, calls the Ryan Budget Plan “marvelous”.  Marvelous Mitt Romney!

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In actuality, if Republicans ran their family budgets using the fiscal policies espoused in the Ryan Budget Plan, the Parents int he family would eat steak and lobster everyday — and their children would go hungry.

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The “Parents” and their rich friends would go to Harvard and Yale for their educations — on vouchers from the government — and their children would simply provide the next generation of slave-labor –  un-educated and relegated to working for peanuts in a job market set free by the repeal of Child Labor Laws.

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Parents” would wear Brooks Brothers suits and clothes from the designer shops of celebrities and the rich and Super Rich.  The children would wear rags they scavenged from the local land fills and the throw-aways from Goodwill Stores and $Dollar Stores.    Seem a little Draconian to you?  Vote Republican in November and find out for yourselves.  These guys aren’t playing around.  They intend to end democracy and take it over with a social Darwinist plutocracy.  The survival  and prospering of the very rich!

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The “Parents” would have world class healthcare like members of Congress and the Super Rich.  The children would have the Republican healthcare plan described so succinctly by Alan Grayson on the floor of the House — “Don’t Get Sick!  If you do, please die quickly!   Oh, and they would probably have government insured life insurance policies on their children, such that if they died before the age of 16, the “Parents” would be the beneficiaries of big life-insurance checks when the kids died prematurely.

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Job training and education for the young would be simple and inexpensive — long hours of on-the-job torture –  in terrible working conditions for slave wages in life-threatening conditions.

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The “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” objectives for all Americans, when it comes to the children, are that in exchange for lengthy hours of slave labor for pennies — you get no healthcare, no training, no education, and enough food to get you through your next 20 hour work day — but just barely.

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The reason we are pretty sure that is the way they would run their family budgets, if they were using the Ryan Budget Plan, is that the Ryan Plan proposes that we give more tax breaks to the rich and Super Rich, who don’t need it, and pay for it by cutting everything in law, policy, and safety net programs that benefit or assist the 99% in pursing their own ideas of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”!  The Republicans do not see any need to do anything but help the rich get richer — because those are the people who give them their campaign money and “bennies” for doing what they say.  They are the “good Germans” of the end of Democracy in America!  How did these guys ever get in power to begin with?

 

John Boehner Is Beneath the Dignity of the House of Representatives!

By Peter Le Force – John Boehner said a while ago that all this discussion about the Student Loan interest rates is “beneath the dignity” of the House.  Well, my response to that is that John Boehner is not only not equal to the task of Speaker of the House, he, in his capacity as lead lapdog for the “Economic Royalists”, is beneath the dignity of the House of Representative specifically, and is beneath what the American people deserve in terms of a Congress person representing them in the halls of government in general.

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Throw the Republican bums out in November — 2012!

Republicans Gave the U.S. Postal Service The Death Sentence in 2006!

By Frank Byronn Glenn -- In the name of frugality and responsibility, the Republicans, who have long wanted to eliminate or privatize the postal service, gave the U.S. Postal Service the Death Penalty in 2006.

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What they did was insert into Postal Service operations a poison pill that they knew,  if left un-amended, would amount the the contrived financial collapse of the postal service.  In that 2006 law, Congress required the U.S. Postal Service fund in ten years the entire pension fund requirements for the next 75 years.  The effect of this requirement  was to force the postal service to set aside retirement pension funds for future employees for the next 75 years.

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There is no other government, public, or private entity before, or since, that has been required by Congress to put the next 75 years of retirement funds aside in just  ten years.  In another deliberate “catch-22″, Congress also forbid the U.S. Postal Service from moving some $40 billion already in pension fund set-asides into the fund created to comply with the new mandate — creating in effect — not only an almost impossible and unachievable requirement –  but prohibited them from even applying monies they had already set aside toward the new requirements — amounting to a partial double-payment requirement.  An item once again that Republicans just looked the other way one — and ignored.  Just another part of the ticking time bomb they created out of our United States Postal Service.

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And until this month, the Postal Service was entirely self-funded.  It did not get any money from the U.S. government.  It was entirely funded by paying postal services, stamps, and specialty classes of mail.  Without the onerous 75 year pension funding requirement, the Postal Service would have had ample cash flow to continue service at its current level and enough to meet all of its on-going operational requirements.

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This was just a deliberate attempt to destabilize an organization with the largest public employee union left in the country — the life’s work of the Republican party.

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The tactic was similar to the one Republicans used to try to bankrupt Medicare over time — that of prohibiting Medicare from competitively bidding for prescription drugs, which gave pharmaceutical companies the “green light” to gougeMedicare for drug prices to the point that eventually it threatens to destabilize Medicare — which the Republicans had intended and hoped would happen.

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Republicans want to privatize all public services and destroy all untions — and they don’t care what they have to do or how they have to do it.  Whatever works — now or over time.

 

Corporations Have No Fundamental Human or Civil Rights — Only Statutory Rules and Regulations Governing the Activities of A Legal Entity!

By Bifford Caulfield  -- Corporations are are legal fictions –  legal entities created by statute — or law.   And the idea that a legal instrument or device should somehow mutate into an entity with inalienable, inherent legal and civil and human rights as provided for United States citizens by the Constitution,  is patently absurd.

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The whole idea of corporations having fundamental rights like people originated in the right wing business idea that by tying the human, civil, and inalienable rights of  American citizens to those business devices created by statute — corporations — then corporations could claim the same rights for themselves as defenses against regulation and monitoring.

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That means that objectionable, predatory, and sometimes illegal actions of corporations were protected by the same “individual rights”  and civil rights provisions that citizens were — and that corporate activities could now be protected by as if they were the actions of individuals protected by the constitution.

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In truth, corporations have no more legal rights as people than a marriage license,  a business license,  or an employment contract.  Both are creations of law — and both can be changed — even eliminated — by law!

Republican Party Now the Party of the “Economic Royalists”!

By Frank Byronn Glenn — There are two things predictable about the Republicans these days. 

The first is that even if Barack Obama takes a position supporting “mom” and “apple pie”, the Republicans will be forced to say it’s “Grandmothers” we should revere, and “Marionberry pie” is the only pie they can support right now.  In other words, if Obama is for it — Republicans must be against it, regardless of the merits of the proposed legislation or policy idea.

The second question is how do we know how Republicans will come down on any significant issue, particularly one that involves revenue and expenditures of government?  The easy answer is just ask yourself how the “economic royalists” would vote on any given legislation, and that is the way the Republicans will vote.  There is no sunlight between the positions of and the votes of Republicans and the preferences of the rich and the super rich of the United States.

 

Earth Democracy: Food, Water, and Air Sovereignty – The Most Basic And Inalienable of Human Rights!

– Earth Democracy – by Vandana Shiva of India– (an excerpt)

Earth Democracy is both an ancient worldview and an emergent political movement for peace, justice, and sustainability.  Earth Democracy connects the particular to the universal, the diverse to the common, and the local to the global.  It incorporates what in India we refer to as (vasudhaiva kutumbkam (the earth family) — the community of all beings supported by the earth.  Native American and indigenous cultures worldwide have understood and experienced life as a continuum between human and nonhuman species and between present, past, and future generations.  A 1848 speech attributed to Chief Seattle of the Suquamish tribe captures the continuum.  __________________________________________________________________________

How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land! The idea is strange to us.

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If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?

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Every part of the earth is sacred to my people.  Every shining pine needle, every sandy shore, every mist in the dark woods, every clearing and humming insect is holy in the memory experience of my people.  The sap which courses through the trees carries the memories of the red man.

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This we know; the earth does not belong to man; man belongs to the earth.  This we know, All things are connected like the blood which unites our family.  All things are connected.  — Chief Seattle, 1848

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In my view of  our “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — the first and most basic step is to secure the sovereignty and therefore local, sustainable, indigenous management and control of our own food, air, and water supplies.

A New Tax Plan Idea for the “Job Creators”!

By Frank Glenn – Republicans have made themselves almost ridiculous in the past several years championing the cause of the poor “job creators”.  They lament the onerous regulations businesses have to endure (over-regulation, they call it, which really means any “rules” we make for how businesses must conduct themselves) — and they enumerate endlessly the terrible things that happen to businesses if you raise their taxes a penny (now many of these corporations are companies that pay no federal income taxes on billions of dollars of profit to begin with).  The way it hurts the economy so — and prohibits “job creation”.  They lament, in hushed tones — the “uncertainty”  that is scaring businesses so much that they just don’t know what to do!  All  poppy-cock and all lies, of course.  Remember WMD’s in Iraq.  Same thing.

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The reason corporations are not creating jobs here — and wouldn’t even if the tax rate was Zero — is that they are investing their capital in emerging economies around the world where the profits are guaranteed and enormous profits are fairly certain, as well.   No array of incentives would change that either — because it is not about uncertainty — or taxes — or regulation — it is simply about where they can go and make the most money with the least risk and expense.  What’s the old Thunderbird School of International Business shibboleth?  “You go where you can get the raw materials and resources for the factories is least expensive  — take  it to where labor is cheapest (China, Mexico, Vietnam, India, Brazil) and the factories in those slave-labor countries manufacture the finished goods for you — then they ship the finished goods to the largest, wealthiest, consumer countries to maximize their profits. It’s just business.  It’s just that the well-being of the American working people are not part of the business equation when deciding where and how to invest their corporate profits and the Congressionally mandated loop-holes, deductions, and write-0ffs.

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All that is happening now is that corporations are just biding their time during this transition period until the emerging sub-middle-classes emerge in these  “third-world” countries — and then the corporations will have no need whatsoever for an American middle-class — they will just sell these cheap product where they make them — and they won’t have the added expense of shipping them across the ocean — or trucking them up from Mexico.  They are willing to go slowly, so that their wages only increase a tiny bit at a time — until those cheap laborers can buy the cheapest of Chinese and developing country-manufactured products.   So despite what politicians tell you, that is the underlying transformation in world economies politicians are trying to straddle.  How do they placate the ultra rich enough to keep them donating to their campaign coffers and keep the wealthy  inviting them on trips and to their American Legislative Exchange Councils, golf tournaments, and all expense paid “information-gathering” junkets — and keep them funding “Super-Pacs” and such that support them –  as long as possible — while trying to make the “needy” and “entitlement” dependent American middle-class and working poor people  pay for these “transition to economic royalism” costs — in the name of “individual accountability”,  “responsible” deficit reduction,  and the supposedly ubiquitous desire for “smaller government” rampant across America.

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If the yes men for the “economic royalists” run out in press conferences and cry that if we tax millionaire and billionaire “job creators” one plug nickel more it will just hurt them so much and cause them so many jitters and – and oh so much “uncertainty” that they’ll just be too nervous to create any more jobs at all. These Republican alter boys actually have it correct, though, when they say their corporate priests and masters are job creators – they’re just not creating any of those jobs here in the United States any more. They are creating jobs in what were — and in many cases still are — third world countries where they are paying $0.30 to $3.00 per hour for slave labor, with no benefits and no environmental safety guidelines or any safety regulations protecting workers to speak of.

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So I have an idea: if they are job creators, let’s reward them for those jobs that they create. Let’s take away all the tax-loop holes, investments tax credits, and special tax breaks on un-earned income.  Let’s give a $10,000 tax credit for each job they create in the United States and charge them a $10,000 tax surcharge for each job they out-source – and /or each person they lay off.  These “job creators” — the ones Boehner, Kantor, McConnel, Ryan ( and lately, George W. Bush himself — worry over and “pity-pot” about, should love that.

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In fact, let’s really reward these job creators!  Let’s make the law the “job creator incentive law”  retro-active to 1980. All you mighty job creators are really going to get rich, now, right?  Oh come on. It’s just what you always wanted — to be recognized and rewarded for the being the job creators that you are.  And if you’re real  “job creators”, you’re going to make out like the bandits you are — or at least that you always wanted to be!  You get paid by the United States government and the American people for doing what you wanted to do all along, anyway.  Make money!

“Marvelous” Romney — Ryan Budget Plan Actually “Dream Act” for the 1% “Economic Royalists”!

By Frank Glenn – While Paul Ryan trots around the country talking about his budget plan being the “responsible” and “necessary” plan to help right America and bring the budget deficits, the debt, and of course, the true culprits, “entitlements” — under control.

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In fact the “marvelous” Romney and Ryan budget is a flagrant and  insulting attempt by lapdogs for the Super Rich, to put into effect their won personal financial “Dream Act” , the act of  responding to the tragic and undemocratic — and growing — inequality of wealth and income that has occurred in the thirty years — and cement it into law a a permanent condition and the new way of life in America.

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What the Romney-Ryan Budget Plan does is reward the tremendous shift of income and wealth to the rich by adding another unearned and undeserved $3 trillion dollars on top of what they already accumulated.  And while the Sunday School sermon on the Romney-Ryan Budget Plan is that we have to get our out-of-control government back under control — all it really does is give the rich even more money they don’t need.  Furthermore, since there obviously is not money in the budget to responsibly pay for these additional give-aways to the millionaires and billionaires — the plan takes money away from the poor, the very young, the very old, the middle-class and the working poor, from education, healthcare  — under the auspices of “reforming”  programs beneficial to people other than the 1% — and therefore are considered valueless by them — they are in fact implementing policies which take away from the  most vulnerable and give it to the wealthiest among us who need it least.

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And in the final analysis, does nothing about budget deficits or national debt except increase them.  And Romney and Ryan are okay with that — although they say more must be done later — because reducing the debt was never the real objective anyway.  In the same way that Al Quaeda being a threat in Iraq, and the danger of “weapons of mass destruction” were just the rallying cries of the neo-cons to get the American people to support — or at least only weakly resist — the unprovoked invasion of a middle-eastern oil-producing country, the Romney-Ryan plan uses the  rallying cry of “smaller government” and “deficit reduction” as cover for their real objective — to continue the extinction of the middle-class and weaken the democratic party such the the “economic royalists” can control the treasurer and the government of the United States in order to run the control as if the United States Treasury and tax collection capabilities were the necessary and just tools for increasing the wealth of the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

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You see, the “economic royalists”, who have enjoyed low-taxes and crony and monopoly capitalism now for long enough to have accumulated enormous amounts of capital and the political influence that comes with it in this country — and now they are going for the kill.  The permanent elimination of disabling of the democratic party — which in turn means that Republicans and the rich and super rich they serve will run the United States government like it was their own personal, gigantic cash cow.

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It must be pretty heady stuff to imagine having your own personal country at your disposal -- particularly one  the size of and with the domestic and military resources of the United States.  It’d be like having a country that you own, with a Sheriff of Nottingham tax- collection agency the size of the current Internal Revenue Service, and with all your foreign policy-business prerogatives enforced by the U.S. Military, the largest empire that has ever existed –  in the history of the world!

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Now that’s a “Dream Act” — the Romney-Ryan Budget Plan!