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

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


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

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

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.

Conservatives love to hate the government

 

Chris McDaniel, 2014 Mississippi U.S. Senate candidate, may be the best thing for Mississippi. At long last Mississippi would be able to end its secret lover (Strom Thurmanesque) relationship with the federal government.
McDaniel would back Utah Sen. Mike “Laughing Stock” Lee

Well paid clowns running interference for the insurance companies

the next time Republicans decide to shut the government down (like the Tea Party shutdown/Republican employment plan which idled thousands of Utah workers) as a way of showing how they would be willing to widen the doughnut hole for seniors (a hole which Obamacare closes) for freedom’s sake.
Oh, the government is too large, the constitutional conservatives say, so no one should have a problem with cutting farm subsidies and letting the free market work in Mississippi, right? And, by ending this affair that the people have with their government, Mississippi could help stop the government from forcing insurance companies to allow Mississippians to keep their children on their health policies until they’re 26 or to accept people with pre-existing conditions.
Yes, Republicans are ideal for America because they know that nothing fails like all that government and/or labor involvement in the market. Just look at those wretched Singaporeans, Japanese and Germans with their economies in total free-fall, totally un-American.

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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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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Truly Great Phony – Thomas Sowell – Page full

The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject.

This is not the judgment of a national syndicated columnist about George “weapons-of-destruction” Bush or Dick “we-will-be-greeted-as-liberators” Cheney (who was associated with no-bid Halliburton) or Condoleezza “smoking-gun-mushroom-cloud” Rice or John “the-fundamentals-of-the-economy-are-sound” McCain. This is the judgment of Thomas “my-readers-are-so-dumb-they-think-I’m-smart” Sowell.

Thomas “easy money” Sowell calls Obama a phony for not being able to find enough “”shovel-ready” projects that would quickly provide many much-needed jobs” or referring to the Malvinas as the Maldives. You would probably be hard-pressed to find an instance where Thomas “robbing-conservatives-every-week” Sowell ever listed any of the public gaffes by that great non-reader George “I-didn’t-read-the-Bin-Laden-determined-to-attack-PDB” Bush. You probably never read a column by Sowell where he listed anything Bush said like:

“One of the very difficult parts of the decision I made on the financial crisis was to use hardworking people’s money to help prevent there to be a crisis.”—Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 – Bush

“In terms of the economy, look, I inherited a recession, I am ending on a recession.”—Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 – Bush

“I’m telling you there’s an enemy that would like to attack America, Americans, again. There just is. That’s the reality of the world. And I wish him all the very best.”—Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2009 – Bush

I’ve abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.”—Washington, D.C., Dec. 16, 2008 – Bush

“I remember meeting a mother of a child who was abducted by the North Koreans right here in the Oval Office.”—Washington, D.C., June 26, 2008 – Bush

Should the Iranian regime—do they have the sovereign right to have civilian nuclear power? So, like, if I were you, that’s what I’d ask me. And the answer is, yes, they do.”—Speaking to reporters in Washington, D.C., July 2, 2008 – Bush “Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?”—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000 – Bush
“Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren’t able to practice their love with women all across the country.”—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004 – Bush

Man, there is good, easy money available in that Republican Noise Machine for junk like the following:

Many years ago, I was a member of a committee that was recommending to whom grant money should be awarded. Since I knew one of the applicants, I asked if this meant that I should recuse myself from voting on his application.

“No,” the chairman said. “I know him too — and he is one of the truly great phonies of our time.”

The man was indeed a very talented phony. He could convince almost anybody of almost anything — provided that they were not already knowledgeable about the subject.

He had once spoken to me very authoritatively about Marxian economics, apparently unaware that I was one of the few people who had read all three volumes of Marx’s “Capital,” and had published articles on Marxian economics in scholarly journals.

What our glib talker was saying might have seemed impressive to someone who had never read “Capital,” as most people have not. But it was complete nonsense to me.

Incidentally, he did not get the grant he applied for.

This episode came back to me recently, as I read an incisive column by Charles Krauthammer, citing some of the many gaffes in public statements by the President of the United States.

One presidential gaffe in particular gives the flavor, and suggests the reason, for many others. It involved the Falkland Islands.

Argentina has recently been demanding that Britain return the Falkland Islands, which have been occupied by Britons for nearly two centuries. In 1982, Argentina seized these islands by force, only to have British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher take the islands back by force.

With Argentina today beset by domestic problems, demanding the return of the Falklands is once again a way for Argentina’s government to distract the Argentine public’s attention from the country’s economic and other woes.

Because the Argentines call these islands “the Malvinas,” rather than “the Falklands,” Barack Obama decided to use the Argentine term. But he referred to them as “the Maldives.”

It so happens that the Maldives are thousands of miles away from the Malvinas. The former are in the Indian Ocean, while the latter are in the South Atlantic.

Nor is this the only gross misstatement that President Obama has gotten away with, thanks to the mainstream media, which sees no evil, hears no evil and speaks no evil when it comes to Obama.

The presidential gaffe that struck me when I heard it was Barack Obama’s reference to a military corps as a military “corpse.” He is obviously a man who is used to sounding off about things he has paid little or no attention to in the past. His mispronunciation of a common military term was especially revealing to someone who was once in the Marine Corps, not Marine “corpse.”

Like other truly talented phonies, Barack Obama concentrates his skills on the effect of his words on other people — most of whom do not have the time to become knowledgeable about the things he is talking about. Whether what he says bears any relationship to the facts is politically irrelevant.

A talented con man, or a slick politician, does not waste his time trying to convince knowledgeable skeptics. His job is to keep the true believers believing. He is not going to convince the others anyway.

Back during Barack Obama’s first year in office, he kept repeating, with great apparent earnestness, that there were “shovel-ready” projects that would quickly provide many much-needed jobs, if only his spending plans were approved by Congress.

He seemed very convincing — if you didn’t know how long it can take for any construction project to get started, after going through a bureaucratic maze of environmental impact studies, zoning commission rulings and other procedures that can delay even the smallest and simplest project for years.

Only about a year or so after his big spending programs were approved by Congress, Barack Obama himself laughed at how slowly everything was going on his supposedly “shovel-ready” projects.

One wonders how he will laugh when all his golden promises about ObamaCare turn out to be false and a medical disaster. Or when his foreign policy fiascoes in the Middle East are climaxed by a nuclear Iran.

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A Truly Great Phony – Thomas Sowell – Page full

Super-media! With the power to detect non-existent racism | The Daily Caller

The reason conveniently, consistently, context, challenged Ann Coulter says that the media lavished inordinate attention on the Trayvon Martin case is because it plays well before a Republican Party which is the refuge of people who believe that Strom Thurmond should have been elected President in 1948. People with this belief and their philosophical heirs are more likely to be comforted by the notion the Trayvon Martin case was a media exaggeration designed to, in Coulterese, “immunize Barack Obama.” The people who consume Coulter’s corrosive, crap consommé are convinced that America need only return to the fifties to return to greatness and dismiss any talk of racism or racial profiling as just an attempt to defend President Obama. (Coulter pukes, “They have to protect Obama, so the rest of us have to get ‘mugged.’”) And when she barks, that Barack Obama is the “most left-wing presidential candidate the nation has ever seen,” you’d think that he was the president that the EPA(massive government inspections of water and Three-Mile Island inspections and intrusive river clean-up) was started under(Nixon) or Homeland Security (Bush) or that he advocated using government resources to build the interstate highway system with all that government-property-taking imminent domain activity (Eisenhower).

Coulter upchucks white-on-black, black-on-black, and black-on-white homicide figures from 1986, six years into the Reagan Administration (not 1966, 1956, 1946, or 1936), because she must focus on an individual year and not the span of history and the racial structural formation of the nation which contributes to the figures. And you’ll never see her provide her audience with any reference to things that affected the psyche of generations of blacks and continued in spirit down thru Emmitt Till to Trayvon Martin, like the unique black experience in America which was described as “strange fruit” hanging from the poplar trees. No, she is much more inclined to regurgitate the O.J. Simpson case (which had much more to do with the relationship of wealth to justice than race to justice) in her laughable attempt to make the Trayvon Martin media coverage about Obama (however, this does play well among the Crypto-Dixiecrats).

Giving the Trayvon Martin case and the media attention it got fair and balanced treatment means that you would have to make part of your presentation how much outside pressure was brought to bear just to get Zimmerman placed on trial. I am still waiting to hear the results of the toxicology report from the shooter. I understand that they drug-tested the corpse. Ann, that is just one of the ways in which the Martin case was unlike the cases you claimed the media was “ignoring.” Presentation of this face along with the similarity of the law enforcement response to Emmitt Till’s murder would not serve your financial interests. I have to hand it to you, Ann; your readership’s ignorance will continue to make you small fortunes. But that disgusting, debilitating, diet you’re serving them means it’s going to take this country a long time to get well.

Super-media! With the power to detect non-existent racism | The Daily Caller

GOP constituents demand hard line | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com

The Tea-baggers want to “deny money for implementing Obama’s health care law even if that means not financing core government functions at all after Sept. 30Now, it’s easy to cut power to the ventilator when someone else is on it and not you. These supposed liberty lovers don’t mind destroying a law liberates consumers by compelling insurance companies to refund some of the premiums to customers and the freedom the customers would have in using those refunds. These supposed pro-lifers don’t have a problem with repealing a law that prohibits insurance companies from denying life-saving and life-enhancing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions or channels more Americans into affordable medical check-ups and treatments. No, at the risk of endangering things like military operations and social security they are willing to force their representatives to cast meaningless votes to de-fund a law which sets up healthcare-accessibility-enabling insurance exchanges. What would be interesting is how the Tea-baggers who receive Social Security and Medicare

Americans love good socialism.

and other essential government services, which were created because capitalism has limits in meeting the needs of people even in America, what would be interesting would be to see how these suddenly awakened Tea-baggers, awakened from a slumber which caused them to miss the part of their American government class in which they would have learned that it takes a two-third vote of congress to override a Presidential veto even if Tea-baggers held a majority in the Senate and that funding bills only begin in the House, what would be interesting would be to see how those Tea-baggers would respond if they realized that they had pulled the plug on their own ventilator and their government pensions, like those of maybe retired FBI agents, were a couple of months late. (“And a crowd at Lincolnton City Hall erupted in applause when a retired FBI agent from McHenry’s [Rep. Patrick McHenry, R, N.C.] hometown declared that “money is oxygen in Washington” and told McHenry that Republicans should “use the power of the purse” to extract what they want from the executive branch.” Unlike those districts which voted for Tea Party candidates most of American voted for the head of that “executive branch,” a fact that Tea-baggers seem to want to ignore as they rush to suffocate America.) It would be such a wonderful thing to dispel the Tea-bagger illusion of detachment. That would cause people like Mitt Romney, who are truly detached, with their Cayman Island and Swiss bank accounts, to fight their own battles and not have so many working-class people who are really shouldering the government and would be much more likely to be called upon to defend the country from aggressors with their lives, or sent on miss-adventures like Iraq, running interference for them, the one-per-centers. You have to give Romney and his ilk credit for exploiting the self-devaluing mentality of the masses of people in America. For we have internalized a degraded self-value (receiving compensation many times less than the job-creators who are really exporting jobs) while accepting notions about the advantages of “free-trade” which have given us less freedom even as productivity has increased with corporate profits soaring while wages remain low, defined benefit plans disappear, and the destruction of Mexican farmers by massive American corporate farm interest fueling immigration, placing further downward pressure on American wages.

No, dear Tea-bagger, ObamaCare is not your problem. The decline in your living standards has come at the hands of the corporatists which you defend by attacking ObamaCare. ObamaCare goes against the interests of giant insurers. What you should be attacking, Mrs. Tea-bagger is the attempts at evergreening by pharmaceutical companies and the high costs of prescription medications and the anti-trust exemptions of insurance companies.

GOP constituents demand hard line | The Clarion-Ledger | clarionledger.com