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AdLib On September - 19 - 2011

For decades, especially since the Regan presidency began in 1980, corporations and the wealthy have been winning their ongoing class war against 99% of Americans. It has become so entrenched and taken for granted by them that any attempt to disrupt it…is ironically and Orwellianally labeled by them, “class warfare”.

That’s right, doing anything to stop their campaign of class warfare they call “class warfare”…and the MSM presents that as a fair criticism.

Imagine if a molester was stopped from molesting and claimed that doing so was molesting him. You get the picture (surrealist as it is).

Many Democratic politicians have fully bought into this doublespeak, they fearfully avoid talking about the ongoing class warfare for fear of being labeled as a perpetrator of it.

And so, the raping and pillaging by the wealthy and corporations of the majority of Americans continues and the cops look the other way.

However, Pres. Obama has repeatedly called for taxing the wealthy. He is now proposing that those earning $1 million or more have their taxes raised. Considering that the wealthy have obscenely increased their earnings and net worth over the past few decades and 99% of Americans have seen their wages stagnate and their net worth decline…it seems not radical but a decent enough first step.

Of course, the puppets of the wealthy, the GOP, howl that such a proposal is…that’s right, you guessed it…class warfare. “Stop interfering with the molester! That makes you a molester!”

This facade has been propped up long enough, the wealthy and corporations (who own the MSM of course) have been getting away with pretending they aren’t at war with the majority of Americans…while assaulting them…for far too long. It is high time that the Democratic Party as a whole steps up and makes a central plank of their 2012 campaign, fighting back against the Class Warfare which the wealthy have been and are engaged in.

There are no facts or figures that refute that the wealthy or winning a class war. There is no morally or ethically justifiable position to take to sustain this. 70% of the public WANT higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations who are indisputably paying the lowest tax rate in recent history and far lower rates than most Americans pay…if, unlike such mega-billion corporations as GE and Exxon, they aren’t even paying taxes but getting subsidies from tax payers instead.

Where is the downside on supporting economic justice and ending the class warfare that’s been ongoing? How many Americans are buying into this BS about all wealthy people and corporations wanting so badly to hire them but they just need more than $2.5 trillion in their pockets and mean ol’ government to quit stopping them from pouring radioactive waste into our drinking water?

And the even more destructive side of allowing the wealthy’s class warfare to continue unabated is that the national deficit will continue to be cut and if the wealthy get to keep avoiding paying their fair share in taxes, 99% of Americans get a huge heaping of social decay on top of their declining wages…if they haven’t already lost their jobs, that is.

Insult to injury…or maybe, plague to injury. Without tax money from the wealthy, on top of everything else, entitlements will be slashed and seniors will pay $6,000 a year more for Medicare, social services will be cut, public workers like firemen, police and teachers will be laid off, spending on infrastructure will be decimated and roads and bridges will keep crumbling, regulation of dangerous corporate behavior will shrink hugely…this is the Republican dream and America’s nightmare.

And while we’re at it, let’s destroy this doublespeak of calling wealthy people “job creators”. Is that really their main focus in life? Do they wake up thinking, “Man, I so want to create jobs today!” or do they wake up saying, “Man, I so want to be wealthier today!”. This propaganda is such garbage and seeing MSM drones using that phrase is outrageous.

The wealthy in America have never been wealthier, have never owned more of the net worth of the nation and we have over 9% unemployment nationally. This “job creator” crap isn’t even factually true at this very moment! They ARE wealthier and there AREN’T more jobs. Two minus two doesn’t equal four.

Enough of the tiptoeing around the criminal activity of the wealthy to rob the majority of their assets. Democrats have worried long enough about being attacked by the wealthy for standing up for the 99% who aren’t. It is not only a winning issue, it is the only democratic position to take.

The wealthy and corporations won’t create more jobs because, as I mentioned in a previous piece (The End of Jobs in America), this is the new normal. You can kill the EPA, gut all financial regulations, lower corporate taxes to zero, give the wealthy everything they could ever want…and it won’t create a single job more than if you hadn’t.

Why? Because corporations used the crash to accelerate their long term strategy which was already in operation well before the crash, to minimize jobs in the US to only those absolutely necessary and build up operations overseas where labor costs, regulations and expenses are far lower.

So, no matter how much you give these greedy SOBs, they can’t hire Americans for $5 a day to work in a factory, why on Earth would they build a factory in the US and pay a worker $100 a day instead of getting 20 workers for the same amount?

The only way to fight back and reverse the economic injustice and assault against 99% of Americans, is to take back some of the unethically acquired wealth from the wealthy, create public sector jobs and pay for the services that benefit all Americans.

Is it wealth redistribution? If one wishes to look that narrowly at it without any context, yes. However, if this is redistribution, so is returning money from a criminal to the people he robbed. Indeed, it does transfer wealth from the robber to the victims but in context, it is merely returning to those who have been robbed, what used to be theirs.

There is no disagreement, even from the wealthy, that they have used their money to elect politicians and get bills passed that transferred wealth from the majority of Americans to them. That is corrupt and criminal in a democracy and they have no moral or principled right to the money that their bribery of public officials has allowed them to siphon off from the majority.

Today, Pres. Obama said that taxing the wealthy…just their fair share!…”Isn’t class warfare, it’s math.”

It is indeed time to do the math. It is indeed time to fight for economic equity. It is indeed time for the Democratic Party to say together that they stand for these things and what benefits the American People.

The Republicans want to call it class warfare? They represent less than 1% of the nation, they want to fight with their troops against ours? Bring it on.

Written by AdLib

My motto is, "It is better to have blogged and lost hours of your day, than never to have blogged at all."

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  1. jjgravitas says:

    And the newest oxymoron of the 21st Century is: ‘Job Creators.’ This notion of ‘class warfare’ gives weight to my opinion that the GOP should be declared a criminal or terrorist organization that is interested only in the destruction of this country. To combat them we should freeze their assets to pay down the country’s debts and to keep the country solvent and we should shut them out of the federal government altogether since they are plainly interested only in making life as cushy as possible for the super-rich and the mega-corporations. The term ‘values voter’ is taking on a whole other meaning that I believe was intended.

    • AdLib says:

      Heh, I’m right with you on that!

      The GOP has brought this nation to its knees financially and has threatened to shut down our government and economy if their extortion demands aren’t met. That’s terrorist-type behavior, indeed.

      As for the “Job Creator” BS, I prefer to call them “Job Craterers”.

  2. jjgravitas says:

    Who are the MSM?

  3. bito says:

    Another “face” of class warfare and the R’s depending on the voters to be ignorant!

    Bachmann Claims Wall Street Reform Is ‘Killing The Banking Industry’ As Banks Post Record Profits

    And not only repealing Obamacare, also repealing Dodd-Frank, which is killing the banking industry. I’ve got the bill to repeal both of them.


    Huh? Killing the banking industry?

    Some banks would be surprised to learn that they are on the verge of death, as they keep on reporting record profits. As ThinkProgress’ Alex Seitz-Wald noted when Newt Gingrich claimed that the banking industry was being killed by Dodd-Frank, “‘bank profits rose substantially‘ in the first quarter of the year, with banks showing the biggest profits since before the recession. Things were sunny in the second quarter as well”:

    – Profits at JPMorgan Chase, the nation’s second largest bank, were up 13 percent.

    – Third-largest Citigroup’s profits soared 23 percent.

    – Fourth-largest Wells Fargo’s profits shot up 29 percent.

    – Fifth-largest Goldman Sachs, meanwhile, “disappointed investors” when it merely “more than doubled its profits.”

    –Sixth-largest Morgan Stanley’s profits were up an impressive 17 percent.

    The actual Dodd-Frank bill was a bit unnecessary if the Bush Admin. would have “extorted” rules and regulations in the TARP bill when the banks were on the ropes. I can semi-blame the Dems (they controlled both houses) but the scenario presented to them was of “Pass this now or the economy will collapse, yesterday.

    One “excuse” I have heard is it’s killing the smaller banks, possible, but I have two family members in banking, small regional banks and one said he had reached his payroll tax deductions in May. The Cut-off is 106,800 dollars, you do the math. Small banks suffering?

    • AdLib says:

      As opposed to HPV shots, anyone who listens to Bachmann probably will suffer from mental retardation.

      As the saying goes, you can tell when she’s lying, her lips are moving.

  4. AdLib says:

    The AP is doing it’s corporate part to promote lies about the real Class Warfare:

    “WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he wants to make sure millionaires are taxed at higher rates than their secretaries. The data say they already are.

    On average, the wealthiest people in America pay a lot more taxes than the middle class or the poor, according to private and government data. They pay at a higher rate, and as a group, they contribute a much larger share of the overall taxes collected by the federal government.

    The 10 percent of households with the highest incomes pay more than half of all federal taxes. They pay more than 70 percent of federal income taxes, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

    There may be individual millionaires who pay taxes at rates lower than middle-income workers. In 2009, 1,470 households filed tax returns with incomes above $1 million yet paid no federal income tax, according to the Internal Revenue Service. But that’s less than 1 percent of the nearly 237,000 returns with incomes above $1 million.

    This year, households making more than $1 million will pay an average of 29.1 percent of their income in federal taxes, including income taxes, payroll taxes and other taxes, according to the Tax Policy Center, a Washington think tank.”

    http://news.yahoo.com/fact-check-rich-taxed-less-secretaries-070642868.html

    The gall and Orwellian nature of this article is nauseating, it actually has the title, “FACT CHECK”!

    Using a RW think tank’s BS on what percentage the wealthy pay instead of factual IRS data and calling it a “Fact Check”?

    Here are the actual facts:

    [The IRS] reports that the nation’s 400 highest-earning households reported an average income of $345 million in 2007 — up 31% from 2006 — and that their average tax bill fell to a 15-year low.

    Bloomberg writes that the elite 400’s average income more than doubled that year from $131.1 million in 2001, the year Congress adopted tax cuts urged by then-President George W. Bush.

    Each household in the top 400 of earners paid an average tax rate of 16.6 percent, the lowest since the agency began tracking the data in 1992, the Internal Revenue Service statistics show. The top 400 paid $23 billion in taxes in 2007, up from $18 billion a year earlier, and a bigger amount than any year since 1992.

    Their average effective tax rate was about half the 29.4 percent in 1993, the first year of President Bill Clinton’s administration, when taxes were increased. The top 400 earners reported an average of $46 million of income that year.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2010/02/irs-400-richest-averaged-345m-in-07-income-16-tax-rate/1

    The AP should change their initials to BS. Best to Keep this article in mind when considering whether the MSM will report facts about the real Class Warfare that’s been going on for decades against the American People. And a good reminder as to which side the MSM supports in this economic battle.

  5. Khirad says:

    Golden oldie.

    Some 3,000 Millionaires Claim Jobless Benefits, IRS Data Show
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-01/almost-3-000-millionaires-claimed-jobless-benefits-in-2008-irs-data-show.html

    Now, speaking of douches, one who is apparently not a complete douche.

    get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write. Your 2nd thought will be “what a great problem to have”, and your 3rd should be a recognition that in paying your taxes you are helping to support millions of Americans that are not as fortunate as you.

    ~ Mark Cuban

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gameon/post/2011/09/mark-cuban-wants-to-pay-a-lot-of-taxes/1?csp=34sports

    • agrippa says:

      UI is not means tested.
      Just as SS and medicare are not.
      If you legally qualify for UI, you get it.

    • AdLib says:

      Millionaires claiming UI but opposing UI extensions is just amazing but such greed is unfortunately unsurprising.

      As for Cuban, I’ve seen him speak on issues and he does lean conservative on a lot of things but gotta give him props on coming out with this at just the right time.

      The majority supports some reversing of the inequity out there, the opponents of economic justice, including the GOP, is going to pay a steep price for attacking the majority to protect this tiny minority.

      The momentum sure feels like it’s building now.

  6. justafarmer says:

    As for all this 50% pay no income taxes and segueing into unemployment benefits…
    I just double-checked our tax returns for 2009 and 2010 when Mr.Justafarmer was on unemployment for the very first time in his life (he’s 55 now).
    Guess what, you “R party of NO!”, unemployment benefits are federally (AND state here in Kentucky) TAXABLE!
    gawd… I really hate these people…

    • KQuark says:

      Only 50% of Americans paying Federal taxes is a complete lie. Besides paying unemployment insurance like you say. Working people pay the disproportionately much more in payroll taxes not to even mention state and local taxes. The worse part is if Republicans wanted workers to pay more taxes the conservatives that own business would support paying them more. But the fact is they suppress wages and then complain about the effects of suppressing wages.

    • AdLib says:

      SS benefits are taxable too if a married couple brings in more than $32,000 in a year.

      These greedy bastards attack elderly on SS for not paying taxes on only $16,000 each…just so the wealthy don’t have to pay a fraction more in taxes.

      The more they howl “Class Warfare” and in response Dems get the facts get out to the masses, the wealthy may need their private jets to get out of the country fast.

  7. AdLib says:

    Colbert had some good bits on tonight. He compared giving the wealthy tax cuts to pouring more money into a slot machine, hoping it will finally pay off, “Come on, you’ve got us all warmed up, don’t stop putting more money in now, we’re about to pay off in jobs!”

    He also put up a graph of the 50% who the Repubs always attack for paying no income tax (though they pay many other taxes including payroll and sales taxes):

    Of the total amount of people who pay no federal taxes, here’s the breakdown:

    For 50 percent of those that don’t pay federal income taxes, standard deductions and personal exemptions are enough to counteract their taxable earnings. A couple with two children earning less than $26,400, for example, will pay no federal income tax in 2011 because their $11,600 standard deduction and four exemptions of $3,700 cuts their taxable income to nil.

    22 percent are senior citizens who get a more generous standard deduction, can exclude some or all of their Social Security income and may have tax-exempt interest from mutual funds and municipal bonds. For those who itemize, charitable contributions and medical expense deductions also subtract from their tax liability.

    15 percent are working families, many of them low-income, who qualify for one or all of the Earned Income tax credit, the Child tax credit, the Child and Dependent Care tax credit. The earned-income credit is fully refundable, and the Child credit is partially refundable this year, meaning some households may get refunds from the government even if they owe no income taxes.

    The remaining 13 percent are a mix of mostly higher-income individuals with enough itemized deductions for items like mortgage interest, health payments, or charitable contributions, education tax credits, or tax exempt interest to zero out their income taxes.

    http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2011/08/31/Who-Pays-No-Taxes-and-Why-Theyre-No-Pot-of-Gold.aspx#page1#ixzz1YYXyJ5GH

    And these Republican creatures want to tax these people so the wealthiest can have more money?

    I really think this could be the moment the nation turns on the GOP.

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks for this Bito!

      I saw this earlier and liked it though I disagree with the over-dramatic conclusion that “They’ve won!”.

      This Class War ain’t over, the wealthy have won many battles but they haven’t won the war…and they’re not going to.

  8. AdLib says:

    If there were any doubts that Mark Penn is a total douche, witness his column today:

    Barack Obama is careening down the wrong path towards re-election.

    He should be working as a president, not a candidate.

    He should be claiming the vital center, not abandoning it.

    He should be holding down taxes rather than raising them.

    He should be mastering the global economy, not running away from it.

    And most of all, he should be bringing the country together rather than dividing it through class warfare.

    He has been trashed for this on MSNBC today but don’t let that stop you.

    What a douche! Echoing the corporate, RW talking points? And of course, his view should be taken as being just as accurate as his insistence to Hillary not to give up in the primary because “Obama can never win a general election.”

    To summarize (and this is hardly breaking news), Mark Penn once again has proven himself to be a total douche.

    • KQuark says:

      Yes he is but the worst part is that these moderate Dems obviously don’t know that 65-80% of Americans support taxing the rich more. So the center is behind this. In fact only the Tea Bagger types and the GOP establishment are against it.

      Shame on the MSM.

      • AdLib says:

        Great point, KQ. Recent polls show exactly what you point out, a huge majority of Americans support taxing the rich and this “Class Warfare” strategy by the Repubs only seems to be backfiring and rallying more to support it.

        Marie Antoinette couldn’t have done better. A tale of two cities indeed and one city may have just overplayed its hand big time.

    • SueInCa says:

      Adlib remember what we said about predictions and predicters? I got a red squiggly line so I will paraphrase, people who predict?

    • AlphaBitch says:

      I was going to use him yesterday, but he stunk worse than vinegar. -AB

    • bito says:

      Not much to say but echo:

      Mark Penn is a total douche

  9. AdLib says:

    Pres. Obama hasn’t shared details of what the Millionaire’s tax will be but in 2009 a 5.4% surtax on millionaires was proposed so let’s say that’s the amount of this tax.

    Though it could result in $500 billion in revenues, the impact on an actual millionaire would be this:

    $1,000,000 x 5.4% = $54,000

    $1,000,000 -- $54,000 = $946,000

    So under this tax, for each $1 million of net income the wealthy receive, they would only get to keep $946,000, poor babies.

    That’s class warfare? They still keep in their pocket the equivalent of the annual income of 19 average households for each million they earn…and the wealthy are victims?

    Keep trying to pull that one on Americans, Republicans, please!

    • bito says:

      OMG, what ever will do next year when we have to jet the kids to summer camp? Will we be able to afford it?

      Meanwhile, the average household income has fallen 2.9% since 2009 and CEO pay has gone up 23%!

      Damn right class warfare and we are losing!

      Edit: On not fully fleshing out the details on the “Buffet Tax”, is it putting the onus on the R’s to react when 80% of the populace agree with the Prez?

      The President’s Plan for Economic Growth and Deficit Reduction

      • AdLib says:

        A tax in the ballpark of 5% is a drop in the bucket when considering the stat you provided that CEO pay has gone up 23% in two years!

        I do think that once a percentage is established, the dollar amount it takes away and leaves to millionaires needs to be stressed. Putting it into those terms, Americans can quickly grasp and support.

        Millionaires will be hard pressed to explain why they can’t create jobs with such a small fraction of their millions paid to taxes.

        I do have to say that I like the strategy of not coming out with a figure on the tax yet, allowing the Repubs to just rail against the concept first and seemingly shooting themselves in the foot. Then unveil a 5.4% tax and we get to see them shoot themselves in the foot all over again.

  10. bito says:

    And just a few more of “those pesky facts” to add to your post AdLib.

    Many Millionaires Do Enjoy Lower Tax Rates
    Fact Checking the Fact Checkers at AP

    1,470 households reported income of more than $1 million in 2009 but paid zero federal income tax on it.

    The average federal income tax rate of the richest 400 people in the country in 2008 was 18.11 percent. In 2007 it was 16.62 percent. That is only a little more than just the payroll tax on wages

    According to the Congressional Budget Office, the richest 0.01 percent (those with incomes of $8.6 million and above) paid a combined 17.5 percent in individual income and payroll taxes in 2005, the last year for which such data are available.

    Due to the so-called carried interest loophole, managers of hedge funds and private equity funds pay 15 percent capital gains rates, and no payroll taxes, on their profits from managing other people’s money.

    Did the AP hire the Heritage Foundation to do their “fact-checking?

  11. KQuark says:

    Michael Tomasky obviously agrees with your article AdLib.

    The GOP calls it ‘class warfare,’ but the president’s proposal to raise taxes on millionaires is actually a move toward fairness and fiscal sanity, says Michael Tomasky.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/09/19/michael-tomasky-obama-out-to-expose-gop-s-class-warfare-sham.html

  12. KQuark says:

    Sullivan does not exactly talk about class warfare but he totally understands the need for Obama to pivot on the GOP. In a short piece he chastises Brooks for blaming Obama for the pivot and not the GOP nihilists.

    What The GOP Has Done To David Brooks

    He’s (Brooks) venting at Obama today for finally absorbing the ineluctable fact that the current GOP will never, ever support increasing government revenues, and thereby cannot get to the Grand Bargain so many of us want. But look: Obama has put Medicare on the table before and got nothing for it. He has even cut Medicare and been pilloried by the GOP for it. He has been open to major tax reform: they are uninterested until they regain the White House. He compromised on the extension of the Bush tax cuts … only to be ambushed by the debt ceiling fiasco, which seriously hurt him.

    I agree with David that Obamaism matters; but I don’t think Obama has treated us all like saps for proposing a second stimulus now and less radical ($3 trillion) debt reduction later. Yes, it’s not Bowles-Simpson. Yes, its tax proposals will not radically simplify the system (which is what we need) and are geared for political purposes … but at this point, what’s he seriously supposed to do?

    The only way forward to a Grand Bargain is by calling the GOP bluff on taxes and going to the country on it. Once the Tea Party seized the House, this was always the likeliest scenario. Obama tried extremely hard to avoid it -- which is what precipitated the last year of humiliations -- which have taken a toll on his ratings and, far more dangerously, wounded his authority as president. And so, he has been forced into political contrast. To blame Obama for this seems absurd to me -- and is only in the column because David is leerier of saying what needs to be said: that the current Republican party is a radical, extremist, reckless force that is far more concerned with defeating this president than in reforming the country on bipartisan lines.

    http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/09/what-the-gop-has-done-to-david-brooks.html

    Brooks is incredibly dishonest intellectually for saying Obama took people like me who wanted Obama to govern to bring this country together for saps. Obama tried again and again to compromise with these people and they cannot take yes for an answer. The grand bargain was as good as the GOP was gonna get and like a great deal on a car given to a greedy customer, it should be taken off the table as a penalty for their stubbornness.

    • AdLib says:

      Brooks has lost it, he doesn’t even make sense anymore. That’s what blind hatred leads to.

      His stock is plummeting and thanks for the article, Sullivan rightly puts in a sell order on Brooks’ relevance.

  13. bito says:

    Again, again, again, the MSM fails! As usual they take these proposals by the President and make it “just politics” without a mention of the policy behind the politics. Not a mention of the economic inequality, it’s just politics, purely a campaign ploy, nothing more.
    What a golden moment for them to use this as a “teaching/learning moment” and actually discuss the policy, nope, it’s politics.

    What I would give for them to show one of the charts/graphs in the post and discuss that instead of instantly going to “it’s just about Obama’s reelection isn’t it?

    “Good Policy makes Good Politics”

    I know this is nothing new, just had to rant! 😉

    • AdLib says:

      It’s all about conflict and the horse race for news channels, partly because that’s what they think gooses up ratings and partly because they don’t want an informed public that sees the big picture.

      They want to keep everyone tunnelvisioned, focused on narrow issues and blind to the big picture of the wealthy and corporations taking over our government and economy.

      Again, when you’re becoming wealthier and wealthier because of the way things are, you don’t want the status quo changed, even when your mega-corporation runs a news channel.

    • KQuark says:

      Rant justified brah. When Dems were doing something like passing the ACA bill that was tough politically and good for people they complained about that too.

      I’m through with them all even the so called progressive media.

  14. KQuark says:

    WOW! One of your best posts AdLib.

    As you said class warfare has been raging for decades and working people have been the big losers.

    The problem really is too many people live in the delusion that they will be millionaires some day. A recent survey showed 2 in 10 Americans think they will be millionaires within 10 years. I even thought I would at least be in that position when I retired with my 401K until I lost my class warfare battle with the healthcare industrial complex.

    Obama focusing on taxing the true wealthy, those making over $1,000,000 is the best political and practical move he’s made so far. All Dems need to have his back on this bold move because like you implied this is one of the crazy third rails in modern American politics.

    Even the most cynical progressives need to get board on Obama’s budget plan because it does not raise the Medicare age or touch SS. No more fecking excuses!

    Fired up and ready to go!

    • AdLib says:

      Cheers KQ!

      There was a poll of high school seniors several years back that asked them if they thought they would be a millionaire. Over 70% said yes.

      The stats though are that only 1/10th of 1% of Americans are millionaires (99.90% of Americans are not).

      This is a mass delusion which benefits that .10% of the population. People need to get real and accept that the median household income in the US (adding together the income of everyone in the household)is only $45,000 (averaging around $27,000 per person).

      No one becomes a millionaire working for $27,000 a year…if they can even keep that job. For that matter, working in a big city, making a gross household income of $100,000 will never make you a millionaire…and that’s being close to the top 10% of income earners in the US.

      I wonder if the Repub “Class Warfare!” response to Obama’s millionaire tax might not be the “Let them eat cake” moment we’ve been needing. The more Obama pushes and they parrot that line, it is possible that more and more people will get angry and push back.

      It can’t hurt!

  15. PatsyT says:

    Excellent! Will Share!
    Another facebook quote
    from the Being Liberal Page.

    If you miss the way it used to be-
    then tax a millionaire, support a union,
    and buy American

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks Patsy!

      What could be more populist than reversing the economic oppression of 99% of the people? Don’t know if Obama’s new campaign on this will be the spark but people need to get fired up over this universal issue.

  16. Khirad says:

    So, we have people struggling to put food on the table, and some of the rich being assholes.

    Lemmy has the solution, I think.


    Oh yes, I’ve embraced it. I say we give it to them.

    “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”

    ~ John Steinbeck

  17. ADONAI says:

    Don’t we give oil companies billions of dollars in entitlements for basically just existing?

  18. bito says:

    Great post and comments, but I have to mention my all time faves, the Gini!

    We, the US is now dawn to #39! Only 39 other countries have more inequality than the USA in the world!

    Who are our neighbors?

    32 Nepal
    33 Uruguay
    34 Ecuador
    35 Rwanda
    36 Philippines
    37 Uganda
    38 Jamaica
    39 United States
    40 Cameroon
    41 Cote d’Ivoire
    42 Iran
    44.5
    43 Malaysia
    44 Nigeria
    45 Guyana
    46 Nicaragua

    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2172rank.html

    Class Warfare? Damn right!

    • kesmarn says:

      A bit of a jaw-dropper to think that Rwanda has a more equitable distribution of wealth than we do, b’ito. 😯

      • Emerald1943 says:

        Hi Kes!

        I think it’s even more jaw-dropping to see Uganda ahead of us! (Isn’t that where they kill the gays??) Oh yes, we’re so ahead on everything..American exceptionalism!

      • bito says:

        k’es did you see where Hungary was? They are #2 from the least inequality. But of course that bloody “socialist” country, Sweden, is #1. 😉

        • kesmarn says:

          Could it be that the Swedish mothers and the Hungarian mothers had similar “socialist” philosophies, b’ito?

          Don’t cause trouble. Clean up after yourself. Do your share. Don’t take more than you need. Don’t complain. Work hard. Etc., etc.?

          Did any of us ever hear those “brainwashing” comments in our childhoods? 😉

          No wonder there are so few Swedes and Hungarians in that top 1% here in the U.S.! We’re never going to get anywhere thinking like that! 😆

      • AdLib says:

        Just think, with a little work, we could get ahead of Uganda in economic inequity!

    • justafarmer says:

      I like Jamaica, the rest, not so much…

  19. justafarmer says:

    BTW, AdLib, wanted to let you know that I soooo much enjoy my morning coffee when it’s served up on my PlanetPOV coffee mug!
    It’s a fight with my husband when he’s home on weekends. I let him have the Obama “Made in the USA” mug.

    • AdLib says:

      Heh! So pleased to hear that!!!

      I have to agree, my coffee tastes so much more substantial and robust in my PlanetPOV mug!

      Though you can’t go wrong with an Obama “Made in the USA” mug!

  20. escribacat says:

    Another good post, Adlib. I actually kind of like the term “class warfare” being thrown around. I’d like to follow it up with “Remember what happened in France?” If the Greedocrats don’t get a grip on their greed, and they keep sucking all the wealth into their hollow legs, and the economy tanks too drastically with too many people out of work, it could reach a tipping point …

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks Escribacat!

      If we can’t turn around the oppression now, before the final blow to 99% of Americans is made (the destruction of SS and Medicare), I think it will only be a matter of time before public anger boils over.

      Imagine the America we’d be living in if the Repubs got all that they wanted. It would be government enforced suffering like we’ve never seen or imagined. And I do believe that Americans would rise up against it.

      We don’t want to get to that point, we need to stop this oppression and injustice now.

      • Emerald1943 says:

        Adlib, late with my comment as usual, but I wanted to say that we don’t want to get to that point. I am afraid that we have already gotten to it.

        This past weekend, there was a large demonstration on Wall Street by mostly young people and students. MSM coverage was practically nil, and it has rarely been mentioned today at all. But this is the way that the revolution began in Eygpt…the young, unemployed, and the students.

        It was reported last week on MSNBC that student debt has risen 511% since 1999. That’s quite a rise in costs in 12 years! The average college student graduates with many thousands of dollars in debt…and no jobs available. It would only take a small spark to set off a major upheaval in this country.

        The President made a good point in his speech to Congress that many people in this country cannot wait until the next election. The situation worsens by the day. There comes a time when voting may not be the solution that people seek, not when they have no job, have lost their homes, are buried in debt, and have run out of unemployment benefits as well as all other options just to feed themselves and their families.

        Today, a video of Andrew Breitbart surfaced of one of his speeches to a conservative group where he seemed to advocate using guns. He wants to provoke a violent response by the Left:

        http://www.opposingviews.com/i/politics/2012-election/video-andrew-breitbart-brags-we-have-guns-bring-it

        If Mr. Breitbart continues in this vein, he may get what he wants!

        • AdLib says:

          You’re never late in my book, Emerald!

          We tweeted and commented about the Wall Street protest but the MSM, including Huffington Post, buried it (any question now that HP is just a corporate tool?). Of course, what MSM outlet is not owned by a profitable corporation? DO any of them want the status quo to change?

          In all the different areas, from student debt to consumer debt, from public schools being de-funded to social programs being de-funded from Medicare to SS being targeted for destruction, there is a full fledged attack on 99% of Americans by the wealthy and folks better wake up and start fighting back now.

          As to Breitbart’s BS, he sounds like the character in the action movie that brags about how tough he is then runs shrieking when someone comes at him, I have no doubt that like most bullies, he is an abject coward.

          All that red meat he threw to the morons listening to him was just more public masturbation from him. As was mentioned on MSNBC, he sounds like he’s picking up where Beck left off with the paranoia and Armageddon scenarios.

          He lives in a delusional world anyway but this statement, urging and inviting violent and murderous confrontations should hopefully destroy whatever credibility he had with any in the MSM (except for Fox of course, sociopaths of a feather stick together).

          Looking forward to Shirley Sherrod’s lawsuit against him to come to fruition. Let’s see how his tune changes when he has to apply for welfare.

  21. Sabreen60 says:

    Really great article AdLib. I tweeted it, also.

    I don’t know if you have seen this article in Bloomberg, no less, but it talks about how the “uncertainty” that President Obama supposedly caused is a crock. Republicans are the only ones causing uncertainty.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-09-19/republicans-complain-of-economic-uncertainty-while-vowing-revolution-view.html

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks for the link and tweet, Sabreen!

      The Bloomberg article is right on the money but I’ll go a step further and say that uncertainty is a BS ploy by corporations to pretend they aren’t intentionally doing exactly what they want to be doing. That is, permanently shrinking the American workforce and hiring overseas.

      Here’s a very revealing graph that shows corps are pedaling total BS to America, they don’t want to and will not hire more Americans no matter how much of their demands for “certainty” are met:

      ” alt=”chart” />

      Look at how this trend started in 2001 with Bush coming into office, cutting taxes, killing regulations and starting wars. The economic crash Wall Street caused was the perfect excuse to accelerate this strategy. These trends will not change by replicating what Bush did in 2001, the chart makes it very clear.

      This is an economy of the corporations’ design, this is what they want to continue and we have to stop them.

      • Sabreen60 says:

        Yes I agree with your “one step further” comment. These mult-national corporations owe no allegiance to America. They are not patriots. They could make less profits and still have gazillions.

        I made a comment to my husband about how Americans (99%) are either unwilling or in denial about what is happening in this country. It seems to me that most still believe in the “American Dream”. That one day they’ll wake up and be uber-rich, too. I think they have bought the bs that if they are not wealthy it’s not because the game is rigged, it’s because they aren’t smart enough. It seems that they can’t make themselves believe that their fellow American citizens are willing to let them starve if it comes to that rather than give up a little of their wealth. But the kicker to me is that it’s really not about being uber-rich. Hell at this pace we won’t have a middle class. It will be the uber-rich and the poor.

        • AdLib says:

          Exactly. This whole economic scheme of the corporations is to rob and push back the middle class so that the American workforce is desperate and low paid.

          The thing is, this is just as much a path for economic destruction as the path they took to the 2008 crash.

          Their greed in getting all they can get today helps them accept that they’re driving off a cliff.

          Consumers drive the American economy, representing between 70% -- 80% of economic activity.

          These fools don’t seem to recognize that by destroying the income of the majority, they destroy the main economic engine in America and the whole house of cards collapses.

          Or maybe they’re just thinking that’s okay, if a second Dark Ages comes, they will be the royalty with all the wealth.

          It’s sociopathic. Corporations may be people in the eyes of the SCOTUS 5 but these people seem to have all the humanity of corporations.

          • Sabreen60 says:

            I think they believe whatever comes, they’ll be just fine. They are insulated by their wealth. They have the freedom to live anywhere on the planet they desire.

            • AdLib says:

              Yep, they’ve never owned pitchforks or torches so they’re a bit unfamiliar with them and how they can be used…especially against the wealthy.

  22. atdnext says:

    It’s too bad the media “report” “TEA Party” spin and salacious celebrity gossip instead of this. Thanks for all the 411.

    • AdLib says:

      My pleasure, atdnext!

      The Tea Party can’t even hold rallies anymore of any size, cancelled their convention because they couldn’t get enough people to attend, they have dwindled down to a minute size BUT…the MSM wants their message pushed forward so they burp and it’s on all news shows.

      Meanwhile, try finding “news” about statements and positions from unions, Progressive leaders, even Pelosi and Reid!

      We have to accept that this is up to us, the people, to take back our economy and democracy and the MSM is not aligned with that, they are corporations and profits come before the people.

      • atdnext says:

        True. I sometimes even have trouble watching MSNBC at times. The histrionics are just too much for me. “If it bleeds, it leads.” That’s all the media bosses are thinking, and that’s why we see all this hyped up hyperventilation over Rick Perry’s campaign, Mitt Romney’s campaign, and President Obama supposedly “in CRISIS!!!!” instead of any sort of focus on any real issues that Americans are actually worrying about (like the “TEA Party” class warfare against the middle class and working poor).

  23. kesmarn says:

    Just had to tweet this one, AdLib. It deserves to be circulated widely. Excellent graphics, especially the one that compares the NYC janitor to the millionaire as far as the rate of taxation goes. Talk about injustice.

    And the janitor does more for society in other ways, too!

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks so much, Kes!

      So true, janitors contribute to society while many Wall Street weasels only destroy and corrupt it.

      There was a movie called, “A Day Without a Mexican”, people wake up one morning and all Mexicans are mysteriously gone. As you can imagine, chaos ensues.

      How about “A Week Without 99 Percenters”? For one day, the top 1% has to cope without having any work or services from any of those that many of them are trying to oppress. Let’s see how they cope without us.

      Seriously, I think a rolling strike among all professions against the wealthy would be powerful.

      • kesmarn says:

        I would be relieved not to have to take care of ’em in the hospital, AdLib! 😀

        Many of them are real pains in the posterior. I remember years ago, one rich guy had a real tantrum because his soft boiled egg had arrived in a little sauce dish instead of an egg cup.

        What kind of barbarians were we, that we would serve food like this?? 😯

        Yeah. That I would not miss.

        • AdLib says:

          Unbelievable! I sure hope you didn’t serve his transfusion in a water glass!

          I would very much love to strip these greedy types of everything they depend on from those in the 99%.

          Remove your own damn pancreas, buddy!

  24. justafarmer says:

    I just wrote a post on my own blog (Disgusted Republican) on this topic and will add a link to this post.

    ETA a link to my blog:

    http://disgustedrepublican.blogspot.com/2011/09/omigawd-class-warfare.html

    • AdLib says:

      Thanks justafarmer, nice to see you! Thanks for the link, will be reading your article momentarily.

      Here’s some basic info that’s interesting:

      In 1993: The top 12% owned 33% of the nation’s wealth.

      In 2011: The top 1% owns 40% of the nation’s wealth.

      http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105#gotopage1

      And these figures are enlightening:

      WHAT THE TOP 1%, 5%, 10%, 25% and 50% MAKE IN AMERICA

      Based on the Internal Revenue Service’s 2010 database below, here’s how much the top Americans make:

      Top 1%: $380,354

      Top 5%: $159,619

      Top 10%: $113,799

      Top 25%: $67,280

      Top 50%: >$33,048

      ” alt=”chart” />

      http://www.financialsamurai.com/2011/04/12/how-much-money-do-the-top-income-earners-make-percent/

      Consider this, households with two working parents who make just over $50,000 each…are earning more than 90% of working Americans.

      The top 1% of earners begins at $380k which is a lot of money but you don’t get to the real millionaires and billionaires until you get closer to the top three tenths of one percent (0.03%).

      How does all of this fit in with the myth of the American dream? Just making $50k/year puts you in the top 10% of earners in America?

      Time to rip the facade off of this fraud.

      • justafarmer says:

        American Dream, I’m actually seeing it here in the backwoods, backwaters of America.
        We live so far away from major metropolitan areas… there’s a WalMart a 50 mile roundtrip away from me but I haven’t been there in years.
        What has happened here in my little part of America is an explosion of entrepreneurship. It’s all small, no one expects to be a millionaire. We all just want to live relatively comfortably, which means we can put food on the table, have a (hopefully not leaking too much) roof over our heads, and have control over our lives without major stress.
        And it keeps growing. I’m seeing more and more new tiny town businesses opening all the time. And I love it!

        • AdLib says:

          That’s so encouraging to hear, justafarmer!

          There is only one way for us to have a more equitable society and better paying jobs and it’s exactly what’s happening in your community.

          With corporations doing all they can to starve the American job market and bankrupt 99% of Americans, it is only small business and entrepreneurship that can rescue the economy in the long run.

          In the short term, more government spending on public sector jobs AND loans and tax credits to small businesses and start-ups will go a long way.

      • justafarmer says:

        Thanks for the charts, AdLib! Sorry I’ve been MIA the last few months, but I managed to kill another PC and am still trying to get everything back.
        And then I lost my hot water heater this weekend. The Republican crap NEVER ENDS! (Actually, I meant that as snark, but in my state, if we buy a new water heater we have to “allow” an electrical inspector into our home. That did NOT happen…)

        Not sure how that chart makes $50,000 part of the top 10%. Looks like $67,280 is top 25% (and I dispute THAT).

        • AdLib says:

          No worries, great to see ya!

          When I say just over $50k puts people in the top 10%, I’m referring to a working couple in a household, each making just over $50k would put them as a household (which is what the figures in the chart represent) around the $113k at which the top 10% begins.

          According to the US Census, the annual median Household income is $50k and the annual per capita is noted as $27k.

          http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

          It does seem so unbelievable, this isn’t the country that’s been represented to us.

          • justafarmer says:

            ahh, ok. Most peeps I know here in far eastern Kentucky Appalachia with both working couples don’t make even close to $30,000. Me and spouse are fortunate in that MrJustafarmer got one of those non-existent stimulus jobs in October 2010 after being unemployed almost 2 years. The stimulus job paid pretty good, but there was no retirement other than SS and he’s 55 years old. Targeted by the Republicans to screw him out of his SS that he has been paying into for more than 40 years!
            Starting next week, he’s back with an IBEW job and can kick in more to the IBEW retirement plan he is already in from years passed.
            Union proud here!

  25. ADONAI says:

    If he just called it a “Middle Class Bailout”

    It’d pass tomorrow.

  26. funksands says:

    Boy Ad, that Plutocracy Cycle graph is powerful. Thanks for using it.

    To be fair to the private company, why should we expect them to hire just because we need them to? If it isn’t needed, why should they do it? The problem is primarily lack of demand, not lack of incentive.

    Keeping in mind that the problem isn’t millionaires, its the GOP, I think its about time people started to embrace the term class warfare before they lose another round voluntarily keeping their hands behind their back.

    Remember, when trillions and trillions of dollars got funneled from the middle class in to the pockets of the wealthiest of us, that’s TAX RELIEF.

    When they want some of it back, that’s CLASS WARFARE.

    • AdLib says:

      Funk, wasn’t sure if the Plutocracy chart was too busy with info but it does make for a sobering view of where we are in the big picture.

      I agree, corporations shouldn’t be forced to hire Americans but three thoughts on that.

      First, they are engaged in a fraud by using the hiring of Americans as a carrot for killing the EPA, slashing taxes, gutting financial reform and all even though they have absolutely no intention of hiring more Americans because of that.

      Second, our tax code needs to be changed to stop giving tax benefits to corps that ship jobs overseas and treat their goods as imports if most of their workforce and operations are overseas.

      Third, the government is the only mechanism left to save Americans from the continuing downward cycle on employment. Public sector jobs are the only way and taxing corporations and the wealthy on their ill gotten gains to bring back public money they’ve stolen to those they took it from.

      I say, they want to call it class warfare, let them. We shouldn’t let that bother us in the least.

  27. Daedalus says:

    Thank you, again, for this clear exposition. I’m “copying and pasting” this to our local email network. Graphs (as you use) are far better than tables of numbers for the analytically literate, however our general populace has been so indoctrinated (or poorly educated) that they eschue numbers in any form. I fear the impact of the graphs on most folks will not be as powerful as they ought to be.

    Also, thanks for your prodigious efforts in general. Here’s hoping this site gathers more and more viewers.

    • AdLib says:

      Nice to see you at The Planet, Daedalus! Thanks for sharing the article!

      I agree, only the most simple set of numbers seem to register with the majority, it can come off too wonky or complex otherwise. This is the advantage that the GOP and the wealthy have over Progressives and Dems, they don’t use numbers and facts, just simple, market researched propaganda.

      They just say “job creators” and “tax cuts”. Dems have to refute simple propaganda terms with facts and that’s when some people’s eyes start to glaze over.

      Show them charts though, images that clearly explain a situation and they can be convinced.

      Again, thanks for your kind words and support, hope to see more of you around The Planet!


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