Sunday, August 4, 2013

More News About Conservatives Gone Wild


As is usual after a series, we present some recent news and opinion pieces about Conservative criminality:

1.  "Anarchists of the House, The Republican Congress is testing a new frontier of radicalism—governmental sabotage," by Jonathan Chait at the New York Magazine (http://nymag.com/news/features/republican-congress-2013-7/):

The 45 House Republicans most willing to grind government to a halt, based on an analysis of six votes this year by the Washington Post

"A few months ago, Eric Cantor was ready to bring his latest brainchild, the “Helping Sick Americans Now” bill, to the House floor. The move was pure Cantor—a smarmy, ultrapartisan ploy. The bill proposed to eliminate funds the Obama administration needs to set up and run the health-care exchanges that are the central mechanism in the health-care law, but then Cantor’s bill would use those funds to help a handful of sick people get health insurance."

2.  "Armed, Masked and Dangerous: the Militias of Privatization vs. the Public Good," by Bill Berko at Buzzflash.com (http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18101-armed-masked-dangerous):


"Wisconsin, the battleground state where Governor Scott Walker has wielded his power with the grace of an elephant in a Crate and Barrel outlet store, has become the scene of armed, mask wearing, camouflaged security outfits patrolling the backwoods on the lookout for eco-terrorist types at the behest of a mining company more than willing to defile the environment for profits."

3.  "The War on Public School Teachers - New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics," by Michael D. Yates at The Bullet (http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/854.php#continue):


"The U.S. working-class was slow to respond to the hard times it faced during and after the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Finally, however, in February, 2011, workers in Wisconsin began the famous uprising that electrified the country, revolting in large numbers against Governor Scott Walker's efforts to destroy the state's public employee labour unions."

4.  "The Loss of Empathy and the Death of Shame," by Ann Davido at Buzzflash.com (http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18102-the-loss-of-empathy-and-the-death-of-shame):


"No matter how often it is explained as a self-defense issue or how often we are told that George Zimmerman was afraid of someone he perceived to be a thug, there is no way any rational person should be convinced that his life was in danger and that prior events in the neighborhood justified his gunning down a young boy who was simply walking back to his father's house on a rainy night."

5.  "How Monsanto Is Terrifying the Farming World," by Chris Parker at Miaminewtimes.com (http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2013-07-25/restaurants/monsanto-gm-crops/):


"Percy Schmeiser was a farmer. Shortly after the Monsanto company introduced genetically modified (GM) canola plants to Canada, Percy Schmeiser was a farmer facing a lawsuit.

"After hearing that GM crops could potentially increase yields, three farmers in Schmeiser's region planted fields of Monsanto's seed. Winds pushed pollen from GM canola into Schmeiser's fields, and the plants cross-pollinated. The breed he had been cultivating for 50 years was now contaminated by Monsanto's GM canola."

6.  "The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto)The Powell Memo was first published August 23, 1971," at Reclaimdemocracy.org (http://reclaimdemocracy.org/powell_memo_lewis/):


"In 1971, Lewis Powell, then a corporate lawyer and member of the boards of 11 corporations, wrote a memo to his friend Eugene Sydnor, Jr., the Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The memorandum was dated August 23, 1971, two months prior to Powell’s nomination by President Nixon to the U.S. Supreme Court.

"The Powell Memo did not become available to the public until long after his confirmation to the Court. It was leaked to Jack Anderson, a liberal syndicated columnist, who stirred interest in the document when he cited it as reason to doubt Powell’s legal objectivity. Anderson cautioned that Powell 'might use his position on the Supreme Court to put his ideas into practice…in behalf of business interests.'"


7.  "Don’t buy the right-wing myth about Detroit - Conservatives want you to think high taxes drove people away. The real truth is much worse for their radical agenda," by David Sirota at Salon.com (http://www.salon.com/2013/07/23/dont_buy_the_right_wing_myth_about_detroit/?source=newsletter):


"In the wake of Detroit’s bankruptcy, you may be wondering: How could anyone be surprised that a city so tied to manufacturing faces crippling problems in an era that has seen such an intense public policy assault on domestic American manufacturing? You may also be wondering: How could Michigan officials possibly talk about cutting the average $19,000-a-year pension benefit for municipal workers while reaffirming their pledge of $283 million in taxpayer money to a professional hockey stadium?

"These are fair questions — and the answers to them can be found in the political mythology that distorts America’s economic policymaking."

8. "Republicans Go On Attack — Against Others In GOP," by David Espo at Talkingpointsmemo.com (http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/republicans-go-on-attack----against-others-in-gop.php?ref=fpb):


"WASHINGTON (AP) — The barbs are personal, the differences are multiplying among Republicans, a party divided over spending, foreign policy, a willingness to risk a government shutdown in order to defund the health care law and more.

“'I didn’t start this one and I don’t plan on starting things by criticizing other Republicans,' Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said recently as he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie likened one another to various cuts of a butchered pig.'

“'But if they want to make me the target, they will get it back in spades.'”

9.  "Charlie Rangel: Tea Party Is ‘Same Group’ Of ‘White Crackers’ Who Fought Civil Rights," by Hunter Walker at Talkingpointsmemo.com (http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/charlie-rangel-tea-party-is-same-group-of?ref=fpb):


"In an interview with the Daily Beast published Friday, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested Tea Partiers are the 'same group' who fought for segregation during the Civil Rights movement.

"RELATED: The GOP and the Albatross of White Racial Panic

“'It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked,' Rangel said.

"Because of this, Rangel said the Tea Party could be defeated using the same tactics employed against Jim Crow."

10. "Republicans offer details on plan to starve American citizens," by Jed Lewison at Daily Kos (http://m.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/02/1228393/-Republicans-offer-details-on-plan-to-starve-American-citizens?detail=email):


"Yes, I know that if you're one of the beltway insiders who spends their evenings thumbing through the index of This Town, it's probably shocking to see a headline saying that Republicans are consciously pursuing a policy of starvation ... but this isn't a question of opinion. It's fact:

"House Republicans are proposing to double their food stamp savings to nearly $40 billion by rolling back waivers for able-bodied adults and targeting funds to states that are willing to impose greater work requirements on the parents of young children."


These 10 pieces were picked at random from over a hundred stories in the last week having to do with Conservative criminality.  As long as we remember their core tenet, that the 99 percent should be ruled by the 1 percent, it's easy to decipher political news that once appeared indecipherable.



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"Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. "

Abraham Lincoln


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