Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Conservatism: The Search For A "Superior Moral Justification For Selfishness."

Famed economist John Kenneth Galbraith once said, "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy: that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness."

The Supreme Court is the Conservatives pal, and their contribution to Conservative politics is the last word in fascism -- Corporate World joining the elitist Conservative World...

"Wealthy political donors seize on new latitude to give to unlimited candidates."

"Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

"So Sabin, who owns a New York-based precious-metals refining business, was delighted when the Supreme Court did away with the limit in April. Since then, he has been doling out contributions to congressional candidates across the country — in Colorado, Texas, Iowa and 'even Alaska,' he said.

"Top Republicans have taken notice: Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Florida Gov. Rick Scott have paid him personal visits this year, he noted proudly.

"'You have to realize, when you start contributing to all these guys, they give you access to meet them and talk about your issues,' said Sabin, who has given away more than $177,000. 'They know that I’m a big supporter...'"

But we live in a country where "all men are created equal," don't we?

"The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized."

"When it comes to income inequality, no other developed economy does it quite like the U.S.A. If you need some proof, here it is:

emilys chart

"The chart above, from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using the World Top Incomes Database, shows how income gains between 1975 and 2007 were divvied up in 18 OECD countries for which the researchers had data. Nowhere did the rich benefit as much as in America.

"As you can see, in some countries like Denmark the vast majority of income gains went to the bottom 90 percent -- SOCIALISTS! -- while nearly half of U.S. income gains went to the richest one percent because freedom, baby..."

But as long as you get your weekly paycheck, no problem!

"Awful: Wages Dropped for Almost All American Workers in First Half of 2014."

"Think your money's not going very far this year? It's not your imagination. According to new research by the Economic Policy Institute, real hourly wages declined for almost everybody in the U.S. workforce in the first half of 2014. Thanks, so-called recovery.

"Economist Elise Gould pored over data from the government’s Current Population Survey and determined that workers at the 20th, 30th, 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, 90th, and 95th percentiles all saw declines in their real wages in the first half of 2014 compared with the same period last year. This was true whether you had no high school degree, a high school diploma, some college, a college degree, or an advanced degree. In fact, people with advanced degrees saw the biggest drop (2.7 percent)..."

Of course, your employer is a nice guy...

"More Workers Are Claiming 'Wage Theft.'"

Guadalupe Salazar, a McDonald’s cashier who says her paychecks were missing overtime wages.
"MIRA LOMA, Calif. — Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores.

"Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week at the Schneider warehouse here, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said. And now, having joined a lawsuit involving hundreds of warehouse workers, Mr. Rangel stands to receive more than $20,000 in back pay as part of a recent $21 million legal settlement with Schneider, a national trucking company.

"'Sometimes I’d work 60, even 90 days in a row,' said Mr. Rangel, a soft-spoken immigrant from Mexico. 'They never paid overtime.'

"The lawsuit is part of a flood of recent cases — brought in California and across the nation — that accuse employers of violating minimum wage and overtime laws, erasing work hours and wrongfully taking employees’ tips. Worker advocates call these practices 'wage theft,' insisting it has become far too prevalent..."

You'll never have to worry, you have a job...

"America's Disappearing Jobs: 24/7 Wall St."


"After the Great Recession, which cost millions of Americans their jobs, the U.S. labor market has begun to heal. So far this year the United States has added an average of nearly 230,000 jobs per month. In the 10 years through 2022, the BLS estimates that total employment will grow by more than 15 million jobs, or nearly 11%.

"However, the outlook for some occupations is bleak. For example, the number of fallers — logging workers who cut down trees — is expected to decline by 43% between 2012 and 2022, the most of any occupation. Based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates and projections for more than 1,000 occupations for 2012 and 2022, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s disappearing jobs.

"Click here to see the nation’s disappearing jobs

"In many cases, these rapidly declining occupations are already quite rare. For instance, there were just 1,600 locomotive firers — who are responsible for monitoring train tracks and engine instruments — in the U.S. as of 2012. In all, five of the fastest declining occupations had fewer than 10,000 workers in 2012..."

So in these uncertain times maybe this is the time to look for some spiritual help...

"American Religious, Political Ideologies Revealed In One Graph."


"Despite the separation of church and state in the U.S. religious groups often tend to have fairly delineated stances on political and social issues.

"The United Church of Christ, for instance, has taken a collective stance on gay marriage and even filed a lawsuit against the state of North Carolina in April to protect its right to perform marriages for same-sex couples.

"Historically black churches tend to be primarily Democrat-affiliated, while a majority of Mormons are Republican-affiliated, according to Pew's Religious Landscape survey. A large majority of those in historically black churches and Muslim congregations believe in a bigger government with more services, while a majority of mainline churches support a smaller government with fewer services..."

You may as well, because it looks like the Cons are going to make our lives even more miserable...

"Voters Are Likely To 'Keep The Bums In' Despite Low Congressional Approval."


"WASHINGTON (AP) — A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4.

"With less than 10 weeks to the elections, Republicans and Democrats who assess this fall's midterm contests say the power of incumbency — the decennial process of reconfiguring congressional maps and hefty fundraising — trumps the sour public mood and antipathy toward gridlocked Washington.

"'Despite the incredibly low polling, favorable ratings for Congress, it's still an incumbent's world,' said Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics that tracks political money.

"That leaves many voters angry, not only with the political reality but their inability to change it..."


The operative phrase to this post is in the last paragraph: "That leaves many voters angry, not only with the political reality but their inability to change it."

We can whine, complain, and get angry all we want -- we're motivated...but why don't voters get the message?

Is it because the mainstream media is hiding the truth? Is it because the Cons are more adept at marketing than the Dems?

Yes, but the truth is that the voters are dumb and wilfully uninformed.  Low Information Voters are the bane of our lives and unless we get a majority of like-minded progressives in Congress and the Supreme Court, with a motivated mover and shaker in the White House, there's only one way to beat the Cons outside of the voting booth -- by criminalizing Conservatism.


"In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for
me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican."

H. L. Mencken.


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