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Robert Reich on Republican Class Warfare

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TomCat S (133)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 12:21 am
Because it is an election year, Republicans are trying to sell the lie that they really care about America’s poor and middle classes. At the same time they are doing everything they can to eliminate the safety net for the poor and force the middle class into poverty. The more they deny class warfare, the more they practice it. Few people are better at explaining this than Robert Reich.

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 12:55 am
Bob Reich is absolutely right. The Greedy Oil-addled Pharisees only want to control the masses

Terrie Williams (798)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 3:42 am
Reich has always been spot-on when it comes to the economy and just WHO runs it (right into the ground) and it has never been the 99%. I wish HE was in DC running the Fed or the Treasury or was the Economy Czar. We, the people, need him!

Love the 'toon too, Cat Man, as always, dead-on!

I hope you are using your nebulizer, Cat Man!!!!!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 6:16 am
Robert Reich should be required watching in every household in America - too bad the Dems can't buy tv time and show this video about 18 times an hour - maybe then even the uninformed would finally realize what's going on.

Elle B (84)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 6:18 am
Ty Tom ... excellent post ... saw "Inequality for All" at a theater this past fall--highly recommend ... agree with Terrie ... too bad he isn't a Dept of the Economy he could head up ...

"If ignorance paid dividends, most Americans could make a fortune out of what they do not know about economics." ―Luther Hartwell Hodges, Sr., U.S. Sec. of Commerce, (1961―65)

“The rich control our politics to a huge extend. In return they get tax cuts and deregulation. It's been and is an amazing ride for the rich.” ― Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs, Economist/Columbia Univ.

“The decadent international but individualistic capitalism in the hands of which we found ourselves after the war is not a success. It is not intelligent. It is not beautiful. It is not just. It is not virtuous. And it doesn't deliver the goods.” ― John Maynard Keynes

“Property monopolized or in the possession of a few is a curse to mankind.” ― John Adams

John B (185)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 6:29 am
Thanks Tom for another excellent post.
Robert Reich's articles should be required reading and his video segments required viewing, as he is right on every time.
Read viewed and noted.

Gloria picchetti (310)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 6:32 am
We saw Inequality for All. The minimum wage has to be raised because too many are living below the poverty line.

Lona Goudswaard (85)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 7:34 am
Give this man a medal for contributing to the welfare of America, he truly deserves one.

I agree with Arielle, this video should be broadcasted 24/7. And while you're at it Democrats (and Independents) plug some videos by Bernie Sanders and Elisabeth Warren, while you're at it. They tell much of the same story and (almost) as eloquent.

Vivian B (173)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 7:44 am
The minimum wage is the lowest, adjusted for inflation and the poor keep voting for them Repuglicans? It's outright stupidity and I live in one of the reddest states there is! I know how stupid they are! Why they don't wake up and smell their butts on fire is beyond me!

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 7:57 am
Ironically when it comes to class, the Gop have none.
Thanks TC

Joanne Dixon (38)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 8:34 am
If you ran it at every commercial break on every reality show maybe most people would see it once. Of course what we are really up against is you can't teach anyone what he or she doesn't want to learn.

pam w (139)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 8:51 am
In an election year...this should be shown so often people MEMORIZE it!

Thanks, Tom!

Edwin M (346)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 9:02 am
Our republican governor that has an approval rating lower than any Pennsylvania governor before him is now in the news almost daily doing everything he can to polish his image and make it appear that he's doing everything possible to give voters what he promised when he ran for governor. His first three years he did exactly the opposite but now that it's election year and if he were to lose he would be the first incumbent to not be reelected since 1971 he's the "man of the people". What a crock.

Gene J (289)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 9:28 am
Well, true, he makes a very good case, but he left out a couple things I consider equally important. The war on women and minorities continues unabated and we are still doing absolutely nothing about climate change. You'd think me, living here in the middle of the polar vortex that has had the country slip, sliding around the last two months would be among those saying "what global warming"? But, I'm not. Global warming creates climate change and that is what is causing so many meteorological disasters the world over. Yeah, this has been one hellacious winter. It reminds me of my youth, this IS what winter always looked like in MN. But this is the only one of its kind in the last 30 years. 9 of our top 10 warmest years have occurred in this decade. Even the vortex itself is caused by warming, as arctic ice melts, it disrupts the jet stream causing it to dip far into the United States, that wobble is what has brought us this winter.

And the Republican party has brought banning abortion back to the Capitol. As well as complete lack of empathy for immigrants. The cartoon was spot on, Tom. The 1% are robbing the rest of us blind, the redneck haters are just too plain ignorant to notice, so wrapped up in their hatred are they. The majority is shifting in this country far faster than the 1% or the bigots understand. They will soon lose the majority and I don't believe they'll ever get it back because the composition of this country is changing so rapidly. By 2043, when I will be a sprightly 94, this country will be less than half white, many states, Texas and Arizona the first, will see that happen much sooner. I wonder what will be then? What will our foreign policy be? Will we still be spending 10 times more than the rest of the world combined on "defense" or will we have come to our senses and be spending that money on the first 7 points Robert made so well. I hope the latter and I hope to live long enough to see that begin.

Winn Adams (177)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:13 am
Well said Gene as usual. I'm glad we have Robert Reich's take on the GOP. However, it will take all of us that don't subscribe to the GOP and Tea Bagger thinking to make sure they don't take over America.

David C (196)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:36 am
its only class warfare when the non-1% fight back....

Deb E (63)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:50 am
Love RR ... he can explain the truth so good! Thanks for the video.

JL A (282)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 12:23 pm
Messages well worth repeating--especially that which Reich communicates so well. Others have stellar comments that undergird your choices TC--thank you and take care of you in your snowy weather!

Laura H (964)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 12:25 pm
EXCELLENT post Tom-thank you!

Green stars for everyone :)

Sara V (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 12:46 pm
I'm confused. Isn't the complaint that some people/groups hold too much power over what happens in this country to the detriment of the poor and middle class? Yet, the idea is to centralize even more power and money with the idea that this will achieve good things for the poor and middle class?

Those in government here are already abusing their power and making "corrupt Party Officials" an American term and not just Chinese. How will giving more money and planning power help, when they are so untrustworthy?

It happens on both sides of the aisle:
Bill Moyers interview with Mark Leibovich, author of This Town:

Elle B (84)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 1:02 pm

“The government is us; WE are the government, you and I." ― Theodore Roosevelt

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us." ―Franklin D. Roosevelt

Birgit W (160)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 1:21 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 2:21 pm
Warren Buffett tipped us off a few years ago when he said publicly, 'that we are already in a class warfare and his side started it and his side is winning it'.
We need to prove that last part wrong!

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 3:07 pm
"The more they deny class warfare, the more they practice it. Few people are better at explaining this than Robert Reich."


Robert K (31)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 3:50 pm
" It happens on both sides of the aisle: "

But far, far more on the right.

. (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 5:33 pm
Great article, TomCat. Thanks for sharing.

Edith B (146)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 8:56 pm
Shared this video on Facebook again. The last two times, none of my repub friends commented. NOne of them are in the 1% so I don't understand how they can keep supporting those policies.

Sara V (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:33 pm
“The government is us; WE are the government, you and I." ― Theodore Roosevelt

“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us." ―Franklin D. Roosevelt

If these statements were true, then people wouldn't be so upset.

Sara V (0)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 10:44 pm
"The more they deny class warfare, the more they practice it."

Would you say that class warfare is Producers vs. Non-producers? Those without trying to take from those with, and those with trying to protect what they have produced from those without.

june t (66)
Monday February 10, 2014, 12:03 am
thanks for the posting

TomCat S (133)
Monday February 10, 2014, 12:06 am
Thanks to all except for the Republican who has been fooled into believing that money produces goods and services when we the people do.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 4:26 am

Gary L (138)
Monday February 10, 2014, 9:25 am
the worklass produces everything the elite are parasites on the working class and that's a fact so take yur Ayan Rand ad shove it, the war on the working class is ful blown and on going by the elite and suckers paid to undermine their own well being

Gary L (138)
Monday February 10, 2014, 9:35 am
the troll here is has been a member since 2000 has no friend a typical paid plant

Sara V (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 9:48 am
"fooled into believing that money produces goods and services when we the people do. "

So, when an attempt is made to stimulate the economy with money, that won't do anything because people create goods and services, not money. At issue also is that those who are in control are manufacturing currency to use (instead of real money which is basically finite), which creates real problems with debt, currency devaluation, and competition for these new funds which are divvied out mostly to elites and friends.

Sara V (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 10:01 am
"Thanks to all except for the Republican who has been fooled into believing that money produces goods and services when we the people do. "

Where was this said, TC?

James Maynard (84)
Monday February 10, 2014, 12:01 pm
No surprise that I'm not alone in wishing
this could be aired in every household
at least once a day. Stop voting against
your interests!!! *sigh*

Darlene Martinez (0)
Monday February 10, 2014, 5:32 pm
my classmate's mother-in-law makes $64 /hour on the computer . She has been fired from work for 9 months but last month her pay check was $18641 just working on the computer for a few hours. published here,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,



Chris C (162)
Monday February 10, 2014, 9:27 pm
Plz FLAG Darlene Martinez at Monday February 10, 2014, 5:32 pm = SPAM!

Katie & Bill D (111)
Monday February 10, 2014, 10:10 pm
They say they Care! Make them show it!!!
Careing means taking care of these people.
Most of those are preaching religion and that alone should be careing.
What a way to hide behind! Makes them pretty low sleeze b~~~!
Thank You TomCat

TomCat S (133)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 12:32 am
Thanks to most. If the Republican had read the article she would not have to ask. Robert Reich said it. In addition many others and I have said it, but who said it doesn't matter. What matters is that it's true.

Gary L (138)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 10:35 am
the problem is Fear that's what the republinazi's spread, people who are ignorant are easy targets for their lies and they also use others as trolls and dupes to help spread fear and lies another words they have no princbles or ethics

Robert B (60)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 1:07 pm
Sara V., "Would you say that class warfare is Producers vs. Non-producers? Those without trying to take from those with, and those with trying to protect what they have produced from those without."

NO, SARA, I WOULD NOT! CEOs with golden parachutes certainly DO NOT produce. They are merely overpaid good ol boys. The MIDDLE CLASS are the REAL PRODUCERS. The ironic thing is that the 1% are shooting themselves in the big ol foot by trying to destroy the 99% Try to absorb some reality. It's good for you.

TomCat S (133)
Tuesday February 11, 2014, 11:53 pm
Amen to both

Betty Kelly (4)
Wednesday February 12, 2014, 3:34 pm
Hang on & fight for America.
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