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February 18, 2020

How Democrats Clean Up the Messes Left by Republicans with Robert Reich

Filed under: Economics, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 15:52

“Who pays for your golf?”

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:02
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“Who pays for your golf?”

“How does one get an Einstein Visa?”

“How is welfare for farmers not socialism?”

This country is a vicious vindictive nightmare towards its most vulnerable citizens

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:46
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This country is a vicious vindictive nightmare towards its most vulnerable citizens.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: Bought and paid for government

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:07

Feb. 17, 2020

Feb. 17, 2020

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February 16, 2020

How a Bible prophecy shapes Trump’s foreign policy

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Economics, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 09:53

We are using socialism for Trump’s golf.

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:52
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We are using socialism for Trump’s golf.

February 15, 2020

tRump is a tax cheat

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:59

February 14, 2020

DON’T BLAME BERNIE SANDERS FOR RISING SOCIALISM; BLAME CAPITALISTS LIKE ME | OPINION

Filed under: Economics, Education, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:03

https://www.newsweek.com/rise-socialism-do-not-blame-bernie-capitalists-like-me-1484955

We also rigged the system.

Capitalism is a thirty trillion-dollar game of Monopoly, with few winners and many losers. That’s okay. That’s the nature of the game. But we’ve fixed it to make sure the same people win all the time. We’ve created a two-tier educational system that stymies upward mobility. We have taxation that lets capitalists pay too little for the public resources that led to their success. We’ve put in laws that protect industries and shield corporations from true competition. And we have played off one disadvantaged group against another. What we have now is a game where some players get extra rolls of the die and their own stack of Get Out of Jail Free cards.

We have been hypocrites about socialism. At its core, socialism is redistribution of wealth by the government. As Karl Marx put it, “to each according to his needs.” The U.S. has gotten the redistribution part down, but in our case we redistribute to each according to his voting clout, that is we transfer wealth from urban areas to rural ones, to farmers, to older people, and to industries with enormous lobbying budgets, like Big Pharma. All the while denying that’s what we’re doing. We’re increasingly being called out by have-nots who want a turn at the trough, like the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson who asks, “Boomers have socialism. Why not millennials?” If capitalists are against socialism, then we need to be against it all the time. If we are not really against it, then we need to stop demonizing people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Much more at the link above.   This is a great read.   Hugs

The numbers have meaning

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:29

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OK Bloomberg: What panicked billionaires don’t get about a nation that made them so rich

Filed under: Bigotry, Economics, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 01:33

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/michael-bloomberg-presidential-election-democrats-2020-20191110.html

As those exact words were leaving the mouth of the tuxedoed mayor, a couple hundred of “the people” whose freedom of political expression Bloomberg had just hailed were wet and shivering on the main roadway of the Brooklyn Bridge, tied up in plastic handcuffs that cut into their wrists as they awaited a bus and a trip to a dank city jail cell. New York’s police force — heavily militarized under Bloomberg, now able to shoot a plane from the sky — had just arrested 768 Occupy Wall Street marchers, allowing them onto the iconic bridge but then surrounding them in a kettle tactic. The Occupy protesters were speaking out against the kind of inequality that Bloomberg and his mid-sized cop army had vowed to protect and serve: economic inequality.

Fast-forward to 2019, and the 14th richest man in the world wants to bring that vision to the entire United States of America. But Mike Bloomberg’s surprising-but-not-shocking 11th-hour-and-58th-minute entry into the already overcrowded 2020 Democratic presidential primary field is more than just one billionaire’s vanity fair. No, Bloomberg is running as an avatar of an entire class of vainglorious, nakedly greedy and yet emotionally fragile billionaires convinced that America wants to return to the 2011 world that served their black-tie oligarchy so well, that patted itself on the back for saying nice things to immigrants or gay folks while crushing the 99 Percent.

Their problem is: We don’t.

 

But Bloomberg’s billionaire brigade — failing to understand either the resistance to Biden and to learn anything from the abysmal (and now corrupt) failure of one benevolent-liberal-billionaire in Tom Steyer — remains stubbornly convinced the problem is not their unpopular message, but the messengers. Like the ugly American tourist convinced a foreigner will understand him if only he speaks English louder, Bloomberg somehow thinks his luminescence will cause voters concerned about Biden’s health at age 76 to turn to him at age 77, and that a party base wary of Biden’s past politicking on behalf of big-bank billionaires will somehow fall in love with an actual billionaire. All this on top of a political strategy — entering late and ignoring the early-state primaries where voter impressions are formed — that hasn’t worked since 1968.

 

And yet these holes — so big that a militarized Wall Street-protecting cop could drive an armored personnel carrier right through them — aren’t even the biggest flaws in Bloomberg’s bid. How could these titans of industry and capitalism who profess to be geniuses — because they claim to know the pulse of the consumer who drives the American economy — understand so little about the most important consumer of all, the U.S. voter?

Their long con is finally getting exposed, and that in turn is exposing their moral emptiness. Consider Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who launched a tech monopoly with the same ruthless ambition that John D. Rockefeller showed in creating a 19th century oil empire. But now Gates wants people to love him for giving some of that wealth away for causes that range from the admirable (global health) to the misguided (charter schools) in the hope that targeted, billionaires-know-best philanthropy will divert the masses’ rage away from structural inequality. That so many voters now support presidential candidates who would tax just a sliver of Gates’ unfathomable wealth for the common good has revealed him as a sputtering liar.

 

Gates recently insisted that he’s willing to pay some higher taxes “[b]ut, you know, when you say I should pay $100 billion, O.K., then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over.” Except Elizabeth Warren’s tax proposals would only cost Bill Gates an estimated $6 billion, which would leave him with $100 billion to play around with. Gates is just the latest of a half-dozen or so billionaires to go public with their panicked predictions that the left-wing populism of a Warren or a Sanders will destroy America as we know it. But only other billionaires and their paid consultants seem to believe them. They can’t accept the fact that — to borrow the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez line that became the title of Ryan Grim’s recent, excellent book — they’ve got money but we’ve got people.

There is a lot more at the link above.  I strongly suggest reading it.   Hugs

February 12, 2020

If you want this to change, you cannot vote for ANY GOP Candidates in Election 2020!

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:42

tRump & Republicans want another tax cut for the wealthy while cutting 800 million from medicaid they claim the country can not afford

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:13

We need to expand health care and Trump is out here cutting programs people need to live.

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:58
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What is going to replace the $800 billion? A: Death.

We need to expand health care and Trump is out here cutting programs people need to live.

It’s disgusting that GOP corporate agenda will let millions of people senselessly suffer so companies already enjoying countless advantages can pay a lower tax rate.

February 11, 2020

Republicans gladly gave unvetted security threat con man keys to 1600

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:04
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Republicans gladly gave unvetted security threat con man keys to 1600.

February 10, 2020

Feudalism is back in Red State America

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:16

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coffeyville-kansas-medical-debt-county-in-rural-kansas-is-jailing-people-over-unpaid-medical-debt/

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Feudalism is back in Red State America.

Food stamp change would hurt kids, educators and advocates testify

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Economics, Food, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:44

Currently, a family of three can qualify for SNAP if they earn 130 percent of the federal poverty level, or $27,700, or if states raise that to 200 percent, $40,840. The Agriculture Department proposes to do away with that state flexibility.

Critics argue that eliminating BBCE would limit states’ flexibility to address their unique populations, leave more than 3 million people without access to food through SNAP and cause nearly a million children to lose their automatic enrollment in the national school breakfast and lunch programs.

The plan, the second of three proposed rule changes to SNAP by the Trump administration, is expected to take effect soon. An earlier rule will impose stricter work requirements on able-bodied adults without disabilities, and it is expected to cut benefits to approximately 700,000 people when it takes effect April 1.

Many families across the country have gross incomes slightly above 130 percent of poverty but still have difficulty feeding their families because of the other financial burdens like housing, child care and medical benefits, Lisa Davis, senior vice president of the No Kid Hungry Campaign, testified Thursday.

About 96 percent of the children who would be slated to lose automatic enrollment under of the Trump administration’s proposed rule would remain eligible for free or reduced school breakfasts or lunches, but they would have to fill out separate applications.

SNAP provided benefits to 40.4 million people during an average month of the 2018 fiscal year, according to the Agriculture Department, with the average benefit measuring about $126 per person per month. Despite that help, 47.5 percent of households that received the benefit were food insecure.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., chairman of the Oversight Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy, said BBCE also helped incentivize work. Recipients don’t feel as though they must turn down work to remain eligible for their SNAP benefits, and it also allows them to own a car to drive to work or save money for potential emergencies, he said.

There is a lot more information and explanation at the link above.   It is worth the read to see how petty and dangerous this is.   We are talking taking food away from those who can not afford it.   Is the nation we are?   Is this what we have become in the land of plenty?   All so wealthy people with no money worries can have even more of the public money?    Hugs

A new study reveals the US could save $600 billion in administrative costs by switching to a single-payer, Medicare For All system

Filed under: Drugs, Economics, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:57

Researchers conclude that this cost discrepancy is primarily the result of bureaucratic hoops US healthcare providers must jump through to fulfill complex billing arrangements — a defining feature of the US’ fractured private health insurance system: An increase in overhead from private insurers caused spending as a percentage of total US healthcare costs to surge from 31% in 1999 to over 34% in 2017, which equates to an added $100 billion burden each year over that same period.

The US’ sky-high healthcare costs are driven in no small part by the oversized admin spending burden private insurance places on hospitals and other providers — and these costs could have negative implications on patient health.

Nearly half of all US health spending is tied to admin management, per a 2018 JAMA report — and the cost burdens associated with private insurance are being passed along to US consumers, making treatment an unmanageable expense. Patients are coughing up large portions of their budget on health, with the average nonelderly US family spending $8,200 per year on healthcare — or 11% of their income.

More information at the link above.  We  have reached the breaking point, we either change the system, or the system will crash down on its own taking us with it.   Hugs

February 9, 2020

Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the rest of us. The rich do love socialism, for them! Talk about smarmy lying hypocrites!

Filed under: Economics, Greed, History, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 09:16

 

“That’s been the Trump Administration: Help me, help my rich cronies, help my family get richer.

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Greed, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:35

Wealthy inequality

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:01
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