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Elizabeth Warren supports Corporate Welfare

by Phantom Ace ( 357 Comments › )
Filed under Barry Goldwater, Conservatism, Democratic Party, Hipsters, Libertarianism, Progressives, Republican Party, Socialism, Tea Parties, The Political Right, Tranzis at July 23rd, 2014 - 10:48 am


The Progressive movement’s darling of the hour; Elizabeth Warren aka Fauxahontas rails about big corporations and the 1%. When push came to shove, she defended the interest of the same entities she denounces. An alliance of Social Conservatives/Tea Party and Libertarian/Fiscal Conservative Republicans are blocking the renewal of the corporate welfare based Export-Import bank. This is nothing but a form of welfare to prop up big corporations, many of whom outsource jobs overseas. When invited to join opposition to this from welfare, Elizabeth Warren defended the EX-IM bank.

It was a really nice try.

Heritage Action (the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation) invited Senator Elizabeth Warren to speak at an event dedicated to phasing out the Export-Import Bank. The Ex-Im, as it’s known inside the Beltway, has become a favorite target of populist forces on right.

The Ex-Im gives U.S. taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to the foreign customers of giant U.S. corporations that don’t need the help. It socializes the risk while privatizing the profits. Basically, it’s free money for big businesses like GE, Caterpillar, and particularly Boeing (hence the outfit’s nickname, “the Bank of Boeing”). Even Barack Obama, shortly before he became president, derided Ex-Im as “little more than a fund for corporate welfare.”


As first reported by Bloomberg News, Heritage sent Warren a letter asking her to speak against Ex-Im “and the political favoritism it engenders.”

“We, like you, are frustrated with a political economy that benefits well-connected elites at the expense of all Americans,” Michael Needham, the head of Heritage Action, wrote. “Your presence will send a clear signal that you are going to fight the most pressing example of corporate welfare and cronyism pending before Congress right now.”

Warren didn’t take the bait. Her spokeswoman told Bloomberg, “Senator Warren believes that the Export-Import Bank helps create American jobs and spur economic growth, but recognizes that there is room for improvement in the bank’s operations.”


I’m not so sure there’s a contradiction here. Rather, I think we’re seeing why there will never really be a bipartisan Left–Right alliance against crony capitalism and corporate welfare.

The Right’s “libertarian populism” wants to separate big business and big government. That means no more “too big to fail” and no more of government picking winners and losers.

The Left’s anti-big-business populism is very different. It doesn’t want to cut the government’s incestuous relationship with big business; it simply wants to bring business to heel. Big business should do what Washington tells it to do, and when it does, it will get treats. When it doesn’t, it will get the newspaper to the nose. But big business will never be let off its leash, if the Left has its way.

The Progressive rhetoric against big corporations, is just all talk. In reality the Progressives are tied to the hip with big companies like Goldman Sachs and GE. In a heavily regulated economic structure, politically connected big corporations thrive, while medium and small firms die. This is the reason why Silicon valley, Wall and Corporate CEO’s support the Democrat Party. They ensure the government prevents competitors from rising, thus hindering the free market and destroying economic mobility.

Elizabeth Warren’s support fior the corrupt and Fascist like Export-Import bank shows that Democrats despite their rhetoric love big businesses. Fauxahontas is fraud and hypocrite like all Progressives. They just want to control those corporations to do their buidding.

If the Republicans would stop obsessing with Gays in comic books or other useless cultural crusades, they might actually be able to hit the Democrats on their Achilles heel of being the party of the well connected. Americans are hurting economically as take home pay is less than it was 14 years and many people have lost hope for the future. I will not hold my breath expecting The GOP to embrace a Libertarian-Populist ideology, hammer the Progressives on their Fascist ideology and promote a POSITIVE future oriented agenda to benefit all Americans.

In the meantime, Elizabeth Warren is laughing all the way to the bank!

On another note, I really recommend reading Pat Buchanan’s new book: “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create a New Majority.” It shows how the Republicans after their 64 debacle were politically resurrected by Nixon. Richard Nixon for all his faults, helped the GOP adapt to the electorate that existed and forged a coalition that would go 5-1 from 1968 to 1988. This is a lesson the GOP of today can learn if they were a serious entity.

Happy Halloween! The Bout Of Negativity Is Officially Over.

by Flyovercountry ( 120 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Democratic Party, Libertarianism, Progressives, Republican Party, Tea Parties, The Political Right at November 1st, 2013 - 7:00 am

Political Cartoons by Henry Payne

Originally, I had planned for today to be part five of Republican Stupidity, a brief discussion as to how the party apparatchiks constantly fall for the Main Stream Media’s version of the, “got your nose trick.” That is to say, holding fast to the almost fantasy driven hope that they’ll be treated fairly by a press corps with no political agenda of their own, and still claiming that elusive concept known as objectivity while demonstrably picking sides at every opportunity, in every debate. In 2016, we’ll see four silly debates in which someone resembling Candy Crowley will make it her business to jump into the argument and correct the Republican Candidate with, “facts,” that are later shown to be fallacious. She’ll do it in a manner meant to demean, diminish, and embarrass the GOP Candidate, while bolstering the position the Democrat, no matter how silly his particular belief happens to be. What’s worse than this however is the fact that the paid political consultants will express genuine surprise, as if this movie has never been seen before.

There is Good news however.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way. There is a way that our side can receive good press, and the kicker is this, one of their own has taken the trouble to actually write a, “how to manual,” on how to accomplish this. The book is called, “The Boys On The Bus,” and was penned by the guy who had the thankless job of following Hunter S. Thompson around in 1972, bailing him out of jail, bribing local officials when ever his psychosis got too out of hand, and just generally keeping him at least minimally functional, so that he would be capable of justifying Rolling Stone Magazine’s expenses while he partied on the Nixon Campaign Bus.

In his book, Timothy Crouse described how Richard Nixon of all people, received glowing press from America’s main stream media, even though each and every reporter, columnist, television talk show floating head, and morning drive disc jockey, reviled the man with every fiber of their being. My message, for any wishing to see our side win again, is that if Richard Nixon could do it, anyone can do it. This is not some impossible dream, but the realization of a thought process, a technology if you will, and one that can be mastered just like any other.

Politics, for lack of better descriptions, is nothing more than pop culture. This is nothing new, it has been this way at least since the beginning of our nation, and most probably dates back to the beginning of human society as well. At one time, concepts such as individual freedom, self determination, being able to enjoy life with minimal interference from self anointed elites were all considered to be cool. Those concepts are still cool, it’s just that we’ve lost the ability to defend the mischaracterizations that the left has become so adept at foisting upon us, and we have lost our ability to present those concepts in a way that connects with the pop culture of today.

Andrew Breitbart spoke about this issue five years ago in an interview in which he spoke about why the political left fears Sarah Palin, and why politicians on both sides of the aisle feel that she must be destroyed. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul both get it, and Cruz has been making the rounds on late night talk shows in an effort to connect. All of us in the Tea Party should begin referring to our group of head strong radicals as the Rebel Alliance.

Someone pointed me to an article today that I found extremely interesting. The article, which appeared at Blaze dot com and was authored by Dr. Gary Casselman, describes how our political system has made it possible for 20% of us, those who describe themselves as politically left of center, to take control of our national agenda and have been able to keep that grip on power for the better part of a full century.

In short, they are able to perpetuate their mythology, (just a nicer way of saying lies,) through a concentrated effort to control the pop culture. They own the media, entertainment, and education, and indeed haven’t made a political argument in decades. Consider the fact that we saw Barack Obama win two Presidential elections, and all without, at any one time, announcing anything so mundane as an agenda. He won his second election despite the fact that an overwhelming majority of likely voters, 87% of the country, felt our nation to be headed in the wrong direction at the time. News such as this usually indicates disastrous results for an incumbent. In 2012, it hardly caused a blip on the radar.

Our side has the advantage in talk radio, and in online forums, so we are not completely shut out. I remember being young once, and I also remember that there was a certain amount of cool in being perceived as the non-conformist in the group. Not that being a non-conformist was cool beyond perception, but at one time, these leftists who now run things were the counter culture. Their ideals caught on not because of the arguments made, but solely because being a part of the counter culture itself was cool. The pendulum that swings in one direction, can swing in the other as well. Despair not my friends, we ain’t dead yet.

From the article linked to above:

How do they do this?

They lie.

The uninformed voter will not take the time to learn the facts.
For example, Democrats have convinced the nation that people are poor because they have been treated unfairly and are victims of greedy capitalists. To address this purported social injustice, President Obama’s approach is to “re-distribute” the nation’s wealth. President Johnson pushed through “The War on Poverty” as part of his “Great Society” platform to rectify, supposedly, the “social injustice” committed by those “evil capitalists.”

The fact is that poverty levels in the United States since The War on Poverty was implemented are unchanged in 50 years – despite the re-distribution of literally trillions of dollars. Since President Obama’s first inauguration, poor people are notably poorer now than when he took office in 2009, only five years ago!

Household median income, since President Obama took office, is down $3,000. Since 2009 the poverty rate has risen from 14.3 percent to nearly 17 percent in 2013. Additionally, 20 percent of the nation’s children live in poverty.

And the blunt force to the face of Obamacare hasn’t even hit yet. As has been said for years: “If you think healthcare is expensive now, just wait until it is free!”

Example after example of this could be given, but the point is made. Democrats continue to win over public opinion despite the facts. People largely blame the Republicans for things like government shutdowns, as has been the case throughout recent history, despite the facts to the contrary.

I am not saying that we should take up the habit of lying to the voting public, but I am saying that we educate ourselves on how to fight back. All of us need to implore our elected leaders to read Crouse’s book, and make certain that they begin employing the strategy Richard Nixon used to control his press. That’s step one. We need to learn that messaging is important, and that phrasing our message in a way that connects with people who possess limited attention spans is step two. The bottom line is that we can do this.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.

Keep your doctor and your health plan? Not likely.

by Mojambo ( 118 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Health Care, History, World War II at October 29th, 2013 - 5:00 pm

What gets me is that there were people willing to be fooled by such a false statement.

by Jonah Goldberg

“All we’ve been hearing the last three years is if you like your policy you can keep it…. I’m infuriated because I was lied to,” one woman told this newspaper, as part of a story on how some middle-class Californians have been stunned to learn the real costs of Obamacare.

And that lie looks like the biggest lie about domestic policy ever uttered by a U.S. president.

The most famous presidential lies have to do with misconduct (Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” or Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations”) or war. Woodrow Wilson campaigned on the slogan “He kept us out of war” and then plunged us into a calamitous war. Franklin D. Roosevelt made a similar vow. “I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.”

Roosevelt knew he was making false promises. He explained to an aide: “If someone attacks us, it isn’t a foreign war, is it?” When his own son questioned his honesty, FDR replied: “If I don’t say I hate war, then people are going to think I don’t hate war…. If I don’t say I won’t send our sons to fight on foreign battlefields, then people will think I want to send them…. So you play the game the way it has been played over the years, and you play to win.”

The burning question about Barack Obama is whether he was simply “playing to win” and therefore lying on purpose, or whether his statements about Obamacare were just another example of, as Obama once put it, “I actually believe my own” spin, though he used another word.

“No matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep this promise to the American people,” he told the American Medical Assn. in 2009. […….]

No matter how you slice it, that was a lie. As many as 16 million Americans on the individual health insurance market may lose their insurance policies. Just in the last month, hundreds of thousands have been notified by their insurers that their policies will be canceled. In fact, it appears that more Americans may have lost coverage than gotten it since Healthcare.gov went “live” (a term one must use advisedly). And when the business mandate finally kicks in, tens of millions more probably will lose their plans.

Ah, but they’ll get better ones!

That appears to be the new rationalization for Obama’s bait-and-switch. “Right now all that insurance companies are saying is, ‘We don’t meet the requirements under Obamacare, but we’re going to offer you a better deal!'” explained Juan Williams on “Fox News Sunday.”

A better deal according to whom? Say I like my current car. The government says under some new policy I will be able to keep it and maybe even lower my car payments. But once the policy is imposed, I’m told my car now isn’t street-legal.  [……..]Why, even though you live in Death Valley, your new car will have great snow tires and heated seats.

This is what the government is saying to millions of Americans who don’t want or need certain coverage, including, for instance, older women — and men — who are being forced to pay for maternity care. Such overcharging is necessary to pay for the poor and the sick signing up for Obamacare or for the newly expanded Medicaid.


At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, Obama talked at great length about the middle class and not once about the poor. His critics on the right said he was lying, that he was really more interested in income distribution. Such charges were dismissed as paranoid and even racist. But the critics were right. Obama was either lying to himself or to the rest of us — because he was playing the game to win.

Read the rest – Obama’s big lie

It only seems like a parody site…

by 1389AD ( 63 Comments › )
Filed under Academia, Communism, Liberal Fascism at October 21st, 2013 - 4:00 pm
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