The Oligarchs are Plotting the Weekend...

The Oligarchs are Plotting the Weekend...

The oligarchs are meeting this weekend to plot how they’re going to buy the elections this year. First, Mitt Romney will be hosting a three-day retreat in Utah over the weekend with about 600 hundreds of his biggest fundraisers. Romney is coming off a good fundraising month in May where his camp outraised the Obama camp $78 million to $60 million. But the real plans to buy the election are being made in California – not Utah. In San Diego this weekend, the Koch brothers are hosing their annual political convention aimed at raising nearly a half billion dollars this election to elect corporate Republicans and defeat Progressives.

That means – between now and November – over a billion dollars in negative ads attacking President Obama and Progressives will flood the airwaves – making corporate media outlets very rich, and poisoning public debate across America. We’re entering a whole new era in American politics thanks to the Supreme Court.

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MPaulG 2 years 18 weeks ago
#1

Today is the birthday of the late author Octavia Butler. She wrote great speculative fiction. A couple of thoughts from her:

"Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought. To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool. To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery."

"Beware, all too often we say what we hear others say. We think what we are told that we think. We see what we are permitted to see. Worse, we see what we are told that we see. Repetition and pride are the keys to this. To hear and to see even an obvious lie again and again and again, maybe to say it almost by reflex, and then to defend it because we have said it, and at last to embrace it because we’ve defended it."

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JohnLemessurier 2 years 18 weeks ago
#2

Very interesting and valid perspectives by Octavia Butler. Specifically, the part that says "to be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool' describes so well the 8 years under George W. Bush. Sad!

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JohnLemessurier 2 years 18 weeks ago
#3

Spot on, THom! That "We’re entering a whole new era in American politics thanks to the Supreme Court" is so true. We are entering a very, very dark era in American politics, not only thanks to the Supreme Court but also thanks to the 50+ MILLION registered voters who were stupid enough to vote for George W. Bush TWICE!!! (oy!) and are stupid enough to believe what they see on television.

Woody Thomas 2 years 18 weeks ago
#4

Freud has been discounted but I enjoyed the slip with the Koch Brothers hosing not hosting their annual convention. I'm still idealisitc enough to think the Economic Royalist can be exposed and the people can vote thier own interests.

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Darrol 2 years 18 weeks ago
#5

Some Voters Are Gullable And Believe Any Old Clap-Trap They See On TV Adverts. I Would Never Vote For The Outsourcing Pioneer.

America 2012 - The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

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RepubliCult 2 years 18 weeks ago
#6

Things will get much worse if the Koch brothers and their cult of followers acquire more power this November. I believe the greatest harm coming to America is the Constitutional Convention they will propose once they've got enough states under republican control. That will spell the end of everything progressive in America. Imagine the past 40 years of conservative's proposed ammendments becoming law: Balanced budget (this will be the initial, alarmist reason for the convention), Prayer in schools, Banning abortion and flag burning, enhancements to corporate rights, restrictions on voting ... just to name some of the destruction in store if such a convention comes into being.

Meanwhile, congress and the president missed opportunities to block the ramifications of citizens united: They could have easily imposed rules on the broadcast industry to a) limit or set the price for running political ads, b) require TV studios to play alternating ads between opposing viewpoints. Both points would make it possible for lesser funded candidates to compete more effectively with rich opponents.

If you want to get a bit creative, since Article 1 Section 8 gives only the congress the power to create and regulate money, congress could put limits on the use of currency for buying political ads. "This currency valid for uses as regulated by the congress..."

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PhilipHenderson 2 years 18 weeks ago
#7

Republicans can fool some of the people some of the time. Republicans can fool all of the people some of the time. However, they cannot fool all of the people all of the time. The mud slinging and lies that are certain to come from the Right Wing Super PACs will not be believed by the people. The Koch brothers and their evil friends will not succeed in purchasing the President of the United States. It is certain that Mitt Romney is for sale, but the public will not purchase his story. President Obama and the Democrats will give the American people the truth, we will work hard to get him re-elected.

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mrallnaturall 2 years 18 weeks ago
#8

thank you longtime listenner

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js121 2 years 18 weeks ago
#9

We continue to refer to them as Republicans, Tea Partyers, Liberterians. They are NOT! They are the "New Right" of Paul Weyrich and follow his handbook to the letter. They've been around for 40yrs and took a foothold with Reagan. Weyrich founded many things including: Heritage Fdn which puts men & money together (think tank); Free Congress Fdn which recruits and grooms candidates from the White Evangelical Christian Church; ALEC which allows corporations (600+) to write our laws with the politicians (2000+republicans). They boilerplate them and pass them to Republican Governors for immediate implementation; Moral Majority which is attacking women, etc; American's Voice - communications. Now, add Citizens United so all those corporations can get rid of the Democrats or Democratic Republic of America - once & for all - and install their Theocracy. This is NOT a conspiracy theory. See wikipedia for a short, easy read on Paul Weyrich. Check out alecexposed dot org; sourcewatch dot org; alexwatch dot org....there's Many. The information has been verified and anyone can check the references. This is NOT just an election...it is the downfall of our Democratic Republic.

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historywriter 2 years 18 weeks ago
#10

I'm not very optimistic and I'm dreading the flood of ugly lying commercials that will start saturating us. My hope is that they do so much advertising in such a dark and depressing way that people will turn it off, will refuse to consider these valid ideas or thoughts or facts.

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robhdd 2 years 18 weeks ago
#11

Democracy in America has to be the biggest joke going at the moment, you have no democracy. Your country (like many) are ruled by the rich so they can remain rich and keep the rest of you down. Wake up and see what is going on around you before it is too late.

david c. 2 years 18 weeks ago
#12

"DON'T ATTEND YOUR OWN FUNERAL" [Direct-TV commercial spoof]

When your cable-tv provider engages in monopolistic practices they can make too much money.

When corporations make to much too money they often buy Washington politicians.

When paid to do so - politicians then cut taxes, reduce regulations and/or prosecute ill-advised wars.

When taxes are cut, regulations reduced and/or wars fought corporations make even more money.

When the political-right has too much money & power often progressive evangelist on the political-left (for example, Malcom X, Jesus, RFK, MLK, JFK...) are assassinated.

Don't be evil >>> Stop engaging in undemocratic and/or anti-competative practices!

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Palindromedary 2 years 18 weeks ago
#13

When government spies on you, as the NSA is doing (Obama loves this sh!t), they can't tell you because it would be "violating "our?" privacy" to tell us they are spying on us. They say it would "violate our privacy" but what they mean is it would violate THEIR privacy.

Published on Jun 23, 2012 by TheYoungTurks

"The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won't tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers. The reason: it would violate your privacy to say so. That claim comes in a short letter sent Monday to civil libertarian Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall. The two members of the Senate's intelligence oversight committee asked the NSA a simple question last month: under the broad powers granted in 2008′s expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, how many persons inside the United States have been spied upon by the NSA?...".* Ana Kasparian and Cenk Uygur discuss on The Young Turks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCqQ_wbp74o

NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You-- By Spencer Ackerman
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/nsa-spied/

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Palindromedary 2 years 18 weeks ago
#14

I have had VA healthcare for several years now and have not had a problem with them...actually...because I really don't have any serious health problems...yet. The doctor just prescribes the meds for asthma and lowering cholesterol and I just go in for my yearly blood test and see the doctor.

I thought their system was really very efficient and a model for what all Americans should have. But then, a relative, a Vietnam-era vet that suffered problems from the war--including Agent Orange, who has been on VA for many years now...called me up saying he was having excruciating pains in his lower back and legs, that his doctor said it was sciatica..and had him see a therapist.. which wasn't helping and getting much worse. In fact, he has lost a lot of weight (and he was not over-weight to begin with) and is emaciated as he hasn't been able to eat. He could barely walk with his cane..I had to practically carry him to the car..and he could barely talk. I found him in a nearly fetal position as he was squatting down near the ground. I thought he may be dying of cancer or something so I took him into the VA hospital emergency because we couldn't reach his doctor because the phone number we had just had a circular loop of recordings.

Once we got him to the VA hospital, and on an IV for pain, he seemed much better. And after several hours they had him wait in the waiting room for medicine which was another several hours before he got the medicine. And all that while, in the waiting room, he was back to grimacing, and squatting down near the floor pain. I told the doctor at the emergency room that he was still in a great deal of pain...but he acted like there was nothing more they could do...and that we should have contacted his doctor. The next day, his normal doctor called up and was ticked off that he went to the emergency room. But all of the other "patients" sitting in the waiting room all seemed to have various pains but nothing as bad as my relative.

What is so hilarious is that every time I go in...they always ask me...have you been thinking about suicide...have you been depressed...etc. etc. They try to get me to participate in various "programs". It's like they seem to be overly concerned about suicide but they are totally oblivious to the things that might cause one to commit suicide...like extreme pain and a feeling of hopelessness that comes about when your doctor and the VA system seems to be so uncaring about it.

They have all of these stupid programs...like losing weight (although losing weight is not stupid and is essential)...exercise programs and other "programs" where they get low-level social programs...and they have programs where they send out all kinds of "junk" mail on health-related matters...and all these programs stick their mosquito-like proboscises into the tax coffers to suck them dry. But when it comes to people suffering from pain...they say "just deal with it!" and "here, try this program ...or that program"...."you've got excruciating pain? Here, let me send you a mailer telling you how to deal with pain!" "Maybe you need to find Jesus?"

On the other hand, if it was the private medical systems...they would shove all kinds of medicines and IVs while charging $10 for every aspirin or many thousands of dollars for any hospital visit.

rs allen 2 years 18 weeks ago
#15

I and many others feel your pain Palindrom, but beyond attentioning to and maintaiining what little we still do have left or 'is in the works' what do you propose? That Vets are given what was promised when we signed on the dotted line?........Don't be naive.

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aCalWoman 2 years 18 weeks ago
#16

I like the Article1 Section 8 argument a lot! Now, who can claim standing and what lawyer wants to file the case?

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aCalWoman 2 years 18 weeks ago
#17

Don't leave out the John Birch Society and the Bircher's early writer-activist Phyllis Schlafly. She coauthored "A Choice, Not An Echo," which was widely distributed in the Goldwater campaign and started the Eagle Forum for mobilizing against the ERA and abortion rights. She was instrumental in folding these activists into the Republican party and highlighting such issues in Republican party platforms. I think she beat even the so-called Moral Majority into the act.

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Alan Lunn 2 years 18 weeks ago
#18

There were three basic strategies since Obama came into office for the hard-right, Kochs, and company: Citizens United, voter suppression, and redistricting. There were also the oaths of unity on taxes and the blocking of everything Obama tried. Could they win one-party rule with these and other initiatives? Yeah, if Americans are stupid enough to believe the blitz of ads ad nauseum that are coming. If they do, we may not only have a Republican tyranny, but it will be entrenched for decades.

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Palindromedary 2 years 18 weeks ago
#19

Article in today's (6-25-12) Mercury News about a person who went in to a local SF area hospital twice (first day to swallow a radioactive pill; second day to get scanned) and gets the bill for over $700,000. Actually her part of the co-pay was about $1700 but this didn't seem right so that person checked around and found that the whole procedure should not have cost more than $800.00. She phoned and wrote many letters trying to get this corrected to no avail. She even tried some popular news channels to get them to look into it. No progress. Eventually, the columnist from the Mercury News got it straightened out and got the hospital to admit they made a big mistake and said they would have to retrain their billing people. Yeah, sure, like we really believe it was just a matter of retraining. The system is crooked as hell and will get whatever they can screw us out of....until people really fight back and raise hell with the help of news people and the threat of adverse publicity kicks in.

http://www.mercurynews.com/action-line/ci_20917552/action-line-zowie-kai...

In prior weeks, the news reported on a SF Bay Area scam operation where doctors would invest in a newly formed scam business that was overcharging insurance companies by 10 times what normal procedures would cost. The investing doctors were "in-network" doctors for the insurance companies but they would refer their patients to out-of-network doctors (who were also in on the scam and invested in the scam company).

"Aetna claims that Bay Area Surgical Management, one of the largest ambulatory surgical centers in the San Francisco area, submitted false claims to the insurer, grossly overcharged Aetna and paid its physicians excessive amounts to refer patients to out-of-network facilities."

http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2012/06/25/prsb0625.htm

smokey1957 2 years 17 weeks ago
#20

If you want this country to succeed, we need to do whatever we can to un-elect Obummer. He dragging this country faster than any other president, except maybe Carter. Obummer has no substance. The man has not worked a real day in his life. He has lived off of government. He believes in just GIVING people happiness. The phrase is "life, liberty and the PURSUIT of happiness". There are no guarantees. You should be required to make an effort to achieve happiness. Progressives just want it given to them, paid for by someone else who made an effort. Progressiveness would be funny if it was not so sad.

smokey1957 2 years 17 weeks ago
#21

Some things are so important that you have to try everything you can to right the wrong (Obummer). This election is important. Four more years of Obummer will not just destroy US exceptionalism, it will bring us below mediocrity. The unioning-down of America. No reason to make an effort, someone else will provide.

smokey1957 2 years 17 weeks ago
#22

Obama wounldn't know the truth if it hit him in the head. The man is a product of government upbringing. He has real view of this country. Everything he owns has been bought and paid for by government. Romney has a past liberals can poke holes in. Obummer has no past. He has done nothing his entire life. the only hope for this country is to get him out of office. $20 plus TRILLION in debt by 2016 with Obummer at the helm. Just about $300,000 per family of four. Liberals complain about student loan debt and evil credit card companies. You did NOT have to borrow for college or use credit cards to live. I have no way to limit my share of the national debt with Obummer in charge. He just keeps using my credit card to buy votes. Welcome to Greece, Spain, Cyprus, etc. The spiral down is picking up speed.

smokey1957 2 years 17 weeks ago
#23

John,

You will be part of the 50 million stupid voters that voted for Obummer twice. The very dark era (using your words) started January, 2009. The government controlled liberals that cannot act unless they are told how to act. Four more years of Obummer will destroy this country. Success will become a dirty word. Responsibility will be a dirty word.

The liberal mantra is: It is not my fault and someone successful should pay for my lack of success. It is just disgusting. Liberals want everything given to them. No need to make an effort. That is the union mentality.

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patrickdlogan 2 years 17 weeks ago
#24

Corporate money has dominated politics for well over a hundred years. These rulings just confirm that, and take one step further. The answer is and always been an engaged electorate.

As ever, most of the electorate will not fully engage until they are directly experiencing sufficient pain. What's interesting to observe will be just how much pain will be tolerated by which categories of Americans. The factional standoffs and unwillingness to compromise will certainly lead to more pain for some. But which ones?

Our kids are counting on us to reverse austerity.

According to UNICEF, even in the world's richest countires, children remain “the most enduring victims” of the recession. In the last six years, 2.6 million more kids have fallen below the poverty line, and more than half of them live right here in the United States.

From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Beneath the success and rise of American enterprise is an untold history that is antithetical to every value Americans hold dear. This is a seminal work, a godsend really, a clear message to every citizen about the need to reform our country, laws, and companies."
Paul Hawken, coauthor of Natural Capitalism and author of The Ecology of Commerce
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"Hartmann combines a remarkable piece of historical research with a brilliant literary style to tell the grand story of corporate corruption and its consequences for society with the force and readability of a great novel."
David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World and Agenda for A New Economy
From Unequal Protection, 2nd Edition:
"If you wonder why and when giant corporations got the power to reign supreme over us, here’s the story."
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator and author of Swim Against the Current