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What if they held a class war and nobody noticed? For decades, liberals and progressives have been bashed for conducting a "class war" every time they suggest that it would be appropriate for the extremely wealthy to shoulder a bit more of the burden of paying for government. Meanwhile, a swarm of far-right think-tanks and political action committees have been working tirelessly to promote the idea that taxes on the wealthy should be lowered further from their historic lows, and that entitlement programs such as social security and medicare are too expensive to sustain (and in any case, immoral). The latest attempts to delegitimize public employee unions are the logical next step in what genuinely appears to be the systematic dismantlement of the middle class. This blog will highlight some of the more extreme examples of this activity that may not always show up in your news feeds.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

These Things Never Just Happen Spontaneously

In case you've been wondering how all these states (Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Florida) were able to launch coordinated attacks on collective bargaining by public unions, here is a Mother Jones article describing the network of state-level "think tanks" that are behind it.

Esquire on Ron Paul

Here's a nice article by John Richardson at Esquire on the societal forces that breed a Ron Paul or the Tea Party.  It includes in the intro a very powerful paragraph, which I will quote in full:

"Ron Paul is, or seems to be, a very sweet and shockingly naïve man who wants very much to do right by America. But his uncompromising vision of freedom would destroy America, really, by turbo-charging the powerful and the rich, who have shown throughout history that they have (with a few exceptions) zero social conscience and very little concern for the country. Already they've grasped most of the wealth and property in the country. Those in the top percentile are perfectly happy to throw Americans out of work and create jobs in China or Mexico if it means more profits, which they then bank overseas to avoid paying the taxes that create the relatively uncorrupted government under which they thrive. Given the nearly unlimited freedom from regulations and taxes that Republicans like Paul dream of, they'd be completely unrestrained. Eventually the desperate peasantry would realize, as they just realized throughout the Middle East, that the system was completely gamed against them. The result would be bloody revolution."

Friday, April 22, 2011

Now That's Some Straight Talk That We Can All Believe In

DougJ coins the perfect term for the smug, self-satisfied Villagers who pimp the Republican conventional wisdom such as Paul Ryan's abomination:  lazy, innumerate sociopaths.  Apart from being a spot-on description of these menaces, it's also a great band name.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Break Out the Guillotines...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  the financial elite are waging a war on everyone else, and you don't get to choose whether you'll sit this one out.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

No surprise

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you your modern Tea Party.

You're Fired

This is the predictable outcome of electing radical Republicans to various statehouses around the country.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Politics of Sadism

Here's a nice post at Esquire eviscerating Paul Ryan's budget "plan" and the underlying ethos of conservative governance.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Haha, Dean Baker Nails It

Great take-down by economist Dean Baker of all the self-satisfied pundits who are talking about Paul Ryan's deficit reduction plan as if it were some amazing and brave piece of policy, as opposed to the usual Republican wealth redistribution scheme.