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

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

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

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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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“The Republican Party brand sucks and so people don’t want to be a Republican and for 80 years, African-Americans have had nothing to do with Republicans.

Who the H-E-double hockey sticks is he and to whom is he talking to?
And why 80 years? 2014 – 80 = 1934; Would FDR, JFK, and LBJ have anything to do with those 80 years? (the years and the administration which brought us Social Security, CCC, Rural Electrification, Medicare, the SEC, FDIC, etc. or how about Civil Rights and Voting Rights)

He is the Junior Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul who talks to the public as if it were completely ignorant of the Republican Party’s history of the last 40 plus years from Ronald Reagan’s big (black) buck story

to George H. W. Bush’s Willie Horton ads or Jessie Helms the black-man-is-taking-white-men’s-job ads. He would be laughed off the stage by the whites in his audience if they were intelligent enough to know that the Republican Party’s problem is not that blacks have the “perception” that “no one in the Republican Party cares.” The Republican Party’s perception problem among blacks is based on the Republican Party’s behavior and philosophy including its ability to get its rank-and-file members to routinely launch recreational attacks on government. The party morphed into the anti-Civil and Voting Rights party. Rand is right about the perception and was wise enough not to call it a misperception. The lack of Republican Party popularity in the black community is based on perception of Republican Party strategy.


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Yippee!!! Comedy by Coulter, again!

Did you catch Ann Coulter’s latest routine where she feigns concern for the American worker in an attack on Sheldon Adelson’s immigration stance (amnesty). What’s hilarious is how see thinks we haven’t noticed the things about which she’s silent.

While she attacks Mexican immigration and the businessmen who hire Mexicans, she’s conveniently silent about the real attack by business on American labor via job and profit off-shoring which weakens the tax base thereby giving rise to Teabaggers.

Ann, you’re so funny. I just love how you quote Friedman about the businessman’s love of free enterprise except “when it comes to themselves,” as if with lobbyists writing the laws, America actually has had anything approximating free enterprise.

Ann, this routine is almost as funny as the time, a few months ago, when you did your best Angela Davis impression by attacking white southerners (Democrats) for opposing black gun ownership after the Civil War. Ha, ha, ha! You have got to love it when conservatives like Coulter criticize conservatives of the past like Klansmen and by association their descendants the Neo-Confederates.

But back to the immigration discussion, a reference to white people (Israelis) giving black people one-way tickets to Uganda, priceless. Haven’t had this much fun, since Gingrich proposed firing janitors and giving their jobs to the children. Republicans favoring American labor. Guffaw, guffaw, heehaw!

Coulter not concerned about workers

7 things Republicans Don’t want working people to know about ObamaCare

Both Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel, who are Republicans who want to be one of Mississippi’s Senators for the next 6 years feature anti-ObamaCare rhetoric in their campaign ads. Based on that you can be sure that regular Mississippi Republicans don’t know that

  1. No longer can previous illness or risk for future illness prevent an individual from obtaining health insurance.
  2. Lifetime limits on essential medical expenses are eliminated;
  3. Insurers are prohibited from dropping your coverage or raising your premiums if you get sick
  4. Insurance companies that fail to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on health care must refund the difference to consumers
  5. Women can no longer be charged more than men for individual coverage
  6. Seniors get prescription drug help through the closing of the doughnut hole over the next 10 years
  7. Insurance plans will have to offer preventive care at no out-of-pocket costs

So why don’t everyday Mississippi Republicans know these things? Because Fox News didn’t tell them and although they live in a Red state, figuratively, for you Matrix fans, they have chosen the blue pill. The shame is that many people who vote Republican and receive government assistance and Mississippi is full of them, don’t know that the people for whom they vote see them as bugs who will come out of the woodwork when they see that they have access to healthcare. 

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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

Study: Red states most impacted by shutdown

The real class warfare in this country isn’t rich vs. poor, it’s government employees vs. the taxpayers who pay their salaries

pukes Ann Coulter.

Ever notice how people like the conniving Crypto-fascists, Coulter is always able to selectively attack government of the people, a government where the people decide the compensation level for its employees and what public goods and services that government delivers, in a way that never questions or challenges the government benefits in conservative strong holes like Mississippi with its military job creations or Arkansas and Alabama which rank high in senior citizens per capita and their dependence on workers in the SSA or  small business owners from the Dakotas or  Alaska who are looking for funding processed by those government workers in the SBA.  Are the pseudo-anti-government propagandists like Coulter who make tons of money complaining that the “only heavy lifting they[government workers] do all week is picking up their paychecks” pointing at the VA workers providing services for Alaska, Montana, and Wyoming which rank high with the most veterans per capita?  No, but they’ll cunningly attack government department and government workers who work in agencies like the Department of Education knowing that their conveniently-ignorant audiences won’t make the connection with the FAFSA’s processed for people in Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, South Carolina, or Louisiana states which “boasted the greatest number of FAFSA applications per capita during the third quarter of 2013.” Coulter and the other anti-government merchants count on the convenient ignorance of their audiences, an ignorance which conveniently includes a lack of knowledge about the role that the corporatists have played in the demise of pensions and good benefits for the working class in America making society as a whole poorer, the common good poorer, an ignorance which makes possible an attack on middle-class workers in the government who still have some semblance of the benefits which existed when organized labor was stronger in America, when the Mitt Romney types couldn’t attack so many Americans as being part of some negative 47 per cent class(there’s your class warfare).  I don’t recall the taxpayers voting to send their jobs overseas or to allow people like Mitt Romney to pay a lower tax rate or to allow people to stash money in the Cayman Island or Switzerland.  When Coulter and the Crypto-fascists complain about the compensation of government workers do they ever compare that compensation to the private sector and firms like General Dynamics, a major defense contractor that spent close to $11 million last year on lobbying.  General Dynamics just happens to have a land systems division which operates a facility that stands to benefit from the expenditure of $436 million on a weapon, a tank, that “the experts explicitly say is not needed.”  Nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer money over the past two years has been devoted to build improved versions of the 70-ton Abrams.

“If we had our choice, we would use that money in a different way,” Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army’s chief of staff, told The Associated Press

Coulter’s complaints about compensation to government employees is a diversion and a way to divide and conquer the middle-class internally (this strategy was also evident in the piece-meal approach by the Teabagger-controlled house with their piece-meal funding attached to the continuing funding resolution. The trick was to fund part of the government and rely on contentment among the funded portions to provide weight for the starvation of the parts the RepubliCons didn’t like.) The attack on the government is also a way to divert energy towards attacking the poor with the entitlement attacks. Coulter and the Crypto-fascists are actually channeling attention away from the compensation government pays to firms like security provider Blackwater (which charged $1,075 a day for senior managers, $945 a day for middle managers and $815 a day for operators when Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who was the top U.S. commander in Baghdad overseeing more than 160,000 U.S. troops, was making about $493 a day) and multi-billion-dollar, no-bid contractor Halliburton formerly headed by then Vice-President Dick Cheney, in the so-called private sector. Coulter and the Crypto-fascists are very good at stirring dissension among everyday Americans, causing them to turn on each other while they channel government resources to their purses and stash their lucre off-shore and call everyone else the takers. 

 

Study: Red states most impacted by shutdown

▶ Don Lemon, GOP Guest Erupt Over ‘Million Vet March': ‘Aren’t You Embarrassed for Your Party?’ – YouTube

Notice how the TeaBaggers never mention the financial crisis and it’s job-killing-uncertainty-producing results when they talk about how much the debt has risen during the Obama Administration.  Far be it from these naïve corporate shills to fathom the revenue implications of the debacle produced by their puppet masters.  This omission provides cover for the pre-Obama financial carnage as well as does the absence of mention of the connection of the trillions of corporate dollars that remain idle even after the bank bailouts in the discussion of debt and revenue.  Wonder how many more of “we the people” would be at work if some of that idle cash was taxed to fund road programs and healthcare? 

You will also never hear them mention how the prescription drug plan and the two off-budget wars contributed to the rise in the debt when they talk about how much the debt has risen. Wasn’t that borrowed money and doesn’t the interest on it add to the debt and aren’t we paying the interest on the borrowing for the wars and aren’t we borrowing to pay for the prescription drug plan, still?  The supposedly Vet-loving Teabaggers never propose capturing, through taxation, some of the legally hidden, Cayman Island money, like that of their preferred presidential candidate Mitt Romney, as a way of paying off some of that debt and funding the government to keep those memorials before which Sarah-I-resigned-the-governorship-of-Alaska Palin, and (Rafael-sounds-too-Hispanic-just-call-me-)Ted-loose-screws-Cruz appeared.  Ever wondered how the Romney’s of America got to have laws created to produce an effective (there’s an adjective the Cruz types will seldom use preceding the following noun) tax rate for themselves below that of many wage-earning (another description conservatives would prefer you not hear very often) Americans.  You see the beauty of what conservatives do lies in their ability to convince average Americans that all people who have passive income are just like them. The beauty is in convincing Joe the Plumber that Mitt Romney’s Swiss bank account benefits America.  You will never hear them mention how manipulating charitable trusts (i.e. the “accelerated charitable remainder trust” and the “son of the accelerated charitable remainder trust”) allows them to evade funding the government and the wars that would supposedly pay for themselves (like Iraq) or the memorials and national parks that they, the Teabagger Senators, claim to want to keep open.

Disowning Teabaggers while counting on their votes?

Part of the beauty of the RepublCon game plan is the way that they provide a platform for the “crazy guy” (calling for the President, who happens to be a Christian of the most powerful nation in the free world to put the Koran down and to just leave town and surrender), a platform for the “crazy guy”, the “dumb, stupid people” who supply the noise and distraction that exhausts the observer as well as the inattentive to the point where the they succumb to the argument of Washington just being gridlocked. 

Sorry Ben, you can’t hold Ted-loose-screws Cruz up as the gold standard for the Republican Party and allege that he is any more reasonable than Larry if Larry calls Obama a Moslem and Cruz compares him to the devil.  Both of these guys are just doing what any good capitalist would do, taking advantage of a profit-making opportunity.  Too bad their activities undermine democracy by diverting attention from the way the wealthy are using them to increase the wealth gap in this control by increasing the chances that the country will elect people who believe, in the words of the conservative-ruling Supreme Court and Mitt Romney, that “corporations are people” my friend, even though I have yet to see a corporation return from Iraq or Afghanistan in a flag-draped coffin. 

Oh and the confederateVet Protest October 2013 (1A)

Vet Protest October 2013 (1)flag, The Battle Flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, was right in place at the forefront of this demonstration. The flag has its origin in white supremacy and is inseparable from it. And why is there an obvious attraction for white supremacists, confederate-flag wavers in the Tea Party movement? Lee Atwater noted the attractiveness of code language like cutting taxes and smaller government to racists years ago.

The irony is how voters, obviously possessing history knowledge deficits, can compare Obama with Hitler all the while being used by the supremacists in much the same way that Hitler used some German people to attack a minority among them as being the cause of the ills within the country. A posting on the Supremacists website sums it up:

Scottish: “I think the “tea party” is a good way to meet people with potential. Most people at this event will be white people who are fed up with the direction of things and they are ready to hear how we got into this mess.”

In the words of journalist, Alex Brant-Zawadzki

“White supremacists believe that they are only the tip of an iceberg, the visible aspect of a more universal hatred. The documentary suggests that white supremacists sees Tea Parties as “the best chance in decades to cross over into mainstream American politics.”

What if you read this from a Tea Party advocate?

“white Americans are fed up with black crime, immigration, and now they are backed into a corner…their country is being taken away from them and they will fight back…we will provide them with those answers.”

You just have. Those are the words of Don Black whose “foremost activity is operating Stormfront, the largest and most popular meeting place for white supremacists on the entire Internet.” The similarity between the “their country is being taken away from them” language and the recurring theme at anti-health care town hall meetings and on Tea Party signs is unmistakable. Their country has been taken or is being taken from them but it’s the corporations that they unwitting defend that are rapidly devaluing whatever education that they have with job outsourcing and profit off-shoring and funding candidates who shift the tax burden away from the wealthy and onto them. How is it possible that they could not know that the Tea Party was behind the situation that prevented the passage of the continuing resolution to fund the government? And is this, America, some animal farm where they, the people with memorials, are the animals that are more equal than the rest, where some are supreme, some are sovereign and others are just regulars, some are just serfs? Perhaps this is the way to make supremacy work, the key to pyramid. You simply divide and conquer, pulling the Heritage-funded strings from behind the scenes.

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$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.

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