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“plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”

“The more things change, the more they stay the same” –  Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

Mississippi Republicans’ masterful utilization of the levers of power, i.e. being able to have U.S. Senators at their beck and call for Yokohama officials (Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd.) reveals the true power structure, ancient and plutocratic in nature, of the state (see Jeff Pender’s story, “Landing Clay County tire plant was no easy task,” from the Clarion Ledger 4-27-13). The Governor of the state even gave the Yokohama representatives gifts “paid by private funds.” (Who were the private sector players who provided funds for the Japan junket and what were their motivations?; what did they get or do they hope to get for their investment, since we know that according to conservatives the only motivation for men is self-interest, this being the driver of the free-market?) On what do they get first dibs? What inside information do they get or fast track to supplier contracts will be coming their way. Is their identity a matter of public record? Funny how small government really means government by the few.

 

It looks like the supposed small-government crowd (at least those are the rank and file people who elected a Republican-dominated Mississippi state house, House of Representatives and Senate, and Republicans to every state-wide office except Attorney General believe they are) is now getting “big government” legislation. RepubliCons passed legislation which effectively bans abortion despite recent overwhelming defeat of a personhood initiative which would have effectively banned abortion. How’s that for the will of a few controlling “big government” so that government determines that a woman has no right to decide with her doctor what to do with her body? And now a few men have drawn up a plan to give millions of dollars to a Japanese company and presented it, fully developed, to the legislature for rubber-stamping (“The approach we take with confidentiality is tight-lipped, driven by the commitment we have made to the company with regard to confidentiality- remarked Sally of the Mississippi Development Authority of the secrecy involved before a “a closed and confidential briefing,” according to an article, “Tire plant seen as big jobs producer in the Clarion Ledger, 4-25-2013.

There is not one TEA (taxed-enough already) party scheduled to protest this “big-government” plan. And the Teabagger’s were the crowd that protested so loudly about not knowing what was in the Affordable Care Act. The levers of power in Mississippi are still controlled by a few Oligarchs or Plutocrats, the same as it ever was and the rank and file Republican is satisfied with merely carrying the Republican name.

Mississippi today bears a striking resemblance to Mississippi before the Civil War, where a few wealthy men dictated the course of government, with none-slaving owning lemmings following because of their possible slave-owning potential, 19th century trickle-down economics which also sustained the class structure. The average Mississippi Republican, like the Mississippi Democrats before the Civil War (blacks didn’t get the right to vote until after the war and the Redemption essentially eviscerated the black franchise in the south until the 1960’s), isn’t against big government if the “right” people are in positions of authority perpetuating the status quo, i.e. slow economic growth channeled through a private sector which segregates itself at every opportunity and deplorably under-funds the education system which militates against the development of a truly well-educated (economically and politically)citizenry. The reason you won’t see any TEA party rallies against the Yokohama tire plant “give-away” is because the Heritage clones at the Mississippi Public Policy Center couldn’t generate a whimper from the supposed anti-big-government Mississippi Republicans who are too poor and uneducated (economically and politically) to respond to anything but dog whistles (see my previous post on the dog whistle that kills bugs.)* The Mississippi Public Policy Center can only get a rise out of the racially-responsive population when that population can hear the dog whistle (say ObamaCare or Obama anything in Mississippi and you have blown the whistle)

At the heart of attacks on government, for southerners, and the reason it has a special appeal in the south, is that the attack is an ancient appeal to racial supremacy. It was “Big Government” intervention in the south, interfering with the southern way of life through first trying to maintain the Union and then through Reconstruction, which necessitated the Redemption (In the 1870s, the Southern Democrats exercised power through paramilitary organizations such as the White League and Red Shirts, especially in Louisiana and Mississippi, respectively. The Red Shirts were also active in North Carolina. These paramilitary groups turned out Republican (who were affiliated with the north and freedmen rights) officeholders and terrorized and assassinated other freedmen and their allies to suppress voting. –see Wiki entry on Redeemers). To this day, the flag which was adopted after a massive, horrifically violent post-Reconstruction disenfranchisement period (in 1894) remains as the symbol of white supremacy.  The Mississippi flag is a symbol of planned, structural exclusion.  Those responsible for maintenance of that structural exclusion responded to school integration with a Sovereignty Commission. That structural exclusion, today, has vestiges in schools that were formed as Seg-Academies. That structural exclusion did crack a bit when the University of Mississippi, recognizing the economic impact of not being able to attract many talented black athletes, got rid of the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia (Confederate flag) from its sporting events.  The racist superstructure (the underlying power structure) is part of the reason funds can never be found to sufficiently, continuously fund the Adequate Education Fund in Mississippi. The superstructure is a manifestation of the racial-purity philosophy which was the goal and legacy of the Klan in Mississippi. In keeping something pure (communities, schools, etc.) like keeping government small, something most be excluded, something must be kept out. Now this exclusion is in effect a shrinking of opportunity for training and economic mobility, which can be readily accomplished in a segregated (in terms of employment opportunities) private sector, which ideally you, as a small-government advocate, would want to expand while shrinking or “drowning” in a bathtub the government sector (with its more egalitarian proclivities and determination to monitor inclusiveness and insure diversity and access to opportunity). Of course the diminished or constricted educational funding will have some white, expendable, casualties as well but this simply reinforces the classism but using poor whites as a buffer and shock troops in the political battle to maintain the status quo.

Underfunding education (as in purposely siphoning some of its funding off to fund charter schools) gives the true ruling elite two obvious advantages. First the pool of people competing with them intellectually is constricted through access depravation which makes the dog whistle more effective as supposed racial inferiority becomes superficially evident. The distraction of race allows for a concentration, a concentration facilitated through trade agreements which eviscerate the middle class, of resources into fewer hands. These resources are channeled away from un-educated and under-educated whites through trade agreements which ship jobs overseas depleting the tax base and with it funds for education. The un-educated and under-educated whites don’t know that they have the power to affect these decisions and accept their plight as just a matter of markets at work and are vulnerable to appeals to “entitlement reform” as minorities are viewed as the principal recipients of their tax dollars and that they are Taxed Enough Already. Playing up the notion that the wealth of the nation is being greatly dissipated by entitlement programs or by “welfare queens” is a perfect distraction like the Jesse Helms sponsored Harvey Gant commercial, all the while corporations and wealthy individuals stash billions off-shore and companies, sitting on trillions of dollars display the true blue-smoke-and-mirrors essence of trickle-down economics. Secondly, they, elite white men, the upper-class, firmly in control of the bulk of the capital, can dole out resources (through campaign support and jobs) in the private sector to re-enforce and animate their political views about school funding, abortion clinics, state-approved prayer, etc. The South’s economic drag on the American economy is the price the country must pay for turning its back on the American South for almost 100 years after the Civil War, and allowing a class of white southerners to resist changes that would have enriched the region far faster by keeping a lot of talent here to bloom and ripen. So when you think Yokohama, think how that could have been an American plant with union labor years ago if certain men had not been so successful in fanning the flames of white-hot white supremacy which enriched the upper echelons, retarded labor development and contributed not only to a brain and talent drain which continues to this day but to the under-development of so many of the minds that remained.

*According to Sam R. Hall of the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Ms., the Milliman study is

“a Dec. 7 report prepared for the Division of Medicaid by Milliman Inc. The report, of course, looks at the costs to the state for expanding Medicaid

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant sent the report to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and Speaker Philip Gunn on Friday, according to the letter attached to the report.”

The report refers to Mississippians or people who currently quality for Medicaid but are not covered as if they were insects or bugs who would come out of the woodwork when it refers to a Woodwork affect as follows:

Woodwork effect
Milliman’s study also includes what he calls the “woodwork effect,” an allusion to people who currently quality for Medicaid but are not covered and will “come out of the woodwork” to qualify because of new changes affecting people without insurance.
Milliman predicts the following costs over the seven-year period, regardless of the state’s decision to expand Medicaid:
• 60 percent: $319 million
• 80 percent: $413 million
• 100 percent: $474 million

Ruining Government(The Great REpubliConned pastime)

Who’s to say that those services or wages are needed? 

This bit of sophomoric logic, aged in the American psyche through years of Heritage-funded (Koch-brother produced) repetition, comes, liberal and moderate America, from your political competition, the Tea Party. This in essence is the Teabagger philosophy. We would be better off without government is their belief. “Government is the problem” to quote the most beloved Republican of the twentieth century, contrary to the belief of the last great Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower who warned of the military-industrial complex and brought us the interstate highway system, contrary to JFK who pointed us toward a moon landing. Mind you a lot of these people, (the know-nothing Republicans, they vote Republican, they call themselves conservative; make no mistake about it, Teabaggers vote Republican and there is no difference just look at former Senator Bennett of Utah and his Teabagger replacement Mike “laughingstock” Lee who advocated a situation which costs his state tons of money by blocking “services or wages” which weren’t “needed”) mind you a lot of these people never rallied and complained about being taxed enough already (TEA’d) when the Bush Administration Curve-balled us into Iraq one of two-unfunded-unread-Bin-Laden-determined-to-attack-PDB wars. Tellingly, these “fiscal” conservatives never complained about two wars being not budgeted, remember the Teabagger rallies that didn’t happen during the Bush administatrion; they aren’t bright enough to know that the American economy lost the opportunity to focus on greater economic productivity (being greater competition to the Chinese and every one of our other economic competitors) by channeling all the manpower and resources to the misadventure which is Iraq. I challenge their concern about leaving debt to future generations and deficits because we never raised taxes to cover the cost of the war, so the cost including interest on the borrowed money used to fund the war make Iraq the gift that keeps on giving.

So when you hear a Teabagger, in response to cost estimates of the Teabagger orchestrated government shutdown:

Bad assumptions for the most part.

First, the impact on the economy. S&P calculates the $24 billion impact based on all the wages federal workers didn’t get, and thus didn’t spend, plus the side effects from that lack of commerce. But what S&P doesn’t take into account is that those federal workers will probably see an increase in their commerce once they get their back pay.

The furloughed workers are all likely to engage in about the same level of commerce as they would have had the shutdown never happened. The timing may have changed due to the furlough, but they are still going to buy clothes, fuel and food and go out to the movies”

Just remember you’re listening to people who either have an agenda or who are operating unwittingly on behalf of people who have an agenda. The agenda is to castigate and undermine the functioning of government at every opportunity, as part of a grand privatization scheme benefiting an oligarchic donor class. To them, “Government is the problem,” except of course when they are diverting it to their friends like Haliburton or Blackwater in a no-bid kinda way). Some of the cohorts are so simple minded that they say things like:

“those federal workers will probably see an increase in their commerce once they get their back pay.”

The Teabaggers, and remember the “TEA” stands for taxed enough already, are perfectly ok with forcing a shutdown and then paying back-pay to workers who they forced to sit at home (“Federal employees sat home for a combined total of 6.6 million days, more than in any previous government shutdown”) because they, the Teabaggers, were attempting to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by monkeying with a continuing resolutions to fund the government. The shutdown-didn’t-cost-that-much argument (indicative of the mentality of a group which is properly referred to as “know-nothings”)is about as moronic as the equally clueless plea to congress to “keep your government hands off my Medicare” or “Social Security.”   

 

Medicare was brought to you by a Democratic (LBJ’s) administration.  And now conservatives now want to voucherize it so that 75 year olds can go into the private “junk” insurance market to buy healthcare((Paul Ryan’s plan) or in the case of Dr. Ben “I-need-my-head-examined” Carson, who is now Heritage’s (what’s a word that rhymes with stitch and begins with a b), you can just save the money to cover your old-age medical expenses. Conservatives never wanted you to have it, referring to it as socialized medicine; and now conservatives claim they want to preserve it, socialized medicine, for you the unwashed masses who should turn to your churches and are using too much healthcare, according to Dr. Ben “if-you-can’t-afford-that’s-just-tough” Carson?

Wait, here is more comedy. And that Social Security, that the Heritage Foundation (the Koch brother monstrosity) advocates be privatized so that you can make some Madoff or Ebbers rich before they go to jail, Social Security was brought to you by, wait for it, wait for it, another Democratic (FDR’s) administration 

From Liberals not from America’s Hezbollah (the conservatives) who see the poor as Godless people who wouldn’t be poor if they just worked harder!

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The great irony is that the safety-net which supplies enough societal stability to provide Americans with enough breathing room mentally, mental comfort, to leisurely form notions of government dismantlement was brought to you by progressive Americans, brought to you by liberal Americans. The magical thing about the CONNservative appeal is that many people who voted for Mitt Romney are, by his definition, takers (depending on government of the people for support, VA, disability, Sandy Aid, farm support, but not, in their opinion, the military-industrial complex); that is they are receiving some sort of government assistance but view themselves as superior to others who are receiving government assistance and want to attack “entitlements” but never complain about lobbyists writing laws which allow Romney-types to hide money in the Cayman Islands and corporations to outsource jobs and offshore profits which means that they, the poor and middle-class whites who voted for Romney-Ryan, have less resources to take care of themselves and contribute to the tax base upon which all those “entitlement programs” depend.

 

And that “increase in commerce” that this particular Teabagger estimates will occur says nothing about the time value of money (what was not accomplished because the money was not there on time when it was needed and used as planned for something like saving or investing) and what was lost in make-shift arrangements by those furloughed to make ends meet while the government was shutdown (like short-term borrowing and added expenses). No, the Teabaggers see this inconvenience and the very real costs the workers incurred as just a means to an end, the end being a destruction of a government that is too big. That Heritage-Foundation-too-big rubbish could only take root with the working-class due to mental insulation afforded by the productive foundation brought to Americans by past generations which gave us everything from the TVA, to the G.I. bill, to VHA and FHA loans to the interstate highway, most of which were brought about when tax rates where much higher on the upper income bracket. Heck, even the “big government” Postal service (which has its origins in the nation’s founding) was a boon to rural road development.

 

You’ll hear comments like the following in places like Forbes

“People who cancelled trips to D.C., national parks, or other sites may instead have taken a trip somewhere else.”

Did you notice the “may instead” in this theory? What if the trip was cancelled? What if no one received the funds through a sale or purchase because of elimination of the government services or functions? What if things were postponed? Can you say uncertainty, Teabaggers? Aren’t they, conservative, Teabaggers, always complaining about economic uncertainty and the affect of uncertainty on the economy? Funny, how the word just disappears from the conservative vocabulary in the context of a government shutdown. Business don’t invest because of uncertainty, goes the tale of the great pumpkin, I mean the tale of uncertainty. H E double hockey sticks, you even had a conservative at an institution of higher learning in Mississippi using “uncertainty” as a pretext for layoffs. Funny, how even in this continuing resolution device, the RepublCONs found a way to put a damper on economic activity and still complain about slow economic growth.  You have to give them credit for the consistency and the diversity of their attack

There are also Heritage feces loads like:

“Because the government workers are being paid for the days they did not work, the cost of government services will not decline and, therefore, neither will the government contribution to GDP.”

These clowns never heard of anything like multipliers and derivatives unless they are talking about Wall Street or the stock market. The government contribution to GDP does stop with the money paid to government workers. What conservatives never count is the money that is spent, the goods that are produced because the government employee is there. Just because you pay government employees after they have been idle doesn’t mean that the government contribution to GDP didn’t decline.

“Communities lost $500 million in spending in their communities as a result of shuttered National Parks.”

To say that those funds were spent elsewhere is just ludicrous. And the numbers don’t support the RepubliCONNED assertion. And if consumer confidence means anything at all, then those government employees would defy the notion if they spent at the same level as before the layoff and so would those people who depended upon their, the furloughed employees, expenditures and work product. And furthermore, with clowns like the Teabaggers in office, the economy must necessarily be adversely affected. In their continued effort to downplay the derivatives of their economic madness, CONNINGservatives are hoping to be successful in keeping people from seeing the

“continued government brinksmanship as a major factor holding back the U.S. economic recovery.” 

The most sinister part of the shutdown strategy is that by destroying the ability of the government to function, the CONNINGservatives can make a better case for privatization. There is an OMB report which says

“The shutdown “risks seriously damaging the ability to attract and retain the kind of driven, patriotic Americans to public service that our citizens deserve and that our system of self-government demands,”

Those flag lapel pins CONNINGservatives wear should burn holes in their suits.

Walmart Corporate – YouTube

 

Walmart Corporate – YouTube

Every time you see this commercial,


you should remember this:

 

Thank you once again Thom Hartmann!

The attack on poor people as being the great downfall of America is embodied in the following which was an email that was in circulation in 2009 after President Obama’s election.  This was from a co-worker in Mississippi in March of 2009, coincidently about the time that the Tea Party began its rise to political prominence.

 

Urine Test — This guy has a point! This was written by a construction worker in Fort McMurray . Read on . . .
I work, they pay me. I pay my taxes, and the government distributes my taxes as it sees fit. In order to earn that pay check, I work on a rig site for a Fort McMurray construction project. At any time I am required to pass a random urine test, with which I have no problem. HOWEVER, what I do have a problem with is the distribution of my taxes to people who don’t have to pass a urine test. Shouldn’t one have to pass a urine test to get a welfare check because I have to pass one to earn it for them? Understand – I have no problem with helping people get back on their feet. I do on the other hand have a problem with helping someone sit on their butt, drink beer and smoke dope. Could you imagine how much money this country would save if people had to pass a urine test to get a public assistance check? If you agree, please pass this along, or simply delete if you don’t. Hope you will pass it along though, because something has to change in this country.

 

My response to this inane, bitter assault, which illustrates the effectiveness of the divide-and-conquer strategy which is at the core of what made the southern strategy work (a strategy which placed at odds people who are natural economic allies), my response was as follows:

This implies that many people who get assistance are drug addicts.  There is a better than even chance that the costs of testing everyone who receives assistance will be far greater than the money saved by finding and removing those who are doing drugs.  Alcohol is not illegal, you can’t buy it with the electronic debit card and the last time I checked there aren’t any more food stamps to sell for cash with which someone could then purchase drugs.  If we are talking about marijuana or cocaine, then I haven’t seen any news of opium production or marijuana fields in trailer parks or projects.  This means that someone must be looking the other way to allow it into these areas.  People on public assistance are the least mobile in our society.  This means that someone who isn’t on assistance must be financing drug distribution.  If this guy actually knows of someone who is on assistance and using drugs, he can anonymously report them for possession of a controlled substance, thus saving the tax-payer the expense of a drug test. Either this guy knows someone who is breaking the law and he is looking the other way or he’s just ticked that he has to take drug tests.

The fat cat bankers have all but destroyed the banking system, corporate executives fly on corporate jets to any personal event of their choosing without being taxed for the use of the jets while conducting $100,000 bathroom renovations with corporate funds on which they pay no taxes, corporations set-up off-shore offices to avoid paying taxes leaving everyone else to pay disproportionately for schools, roads, the military and everything else, and this guy is worried about someone on assistance?  Welfare reform was passed sometime ago, meaning anyone receiving assistance must seek employment.  So the thing about “helping someone sit on their butt, drink beer and smoke dope” is the old tired “welfare queen” complaint from 1980.  If this guy wants to know who’s robbing him blind, it ain’t the guy below him, it’s the guy above him.  I have been drug tested several times on my job as a condition of continued employment and I just think that his anger is misdirected.

Conservatives have counted, successfully, on poor white people and middle-class white people not realizing that they have been mesmerized by a distraction, the dark-skinned ne’er-do-well’s and poor foreigner boogiemen who are supposedly depleting resources (wrecking the economy) and taking jobs (they see this as the  reason that they don’t have enough money and that living is so hard) even as the elite in America have devised methods of legally stashing money in accounts in the Cayman Islands and illegally in Switzerland, sitting on trillions of dollars in profits, and offshoring jobs.  None of these thefts from the economy and depletions of America’s revenue stream are beneficial to main street.  The game of resource hiding and transference could also be seen as the reason defined benefit plans are increasingly disappearing as companies are allowed to move capital and leave the people, U.S citizens, stranded as consumers with fewer revenue streams.  While they, poor whites and middle-class whites, are focused on arguing with women over what to do with their bodies and denying adults the right to marry and see these as reasons to vote for Teabaggers aka conservatives, the elite are using those Teabagger, conservative elected officials to divert attention from how they are escaping paying taxes which means that others have a heavier tax burden coupled with fewer job opportunities due to the offshoring of jobs which contributes to a widening in the country’s wealth gap. Central to their tax-cuts-improve-the-economy theory is the shrinking of the government.  Less government means less need for taxes in their plan.  And of course, they, the CONservative elite, the Think Tanks, have convinced the unthinking Republican voters that government doesn’t create jobs (even though it does) through shear repetition, which instigates their attacks government even as they scream “keep your government hands off my Medicare.” What has kept some of the Republican base in the stable has been selected government assistance which masquerades as national defense. But in all their tax-shrinking trickery they hide the way they are increasing the burden on lower and lower amounts of income.  “Changes in the tax system had vastly expanded the ability of the megarich to save while those making less than $72,000 had their ability to save stripped away by rising Social Security taxes.”*  And why should they, the megarich, have tax advantages like carried interest?  No, no, the unthinking, programmed Republican voters somehow have been convinced that drug testing people receiving government assistance is more important to the economy than taxing a hedge fund manager like a bus driver, or having a truly progressive tax system.  No, no, the Republican, CONNEDservative voter is more concerned with personhood amendments and unnecessary photo ID laws than with “the tax rate on capital gains, the source of more than half of income for the super rich, was 28 percent starting in 1987, fell to 20 percent in 1998 and then was lowered again in 2003 to 15 percent,”** and how this contributes to the widening of the income gap and allows some people to better withstand things like government shutdowns.

Thom is right.  There are real welfare queens in America, boogiemen if you will.  And they are shielded and protected mostly by the people commonly known as social conservatives who seek to control the personal lives of others even as their ability to care for themselves is degraded by the policies of the people and they are labeled as takers.

 

*”Perfectly Legal” by David Cay Johnston

**Ibid

Hosemann’s allies are the black middle and upper class in Mississippi

Hosemann [Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann] said Mississippi took precautions to make sure its voter ID law would survive scrutiny, offering free photos for the ID cards, free transportation to get the cards and free verification for birth certificates in Mississippi and 45 other states

Using what is by now the trademark RepubliCon tool, Delbert Hosemann and his fellow Council of Conservative Citizens have employed the divide and conquer voodoo to perfection in the 21st century extension of the Southern Strategy, the voter ID booby trap. The key is to make one group of people turn on another group with whom they should be economic allies. The devilry is the questions what is free and for whom is it free?

Connecting a current driver’s license (which, duh, is not free) to voting as Mississippi’s Weyrich-flavored constriction is an income hoop reminiscent of a poll tax, especially in a state in which the Non-Hispanic white households in Mississippi had the highest median household income ($45,583) and the median household income of blacks—$23,895—was just over half of that according to work from 2009 by the VCU Center on Society and Health. ,a state in which $5,501 is too much income to qualify for Medicaid. What is free in Mississippi, a state receiving the third most federal funding per tax dollar paid, is in the eye of the beholder or motor vehicle operator as the case may be.

But the voting pool contraction is predictable, considering how neo-feudalism is a derivative of a plantation-sympathetic society which many Mississippians cherish as part of their tradition embodied in the state flag. Class is very much the essence of neo-feudalism the same as it was at the base of anti-bellum southern life. No, that correlation is not a surprise but the black contribution to Mississippi’s status quo is perhaps an insidious indication of how deeply a primitive, pernicious style of capitalism, American to its core, has the potential to devour democracy. Strange bedfellows, the black middle and upper classes and the founders of Heritage, Cato, and ALEC like Paul Weyrich, lovers of elitism and stratification. 

No one, not even anyone in the Mississippi Civil Rights community or even in the Black legislative caucus in Mississippi seems to be willing to challenge Hosemann’s assertion about the poll he took to determine how many people had the type of photo ID necessary to vote in Mississippi. Hosemann’s assertions considering the way he came to help alter the cost estimates of the voter ID law from the initial $100,000 to the $1.5 million, even that figure is suspect (The state’s voter ID initiative stated that providing free IDs could cost up to $100,000, depending on how many people requested one.), his aiding and abetting this discrimination proves how right Faulkner was about the past. And I betcha the $1.5 million estimate didn’t account for this: “The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported that the state will have to put cameras in all 82 county courthouses to monitor the distribution of the free voter IDs. The Legislature would have to set aside funds to buy these cameras; however, lawmakers did not approve funds for the cameras during the 2012 session.) No, Herr Hosemann’s belated interest in disparate impact is about as legitimate as a cotton gin owner who has his house on the scale. He needs a look-the-other-way complicity to make the presentation work. You have to give him credit for determining where he could count on getting this assistance, the black political class system in Mississippi, conveniently retiring.

A complacent, contented black middle and upper class is what makes the gentlemanly South’s-gonna-rise-again types like Hosemann so effective. It is black lethargy and acquiescence to a perceived black inferiority among lower income blacks that makes the closeted Council of Conservative Citizens members so effective in their efforts to suppress the vote. One has to begin to believe that many blacks are also neo-feudalists, harboring classist sentiments, enjoying a black cushion like Supreme Court Justice Thomas who having benefited from affirmative action even to point of accepting a position on the Supreme Court now thinks that “the others” are just plain ole inferior, in a sense, mirroring the perspective of blacks who owned slaves before the Civil War. Everything is fine just so long as I can get and maintain my economic advantage. Little do they realize that they, having forgotten the lessons of the past, may find themselves one day spending, paraphrasing the title from a recent film, more than just 12 years a slave because “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice every where.” The lessons of the past are telling everyone who stands idly, silently by and watches these erosions in voting rights that one day “they” will be coming for you.

Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor’s | TIME.com

Way to burn $24 billion!!!  This cremation was brought to you, recently furloughed, anxiety-filled workers, by people who complained of the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act.  This destruction was brought to you by the gang that is willing to economically destroy their own voters.  This gang is willing to inflict pain on their constituents, people who in 2014 will probably vote for them again, because their constituents are people who are willing to believe that Obama is a secret Moslem who was born in Kenya, easily abused people who equate belief with fact.  The exploitative, Tea Party-driven Representatives and Senators who were willing to sacrifice $24 billion in GDP in a gamble to get the President and the the Democrat-controlled Senate to kill a law that Teabaggers say is killing the economy are not hurt by what Republican Senator Richard Burr called “[t]he dumbest idea I’ve ever heard.”  They will continue to receive access to excellent health care and $174,000 per year.  You have to wonder where will the Teabagger Representatives and Senators get their donations as they support policies which will deplete the resources of their voters whether furloughed workers or people who were hindered by the $24 billion GDP hit and the victims of off-shoring and outsourcing?  The answer is the same people who fund Heritage and Cato, the people who stand to gain the most from cheap labor and an eviscerated middle class, the people who stir antagonism for immigrants as a means of diverting attention from the off-shoring of profits and outsourcing of jobs.  You guessed it the RepubliCons who are longing for an opportunity to elect a President who can put another corporations-Scalia clone on the Supreme Court.  When you look at places like Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky and other Red States where voters vote for people like Paul Ryan who propose to “slash spending for the poor”and “privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare”  you have to know that you are dealing with people who Noam Scheiber might refer to as “aspirationally rational people too dense to grasp the big picture,” a big picture which clearly shows that they are the tools of their own destruction. 

Government Shutdown Cost $24 Billion, According to Standard & Poor’s | TIME.com

“Tea partiers rally against GOP’s ‘phony votes’ to defund Obamacare” (Headline to story from Daily Caller 09/10/2013)

“Over the next few days, we’re going to see all sorts of games, showmanship, shenanigans and other things that other people in the ruling elite will try to do to pull the wool over our eyes,” said Jenny Beth Martin, the national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots

No need for the wool when the Teabaggers have you, Jenny Beth, pointing them in the wrong direction. As the Teabaggers fight to dominate the Republican Party, there remains a sign of salient life comingled with them in RepubliCon Land, a glimmer, expressed in the efforts of some members to avoid a government shut-down via Affordable Care Act defunding madness. However, the corporate shills (the Tea Party snake charmers who are influencing the loyalists) know that the party-controlling, Teabagger faithful seem incapable of comprehending that President Obama won the 2012 presidential election and not their Cayman-Island-Swiss-bank-account Dun, an incapacity attributable in part to their vision-limiting deification of corporations and mesmerization by constant trickle-down chants from the Republican sound chamber consisting of think-tanks, media, pundits, and politicians. Mitt Romney, who refused to release more than a couple of years of his tax returns would probably have been too corporations-are-people friendly and elitist for even his own father, if he were alive, to support if they weren’t related. His father, George, who in unmafia-like openness, when he was running for president, when asked to release his most recent tax returns, released 12 years worth of returns, told Look magazine, about releasing just a couple of years returns ,

“It could be a fluke, or even a cynical manipulation designed to make the candidate look good. What really mattered was how a candidate managed his personal finances over the long haul.”

Yet, the Tea Party, delusionally, found oneness with Mitt who stashes cash offshore like Tony Soprano hiding cash in his duck feed. So, Romney is not in the White House to sign any repeal legislation, the Senate is in the hands of Democrats and even in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic candidates across the U.S. received more total votes than Republican candidates did. So when people like Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas or Texas Senator Ted Cruz tell Teabaggers to tell their legislators to defund Obamacare, they are exploiting delusions about who is trustworthy while they make out like con artists(receiving tremendous financial backing from the interests they are protecting while pointing their followers in the wrong direction). The Teabaggers’ judgments about who to believe (based on their preconceptions) leave them looking in the wrong direction much to their detriment. Reminds me of a sitcom called Smart Guy. Go to about the 4:10 mark in this clip

Ginni Thomas who fought against the passage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which requires larger employers to provide temporary unpaid leave to employees to care for a new child or during a serious personal or family illness and who founded a group that was formed with a $500,000 anonymous donation that came as the Supreme Court was considering Citizens United, Ginni Thomas whose husband is making $223,500 per year, for life, as a federal employee and has access to insurance through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (The federal program offers 206 health plan choices, according to the Office of Personnel Management.) Ginni Thomas finds no fault in railing against affordable healthcare for working and needy people; she is probably not going to be an advocate for things that benefit working Americans like removing the pre-existing condition barrier to obtaining insurance, or for everyday Americans being able to keep their children on their insurance until they’re 26 (although Republicans 19-25 are taking more advantage than Democrats), and removing lifetime caps on insurance. The secret of the success of the leaders of the defund-Obamacare-movement in pointing the rank-and-file Teabaggers in the wrong direction lies in their ability to exploit the rank-and-file’s predisposition to, profile even leadership(blatantly disregarding in a “you-lie-during-a-Presidential-address-finger-wagging-in-your-face” kinda way, the leadership of this particular president), a predisposition to respecting only leadership which looks, racially, like it did before 2008. It’s indeed fascinating to see Teabaggers place so much trust in people who conceal tax records and hide funds in Swiss bank accounts while running for president or display receptiveness to people who receive $500,000 anonymous donations or are nonchalant about loose-screws Cruz’s potential presidential candidacy knowing that he was born in Canada when they raised so much hell in demanding to see President Obama’s birth certificate.

Herr Hosemann, Brother Faulkner has a message for you!

“We’re not the same old Mississippi that our fathers’ fathers were,” Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, a Republican, declared hours after the Supreme Court handed down its June 25 decision in a case from Shelby County

Oh, really?  Then why would Mississippi Republican lawmakers advocate an initiative to address non-existent in-person voter fraud.  I say non-existent unless Herr Hosemann, the Vote-Nazi, can prove that the Republican control of the state house and all state-wide political offices except for one is the result of in-person voter fraud.  “Not the same old Mississippi?” when tradition is so deified, when love of your “fathers’ fathers”  tyranny over black folk is so cherished that efforts to change  the Mississippi state flag (the sole remaining U.S. state flag which bears the Confederate battle flag’s saltire) the flag adopted in 1894 after the Klan drove blacks out of politics with killings and terror, efforts to change a flag infamously linked with slavery and the Klan were soundly defeated in 2001. 

You’re not the same old Mississippi as your fathers’ fathers but somehow like the literacy tests of years past and the jelly-beans-in-a-jar test and the bubbles-in-a-bar-of-soap quiz of your fathers’ fathers old South, you philosophical descendants of the Klan-run South have taken the initiative that was passed overwhelmingly by white voters, an initiative in which there is no mention of birth certificates, and made a birth-certificate hoop, a totally unnecessary requirement as production of the document is not necessary for citizenship, part of the voting process.

And then there is the typical victimization of the lesser members of the “superior” race by the propagandists.   Mississippi’s initiative law says

“The sponsor of an initiative shall identify in the text of the initiative the amount and source of revenue required to implement the initiative.” 

This Republican and former ALEC member Mississippi State Senator Joey Fillingane did by stating in the petition that “free photo identifications could cost the State of Mississippi up to $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars) to be paid from the State General Fund”

However,

Fiscal Analysis
Prepared by the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office
Based on Fiscal Year 2010 information, the Department of Public Safety issued 107,094 photo IDs to U.S. citizens of voting age. The individuals were assessed $14 per ID to offset a portion of the $17.92 cost per ID. The cost is estimated to remain the same, but the assessment will no longer be allowable under the provision of Initiatve 27. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety is estimated to see a loss of revenue of approximately $1,499,000.

 

As for the characterization of politicians as racists in the next section, every bit as racists, just more cunning.
How? Try tying voting to income by giving “free” government IDs to people who don’t have driver’s licenses when you know the income gap between blacks and whites in the state of Mississippi. Who is more likely to be channeled into the citizenship-challenge process?
The Law as follows:
“No person shall be eligible for a Mississippi Voter Identification Card if the person has a valid unexpired Mississippi driver’s license”
was translated from The Initiative section:
“A qualified elector who does not have a government issued photo identification and who cannot afford such identification may obtain a state issued photo identification free of charge from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.”

And the conservatives tacked on the citizenship challenge as the voters were not asked about a birth certificate hoop and did not request one.

Just as in the case of Jim Crow Mississippi, racists propagandists have used unfounded fear to further their political careers, suckling at the breast of government as officials, while soaking in political contributions as the people they’ve frightened suffer.  “Not the same old Mississippi as your fathers’ fathers?”  Republicans complain that there isn’t enough money to fund Medicaid expansion, while creating another bubbles-in-a-bar-of-soap quiz, which proves nothing in terms of definitively establishing citizenship while costing the poorest state in the union an initial $1.5 million while effectively accusing citizens of being non-citizens, requiring them to provide “your papers please” like people confined to a ghetto in Hitler’s Germany, obliterating their Americanism by telling them that their previous registration is insufficient to cast a ballot, telling them that they, like felons, can not vote. Now the “elector must show appropriate identifying documents required by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety as provided by law.”

Amazingly, the conservatives have, through fear, convinced white people in the state that everyone should be criminalized, shifting the burden of proof away from the state and to the individual, every citizen is now guilty until proven innocent. Well done, crypto-fascists(conservative Republicans), on succeeding in doing what Herr Goebbels did so well subdue the masses by targeting minorities.

 

Brother Faulkner you can say it again.

 

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

AP analysis: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act alters Mississippi election dynamic | gulflive.com

Did you ever get the feeling that the members of the dominant culture had a conversation of which you weren’t aware? Reminds me of the old SLN skit. It’s like the people who voted for the photo ID had a convention and determined that action must be taken to prevent someone from doing what there is not evidence anyone has been doing, voting as someone else in-person at the polls. Why would you spend the time and the money to force already registered people to effectively re-register if they lose their driving privilege in Mississippi, a driver’s license being the only photo ID that many people have or force newly eligible voters to access birth records as a part of registration when you never did before minorities formed such a substantial part of the population? Why would you increase “government” costs by putting in a photo ID regime, when there is not evidence that people are showing up to the polls and voting fraudulently? According to Mississippi’s Secretary of State, “Based on Fiscal Year 2010 information, the Department of Public Safety issued 107,094 photo IDs to U.S. citizens of voting age. The individuals were assessed $14 per ID to offset a portion of the $17.92 cost per ID. The cost is estimated to remain the same, but the assessment will no longer be allowable under the provision of Initiatve 27. Therefore, the Department of Public Safety is estimated to see a loss of revenue of approximately $1,499,000.” And this in a state where conservatives say they can’t afford Medicaid expansion. Complicating the matter is Mississippi’s law won’t let you use your old driver’s license, forcing already registered voters to re-register and go through the birth-certificate hoop. This means that when your road privilege expires, your original voter registration is null and void and you now have to go thru the process of re-registering because you now have to access birth records. This means that you have to show exactly what ID to get your birth record to get your photo ID? The law doesn’t say. And actually the law is a far cry from the photo ID initiative that the “white” voters approved, a point that the media conveniently misses,thus operating as the PR arm of the conservative legislature by giving the impression that the fiendish details enacted are the same as the initiative, when it regurgitates the approval percentage which mirrors the racial breakdown of the state. One of the devilish details in the trap: to make matters more intimidating, the legislators made no provision in the law or budget for outreach and education about the law(A very conservative figure for a Mississippi education and outreach program would be $200,000. Georgia’s costs $840,000 and featured radio and TV public service announcements, direct mail, and packages to government agencies). So no one knows what kinds of proof you have to provide, to get the birth record to prove that you are who you say you are. But the vote-Nazi, appointed thru law by the crypto-fascists(the conservative Republican, corporate shills), will tell you. By now everyone should know that the American Fascists, the corporations and their shills who are lead by the Koch brothers and the philosophical descendents of Paul Weyrich, would prefer a smaller electorate.

Mr. Hosemann, or as he should be called the vote-Nazi because of the degree of autonomy he has in determining voting in Mississippi like Mississippi is his personal property(like the Soup-Nazi from the Seinfeld episode), has the audacity to talk about trust (“our relationships and trust in each other have matured” Herr Goebbels, I mean Mr. Hosemann ridiculously remarks) when the law that the neo-feudalists have enacted is the very embodiment of the presumption of guilt. The system in place before the laws enactment had a penalty for falsely completing registration, like the penalty for a witness being sworn-in in a court of law who commits perjury. Now, all of a sudden, as the country’s demographics change, people are suddenly less trustworthy. The law is racist from the core and was only enacted at the will of a white majority apparently afraid of elections being stolen because at the party (in the bubble) to which minorities were not invited, (essentially informal gatherings after essentially segregated church services and private academy PTA meetings and probably many of the neighborhood gatherings and conservative talk radio), it was decided that the less trustworthy darker-skinned people were not to be trusted so everybody should provide photo IDs at the polls. You would think with the busy lives we all lead, working people would not want the additional hassle of new, unjustified voting requirements. But somehow white-majorities have been convinced that the deviled-faced-two-horned unicorn, the fraudulent-in-person voter, is coming to still our elections. Eventually these guys, the corporations-are-people crowd, with all their disproportionate access to legislators with their lobbyists and limitless ability to advertise, are going to overplay their hand. But we’ve probably have to get to the part where collecting rainwater, cutting into profits and earnings per share, is outlawed because the water system has been privatized before It happens.
But unfortunately for the crypto-fascists I have some bad news. “”The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that ‘natural born Citizen’ means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship ‘at birth’ or ‘by birth,’ including any child born ‘in’ the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parents who has met U.S. residency requirements.” Simply put, a birth certificate is not needed in America to assert citizenship and in the absence of proof to the contrary you will not be able to deny the rights of a citizen to Americans based on the absence of a birth certificate. If a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty, then you will not be able to deny people the rights of American citizenship without due process of law.
And furthermore, how is it that the state of Mississippi will be allowed to engage in taxation without representation for Mississippi law says(with no mention of a birth certificate)that: “An individual who maintains a home, apartment or other place of abode in Mississippi, or who exercises the right’s of citizenship in Mississippi by meeting the requirements as a voter or who enjoys the benefits of homestead exemption, is a legal resident of the State of Mississippi and remains a resident although temporarily absent from the state for varying intervals of time. An individual remains a legal resident of Mississippi until citizenship rights are relinquished and a new legal residence is established.” So how is it that Mississippi will now deny the right to vote to legal residents?

AP analysis: U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Voting Rights Act alters Mississippi election dynamic | gulflive.com

Mississippi leaders to fight closing of any military bases | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Excuse me! Excuse me! Ex-cusssse Meeeeee! Aren’t you conservatives always saying government can’t create jobs?

“[B]ut our philosophy is that government doesn’t create jobs. Government’s job is to create an environment in which business can thrive. Businesses create jobs.” – Ms. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves

They don’t really believe that so they crank-up the smoke machine. Sen. Roger Wicker, R. M, in response to proposed funding of the military base closings and realignments commission appropriation bill, indignantly responds,

“I’m opposed to this proposal,” Wicker said. “We have seen with the embassy threat, this isn’t the time to be talking about closing military bases.”

The imaginary correlation of keeping Mississippi bases open to protecting embassies aside, aren’t the conservatives and their Teabagger Republican Guard such penny-pinchers that they think we can’t afford to fund embassy security?

“For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program — well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected.”

So if Republicans really think, like Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who “absolutely” voted to cut the funding for embassy security because “we have to make priorities and choices in this country,” then keeping bases open in Mississippi, to the extent that they had any embassy security mission, would not be the “conservative” thing to do since government spending, contrary to Keynesian principles, is bad.

Furthermore if you are prioritizing, the Tea-Bagger-Chaffetz way, you may decide to reorganize for efficiency sake, because cutting government jobs is the way to “grow” the economy and the deficit, wink, wink, is stifling economic growth. So, for efficiency sake, maybe some of the things accomplished by Mississippi’s military bases could be accomplished more efficiently in Louisiana or Alabama or Arkansas or some of the other conservative strongholds that receive so much in federal benefits or some other state (pull the transfer payments, tax revenue and borrowing transferred to the have-nots, whether they be veterans benefits, social security, Medicare, Medicaid, farm subsidies, etc. from many states in the union and you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between those states and some third world country). But let’s go back to our examination of how this efficiency operation plays out. “Fort Knox was known as the home of the Army’s tank and armored vehicle training for more than seven decades, before the Pentagon completed the move of the school to Fort Benning, Ga., in 2011”

So consolidations and operation transfers under this model should be a dream come true for the hyper-deficit sensitive Teabaggers. However, the Mississippi Teabaggers didn’t show up to protest the pigs at the troth at the press conference in Mississippi the other day where elected officials stressed the need to “protect the $2.6 billion economic impact the military has in Mississippi. There are 37,000 Mississippians employed in military jobs with a payroll of $1.7 billion.” They didn’t show up because it would have been an attack on their class. You see they aren’t against all government programs because they are in fact the beneficiaries of some of them. The official Mississippi response to the base closing commission is superficially about things like embassy security but actually it is an admission that government transfer payments are beneficial to the state. The actions taken by elected officials were primarily to protect a powerful political block in the state, a powerful group of government workers in uniform. Why else would officials fight to get the federal government to transfer funds to the state of Mississippi to maintain installations that may very well represent inefficient resource allocations? The Pentagon is eliminating Fort Knox’s “3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division as part of a major restructuring that will reduce the Army’s active duty combat brigades to 33 from 45. The cuts will reduce the size of the Army from about 570,000 in the midst of the Iraq war down to 490,000, which includes personnel in units that support the brigades.” So the threat to Mississippi’s federal government workers is real. But you don’t find the conservatives, mitigating the possible damage done by any base closings by acknowledging the multiplier effect of having the federal government pay for healthcare in the state through the Affordable Care Act. Those benefits don’t affect or enhance the lifestyle of people who are benefiting from military transfer payments, directly, at least to their reckoning. It’s covert class warfare.

If the conservative power structure was really concerned about the average worker and not the big insurers’ profits and the taxes on higher incomes (some derived from the government) and the returns on their investments(like insurance company shares), if the conservative power structure wasn’t sustained by the voting pattern of other government workers who are insulated by the benefits from they received from the government (like good healthcare) they would be working to repeal the insurance industries anti-trust exemptions and expand Medicaid. If the conservative power structure was concerned about the working poor all who were burdened by constantly rising premiums long before Obamacare, it would ignore the pleas from Heritage and Cato to block the efforts to open insurance exchanges. But the hypocrisy exposed in the pursuit of government benefits while denouncing government benefits reveals the neo-feudal terrain which is Mississippi.

Mississippi leaders to fight closing of any military bases | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

Lawmakers push ‘dramatic reforms’ for education | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

$20 million here $180 million there, and to paraphrase a line from a Republican who believed in social mobility, Everett Dirksen, “pretty soon you talking real money.” But don’t ask the neo-feudalists Republicans in Mississippi who are secretly attempting to subvert and demolish public education while handing-out advantages to their campaign supporters to count adequately funding public education as something we can afford. These opponents, like some Republicans on the national scene (see Mitt Romney and Steel Dynamics) are seemingly opposed to anything with Federal in its title or being, except when they or their cronies stand to gain handsomely

. In Mississippi they attack things like Common Core Standards in Education, a valiant attempt to improve public education. Could it be that improved public schools could reduce the viability of their crony-infested charter schools (fiefdoms) and their dream of one day privatizing them (expanding disparities in the process)? Observe the neo-feudalists closely and see them cry about spending $37 million a year on remediation for Mississippi high school graduates who aren’t ready for college while not adequately funding districts and then, having applied $37 million to the back end of the process, attempt to inflect the coup de grâce , charge the school districts for the cost of remediation, all the while siphoning-off what public funds were available for charter schools. The hard core neo-feudalist call efforts which resulted in the Common Core Standards and which were begun by Council of Chief State School Officers in 2007, and “developed in 2009 by the National Governors Association and strongly supported by former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour” but “embraced by the “Federal” government, in the words of Sen. Angela Burks-Hill, R-Picayune, MS, a “sell-out.” The neo-feudalists claim to be concerned with budgets and what we can afford, so much so that they refuse to even expand Medicaid (refusing to acknowledge or account for the reduction in lost man-hours attributable to preventative care and diversions away from emergency rooms and the expansion in economic development stimulated by accessible medical services the first three years of federal assistance.) Did I mention that Obamacare had provisions for more primary care doctors

The Affordable Care Act and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (the so-called stimulus package) will together support the training of more than 16,000 new primary care providers over the next five years. )

But watch closely as they dam-up the river to make their own personal reservoirs, and charge the other stakeholders for the privilege of viewing the water.

“We [the conservative-controlled Mississippi legislature] pass something to reimburse everyone dollar-for-dollar, every penny they’ve paid in inventory taxes – something with the potential to cost the state $180 million a year – and nobody questions where that money is coming from,” explains Sen. Hob Bryan – D, Amory, Ms.

But that’s just the camel’s head in the tent, Sen. Bryan. I wonder if that inventory tax give-back benefited the big equipment company that recently moved from Jackson to Flowood, Ms., in the Republican stronghold of Rankin County MS, the Governor’s home county? Wonder if the people who sponsored and advocated the tax-give back got any campaign contributions from the recipients of the tax rebate? This reminds me of the lobbyist employment plan, I mean Charter School Law (“Each member of the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board must have demonstrated commitment to charter schooling as a strategy for strengthening public education”). And just what constitutes commitment to charter schooling? Contrast this to a simple commitment to accessible good public education for all children. This one line mandates dedication to the concept of charter schools regardless of outcome. Americans should be concerned with good, accessible public education not whether someone has been committed merely, to some, possibly failing, charter-school project somewhere in the known universe, someone who more than likely contributed to the right conservative candidate. Baked into the cronyism-lovers dream law are lots of goodies (you can hire your buddies over other qualified applicants and there are no provisions for fair purchasing practices as the law is also

an Act “TO EXEMPT CHARTER SCHOOLS FROM REQUIREMENTS RELATING TO PUBLIC PURCHASES”).

As for that class warfare in which the lords and their vassals are always accusing others of engaging, this is also a law which drives Mississippians further down the road to serfdom as it reduces the return on labor and abuses labor by prohibiting participation in the public employee retirement system by teachers and makes certain that they are not “covered under the Education Employment Procedures Law.” Section 53 (2) (b) of the law says

“The Education Employment Procedures Law shall not apply to any category of teacher, administrator or other employee * * * employed to work in any charter school * * *.”

And as a further reminder of how right that sage, Tip O’Neill was about all politics being local (also check out the attempt to move government functions from the capital city) there is the $20 million gift to the private sector, (who’s a member of Mitt Romney’s-looking-for-government-to-give-them-something 47%ers?) in Pearl, MS (Rankin County, MS a Republican stronghold). Didn’t Romney and Paul Ryan complain about the government picking winners and losers? Didn’t they take issue with Obama saying that the government provided the background and foundation for many private successes, as in “you didn’t build that?”

“We’re [the Republican controlled Mississippi legislature] giving $20 million to people building a shopping center in Pearl – one they were already going to build – and nobody asks from where that money will come, says Sen. Bryan.”

Wonder if the sponsors and advocates of that provision were or will be the beneficiaries of campaign contributions from the recipients or will get some type of no-show mafia type jobs after leaving office? This way of doing things is possible only because the serfs, just like the people who fought on behalf of a slave-holding society even though most of them didn’t own slaves, can’t imagine life any other way and are comfortable depending on the trickle, from their labor that, falls down. In Mississippi, ignorance is bliss but in the case of the vassals who maintain loyalty to the lords, knowledge is power. What we need are really great Dirksen -Republicans so that we can focus on increasing economic security. Adequately funding public education and expanding Medicaid are equality of opportunity issues. They are ideas for our time. In the words of Senator Everett Dirksen:

“Victor Hugo wrote in his diary substantially this sentiment, ‘Stronger than all the armies is an idea whose time has come.’ The time has come for equality of opportunity in sharing of government, in education, and in employment. It must not be stayed or denied.”

In a Democratic Republic, capitalism is a tool used for the distribution goods and services, to meet the needs of the people and not the inverse. Democratic-Republics are not the servants of capitalism. It is not as conservatives, like the Kochs, would have you believe sacrosanct, and they are not our lords whose pronouncements on the proper taxation levels and the distribution of goods and service we are to receive as holy writ simply because of their wealth and position.

Lawmakers push ‘dramatic reforms’ for education | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com