See? Check (American flag pins); Check (Guantanamo Bay/drones); Check (Muslims/Hispanics/Homosexuals); Check (spending more than the next 10 countries combined/”Global Force for Good”); Check (constant assault on Women’s reproductive rights/no equal pay); Check (corporate-controlled media); check (NSA spying/”Department of Homeland Security”); check (Republicans); check (Congress owned by the 1%); check (anti-Union assaults by Republicans); check (anti-intellectualism in the Republican Party and the South); check, check, check (2000; 2004 – both stolen by Bush).
“If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare. Although it may sound terrible that I’m doing this, it’s the only alternative. I’ve got to pass the cost on to the consumer.”
~John Metz, Denny’s Franchisee and Hurricane Grill & Wings Owner
Many people are following the presidential election closely with the idea that the outcome will have a major impact on national policy. However, according to Steven Pearlstein, a veteran Washington Post columnist and reporter, it may not matter who wins the election. In a column last week, Pearlstein told readers that the top executives of some of the country’s largest companies are getting together to craft a budget package that they will try to push through Congress and get the president to sign.
While Pearlstein clearly sees these backroom meetings of corporate chieftains in positive terms (he refers to them as “grown-ups” who have been noticeably absent from the conversation about the budget), the rest of us might view this plotting a bit differently. As Pearlstein openly acknowledges, this corporate coup is an end-run around the electorate. As corrupt as the political process may have become, at least we will get a vote in the election. Pearlstein’s plotters are not inviting the rest of us into the conversation.
Many of the same folks who brought the economy to ruin just a few years ago are now going to come up with a plan that is supposed to set the budget and the economy on a forward path. At the center of their proposal are big cuts in Social Security and Medicare.
This is a common tactic among autocratic groups like the Republicans/Tea Baggers: the Big Lie. Tell a lie big enough, and people will start to believe it. The left in the United States has been weak since the onset of the Cold War. The left in the US does not by and large engage in these tactics — but the Right does. THIS MAN IS LYING AND HE KNOWS IT.
For all Mitt Romney’s touting of his business record, when it comes to his own money the Republican nominee is remarkably shy about disclosing numbers and investments. Nicholas Shaxson delves into the murky world of offshore finance, revealing loopholes that allow the very wealthy to skirt tax laws, and investigating just how much of Romney’s fortune (with $30 million in Bain Capital funds in the Cayman Islands alone?) looks pretty strange for a presidential candidate.