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Will the Billionaires' Risky Bet Pay Off?

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They're betting no one will notice the GOP is increasing their wealth & lowering their taxes while manipulating white male anger & violence against women, immigrants, liberals, and people of color...

America's rightwing billionaires are making a risky bet.

They're betting that supporting openly fascist policies and politicians will increase their wealth, lower their taxes, and let them get away with more and more questionable business practices without government oversight. All without blowing back on them.

They're betting that, with the blessing of 5 Republicans on the Supreme Court (Citizens United), they can pour just enough money into election campaigns to swing them by slim margins to friendly politicians, but hold back enough on their funding (and those electoral margins) that it won't be obvious to everybody that they're simply buying elections all across the nation.

They're betting that as white Americans find themselves deeper and deeper in debt they'll turn their anger against women, immigrants, and Blacks "stealing their jobs" and "affirmative action-ing" away their kids' chances to go to college.

They're betting that there's still plenty of juice left in their trickle-down sales pitch, and that working class people still support more massive tax cuts for billionaires and giant corporations.

They're betting that gullible white people will put their fear of climate disasters below their fear of drag queens and Critical Race Theory.

They're betting that employees will forget that Republicans and rich people have fought unions for over 100 years and will never, ever give in.

They're betting that we'll continue to tolerate utilities that rip us off, laws that make it expensive or difficult to solarize a home, and a food supply filled with cancer-causing, gender-bending "forever chemicals," pesticides, and herbicides.

They're betting they can get us more angry about impoverished homeless people than the $50 trillion they've stolen from the middle class over the past 42 years that has, in large part, caused our homelessness crisis.

They're betting they can create so much hysteria around crime and race with the money they're pouring into advertising that Americans will forget that Republicans have fought against everything from the minimum wage to unemployment insurance and Social Security for almost 100 years.

The world's wealthiest countries have only been functional democracies for the past century or so, and during that time morbidly rich people have tried this fascist narrative repeatedly, in nation after nation.

They support politicians who seize and hold political power by demonizing Jews, gays, and racial minorities.

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War Against the Middle (more...)

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