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A Chris McDaniel’s Racist heckles Ethical Thursday Rally

At the Mississippi Alliance of State Employees (Ethical Thursday) rally at the capitol last week (February 27, 2014), there was some heckling from Tea Party members. If you look at the video of the rally from one of the local TV stations, you can even hear one of the Tea Party members who was assembling for a Tea Party rally that was about to begin, yell something about voter ID at the MASE rally participants. Something about it reminded me of the lunch counter sit-ins from the sixties. It’s funny how certain groups don’t think that other groups should occupy a public space un-harassed. The harassment actually began with music blaring from a white convertible circling the capitol. This was downtown in the capitol city of Mississippi, Jackson; a city which has a noise ordinance. At one point during the MASE rally, the Tea Party members used their microphone to mimic the MASE speakers’ statements about inadequate state worker pay by yelling a totally unrelated demand for raises to military pay (proves my point about conservatives and government), in apparent confusion over state and federal responsibilities. The Tea Partiers had chosen to assemble around this memorial

Confederate women's memorial at Mississippi's state capitol in Jackson

Confederate women’s memorial at Mississippi’s state capitol in Jackson

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mothers confederate

Oblivious to the irony that the America flag, (you know as in United States of America, the Union) that one of the Tea Partiers held aloft was symbolically the diametric opposite of the monument around which they chose to assemble, a monument to those women who supported men of disunion, men who sought to rend asunder the nation, the state’s rights, white supremacists.

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McDaniel Supports

Tea Partiers real

The guy with the flag looks like the driver of the white convertible who did his best to disrupt other Americans, the MASE members who were attempting to exercise their free-speech rights as American citizens at the Ethical Thursday rally. Just as with the resistance to the lunch-counter integration efforts of the sixties, the photo ID laws by the neo-Dixicrats (Republican) legislatures around the country, and the heckling of the state employee rally, the supremacists in the country seam to always be committed to an exclusionary America. Despite what they say about deficits and small government we know what they really mean.

Funny how the hecklers just happen to be in close proximity to supporters of Chris McDaniel, who is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from Mississippi.

Rep. Robert “you-doesn’t-have-to-call-me-Judas” Johnson

Watch and listen closely.

This is what betrayal looks and sounds like before it strikes. This guy voted 30 times against the thing he said he favored in this interview. Any wonder why Republicans rule this state and we can’t expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This guy could have been a Sovereignty Commission spy.

And one can only wonder what affect this kind of double-crossing behavior has on the lack of resistance to the two-horned unicorn law in Mississippi known as voter photo ID.

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DROWNING THE GOVERNMENT IN MISSISSIPPI

How do you reduce government to the size that you could “drown it in a bathtub?
Well, let me rephrase the question.
What happens when you underfund government salaries?

But the talent and skill drain is only one dimension of the scheme. The consequence of the talent and skill drain serves the greater purpose of the plan. It drains resources from a key Democratic party constituency, state employees. Simultaneously, it converts those same employees into Republicans because they, with talents and skills hone in state service, can sell their services back to the state through a competing private service, oh say, private prisons or DHS administration. The Republican party of today appeals, through it’s survival-of-the-fittest attraction it John-Wayne-individualism allure, to man’s basest nature. The common good be dawned.

But the most immediate consequence of their underfunding scheme is direct monetary benefits from the wealthy and connected which was actually behind the efforts of Tea Party types to circumvent the State Personnel Board. It’s funny how these “small government” groups (and we know what they really mean

) are really fronts for people who are devising means of CAPTURING THE GOVERNMENT PURSE

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Why the outrage over a statue

The headline read “

FBI to determine if Meredith statue’s defiling is hate crime

 

And you quickly come to realize what Mississippi is and why it is the way it is.  From someone at one of Mississippi’s Seg academies came the following comment:

“ How convenient we forget that Meredith is responsible for the deaths of two innocent victims. He only attended ole miss for one year. He was a paid mule by the naacp.. He himself dislikes the statue and would like to see it removed.” –  · Rusty Reeves · Brandon Academy

Here the commenter’s view is that the man the statue honors was a trouble-maker.  The outrage over the statue’s desecration (the statue’s outrageous treatment, it’s disrespectful treatment) is not understandable to segregationists.  The outrage is not justified, it is not even comprehensible to those who love segregation and things like the supremacist-created Mississippi state flag, (apparently akin the old Georgia (Confederacy-memorializing) state flag which was draped with a noose on the statue) because many white Mississippians have never believed in integration.  And Meredith is a symbol of that which they abhor and find repulsive.  Meredith’s significance is so little appreciated among the majority of Mississippians that you are likely to have agreement with this statement from another of the commenters on the story:

“it sounds like littering laws were the only ones violated.” –  · Noel Funchess  Mississippi State University

The chilling effect such an action as the statue desecration can have on minorities is not unlike a cross burning, as anyone could see the implications of a noose and a confederate symbol draped on a black man’s statue.  Oddly, you would think that Mississippians, black and white, would be particularly sensitive to such an outrage as would all southerners.  You would think that the actions where as alarming to people who know Mississippi’s history as someone yelling fire in a crowded theater, there is a bit of terror evoked.  The people at Ole Miss know this which is why they have made moves avoid prompts to yell “the South will rise again” at football games.  What south is it that people want to see rise again.  And when people pretend not to know the significance of offensive gestures and threatening racial symbols then you know what its like to be in Mississippi. 

 

And for those who say like another of the commenters that

“Yep, you read it correctly – a hate crime against a statue. The word you used – “ridiculous” – isn’t strong enough to describe the absurdity of this. The act of vandalism itself was stupid and the vandals should be punished, but the degree to which it already has been overblown is crazy. I’m running out of adjectives. We haven’t begun to see or hear the end of this.” –  Mike Jones  The University of Alabama

I know clarity isn’t something in which they’re interested. 

And people who don’t see the outrage in the statue desecration probably wouldn’t that think burning a cross would be a hate crime or leaving a swastika on a synagogue door.

However,

“A hate crime is a traditional offense like murder, arson, or vandalism with an added element of bias. For the purposes of collecting statistics, Congress has defined a hate crime as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”

Now I guess that’s just another reason for some people to hate government and regulation.  It’s funny how some people count the freedom to intimidate others as one of their cherished freedoms.  And you can understand why when you realize that with that freedom they can chase people from the field of play, out of whole areas of activity, and enhance and ensure unchallenged domination.  This is the connection between segregation and supremacy. 

WJTV News Channel 12 – Bryant Wants To Drug Test Welfare Recipients

 

WJTV News Channel 12 – Bryant Wants To Drug Test Welfare Recipients

Much like the privatization schemes embedded in the privatization of departments within state agencies (see the notice for RFP 13-007 which appeared in Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger June 7, 2013 and June 14, 2013), the scheme to drug test needy Americans (TANF recipients) is little more than the use of the welfare-queen boogey man to transfer state funds to selected individuals (drug screening companies aka private contractors). The pseudo-tax-saving schemes* essentially transfer state revenue to individual contractors who can then make kick-backs to privatization advocates (favored legislators) via campaign contributions filtered through the likes of the Chamber of Commerce or the Club for Growth or the many other organizations which work covertly and overtly to make certain worker compensation is as low as possible.Why hire state employees through a State Personnel Board and run the risk of employing people who don’t contribute to your campaign and who you can’t fire for their political views or hair style while pretending that they are being fired for inadequate performance?

Of course, the inferred criminality of welfare recipients is much like the inferred criminality assigned to registered and potential registered voters which is the foundation for voter ID laws. It’s like stop-and-frisk applied state-wide. Defenders of such policies say things like if you’re a law abiding citizen then what’s the problem, if you’ve got nothing to hide? By that logic then why don’t we just let the government search our houses on the premise that we have nothing to hide and why not require us to show our tax returns before we register to vote since we’re law abiding citizens and have nothing to hide? Those of us who are law-abiding American citizens should have no problem with placing people through hoops as long as everyone does it no matter how intrusive or inconvenient the hoop, right? And what we required Luis W. Lebron to do is just fine, after all who among us who love America would have any problem with drug testing everybody who needs our help? Who is Luis W. Lebron you say? Luis W. Lebron is a Navy veteran and full-time student who had filed for public assistance. Mr. Lebron, who provided care for his disabled mother and was raising a young child as a single father, argued that it was unfair to require drug testing when no suspicion of drug abuse existed. Heck, conservatives, who claim to love those guys (military personnel) who sacrificed so much for us, say why shouldn’t he be drug tested just as long as everybody who is in need does the same thing. So it’s no surprise that Mississippi would follow Florida’s lead considering the recently passed voter ID law. Heck, in Mississippi they won’t even let you use your expired driver’s license to vote, you despicable likely illegal alien criminal you. Now you can’t get a “free” state-issued photo ID in Mississippi without a birth certificate. One only wonders what ID Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann will allow you to use to get a birth certificate to get your “free” state issued photo ID, since if you had a photo ID you wouldn’t need a birth certificate to get a photo ID. This exclusionary legislation is a beautiful thing for the ignorantly self-righteous who imagine themselves immune to the damage of these barriers. Never mind that a birth certificate is not definitive evidence of American citizenship (Ask Ted Cruz.) No Mississippi has the appearance of a place where it’s common for citizens to show up at the train station to catch last week’s westbound bus out of town, on a day when all the trains are headed north.

 

 

 

*During the time that Florida’s law was in effect “about 2.6 percent of recipients tested positive for illegal drugs, mostly for marijuana, according to the court documents.
The failure rate was well below that of the general population. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found in a 2009 survey that about 8.7 percent of the population aged 12 or older had used illicit drugs in the previous month.” Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Struck Down By Federal Judge

HuffPost 12-31-2013 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/31/florida-welfare-drug-tests_n_4525534.html

After a year, Florida had found 108 drug users—out of 4,086 people tested. The cost to the state came to nearly $46,000, an exponentially higher amount of money than Florida saved from the program. Utah’s drug test for welfare law, touted by conservatives as a money-saving measure, cost the state about $31,000—and caught a grand total of 12 users.- “Judge Strikes Down Florida’s Drug Tests for Welfare Law” – Slate

Privatizing on the sly or how to shift wealth upward.

Ever wonder how to make wealthy people wealthier while gutting the middle class, you know like fulfilling the true core mission for ALEC?  Let’s repackage that concept.  How would you make government smaller

Smaller government isn’t really the goal.

 

and create a source of funding for your campaign? Can you say privatization?  That’s right. Those same people who get the “contracts” replacing or killing those “government” jobs can make “contributions” to the campaigns of those who promote the wealth re-distributions.  And in those right-to-work-for-less, anti-union states there is no union to counter-balance that electoral influence.  Why would anyone think that Republican legislatures are behind the transfer of state jobs into private hands and why would that transfer work to the detriment of minorities and even non-heterosexual employees?  Simply put transferring government revenue from the many citizens to the few citizens through government contracts has been their true goal all along and they have the track record to prove it as the Party has become the refuge of people with antiquated views on race and other things (see the polling on interracial marriage).  Republican legislatures can just initiate privatization of departments within state agencies thereby circumventing fairness in hiring and termination. Take, oh say, a maintenance department within say a state’s corrections department in, oh say, Alabama or Mississippi, neo-feudal strongholds, and privatize it.  You see if you privatize the departments you can get around things like personnel boards and minority hiring initiatives and fair employment practices when expending government funds and virtually hand the reigns of government services over to people with your political views, however discriminatory they may be like the old spoils system.

▶ Wont Get Fooled Again – YouTube

 

or will we?

“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

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance – Investigations

However, the law was written to make sure that people could keep their insurance, that is the insurance that they had when the law was passed. The reporters in this story, themselves say “The law states that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010 will be “grandfathered,” meaning consumers can keep those policies even though they don’t meet requirements of the new health care law. “ And how is a regulation written by the Department of Human Services considered to have “narrowed” the provisions when it says that “if any part of a policy was significantly changed since that date — the deductible, co-pay, or benefits, for example — the policy would not be grandfathered?” How can that be anything but a clarification of the existing intent that what was in effect, without any changes, will be acceptable and if anything changes the policy is not legal?

Then there is the mention in the article of “normal turnover” in the individual market affecting people’s ability to keep their policy (meaning 40 to 67 percent of customers will not be able to keep their policy). What would the Affordable Care Act have to do with “normal turnover” in the individual market?” So let’s get this straight. If the President, in talking about the Affordable Care Act while being under attack from conservatives for orchestrating a government takeover of healthcare, offers assurance about there being no government effort to force people to buy from the government or to give up their junk healthcare plans, he should be held accountable for “normal turnover.” The effects of normal turnover means he lied?

For those who are really concerned about premiums and healthcare cost, the fact is Americans would pay less for healthcare if they had more government involvement and not that provided by overmatched state insurance secretaries like the one in Mississippi who couldn’t even attempt to establish an exchange without Heritage and Cato coming in to stop it with the assistance of a Governor who won’t expand Medicaid to assist the most vulnerable and who has no problem with the indigent care expense being passed along to customers through higher prices, ignoring the available federal aid. The Japanese pay a substantially smaller part of their GDP for health care (8%, about half as much as the US) and a large part of the reason is that they have a government body (the Ministry of Health and Welfare), which acts on behalf of the Japanese healthcare customer. And we, in America, can’t even get a repeal of the McCarran Ferguson Act (antitrust law, something the RepubliCons never propose) to provide  that supposedly beloved free-market benefit from competition because the big insurers like the banks run this place.

And then you have a flak, like Robert Laszewski of Health Policy and Strategy Associates (wonder if they get any insurance industry money), pointing a Jan-Brewer-finger-of-outrage at the administration because the insurance industry changed policies so that the policies couldn’t be grandfathered. So the President is to blame because he knew that the scumbags would do exactly what they did.

 

So when you see people complain about premiums rising and how they were better off before the Affordable Care Act, which makes available insurance which doesn’t discriminate or charge more based on pre-existing conditions, just remember that those premiums are brought to you by companies who have an anti-trust exemption. Remember that the pseudo defenders of free markets never brought you exchanges and never placed healthcare on their agenda the way they did privatization of Social Security(image the damage to seniors from the recent financial debacle) and sending the elderly into the private health care insurance market as an alternative to Medicare or place enough money in a health savings account to cover their care when they’re 75, like the great brain surgeon, Dr. Ben Carson advocates.

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance – Investigations

Bryant orders 10 HMA hospitals back into Blue Cross network | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

I cannot sit back and allow Mississippians’ access to care to be threatened in violation of state law

What business does any public official have in trying to make certain that citizens have access to medical care? How can a business be compelled to provide a “product in a marketplace at the insistence” of government?
And don’t you remember how, in an effort to support the efficacy of markets in meeting the needs of Americans, RepubliCons said that:

“[t]here is no one who doesn’t have health care in America. No one. Now, they may end up going to the emergency room?”

So what’s all the fuss about insurance companies deciding not to do business with some hospitals because they “charge too much?” Isn’t this just the marketplace at work? Shouldn’t insurance companies be allowed to seek profit like all good capitalists? What’s with the dictatorial intervention? Weren’t the Teabaggers carrying signs of President Obama with Hitler mustaches drawn on his face because of his market interventions? What’s with the government intrusion embodied in the Mississippi Patient Protection Act of 1995?” What’s with the government telling businesses what they must provide? This situation makes a point emphatically. Specifically, the issue is that capitalism is a system devised by man and subject to modifications and variations necessary to serve the people. This democratic Republic, America, is served by capitalism. The Republic is not the servant of capitalism. This is a fact that the conservatives, indoctrinated within the last thirty years, must learn. The more sophisticated conservatives know this which is why they spend so much time lobbying to make laws (modifications and variations) which concentrate capital in relatively few hands while pretending that capitalism just happens to naturally support the trade deficits enhanced by this “service economy” that they have convinced the public is most desirable for America. This salesmanship of substandard economic conditions explains why many Americans’ desired to keep the insurance plans that they had before enactment of the Affordable Care Act, a situation that could be compared to domestic abuse. The form of capitalism practiced in this country is designed and modified by men; it is not some natural, organic formation sent to us by God. If our form of capitalism is so superior then why do we find ourselves begging other countries with much more socialism (government mandated health care) in their economies for jobs?

It is ironic how conservative governors from southern states who complain about government thwarting private markets and competition spend time and state resources pursuing Japanese investment in their states when according to author T.R. Reid in “The Healing of America, “[d]espite universal coverage and prodigious consumption, Japan spends a lot less for health care that most of the developed nations; with costs running at about 8 percent of GDP, it spends about half as much as the United States.” And get this Teabaggers, the Japanese require everyone to sign up. They call it a personal mandate. The irony is that so called conservatives are attacking personal responsibility and seeking investment from people (foreign capitalists?) who make certain that all of their citizens have health care while complaining about a “’woodwork effect,’ an allusion to people [American citizens] 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.” Just think about that for a moment. Here you have Americans alluded to as bugs, as insects who will come out of the “woodwork” to get what, crumbs? Actually CONservatives, [see Mitt Romney and Steel Dynamics] are very skilled at getting government to assist them while pretending that the resources that they get, they got all by themselves when they have really benefited for jobs programs, activities subsidized in one fashion or another by a government of the people. Their brilliance is in their ability to convince their constituents that they don’t need the government while channeling government to assist their constituents. You even have a private entity Blue Cross/Blue Shield complaining about constituent services: complaining that “the hospital management company [with whom the big insurer has a dispute] and its lobbyists have donated thousands of dollars in “political contributions” to the governor.”

The health care conversation is Mississippi doesn’t just smell of classism, it reeks of elitism. The political establishment is fighting to maintain health care access for one group of Mississippians while being willing to in the words of a local reporter who’s been covering the Mississippi health care struggle for the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Ms., Sam R. Hall , to ignore “the loss of DSH payments” which “would equal nearly $1.4 billion” [these are federal funds paid to the state to help cover indigent care in hospitals which are scheduled to go away] and not expand Medicaid. In the words of Mr. Hall

“[t]hat’s $400 million more than if every single eligible Mississippian allowed joined after expanding the Medicaid program, and we know that’s 100 percent will never join.”

Pew!!!! We can’t just be imagining that smell. The state of Mississippi while begging for jobs from a country with universal health care continues to refuse to assist Mississippians making more than $5,500 per year, the Medical cutoff, get health care while compelling a private insurer to provide health care access for Mississippians making considerable more than $5,500, Mississippians making enough to afford a BCBS policy.

Remarkable still is the protestations about big government involvement in Mississippi and assertions of state’s rights (in the antebellum southern spirit) even to the point where Senator Thad Cochran will now face a Teabagger opponent even as a “proportion of federal spending in Mississippi is directed toward large federal installations such as Camp Shelby, John C. Stennis Space Center, Meridian Naval Air Station, Columbus Air Force Base, and Keesler Air Force Base.” And there are also the private sector extensions of the military industrial complex like Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi.
To ignore Tip O’Neill’s maxim, “all politics is local,” is to abandon the field to the Teabaggers who are the servants, wittingly or unwittingly, of the neo-feudalists who are ordering society in a fashion that produces less social mobility. And access to health care, if you look at the rest of the industrialized world, is critical to that dream as it provides the foundation for productivity so that “you can build that,” that being whatever your dream is.

Bryant orders 10 HMA hospitals back into Blue Cross network | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

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.