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    Rush Limbaugh Calls Wisconsin Schoolteachers “Parasites”

    motherjones:

    Aired Thursday morning: “All the parasites of government are now coming out of the woodwork — and that’s exactly what they are, parasites.”

    Average Wisconsin public schoolteacher’s salary: $47,602.

    Rush Limbaugh’s minimum annual salary: $38,000,000, plus a $100,000,000 bonus.

    Parasites, indeed.

    ~

    And the Dittoheads, sitting in their trucks listening to Rush, with their 1,000 yard glassy-eyed stares, nod slowly.

    For Rush’s ever-loyal audience, the meaning of patriotism shifts again — the “Us” and the “Them” — because unionized workers, like firefighters, cops and teachers are now “parasites.”

    — 3 years ago with 407 notes
    #class war  #dittoheads  #parasites  #rush limbaugh  #salaries  #union  #wisconsin  #politics 
    The United States of NASCAR →

    Fuck women, fuck healthcare reform, fuck federal workers, and fuck the unemployed and the poor.

    But hazzah! for NASCAR:

    The battle over spending continues to rage on Capitol Hill and while Republicans are keen to take an axe to the budget, today one interesting item was spared: The Army’s sponsorship of NASCAR.

    The Army spends more than $7 million a year to sponsor NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Newman and several million more as part of a partnership with NASCAR. It says the prominent ads on the car and presence at the track help attract recruits.

    Today the House gave the green light for that sponsorship to continue, rejecting an amendment introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) that would have blocked the Pentagon from using taxpayer dollars for NASCAR ads.

    The amendment failed by a largely partisan vote of 281-148, with Republicans overwhelmingly voting against the measure.

    Source

    Yes. Really.

    Official car of the American taxpayer:

    http://www.autoracingdaily.com/images/featured/Mark_Martin_markmartin.jpg

    — 3 years ago with 2 notes
    #class war  #economy  #politics  #budget  #budget cuts  #conservatives  #federal workers  #GOP  #healthcare reform  #nascar  #planned parenthood  #poor  #Republicans  #tea party  #teabaggers  #unemployed 
    Koch Industries, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and the labor unions →

    It’s not for nothing that Koch Industries was one of Governor Walker’s biggest campaign contributors last year. And it’s no coincidence that “Tea party counter protesters” have been bussed into Wisconsin’s capital today. These counter protesters could also be called the “I stand with Scott Walker,” Koch funded astroturf, K Street pros.

    Koch Industries has a lot at stake with Scott Walker.  And Walker aims to deliver what they paid for:

    It’s important that people understand this: This is a fight Gov. Walker picked for the specific purpose of breaking the unions. Wisconsin had a surplus, and as soon as he was sworn in, Walker gave it away to special interests in order to put the state into deficit. Is it a coincidence that every Republican governor is suddenly going after the unions and the pensions? Is it simply bubbling up from the ground for no special reason? Hell, no. – Republican Governor Deliberately Spent Wisconsin Surplus To Pick Fight With Unions

    And there’s this:

    Koch Industries Slashed WI Jobs, Helped Elect Scott Walker, Now Orchestrating Pro-Walker Protest

    Koch Industries is a major player in Wisconsin: Koch owns a coal company subsidiary with facilities in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Ashland and Sheboygan; six timber plants throughout the state; and a large network of pipelines in Wisconsin. While Koch controls much of the infrastructure in the state, they have laid off workers to boost profits. At a time when Koch Industries owners David and Charles Koch awarded themselves an extra $11 billion of income from the company, Koch slashed jobs at their Green Bay plant…

    […] Koch Industries was one of the biggest contributors to Walker’s gubernatorial campaign, funneling $43,000 over the course of last year. In return, Koch front groups are closely guiding the Walker agenda. The American Legislative Exchange Council, another Koch-funded group, advised Walker and the GOP legislature on its anti-labor legislation and its first corporate tax cuts.

    According to the EPA, Koch businesses are huge polluters, emitting thousands of pounds of toxic pollutants. As soon as he got into office Walker started cutting environmental regulations and appointed a Republican known for her disregard for environmental regulations to lead the Department of Natural Resources. In addition, Walker has stated his opposition to clean energy jobs policies that might draw workers away from Koch-owned interests.

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_l8bwz1CP1W1qb5gh9o1_1280.gif?AWSAccessKeyId=0RYTHV9YYQ4W5Q3HQMG2&Expires=1298219851&Signature=88PJQa%2FxzmouAfBJI2XVS5en%2FaI%3D

    — 3 years ago with 3 notes
    #class war  #economy  #politics  #astroturf  #campaign contributions  #collective bargaining  #conservatives  #GOP  #IStandWithScottWalker  #k street  #Koch brothers  #koch industries  #labor unions  #Republicans  #scott walker  #tea party  #wisconsin  #wiunion 
    Mapping the demise of the American middle-class →

    Josh Marshall created a map of collective bargaining rights by state:

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    Dennis G. at Balloon Juice offers a map of Right to Work States (in red) and Right to Unionize States (in blue), and adds something I completely agree with:

    When all the States turn from Blue to Red, then the Middle Class in America will be gone. It will be over. The Government will be organized to promote and support the theft of Labor by the elites just as the government of the Confederate States of America was organized.

    150 years ago we fought a Civil War over the question of the theft of labor. Now the Republican Confederate Party and their shock troops of TeaBagger simpletons seek a new battle over the theft of labor. I say we give it to them.

    Pro-Union vs Free Labor States

    Just so we’re clear on what’s been happening since Ronald Reagan was president, let’s take another look at a chart that perfectly illustrates what Robert Reich calls The Republican Strategy,” which is – in part:

    The Republican strategy is to split the vast middle and working class – pitting unionized workers against non-unionized, public-sector workers against non-public, older workers within sight of Medicare and Social Security against younger workers who don’t believe these programs will be there for them, and the poor against the working middle class.

    By splitting working America along these lines, Republicans hope to deflect attention from the big story. That’s the increasing share of total income and wealth going to the richest 1 percent while the jobs and wages of everyone else languish.

    Heres exactly what Robert Reich is talking about.

    Finally, consider what’s been happening in Wisconsin this past week and try (I dare you!) to explain how the “teabagger simpletons” aren’t constantly protesting, arguing and voting against their own economic self-interests. Worse, they’re taking everyone else down with them.

    Want to attend a solidarity action this week? See the list of participating events across the country. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    — 3 years ago with 1 note
    #politics  #american middle-class  #blue states  #chart  #class war  #collective bargaining rights by state  #conservatives  #corporate interests  #elites  #GOP  #income growth  #maps  #organized labor  #red states  #Republicans  #right to unionize states  #right to work states  #tea party  #teabaggers  #theft of labor  #top 1%  #wisconsin  #wiunion 
    Dance with who brung you →

    So Gov. Walker’s “budget repair” bill is really a two-parter: 1) bust the unions that didn’t support him, and 2) sell off the state-owned power plants to his generous cronies.

    — 3 years ago
    #politics  #class war  #budget repair  #gov. walker  #Koch brothers  #union  #wisconsin  #wiunion 
    Graphs: Wealth, taxes, federal tax revenue

From Mother Jones: It’s the Inequality, Stupid
A  Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist  recently asked more  than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is  distributed in the  United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced  than it actually  is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth,  92% picked one  that was even more equitable.


Hold on… a professor from Harvard?  Obviously he interviewed 5,000 of his fellow socialists. 
But  seriously, if the GOP-Teaparty succeeds in busting up the collective  bargaining rights of organized labor, and if the extension of Bush’s tax  cuts is never terminated, that yellow line above will run right over  everyone else — goodbye middle-class. And the wealthiest 20%  with their GOP-Teaparty politicians will continue to fight to the death  against returning to the Clinton-era tax rate (about 4% more – see  below). Then even more federal programs and services will be cut,  because the government can’t afford them in relation to the tax revenue  it brings in. 
And,  most importantly, the working- and middle-class teabaggers will  continue to support and vote for the GOP-Teaparty politicians, because  gays want to get married and there’s a Muslim in the White House — they  are Christian Patriots after all.

    Graphs: Wealth, taxes, federal tax revenue

    From Mother Jones: It’s the Inequality, Stupid

    A Harvard business prof and a behavioral economist recently asked more than 5,000 Americans how they thought wealth is distributed in the United States. Most thought that it’s more balanced than it actually is. Asked to choose their ideal distribution of wealth, 92% picked one that was even more equitable.

    Hold on… a professor from Harvard?  Obviously he interviewed 5,000 of his fellow socialists.

    But seriously, if the GOP-Teaparty succeeds in busting up the collective bargaining rights of organized labor, and if the extension of Bush’s tax cuts is never terminated, that yellow line above will run right over everyone else — goodbye middle-class. And the wealthiest 20% with their GOP-Teaparty politicians will continue to fight to the death against returning to the Clinton-era tax rate (about 4% more – see below). Then even more federal programs and services will be cut, because the government can’t afford them in relation to the tax revenue it brings in.

    And, most importantly, the working- and middle-class teabaggers will continue to support and vote for the GOP-Teaparty politicians, because gays want to get married and there’s a Muslim in the White House — they are Christian Patriots after all.

    — 3 years ago
    #class war  #economy  #politics  #bar graph  #conservatives  #GOP  #mother jones  #Republicans  #teabaggers  #Teaparty  #U.S.  #wealth distribution 
    UPDATE: Gov. Walker and the Koch Brothers →

    A couple days ago I posted:

    So Gov. Walker’s “budget repair” bill is really a two-parter: 1) bust the unions that didn’t support him, and 2) sell off the state-owned power plants to his generous cronies.

    This morning there are some interesting updates:

    1) Charles Johnson caught an advertisement that was posted just two days ago for plant managers for multiple power plants in Wisconsin. What a coincidence!

    2) Also, the Koch Brothers have quietly opened a lobbying office in downtown Madison, Wisconsin.

    3) And finally, Gov. Walker was punk’d last night by a journalist, who pretended to be David Koch on a phone call. Walker fell for it. In fact, “believing himself to be on the phone with his patron, [Walker had] a long conversation about busting Wisconsin’s unions.” There’s audio of the call at the link.

    Buffalo Beast

    — 3 years ago
    #class war  #economy  #politics  #conservatives  #David Koch  #GOP  #gov. walker  #Koch brothers  #phone call  #power plant sale  #punk'd  #pwnd  #Republicans  #scott walker  #tea party  #united states of koch  #wisconsin  #wiunion 
    Worst things about the Republicans budget in handy infographic form
To go with the previous post:
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The President has made clear that the current plan as proposed by  congressional Republicans is not acceptable. Add your name to a petition to be given to House Republicans.

    Worst things about the Republicans budget in handy infographic form

    To go with the previous post:

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    The President has made clear that the current plan as proposed by congressional Republicans is not acceptable. Add your name to a petition to be given to House Republicans.

    — 3 years ago with 6 notes
    #GOP  #Republicans  #budget cuts  #center for american progress  #class war  #economy  #government shutdown  #news  #politics  #religion  #tax cuts to the wealthy  #tea party  #news  #government shutdown 
    Michael Steele: “there’s nothing wrong with a government shutdown”
 Anyone  think the Republicans aren’t building up to the “big reveal” next week?  There will be a government shutdown because… [something here] is the  Democrats fault.

“I  personally think there’s nothing wrong with a government shutdown. I’ve  been an advocate for it over six, seven months now for the  simple  reason it is the shocker. It is the reality check that the  spenders  need to have, that those who are trying to chart a different  course  need to have, whether they are Republicans or Democrats in the   Congress.
 “Republicans  right now have an opportunity to put down  some bright-line markers  here on spending. I hope they do. I haven’t  seen it yet. I’m hoping  that we will see it in the next week.”
 – Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, today on ABC’s Top Line

It is amusing to hear Steele complain about ‘the spending’ and ‘the spenders’ when what the Republicans are defending happen to be their spending priorities (the wealthy) — priorities that they need everyone who’s NOT wealthy to pay for.

    Michael Steele: “there’s nothing wrong with a government shutdown”

    Anyone think the Republicans aren’t building up to the “big reveal” next week? There will be a government shutdown because… [something here] is the Democrats fault.

    “I personally think there’s nothing wrong with a government shutdown. I’ve been an advocate for it over six, seven months now for the simple reason it is the shocker. It is the reality check that the spenders need to have, that those who are trying to chart a different course need to have, whether they are Republicans or Democrats in the Congress.

    “Republicans right now have an opportunity to put down some bright-line markers here on spending. I hope they do. I haven’t seen it yet. I’m hoping that we will see it in the next week.”

    Michael Steele, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, today on ABC’s Top Line

    It is amusing to hear Steele complain about ‘the spending’ and ‘the spenders’ when what the Republicans are defending happen to be their spending priorities (the wealthy) — priorities that they need everyone who’s NOT wealthy to pay for.

    — 3 years ago
    #class war  #economy  #news  #politics  #conservatives  #GOP  #government shutdown  #Michael Steele  #Republicans  #right-wing  #tea party 
    It’s not like they’re creating jobs…
Bernie Sanders has a great idea:

  Under Sanders’ legislation, a 5.4 percent tax on income of more than  $1 million a year would yield up to $50 billion annually for the U.S.  Treasury.
 The same legislation would end tax breaks for big oil and gas  companies. That provision would yield about $3.5 billion a year in new  revenue.
 Sanders  voted yesterday against a House-passed spending bill that  slashed Head  Start, Pell grants, community health centers, LIHEAP, the  Social  Security Administration and many other programs that are vitally   important to millions of middle-class families.
 “The  Republicans wanted to move toward a balanced budget solely on  the  backs of the middle class and some of the most vulnerable people in   this country, but didn’t ask the wealthiest people, who are becoming   much wealthier, to contribute one penny in shared sacrifice.”

I  don’t think it’s out of line to ask the wealthy to start contributing  their fair share.They’ve been raking it in at the expense of everyone  else for over a decade.

    It’s not like they’re creating jobs…

    Bernie Sanders has a great idea:

    Under Sanders’ legislation, a 5.4 percent tax on income of more than $1 million a year would yield up to $50 billion annually for the U.S. Treasury.

    The same legislation would end tax breaks for big oil and gas companies. That provision would yield about $3.5 billion a year in new revenue.

    Sanders voted yesterday against a House-passed spending bill that slashed Head Start, Pell grants, community health centers, LIHEAP, the Social Security Administration and many other programs that are vitally important to millions of middle-class families.

    “The Republicans wanted to move toward a balanced budget solely on the backs of the middle class and some of the most vulnerable people in this country, but didn’t ask the wealthiest people, who are becoming much wealthier, to contribute one penny in shared sacrifice.”

    I don’t think it’s out of line to ask the wealthy to start contributing their fair share.They’ve been raking it in at the expense of everyone else for over a decade.

    — 3 years ago with 16 notes
    #class war  #economy  #politics  #bernie sanders  #Democrats  #GOP  #Republicans  #tax increase  #tea party  #wealthy 
    "We have this fantasy that our interests and the interests of the super rich are the same. Like somehow the rich will eventually get so full that they’ll explode. And the candy will rain down on the rest of us. Like there’s some kind of pinata of benevolence. But here’s the thing about a pinata: it doesn’t open on it’s own. You have to beat it with a stick."
    Bill Maher (via okkervils)

    (via savagemike)

    — 3 years ago with 360 notes
    #bill maher  #class war 
    Teaparty-Republican spending cuts: immunizations →

    I’m not surprised.

    I would assume that GOP leaders would defend these cuts with the same line they always use: “We’re broke.” But we’re not, and if Republicans believe we can afford tax cuts and wars, but not immunizations for low-income children, that’s pretty twisted.Steve Benen

    Swear to God, I’m beginning to think the Teaparty-GOP wants only two classes of people: 1) the wealthy and 2) everyone else. And “everyone else” will shuffle from alley to soup kitchen — a charity soup kitchen of course — with soot and rat feces on their hands and faces, teeth missing, calling to those with shoes, “G’day, Guv’nah! Spare a sixpence?”

    April 8. That’s when we find out if Dems give in to this H.R.1 bullshit or not.

    — 3 years ago with 2 notes
    #news  #politics  #cdc  #center for disease control  #class war  #cruise missles for libya!  #cut spending  #GOP  #H.R. 1  #HR1  #immunizations  #low-income  #preventative medicine  #Republicans  #tax cuts  #tea party  #wars 
    G.E. is trying its very best to suck America dry →

    Case study on why our treasury no longer has any treasure:

    Wonkette: “[T]he New York Times showed an incredibly rare bit of spine today by publishing a dull numbers story that is possibly the most enraging thing you’ll ever read:

    The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.

    Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

    That may be hard to fathom for the millions of American business owners and households now preparing their own returns, but low taxes are nothing new for G.E.

    Listen, if you’re a teabagger who’s  worried about G.E.’s tax situation (Couldn’t that $3.2 billion tax benefit have been even larger?) — don’t despair! The Republicans are right behind you:

    Read more…

    — 3 years ago
    #news  #politics  #class war  #unemployment  #GOP  #Republicans  #tea party  #America  #Democrats  #patriotism  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #general electric  #g.e.  #no taxes  #federal government owes g.e. money!  #record profits  #Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) 
    Government Shutdown: Ideology over Deficit Reduction →

    Salon discusses the bottom line on the GOP’s H.R. 1 and “deficit reduction,” which is Tea-code for riders based on conservative ideology:

    For many Democrats, these riders are non-starters. “I think when we begin to allow an ideological agenda that says, what we’re really trying to do in this budget is not make progress toward deficit reduction but intentionally target a few long-established programs that have demonstrated [benefits]…I wouldn’t stand for that,” Democratic Sen. Chris Coons told the FT. But among a large swath of the GOP – and not just its famously fractious freshmen – ideological hot-buttons like health-care or abortion are more important than the spending cuts themselves. Even the party’s pragmatists, who remember the wounds inflicted by the shutdowns of the Gingrich era, may be leery of cutting a deal that could lead to their own demise in 2012. To remind members of their promise to weed out weak-kneed compromisers, Tea Party activists – many of whom are nonplussed about the prospect of a shutdown — plan to rally outside the Capitol on Thursday.

    Here are the values (riders) that the Republican-Teaparty are insisting must be approved.  Notice that if they didn’t insist on continuing the tax cuts for the wealthy and tax breaks for corporations that have made record profits, these riders wouldn’t be necessary — which is the point: the Republican-Teaparty politicians aren’t really worried about spending or a budget.

    It’s the Conservative Ideology, Stupid!

    — 3 years ago
    #news  #politics  #class war  #economy  #april 8  #budget reduction  #conservative ideology  #Democrats  #GOP  #government shutdown  #middle-class  #Republicans  #spending cuts for the poor and working-class  #tax cuts for the wealthy  #tea party