Republicans are the real moochers and takers. Check that. It’s duped citizens who think they’re Republicans.

One of the most hilarious talking points coming from far-right Republicans and the Tea Party is that when “red states” like Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are asked to bail out California or Massachusetts, that’s when they will finally become “fed up with socialism” and secede from the Union once and for all.

The problem with that meme is that it has no basis in reality: the more prosperous and Democrat-leaning areas of the United States are likely to be subsidizing dysfunctional “red states,” many of which are suffering from insufficient tax revenue and an abundance of low-wage workers who don’t have much to tax. Tea Party Republicans like to point out that poor cities like Detroit, Baltimore and Camden, New Jersey are run by Democrats, but they neglect to mention that some of the most affluent parts of the United States—from Manhattan to the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area to Cambridge, MA to Seattle to Chicago’s North Shore suburbs—are dominated by the Democratic Party. People in those heavily Democratic areas pay a lot of federal income taxes, and quite often, their tax dollars go to red states.

“10 red states that mooch off the federal government” by Alex Henderson

(Credit: PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)

(Credit: PhotosbyAndy via Shutterstock)

 

What’s the common denominator among the states listed by Mr. Henderson besides being red?

They are so-called right-to-work states.

What’s the obvious conclusion?

Weak labor = lower pay = lower living standards for everyone = weak economy (except for the rich) = lower levels of local and state tax revenues = rest of us subsidizing poor red states

Corporations Did Not Build America, Labor Did

When labor was strong in America, average people like my father, a high school graduate, could find jobs and make the kind of money that allowed for a respectable and decent middle class life. We were far from wealthy, but he made enough to pay the mortgage and to buy a new car every so often. We went on modest, little, middle class vacations to places like Ocean City, MD, Washington, DC, and once to Myrtle Beach.

Three of his four kids went to college right out of high school. None of us graduated with crushing student loan debt. Only the one who went on to become a school teacher had – and still has – the protections and the benefits unique to organized labor.

The money my father spent during his working life through the 50s, 60s, and 70s went right back into the local economy. He and people just like him were directly responsible for creating jobs and generating taxes by virtue of that spending.

Make no mistake about it. It never has been and never will be rich people or corporations who are most responsible for job creation. This economy works from the middle out, not the top down. Unless you’ve been duped into believing the lie of trickle-down economics, you understand that truth. The corporation can only exist and thrive if there are markets to serve, and those markets are driven by consumer consumption. Take away consumers’ ability to consume, and you cut the throat of our capitalist system.

Who Are the Real Moochers

Now, to anyone tempted to respond that the red states on this list are spending too much on its citizens already; that social safety net programs need to be cut to save money and to motivate those moochers to get jobs; that all of this is why these states need federal subsidies, save it.

That’s bullshit, and you know it. At least you should know it. To not know it is simply a display of willful ignorance of the truth.

The poorest states in the nation are poor and collecting aid from the feds because their citizens cannot find jobs that pay decent wages. This is despite the fact that Republican legislators pass laws and Republican governors sign these so-called “right-to-work” laws into existence as incentives to attract and retain business.

Here’s the reality. Companies in those states can pay their workers less because they know they are protected from organized labor by right-to-work laws which ought to be called “no-right-to-organize” laws.

Stop Voting Against Yourself

There is ONE political party and only ONE who stands AGAINST average citizens and AGAINST labor. One.

Any vote for any Republican anywhere is a vote for a person who, today, voluntarily represents the one party squarely against you and your own economic self-interest unless, of course, you are among the 2% of Americans making $250,000.00 or more per year. I can see why those folks vote for Republicans.

I can’t see why anyone else would.

The only explanation is that they have been duped into believing that the GOP and its policies contain one scintilla of concern or interest in them, or in anything likely to benefit anyone outside the 2-percenters.

This is not about hand-outs to able-bodied but lazy individuals. This is not about Reagan’s mythical welfare queens having more and more children to collect more welfare. You do know that welfare was reformed under Clinton, right?

What this is about is who the real moochers are, and that makes it about politics.

It’s about which party gives a shit about the rest of us – even a little – and which party considers the rest of us to be expendable resources to be used in whatever way most benefits them.

This November’s midterm matters. It matters a lot.

To be sure, the Democrats are no prize. If only the majority of them would actually be Democrats, that would make our choices even clearer. The Republicans, however, are squarely against anything and everything that doesn’t benefit the already-rich and powerful.

Here’s some harsh reality.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not on that list of rich and powerful people. It’s far past the time for you to stop pretending that you ever will be.

If you’re reading this and you think you’re a Republican, you’ve been lied to and you’ve been duped. It’s time to for you to stop being willfully ignorant of the truth and of the facts.

If you’re reading this and don’t plan to vote in November, you’re part of the problem. Not voting only compounds the problems we face, and you can be assured people like this person will be voting.

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You need to understand these realities and be thinking about all of this when – not IF, but WHEN – you vote in November.

It’s this straight-forward: A vote for a Republican, any Republican, is a vote against your own economic self-interest unless you’re in the top 2%.

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Why Democrats Can’t Win the House

Thanks to demographics, the Republicans have a virtual stranglehold on the House of Representatives.

Source: www.nytimes.com

"If Democratic losses in that part of the country <the South> are irreversible, Democrats might be forced to wait for demographic and generational change to spread beyond urban centers and suburbs, giving the party a chance to build a more decisive majority. Until that happens, the long-anticipated Democratic majority has little chance of enacting the most ambitious elements of its agenda." – Nate Cohen

Rural Americans who are outside the 2% seem to insist on voting for Republicans and against their own self-interests. When they come to their senses and stop doing that, this country will progress and improve.

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Why is American internet so slow?

The country that literally invented the internet is now behind Estonia in terms of download speeds

Source: theweek.com

"The idea of a regulated market being more conducive to competition may be alien to free market ideologues, but telecoms and internet is a real world example of deregulation leading to monopolization instead of competition in lots of markets."

- John Aziz, The Week

Too much deregulation and crony capitalism is on bold display in the telecommunications industry.

 

When any president, but especially a Democratic president, makes an industry lobbyist the chairman of the FCC, we have been betrayed and we must speak up.

 

Make your concerns known to the FCC.

http://www.fcc.gov/comments

Other online places with great info and more links:

 

Freepress.net’s SaveTheInternet

http://www.savetheinternet.com/what-can-i-do

 

ACLU

https://www.aclu.org/net-neutrality

 

 

(Below is the text I submitted to the FCC. Feel free to copy, change, and paste as you see fit.)

 

I’m certain you’re aware that we have fallen behind as a country when it comes to Internet speeds because of the lack of competition. (See http://www.netindex.com/download/allcountries/)

 

That has happened by all accounts because of a lack of competition.

 

To allow fewer and fewer ISPs to control markets and to hold all of us hostage – whether it’s activists, news outlets, content providers, or consumers – to the pricing whims of monopolies is going to hurt everyone except for the large ISPs like Comcast, TW, AT&T, and Verizon.

 

Please do the right thing.

 

Please enforce strong net neutrality rules, and please consider taking former FCC commissioner Michael Copps’s recommendation to re-regulate ISPs as Title II common carriers.

 

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Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Net Neutrality (HBO) – YouTube

Cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it…

Source: www.youtube.com

STOP!!!!!!

Stop right now!!!

Don’t do another thing until you watch this video.

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Civility is for suckers: Campus hypocrisy and the “polite behavior” lie

When campus administrators hide behind the fig-leaf of “community,” they’re usually protecting a powerful agenda

Source: www.salon.com

"Now, who gets to determine what “civil” behavior and speech is, and what is not?  Even as administrators espouse the value of “community” it is clear that the final arbiters of civility are they themselves.  And this is what makes signing on to civility something one should think twice about—civility is in the eye of the powerful." – David Palumbo-Liu, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor at Stanford University

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Sleepwalking Toward Armageddon : Sam Harris

Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of the New York Times bestsellers, The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The Moral Landscape.

Source: www.samharris.org

I find myself agreeing with Sam Harris once again. We refuse to have an honest discussion in this country about religion. Until we do, we probably shouldn’t expect much to change in our domestic or foreign policies.

 

"…it is this misguided respect for revelation that explains why, in response to the starkest conceivable expression of religious fanaticism, President Obama has responded with euphemisms—and missiles. This may be the best we can hope for, given the state of our discourse about religion. Perhaps one day we will do “everything that we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.” But today, we won’t even honestly describe the motivations of our enemies. And in the act of lying to ourselves, we continue to pay lip service to the very delusions that empower them." – Sam Harris

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Main Street: Your recovery will come from the left, not the right. #GetMoneyOut #NeverForget915

The American public got played (again) for chumps back in 1999 when we weren’t in the streets protesting Slick Willy’s signature of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.

It wasn’t the first time, and it undoubtedly won’t be the last unless we’re willing stand up to the failed ideology and policies of conservatism.

So, what has GLBA wrought? The ’08 crash, for one thing.

Now there’s hope for us and for Main Street:

As it happens, a trial just ended in Sacramento in which a jury was convinced that “executives intended to make fraudulent loans.” Here’s the thing, though: It wasn’t the government that made the case against the financiers; it was the defendants.
“Finally, Wall Street gets put on trial: We can still hold the 0.1 percent responsible for tanking the economy”; Thomas Frank, Salon, Sept 7, 2014.

The real estate bubble that Wall Street executives knowingly manufactured while knowing they’d escape unscathed is finally coming to some justice.

It’s about time. Their crimes and the travesty they created turns 6 years old next week.

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Now, I know some of you still believe the libertarian fantasies of Invisible Hands and “free market” solutions. Wake up, please. Those are fantasies conjured up in the imagination of a sub-par Russian novelist and then perpetuated by the likes of big business propagandists like Milton Friedman and the Koch Brothers. It’s not the real world, and you have been duped.

I know lots of you like to mix in large doses of Wall Street hero-worship, too. You think people like Jamie Dimon, Dick Fuld, and  Lloyd Blankfein are people of admirable character with great and endless ambition who make for exemplary role models because of the wealth and power they have amassed.

Again, you have been duped. Open your eyes. They and people like them play you for a fool. They are the ones who drove the economy right off the cliff. They have never paid a dime of recompense and, with extremely rare exceptions, have not done a minute of time behind bars for their crimes. What’s worse is that they’re still in charge.

Finally, there’s this. I know you hate hearing it because you know it’s true. Reaganomics.

Too many of you insist on believing the lie that is trickle down economics. The economy has been slow to recovery because the government bailed out Wall Street instead of Main Street. The rich got paid off for their mistakes and then took their money offshore. Banks have been operating at a federal funds rate of effectively zero for how many years now, and still no money seems to be reaching anyone except the largest and most profitable corporations.

Do you not get it yet? The government didn’t do enough 6 years ago and it still hasn’t done enough to stimulate true growth and real prosperity at its source – the MIDDLE CLASS AND THE POOR WHO ACTUALLY DRIVE THE ECONOMY WITH OUR SPENDING!

Please look at the facts. Please stop telling yourself that less regulation is always better.

Please stop voting for people who think money is speech and corporations are people.
(Does it surprise anyone that the 18 Senators who voted today against an amendment to overturn Citizens United were all Republicans?)

Please stop ignoring the fact that all the gains in our rigged economy are going to the top, that none of it will ever trickle down to you, and that all the gains are privatized while all the losses are socialized because too many of YOU insist on voting against YOUR OWN economic self-interests.

Please stop voting for Clintons and Bushes and Ryans and Pauls and Romneys.
(Yes, Clintons, too, and any other corporatist Democrats. They are part of the problem, too, just not to the same degree that Republicans and their pesky little brothers and sisters in the libertarian and tea party are.)

I get it. It’s your choice. You’re free to vote for whomever you like. You’re also free to keep playing the role of the rich person’s chump.

Just know this. There’s a growing number of people who will keep revealing the truth while you believe the lies. We will keep working to get money out of politics while you continue to vote for Big Money, whether you realize it or admit it, or not.

We will keep doing this in the hope that you’ll one day come to your senses. We will keep doing it with the certainty that if you don’t your (and our) children and grandchildren will. After all, it’s their eyes we’ll all have to look into someday.

One more thing you mus know. Conservatism is a failed ideology.

Whether its ISIS or Westboro; whether its bin Laden or McViegh, conservatism in all its forms is a failed ideology.

In political and economic terms, it has failed everyone except for the very rich and the very powerful who wish to subjugate and oppress workers and ordinary citizens.

No society has ever advanced by being conservative, or by looking inward or backward, or by concentrating more and more wealth and power into fewer and fewer hands. This is the very definition of conservatism today in America, and make no mistake about it. There is one and only one political party embracing the failed ideology of conservatism. One.

Main Street, your salvation is not going to come from ideologues who want to conserve and expand the status quo of unequal power and unfair capital distribution. You must see that nothing is going to trickle down to you. There’s nothing for Big Money to gain by pressing for policies that help you to thrive. You are familiar with this thanks to Walmart, are you not?

It wasn’t liberals and progressive who drove you and your fellow business owners to the brink of extinction by bribing/threatening local zoning boards to get sweetheart tax deals, who drove down prices for goods and services by moving manufacturing overseas and then importing cheaply made products back to their shelves, or who once they forced you out of business dropped standards of living by ensuring that the only jobs left in some communities were theirs paying minimum wage.

These are not liberal and progressive ideals, they are conservative.

Look, it’s time we all became progressives. It’s how society will progress. It’s time we all took the fight directly to conservatives and libertarians using the facts and history to prove once and for all to Main Streets everywhere that, on election day and with extremely rare exceptions, a vote for a Republican is a vote against yourself, our economy, and our society.

 

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Roll Call Vote – Question: On Cloture on the Motion to Proceed (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.J.Res. 19 )

Roll Call Vote on…

 

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.J.Res. 19; A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

 

What’s the common denominator?

Doesn’t this say it all?

 

NAYs —18

Barrasso (R-WY)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)

Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)

Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)

Source: www.senate.gov

Roll Call Vote on…

 

Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to S.J.Res. 19; A joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to contributions and expenditures intended to affect elections.

 

What’s the common denominator?

Doesn’t this say it all?

 

NAYs —18

Barrasso (R-WY)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Crapo (R-ID)
Cruz (R-TX)
Enzi (R-WY)

Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (R-WI)
Lee (R-UT)
Paul (R-KY)
Portman (R-OH)

Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Scott (R-SC)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)

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CALL ALERT: Senate votes TODAY on overturning Citizens United. CALL YOUR SENATORS!

The U.S. Senate votes TODAY (Sept 8) on a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United. Click here to call your Senators and tell them to vote YES on the constitutional amendment!

Source: act.boldprogressives.org

I just called Senator Toomey’s office. The aide that answered was very friendly. When I stated the purpose of my call and asked what Senator Toomey’s stance was, the aide told me that the Senator does not yet have an official position on the amendment to overturn Citizens United. I expressed my disappointment that he was not on the side of most citizens like me who support the amendment. I asked him to tell the Senator that I wanted him to come out in support. I made sure to give the aide my full name and address so that the Senator would know it was a call from an actual named constituent. It was a very professional and even pleasant conversation, and I encourage every citizen to do the same.

Our elected officials work for us (at least they’re supposed to), and we should never be afraid or reluctant to contact them to share our concerns in calm and mature ways.

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