You Can’t Get Rich in Politics Unless…

Yep, always thought something crooked was going on when politicians first get elected, they had no wealth, but retired as millionaires. Government and public service jobs just don’t pay that much.

cant-get-rich-in-politics-unless-crookExample:  Former Texas Governor, Rick “Slick” Perry.

He was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1984. At that time his annual household income was $45,000. Since then, he has been a government worker on the payroll of the State of Texas for 30 years. He is now a multimillionaire with a net worth over $3M. His salary as the Governor of Texas is approximately $150K. Hmmmmm. I don’t think people get rich just being a government employee for their entire career.

Just saying…

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Donald Trump is the True Face of the Republican Party

Politics and elections have always been dirty, but it was mostly behind the scenes and not publicly open. Donald Trump has changed all that, taking his election campaign to the lowest-of-low, slinking to gutter-level tactics, disgusting personal attacks, and even threats of retaliation on the media that opposes him and to jail his opponent if he is elected. He will say anything, anywhere, to rile up his followers.

His depiction of America is one of despair, full of crime in the streets; Mexican illegals are all rapists; all foreign refugees from war are ISIS terrorists that are here to kill Americans; and African-Americans are at rock bottom with no hope and nowhere to go. The American dream is dead and only he can save it.

A leading authority on the history of fascism, Robert Paxton, has compared Trump’s campaign themes to fascism:

  • The use of ethnic stereotypes and exploitation of fear of foreigners is directly out of a fascist’s recipe book.
  • “Making the country great again” sounds exactly like the fascist movements.
  • Concern about national decline, that was one of the most prominent emotional states evoked in fascist discourse, and Trump is using that full-blast, quite illegitimately, because the country isn’t in serious decline, but he’s able to persuade his followers that it is. That is a fascist stroke.
  • An aggressive foreign policy to arrest the supposed decline. That’s another fascist stroke.
  • Then, there’s his level of style and technique. He even looks like Mussolini in the way he sticks his lower jaw out, and also the bluster, the skill at sensing the mood of the crowd, the skillful use of media.

After years of religious fundamentalism and political propaganda, the Republican base automatically reacts to trigger points which have been fed to them by conservative right-wing media (FOX news) and hyper-conservative “talking heads” (Rush Limbaugh). These trigger points: Obama, ObamaCare, abortion, 2nd Amendment, jobs, Benghazi, Clinton, Muslims, terrorists, big government, family values, etc. will throw them into a frenzy.

The GOP knows this. They can do whatever they want, no matter how immoral or horrible it is. If you are a Republican running for office, just use the trigger words and the Republican base and right-wing media will fall in line for you, even when their Republican representatives are voting against their best interests or the best interest of the country. Example: Prior to the midterm elections in 2010, their mantra was “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”, until they won the seats in Congress they wanted, then proceeded to do absolutely NOTHING about jobs for the past six years, to the point of even voting against numerous job bills submitted by President Obama. Another example: Trump screams that our jobs and manufacturing have gone overseas and that only he can bring them back to America. Yet, he has his ties and items for his hotels made overseas so he can get them cheaper.

This is how Donald Trump has made it so far. When he started his campaign he used the trigger points as the core for his speeches and played to the already deep prejudices and fears of the Republican base. Then he went beyond all boundaries of decency and professionalism expected of a presidential candidate. He now openly invokes outright racism, bigotry, misogyny, hatred, mockery of others, heaps praises on foreign leaders like Putin and asks his help in uncovering Hillary’s missing emails. He continually goes off topic and starts blurting outrageous lies and accusations against anybody that disagrees with him.

All this with very little rebuke from his fellow Republicans, because he is keeping the base stirred up and willing to vote for them. However, as more factual information about Trump’s seemingly unending personal biases and questionable business dealings have come to light, some Republicans and even the RNC have started abandoning him and pulling their support. In typical Trump behavior, he is now attacking his own party for not supporting him. He squawks to his followers that this is great, because now he is on his own, unfettered and free to run campaign his way. He truly believes that he knows more than anyone else, on every topic, and has refused advice from anyone that tried to reign him in.

Whatever the outcome of the election, historians will look back on how the Republican Party sat back and allowed Donald Trump to become their candidate. The answer to this one is simple:

Donald Trump is the true face of the Republican Party. He is all that the GOP truly represents, but has never said out loud. The Republican Party owns Donald Trump – lot, stock and barrel!

 

Attribution: CNN, Clipartbest

Attribution: CNN, Clipartbest

The GOP has been riding this wave of discourse since the 1990’s and benefitting greatly from it. Now Donald Trump has pulled the band aid off and revealed the true nature of the GOP. And it is ugly! They are close to getting a Fascist and “dictator wannabe” elected to the presidency of the United States. Democracy is under attack by Donald Trump and the GOP.

Donald Trump and the Republican Party are a disgrace and an embarrassment to America.

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Time to Shut Up the Republicans on the Impact of Social Security on the Deficit

Since the Republicans consider Social Security as just another “Government give away“, they continue to promise and pledge to fight to reduce it in order to lower the deficit. How long and how many times have we heard this argument from the Republicans.

It is now time to shut them up, once and for all, by letting their anointed Republican god, Ronald Reagan, explain the impact that Social Security has on the deficit…

Top 10 Reasons to Vote Republican

This post may not sit well with some people, especially those not a attuned to living within the realms of reality. These 10 reasons could very well be 20, 30, maybe 50, but I think these 10 reasons pretty well sums it up.

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Credit – Reddit.com

Re-post from DailyKos.com | September 25, 2015 | by plf515

Why would anyone vote Republican? Well, here are 10 reasons.

1. You are a bigot

It’s true that not all Republicans are bigots. But if you ARE a bigot, the Republican party will be much more your group than the Democratic party. Remember that there are lots of ways to be a bigot: You could be a racist, a homophobe, an Islamophobe, or lots of other things.

2. You like eating, drinking and breathing poison.

Many Republicans are calling for or voting for shrinking or eliminating agencies that protect us against poison. They seem to think that the corporations will do the right thing, without any pressure from the government. Uh huh. Read The Jungle.  Look at the way Monsanto is hiding facts about Round Up. Look at food safety and outbreaks of E. Coli.

Corporations exist to make money. They will do so any way they can. The government needs to stop them from doing so in ways that hurt people.

3. You think the rich don’t have enough money

The idea that giving more money to rich people (via tax breaks) will help poor people is nonsensical and has been shown wrong time and again in history. Huge tax breaks for the rich (a la George Bush) don’t work.

4. You don’t support our veterans

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran’s Association (IAVA) rates every member of congress on how well they support our veterans.  In the Senate, 9 people got A or A+: All were Democrats. 30 got D or F: 29 Republicans and one Democrat.

5. You like big deficits

Since the end of WW II the ratio of debt to GDP for the nation has gone down in 9 administrations (3 Republican and 6 Democratic) and up in 7 administrations (6 Republican and 1 Democratic).  The largest increases by this measure were GW Bush’s 2nd term; GHW Bush, and Reagan’s first term. The largest decreases were the three terms right after the end of WWII (Truman and Eisenhower). The last decrease under a Republican was in Eisenhower’s 2nd term

6. You don’t believe in free speech.

The American Civil Liberties Union is the premier defender of our civil liberties, including the right to free speech.  That’s free speech for EVERYONE; from Nazis to Marxists to Fred Phelps to anyone else. They rate politicians, including governors, senators and representatives.  12 people got a 100 rating: All were Democrats. 65 people got a score of less than 10: All were Republicans. Only 6 Democrats got a score under 50 (Joe Donnelly,  Michael Ross, Collin Peterson, Joseph Shuler, Mark Critz and David Boren). Only 2 Republicans got scores over 50 (Olympia Snowe and Mark Kirk)  Full list

7. You like big government

The Republicans like to claim they are against big government. It’s a lie. They only object when government helps people. But they are supporters of the Patriot Act; they want the government to say who you can marry; they want the government to forbid abortion; they want the government to be able to spy on you without restraint. Unfortunately, many Democrats agree with them on some of these, but to find opposition to these big government ideas, you have to look to the Democrats.

8. You want government to hurt people, but not help them

This is really just a summation of some other points.

9. You are greedy, short sighted and rich

You really have to be all three for this to work.

If you’re rich but not short-sighted, you know that, in the long run, when there is huge income inequality, it leads to things like stock market crashes and revolution, and everyone loses.  In a revolution, it is often the rich who lose most.

If you’re rich but not greedy, you recognize that helping others is a good thing, and that the government assuring that people have a safety net is a good thing as well.

10. You like torture

The Democrats don’t exactly shine here, but the Republicans are much worse.  It was, after all, Dick Cheney who bragged in his memoir about being a war criminal. It was Don Rumsfeld who opined that a problem in Abu Ghraib was that they weren’t torturing prisoners enough.  And it is mostly Democrats who have objected to torture.

Torture is wrong.  It’s also stupid. It doesn’t work. People who are tortured will say ANYTHING (true or not) that they thing their torturers want to hear.

Feel free to comment with your own thoughts or reasons.

Former Republican and a Military Veteran Speaks Out Against the GOP

A former Republican finally saw the obstructionist GOP for what they really are – and calls them out for it…

Re-Posted from Democratic Underground | by Babylonsister

“I am a former Republican and a military veteran.”

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They failed in keeping Obama limited to one term but, even with this loss, the GOP has kept their second promise. They have done absolutely NOTHING to help the struggling American economy nor it’s struggling people in well over six and a half years and we pay them millions in salary and benefits for their inadequacy and lack of work product! The rest of us would have been fired long ago if we produced absolutely zero for those who pay our salaries! It is just remarkable what this president has accomplished, what with the obsessive obstacles purposefully thrown in his path. Imagine what could have been accomplished if those elected, on the Right, actually worked with this president!

Click the link below for the full posting:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027011022