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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, June 21, 2011

Brilliant Comment

Roy Edroso's Alicublog is one of my favourites, for its trenchantly funny analysis of the Zhdanovite tendencies in today's conservative movement as well as lots of general right-wing insanity.  Almost as good as Roy's posts are the comments--I honestly believe that his site has the best commenters on the web, many of whom should be writing their own blogs.

Today Roy added a post about some typical Victor Davis Hansen drivel regarding the theft of his chainsaw and how entitlement programs are the root cause.  Many, many hilarious and biting comments followed, but I want to single out this one, which I reproduce below in its entirety, with apologies to "Jennifer."

I think there's another possibility here - in fact, the most likely one - that being that the chainsaw & copper wire snatchers have been paying quite close attention and have figured out that the only people who are really rewarded by this society anymore are those who lie, cheat, and steal.  Perhaps instead of the nefarious influence of 44-year-old movies made by liberal directors they've been watching current "reality" TV shows produced by conservative nihilists, for whom the bottom line is the only "artistic" consideration, and have figured out that flashing a bare crotch at a camera is a lot more likely to put food on your family than setting tile in a McMansion that no one can afford to buy, which is why no one will hire you to set tile in it, and that if offers of big cash for crotch-flashing are not forthcoming, stealing a chainsaw is the next best option.  Or perhaps they were merely paying attention in 2008 - 2009, when government labored mightily to reward the people who destroyed all those tile-setting jobs by giving them lots of money in return for their fraud and larceny, and while the media and various VDH types continued to laud them as the only truly "productive" members of society.  Maybe, just maybe, they've learned the real lesson that this country teaches these days:  if you want to get ahead, the way to do it is by taking what others have worked for and by pretending that swiping it was the true act of "producing."   

Perhaps, indeed, VDH has just inadvertently made an airtight case as to why we should be taxing the shit out of the investor and CEO classes, inasmuch as "human nature rises to the occasion when forced to work and sinks when leisured and exempt."  I'll buy that premise, because its natural results are on display throughout our ravaged and degraded economy & society.  And I didn't even need to lose a chainsaw to see it.

Media Complicity, Part 34917

The effort to disenfranchise voters (at least, the "wrong" kind of voters) has accelerated across the U.S.  In a functioning democracy with an engaged news media, this would be news.  The fact that is is not being reported should not surprise anyone who has been watching the mainstream media abdicate any sort of truth-telling role over the last 30 years.  They have cast their lot with an out-of-control gang of demagogues and plutocrats, and should be viewed as part of that team by anyone who cares about the country.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

These Are the Degraded Times In Which We Live

It's hard to believe how this "Fauxbama" guy Reggie Brown convinces himself that this is how he should make a living.  I guess he has to worry about mortgage payments just like regular guys.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Last Word on Weiner

Glenn Greenwald cruelly, and thoroughly, skewers the hypocritical perfumed fops of the beltway press corps who are all clucking with disapproval over the shenanigans of Anthony Weiner.