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These Americans Are Fighting for an Actual, Legitimate Democracy, By and For the People -
U.S. democracy is illegitimate. Time for the American Awakening.
NC Senate candidate Greg Brannon isn’t sure whether 9/11 was an inside job, but he is sure that the Earth is 6000 years old. —
"ideology is the science of idiocy" John Adams
What Paul Ryan's Budget Means for Wisconsin -
3,687 millionaires would get an $87,000 tax break.
Middle class families would pay $2000 more in taxes.
75,408 seniors would pay more for medicine by bringing back the prescription drug donut hole.
9,150 college students wouldn’t receive Pell Grants.
703 domestic violence victims would lose access to the STOP Violence Against Women Program.
2,320 children would lose access to Head Start.
Under capitalism, we can’t have Democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist. — Noam Chomsky (via america-wakiewakie)
Conservative heavyweights have solar industry in their sights -
WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.
It is amazing to me that the conservative working class (especially the working poor) has been so captivated (and captured) by corporate America that they fight fang and claw to keep themselves on the bottom end of increasing economic disparity, and to make the wealthy, wealthier at the expense of worker.
In the 4th century BCE, Plato said that neither oligarchy nor democracy are suitable systems to bring about social justice. An Oligarchy—rule by the few and the wealthy—is unacceptable because the wealthy are only interested in their own appetites and will exploit the workers for gain. But Democracy will not lead to social justice either, because the public, by and large, is ignorant of the functions of government, and by that lack of information, they are easily misled by the emotional rhetoric of self-serving politicians.
Even back in Plato’s time, the two major political parties in Athens were the Oligarchs and the Liberals. The Oligarchs wanted precisely what conservative “leaders” want today—an oligarchy. The Liberals wanted all men to be equal and have equal voice—same as today.
The process of good propaganda is clear:
1. Demonize a word (such as “liberal”) by using it always in a negative sentence, preferably as emotion-generating as possible (falsehoods actually work better than truth). Give the word no quarter and never speak it in a positive sentence. Because of the constant demonization of the word, long and loudly, many in the public will come to hate the word and everything associated with it.
2, Now, attach any person or policy to the word, and the person or policy comes to be hated as well.
Evidence? Take a look at Newt Gingrich’s memo to GOPAC back when the political division was not as bad as today: Google “Language: A Key Mechanism of Control.” Yes, the conservatives started this well before Gingrich wrote the memo, but it did serve to clarify and consolidate the political methodology of the Right Wing. This was greatly enhanced by the rise of the neoconservatives.
So, here we are, a corporatocracy, slipping quickly into an oligarchy with the help of the corporatist conservative Supreme Court. —
Max Furr on Gap between executive pay and worker wages continues to grow
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Alaska House Passes Bill to Undercut Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative -
In a thinly veiled attempt to stop a true minimum wage increase from ever happening, the Alaska House voted 21-19 to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour by July 1, 2014.
Although the bill seems like a good thing, the political maneuvering that transpired deserves a closer look.
A large majority of House Democrats – who are currently pushing to place a very similar minimum wage increase on the August ballot – voted against the bill, while a majority of Republican legislators voted for it.
Why? Under Alaska law, if the bill passes it will terminate the ballot initiative. A bill passed by the legislature can be changed or repealed in the next session, while a policy passed by voters on the ballot is much harder to change.
Supporters of a ballot initiative worry that the new bill will eventually be watered down while restricting legislators from making amendments for two years.
“It’s a strange vote, and it’s going to be difficult to justify to my voters,” Representative Scott Kawasaki (D) said, “I simply think this is a disingenuous piece of legislation.”
This isn’t the first time that an attempt has been made to block true progress on a minimum wage hike in Alaska.
“In 2002, the legislature played the same political game, passing a bill that indexed the minimum wage to inflation and booting a similar voter initiative off the fall ballot. The next year, the Republican-led legislature removed the cost-of-living adjustment,” the Washington Post reports.
The Senate is scheduled to vote in the coming weeks.
Looks like this may be part of a disturbing trend.