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 If you watched Meet The Pests(that is how I refer to Meet The Press) this morning as I did, and have listened to folks like Chomsky. Klein or Girroux, you'd realize the corporate fascist takeover is no longer an operation in the works. It's complete! This show today had a well rounded group of corporate moderators whom we are told(over and over by them) are reasonable moderates. People like David Brooks for example, who comes off like a really reasonable guy, a soft spoken moderate, who in actuality, at least in my view, is a mealy mouthed neocon. This morning and concerning Obama's loss of popularity in the polls, he was basically telling Obama (as if his opinion is more important than anyone else), cut(doublespeak for gut) social spending and raise taxes across the board, not simply on the rich. Everyone must share the burden, feel the pain and pay the piper. No regard or mention concerning the tax loopholes or the massive off-shoring that allows most rich people to avoid paying taxes altogether. Those darn entitlement programs again that have been consistently depicted by these very moderate and reasonable pundits as an elitist program for those who don't work or contribute to society and who are the primary problem that drains the nations coffers. I imagine Brooks feels the same about those on food stamps who recently lost their jobs and houses while Obama in lockstep with Bush Jr. bailed out the Wall Street CEO's who put them here. I also guess it doesn't matter much about the fact that most of these people on Social Security or whom now suddenly find themselves as the new poor did work and contribute most of their lives. It seems apparent that in the newest new world order(Economics 401) there can be no peace for this lot or even their grandchildren, who find themselves massively indebted to an ever privatized system of education that does not promote free thought, but rather corporate servitude.
 
As far as these across the board "tax hikes," Brooks wasn't specific, though his actual mantra has always been to continue giving the wealthiest huge tax breaks to stimulate the economy and create job growth. Where? In China or Indonesia? If people like him had to live on Social Security and or food stamps, perhaps his talk of we "entitled recipients" having to "sacrifice like everyone else" would change. We do sacrifice every goddamn day and in fact the poor and middle class have been sacrificing for the last 40 years, working harder and producing more  while the rich got richer. More cuts to these "entitlement" programs mean more poverty, more homelessness, more medical neglect, more death. Cost of living increases have been frozen on Social Security for three years now, but no mention by Brooks of that cut in a time when the cost of everything has gone up and continues to go up. But if tax cuts for the rich are rolled back to the extremely generous Clinton-Reagan era, well that's bad for our growing economy and it alienates the wealthy which reflects directly to Obama's poor numbers. No mention of the obscene military spending either. 
 
Meanwhile Donald Trump, the born rich guy who got richer by using tax payer dollars(HUD) to build these obscenely massive building projects, then in the middle of construction declaring bankruptcy and walking away with the loot is in Brooks view, a viable candidate who should be taken seriously. Of course Obama's latest dip in the polls is not because he has abandoned his base and capitulated to republicans(and their corporate overlords) over and over to actually do what Brooks says he ought to do, or that he continues with illegal costly wars around the world, adopting the drill, drill, drilling mantra, even after the worst oil disaster in history, or that he has enhanced the Patriot Act, gutting civil liberties even further than Bush, hasn't raised a finger to protect organized labor as he promised and actually made government less open and transparent than his predecessor. No! It's because of gas prices and because he alienates the rich. What a joke! Is Brooks really serious? I'd like to get a hit of the stuff this guy is on! And not one other idiot oopps...I mean expert pundit on the panel jumped in on that one. I guess they all forgot who it was that extended those Bush tax cuts in the first place and soon after came out saying, "we have to do something about "entitlement" programs!"

The script has been written and all of the players, be they politicians(on both sides of the fictional aisle) or media pundits, are carrying it out to the corporate letter. Anything even remotely resembling democracy in this country is dead. This nation is ruled already by Mussolini style corporatists. The new enemy is not the Jews or Gypsies or Ethiopians, it is the poor and sick who must be debased, undignified, literally spat upon, gutted and ultimately forgotten to protect and preserve the sovereign economic power of the United Corporate States.

 

I'm a concerned, middle aged blogger and member of the ACLU. I hail from the Bay Area. I Lobbied congress with the ACLU over the more unconstitutional elements of the USA Patriot Act. Marched in peace protests, lost a former school chum in the world (more...)
 

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They call themselves moderates and they often soun... by Michael Shaw on Monday, Apr 25, 2011 at 10:44:24 AM