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Wealthy Democratic Donor Stephen Cloobeck threatens Democratic Party’s leftward move

Wed, 2017-11-08 17:39

Stephen Cloobeck, a wealthy Democratic donor, appeared on MSNBC with Stephanie Ruhle and had some good things to say about the Democratic Party. But he also had a threat that will rub many Progressives the wrong way.

Stephen Cloobeck in no uncertain terms warned the Democratic Party that they need a new message and calling out billionaires won't be tolerated.

Democratic Donor Stephen Cloobeck threatens to cut party off.

Cloobeck first discussed the recent Texas Massacre. He said enough is enough maybe alluding to gun control?

Ruhle asked Cloobeck about his thoughts on the tax cut scam. He said the bill was misguided in that it dropped the sales and property tax deductions and called it a big corporate tax bungle. He wants the law to go after net operating loss carryforwards

Cloobeck then came back with a Progressive value. Help kids with there student loans. He agreed that most of the tax cuts go to corporations.

When Stephanie Ruhle brought up the issue of Democrats holding Democrats accountable, Cloobeck would have none of it. He said he told the big wheels in the Democratic Party to stop it or else his funding of the Democratic Party will dry up. He also said many others would follow with drying up rich donor dollars to the Democratic Party.

The entire interview is fascinating. It illustrates that wealthy Democratic Party supporters will only go so far in their support of middle-class-centric Progressive policies.

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Humiliating defeat for Ohio mayor who ditched Democratic Party to back Trump

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:58

The chickens are coming home to roost. One can imagine Republicans and those Democrats jumping on the Trump train trembling in their boots. You see, Americans are good people who like all people can get overcome by a charlatan during hard times. Times may be changing. The defeat of many candidates may be probative.

It is taking a long time. The system has deceived Americans for north of thirty years since the inception of the codification document for their indoctrination, the Powell Manifesto. We have had many mildly Progressive candidates to minimize the plutocracy-centric policies, but Trump's win gave the impression that even that was too much. This hard swing to the Right cloaked as populism is finally wearing thin. And it may have been a blessing in disguise. It may have awoken the Progressive sleeping giant we always knew was there.

Ed Gillespie, the Virginia gubernatorial candidate, made that right turn.We rewarded him with the most significant loss for a Republican in years. The Republican forced capitulation mounted from Florida to North Carolina to Washington State to New York to Maine and much more. But this one is poetic justice. A Democrat, Tom Coyne, in Ohio who jumped ship to jump on the Trump train lost his reelection bid. According to the CleveScene,

Coyne, a former Democrat who'd ruled City Hall from 1982 to 2001 and again from 2013 until this year, had switched parties, running as a Trumpian Republican. (He was set to be feted with a fundraiser in October with special guest of honor Donald Trump Jr. until it was canceled for unspecified reasons.) Three weeks later, he joined others riding Trump's rhetoric and policies straight out of office. Former Brook Park council president Michael Gammella prevailed in a four-person race with 42% of the vote.

Now let's sit back and watch spineless politicians try to decide what their positions are instead of just thinking about the well-being of the citizenry. Folks #RESIST. The resistance is winning, and we will choose which candidates are the ones that deserve our votes, not the spineless politicians that have so far deceived us all as they continue to dangle in what they believe are the prevailing winds.

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John Young: Republicans are shameless merchants of debt

Wed, 2017-11-08 12:07

by John Young

Boasting of his supposed business wizardry, in 2016 Donald Trump told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, "I'm the king of debt. I love debt." He didn't mention also being a connoisseur of bankruptcy.

Ah, debt, sweet as wine. Love it, don't you?

You may not, in fact. However the affaire d'amour pulses and throbs this week in our Republican-controlled Congress.

If Congress follows through on Trump's urgings -- and the House seems quite inclined, the Republican tax plan would saddle the nation with $2.5 trillion in new debt over the next decade.

Hey, tea party people. You kept telling us additional debt was a bad thing.

Wasn't it the original sin to borrow, under Barack Obama, to rescue the nation from the worst economic moment since the Depression? Yes it was. I heard you say so.

Now? It would appear you love debt. You want it in gobs, especially that debt means tax breaks for people who don't need them.

Actually, this is not new, and not a news. It's not even a change of heart.

Ronald Reagan's budgets employed a "magic asterisk" that basically meant he – and we -- would look the other way when things didn't add up.

Dick Cheney famously said, "Deficits don't matter." He and George W. Bush turned a deaf ear to John McCain's denunciations of funding two wars at once off the books.

When Reagan used his immense popularity to restructure the tax system, closing loopholes and reducing tax brackets, he could have insisted on harvesting some revenue to help curb the red ink that had been accumulating under his leadership.

Instead, the tax plan he signed was revenue-neutral.

The Republicans at the time showed they were more interested in trickle-down schemes than in paying for the government they had bought. That included the largest peacetime military buildup in the history of the world.

Now, "revenue neutral" seems the height of responsibility. What Trump and the House Republicans are doing is constructing a fiscal hole that will require future generations to account for the largesse of the moment.

Yes, the taxpayers of tomorrow would have to find revenue that this tax plan shut off by way of corporate tax cuts to enrich CEOs and stockholders.

They would have to find revenue lost when this tax plan abolished the alternative minimum tax (AMT) to benefit people like Trump. Oh, yes; the only tax return we've seen from Trump, from 2005, showed him paying $31 million via the AMT.

Ah, but he assured us that the tax changes he's promoting wouldn't help himself. The only way to know this would be to see his tax returns and if he's been paying any tax at all those years since.

As it is, we can trust one thing only – that this is one more lie in a sandstorm of them.

The House tax bill stands to enrich the rich further, and for what? I'll tell you what: to aid designs to strangle the federal government by artificial means.

Sen. Chuck Schumer has it right when he says that the ultimate objective of these tax plans is to make it harder to justify spending for things we need – infrastructure, health care, aid to the poorest of the poor.

The thing about those magic asterisks of the Reagan years: The bad math was wholly intentional. The deficits were the design. That red ink made it easier for so-called fiscal conservatives to say we couldn't afford so much government.

For this Congress, that red ink would be sign that they could pass one, just one, policy. Something they have not done in the 10 months that Republicans have controlled the House, the Senate and the White House.

If this monstrosity passes, Trump who got where he is via the "debt and dodge" approach to business, would be there with pen in hand. To sign in red?

Yes, let's run the United States just like he would – into bankruptcy.

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A Canadian’s rant about their reaction to a fallen officer and U.S. gun violence

Wed, 2017-11-08 01:58

I received an email from a Canadian this evening who reads our blog post diligently and follows both U.S. and Canadian politics. The sentiment within his email touched a nerve. When will Americans start sharing this feeling with our Canadian brothers and sisters detached from any ideology?

Here is the text of the email.

Canadian's email on the normalcy of our reaction to gun violence

Hi there,

I live in Vancouver, Canada and I follow your FB feed and it's been excellent. I was struck by something that happened here last night. A police officer died after a gun shootout involving a stolen vehicle -- not such a strange occurrence you might say and yet here it is because there is better gun control., because here when a first responder is killed in the line of duty, it is a big deal.

The problem with the US having guns so readily available is that it devalues life. Death by shooting becomes a norm. As a result of that, when an officer is killed people barely blink and yet what they do is brave and has value and should be honored every time because when people are honored for their profession or vocation, they become better versions of themselves. I think!

When this officer died, they stopped the highway with a cavalcade and people lined the overpasses to honor him. Gun death should be so rare that when it occurs people continue to care.

Ok rant over.

Thanks for your time.
Lynne

This new Texas Massacre occurred just over a month after the Las Vegas Massacre. It was scary that my reaction was not to the horror that it should have been. Instead, I merely said, "Not again," as if resolved that there is nothing we could do.

America has two interrelated problems. We need to muster the resolve to force politicians to pass strict gun control bills. However, if we accept these gun massacres as the new norm, where will that resolve come from at this time where it is most necessary?

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ATTENTION: Middle-class tax cut scam will cost middle-class more

Tue, 2017-11-07 15:31

Americans must speak up now before it is too late. They have the choice to blindly believe the lies that the Republicans are telling them about the Trump-GOP tax cut scam or they can learn the numbers to make an educated decision.

Republicans are betting that Conservatives and middle-of-the-road Americans will remain ideologically confused and support their tax cut scam. The tax cut scam perpetrated by the Republicans is not at all ideological. It merely is legalized theft, a transfer of middle-class hard earned dollars to the wealthy cloaked as tax reform.

The New York Times article "Republican Plan Would Raise Taxes on Millions" should alarm anyone considering supporting the tax cut scam. The first paragraph says it all.

Nearly half of all middle-class families would pay more in taxes in 2026 than they would under current rules if the proposed House tax bill became law, and about one-third would pay more in 2018, according to a New York Times analysis, a striking finding for a bill promoted as a middle-class tax cut.

Worse, for many, taxes increase is immediate.

President Trump and congressional Republicans have pitched the plan unveiled last week as a tax cut for most Americans. But millions of middle-class families — particularly those with children — would see an immediate tax increase, averaging about $2,000. Among the hardest-hit under the plan would be some of the most vulnerable taxpayers: those with huge out-of-pocket medical expenses.

Independent economists can find nothing to validate Republican claims that nobody in the middle-class will see tax increases.

Analyses published since the plan was introduced last week have consistently found that some middle-class families would see their taxes go up immediately, compared with existing law. One such analysis, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, found that 8 percent of middle-income earners would pay more in 2018 — and 21 percent in 2027 — with upper-middle-class taxpayers more likely to see their taxes rise.

What is interesting it that those with more complicated finances, likely a large percentage who are in the Republican base, will be affected.

The millions losing out under the bill would largely be families with more complicated finances, who now generally itemize their deductions. The bill would eliminate many common and valuable tax deductions that, in some cases, would eliminate thousands of dollars in tax benefits. This would be particularly acute for taxpayers who deducted state and local income and property tax payments, interest on student loans, or the cost of health insurance for self-employed workers.

The plan could be particularly costly for Americans facing large medical bills. Nearly nine million taxpayers collectively deducted about $84 billion in medical expenses from their taxes in 2015. The House bill would eliminate that deduction.

Middle-class Americans, irrespective of ideology or political affiliation must heed what the nonpolitical experts are warning about almost in unison. The tax cut scam is a middle-class tax cut facade that will make you poorer. You have the choice to decide if you will accept it or not. Make sure you do the right thing and refuse to be gullible to those who have repeated the same lie as they progressively destroy the middle-class.

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Donald Trump to dignitaries in Japan: I never knew we had so many countries (VIDEO)

Tue, 2017-11-07 11:15

Donald Trump is our president. Unfortunately, every time he goes overseas, he further embarrasses himself and us in the eyes of the rest of the world. The President did it again in Japan. Sadly, he is unlikely to recognize how his ill-chosen statements about the knowledge of countries diminish the United States. Here he speaks ignorantly with pride.

Donald Trump admits to recently realizing the world has many countries

So exactly what did Donald Trump say to this group of dignitaries in Japan?

"So my relationship with Shinzo got off to a, quite a rocky start," Donald Trump said. "Because I never ran for office. And here I am. But I never ran. So I wasn't very experienced. And after I had won, everybody was calling me from all over the world. I never knew we had so many countries."

Donald Trump should never be off script when he is traveling overseas. His impromptu remarks tend to get him in trouble because he fails to understand every word emanating from the mouth of a United States president matters, whether the president voices it, emails it, or tweets it.

It is clear this leader of the world, knows little about what he purports to lead. The president's ignorance is a clear and present danger.

 

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How sick is the Evangelical Right? God was answering prayers of Texas victims!

Mon, 2017-11-06 18:22

Every time I hear a nonsensical rant from the Evangelical Right on the Texas Massacre that took the lives of at least 26 people, I think it can get no worse. This one beats them all.

To stop action on the virtual monthly carnage, these Right Wingers must indoctrinate their following to some meaning for the slaughter to forestall gun legislation.

Lutheran Pastor and contributor to the Right Wing rag The Federalist, Hans Fiene, wrote a piece titled "When The Saints Of First Baptist Church Were Murdered, God Was Answering Their Prayers" where he makes some of the most unbelievable statements.

Early in his piece, he gets political.

People of goodwill can certainly disagree over the merits of gun control legislation, just as we can disagree over how long we should wait after a tragedy to discuss its political ramifications.

It is then that he makes the most outlandish claim. He first assumes that those who do not follow his form of Christianity just don't get it. Then he articulates a claim he could not possibly back up.

It’s also an act of profound ignorance. For those with little understanding of and less regard for the Christian faith, there may be no greater image of prayer’s futility than Christians being gunned down mid-supplication. But for those familiar with the Bible’s promises concerning prayer and violence, nothing could be further from the truth. When those saints of First Baptist Church were murdered yesterday, God wasn’t ignoring their prayers. He was answering them.

He then attempts to validate the veracity of his claim that God was doing the will of the Texans because at some time they may have asked to be delivered from evil.

“Deliver us from evil.” Millions of Christians throughout the world pray these words every Sunday morning. While it doesn’t appear that the Lord’s Prayer is formally a part of the worship services at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, I have no doubt that members of that congregation have prayed these words countless times in their lives.

When we pray these words, we are certainly praying that God would deliver us from evil temporally—that is, in this earthly life. Through these words, we are asking God to send his holy angels to guard us from those who would seek to destroy us with knives and bombs and bullets. It may seem, on the surface, that God was refusing to give such protection to his Texan children. But we are also praying that God would deliver us from evil eternally. Through these same words, we are asking God to deliver us out of this evil world and into his heavenly glory, where no violence, persecution, cruelty, or hatred will ever afflict us again.

Under this precept wouldn't this means all Christians are asking to be annihilated? Later in the article, he said the following.

So when a madman with a rifle sought to persecute the faithful at First Baptist Church on Sunday morning, he failed. Just like those who put Christ to death, and just like those who have brought violence to believers in every generation, this man only succeeded in being the means through which God delivered his children from this evil world into an eternity of righteousness and peace. ...

Despite the horror that madman made the saints of First Baptist endure, those who endured it with faith in Christ have received his victory. Although the murderer filled their eyes with terror, God has now filled them with his glory. Although he persecuted them with violence, God seized that violence and has now used it to deliver his faithful into a kingdom of peace. Although this madman brought death to so many, God has used that death to give them the eternal life won for them in the blood of Jesus.

How does one believe this play on words? He ends his article as follows.

Those who persecute the church and those who mock Christians for trusting in Almighty God rather than Almighty Government may believe that the bloodshed in Texas proves the futility of prayer. But we believers see the shooting in Texas as proof of something far different—proof that Christ has counted us worthy to suffer dishonor for his name and proof that no amount of dishonor, persecution, or violence can stop him from answering our prayer to deliver us from evil.

The people who allow themselves to be captured by this thought process are simply misled. They were eased into this form of illogical thinking over time. It is for this reasons that it is so difficult to reach them with logical reasoning. This pastor's job is to make an entire group of Right Wing Evangelicals feel at peace with a nation where this carnage occurs frequently. They don't need secular gun control legislation. After all, if you are killed, it is God's will.

Hans Fiene bio claims he is the creator of Lutheran Satire, a series of comical videos intended to teach the Lutheran faith.  While his most recent article might seem like satire, unfortunately, it is not.

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Jim Bakker inciting violence? He says evangelicals will riot if Trump impeached (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-11-06 16:18

Felon televangelist Jim Bakker continues making uninformed and ridiculous statements to his followers. The problem is that evangelical-charlatans like Bakker are inciting violence if even so subliminally.

Jim Bakker has a message for all of the people who want Donald Trump impeached. And he believes his word will scare off those who would rid us of this president.

Jim Bakker inciting violence?

Jim Bakker inciting violence? He says evangelicals will riot if Trump impeached (VIDEO) https://t.co/6MO0VKxxch pic.twitter.com/Edu3u0GlBE

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 6, 2017

"Trump is not crazy," Jim Bakker shouted. "They want him to be crazy because they want to impeach him. There's nothing they can impeach him over because this thing with collusion with Russia they can't prove. What they want to say, this man's great, and they're trying to get doctors to say the president's crazy. I'll tell you what, if they if they go through with that, there will be a riot in the United States of America. You're gonna find little ladies rioting. You're gonna find the church people out rioting because they're not gonna take it anymore no. This is stupid and insanity what's going on in our country right now

It is clear that many of Trump's staunch supporters are getting wind that the case against Trump and his cronies has legs. They are now attempting to use bullying and scare tactics with the expectation that it will influence the investigation.

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REALLY! Fox News Host says no better place to get shot than in church (VIDEO)

Mon, 2017-11-06 12:26

This statement from Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt is not only strange; it is crazy and intent on deflecting the narrative on the second gun massacre in less than as many months.

Fox News Ainsley Earhardt shows the depth to which the Right Wing will go to normalize gun massacres to protect the gun industry.

Fox News Ainsley Earhardt normalizing gun massacres

REALLY! Fox News Host says no better place to get shot than in church (VIDEO) https://t.co/dnItkiQdi8 pic.twitter.com/pkrr3386P9

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 6, 2017

"Governor, you know we've been reporting that this shouldn't happen in a church," Fox News Ainsley Earhardt. "But I was downstairs talking with some people that work here, that we all talk about our faith. And we share the same beliefs. We were saying there is no other place we would want to go other than in church because I am there asking for forgiveness. I feel very close to Christ when I am there. So I am trying to look at some positives here and know that those people are with the lord now and experiencing eternity and no more suffering, no more sadness anymore."

Are you kidding me? She then asked the Governor of Texas if he had any stories from a vigil he attended that he wanted to share. The tone of Texas Governor Greg Abbott was just as nonsensical. He made the massacre seem like a natural disaster where prayer was the answer.

"It was clear from my conversations with them from hugging them," Abbott said. "And holding them and hearing their whispers into my ears that their faith in God was unwavering, that what they relied upon in that moment in time, and during the course of the vigil, later on, was both their faith but also the necessity for us to come together under one God to purge evil and to rely upon the love that God provides."

This is a dereliction of duty by both the governor and the host for attempting to frame the debate as a religious issue completely ignoring policy solutions.

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Conservative rips GOP: Roll over/play dead as we become 3rd world dictatorship (VIDEO)

Sun, 2017-11-05 15:59

This Conservative did not pull any punches of where the country under the leadership of a party, the GOP, appeasing Donald Trump, is headed.

The Washington Post Conservative opinion writer Jennifer Rubin was clear about the direction of the Republican Party and what it means for the country.

Conservative writer slams GOP

Conservative rips GOP: Rollover/play dead as we become 3rd world dictatorship (VIDEO) https://t.co/a09tY6j6ep pic.twitter.com/h3gFetEWoH

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 5, 2017

Joy-Ann Reid was discussing Donald Trump's properties and clubs. She pointed out how memberships may earn certain perks and privileges including extradition avoidance for foreign businesspersons, etc.

"We do have in a sense Donald Trump becoming more like other world leaders that we could name that are not so savory necessarily," Reid said. "Whose business interests and who's essentially financial interest get really deeply entangled with their interest in leading their governments. It's extraordinary."

Rubin then went on a tear.

"It really is," Rubin said. "And actually the fee used to be a hundred thousand, he doubled it once he became president because he now could monetize the presidency in a way that no one had ever done before" He began this trip in Hawaii where he was again touting a Trump property. No one has used the presidency to advance his own personal business interest. And there's a reason why he's getting away with it, and that is that Republicans don't care. They could easily stop this. They could easily either pass legislation or invoke the emoluments clause and prohibit him from receiving income and monies from foreign leaders. But they roll over and play dead. And you're right; this is becoming a banana republic, a third world dictatorship where the rule of law is sublimated. The president's financial and personal interests are above national interests. And he cohorts with people who share those rotten values anti-democratic."

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My response to a listener email irate with my take on Trump’s tax cut pilfer (VIDEO)

Sat, 2017-11-04 03:57

A listener to my Politics Done Right show on Thursday was so irate that she fired off an email to me to complain. "I happened to hear the end of your show today on my way home from work," she said, "And would have loved to call in to counter every one of your callers." She thinks we are wrong about Trump's tax cut fraud.

Unfortunately, she did not call in because I would have loved to engage her. It is clear that she believes the makers/takers myth. Worse, she thinks that those who are making the most unequivocally deserve it. I love when people like Linda make contact. We can only make a change if we go beyond the feel-goodness of being validated by our choir.

I will not judge Linda for the email she fired off even as it knocks a large percentage of Americans on false premises. It is evident misinforming agents are her educating forces. One should judge her, however, based on her response after one presents her with the truth.

Linda's email castigating the show for its tax cut position

I happened to hear the end of your show today on my way home from work and would have loved to call in to counter every one of your callers.

One caller was upset because of changes in the estate tax. A tax that should be eliminated for all income brackets. The caller, and you, only mentioned that the "rich" would not have to pay estate tax until it was over $5.4 million. What you failed to bring up, is that also means that the middle class family that leaves any amount under $5.4 million, do not have to pay tax. The "rich" will be the only one paying estate tax. You said all this "lost income" could go to pay off college debt or public assistance programs. Why should anyone have to pay tax on an estate that is taxed to death before you die? And you think our hard earned money should go to pay off college debt. Well, tough. No one paid for my or my children's education. Why should I have to pay off a debt that someone else got themselves into? If they don't want student debt, they should go to a trade school. I go out and bust my butt at work. Why should I want to go along with Bernie's "Income Redistribution" plan? You said the new tax plan would be giving money to the rich. Actually, it would be allowing the income earners to keep what they earn, instead of allowing the leaches of the country to steal it.

Your show callers and you all talk about income inequality. Well, duh, nothing is equal in this world. So you think the rocket scientist and the burger flipper should have the same income? When did it become a bad thing for a company to actually make money? The workers that don't like the salary are free to go elsewhere. There will be lots of other people that want the job. And, if you want equality, how about if we all pay a flat percentage tax. Every single wage earner should pay the same. No more freebies or tax breaks for the half of the country that doesn't pay any tax. How about all the lazy people that sit at home on welfare get off their butt and get a job. Or, sit down and get a job. I am 66 years old and have worked since I was 16. I'll be damned before I give up what I work for without a fight. Your listeners, and Bernie supporters, all have been led to believe that everyone owes you something. The only thing you are owed, is what you earn for yourself.

So, needless to say, I didn't hear anything on your program that would lead me to listen.

My Response to Linda's email

Linda,

Before I respond to the meat of your email, I want to tell you a little bit about me. You see, just my being tend to have some people create preconceived notions of what informs my position. So, I want to dispel that up front. I've never received handouts from the government. For several years I've been in the highest marginal tax bracket but with my voluntary change in my profession that is no longer the case. Before I became a full-time blogger/radio host/political activist, I was an entrepreneur who owns a software development company. I have created dozens of products used all over the world, in oil companies, airplane manufacturers, NASA, POS, and more. I designed, developed, wrote, and supported all these products myself. They were my brainchild that paid for my home and put my daughter through school for her undergraduate degree. And since no bank would lend me money, I built the company on 18% to 22% credit card debt even though I've always had perfect credit.

Here is a subset of products I created. I'm a maker like the most Americans. Most of the takers are those who live off what others make, like bankers & stockbrokers.

 

Giving the narrative and tone of your email I needed you to know that my empathy, compassion, morals, and care for those with lesser means were neither self-serving or based on economic ignorance.

First of all, the estate tax as it is only affects those that would inherit more than $5.4 million. In 2013 alone 20 small businesses and family-owned farms paid the estate tax. Just 5,500 of the nation's 2.7 million estates will owe estate taxes. The estate tax is a mathematical necessity for any capitalist country to survive.  If a small segment of a society grows faster financially than the rest, the mathematical reality is eventually that model caves because the masses are left continuously with less. The reality of that math has become evident already.

I did say the lost income could defer college costs and other safety net programs. Just like others invested in our generation, we must invest in those behind us. Many Baby Boomers took advantage of the G.I. Bill, Pell Grants, low college tuition, and societal investments in programs to give a hand up. When it was our turn, we bought into Reagan's low taxes and supply-side fraud that is responsible for the wealth & income disparity today.

Many call the states the laboratories. There is an experiment that many are not talking about. It's Kansas vs. California. Suffice it to say, Kansas proved that the theory of Right is a failure when put into full effect. The converse was true for California; Progressive policies are proven and work as they depend on math and science, not on some uncorroborated jive.

We have asked subsequent generations to pay more for everything so we could get lower taxes. We then ask why many cannot get up and launch themselves.

You speak about working hard for your money and not wanting to pay off someone else's debt. You went through your formative years, given your age you revealed, when taxes were at the proper levels. As such, you benefitted from a society that saw you as an investment. Politicians funded elementary, middle, and high school and college. We should want to pay it forward.

I respect your work. But you should recognize the work and contribution of others as well. You should realize that many do not get paid commensurate with their value or work output. I created dozens of products and made good money doing it. But many, like stockbrokers and bankers, produce services that in no way provide similar value. Yet, they make orders of magnitude more. That is the defect in our economic system that intelligent taxation must mitigate.

Just like I do not believe a burger flipper and a rocket scientist are entitled to the same wages, neither should a stockbroker make more than an engineer who produced products of all kinds. Please do not believe the lie that half the country do not pay taxes. It just is not true. They may not pay federal income tax. But they are still paying a large percentage of their disposable income on local taxes. While Right Wing Media will have you believe most people are lazy, it is not true. Most Americans work very hard. The Right seeks examples of stragglers and then try to impose their characters on a false equivalence.

Bernie supporters and most Americans don't want handouts. They don't believe anything is owed to them. They want everyone to have equal access to success. Just like high school is now a baseline, they want the same to apply to college and healthcare. Countries with much fewer means than us do it. We chose to mislead our population to give a few a tax cut at the expense of an ever improving society.

You wrote, "The only thing you are owed, is what you earn for yourself." I must completely disagree. I believe I am my brothers' and sisters' keeper. That is why we formed societies. I believe in equal opportunity, equal access to success, but not equal outcomes.

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Make sure your family and friends see this about Trump’s tax cut fraud (VIDEO)

Fri, 2017-11-03 16:30

Robert Reich explains the Trump Tax Cut Fraud in a manner every American irrespective of ideology can understand. It is imperative that folks understand it, so they have reason to engage in fighting against it.

The Trojan Horse Tax Cut

Reich points out the primary goal of the Trump administration, cloaking a middle-class transfer of wealth to the rich as a tax cut.

The goal of Trump and the Republican leaders is to pull off a giant redistribution of over $1 trillion from the middle-class, working-class, and poor to the rich, who are already richer than ever.

They’re selling this to the public with a false claim that the middle-class will benefit from their tax cut plan. It’s a gigantic Trojan horse.

For most Americans, the proposed tax cuts are tiny and temporary. That’s right – temporary.  They will shrink in just a few years.  And some middle class Americans will actually get a tax increase.

Meanwhile, the top 1 percent will get a gigantic tax cut. The Tax Policy Center estimates that the current plan will save the bottom 80 percent between $50 and $450 in taxes per year, but that it saves each person in the top 1 percent an average of $129,000 a year. For people at the very top, like Trump himself, the tax cuts are humongous. And the corporations they own will also get a massive tax cut.

This tax cut will explode the deficit. And when the bill comes due, politicians won't ask the wealthy to give back all their gains. They will once again come to the middle-class for concessions.

But once these tax cuts are passed, the budget deficit will explode. The Tax Policy Center predicts that it will cut federal revenue by $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years.

When that happens, the only way out of the crisis will be something dramatic  –  exactly the cuts in Medicare and Medicaid, and maybe even Social Security – that Republicans have wanted for years.

By this time, any talk of raising taxes on the rich will be dismissed.

We better fight this before its too late. Contact your politicians loudly and often. Let them know you will not allow them to pull the wool over them once again.

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Roland Martin: Blame Obama for DNC – Democrats better stop infighting & fix (VIDEO)

Fri, 2017-11-03 12:31

Roland Martin appeared on MSNBC and placed blame on President Obama for his dereliction of duty over the Democratic National Committee as he discussed Donna Brazile revelation in her book about Hillary Clinton's complete takeover of the DNC during the Democratic primaries.

Martin did not pull any punches as he said Democrats must stop relitigating the Bernie - Hillary primary and fix the problems as the GOP are doing their job.

Roland Martin blames Obama for DNC Failures

Roland Martin: Blame Obama for DNC - Democrats better stop infighting & fix pic.twitter.com/IDeky562dq

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 3, 2017

Donna Brazile threw a grenade into the Democratic Party. It is long overdue as a catharsis that extricates Clinton's triangulation modal is necessary to move a Progressive Agenda. While Roland Martin is correct that Obama did nothing to build the DNC, it is clear there was a reason. The DNC remained the tool of the Clintons as evidenced from Donna Brazile's book excerpt. Notice Obama kept the Clintons close -- keep your friends close and your enemies closer. This is politics, and one can read the tea leaves.

Roland Martin pointed out that Obama shifted his governing organizing to Obama for America, subsequently Organizing for America. It is clear why he did it. That is the only way he could get some separation from being a quasi Clinton president.

The failure in doing that, however, is that while Obama succeeded for the most part in getting elected and in getting his signature accomplishments early on, it decimated the Democratic Party at all levels.

As Roland Martin said, Democrats better leave the past in the past, and start rebuilding for 2018 now. Republicans control the entire political structure in the country. While they are fighting now, they always come together to win elections. They can forego feeling good long enough to win. Democrats would do well to learn that and perform accordingly.

Absent Democrats growing up, stopping infighting, and keeping their eyes on the ball, 2018 and 2020 will be lost.

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Politico’s excerpt of Donna Brazile book reveal what every Berniac knew

Fri, 2017-11-03 01:48

Many folks seem shocked from what Donna Brazile revealed in her new book "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns that Put Donald Trump in the White House." No Bernie Sanders supporter was ever fooled. This revelation was just a corroboration.

Before I reference the portion of the excerpt that most upset me, it's necessary to say that we must use this revelation to unite and not divide. After all, we, the masses, all got played in some form or the other. While I commend Donna Brazile for coming clean, I do not believe she was ignorant to the DNC shenanigans as she says until the time that she fessed up to Bernie Sanders. She merely played the party game most of us play because we know a Democratic Party win is better than the alternative.

She or he who controls the purse strings controls the party. And if it is dependent on one particular candidate then what do you think the Party is going to do? -- anything to ensure the funder wins. And this brings me to the excerpt of the book excerpt that is the most disturbing.

On the phone Gary told me the DNC had needed a $2 million loan, which the campaign had arranged.

“No! That can’t be true!” I said. “The party cannot take out a loan without the unanimous agreement of all of the officers.”

“Gary, how did they do this without me knowing?” I asked. “I don’t know how Debbie relates to the officers,” Gary said. He described the party as fully under the control of Hillary’s campaign, which seemed to confirm the suspicions of the Bernie camp. The campaign had the DNC on life support, giving it money every month to meet its basic expenses, while the campaign was using the party as a fund-raising clearinghouse. Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee.

Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund—that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement—$320,000—and $33,400 to the DNC. The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn.

“Wait,” I said. “That victory fund was supposed to be for whoever was the nominee, and the state party races. You’re telling me that Hillary has been controlling it since before she got the nomination?”

Gary said the campaign had to do it or the party would collapse.

“That was the deal that Robby struck with Debbie,” he explained, referring to campaign manager Robby Mook. “It was to sustain the DNC. We sent the party nearly $20 million from September until the convention, and more to prepare for the election.” ...

The agreement—signed by Amy Dacey, the former CEO of the DNC, and Robby Mook with a copy to Marc Elias—specified that in exchange for raising money and investing in the DNC, Hillary would control the party’s finances, strategy, and all the money raised. Her campaign had the right of refusal of who would be the party communications director, and it would make final decisions on all the other staff. The DNC also was required to consult with the campaign about all other staffing, budgeting, data, analytics, and mailings.

I had been wondering why it was that I couldn’t write a press release without passing it by Brooklyn. Well, here was the answer.

In other words, the DNC was legally laundering money for the Hillary Clinton campaign. But Bernie was not dependent on the DNC's money at all. But the fact that the Clinton campaign controlled the messaging and the rank-and-file Democratic database meant an 'unfair hurdle' for Bernie to climb to get his message to a large percentage of those who were more aligned with the Democratic Establishment Wing -- read Wall Street Wing. Many stay with the Establishment Wing of the party because of some relative degree of comfort.

I hope Clinton supporters read the piece objectively and realize that, yes, Hillary Clinton was a victim of rampant sexism, but that she played dirty in her attempt to win at all cost. It is true that a man doing the same thing would have beat Trump in the electoral college.

America is a duopoly for the foreseeable future. The only way for real Progressives to get traction is to become a virus delivering the Progressive payload to the party. That means engaging and ultimately taking the Party from the monied interest. This stance requires us engaging more Democrats and creating more Democrats by reaching them, not fighting with them. After all, the polls say we want the same thing.

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Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson out for the rest of season (VIDEO)

Thu, 2017-11-02 19:32

Houston Texans' star quarterback Deshaun Watson is out for the rest of the season just when the Houston team seemed to be firing in sync offensively. He hurt himself in practice today.

The Houston Texans must now depend on the quarterback Deshaun Watson replaced as the starter, Tom Savage. Will Savage step up?

Deshaun Watson out for the season

Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson out for the rest of season (VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/QrkRgCYvJC

— Egberto Willies (@EgbertoWillies) November 2, 2017

NFL.com reports the following.

One of the most memorable rookie seasons in memory has been cruelly cut short. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson tore his right ACL in practice Thursday, sources informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Watson's remarkable debut season is over.

An MRI on the knee confirmed the full extent of the injury, Rapoport reported. He suffered it on a non-contact play, Rapoport added. Watson, who tore his left ACL during his playing days at Clemson, is facing an 8-9 month rehabilitation and should be back in time for the start of the 2018 season.

Texans coach Bill O'Brien did not talk about any issues regarding Watson's knee during his Thursday news conference. The team only listed Watson as limited after the practice session.

"I talked to Deshaun late this afternoon and we are disappointed," said Dabo Swinney, who coached Watson during his days at Clemson. ... "All he did after the injury in 2014 was come back and lead us to the National Championship game twice and, of course, we won it last year," Swinney continued. "He started all 30 games the last two years here. I have no doubt he will come back from this. He has the resolve. His work ethic and drive are incredible."

Deshaun Watson's last performance was impressive. He passed for 402 yards and four touchdowns as the Texans lost to the Seattle Seahawks 41-38, a game that absent serious defensive failures, they would have won.

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Progressives must change the Democratic Party from within and without

Thu, 2017-11-02 14:44

Robert Reich wrote an article titled "America now has six political parties" that while technically correct for the present it should not going forward.

Robert Reich described the six parties as follows.

  • Establishment Republicans, consisting of large corporations, Wall Street, and major GOP funders. Their goal is to have their taxes cut.
  • Anti-establishment Republicans, consisting of Tea Partiers, the Freedom Caucus, and libertarians. Their goal is to have a smaller government with shrinking deficits and debts. Many of them also want to get Big Money out of politics and end crony capitalism.
  • Social conservative Republicans – evangelicals and rural Southern whites. They want America to return to what they call “Christian” values.
  • Establishment Democrats – corporate and Wall Street executives and upper-middle-class professionals. They’d also like a tax cut, but they believe in equal rights.
  • Anti-establishment Democrats – younger, grassroots movement types, and progressives who still call themselves Democrats. Their biggest issues are widening inequality, racism, sexism, and climate change. They also want to get Big Money out of politics and they reject crony capitalism.
  • The sixth party is Trump. This party consists of Donald J. Trump and his fanatical followers. Trump’s goal is to get more money for himself, get more power for himself, get more attention to himself, and get even.

The reality is that functionally we have two parties, the Haves Party and the Have-nots Party. We have is a system that uses cultural differences that have little to do with government to create chaos and factions to prevent good governance that allows the few to pilfer us all.

All the factions above have been infiltrated to prevent the unity of the masses. The goal should be to disassociate parties in the long run and force actions on middle-class centric policies.

Have you ever asked why the Democratic Party Leadership always seems timid in the manner in which they fight for the values of the Democratic Platform, a document that supports the masses? The answer is simpler than one might think. Americans are being played by the Democratic Establishment & Republicans alike.

Think about the left and right rails of a train track. They are both going in the same direction. If Progressives pull on the left rail too hard or Conservatives pull on the right too hard, there is a derailment. It is essential for the Plutocracy to give the semblance of democracy with two parties. Ultimately the Establishment of these two parties can only go so far in their 'native' direction, hence the rails that force each side to toe the line.

The differences between the Establishment Democratic absent Progressives & Republican parties are almost inconsequential based on their actions. Do remember that the Affordable Care Act is right out of the Heritage Foundation.

Progressives want a real egalitarian society. Conservatives just want things the way they used to be; where they disperse privileges in an unmeritorious manner.

The problem is that the establishment of both parties know that a successful Right would lead to another civil war where everyone loses. A successful Left would diminish the power of the capital class, corporations and these are the folks that fund both party establishments.

Neither the Democratic nor the Republican Establishment is going to save Americans from Trumpcare, bad bills, income and wealth inequality or anything. It requires that we empower ourselves outside the parties. Progressives must use the Democratic Party as the transport for their payload by engaging at all levels, from precinct chairs to running in primaries. They must infiltrate the guts of the Establishment. Many Progressives are starting to do just that. Instead of waiting for the party to change, they are fighting their way into governance to prevent the complete capitulation of the party.

The TEA Party and the Right Wing Evangelicals derailed the Republican Party. It is time for Progressives to bend the tracks leftward by working outside and within the Democratic Party completely disregarding a leadership that continues to fail the masses. It is time for a leadership change all levels. The work will be hard, tedious and with some failures, but it must be done.

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The Trump Effect: White roommate smears black roommate w/ tampon blood & more (VIDEO)

Thu, 2017-11-02 12:20

Jazzy Rowe endured a roommate from hell. She knew her roommate was disrespectful to her. She shockingly found out that the roommate was doing things that were affecting her health and much more. What representatives from the school did with its initial response is appalling. Why did the roommate feel free to expose her evil deeds on Instagram? The Trump Effect. Nothing is off limits anymore.

This black woman's white roommate effected one of the vilest attacks on her to get her to move out of the dorm room. You won't believe this.

Jazzy Rowe tells story of white roommate smearing tampon blood on bag & more

Jazzy Rowe posted a very long (1hr 43 sec) Facebook Live video telling her story in graphic detail. The Youtube video included in this post concentrates the essence of her story.

Jazzy Rowe moved into the dorm room on August 27th. She was assigned a roommate, Brianna Brochu.

Rowe claims the roommate has always disrespected her. Brianna Brochu would come into the room and turn the lights out when it was clear Jazzy was using it. To keep the peace, Rowe simply used her personal-light.

According to Rowe, Brochu always tried to get along. She even shared her refrigerator and microwave. But she said her roommate pretty much ignored her.

Jazzy noticed that she had a sore throat that never matured into a full-blown cold. Her throat pained so severely that she went to the clinic. They gave her antibiotics. Soon after, she acquired a new roommate and started to move out slowly. When the roommate found out, she posted on Instagram that she finally got rid of Jazzy. But she also confessed all the vile things she did unbeknownst to Jazzy.

The Instagram reads as follows.

"Finally did it yo girl got rid of her roommate!! After 1 1/2 month of spitting in her coconut oil, putting moldy clam dip in her lotions, rubbing used tampons (on) her backpack, putting her toothbrush places where the sun doesn’t shine and so much more I can finally say goodbye Jamaican Barbie.”

Jazzy brought the incident to the school authorities for an investigation. They made Rowe sign a no-contact agreement. Sadly, in the process, it is clear that the University attempted to intimidate Jazzy. They tried to use the no-contact form she signed to keep her from telling her story. It is obvious it did not work. Rowe is telling her story to anyone who would listen.

According to Heavy.com,

Brianna Brochu was arrested October 28 on misdemeanor charges of third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace, online court records show. Details of the case were not immediately available. The charges are both class B misdemeanors, which each carry a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison, along with a potential fine. Brochu now faces an additional charge of second-degree intimidation based on bigotry or bias, a class D felony that carries a potential sentence of 1 to 5 years in prison.

We will keep you updated on this story.

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A prediction about Donald Trump built on a tower of lies

Thu, 2017-11-02 02:12

by John Young

Light reading for a crisp autumn day: "The Case for Impeachment" by Allan Lichtman.

It might be better called "The Impeachment Prophecy." We shall see.

Lichtman, a professor, and historian at American University in Washington, D.C., offers himself as a political savant.

He predicted Donald Trump's victory last November, disastrous though he admitted it would be. He had to swallow hard when he got a personal days later from Trump: "Professor – Congrats -- good call."

Now? He predicts Trump will have more note-writing time on his hands and far fewer Twitter followers.

"A Russian sword of Damacles hangs over Trump's head," writes Lichtman, "and it's suspended by a slowly unraveling thread."

The amazing thing about this is how out-front Lichtman's prediction is. The book came out in April before -- yes, before –James Comey's firing, and before the appointment of Robert Mueller.

Indeed, when his book went to press, all Lichtman could do was divine the future by looking at a deceit-filled, corrupt past:

"Trump's penchant for lying, disregard for the law, and conflicts of interest are lifelong habits that will permeate his entire presidency." That presidency will be short, he writes.

I'm not one to jump on the book-maker's wagon regarding this prediction, for one reason alone: We have a Congress led by partisan rubes who will look the other way, whatever Trump may do.

If one-thousandth of what's already been affirmed as truth about President Trump – disregard all well-grounded allegations -- had been affirmed about President Obama, he, Michelle and their daughters would have been hounded out of town, the literal emphasis on "hounds."

With this Congress, the only way Trump will go away is in a paddy wagon. The only way he'll be impeached is if the criminal justice system takes Congress by the nose -- or if voters flip houses for more discerning congressional leadership.

"The Case for Impeachment" is a flight of fancy that only criminal investigators can make real.

So how can Lichtman make his prediction? By employing Shakespeare's, "What's past is prologue."

Lichtman sees Trump's removal in world-record time as the logical extension of his track record as a conniving dealmaker-breaker.

It takes a book to describe all the ways Citizen Trump end-ran federal labor laws, tax laws, and the hiring of undocumented workers. Yes, Mr. Build-a-Wall built his high-rise and casino empire thusly. Lichtman gives it a chapter.

Then there are all the lawsuits. Trump has been involved in more than 3,500 of them, 1,900 as plaintiff. A USA Today study found that he has been involved in more litigation than the next five leading real estate executives combined.

Then there are the conflicts of interest, foreign and domestic, that Trump pooh-poohs as his family continues to "build the brand." Writes Lichtman, Trump's clear and unrepentant conflicts of interest have "no precedent" in American history.

The amazing thing about Lichtman's impeachment prediction is how little he mentions, and how little he knew at the book's release, about how much would come down about Russia, collusion, and the obstruction of justice that really fuels Mueller's probe.

What he knows, and what we know – and this applies even to Trump supporters if they will be honest with themselves for a nanosecond -- is that the president's inability to tell the truth could prove to be his Nixonian downfall.

This is a man who as candidate had more "Pants on Fire" ratings for falsehoods by Politifact than all 21 campaign rivals combined.

The bottom line in this tale is a pattern of lying, writes Lichtman, that makes Trump "more vulnerable to impeachment and removal than any president since President Nixon."

It's prophetic that Lichtman wrote this before Trump sent his PR stooges out to explain to the nation that he fired James Comey for mistreating Hillary Clinton.

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Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers 5-1 to win World Series

Thu, 2017-11-02 00:35

The Houston Astros did it. They beat the LA Dodgers to win the 2017 World Series. After enduring devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey, it could not have come at a better time. The term Houston Strong is resonating throughout Houston as the celebration is in full swing.

Houston Astros are the World Series Champions

Yahoo in a somewhat offhanded slight, reported the Houston Astros win as follows.

LOS ANGELES – In the middle innings of Game 7 of the World Series, as Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw carved through the Houston Astros lineup, one question emerged from the smoke of the ash pit that was the game’s first hour: Why wasn’t he doing this in the innings that lost the Dodgers the World Series?

Buoyed by a deluge of early runs off Dodgers starter Yu Darvish and their own stellar mish-mash of pitchers, the Astros won their first World Series on Wednesday night in a 5-1 victory at Dodger Stadium.

Forced to a decisive seventh game after Los Angeles tied the series with a win Tuesday, the series turned back in Houston’s favor within two minutes of the first pitch. By the time starter Yu Darvish was taken out, the Astros had scored as many runs as he had recorded outs (five). Though the Dodgers’ fondness for comebacks was evident throughout their first World Series appearance in 29 years, the Astros cobbled together 27 outs from five pitchers, the last of whom, Charlie Morton, went four innings and retired Corey Seager for the final out and the victory.

The Houston Astros overcame a game 6 they should have won after leaving several men on base in scoring opportunities. But all is good in H-Town now. They are bringing home the win to a city that can use some positive news for a change. And the city will reward them for it.

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You must watch this documentary ‘The Brainwashing of My Dad’

Wed, 2017-11-01 16:18

A good friend of mine and fellow activist sent me an email. It was about the documentary that came out late last year titled "The Brainwashing of My Dad." I had heard about it, meant to watch it but never did. But his call to action was more intense than usual. He even quoted from the Daily Kos review by iowagirl.

This is not only a must-see documentary, it is an engaging, tender personal story, told by a daughter, Jen Senko, who lost her dad to the right-wing media. It is a fascinating yet sad and all too common tale about the observable personality changes that took hold over her father after he accidentally happened upon right-wing radio and became addicted to it. Once a happy, non-judgmental, easy-going guy, he became an angry, embittered person that no one in his family recognized after he started spending more and more time listening to Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.

The movie weaves together the daughter’s personal narrative with the history of the growth of right wing media in the United States. Going back to Nixon and beyond, the film did a thorough job of tracing the forces within the Republican party that used the Supreme Court and political manipulation to establish their own media in order to influence elections in their favor, as a reaction to the liberalism of the 60’s.

I subscribe to Amazon Prime which in addition to getting all my stuff shipped for free, includes free streaming. I checked on a whim to see if the documentary was one of their offerings. And yes, 'The Brainwashing of My Dad' was there and also available on DVD. I carved out the hour and twenty-nine minutes and watched it last night.

Suffice it to say it was an hour and a half well spent. While it is true many of us are familiar with many of the issues and realities discussed in the documentary, it added another dimension. I was happy that it mentioned something I've been blogging about for some time, the orchestration of the Right Wing take over using the Powell Manifesto as the roadmap.

The documentary shows the indoctrination scheme that made white men believe the others are oppressing them or was causing them to fall behind. Of course, we all know it smoke and mirrors as it is the plutocracy, the few with power that has the boot on the necks of most. It also illustrated the split in some families are split because the environment can expose some more to the infection (a job where one listens to more talk radio or Fox News). The share repetition and presentation can give a false sense of validity.

What found of importance is the ending of the documentary. It gives hope. I won't be giving away too much here because the meat of the film is how we got here and how we can get out. Jen Senko's dad came around, not by hitting him up directly with the facts and telling how wrong he was, but by letting him realize, with some prodding and some cleverness, on his own.

There is much to learn from this documentary no matter what you think you already know. I am a seasoned activist and learned some techniques I will be adding to my repertoire.

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