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Biblical backing for current government policy?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Glad Humpty is Gone

So glad all the kings horses and all the kings men failed. Unlike the conservative writer who recently lamented the loss of pre-FDR America,* likening it to Humpty Dumpty, “broken beyond repair,” and deified it as the “system of government originally established to foster capitalism,” I do not long for Humpty. I do not long, Mr. Clueless Conservative, for pre-FDIC America replete with Hoovervilles. I am thankful for socialism which gave us a TVA, FHA, Social Security, and land grant colleges. You may see American socialism as a corruption of government but I, for one, am glad for the redistribution that gave us an Interstate Highway System. I am forever thankful for the redistribution embodied in the roads developed for rural mail delivery. The G.I. bill’s wealth redistribution was a godsend and blessed men with education from which the nation is still deriving returns. We need more of it, higher education subsidies; forward thinking nations do (see Germany). No, if the system before FDR was Humpty Dumpty then may he rest in peace. It is only from the safety of environments enhanced by socialism that some so blindly attack its interspersing. American conservatives are as great advocates of socialism as liberals or progressives.

* Socialism continues to corrupt government: Letter
Oliver B. Triplett III, Forest November 6, 2014 ~ CLARION LEDGER

Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID lawMississippi Business Journal

 

Hosemann responds to editorial criticizing voter ID lawMississippi Business Journal

What’s most disturbing is the slimy way this southern gentleman tries to slither away from his fellow snakes by talking about how he’s done everything possible to make the theft of voting rights fair.  He’s sought all the permission possible to demonstrate the cleanliness and fairness of  his state’s destruction of voting rights (already registered voters must now show photos of themselves to vote otherwise don’t bother showing up even though you are a citizen who has already registered).  And to top it off he thinks, like the character Bele in an episode of Star Trek, who thought it was obvious that he was superior because he was white on the left side of his body and his enemy was black on the left side of his body, it should be obvious that Mississippi is not like Texas or those other photo ID states.  He actually thinks that simply because there are no suits filed against Mississippi, yet, then what Mississippi has done is fair and honest, that Mississippi is superior. that because of superficial attributes, Mississippi is really substantially different from the other disenfranchisement extremists.

And it suits  Mr. Hosemann’ s ignorance in the service neo-confederate-voter disenfranchisement  to not  address Professor Alan Draper’s reminder: 

Less than 10% of voting age whites in Mississippi do not have a driver’s license while almost 30% of voting age blacks are without one. That is, eligible black voters are three times as likely as whites to lack the most common form of government-issued ID required to vote.” 

 

Mr. Hosemann talks about people who showed up to vote not the pool of eligible voters.  No if he were to be honest, Mr. Hosemann would admit that his efforts are most pernicious to those who aren’t colored right.

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We will help you with this needless hoop.

How nice of them to help with the needless hoop they created.

Of course none of this was necessary before the neo-confederates in the Mississippi legislature injected a citizenship challenge into the voting process via necessitating presentation of birth certificates to get a “free ID.”

So what’s wrong with the PDA (Public Disservice Announcement)? In fairness, it says that “if you already have an acceptable photo ID” you won’t need another on election day. Here the conservatives cunningly conceal in plain sight a truth that is detrimental to many Mississippians. In the process of telling you what you won’t need, they omit something critical. You can’t get the “free ID” if you have something many Mississippians now have, a current driver’s license. The ad is cute. It even has Mr. Haney, I mean, Mr. Hosemann sitting in a boat with a fishermen telling him that he can use a paycheck stub to get a photo ID. See it’s so simple even a Mississippian or a caveman could do it. But hold it right there. Did he say if you wanted to get a “free ID” you could bring a paycheck stub? Mr. Haney knows that isn’t true. You have to have a birth certificate to get the “free ID,” according to the law that the neo-confederates passed. They aren’t going to give you a “free ID” if you bring in your paycheck stub.
But Mr. Hosemann, like Mr. Haney selling Oliver Douglas doors without knobs or a tractor without wheels, pretends he is selling voting ease to the public when what he is really selling is a Republican constructed complication. For if you lose your driving privilege (which costs money) due to suspension for traffic fines or your Geico auto insurance lapsed and you get a ticket which you can’t pay, you must go through the citizenship challenge (present a birth certificate). In effect Mississippi’s neo-confederates have increased the penalty for unpaid driving penalties.
So in essence in a state, Mississippi, where black families have a fraction of the income of white families, voting has a new poll tax attached to it. People with licenses who can afford to keep them don’t have their citizenship challenged as a step in voting and people who can’t afford them do.

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    Democrats are Remarkably Lazy

    Well, how else can you explain the Republican Party’s success at co-opting things Democrats fought to put in place? I referred to the Democratic Party as the originator of things that RepubliCons pretend to support in another piece (Ruining Government(The Great REpubliConned pastime) where I also posit the notion that the Republican plan is to castigate and undermine the functioning of government at every opportunity, as part of a grand privatization scheme benefiting an oligarchic donor class.
    Here is a Mississippi example of this co-opting.

    Look at these pictures

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    These are pictures from Promote the Vote in Mississippi.

    This next picture is a picture of the current Mississippi Secretary of State, Republican Delbert Hosemann congratulating a program participant.

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    The literature from Secretary Hosemann’s website says

    Tightly aligned with the Mississippi Social Studies Framework and developed in cooperation with the Mississippi Department of Education, PTV’s curriculum consists of voter education lesson plans and activities developmentally appropriate and unique to each grade level. Along with the lessons, the PTV Mock Election allows students to experience voting for official statewide candidates in a simulated election prior to the actual General Election.

    What’s missing in the “voter education lesson plan” is the part where the students produce a copy of there birth certificate to get an ID to vote, the new RepubliCon wrinkle. The wrinkle is evidence of the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. The Republican Party having switched characteristics with the Democratic Party, after integration and the influx of blacks into the Democratic Party, is now the party of the “systematic and ingenious discrimination” that the Voting Rights Act was supposed to counter. In Mr. Hosemann, you have a man, co-opting a program, Promote the Vote, begun by a Democrat, Eric Clark, while simultaneously defending voting constrictions wherein people are forced to get birth certificates to vote. Although Hosemann, twisting to sanitize an odorous, offensive law, has come up with some sort of Administrative agreement that contradicts the actual law, restricting access to supposedly “free” IDs means that the IDs are not free and considering the differences in income related to race the law is definitely discriminatory. But perhaps in Mississippi, it doesn’t matter whether Democrats worked harder at not allowing Democratic plans which benefit the common man to be co-opted by Republicans. After all, if your define yourself by allegiance to a symbol of repression, an emblem of class for which race is a proxy, maybe we shall not overcome Lee Atwater’s analysis.

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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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    dEAD LAST, AND LOVING IT!!!

     

    Just mind your own business.  We don’t need any outside agitation or comment.

    “”If you look at it again, where this state is moving forward, and how fast we’re growing in our economy, it doesn’t seem to have been slowing us down. I don’t think it will. I think other states need to worry about their problems and let us grow.”  Comes the word from Mississippi officials in response to reactions to the Mississippi “confederate” state flag.  This flag was adopted by men who believed that

    “it shall not be lawful for any freedman, free negro or mulatto to intermarry with any white person; nor for any person to intermarry with any freedman, free negro or mulatto; and any person who shall so intermarry shall be deemed guilty of felony, and on conviction thereof shall be confined in the State penitentiary for life>’

    Those were the words of the state constitution adopted a few short years before the white males adopted the Mississippi State flag which to this day pays homage to the Confederacy. 

    But you have to give the confederate flag lovers credit for one thing.  They have taken full advantage of the lethargy of a complacent, contented black middle-class (who, themselves are closet-neo-feudalists like the black Mississippi Sovereignty Commission spies – and you must see the PBS documentary “Spies of Mississippi” for a picture of the “Clarence Thomas” mentality) to maintain the symbols of oppression as the principal representation of the state of Mississippi. 

    But just remember when you hear things like “no one can name one industry that didn’t come to Mississippi because of that flag” that people who say that don’t care to know or care to remember certain things.  They don’t care to remember that the reason the Klan used Confederate battle symbols like the flag was to remind everyone of their belief in white supremacy.  What defenders of the Mississippi state (“Confederacy-honoring) flag don’t care to know is that the men who adopted that flag people who “still thought they had been right to own slaves and secede from the Union.”  And truth be told the overwhelming majority of the people in Mississippi who voted to keep the symbol of slavery and secession as part the state flag either don’t know or care to know that it was Klansmen and Klan sympathizers who created the flag.  And if the flag, which is now defended by the descendants of people who made life so inhospitable for so many blacks that they left the “Hospitality” state, so if this flag is in any way, shape, or form an impediment to greater prosperity, the majority of Mississippians would rather be DEAD LAST, AND LOVING IT!!!

    Mississippi Secretary of State of Delbert Hosemann’s office is launching a publicity blitz

     

     

    Notice how Mr. Haney, excuse me, Ms. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, says what can be used to get a “free” voter ID. 

     

    Slight of hand, country–bumpkin styled.

     

    First of all the voter ID can only be obtained “free” if you don’t have a current driver’s license.  Notice how the commercial makes the point of listing the things you can use to get a “free” ID.  These are all items you can use to get the birth certificate to get the “free” ID unless of course you bring a birth certificate with you.  This Mississippi voter ID law is essentially an arbitrary, inept citizenship challenge by the state of Mississippi without just cause.  And Americans do not need birth certificates to validate their citizenship as being born in America is not a requirement for American citizenship and I cite the citizenship of John McCain and Ted Cruz as examples of Americans who were not born in any American city, town, state, or territory.  But back to the confidence man’s game of selling Americans the notion that Mississippi’s photo ID law is fair and necessary.  When white Mississippians voted to order everyone to produce photo ID’s at the polls the initiative for which they voted said nothing about citizenship challenges only that that Mississippians should provide photo ID.  Now the RepubliCon legislature didn’t write a law that gave photo ID’s to all registered voters.  No, that would have been fair and fairness is not what they were after but a shrinking of the voting pool.

    A situation in which fewer people are voting favors the rich because they get more bang for their buck.

     

    But the most frightening thing about the situation is how so much power over the vote in Mississippi has been deposited into the hands of one man.  Mr. Hosemann illustrates this most clearly in an interview with the Jackson Free Press in which he says,

     

    he wrote an administrative rule that says a driver’s license can be expired for up to 10 years and still be used for voting, and that the driver’s license can come from any state.

     

    What Mr. Hosemann “wrote” today can be undone by some future SOS with the stroke of a pen.  That’s why I have referred to him as the vote-Nazi

     

    And Democratic Party officials in the state indicate the reasons Republicans have so much success.  Republicans are just more motivated and assertive when it comes to pressing their agenda.  The most you get from Mississippi Democratic Party officials is

    it’s too early to say whether the Democratic Party will file a lawsuit to try to block Mississippi’s voter ID law.

    But that perhaps has more to do with a constituency which is more programmed, conditioned, opiated to watch BET and T.D. Jakes, football and Real Housewives then it is to knowing that they must come together to advocate laws which restrict outsourcing of jobs by people, Democrats and Republicans, who tell them that their lack of education is the reason that they are unemployed or employed at Wal Mart and need government assistance, even as jobs are going to China and Mexico and corporations offshore profits.