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It’s time to meet the new boss.

To those born today everything is new which is why they are known as the know-nothings.

Not sick enough? Here’s another sickening less-government meal

So the problem was lack of oversight? I mean the whole Mississippi prison contract scandal thing? But in the words of one advocate for less oversight, i.e. removal of the Department of Corrections from Civil Service Protection, “in 2004, the Legislature gave the indicted and former commissioner Chris Epps a temporary removal of MDOC from the Personnel Board.”* And according to the anti-regulation crowd, “What MDOC got in return was hiring, promoting, and decision-making based on favoritism and impure motives rather than merit and competence?” Nevertheless, from the privatization-prison-contract cabal we now get a bill (House Bill 1308) which allows for unexplained hiring and firing as opposed to explanations and justifications and evaluations a.k.a. transparency via a Personnel Board. So much for concern about favoritism and impure motives. And by the way, wasn’t the will-and-pleasure or spoil system at the core of this you-scratch-my- back episode and not Civil Service? Conservatives prove once again they know the best way to fulfill the government-is-the-problem prophecy is to undermine government by making rules and regulations disappear.

* Don’t handcuff new MDOC commissioner: Letters
Patrick Fagan February 16, 2015 – Clarion Ledger

Yes, they loved Romney at Mississippi State

It pained me greatly to see Mitt Romney attract such a large crowd at Mississippi State University the other day. I had convinced myself that because Mississippi State didn’t have a Rebel flag and the playing of Dixie to bar from its stadium on fall Saturday afternoons that MSU was somehow fundamentally different. But the event will perhaps help me begin to get well, overcome my delusion, one that allows the actual conditions in Mississippi to go unchallenged, mentally. The fact that Mississippi State’s head football coach, Dan Mullen, is a Romney supporter makes me wonder about what he thinks of blacks who aren’t football players, truly and how football and entertainment in general is an anesthetic for fans that gives us contentment with the economic system because everything feels so fair in the sports arena. But can you imagine the uproar at Mississippi State if President Obama had lost and came to Mississippi State the way Romney did and was endorsed by the head football coach? Now there is no outrage from the people who did not support Romney the way there would be from the people who did not support Obama because Mississippi has an established order and everybody knows there place. It like for this situation there is a “Whites Only” sign in the minds of Mississippians.

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But back to Mr. 47%, Mitt Romney, a man who has not been asleep but has profited greatly from class warfare, he gained handsomely from the offshoring-wealth-transfer strategy, sending jobs overseas thus reducing American employment opportunities and the derivative upward movement of wages; then Cayman-Isle Mitt called people who don’t make enough to pay federal income taxes, takers (47%). That brings us to the relationship between Romney’s appeal and the deluded thinking about racial supremacy. For many of the Mississippians who voted for Romney for president in 2012, he wasn’t describing them as 47%’ers (white Mississippians who receive disability or welfare or who live on social security don’t see themselves as somebody who a white Republican would be against or criticize for being (non-federal) income taxpayers). No, many of his Mississippi supporters think, in their delusion, “white people are not takers, Romney really wasn’t talking about us.” It’s the old Lee Atwater code.

Another class of Romney voters looks past his criticism of them because he was on their side on the really important things – anti-gay rights, anti-voting rights, anti-abortion. This brings us to religious authoritarianism which will keep Mississippi last. In Mississippi, for many “conservatives” it doesn’t matter how a politician’s economic policies and proposals affect their ability to live middle-class lives, as long as the candidate appears to be right with God. You see, being anti-gay, anti-abortion, and in an Aryan-kind-of-way, anti-voting rights, means that you are right with God and blessed because of it.. That’s the real reason, this drive to dictate the lives of others, that Mississippi is last in so many categories. It is borne of the delusion which is religious superiority. This distraction gives the plutocrats and the neo-feudalists the access to policy making which allows them to wage class warfare undetected by their victims. There is little doubt that if George W. Bush were eligible to run for a third term, he would have carried Mississippi by the same margin that Romney did, because the compelling characteristic of the majority, the Albatross known as delusion, adorns Mississippi’s soul.

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I know conservatives don’t understand, but we’ve got joint custody

With oil as cheap as it is now (January 2015) how cheaply will Lisa Murkowski’s corporate masters be able to obtain leases in Alaska? When Lisa refers to Alaskans’ not taking it (government restrictions on drilling), referring to protection of national treasures as a “frontal assault” on her state to whom does she think the land in question, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, belongs? If it belonged to Alaskans exclusively then the Federal government wouldn’t have much of a say in its disposition. But the truth is that the land, the Refuge, belongs to Americans jointly, not just Alaskans. Lisa has no right to give it, the Refuge or access to the resources on it or beneath it, to a few of her closest friends nor compel the federal government to do so. Lisa hides her attempt to plunder the nation’s treasure behind this frame: The Obama Administration is stopping Alaska from deciding what to do with its resources. But those resources are the nation’s resources. The real attack is an assault by the conservatives on the intelligence of Americans in an attempt to take their property.


What is almost comical is the desperation in Lisa Murkowski’s expression, as she wades right through the points made about the nation not needing more oil fields to be opened and exploration companies laying-off workers. Talk about a bridge to nowhere. Why does this remind me of “I can see Russia from my back yard?” Why should Americans hand over natural resources and risk despoiling their country (“a move that could irreparably damage this ecological treasure and harm the Alaska Native communities who still depend on the caribou for subsistence”)* for Lisa Murkowski and her plutocratic puppet masters? America “this land is your land, this land is my land, this land was made for you and me.” Someone has to stop Lisa and her buddies for despoiling things they did not make and can never replace.

*”Obama proposes expanding oil-drilling ban in Alaska wildlife refuge” – by By David S. Cloud LA Times

Conservative assassination attempt on the Dream.

Thinking of the Republican response to President Obama’s state of the Union address, think of a bullet in a revolver aimed straight at the temple of the American Dream. What happens when there are not enough progressives to knock the gun down? Why should democracy lovers listen to Iowa U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, when if she had her way $285 million in aid to Iowans and $495 million in aid to Mississippians through the department of education would not have been available, thwarting an opportunity to climb the ladder in America. She, like recent Mississippi U.S. Senatorial candidate, Chris McDaniel who came within a whisker of winning, favors abolishing the Department of Education. How’s that for economic development considering Ben Franklin’s assessment; education pays the best interest. And then there’s the Department’s anti-discrimination duties which considering the Republican party’s attraction to racist (See Steve Scalise and Chris McDaniel speaking engagements) reveals the true nature of the conservative attack on public education even on the state level (see MAEP in Mississippi), an anti-egalitarian attack which has been in the bloodline of conservatism for some time and has been a particular attraction for southern conservative whites since Nixon because of it’s extreme virulence for minorities. If the conservative bullets find their mark, democracy suffers and a Neo-Feudalism takes it place.

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Biblical backing for current government policy?

Eureka!!! Eureka, “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be less required” Of course this “conservative” interpretation of the good book, substituting less for more, the very book that some conservatives want to make the state book, is why we have American laws which allow wealthier Americans to stash money in the Cayman’s and Switzerland. It is the reason social security taxes still max out at $118,000, leaving those under that amount paying the tax on a greater share of their earnings than millionaires and billionaires and those making hundreds of thousands of dollars; less must be required. The “conservative” biblical interpretations are the reason the state of Mississippi turns it back on Medicaid expansion, “as you have done it unto the least of these you have done it unto the undeserving worldly.” In the “conservative mind,” Genesis should be interpreted literally, but the Gospels are, like beauty is, in the eye of the beholder. After all, who would give their son for the world’s salvation, like some bleeding heart liberal? Clearly an unadulterated socialist.

Maybe Mississippi’s last place position is profitable.

Maybe directing attention towards making the bible the official state book and placing “in God we trust” on the State Seal, are expressions of self-righteousness, comforting on the one hand to those who rely heavily on symbols but the actions are diversionary on the whole. Those who direct the government in this manner take on the persona of holy men directing public policy. Political priesthood bona fides established, “conservative” leaders who undermine acceptance of federal assistance to expand Medicaid or erect new voting requirements are less likely to have their judgment challenged. After all, how can holy men mislead the religious? The “conservative” leaders, as opposed to Mississippi’s poor and middle class, have an economic interest in the status quo, a crypto-neo-feudalistic system, profiting as a result of their positions. The wolves clothed as sheep are so comfortable in their disguise that they snarl those who oppose them “can get off their butts and move somewhere else.” And those comforted by the religious gestures roar approvingly, content with a vicarious moral superiority, their reverence for symbolic gestures distracting them, facilitating the shackles of last place.

The inspiration for this post was a very informative piece in the Clarion Ledger, “Why are Mississippians conservative?” by Robert S. McElvaine, Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts and Letters and chair of the Department of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.

Poor and Middle-Class Conservatives snake-charmed by social issues

It’s so easy to hide your attacks on the needy in Mississippi and still get their support. You’ll see no decrease in support for U.S. Representatives Greg Harper or Steve Palazzo in their Mississippi House districts despite the house rule changes for which they voted which places survival of the needy at risk. “The rule hampers an otherwise routine reallocation of Social Security payroll tax income from the old-age program to the disability program. Such a reallocation, in either direction, has taken place 11 times since 1968.”* A good many of the conservatives in Harper’s and Palazzo’s district probably voted for Mitt “47%” Romney, too, never realizing that Mr. Laissez Faire “legally” places money offshore thus avoiding taxes in ways that the majority of them cannot. It is so easy for “conservative” politicians to hide their actions in plain sight because they play the mesmerizing social issue tunes so well, Gadsden-flag shrouded, snake charmers playing the government-can’t-do-anything-right song all the while directing the government toward the embrace of self-enriching privatization schemes, i.e. no-bid Halliburton contracts, Black Water, prison privatization etc., making certain that the rags increase and the riches are concentrated.

* “On Day One, the new Congress launches an attack on Social Security” by Michael Hiltzik January 6, 2015 LA Times

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You’d think Bible-belt Mississippi would know its Genesis.

Mississippi’s gotta-have-it-now attitude is kinda like Esau’s in the book of Genesis, willing to trade the future for immediate gratification. For those of you who might have forgotten the story, Esau comes in starving from a hunt and decides that he wants to have some of the stew that his brother, Jacob, is cooking. He then proceeds to trade his birthright for a meal. Those taxes that the Mississippi Republicans are talking about cutting could be used for public education. But no, some anti-public-education-conservatives are determined to make certain that the public trades the investment in tomorrow for tax-refunds, cruelly using wage poor Mississippians to strengthen the state’s wealth disparity. Looking at things like the GI bill we know how much a society gains from giving itself education and should adequately fund public education.

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” Ben Franklin said.

Now would be a good time to take Franklin’s advice and resist the temptation to which Esau succumbed.

Don’t you dare force us to adequately fund education in Mississippi.

That’s the word from the Mississippi legislature, at least from “the second-highest leader of the Mississippi House (of Representatives).” Mississippi House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden in response to an initiative drive to adequately fund public education says, “Don’t change the constitution.” The progressive initiative would bring constitutional pressure to bear on a disobliging conservative party which seems to be willing to do anything to keep Mississippi last in the nation, keeping downward pressure on wages in their neo-feudal paradise. And to show their (tough) love for the less fortunate some Mississippi Republicans were even willing to charge the costs of remedial college courses to Mississippi’s underfunded districts. Conservatives have been against integrated public education from the start and will do anything from sabotaging funding to offering competing proposals through the initiative process to derail progress. Those who dare to adequately fund public education are existential threats to the survival-of-the-fittest paradise conservatives are banking on. The payoff: a portion of charter school profits could be kicked-back to conservatives through campaign contributions and you give them a job or supplier contract when they live office and “forget about it.”

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NEO-FEUDALISM 101

“Republicans are very willing to fund things that work in education,” the Mississippi neo-Feudalists say.  And “[we] are unwilling to put money into a formula that has not proven to be effective and that appears to increase the administrative expenditures more than the classroom, they continue.  And how do we know that adequately funding public education doesn’t work in Mississippi? “It [The Mississippi Adequate Education Program] has been fully funded only twice since being put into law in 1997.”

How do you make certain that the underclass remains entrenched and grows and the wealth disparities are hermetically sealed within your society?  Simply, underfund public education or use a divide-and-conquer strategy known as Charter SchoolsNeo-Feudalists (conservatives) never believed in integrated public education,* voting rights, or Civil Rights, these things are anathema to the old hierarchy.  To these practitioners of the old-time religion, government is the problem for which sabotage is a suitable remedy, like putting Michael Brown over FEMA or Clarence Pendleton over the Civil Rights Commission.  And now we smell of a new anti-democratic weapon masquerading as a gift to the people, a competing public education initiative.  Oh, that the Progressives were as proactive as the Regressives are reactive, we could at long last take one step forward without taking two steps backwards in Mississippi. 

 

*”In the Hollow Hope, Gerald Rosenberg points out that between 1961 and 1970, there was a 242 percent increase in the number of non-sectarian private schools in the Southeast. Theses academies were particularly prevalent in the Deep South, but they existed all over the country. The private academies throughout the South have more in common than racial makeup and founding purpose. Many of them have school mascots that reference the Civil War: the Rebels, the Generals, and the Colonels. These academies operated outside the scope of the Brown ruling. Since the ruling did not apply to them, the creation of these academies was a way to keep segregation intact.  Today, of course, almost no American would openly embrace what was once the reigning ethos of segregated schools. Unfortunately, though, everyday thousands of children in America are educated in classrooms that are just as racially homogeneous as classrooms were prior to Brown.”

- “Brown 60 Years Later: Segregation Academies in the Deep South” by Regina Moorer 

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