Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Republicans War on Women is part of a Larger Whole

"I’m sorry, but to show the world how ruthless these people are, women needed to be the first ones shot." - Richard Mack, former Arizona Sheriff and Founder of the Domestic Terrorist Organization the Consititutional Sheriffs, bravely putting is women and children out in front of himself during the Nevada Right-Wing Uprising.
The All-Out Assault on Women by Right-Wingers is part of a larger whole; the Conservative effort to abolish a Government by the People and for the People. Republicans and Conservatives want a Government for the Plutocracy. As such, Republicans have declared War on 99% of Americans with the goal of creating a Neo-Feudal Nation, where the Right-Wing Values of Oppression, Intolerance and Adulation of the Rich are enshrined.

Republicans are in office to impoverish the 99%, ensure further Income Inequality, and transfer Wealth and Control of this Nation to the Rich.

The last month has seen a deluge of Republican efforts at keeping women second-class citizens. The amount of despicable crud emanating from Republicans is almost too much to recount. However, here are few highlights.

Phyliss Schflay has been fighting against women for 40 years. As a living fossil, her occasional Eagle Forum op-ed is picked up by Right-Wing sites. Schflay's latest is the ridiculous assertion that women should strive to earn less in order to attract a man who earns more.
Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate. 
While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap. 
Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate. 
Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to marry at all. 
The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.
This is just stupid as well as being sexist. Perhaps, Phyliss enjoyed not working a regular job because the family she married into had money and she could focus on dominating Ronald Reagan, crushing the Women's Libber Movement and defeating the ERA but, my grandfather always told me it was just as easy to love a woman with money as it was a woman without.

Of course, an ideological generation of women have sprung up to plague us, cut from Schflay's Bosom.

Over at Faux Business, blondish Spokesmodel Melissa Francis told Alan Colmes and the other blondish Faux Spokesmodel that while the gender-wage gap doesn't exist, the gender wage gap was the reason more women kept their jobs during the Republican Recession,
I would also point out that men lost jobs at two and a half times the rate as women in this last recession. I know plenty of families where the man is now out of work and the woman is the one who's working full time. Probably because she makes a little less, so she was able to keep her job.
In the United States Senate, every Republican voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act defeating it's passage. But, one might note the Republicans are a minority in the US Senate holding just 44 seats out of 100. Fortunately, those 44 Republican Bureaucrats have long ago turned the US Congress into the Polish Sejm of the 18th century, where the objections of merely one Republican is enough to derail the legislative process.

Of course, debate is the natural enemy of Republicans because it forces them to actually say what they believe and what Republicans believe is American Workers should be earning less money with fewer benefits while receiving no assistance from Government.

However, should a Republican be forced to verbalize their odious principles it is especially, pleasing to Republicans and their Masters are when they trot out one of their Right-Wing Stepford Women to mouth their ideology.

CongressMAN Marsha Blackburn (caught by Steve M. over at No More Mister Nice Blog), took umbrage... UMBRAGE! I Say! with the idea of the Republican War on Women,
"I find this war on women rhetoric almost silly,” Congressman Blackburn insisted. “It is Republicans that have led the fight for women’s equality. Go back through history! And look at who was the first woman to vote, to get elected to office, to go to Congress, four out of five governors. We're all for Equal Pay!" 
Marsha, Marsha, Marsha then blamed Obamacare! Blackburn's silliness is part and parcel of the Republican belief in sympathetic magic, Saying So makes it So.

One of the ways Republicans claim to support women is by trotting out token women like Marsha Blackburn.

American Women are expected to see the "success" of a Blackburn, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann or any right-wing woman and experience vicarious feelings of accomplishment through these vessels.

Afterwards, the woman should subsume her desire to succeed and support the flabby, overweight, white male Republican Party

But, speaking of women Republican Governors and getting back to the Larger Whole, Governor Mary Fallin of Oklahoma signed a bill prohibiting cities in Oklahoma from raising the minimum wage or establishing paid vacation days or sick days. 

This shows, of course, how Republican love using the awesome power of government to crush women and the working class and puts paid to the lie that Republicans believe in small government or local control. 

Equal Pay for Equal Work should be a goal of everyone in this Nation, a Nation of supposed Equality under Law. But, the 1% don't want Equality they want Total Domination.

Keeping women's pay and benefits down is just a part of the larger whole. The Owners of the Republican Party have tasked them to crush the Working Class and eliminate the Middle Class. Thus every Republican will always vote against anything which aids women or the 99%.

The Capitalist Job Creators see the American Worker as an unnecessary expense. With the aid of Neoliberal Economics, Job Creators have off-shored jobs, insourced illegal immigrants, stolen pensions, lowered wages, slashed benefits, and rigged the tax code to undermine and crush Workers.

All of the blather is just window dressing, Job Creators would love to create jobs in the United States. It's just they want to create jobs which pay you a nickel an hour with no lunch or bathroom breaks and zero benefits. Those are the kind of jobs the Republicans can get behind.

Until then the Republican Assault on Women as a branch of the Republican War on 99% of America shall continue.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Nevada Uprising: Cliven Bundy & Right-Wing Militias declare War on the US

Nevada criminal Cliven Bundy, became a conservative cause célèbre as Bundy set himself up as Simon de Montfort, battling the injustice and tyranny of the Federal Government.
"My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley ever since 1877. All these rights I claim have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and the water. I have been here longer." Cliven Bundy
Bundy owes over $1,000,000 in fees for grazing on Federal Lands, when in 1993 he decided to stop paying fees for using public lands. Since then he has lost numerous court cases.

But, the Right-Wing Wurlitzer of Outrage stoked the flames and invited Militias to stand with Bundy against the Federal Government.

Of course, the issue isn't complex Bundy, is a member of the 1% who feels that public lands and natural resources belong to him to do with as he pleases and understands that laws and regulations are for the little people NOT a Job Creating Plutocratic Noble of Nevada.

Bundy and his Tea Party Terrorists have repeatedly asserted Bundy owns the land, but he of course has no legal documents or land deeds to back up their claim.

Right-Wingers bow and scrap to the Plutocracy and desire the destruction of the United States of America and the institution of a Neo-Feudal Nation with the 1% controlling Fiefdoms free of Washington DC "Tyranny".

Tyranny, in the minds of right-wingers, is losing the freedom to oppress minorities, dominate women and rape and pillage natural resources for their gain.

Aided by Faux News, Bundy implied he was willing to have his serfs and conservative militiamen declare war on Federal Authorities. Sean Hannity asked Bundy, "How far are you willing to go? How far are you willing to take this?"
"My statement to the American people, I’ll do whatever it takes to gain our liberty and freedom back."
Be careful of anyone who declares they are willing to do whatever it takes for Our Liberty with Your Life.
"This is what I prayed for," said Margaret Houston, one of Bundy's sisters. "We are so proud of the American people for being here with us and standing with us." 
"We won the battle," said Ammon Bundy, one of the sons of the Criminal Bundy. 
While Militias may see this as an extension of the Baron's War against the Crown, Bundy and his family are nothing more than a Common Thieves albeit with big aspirations and the firm conviction of sacrificing your life for their gain.

Addendum:
I must congratulate the Bureau of Land Managament and other Federal Authorities for diffusing the situation. Right-Wing Sovereign Citizens and other conservative terrorists appeared quite ready to murder LEOs and other officials.

Addendum 2:
Via Crooks and Liars, Tea Party Domestic Terrorists planned to use women as human shields.

Addendum 3:
Cliven Bundy gave a news conference yesterday to commemorate his victory while flanked by the white power militias and Oathbreakers domestic terrorists. "Opening that gate should have been the Governor's job and protecting him should have been the Sheriff." Bundy continued explaining that he couldn't get any sleep at his ranch because of the "Militiamen" and "cowboys" laying around. So he knelt down and said a prayer and he received this reply, "Sheriff Gillaspie your work is not done. Every sheriff across the United States of America, take away the guns from the United States bureaucrats."

Saturday, April 12, 2014

401(k) amounts to Businesses Taxing your Income and to Grand Larceny of your retirement savings

Companies love the 401(k) System because it amounts to Private Enterprises being able to Tax American Workers.

Americans hold $4.2 trillion in 401(k) plans, according to the Investment Company Institute. An additional $6.5 trillion is in Individual Retirement Accounts.

A Defined Benefit pension plan is superior to 401(k) which is why Corporations don't like them. Corporations don't want workers who have assured retirement benefits, they want workers who are slightly desperate and willing to agree to whatever Ownership wants for fear of losing everything.

But, in keeping with the Neoliberal Economic Assault on 99% of Americans the 401(k) plan was sold to America as a superior way for you to manage your retirement! But, all 401(k) turned out to be was another mechanism for Corporations to steal your money.

If you happen to be planning on retiring during one of Capitalism regular crisises say 2001 or 2007 for instance, well then you are truly screwed because the 401(k) you've been contributing too and the market in general, probably lost 50% or more of its' value.

But, it's the day-to-day, year after year nickel-and-diming fees which eventually allow Hedge Funds to steal thousands of dollars from your retirement account.

From the Center for American Progress (CAP) comes a study of the impact the often hidden fees which Wealth Mismanagement Firms use to siphon off your retirement funds.

The CAP study showed how raising the annual fee from 0.25% to 1% or 1.25% would take $70,000 to $100,000 from the employees 401(k) account.

Putting aside the current American Job Market where no employee is going to last 30 years at a company offering up to 5% matching funds for your 401(k) account, the bigger picture is the continuing Legerdemain and accounting gimmicks Hedge Funds use.

One of the ways, Vultures like Wealth Mismanagement Pro Bruce Rauner caused the Illinois Pension Crisis was by charging fees. Rauner's firm GTCR and other Hedge Funds gained access to Public Pensions in the 1990's and now we find they are underfunded.

By Rauner's own admission 2/3rds of GTCR funds were supplied by Public Pensions. In Illinois GTCR has "managed" money for the Illinois Teachers' Retirement System (TRS) and the Illinois State Board of Investment, the state's largest and third-largest, respectively. Additionally, GTCR had access to state and municipal pension plans from the San Francisco City and County Employees' Retirement System to the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board. 

For this "work" GTCR, takes consultation and management fees. Bruce Rauner got paid no matter what the funds he "managed" did.

So, it's not surprising that Illinois and other Public Pensions began to go into insolvency once Vandal Capitalists got their hands on the funds. In fiscal year 2009, TRS lost $4.4 Billion (22% of its' value) in 2008 TRS lost 5% of it's value because of the Management of their Portfolios by Rauner-types.

Hedge Funds aren't growing wealth, they are parasitic Rentiers clinging to productive workers, like Teachers, sucking money from the Working Class like leeches and Vultures.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The SCOTUS McCutcheon Ruling empowers the Koch Brothers and Plutocracy to Buy the Republic

"These five justices are working night and day to make the wealthy and powerful more wealthy and more powerful. The Supreme Court is paving the way toward an oligarchic form of society in which a handful of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson will control our political process." Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
The Supreme Court took another step in transforming the United States of America into a Neo-Feudal Oligarchy with the McCutcheon Ruling. The Roberts Court in a 5-4 ruling decided Elections can bought outright and cheaply, as they slowly build towards 2016: The Year the Plutocracy Rules.

As the Power of the Plutocrats has grown in the last 35 years of Neoliberal Piss Down Your Back and Tell You It's Raining Prosperity Reaganomics, the 1% has grown more vocal. While most of their nefarious schemes remain hidden from the public via PACs and phony 501(c)(4) organizations they've felt more and more comfortable telling the 99% to look forward to Wage Slavery.

Just a day after Paul Ryan revealed the latest Republican Death to the Poor Budget, Charles Koch wrote an op-ed to explain his worldview. Of course, Charles Koch sees the problem as the plebeians daring to criticize him, Rather than try to understand my vision for a free society...

As always Mister Koch, we do understand "your vision for a free society" which is why Our Voices are getting louder and louder and why Plutocrats, such as yourself, are getting shriller and shriller.

Charles Koch and his despicable brethren know their Oppression is intolerable and making the 99% desperate, so the Plutocrats tell their Media Lap Dogs that Opposing the Will of Plutocracy equals Kristallnacht and then call those whom they Oppress, Nazis.

Peppered with language swiped from his father's John Birch Anti-Commie screeds, Charles Koch goes on to decry "Collectivists" and blame "The System", while invoking Arthur Schopenhauer and Saul Alinsky.

Of course, Charles Koch blames it all on Obama, The central belief and fatal conceit of the current administration is that you are incapable of running your own life, but those in power are capable of running it for you. This is the essence of big government and collectivism.

Like, all scoundrels, Charles Koch swaddles himself in the Bosom of America. Those in power fail to see that more government means less liberty and liberty is the essence of what it means to be American. Love of liberty is the American ideal.

This screed is the supersonic whine of a rich entitled plutocrat. What Charles Koch means by Liberty is the Freedom for him to rule a Section of the Nation as his own little Fiefdom as a Landgrave, accountable to no one who, along with his fellow Plutocrats, chooses the Government and ensures those chosen do nothing but, enforce the Will of the Rich.

Medicare? Don't need it. Social Security? Not necessary. Food Stamps? Collectivism! To Charles Koch and his ilk, Government exists only to quell domestic dissent and expand overseas business opportunities; everything else is "Unconstitutional". Charles Koch desires nothing less than a return to brutal Feudalism.

Now, Plutocrats however can't rule without a Guardian Class, empowered to attack the Enemies of Inequality and the Opponents of the 1%; Enter the Republican Party.

The Sole Purpose of the Republican Party is to ensure the 1% get Richer while the rest of us are ground into perpetual Wage Slavery and unending Corporate Bondage.

The day after Koch's Declaration of Neo-Feudalism, Republican Senator Jerry Moran took to the floor of the US Senate to genuflect before Charles Koch and read his op-ed into the Congressional Record.
"It seems to me the things that are outlined in Mr. Koch’s opinion piece are certainly within the wide mainstream of American thought..." and " I wanted to share one of Koch Industries owner’s beliefs about those values and his philosophy and how it affects Americans today,"
During CPAC 2014 in March, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann thanked god for David Koch and declared RICO laws should be used against those who speak out against the Koch Brothers,
"I just thank god that there’s a billionaire or two on our side. I hope we get a few more that are willing that come out but realize also this is an intimidation movement, I’m sure that the donors on our side don’t like to have their names vilified and that’s what this is about, intimidating people from giving money to our cause, that’s it. There’s something called the RICO statute, the racketeering law, that should be applied against them for doing this."
Meanwhile, other Republicans are engaged in a slander campaign of Senator Harry Reid. Not debating his viewpoint but insinuating that he has suffered a mental breakdown or is drunk or on drugs.

Republicans exist to guard and increase the Vast Wealth of the Rich at the expense of everyone else.

The odious Newt Gingrich, a viciously racist miserable political failure famous only for cheating on two wives while trying to impeach President Clinton for cheating on one, took to the Sunday Morning talk Circuit to bask in the beauty of the McCutcheon Ruling. Gingrich went further and declared,
"Candidates should be allowed to take unlimited amounts of money from anybody and you would overnight equalize the middle class and the rich."
In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread. Anatole France, 1894. Sheldon Adelson can give a million dollars to Gingrich or Christ Christie and so can you!

Meanwhile, Republicans have adopted the Kochtopus approach of attacking the Working Class on multiple fronts to crush the 99% and enforce brutal Koch Feudalism. Republicans want to give Companies time to delay Union vote because Republicans use the Awesome Power of the Government to aid the Rich in crushing Labor.
Republican Congressman John Kline of Minnesota and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee introduced legislation requiring the NLRB let 35 days pass after employees file a petition before they are allowed to vote on forming a union. 
Because Companies might need extra time to threaten workers against Unionizing, bring in Armed Forces to ensure the proper votes are cast and give Republicans time to interfere in the Free Market as Senator Bob Corker, Tennessee Governor Haslam and State Republicans did against workers trying unionize a VW factory.

Republicans don't care about the American People. They are solely in office to succor, defend and protect the Plutocracy. Medicaid eliminated, Medicare eviscerated, Social Security Swindled, Unions abolished, The Working Class impoverished, higher education made unaffordable, laws applied unequally, Plutocrats buying elections, Corporations telling you what you can spend your earnings on and what you can do with your free time, these are ancillary benefits of the Brutal Koch Feudalism, Republicans are pushing upon the Nation.

Charles Koch used a quote from Thomas Jefferson so shall I,
"I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in it’s birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and to bid defiance to the laws of their country." Jefferson to George Logan Nov. 12, 1816.
Money is not Speech and Corporations are not People. MovetoAmend!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Fort Hood Shooting is Obama's Fault, Right? Or Clinton's. Either Way Conservatives Love Dead Soldiers

Because Right-Wingers use the dead to advance their beliefs. Conservatives are natural cowards who will never follow through with the BS they spout, as they lack the courage of their convictions.

However, they love when other people die because conservatives are grave robbers and fakes who have no right to speak for the dead.

The Second Fort Hood Shooting has reved up Dana Loesch, Jim Hoft, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and so many other right-wing nut jobs to take to their medium, be it Faux News, Toxic Right-Wing Radio or the Right-Wing Internet Fart Bubble to blame everything from Obama's Lack of Military response to Putin in Crimea to President Clinton banning active duty military from carrying weapons on base but, never, ever the ubiquitous gun culture the Right has created and championed in the US.

Of course, it was the DoD under George Bush 41 who issued the 1992 directive which outlined when the carrying of firearms on base was authorized but, that fact is irrelevant to the larger right-wing purpose.

Allen West and Sean Hannity can try and speak somberly about on President Obama's unwillingness to accept a Post-9/11 World and failure to stand up Putin as the causes but, what's important is to consistently and reflexively Blame President Obama and Liberals for everything and to use the dead to advance right-wing beliefs.

What conservatives would love to see happen in the case of an active shooter on a military base is for other military members to come out hunting.

However, unlike, conservative fantasies, the bad guy does not have a Glowing Red X over his head indicating foe while other armed soldiers have Rotating Green O over theirs indicating good guy with a gun.

Friend and Foe recognition isn't automatic but, what do conservatives care? They won't be anywhere near the crossfire because conservatives don't serve in the military and aren't on base.

More guns is not the answer. It never has been. The death of American Sniper Chris Kyle last year could have caused Firearm Fanatics to re-evaluate their beliefs but because gun nuts are zealots and madmen, every shooting just serves to further entrench them and hardens their fanaticism.

Related:
Senior Breitbart Contributer and conservative hero Pat Dollard's tweet after the Second Fort Hood Shooting demanding that Americans take to the streets to start slaughtering muslims deserves mention. Back during the Presidency of George W(orst Ever) Bush, Dollard was invited onto Faux News regularly and in 2007 revealed so much of the modern conservatives, "This is a propaganda war, and if I can fight with a camera the same as a Marine with his rifle, I will."

Update:
True to form Speaker John Boehner is using the Second Fort Hood shooting to push for privitazation of VA Services. Of course, the Republican Plan would not address Mental Health or restrictions on guns but is a sick attempt to siphon off funds from the VA into the back accounts of the Rich.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Mark Kirk and Bruce Rauner are against Medicaid Expansion because Poor People deserve to Die not get Better

While the Republicans in the US House continue to remain demonstrably evil, on April Fools Day Paul Ryan released the latest Republican Path to Poverty, I've nonetheless, retained hope that at other levels Republicans would at least not actively embrace evil. Unfortunately, I continue to be disappointed.

With the enrollment end for the Affordable Care Act Illinois Senator Mark Kirk and Republican Nominee for Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner took to their plush armchairs to decry medicaid. Because as Rich Privileged White Men they understand that Healthcare Coverage is not to be wasted on Poor People.

Of course, I expect such viewpoints from the likes of Paul Ryan, Eric Cantor and Darrel Issa. They are in office to ensure that Poor People are ground down and crushed under the heel of Corporate Hegemony.

But, Mark Kirk?

Senator Mark Kirk, suffered a catastrophic stroke, which left him paralyzed and unable to walk for over a year and whose entire medical care, millions of dollars worth including intensive physical therapy, was covered by the American Taxpayer.

Then Congressman Kirk ran on this slogan in 2010, "I’m Mark Kirk and I can’t wait to vote against the health care bill next week." Senator Kirk wouldn't be alive, let alone in Office, if it wasn't for taxpayer supported Government run Healthcare Coverage.

Bruce Rauner is a Billionaire, so of course he doesn't have to worry about medical care. Of course, part of Rauner's immense wealth was stolen from sick and elderly Americans, who were subjected to Nursing Home Abuse at Rauner's negligent behest. Rauner's Wealth Management firms routinely purchased Nursing Homes, then slashed their budgets, reduced staff, loaded them with debt and underfunded the Homes in order to extract maximum wealth with a minimum outlay of expense. The Elderly residents who suffered and died as a result? Well, they were just collateral damage of Rauner's Vulture Capitalism.

Vulture Rauner is among the 300 Richest people in the United States. He claims, anecdotally of course, Medicaid is replete with fraudulent sign ups and questioned the timing of expanding eligibility at a time of financial instability in state government.

For a Vulture like Rauner government, when it is helping the Poor and Downtrodden is always in a time financial instability.

The Republican Healthcare Alternative remains; Don't Get Sick but, If You Do Die Quickly and If You Were Wealthy, You'd Be Healthy. But If You're Poor, There's the Door.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

BP latest Lake Michigan Oil Spill more than twice as large as first reported, Republicans love Pollution

BP's oil spill from their Whiting, Indiana processing plant into Lake Michigan doubled in size. BP raised the "estimated" amount of oil spilled up from 600 gallons to well over 1600 gallons. But, in reality, this latest estimate is just a guess by BP, as well, and the final total and damage is sure to increase.

Lake Michigan, as one of the Great Lakes the repository of 21% of the World's Fresh Water, is the primary source for drinking water used by 7-12 million people.

Initially, BP claimed the cold conditions and ice on the water allowed them to collect the waxy oil spilled, which was characterized as small. However, Illinois Senators Mark Kirk and Dick Durbin made several public declarations and vowed to investigate the spills causes and effects.

Mark Kirk's refusal to slander Dick Durbin and his non-deference to BP has greatly angered the Illinois Republican Party and Conservatives, in general. Over at the fetid Hotair, Ed Morissey declares Kirk is a coward who won't go Nuclear on Durbin while commenters declare Kirk is a "crap weasel" with "no testicles". Meanwhile, the Illinois Republican Party is looking to implant Jim Oberweis another Corporate scumbag who will vote to eliminate regulations and unchain Corporations.

Just last week, US House Republicans voted to allow Coal Mining Companies to dump Coal Ash into lakes, rivers and streams. In 2011, US House Republicans passed H.R. 2018 to eliminate the Clean Water Act of 1972 and allow Polluting Corporations to do so with total impunity and immunity.

The vote last week by the Republicans was in response to President Obama's decision to empower the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to protect and defend 20 million acres of wetlands and river sheds from the Pollution Industry. So, the Republicans decided to look out for their constituents.

The Pollution Industry is a big money maker so, of course, Republicans will look out for the Corporations Interest and harm Americans because their job is to defend and empower Corporations at the expense of America.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

US House Republicans love Pollution, vote to make dumping Coal Ash and mining waste into streams "Legal"

Faced with the massive toxic coal ash spills into waterways, US House Republicans decided to make the dumping of toxins into rivers, lake, streams legal. After all they won't be drinking, bathing or fishing in the toxic water. John Boehner called it a "pro-jobs growth bill". Because Fuck the EPA and all Regulations!

Congressional Republicans are evil. While an argument could be made the Republican Party contains some good people, any Republican you may have the misfortune to run into in Washington DC, is a villain worse than a mustache twirling caricature of evil. 

Throughout the Misadministration of George W(orst President Ever) Bush, Federal agencies ignorned the criminal polluting by Coal Mining Companies and in the December of 2008, Bush snuck through regulations giving them freedom to dump coal ash and other toxic waste products into nearby rivers, lakes and streams. Because Regulations are job-killers and the word Jobs is magic.

This last year has seen a number of Massive Toxic Coal Sludge Spills into Rivers rendering them not only undrinkable but untouchable.

Duke Energy followed dumping of 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 Million gallons of contaminated water into the Dan River with another spill because Fuck the EPA and all Regulations! Duke Energy dumped 61 million gallons of coal ash wastewater into the Cape Fear River Basin from its coal plant in nearby Moncure, in Chatham County North Carolina. The vote by House Republicans would simply legalize these spills because Republicans are evil.

This vote is nothing more than a campaign promise Eric Cantor and Congressional Republicans has made to Corporations, 
"Whether it’s the EPA, the FDA, the FCC, the SEC, the CFTC, you name it, there is an acronym for a federal agency causing harm right now. We’re trying to pull that in." - Eric Cantor.
Republicans run this Nation for their Corporate Overlords. They don't care what happens to the Country so do you think they're going to care if your home's drinking water is contaminated? No, Republicans and their Moneyed Masters aren't going to be affected and they know their conservative base can be easily prodded into ignoring Republican Evil by yelling about President Obama's mom jeans or Benghazi!!1!11! who can be reliably counted upon to attack Liberals because condemning Pollution and the criminal negligence of Coal Companies is evil liberals/democrats punishing success.

The Pollution-Industry is making huge profits and Republicans are working to make sure any costs they incur while raping the Nation and Planet will be passed onto the taxpayer and Working Class. Because Republicans job in Government is to ensure Profits and Privatized while Losses are Socialized.

Additionally, 2013 saw the amount of oil spill surpass the last 40 years combined;
Altogether, 800,000 gallons spilled from US railroads in the years from 1975 to 2010. That data, which comes from the Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, does not include records of Canadian spills, some of which are thought to surpass one million gallons spilled on their own. 
In part because of major derailments in Alabama and North Dakota, over 1.15 million gallons of crude oil seeped from train cars.
So, it should come as no surprise that BP at Whiting Indiana is back to polluting Lake Michigan again. Because Fuck the EPA and all Regulations. BP confirmed their plant, newly renovated to process Canadian Tar Sands, dumped a huge unknown amount of oil and tar sands sludge into Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan water is the primary source for drinking water for 12 million Americans in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

But, while all this is occurring duped and ignorant conservatives across the Nation are busy deriding President Obama for not doing something, something, something about Crimea instead of focusing on the Terrorists, Koch Industries, Duke Energy, BP, Murray Energy and so many others, in our midst. Just as their Republican Handlers and Plutocratic Masters intend.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wisconsin Republicans, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, are ready for Business

One of the key components of the Reactionary shift in American Politics has been the push by Republicans, from "business supporting" to servile kow-towing lackeys of the 1%, who deceitfully utilize their public office to ensure private business is supported on the backs of the Working Class.

In Wisconsin, the election of Governor Scott Walker was just the cherry on top of the Neo-Feudalist Republican push to crush the regular Wisconsinite and transfer land, property and money to the Rich.

The Koch Brothers consider the State of Wisconsin their Feudal Domains. Scott Walker is their paid lackey, ready and willing to enforce the will of the Koch Brothers at every turn. But, they aren't satisfied with merely controlling Walker. Americans for Prosperity, the Koch Brothers think-tank propaganda arm, is spending millions in order to control the local government of Iron County in Northern Wisconsin.

The Koch Brothers see the natural resources of the American People as theirs, to do with as they wish and the ramifications be damned.

If the Koch Brothers succeed in Iron County a mining operation under Gogebic Taconite will devastate Northern Wisconsin. But, who cares because the 1% will make a boat load of cash while the effects of their putrid mining operation won't affect them or theirs!

The Koch Brothers support the Republican Party because once Republicans are in office they use the Awesome Power of Government to enact blatantly unfair laws because Businesses, like Koch Industries no longer succeed in America by innovation or efficiency, but by ensuring public tax dollars are transferred to them, public domains are seceded to their control and by getting governments to undercut labor at every turn.

Last December, Wisconsin Business representatives demanded special tax incentives and tax-payer funded corporate welfare from Lt Governor Rebecca Kleefisch.

The meeting of Public Office holders was closed to the media. This meeting was recorded by the Lt Governor's office but, her office declared the unknown number of Scott Walker specially directed "Tax Reform Roundtables" since last December were not be recorded so Business Reps could "speak freely" i.e. demand the Scott Walker administration give transfer the tax dollars of Wisconsin citizens to them.

Two weeks ago, a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature which would have required health insurance providers cover chemotherapy drugs equally was blocked by state Senate Majority Leader Republican Scott Fitzgerald.

The bill would have eliminated the cost difference between Chemo pills and intravenous drugs, Health "Insurers" opposed the bill and coincidentally, Scott Fitzgerald's brother is a lobbyist for the Health Insurance Industry.

Now, despite the bill having enough support to pass, two weeks ago, Fitzgerald called a special committee to prevent any vote.

Much like, Mitt Romney's infamous things only discussed behind closed doors, Corporate America has spent decades secretly meeting with their operatives the wholly owned Republican Party and Pro-Business Democratic members in order to use the power of government to undercut Labor and enforce a stratified society in which the vast majority of American workers are shackled forever in the chains of Corporate Bondage.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

GM's Ignition Switch is a direct result of Republican beliefs in the Myth of Self-Regulation

General Motors has revealed (or had exposed) a flaw in their ignition system affecting the following models; Chevy Cobalt and HHR, the Pontiac G5, and Saturn ION mainly between the 2005 to 2007 models. The ignition flaw known to GM engineers and officals, possibly as early as 2002, and which underwent a quiet in-house redesigning in 2006, was not announced for recall until February 10, 2014.

Currently, 34 traffic crashes and 12 deaths are linked (albeit not yet conclusively) to the flaw which causes the ignition to turn off under heavy jarring as in an impact or while driving on bad road conditions.

Government Regulations require Corporations report flaws to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as soon as they become reasonably aware of the flaw or defect, but under George W. Bush, General Motors, as illustrated with the 2006 quiet redesign, and other Corporations in the United States felt utterly secure in not reporting or following any regulations.

Like all Republicans, The Bush Administration cultivated an Air of Neglect and assured Americans that Corporations would Self-Regulate. The Myth of Self-Regulation is that Companies would never defraud, negligently or maliously harm consumers because by doing so they would, in fact, be harming themselves. So since it's in their self-interest Corporations will correct problems and not engage in criminal activity. What actually happens is Corporations routinely flout regulations because they know No Republican will ever prosecute them for their criminal negligence.

Part and parcel of their absolute devotion to the Myth of Self-Regulation, Republicans often hamstring Regulatory bodies by underfunding and slashing their budget or neutering their enforcement powers, but even worse Bush and other Republicans often place people who are explicitly hostile to Regulatory Bodies in positions of authority over those organizations.

Under Bush and his Republican brethren, the NHTSA, the EPA, the MHSA, the SEC and every other Governmental Regulatory body were neutered so that Businesses could engage rapacious profiteering and whatever criminal activity they desired.

Because Republicans want a Corporate Plutocracy controlling the Nation while the 99% are shackled in perpetual Corporate Bondage and Wage Slavery.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Unzip the Real Mitt, send Romney and his Clairvoyance to Crimea

"Well, you know, I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out..." Ann Romney April 2012.
Since Conservatives love Putin why are they pushing for War with Russia?

Right-Wingers have been pining away waiting next to the red phone waiting for the 3am call from Vlad Putin, where he promises to ride into their lives, take command and be the Dom they've always wanted.

That's why they want war! When a sado-maschocist is denied their pleasure they lash out. Conservatives and Republicans are authoritarians who yearn to be treated like slaves and who yearn for the strong-man to tell them what to do.

Besides Rudy 9/11 Giuliani gushing over Putin's ability to tell his Parliament to get things done, Sarah Palin's longing for Putin to wrestle her down and drill for her oil as he does with bears, and Senators Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham petulantly stamping their feet that President Obama doesn't degrade them the way Putin would, we now have Emperor of Thwarted Aristocracy Mitt Vulture Romney chiming in.
"I think effective leaders typically are able to see the future to a certain degree, and are able to take actions to shape it in some way. That’s, of course, what this president has failed to do. And as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton as well. There’s always the potential that we could have kept them from invading a country and annexing it into their own." Vulture Mitt Romney on Face the Nation
Well, then Mister Romney why weren't you sharing your ability to see into the Future with the American People? And, more importantly why weren't you sharing it with the Ukrainian People?

Was your clairvoyance the reason you went to France instead of French-Indochina back in the sixties? Did your visions account for your five sons decision not to enlist or accept commissions and take part in the GWoT, the war in which conservatives said our very way of life was facing existential threat yet which they took no part in the actual fighting?
"One of the ways my sons are showing support for the nation is helping me get elected. Because they think I'd make a great President." Mitt Romney 2007
 As usual, from failed former Presidential Candidates to the conservatives who get paid to write despicable crap for the right-wing toxic commentary, all sorts of blame is thrown on President Obama with ZERO details of what the right-wingers would actually have done.

But, besides offering up nothing in terms of a real foreign policy, except Vulture Mitt's "potential", it's frightening to see the Domination/Subjugation Mindset which controls the American Conservative on display.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Jim Oberweis the next Senator of Illinois... or Flordia!

Republican Jim Oberweis, another Plutocrat who made his fortune off of legerdemain, is running to oppose Dick Durbin for the US Senate. Oberweis will have to win the Primary this March 18th in order to face Senator Durbin in November.

Oberweis is currently an Illinois State Senator having previously run for the US Senate, US House, Illinois Governor and finally winning office in 2012.

Thus far, the only policies State Senator Oberweis has backed is increasing the speed limits on Illinois Highways so his milk and dairy products can reach their destinations faster; accidents, damage to streets and traffic deaths be damned those costs will be borne by society and Illinois Taxpayers, and Pension Theft from Illinois Teachers.

Oberweis voted to steal Teacher Pensions and violate the contracts signed by other Illinois Public employees. Oberweis called the Pension Theft a "step in the right direction" but was worried, "There is no guarantee that the money saved by these reforms will actually be used to pay down debt, instead of being used for new programs." Paying down the debt means transferring taxpayer money to Corporations via pay-to-play tax incentives and special water and power rates for businesses.

Well, now the interesting thing about Oberweis being so worried about Illinois debt is the Oberweis' primary residence is in Bonita Springs, Florida, which coincidentally is where Jim has spent (some? most? all?) the terrible Chicago winter.

This winter in Chicago has been the coldest, when measured by sub-zero degree days, and the second snowiest behind only the infamous blizzard of 1979.

Ah the best of both worlds! Jim's current wife, Julie is a native of Florida and is registered to vote there and she's also registered to vote in Kane County Illinois! In fact in 2010, she voted in both states.

But, it's not Voter Fraud because Julie Oberweis registered to vote in Florida as a precursor to taking a homestead tax exemption for the couple's "primary residence" a $1.3 Million dollar mansion, most likely the one Jim Oberweis spent the better part of this winter relaxing in and soaking up the Florida sun.

Oberweis surfaced in Chicago yesterday (the high was 54 degrees), 4 days before the Republican Primary to give an interview to right-wing toxic talk radio station WLS 890, in which he said, "I never saw the beach, was not there. I did play golf with my wife though."

Awww... Oberweis is going to win the Republican Primary and surely he's just what we need in the US Senate; another Plutocrat Vulture Millionaire who can ensure the poor are punished, the needy are shamed, the hungry are humiliated, and the sick are denied care.