The Delicate Art of Turning a Patriot into a Traitor

May 22, 2017  By Jack Jodell (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site Fair and Unbalanced. com – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column of this page).

COUNTDOWN: We hate to say it, but there are still 1,340  days left in this terrible administration’s term in office…

Happy Monday, everybody! In today’s offering, our podcaster extraordinaire BURR DRMING sees a parallel between the way James Garner manipulated his Geman concentration camp guard Werner in the iconic film The Great Escape with the way Vladimir Putin and his two Russian officials may very well have manipulated our President in their recent Oval Office meeting. This, my friends, is an excellent example of Burr’s awesome deep perception… and is sheer genius!

Burr says, “How does an enemy agent turn a decorated General, a patriot, an authentic American hero, into a traitor?

Bit by bit, the story is coming out…

Of all the bad guys in this sordid campaign to subvert the country, Flynn and Trump look like the worst. Put these two guys in a barrel and roll them down the hill, there will always be a son-of-a-bitch on top.”

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=5786
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WHY CONGRESS SELDOM ACTS IN YOUR BEST INTERESTS! (Part Two of an Intermittent Series)

May 18, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

“I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”
– Thomas Jefferson –

“The more corrupt the state, the more laws.”
– Tacitus –            

COUNTDOWN: As of today, there remains 1,344 more days in this horrible administration’s term in office…

A few posts back I began this series, showing how Congress is so bought-out by greedy special interests they seldom if ever take the time to think of us ordinary citizens. In part one I focused on prominent Republicans, as they are currently the party in power. In this post, I will feature a few prominent Democrats, as well as more Republicans.

I have long been strongly against the amassed economic, social, and political power now present in big business and corporations. They exert an anti-democracy, confirmist influence I find to be extremely oppressive. While espousing “freedom” they actually practice its opposite, exercising undue
monopolistic control over far too much in our society, economy, and its government. Thanks to both Open Secrets and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), we have information on exactly why Congress is so easily misled…

Today we’ll start with SEN. JOE MANCHIN, the Democrat from West Virginia. This corporate shill all too often votes with Republicans rather than with his own party. His daughter runs a pharmaceutical firm which makes Epi-Pens, and she was in the news not too long ago for having raised the price of that medication by an unforgivably astounding amount. As you can see, one of the reasons for this is the huge amount of campaign contributions which were donated to Manchin by his daughter’s company, Mylan Inc. During his past election cycle, Manchin raised $14.8 MILLION, spent $9.3 MILLION, and still has a campaign war chest of $9.8 MILLION. 

Manchin’s top donors from 2011 – 2016 have been:
FirstEnergy Corp $115,950
Mylan Inc $60,750 (his daughter’s pharmaceutical company)
Dominion Resources $60,650
Centene Corp $48,500
Mepco LLC $45,000 

His top Industry donors, 2011 – 2016 were:
Mining $389,600 
Lawyers/Law Firms $373,500 
Electric Utilities $371,750 
Securities & Investment $261,600
Leadership PACs $214,000
With the huge amount donated by big pharma and bankers, we shouldn’t wonder too long about why Manchin so often votes with the GOP or why regular working people can never seem to get much of a break in this country.
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REP. LOUIE GOHMERT, Republican of Texas, 1st District.
During the last election cycle, Gohmert raised $1.9 MILLION, spent $2 MILLION, and still has cash on hand of $124,000, left over from previous campaigns.
His top campaign donors were:
Koch Industries $15,000 (yes, he has notorious Koch brothers money behind him)
Texas Timberjack $7,850
Energy Future Holdings Corp $6,250
National Assn of Realtors $6,000
American Electric Power $6,000

Hi stop donor industries, 2015 – 2016, were:
Oil & Gas $34,200
Health Professionals $26,600
Republican/Conservative $24,440
Misc. Finance $21,750
Is it any wonder this Texan voted numerous times to repeal the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare?
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SEN. ROBERT MENENDEZ, Democrat from New Jersey, as you will see, is strongly supported by, among others, the health industry. In the past election cycle, he  raised $19.7 MILLION, spent $21.7 MILLION, yet still has $2.6 MILLION on hand, left over from previous campaigns. His top donors were:
Prudential Financial $100,850
NorPAC $90,550
Lowenstein Sandler LLP $78,697
Leon Medical Centers $76,800
Greenberg Traurig LLP $72,500

Top 5 Industries, 2011 – 2016:
Lawyers/Law Firms $1,602,261
Real Estate $1,106,750
Securities & Investment $701,001
Health Professionals $684,291
Lobbyists $566,817
With all that money pouring in from Lobbyists, Insurance companies, and Bankers, how can we mere citizens ever expect to get his attention?
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REP. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ, a Democrat from the 23rd district in FL. In the 2016 election cycle, she raised more than $23 MILLION; spent more than $27 MILLION, and, due to previous campaigns, still has nearly $603,000 to spend for 2018.
Her top campaign donors this cycle have been:
Comcast Corp $38,215
Leon Medical Centers $36,600
New Democrat Coalition $32,500
NextEra Energy $31,750
Breakthru Beverage Group $31,400

Her top contributing  industries, 2015 – 2016 were:
Lawyers/Law Firms $342,113
Securities & Investment $185,552
Real Estate $184,427
Health Professionals $121,772
The large amount donated to her by Comcast explains her lack of support on net neutrality issues. It also has helped lay the groundwork for a lawsuit brought against her and the DNC for 
willfully helping Hillary Clinton at the expense of Bernie Sanders prior to last summer’s Democratic Convention…
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SEN. JEFF FLAKE, Republican of AZ. This relative newcomer to the Senate is up for re-election in 2018. He has raised $16  MILLION, spent $16.1 MILLION, and has cash on hand of more than $1.2 MILLION, left over from previous campaigns.
His top 5 donors were:
Club for Growth $1,012,$1,009,875
Senate Conservatives Fund $176,484
American Airlines Group $118,700
Express Scripts $62,100
Freeport-McMoRan $59,250

Top major industries, 2011 – 2016, have been:
Republican/Conservative $1,343,659
Real Estate $453,550
Securities & Investment $439,
Leadership PACs $341,368
The very large amount of money given Flake by such Koch brothers-influenced allies as Club for Growth and conservative PACs and investment firms practically guarantee that this partisan Senator will NEVER act or vote for the benefit of everyday Americans!
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This just about explains why Congress seldom acts in your best interests, folks! Should you need even more convincing, be sure to look for part three of this intermittent series, which should appear soon…
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Convicted of Laughing Derisively

May 15, 2017  By Jack Jodell (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site Fair and Unbalanced. com – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column of this page).

COUNTDOWN: As of today, an awful 1,347 days yet remain in this horrible administration’s term in office…

Greetings, everyone! We start off this week with 0ur master podcaster BURR DEMING comparing some recent events concerning Donald Chump with something that happened earlier in Burr’s career.

Burr explains, “A series of incidents, large and small, reminds me of my own past, and signals a dangerous path for our country.”  

PODCAST

Transcript

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Many knowledgable people have begun to realize how frightfully inaccurate and incomplete our corporate-owned mainstream media has become, and are seeking an uncorrrupted, independent alternative. I encourage all of you to look into FREE SPEECH TV at http://www.freespeech.org/, where you’ll see quality investigative reporting and real news the way it used to be! Check out their website to see what you’ve been missing. Please consider becoming a member, as I have, and ensure that this precious national resource does not disappear under Donald Trump’s authoritarian and pro-corporate assault. FREE SPEECH TV is completely viewer-supported and non-commercial, and receives NO funding whatsoever from corporations or the government! Check it out and join the growing millions who are beginning to see the true light in alternative media! Please donate to them if you can by calling toll free at 1-877-378-8669 and help us to amplify onderexposed voices. JOIN us TODAY! :- )
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TIME TO REBOOT (OR REPLACE) THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY!

May 11, 2017   By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.  

COUNTDOWN: As of today, there still remain 1,351 more days to go in this horrible administration’s term in office…

“The Democratic Party delivered one thing…disappointment.”
– Dr. Cornel West, quoted in The Guardian –           

“The people don’t want a phony Democrat. If it’s a choice between a genuine Republican, and a Republican in Democratic clothing, the people will choose the genuine article, every time; that is, they will take a Republican before they will a phony Democrat…”
– Harry S Truman –                      

The once-great Democratic Party, formerly the true majority party, and the standard-bearer of American workers, the middle class, labor union members, minorities, intellectuals, the disabled, and the poor has very sadly fallen on hard times. Over the years, first Richard Nixon and later Ronald Reagan successfully peeled away many of its union workers and a signifigant number of white working-class males, leaving it a party composed mainly of minorities and women overall, plus a few never-say-die progressives, like myself.  This party has lost an astounding 900+ legislative seats over the past few years, as well as a large number of statehouses and governorships. This is definitely unsustainable long term! 

In the early 1990s, Bill (and Hillary) Clinton, plus Al Gore, changed the party, calling it the “new” or “Third Wave” Democrats. What they actually did, though, was to sell-out its labor base to pursue well-heeled supporters on Wall Street. Barack Obama, being elected in the midst of a horrible Republican-led Wall Street banking crash in 2008, regrettably continued this courting of Wall Street by putting loads of former Wall Street banking execs into his cabinet. Donald Chump followed suit, and today, many former liberals feel they no longer have a political party they can honestly support.  Those of us who are dedicated leftists and who believe in government regulation on big business and the wealthy as protection against the excesses of those groups correctly feel abandoned and alone. Given the FACT that we constitute a MAJORITY of all voters, we feel  this should NOT be the case, and we are correct in that feeling! Back in the latter part of the 1800s, the Republicans derisively referred to the Democrats as the party of rum, romanism, and rebellion. Today, the GOP derisively refers to Democrats as the party of big government, overspending, and abortion, completely igmoring the fact that numerous Democrats have actually helped downsize government; that Republicans often outspend Democrats (the George W. Bush administration is a perfect example), and many do NOT automatically support abortion on demand. Republicans also mock its substantial liberal faction supporting environmental concerns as being naive “tree huggers”. The Republicans also erroneously call Democrats “big spenders” even though the GOP has spent like a drunken sailor during the Reagan and Bush II administrations and has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on investigations of political opponents which yielded NOTHING. Billions and billions of dollars have gone to GOP-led tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and giveaways to huge corporations – all at a time when our own infrastructure (roads, bridges, schools) are needlessly crumbling. Alas, the Republicans have seldom showed themselveslves to  be a party with heart (unless it served them politically to do so), and, in recent years, have shown time and again that they are the party of obfuscation and outright LIES. 

But enough on the giant shortcomings of today’s backward-looking, reactionary CON-servative Republicans. Today’s entry deals with Democratic Party shortcomings and what can and should be done to restore a viable liberal/progressive party to this country, and one that is capable of winning and governing.

Democrats have been taking both minorities and labor unions for granted for far too long. Yes, the overwhelming number of blacks, Hispanics, and Asian-Americans tend to vote Democratic, as do labor union members, but the Democrats have not truly delivered for them for a long time. By caving in to Wall Street and mildly opposing tax cuts for billionaires rather than supporting them for the poor and middle class, and with their mild opposition to dozens of “free trade” deals sponsored by and passed by Republicans, Democrats have mistakenly plunged a dagger into the backs of working, blue-collar America. They have allowed Republican presidents and congresses to steamroll them with a conservative economic approach loaded with anti-labor measures  rather than opposing them loudly and soundly and offering a united, much fairer progressive alternative. The occasional progressive voice, like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Keith Ellison, Maxine Waters, Sherrod Brown, or Nina Turner, (to name a few) have all been muted by a Wall Street-tainted core of Democratic Party apparatchiks, who pay lip service to core Democratic constituencies but then abandon them, giving them minimal effort, at crunch time. On social issues, the party has been quite close-minded to those who proclaim themselves to be pro-life. Yes, a woman’s right to choice is of paramount importance, but millions of formerly Democratic voters have been pushed over to the horrid Republican camp for the Democrats having been tainted with the “pro abortion” monicker by the GOP. Clearly, the Democrats’ “open tent” policy should and must include at least some who call themselves “pro-life”, especially in rural or more traditionally conservative areas! Being pro-life does NOT necessarily equate with being anti-women’s health policies or the eradication of Planned Parenthood! My solutions for the Democratic Party to once more recapture its true position of being the MAJORITY party would include, not in any particular order of importance,  the following:

1). Restore support for policies which aid the poor, working (lower) middle class, labor union members, and the disabled – and STOP legislating in favor of wealthy, Wall Street banker types! 

2),  Allow for more “pro life” members to join the party, provided they don’t promote anti-women issues.  

3), Strongly support and actively push for expanded Social Security and disability benefits.  

4). Push to pass a single-payer, Medicare-for-all health care system, and eradicate parasitical, profit-driven health care insurance middlemen in this country for all eternity!  

5).  Reaffirm strong support for pro-minority civil rights legislation which bans discrimination of all types against social and racial minorities.  

6). Promote further development of “green” industries like wind, solar, and ocean cleanup, while eliminating subsidies for polluting, fossil fuel companies.  

7). Come out loud and strong in support of campaign finance reform, and END the overwhelming preponderance of big, corporate money in our politics!  

8). Re-establish the firm footing the liberal party had in the 1930s – the latter 1960s with the faith-based community. This does NOT mean an erosion of the line separating church and state, but much of the great progressive legislation passed in that specific time period, including civil rights, the social safety net programs, women’s equality, and workers’ rights endeavors all came to fruition with strong support from our nation’s churches and synagogues. We can no longer afford to push the religious community into the eager waiting hands of regressive Republicans, and we must again embrace them! Let us adopt Matthew 25 and abandon Milton Freiedman as our guiding light!

9). Push for the END of constant warfare and severely limit the influence of greedy, military/industrial complex warmongers.  

10). Severly restrict and regulate – yes, REGULATE – big pharmaceutical companies which are constantly ripping us off by overcharging!

11). Neoliberal, globalist economic policies must be abandoned forever! All they do is further enrich the overly-pampered wealthy at the expense of everybody else. Proposed treaties like the TPP or NAFTA and the like need to be avoided at all costs, and shame on Democratic Presidents Clinton and Obama and Democratic congresspersons for having ever supported such craziness! 

12).   Strongly support and legislate much-needed infrastructure programs which will renew our crumbling roads, bridges, trains, airports, and buildings. Such an endeavor would certainly spur monumental economic growth and would very shortly pay for itself many times over!  

These are but a few ideas on how the Democratic Party  can and MUST renew itself and make it more relevant and appealing to voters. There are undoubtedly many more, but this should start to help make it once more a MAJORITY party that is looking forward rather than backward, and would benefit ALL citizens instead of a wealthy few special interests! For this country is badly in need of a strong, leftist party, especially since the current centrist party of weak-kneed Democrats has been all but neutralized by the ever more reactionary Republicans.

Come to your senses, America: Thief-in-chief Donald Chump has not only stolen an entire election, but he is succeeding in covering up his corruption by the firing of DBI Director James Comey, the one man who was beginning to investigate him!

Now is clearly the time for all good Drmocrzats to come to the aid of their party, or the only remaining hope for the continuance of democracy in the United States will be gone forever!
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Trump and I, and the Greater Jihad

May 8, 2017  By Jack Jodell (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site Fair and Unbalanced. com – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column of this page).  

COUNTDOWN: As of today, an awful 1,354 days yet remain in this horrible administration’s term in office…

Happy Monday, everybody! In the past few days, we have seen the uncaring cold-hearted, cruel nature of today’s reactionary CON-servative Republican Party. The fact that they have so often sided blindly with the rich and powerful and against the weak and needy was evidenced by their gloating right after the House finally passed its repeal of Obamacare. Today, our podcaster extraordinaire recalls an interview he once had, and expertly contrasts it with the so-called business acumen  of the phony swindler-in-chief who now occupies the White House. 

Burr says, “The clash of ideology that dominates our national life reflects two contrasting approaches to life itself.

We can struggle to win by making losers of those we encounter, or we can find ways to win together.”  

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=5575
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Many knowledgable people have begun to realize how frightfully inaccurate and incomplete our corporate-owned mainstream media has become, and are seeking an uncorrrupted, independent alternative. I encourage all of you to look into FREE SPEECH TV at http://www.freespeech.org/, where you’ll see quality investigative reporting and real news the way it used to be! Check out their website to see what you’ve been missing. Please consider becoming a member, as I have, and ensure that this precious national resource does not disappear under Donald Trump’s authoritarian and pro-corporate assault. FREE SPEECH TV is completely viewer-supported and non-commercial, and receives NO funding whatsoever from corporations or the government! Check it out and join the growing millions who are beginning to see the true light in alternative media! Please donate to them if you can by calling toll free at 1-877-378-8669 and help us to amplify onderexposed voices. JOIN us TODAY! :- )
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WHY CONGRESS SELDOM ACTS IN YOUR BEST INTERESTS! {Part One of an Intermittent Series}

May 4, 2017  By Jack Jodell, American Dissident, N.M.P.

COUNTDOWN: As of today, only 1,358 days remain in this horrid administration’s term in office…

“The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
– James Madison –  

“Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt – 

I have long been strongly against the amassed economic, social, and political power now present in big business and corporations. They exert an anti-democracy, confirmist influence I find to be extremely oppressive. While espousing “freedom” they actually practice its opposite, exercising undue monopolistic control over far too much in our society, economy, and its government.

People often express dismay and frustration over the fact that Congress so often legislates for the benefit of Wall Street  and major corporations while all-too-often ignoring Main Street and regular citizens. Why, for example, do we not yet have a single-payer health care system, like all other civilized nations have, and why do we not begin a massive infrastructure program to rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges? Today, thanks to information provided at the fabulous website Open Secrets.org, I will begin an intermittent series exposing exactly how bought-out, corrupt, and compromised our CON-servative Republican controlled government really is and why so much of their focus and attention goes to the wishes of special interests rather than YOU.

I will, in this series, focus mainly on Republicans, as they are now the party in power, but on occasion I will also focus on some loathsome, compromised Democrats. NONE of these people should be on the public payroll, and it is a crime that our tax  dollars should be wasted on such corrupt shills!

  1. Senate Majority Leader MITCH McCONNELL of Kentucky. This worthless constipated turtle of a shill keeps getting reelected despite having perrenial low approval ratings. As you will see below, he is being propped up by big money, not regular voters. For the period from 2011 – 2016, this charlatan raised $30,167,647; spent $30,259,654, and, due to previous campaigns, still has cash on hand of more than $925,000 as of 12/31/16.
    Top 5 Contributors in that time were
    Blackstone Group $217,700
    Goldman Sachs $118,425
    Kindred Healthcare $104,650
    Humana Inc $103,300
    NorPAC $100,151
    Top Industries
    Securities & Investment $2,389,987
    Oil & Gas $1,170,884
    Lawyers/Law Firms $1,056,414
    Health Professionals $1,008,295
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    SENATE MAJORITY WHIP JOHN CORNYN of Texas. Cornyn, again from the period 2011 – 2016, raised $31.8 MILLION, spent $32 MILLION, and, once more due to previous election campaigns, has more than $2.8 MILLION 
    to spend. His top 5 donors were a GOP PAC called Voteshare, at more than $63,200; Exxon Mobil at more than $60,000; Medmax, Inc. at greater than 457,400; AT & T, with more than $57,200; and Valero Energy, which gave him more than $57,400. His top industry donors were
    Investments abd Securities   $1.18 MILLION
    Oil and Gas  $1.3 MILLION
    Health Professionals  4826,000 +, and
    Lawyers 
    and law firms $ 4669,999 +.
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    For the House of Representatives, we have Speaker of the House PAUL RUIN (RYAN), who, in the 2015 – 2016 election cycle, raised an ungodly $19.8 MILLION and still has cash on hand of an astounding $9.08 MILLION! His top 
    donors were, not surprisingly,
    Bank of America, at $85,600
    Nike, Inc., at $70,300
    Blackstone Group  $68,000
    Pfizer, Inc.  $63,200

    Apple, Inc.  $62,800
    The top donor industries were:
    Securities and Investment, which donated $1.7 MILLION
    Real Estate, at $982,000, and
    Insurance, at $657,000. That may explain why he offered up the failed American Health Care Act earlier this year…
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    Majority Whip STEVE SCALISE, of Louisiana, who raised $4.8 MILLION and still has $455,000 + cash on hand. His major contributors included
    GOP PAC Voteshare at $ 700,000 +
    Entergy Corp. $40,500
    Microsoft $39,000
    Hess, Inc.  %35,600
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield  $35,500, plus his top industry givers were
    Insurance $338,900
    Oil and Gas $337,300
    Real Estate  $306,100
    Securities and Investment  $255,100
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    Majority Leader KEVIN McCARTHY of CA. This extreme CON-servative and bitterly partisan shill raised a ridiculous $11.8 MILLION and spent $11.6 MILLION in the last election cycle. Yet he still has a war chest of 2.7 MILLION left over from previous campaigns. A darling to Wall Street banks, McCarthy’s top donors included: Goldman Sachs at $125,600
    Altura Group  $100,300
    Federatws Investors, Inc.  $78,400
    Capital Group  $69,100
    Zurich Financial Services  $68,500, and his top industries were:
    Securities and Investments, at $1.2 MILLION,
    Real Estate  $841,000
    Insurance  $579,600
    Pharmaceuticals / Health Professionals  $488,300
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    Last, but far from least, is the Chair of Policy Committee LUKE MESSER of IN. Another run of the mill CON-servative Republican from a red state, Messer, a relative newcomer to Congress, raised $2 MILLION and spent $1.4 MILLION. His top donors included:
    Cgs Services  $30,200
    Silverius Insurance Group  $26,300
    Honeywell Intl.  $23,000
    Centaur Group  $22,700
    Home Depot  $20,000
    His top contributing industries were:
    Insurance   $242,200
    Securities and Investment   $140,000
    Real Estate  $97,300
    Manufacturing and Distributing  $75,400
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    That will do it for this first segment. As you have seen, there is an awful lot of commercial money being used to basically bribe these Republican leaders. Isn’t it definitely high time we GET MONEY OUT OF POLITICS and stop giving this unjustified advantage to the wealthy and their corporations? I say our best course would be to VOTE THESE SHILLS OUT OF OFFICE PERMANENTLY beginning in 2018 and continuing through the 2020 and 2022 elections! We have GOT to start leveling the playing field for average voters and start securing some iconic justice for workers and the poor!
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Republicans and Hogs, the Tragedy of the Commons

May 1, 2017  By Jack Jodell (in association with the gifted writer BURR DEMING, creator of and chief author over at the brilliant blog site Fair and Unbalanced.com – see my Blogroll in the lower right hand column of this page).    

COUNTDOWN: As of today, there remain 1,361 days left in this horrible administration’s term in office…

Happy May Day, everyone! Today’s podcast is a fabulous example of what is wrong with the Libertarian Koch brothers’ approach to our economy and government. It has come  to dominate current CON-servative reactionary Republican thinking to a large degree, and this is to the detriment of everybody. After all, libertarianism is a philosophy designed by and for the benefit of almost exclusively the 1% minority billionaires, so it is hardly practical for the rest of us, who are the 99% MAJORITY. Burr ties it in specifically with hog farming in North Carolina, but as you will see, it is applicable to nearly all aspects of current Republican thinking.

Burr tells us, “An economic theory from 1833 has become a nightmare for many in North Carolina…the Tragedy of the Commons refers to any situation in which the self-interest of each comes at the expense of all…citizens might rely on cattle-owners to self-regulate. If the owners recognize a common interest, they can form a common agreement. Each will graze this much and no more.

If there are just a few cattle barons, and they share all or at least nearly all of the common grazing, a means to detect violations might be all that is needed. If I catch you violating the agreement, the deal is off and all of us will suffer.If there are a lot of cattle owners, or if the community itself is burdened with too much of the cost, some sort of enforcement and penalty is needed. If you violate the agreement, we will impose enough individual pain to overcome that individual incentive. When everyone backs off, everyone benefits.

If the non-cattle community interest is way greater than the combined interest of the cattle owners, the community may decide to impose an agreement. Families want a place to walk or picnic or fish. Perhaps the cost to the community of replanting is prohibitive.

There are actions that would meet the standards of other ideologies. The commons may simply be placed off limits to cattle. Or a fee may be imposed. In a libertarian world, the commons itself would be abolished and sold to individual owners. There is no Tragedy of the Commons if there is no commons. This is also becoming the preferred solution of Republicans.

The Tragedy of the Commons becomes the complex common problem of all when the commons is not easily divided but does affect everyone: for example the air we breathe or the water we drink…

It should serve as a warning for conservatives today.”  

PODCAST

Transcript:
http://fairandunbalanced.com/?p=5482
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