Worldwide known cyber security company CrowdStrike announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers had been hacked by “sophisticated” hacker groups. I’m very pleas…
The entire “problem” with the coming “shortage in social security” is that it has has been created out of whole cloth, lies, and gaslighting, by bribed Congresscritters servicing their bribers at our expense.
This meme that the “only solution to that problem is to cut benefits or raise taxes on the working serfs” is just more Trickle Down Economics which has been soundly refuted by history, math, logic, and reason over the last 50 years.
The simple real solution to the problem Congress created in the Social Security Trust Fund is to remove all the caps on income taxed for this purpose. You earn… from whatever source… you pay. (this also happens to be the solution to the Medicare “funding crisis”). The same also applies to Medicaid and welfare funding.
We’ve had folks run the numbers, and this one simple change would solve the “funding problem” for at least the next 75 years.
Yes, I know that the Heritage Foundation claims this “won’t resolve the problem” but in their numbers they’re lying by statistics through very conveniently ignoring the Fact that investment income is income and is completely ignored for these purposes, while being taxed at a substantially lower rate than wages. Heritage also lies by statistics through very conveniently ignoring the Fact that wealthy folks earn the vast bulk of their income and wealth by intentionally foregoing wages and taking stock options as a way to evade taxation; and the Fact that “our” bribed Congresscritters created that option because of this dynamic:
Which bribery of Public Officials (a RICO Felony) also caused them to declare the international game of Three Card Monte (off shoring) with their profits used by multinational corporations to be “legal” back in the 1980’s.
I call Trickle Down “Voodoo Economics” because it’s policies have been proven repeatedly to be about as effective for creating jobs and stimulating our economy as Voodoo is.
Here’s why that is:
This school of Trickle Down Voodoo Economics falsely asserts that the wealthy and multinational corporations are the job creators in a Consumer Driven Economy. They’re not, and never have been.
Were these false claims about which group creates the jobs, this last great depression would gave ended about 2 years after the tax cuts. It hasnt… almost ten years later. This money in the hands of the middle class and poor, which money (over 80% of it) gets spent in the lower levels of our economy… This spending by Consumers is, and always has been, what creates jobs in our consumer driven economy.
If the grand Orwellian lie of Trickle Down ” Economics ” actually worked as advertised we would have exactly the opposite of this:
If (big word that) Trickle Down actually worked as advertised we would have seen a large burst of new jobs, at decent full time wages, each time the tax rates on the wealthy and the multinational corporations were lowered. We did not see that happen… at all; we saw the exact opposite. What we in Fact saw was an increase in cash being sequestered off shore and zero job creation. Yes, a few individual corporations created a few jobs here and those few were touted by by corporate media’s “news” as proof that tax cuts work, but the trend was still a massive loss of jobs and “replacement” of full time, decent paying, jobs with minimum wage, part time jobs.
Here’s Nick again to talk about why this is and what’s coming if we don’t drive this idiocy out of public policy:
Bottom line: If you’re actually looking to fix the Congressionaly created problems in the SSI and Medicare programs the solution is incredibly simple: Remove all caps on income taxed for these purposes.
In Medicare we can also remove the Bush era “reform” prohibitions on Medicare negotiating drug and durable medical equipment costs. This one change of removing restrictions which no other nations have would cut our drug and durable medical equipment costs by nearly 60%.
If we also eliminated Certificate of Need laws (which directly violate the Sherman Antitrust Act) we would also eliminate the ability of medical multinational corporations to have a virtual monopoly on medical care.
Here’s the facts about why the US “needs” immigrant labor.
The USA needs immigrant labor because US Citizens are no longer willing to comply with, or even care about, a system which pays them less than sharecropper wages. This problem has been growing worse for 3 generations now and employers can’t find people to actually give a fuck about “paying work” which requires they work 12 hour shifts for wages that qualify them for public assistance.
Who profits from this crap?! It ain’t any of us ordinary folks whether we’re liberal, conservative, or progressive. Yet only the progressive folks are calling it out.
We US citizens live in a corporate fascist oligarchy where we haven’t seen a real raise despite increased skill levels or increased corporate profit percentages in almost 4 decades now.
The REAL question we should be asking is: “Why the E.L.F. should I work for a corporation which is going to pay me a *cough* “wage” which won’t even allow me to live with a modicum of dignity or ever have any hope of being able to retire with any modicum of dignity?”
Now I see lots of folks claiming that we “need” immigrant labor because “Americans are lazy and have lost the will to work.”
The REAL reason “employers are having so much trouble finding qualified workers” is the 4 decade long pattern of shifting ALL the legitimate business expenses of running a business to the shoulders of the employees.. Much as Lyft and Uber do. The problem here is that we citizens are being forced to pay the legitimate business costs of maintaining the equipment* which produces the profits (*Us).
This us directly akin to a manufacturer buying a milling machine, refusing to do any maintenance or repair (ie: Health care and housing) and then getting mad at the machine when it eventually quits working.
This claim of “Americans aren’t willing to work!” is a carefully crafted form of Gaslighting which is created by the very Shitweasels* who blame us for this fraud by claiming that “You *harrumph* need to get more (insanely expensive) education in order to *cough* earn better wages!”
Here’s the REAL problem.. In its entirety (including the part no mass media ever mentions):
“The will to work (for what are essentially slave wages) is gone.”
FACTS IN EVIDENCE:
- In 1995 I made $12 per hour selling lumber and hardware to contractors. Zero “skills” except a penchant for accuracy and a sunny disposition.
- In 2014 the BEST offer I got as an experienced (+10 year HVAC/Refrigeration Field Service Engineer holding TWO $8,000 Bachelor’s degrees in Refrigeration Engineering and Electrical Engineering) was $20 per hour on what’s called *cough* “ticket time.” (Which means that if you’re “at work” but not actually billing a customer you don’t get paid at all)
- Further, in that same time frame the rate at which my skills get billed out to customers has gone from $40/Hr to $120/Hr. That is a 3x increase in profits with ZERO real spending power increase in wages. If my real life spending power matched the increase in billing rates I’d be getting over $60 per hour as an employee. Even if we only look at ratios I’d be getting over $36 an hour now. To START. Instead it’s $20 because “That’s the maximum anyone is willing to pay in the area” AAAND.. Fuck you.
- This only accounts for inflation. It does not account for the ongoing and ever increasing taxes the middle class pays.
- So those hard won and expensive degrees and skill got me exactly fuck-all ($0.35 whoopie shit) in real world spending power despite my employer being able to bill me out at over 3x what I earned for them with “no skills”
- This doesn’t account for the fact that my 1981 Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (with a focus on Control Systems) cost me about $8k to get a $18k/ year job (a cost factor of 0.444) and today would cost me well OVER $30k to get a $28k per year job (at a cost factor of 1.071 or higher)
- This doesn’t account for the fact that the tax burden on those paltry slave wages has been “shifted” entirely to the folks who can LEAST afford it.
- It also doesn’t account for the fact that in that same time period of 1995 to 2018 my health “insurance” has gone from $100/ month to over $800/month and the grand Orwellian FRAUD of the deductible (where I pay for EVERYTHING) has gone from $500 to $5000 per year. That’s an 8 to 10x increase with ZERO effective increase in wages. Fuck. You. Sideways. With. A. Bag. And. A. Flag.
- It doesn’t account for the fact that in the ’80s the Bankster frauds STOLE half of middle America’s savings with the S&L Scandal frauds; in ’96 it was the Dot Com frauds, and in ’06 it as the selling of fraudulently rated REIT’s into our retirement accounts. Secret and Lies of the Bailout This latest series of fraud by bankers and ratings agencies put not one of the fascist fuckers in prison, and the whole series has cost me, directly, over $100,000 cash in invested money stolen by Wall Street.
- It doesn’t account for the fact that the defined pension has been murdered by our government at the behest of their corporate fascist bribers. Then “replaced” with defined contribution frauds which allow banks and Wall Street to steal our money with complete impunity because “market variations.” Bullshit. Y’all know exactly what the fuck is going on and you PLANNED this shit. Fuck off and die. How Wall Street Thieves, Led by Goldman Sachs, Took Down the Global Economy — Their Outsized Influence Must be Stopped
- None of the above even begins to address the fraudulent fascisim of the War on Drugs or the USA *cough* PATRIOT Act
- Nor does it address the gaslit history of exactly who got fucked by EVERY gun ban ever passed, and why they’re at this shit again.
Here’s the REAL Question Y’all need to be asking:
Can anyone give me a VALID reason (other than pure unadulterated corporate fascist greed) for this set of facts?
I’m not a white supremacist because I don’t live in fear and because white supremacy is Fears’ own religion.
I’m sorry the truth hurts. I’m not joking either, I’m honestly sorry even though that empathy doesn’t change any facts here.
Yes, yes, *snort* I know all about it and I know all the bullshit stories y’all tell yourselves to make it feel and smell better because I heard them all coming up, but lookie here I’m family looking out. I’ve seen the shit show and it’s underbelly. I’ve had those stories told to me by folks I grew up around and they’re all just whistlin’ yourself past the grave yard. Every last one.
Let’s really dig in with a bit of history:
I originally hail from Tennessee and I think one of the largest reasons I’m not a white supremacist, coming out of the culture and era I did, is that I wasn’t taught to be one by fear filled people as I grew up.
My family are thinkers and explorers so even though there were lots of folks with racist and supremacist leanings around us in that place and era; from my youngest memories, I was allowed (even encouraged) to seek out friends wherever I found them. I was in a Head Start program at age 5 and 6 in the Knoxville area in ’66 where my curiosity led me to the kids who were different from me, and of different cultures, rather than the white bread kids who looked like me but just sounded stupid because of their hubris over skin color. I was reading pretty well by then and the family had me into things like Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson, and they were reading /explaining JS Mills to me. Gramps had just bought me a full Encyclopedia Brittanica and an unabridged version of the Oxford English Dictionary which outweighed me.. Or so it seemed. Two new words a day was my joy. Some days it was three or four.
I suspect part of being an explorer type is genetic and one of the “tells” for it is an insanely high curiosity quotient. I definitely have both, and I have them such that I’m insanely curious about the details of why folks do things the way they do them. Everything from phonologically correct pronunciation of odd names to the traditions behind why they cook certain food ingredients with certain sets of spices.
So while I had a few friends who were racist and one who was from a supremacist family (he wasn’t but he needed to hide that); for the most part I found folks like that to be just too hide bound and fearful of anything new or different for my tastes. On the flip side I think my curiosity also scared them a good bit as well. I know it scared the b’Jesus out of one Southern Baptist preacher man because he beat me for it. (A different story for a different time)
Damned if any of ‘em will ever admit it, but evangelism and white supremacy have a strong common thread in outrage against change and in fear of anything seeming the least bit new or different. One of the commonest sayings when their ideas are challenged is “Walp.. If’n it were good enough for gramps, and good enough for pappy, then it’s damn shore good enough for me!” That statement, whether it’s coming from an evangelical or white supremacy is a statement of fear of the unknown and a fear of ANY investigation outside of what’s approved by your family. Deny it all y’all like but that IS the defining statement for both these fearful mind sets. So too is another common expression from such folk: “Curiosity kilt the cat.”
Back to my history of whys:
Dad’s side was Norwegian and gramps jumped ship here in 1932 because he met this gal on liberty and fell head over heels for her. He got caught and shipped back to Norway where he worked, saved, begged, and borrowed until he had the $5,000 immigration bond required to come here legally in ‘34 (“so that the new immigrant should not become a burden upon society”) and apply for citizenship. Five years later that bond was released and it paid the down payments on a business and their home.
Dad got that same curiosity/explorer gene and so did I. (and there’s actually a bit of research to back this up: Restless Genes)
Ultimately I’m not a white supremacist because of that gene AND because I wasn’t inculcated into it. On a more personal, experiential, level.. and even though I came up in a time and place that was encouraged.. I’m not a white supremacist because I find the fear of change which drives it (and evangelism) to be painfully and mind numbingly stultifying. As I grew older and traveled on my own I retained my curiosity about folks and their ways. Part of that curiosity is a love of music and art forms which is best described as eclectic. Along with loving Rock, most Rap, Motown, Classical, and Shamisen music, I absolutely adore Bluegrass, Zydeco, New Orleans Jazz, and The Blues. Oh my god those Blues!!
Because of that when I was at Great Lakes I spent a fair amount of Liberty time in ostensibly (by custom rather than any stated rule) “black only” clubs in supposedly rough areas, yet oddly I never seemed to have any of the problems other guys described. Why? Because new situations DON’T SCARE ME. That left me free to explore who these folks were, honestly. Now don’t miss me.. I did catch a bit of shit at first but when I answered honestly that I was there for The Blues and I honored their behavior codes in my actions, that suspicion flipped almost immediately to protection. Part of what caused that flip was my honest, even joyful, curiosity.
How could I possibly be a white supremacist when I pity them for their fear? How could I when I pity them because their fear kept them from knowing folks like KK and Eliza, Skittle and Boonie, or Jamarl? (one of the smartest guys I ever met) I had the honor of knowing these folks, sharing laughter, music, tears, and bread with them for two years. I still wonder how they fared in life even though our paths parted 35 years ago now.
How could I be any sort of supremacist when I pity them for letting their fear stop them from even meeting folks like these; much less sharing bread, music, stories, and joy with them?
How could I when I know about Fred Hampton and how he united Confederate flag waving conservative young men in a common mission with Black Panthers to stand peaceful armed guard over Vietnam War protesters so cops could no longer beat and tear gas them with impunity?
How could I possibly become what I pity so deep? Y’all have no fucking clue what or who you’re missing by letting fear run your little asses ragged.
Yup, I’m an Asshole, and a blatant one at that, but I’ve seen shit and savored joy you’ll never even get to sniff of because your fear won’t even let you look.
Nope. Let’s try that again..
The ENTIRE reason (that’s better) that people use the term “need” as an argument against being able to exercise our Rights is that we’ve had this discussion repeatedly around each of our Rights and they’ve lost the argument resoundingly each time and on every level. Whether it be the Civil Rights debates if the ’60s with the racists and fascists, or the abortion and contraception debates with the theists, or the current debate around guns pitting *cough* Liberals* vs Conservatives and Progressives; the simple fact is that the losing side will shift the goalposts in a final attempt to manufacture consent for limiting what they see as being a useless right.
*Liberals.. We Progessives SEE you and your actions, and we have for a very long time!
Across history each of these fights has had one common thread.. The absolute RIGHT of ordinary people to defend themselves against the greed and hubris of wealth and oligarchy being “refuted” by use of Gaslighting.
Here’s your sign:
Now why do I as a Progressive support ALL of our rights including the Enforcement Clause which is the Second Amendment?
Because these are just a few of the events from History which required us to USE those rights to stop the march of oligarchy from killing us all.
From the war protests where fascism beat us and gassed us..
Fred Hampton united Black Panthers and white Confederate flag waving conservative young men to serve poor communities and, more critically, stand an armed, peaceful, guard over Vietnam War protesters so cops could no longer beat and tear gas them with impunity..
Fred was murdered because these tactics were EFFECTIVE. So was Malcolm X because he supported this tactics, and MLK was murdered the very night after his last speech offered support for these tactics. I’m willing to bet cash money that JFK was on that short list as well, and for the same reason.
Then we move on to the REAL reason for the ban on short barreled guns, machine guns and explosives for ordinary citizens.. The Union movement defending themselves against the oligarchs with those very weapons.. The whole lie about the mafia is gaslighting. The REAL reasons are always exposed by asking: “WHO fucking profits from this shit?!”
Y’all get just one guess which weapons they used.. (Hint: They were effectively banned for ordinary citizens via a $200 tax stamp fraud which would be a tax of over $3700.00 today.)
Here’s some background on some of these..
Y’all want to know why these miners were so pissed? Listen to this song and ponder that this shit WAS their life.
These people were literally enslaved even as much as share coppers were because the coal company owned the entire town including the grocery stores and hardware stores.. At inflated prices. Thus every dime the miners earned was paid in scrip, not cash, and it ALL went right back into the owner’s pocket while still leaving them in debt because they weren’t paid enough to survive on.
Sound familiar? It should.
“Sold my soul to the company store..”
I think it’s time for some blatant Asshole to step up and call this gaslit lie out for what it is.
*Cue Asshole Man *
*Tone 11 like a pissed off Navy DI*
Oh dear.. More horseshit gaslighting by corporate fascist fuckwits doing the bidding of the US Insurance Mafia to make sure you’re good and scared of a sane health care system which you’ve ALREADY PAID FOR, AND ARE PAYING FOR BUT CAN’T FUCKING USE.
Look folks. The FACT is that we are paying $10,000 per year per citizen with STILL leaving over 50 million twisting in the wind with no usable care.
$10k per person, whether you pay it in taxes, or as an insurance mafia vig, TIMES 340 Million people is.. $3.4 Trillion per year times 10 years is $34 Trillion in ten years IF the insurance mafia monthly vig doesn’t increase. (Bet. Me. B!) Which is the same exact fucking $34 Trillion number which these idiots are trying to light your hair on fire about over universal health care!
I’ll say it again. YOU ARE ALREADY PAYING FOR UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BUT BECAUSE THE INSURANCE INDUSTRY IS SKIMMING 40% TO 60% OFF THE TOP, YOU DON’T FUCKING GET TO USE WHAT YOU’RE ALREADY PAYING FOR.
Yet these cockwombles and Shitweasels are screaming their heads off that Bernies plan would cost 0.2 Trillion more than what we ALREADY FUCKING PAY and it would cover everyone.
The FACTS are that we’re Going to be paying that amount with the insurance mafia running the show and skimming 40% to 60% of our care dollars off the top for their executive bonuses.
If we boot these thieves from our health care market as Medicare for All would, then we could easily be paying 2/3 of that $3.4 Trillion per year for better care than we get now.. For everyone.
The single difference here is that we already pay for everyone to be covered, but because the insurance mafia is skimming off the top, we get HALF of what we actually pay for.. Or less.
Ireland pays LESS THAN HALF what we pay per person (yea.. It DOES Fucking Scale up) and has a well regarded system. Norway pays two thirds what we pay PER PERSON (Yes, stop fucking lying. It DOES FUCKING SCALE UP) and has an excellent care system which doesn’t leave anyone out.
What’s the difference in these PER PERSON costs between us and Norway? They don’t allow the insurance mafia to skim 40% right off the top. The other key difference is that they don’t allow medical care to bankrupt people.
Our bribed to treason congresscritters DO allow that shit and even ram it down our throats.