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    This is how voter intimidation worked in 1966: White teenagers in Americus, Ga., harassed black citizens in line to vote, and the police refused to intervene. Black plantation workers in Mississippi had to vote in plantation stores, overseen by their bosses. Black voters in Choctaw County, Ala., had to hand their ballots directly to white election officials for inspection.

    This is how it works today: In an ostensible hunt for voter fraud, a Tea Party group, True the Vote, descends on a largely minority precinct and combs the registration records for the slightest misspelling or address error. It uses this information to challenge voters at the polls, and though almost every challenge is baseless, the arguments and delays frustrate those in line and reduce turnout.

    The thing that’s different from the days of overt discrimination is the phony pretext of combating voter fraud. Voter identity fraud is all but nonexistent, but the assertion that it might exist is used as an excuse to reduce the political rights of minorities, the poor, students, older Americans and other groups that tend to vote Democratic.

    … On the day of the recall election of Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, the group used inaccurate lists to slow down student voting at Lawrence University in Appleton with intrusive identity checks. Three election “observers,” including one from True the Vote, were so disruptive that a clerk gave them two warnings, but the ploy was effective: many students gave up waiting in line and didn’t vote.

    True the Vote, now active in 30 states, hopes to train hundreds of thousands of poll watchers to make the experience of voting like “driving and seeing the police following you,” as one of the group’s leaders put it. (Not surprisingly, the group is also active in the voter ID movement, with similar goals.) These activities “present a real danger to the fair administration of elections and to the fundamental freedom to vote,” as a recent report by Common Cause and Demos put it.

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits intimidation or interference in the act of voting, but the penalties are fairly light. Many states have tougher laws, but they won’t work unless law enforcement officials use them to crack down on the illegal activities — handed down from Jim Crow days — of True the Vote and similar groups.

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    From an editorial in the New York Times, “Voter Harassment, Circa 2012.”

    It’s simply astounding that voter ID cases make it as far as they do in our nation’s courts and yet when’s the last time you heard these courts take on cases of voter intimidation?

    In New York State, the law states that one cannot undertake electioneering activities near polling places.  Technically we can call the police if we see it taking place, and technically police can enforce these laws.  I don’t know about you, but if you’re from a politically-rooted group, and you’re at a polling site specifically to influence votes, then you’re electioneering to the extreme.

    But there are simply too many polling places for police to patrol, and groups like True The Vote are counting on exactly that allowing them to carry out their nefarious cause: to get you, you and you off the voter rolls.

    Democracy, right-wing style.

    — inothernews

    (via election)

    Screw True the Vote. It seems obscene that this group of losers, the tea party (aka  True the Vote) are inserting themselves into my election day — and yours! They’ve never stood for “We, the people” in the past, and this bullshit is the final nail in their coffin for me. 

    I think people need to plan to Occupy True the Vote on November 6th. TTV is training “hundreds of thousands of poll watchers to make the experience of voting like “driving and seeing the police following you”? As if.

    Maybe a counter-protest group should train hundreds of thousands of TTV watchers to make their experience of quasi-harassment look like the Koch-funded, non-serious, unpatriotic, clown rodeo it is. Something along the lines of counter-protesting Westboro Baptist at military funerals. 

    I can’t imagine what other democracies in the world must think of ours this year.

    — underthemountainbunker

    (Source: gov)

    — 1 year ago with 489 notes
    #voter fraud  #voter intimidation  #true the vote  #conservatives  #koch brothers  #election2012  #politics 
    Sheldon Adelson plans to purchase the very best White House his money can buy →

    Daily Intel reports: Conservative casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has reportedly pledged a total of $35 million to three conservative nonprofits: the Karl Rove–linked Crossroads GPS, an unspecified group with ties to the Koch brothers, and a third affiliated with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. This is in addition to the $10 million he gave to pro-Romney super-PAC Restoring Our Future last week… Sources say he’s ready to commit $100 million to right-wing causes and candidates this year.

    Remember that $100 million to Sheldon Adelson is about $300 – $400 to an average family.

    Additionally, John McCain said recently that Sheldon Adelson “is indirectly injecting millions of dollar in Chinese foreign money into Mitt Romney’s presidential election effort,” according to Josh Rogin.

    Those facts would probably be reported more by the mainstream media, if all the billionaires didn’t own the mainstream media.

    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #class war  #income redistribution  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #billionaire  #buying a president  #buying the white house  #China  #chinese money  #Citizens United  #dark money  #Eric Cantor  #gambling  #karl rove  #Koch brothers  #Mitt Romney  #plutocracy  #Republicans  #Sheldon Adelson  #super donors  #super pacs 
    OBAMA CAMP: You’re damn right we take credit for killing bin Laden  – The Obama re-election campaign doesn’t appear fazed by attacks from the right about “politicizing” the killing of Osama bin Laden, and on Sunday remained on offense over what it said was one of the president’s accomplishments. “The president hasn’t been spiking the ball,” said President Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod on ABC’s This Week. “This was the one-year anniversary. It’s part of his record. And it’s certainly a legitimate part of his record to talk about.” Axelrod said Obama followed through with his promise that catching the al-Qaeda leader would be a top priority. “And then he ordered a mission that was — was, frankly, risky, dangerous,” he said. “Bob Gates said it was one of the most courageous, one of the gutsiest decisions he’s ever seen a president make. And it turned out successfully.” Axelrod was responding to an outside conservative group’s ad — hailed by Karl Rove and widely discussed in the conservative blogosphere — that utilizes ominous music to sharply attack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Bin Laden on the first anniversary last week. “Heroes don’t seek credit,” the ad said. “Heroes don’t politicize their acts of valor.” “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president,” the leader of the group told Mother Jones. Republicans were particularly peeved that Obama’s campaign commercial about the killing quoted 2007 remarks from his likely opponent Mitt Romney saying it’s “not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars” to catch bin Laden. — TPM
ONE YEAR AGO, President Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden, ending a near-decade-long manhunt. Amid U.S. celebrations, it was largely forgotten that the delay in getting the terrorist leader resulted from blunders by George W. Bush and his neocon advisers, Robert Parry wrote in 2011. […] Though it remains unclear what the long-term consequences of this action will be, Obama’s success – after years of Bush’s failure – does suggest one important lesson: U.S. officials would be well advised to ignore the special pleadings of the neocons who remain highly influential inside Official Washington. The neocons, along with other Bush advisers, exploited the 9/11 tragedy to justify a policy of inserting U.S. military forces into the heart of the Arab world to the detriment of bringing the masterminds of 9/11 to justice. That miscalculation did horrendous damage to both the United States and the people of the Middle East. It also allowed Osama bin Laden to remain at large for more than nine years. — Consortiumnews

    OBAMA CAMP: You’re damn right we take credit for killing bin Laden  – The Obama re-election campaign doesn’t appear fazed by attacks from the right about “politicizing” the killing of Osama bin Laden, and on Sunday remained on offense over what it said was one of the president’s accomplishments. “The president hasn’t been spiking the ball,” said President Obama’s senior campaign adviser David Axelrod on ABC’s This Week. “This was the one-year anniversary. It’s part of his record. And it’s certainly a legitimate part of his record to talk about.” Axelrod said Obama followed through with his promise that catching the al-Qaeda leader would be a top priority. “And then he ordered a mission that was — was, frankly, risky, dangerous,” he said. “Bob Gates said it was one of the most courageous, one of the gutsiest decisions he’s ever seen a president make. And it turned out successfully.” Axelrod was responding to an outside conservative group’s ad — hailed by Karl Rove and widely discussed in the conservative blogosphere — that utilizes ominous music to sharply attack Obama for taking credit for the killing of Bin Laden on the first anniversary last week. “Heroes don’t seek credit,” the ad said. “Heroes don’t politicize their acts of valor.” “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president,” the leader of the group told Mother Jones. Republicans were particularly peeved that Obama’s campaign commercial about the killing quoted 2007 remarks from his likely opponent Mitt Romney saying it’s “not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars” to catch bin Laden. — TPM

    • ONE YEAR AGO, President Obama announced the killing of Osama bin Laden, ending a near-decade-long manhunt. Amid U.S. celebrations, it was largely forgotten that the delay in getting the terrorist leader resulted from blunders by George W. Bush and his neocon advisers, Robert Parry wrote in 2011. […] Though it remains unclear what the long-term consequences of this action will be, Obama’s success – after years of Bush’s failure – does suggest one important lesson: U.S. officials would be well advised to ignore the special pleadings of the neocons who remain highly influential inside Official Washington. The neocons, along with other Bush advisers, exploited the 9/11 tragedy to justify a policy of inserting U.S. military forces into the heart of the Arab world to the detriment of bringing the masterminds of 9/11 to justice. That miscalculation did horrendous damage to both the United States and the people of the Middle East. It also allowed Osama bin Laden to remain at large for more than nine years. — Consortiumnews
    — 1 year ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #president obama  #barack obama  #karl rove  #koch brothers  #swiftboating  #osama bin laden  #9/11  #one-year anniversary  #david axelrod  #neocons  #george w bush  #bush's failure  #mitt romney  #obama's success 
    The Koch-Arends-Rove Swiftboating Ad on the President was aired nationally, for FREE, by ABC’s This Week 
Then the round-table discussed it, as if it were anything but a political hit piece in a campaign season. That’s your liberal media, plebs.

What Everyone Should Know About The Secretive Group Trying To Swift Boat Barack Obama
The group’s leader and sole employee, Joel Arends, told Mother Jones, “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president.”
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3. Arends also tried to Swift Boat Obama in 2008. Arends, under the auspices of a similar group called “Vets for Freedom,” ran an ad accusing Obama of refusing to meet with wounded soldiers from Illinois. [NPR,7/5/08] …
4. Arends worked as a consultant for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Properity. “Though he doesn’t list it on his public resume, around 2006 Arends went to work for Craig Dewey, the state director of Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy outfit that’s Astroturfed everything from the tea party and the Wisconsin union fight to public-school segregation.” The Koch Brothers and their allies have pledged to spend $100 million to defeat Obama. [Mother Jones, 5/4/12; HuffingtonPost, 2/3/12]
7. Arends helped promote a documentary advocating war with Iran. Arends appeared on a panel in South Dakoa promoting the documentary Iranium, which strongly suggests beginning a war with Iran, in March 2011. [Flier; ThinkProgress, 11/3/11]
8. Veterans for A Strong American is fully endorsed by Karl Rove. The man known as “Bush’s Brain” tweeted his support of their first web ad. [Twitter,5/3/12]
Continue reading…

    The Koch-Arends-Rove Swiftboating Ad on the President was aired nationally, for FREE, by ABC’s This Week

    Then the round-table discussed it, as if it were anything but a political hit piece in a campaign season. That’s your liberal media, plebs.

    What Everyone Should Know About The Secretive Group Trying To Swift Boat Barack Obama

    The group’s leader and sole employee, Joel Arends, told Mother Jones, “Yes, it’s the swift boating of the president.”

    3. Arends also tried to Swift Boat Obama in 2008. Arends, under the auspices of a similar group called “Vets for Freedom,” ran an ad accusing Obama of refusing to meet with wounded soldiers from Illinois. [NPR,7/5/08] …

    4. Arends worked as a consultant for the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Properity. “Though he doesn’t list it on his public resume, around 2006 Arends went to work for Craig Dewey, the state director of Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy outfit that’s Astroturfed everything from the tea party and the Wisconsin union fight to public-school segregation.” The Koch Brothers and their allies have pledged to spend $100 million to defeat Obama. [Mother Jones, 5/4/12; HuffingtonPost, 2/3/12]

    7. Arends helped promote a documentary advocating war with Iran. Arends appeared on a panel in South Dakoa promoting the documentary Iranium, which strongly suggests beginning a war with Iran, in March 2011. [Flier; ThinkProgress, 11/3/11]

    8. Veterans for A Strong American is fully endorsed by Karl Rove. The man known as “Bush’s Brain” tweeted his support of their first web ad. [Twitter,5/3/12]

    Continue reading…

    — 1 year ago with 4 notes
    #class war  #FAIL  #income redistribution  #media  #military  #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #1. tax cuts for the wealthy  #2. austerity for the rest of us  #abc  #abc's this week  #joel ahrens  #john kerry  #karl rove  #Koch brothers  #media fail  #one percent  #rightwing  #secretive group  #Swift Boat Veterans for Truth  #This Week  #veterans for a strong america 
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IF BY ‘ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ YOU MEAN ‘LOWER TAXES FOR BILLIONAIRES’
Billionaire energy businessman William Koch, whose brothers finance an array of conservative political causes, directed another $1 million into a “super PAC” backing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to new campaign finance records filed Friday. The donation to Restore Our Future was made through Huron Carbon, a subsidiary of Oxbow Carbon, a privately held coal and petroleum supplier that Koch founded and runs. The contribution means that Koch has steered at least $2 million to the super PAC: Last year, Oxbow Carbon gave $750,000 to Restore Our Future, while Koch personally gave the group $250,000. […] “Bill Koch is becoming more engaged because he wants to see entrepreneurship in this country improve,”spokesman Brad Goldstein said Friday. “He has known Mitt Romney for more than three decades and believes Mitt Romney possesses the business skills needed to turn our economy around.” [latimes.com]
Romney fundraising pace picks up
Romney Trails Obama, Bush With Small-Dollar Donors – this should tell you who’d like to buy the White House.

    IF BY ‘ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ YOU MEAN ‘LOWER TAXES FOR BILLIONAIRES’

    Billionaire energy businessman William Koch, whose brothers finance an array of conservative political causes, directed another $1 million into a “super PAC” backing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, according to new campaign finance records filed Friday. The donation to Restore Our Future was made through Huron Carbon, a subsidiary of Oxbow Carbon, a privately held coal and petroleum supplier that Koch founded and runs. The contribution means that Koch has steered at least $2 million to the super PAC: Last year, Oxbow Carbon gave $750,000 to Restore Our Future, while Koch personally gave the group $250,000. […] “Bill Koch is becoming more engaged because he wants to see entrepreneurship in this country improve,”spokesman Brad Goldstein said Friday. “He has known Mitt Romney for more than three decades and believes Mitt Romney possesses the business skills needed to turn our economy around.” [latimes.com]

    — 2 years ago with 1 note
    #news  #politics  #mitt romney  #campaign donors  #william koch  #koch brothers  #billionaires  #one percent  #buying the white house  #political donations  #campaign donors  #gop  #republicans  #plutocracy 
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Cain reveals he’s bought and paid for by the Koch brothers. Why is the audience cheering wildly about that?
About this audience cheering Cain:
I will NEVER understand the priorities / ideals of today’s Republican  voter base and their support of corporations and billionaires opening  buying elections and running Washington DC. “Patriots” my ass. They  embrace fascism because they hate Democrats that much. 2012 is coming.  If you didn’t vote in 2010, you might want to vote this time.

    Cain reveals he’s bought and paid for by the Koch brothers. Why is the audience cheering wildly about that?

    About this audience cheering Cain:

    I will NEVER understand the priorities / ideals of today’s Republican voter base and their support of corporations and billionaires opening buying elections and running Washington DC. “Patriots” my ass. They embrace fascism because they hate Democrats that much. 2012 is coming. If you didn’t vote in 2010, you might want to vote this time.

    — 2 years ago with 9 notes
    #news  #politics  #unemployment  #vote!  #war on the middle class  #99percent  #americans for prosperity foundation  #cain is bought and paid for by the koch brothers  #GOP  #Herman Cain  #Koch brothers  #ows  #Republicans  #tea party  #class war  #income redistribution 

    By now everyone knows Herman Cain said: ‘I am the Koch Brothers’ brother from another mother’ — but will someone explain to me who is in this audience?

    Why are these people cheering WILDLY about Cain’s revelation that he’s bought and paid for by the Koch brothers? 

    (Source: youtube.com)

    — 2 years ago with 5 notes
    #herman cain  #politics  #news  #video  #brother from another mother  #koch brothers 
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Herman Cain was just joking about joking about an electrified border fence
Be sure to tip your waitress, folks. He’ll be here all week…

Cain has spent the last several days  explaining a controversial comment about building an electrified fence  along the U.S. – Mexico border that he said could kill people trying to  enter the country illegally. On Sunday, he said his comments  were “a joke.” But talking to reporters here after a meeting here with  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has made a national reputation  for cracking down on illegal immigrants, Cain reversed course.
Initially Cain apologied when told his  remarks had upset some in the state. “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa,”  he said, using the Latin formula for expressing contrition. But when a  reporter challenged his description of his comments, saying he didn’t  seem to be telling a joke, the retired pizza executive acknowledged:  “You’re right.” He said he still believes in the need for a border fence  “and it might be electrified.”
Herman Cain acknowledges his electric border fence idea isn’t a joke after all

Also not a joke:

Republican presidential hopeful Herman  Cain has cast himself as the outsider, the pizza magnate with real-world  experience who will bring fresh ideas to the nation’s capital. But  Cain’s economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two  billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their  group Americans for Prosperity.
Long ties to Koch brothers key to Cain’s campaign (via)

    Herman Cain was just joking about joking about an electrified border fence

    Be sure to tip your waitress, folks. He’ll be here all week…

    Cain has spent the last several days explaining a controversial comment about building an electrified fence along the U.S. – Mexico border that he said could kill people trying to enter the country illegally. On Sunday, he said his comments were “a joke.” But talking to reporters here after a meeting here with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has made a national reputation for cracking down on illegal immigrants, Cain reversed course.

    Initially Cain apologied when told his remarks had upset some in the state. “Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa,” he said, using the Latin formula for expressing contrition. But when a reporter challenged his description of his comments, saying he didn’t seem to be telling a joke, the retired pizza executive acknowledged: “You’re right.” He said he still believes in the need for a border fence “and it might be electrified.”

    Herman Cain acknowledges his electric border fence idea isn’t a joke after all

    Also not a joke:

    Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain has cast himself as the outsider, the pizza magnate with real-world experience who will bring fresh ideas to the nation’s capital. But Cain’s economic ideas, support and organization have close ties to two billionaire brothers who bankroll right-leaning causes through their group Americans for Prosperity.

    Long ties to Koch brothers key to Cain’s campaign (via)

    — 2 years ago with 9 notes
    #news  #politics  #AFP  #Americans for Prosperity  #Arizona  #border fence  #electrified border fence  #Herman Cain  #joe arpaio  #just joking  #Koch brothers 
    image: TBogg
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The greatest hoax: the right wing and its lower and middle class base supporters enabling the super-rich
“A police officer watching the crowd march by said as long as the  protest stayed peaceful “I’m with them. I’m part of the 99 percent,  too.” — Welcome To The Occupation | TBogg

The greatest hoax of the last couple of decades has been the ability  of the right wing to co-opt members of the struggling lower middle class  and lower class and pretend they speak for them while enacting policies  that enable the super-rich. They’ve used wedge issues like gay marriage  and abortion and the baby Jeebus to alienate folks from their own  economic interests, feeding them a steady diet of hatred of minorites,  the educated, science, and, well, reality to create a voting block of  people so guided by hatred of the “other” that they would crawl over  broken glass to cut their nose off to spite their face…
[…] And so, because the message of the #OWS crowd has an organic  message that resonates, one that surpasses the fraudulent tea party  nonsense of the Koch brothers funded Tea Party, the money boys strike  back. And who else to lead the pushback than two folks who owe their  entire existence to the wingnut wurlitzer. Red State is a fully funded operation of Eagle Publishing, the owner of Human Events and Regnery Publishing. The members of the money party are scared, so they’ve sent out their astroturf specialists to meet it head on. It will fail.
— John Cole, regarding the “we are the 53 percent” Tumblr

Video proof of the plutocrats’ fear at Murdoch’s Fox “News” — the  treatment given to the Teaparty rallies and the Occupy Wall Street / 99  percent demonstrations:

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As White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “I  think I remember how Mr. Cantor described protests of the tea party — I  can’t understand how one man’s mob is another man’s democracy.” 

    image: TBogg

    The greatest hoax: the right wing and its lower and middle class base supporters enabling the super-rich

    “A police officer watching the crowd march by said as long as the protest stayed peaceful “I’m with them. I’m part of the 99 percent, too.” Welcome To The Occupation | TBogg

    The greatest hoax of the last couple of decades has been the ability of the right wing to co-opt members of the struggling lower middle class and lower class and pretend they speak for them while enacting policies that enable the super-rich. They’ve used wedge issues like gay marriage and abortion and the baby Jeebus to alienate folks from their own economic interests, feeding them a steady diet of hatred of minorites, the educated, science, and, well, reality to create a voting block of people so guided by hatred of the “other” that they would crawl over broken glass to cut their nose off to spite their face…

    […] And so, because the message of the #OWS crowd has an organic message that resonates, one that surpasses the fraudulent tea party nonsense of the Koch brothers funded Tea Party, the money boys strike back. And who else to lead the pushback than two folks who owe their entire existence to the wingnut wurlitzer. Red State is a fully funded operation of Eagle Publishing, the owner of Human Events and Regnery Publishing. The members of the money party are scared, so they’ve sent out their astroturf specialists to meet it head on. It will fail.

    John Cole, regarding the “we are the 53 percent” Tumblr

    Video proof of the plutocrats’ fear at Murdoch’s Fox “News” — the treatment given to the Teaparty rallies and the Occupy Wall Street / 99 percent demonstrations:

    As White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “I think I remember how Mr. Cantor described protests of the tea party — I can’t understand how one man’s mob is another man’s democracy.” 

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #class war  #income redistribution  #politics  #unemployment  #war on the middle class  #fox news  #red state  #53 percent  #99percent  #abortion  #baby jeebus  #fear of the plutocrats  #gay marriage  #Koch brothers  #money boys  #occupywallstreet  #plutocracy  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy 
    Apparently the Axis of Evil includes the Koch Brothers: trading with terrorist states for profit →

    “For six decades around the world, Koch Industries has blazed a path to riches — in part, by making illicit payments to win contracts, trading with a terrorist state, fixing prices, neglecting safety and ignoring environmental regulations. At the same time, Charles and David Koch have promoted a form of government that interferes less with company actions.”  Breaking: Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales

    In May 2008, a unit of Koch Industries Inc., one of the world’s largest privately held companies, sent Ludmila Egorova-Farines, its newly hired compliance officer and ethics manager, to investigate the management of a subsidiary in Arles in southern France. In less than a week, she discovered that the company had paid bribes to win contracts.

    “I uncovered the practices within a few days,” Egorova- Farines says. “They were not hidden at all.”

    She immediately notified her supervisors in the U.S. A week later, Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries dispatched an investigative team to look into her findings, Bloomberg Markets magazine reports in its November issue.

    Her reward? She was fired. Read it all…

    I guess THIS is another lesson on “if ‘the poor’ did what ‘the rich’ do, they’d be rich too“. Looks like Wikileaks will have to add a fourth category to its sidebar:

    — 2 years ago with 9 notes
    #class war  #news  #politics  #war on the middle class  #axis of evil  #bloomberg  #bribes  #bribing tyrants  #Iran  #Koch brothers  #koch industries 
    A chart showing the population density of prisoners in various  countries. Notice the ONE red country on the entire chart: the USA. (via: other-stuff)
In case you didn’t know, prisoners have become a huge profit opportunity, what with all the privately run prisons in America. And if spending cuts at local and state levels are enacted that effect certain segments of the population who rely on certain programs and services (i.e. health department, mental health, substance abuse, education, unemployment assistance) and if these kinds of cuts usually cause an increase in criminal behavior — we then have a win-win: more prisoners, more profits!
Another aspect of the GOP’s ongoing bottom-to-top income redistribution plan: hopefully those private corporate prisons can get themselves more tax cuts after the spending cuts go into effect. Fingers crossed!
America is still #1 in manufacturing (prisoners)

    A chart showing the population density of prisoners in various countries. Notice the ONE red country on the entire chart: the USA. (via: other-stuff)

    In case you didn’t know, prisoners have become a huge profit opportunity, what with all the privately run prisons in America. And if spending cuts at local and state levels are enacted that effect certain segments of the population who rely on certain programs and services (i.e. health department, mental health, substance abuse, education, unemployment assistance) and if these kinds of cuts usually cause an increase in criminal behavior — we then have a win-win: more prisoners, more profits!

    Another aspect of the GOP’s ongoing bottom-to-top income redistribution plan: hopefully those private corporate prisons can get themselves more tax cuts after the spending cuts go into effect. Fingers crossed!

    America is still #1 in manufacturing (prisoners)

    — 2 years ago with 4 notes
    #politics  #class war  #income redistribution  #unemployment  #America  #Koch brothers  #manufacturing  #plutocracy  #prisoners  #prisons  #private prisons  #spending cuts for the rest of us  #tax cuts for the wealthy