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Republicans Are the Ruling Party of Billionaire-Istan

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At some point in the next few weeks, we should all expect the Republican majority in the House of Representatives to quietly take down the American flag hanging behind the Speaker's rostrum and replace it with a new flag - one that's emblazoned with money

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Carol H (229)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 3:54 pm
noted and agreed!!

Suzanne L (99)
Thursday December 27, 2012, 8:45 pm
Noted. These guys are stonewalling on the economy.

P A (117)
Friday December 28, 2012, 1:55 am
Very good article Carrie - I agree with every word!

donnaa D (14)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:03 am

Robert B (60)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:06 am
Great article and oh so true!! Thanks Carrie. The Teabagger Storm troopers will eventually flame out, but not before they have really damaged our country and also the world. We need to target these crazies with campaigns to get them out of office. We have to keep the pressure on them. If we are to have a REAL Republican party that has any relevance, the moderates have to take back control.

Gene J (290)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:50 am
"In America, the Republican Party is following in the footsteps of the 19th Century Whig Party, rapidly descending into irrelevance. "

Good. The occupants of this fairy tale land really don't have home "countries" as such anyway. They spend their time between their residences in various countries and in association with each other. They have nothing in common with the average American at all. I've read books where the inner cities were virtual war zones and the wealthy lived in fortified enclaves. Those ideas seemed fantastic to me as a young man, beyond reason and pure fiction, but we are approaching that now, many parts of the world is living that way now - the oil rich countries for beginners. So, let the 40 chuckleheads form their own voting block and put together a coalition of democrats and reasonable republicans and get this country on the path to financial stability and make it once more a place where the American Dream is an actual possibility for the average American to aspire to. All these other fools have is money, it takes votes to run a country, and the 1% just don't have that many, nor will they ever, apart from their lapdogs...

Past Member (0)
Friday December 28, 2012, 1:22 pm
When you are being ruled over in a democracy, you know you lost your freedom.

Diane O (194)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:46 pm
Not a great article AT ALL. It's from a flaming biased left wing site that mentions no one's name from the republican side.

Freedom, Jason? LOL! Obama is hell bent on running America into the ground, bankrupting our country and penalizing the rich for being smarter, better educated and willing to take risks in business. Have you ever been offered a good job by a poor person? Of course not. Liberals are ridiculous. They hate the rich who provide millions and millions of jobs to middle and lower middle class Americans. These Americans support their families by having these good jobs complete with excellent benefits. So, what do the liberals do? They want to make the rich out to be the bad guys.

None of you appear to do any research. Look at France....they've just raised taxes on the rich in their country to 75%. Guess what is happening? You've got it....I knew you weren't that dumb.....the rich are leaving France and taking their companies and their JOBS for them. So, who lost in this wise decision? The people.

Diane O (194)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:48 pm
typo: "the rich are leaving France and taking their companies and their JOBS with them."

Kit B (276)
Friday December 28, 2012, 3:51 pm

There you have it....the Care2 icon of all that is worthy of reading tells us what is a good or poor article. Sure Obama is hell bent in bankrupting the US, says one weirdo from the FAR right wing.

No one is talking about 75% in taxation though none have left France because of this temporary taxation either. Some do their research just not from Fox news.

Patrice M (84)
Friday December 28, 2012, 4:00 pm
Well, George Bush is rich and he always has been (daddy's money). I wouldn't call him really well educated, even though he went to Harvard. These rich people stereotypes that have them thinking they are better than the rest of us because they have money simply have to GO.

Those born with silver spoons in their mouths really haven't had the opportunities to develop character and face adversity the way the rest of us "common people" have.

Diane, the rich do not provide millions and millions of jobs to Americans anymore. Manufacturing in this country is so low that it rivals the figures for 1940. The rich now provide jobs to the Chinese. They pay taxes to the Chinese as well. But they make sure to stop off here to pick up some nice corporate welfare each year - at taxpayer expense.

I repeat - Millions and millions of jobs? Where are they? No one can find them.

Nikhil Dutta (2)
Friday December 28, 2012, 6:47 pm
The fío is only for rich

JL A (281)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:05 pm
My understanding of appropriate Care2 etiquette is that if one does not deem an article posted worthy that there is a special place to silently record that view(a link labelled for just that purpose)--doing it as a comment seems intended to harass (cyberbullying under the law).

Heidi A (16)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:21 pm
Diane O. The jobs the rich offer are at best minimum wage and whose only real function is to perpetuate the wealth far moreso than the cost of the laborer. This is why everthing is now made in China or some other undeveloped nation with no enviromental laws, child labor laws or minimum wage laws. Oh yeah! They are so altruistic for the U.S.A. . The only reason they even claim U.S. citizenship is for the tax advantage. All other first world countries have a much higher tax rate.

James M (84)
Friday December 28, 2012, 8:53 pm
Re: the "Tea Party"
As some astute observer noted:
"Arrgghh, I've created a Monster!"


Dorothy N (63)
Friday December 28, 2012, 10:59 pm

Hi, John Gregoire,

that article is discussing simple fact, not uttering hate speech in the manner that so many right-wing sites engage in regarding liberals, Blacks, women, the poor, etc.

The Republican Party has self-identified as a part of psychopaths determined to destroy the democracy, country and people they are supposed to serve, serving instead their own self-interests and those of multimillion/billionaires at the cost of all of those.

The whole civilized world has long been aghast at the literal lunacy of this party, so much worse even than under, and since, Bush - surely you don't think this sort of behaviour is either sane or normal?

Or do you also support as a 'normal ' stance raping women and other violence against them, refusing them birth control and abortions, starving their children if they happen to have fallen on hard times, underpaying workers and trying to eliminate their safety nets and pensions while shoving more of the tax burden on them to spare million/billionaires paying their fair share, and endless cetera?

If mentioning what they actually are and do to people and the country they're supposed to serve is hate-mongering, then pretty much everything is, isn't it?

More generally, this is a fabulous article I thought that others might also enjoy. Dec 27, 2012 at 02:33 PM PST

Let's talk about real national security

by teacherken

And here are two pertinent videos:

Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 11:02 AM PST
Yes, putting Social Security on the table is a betrayal.

by OllieGarkey

Below the article is a video video of FDR's remarks on the '2nd Bill of Rights' - describing what not only America but all countries should be aiming for.

Do watch the video - America and the world escaped President Romney, but this continues...

Although at least it's not official government policy and President Obama's working on it.

We must all get corporations out of our various public policies and government, as well as elections.

Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 08:40 AM PDT
UPDATE: Even More on Bain Moving Sensata to China

The Chinese factory production shifted to sounded so much like the factory Romney described in that famous taped 'quiet room' video...

Diane O (194)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 2:48 am
Heidi, you'll need to provide a qualified link to support that "all jobs provided by the rich are minimum wage jobs." That's just a bridge too far.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 29, 2012, 9:33 am
I'd put the ceiling at $30,000,000....

It's time we outlaw billionaires by placing a 100% tax on wealth over

Since 1980, the top 1% has sucked up 80% of all new wealth created. In 2010, the wealthiest 1% grabbed 93% of all new income.

The richest 400 Americans -- all of whom are billionaires -- own more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans combined. The richest six heirs to the Wal-Mart fortune own more wealth than the bottom 30% of Americans combined. Billionaires have sucked so much wealth out of our economy that the rest of us are drowning.

Click here to tell Congress and the President what's needed.

We work harder. Productivity is up. But the profits are taken by the billionaires, who buy politicians and legislate rules to the ever greater advantage of billionaires -- and to the disadvantage of clean air, food, water, security, healthcare, education, retirement, and energy.

A 94% top marginal income tax rate when this nation was prospering has been reduced to 35% today. It's time we learned our lesson, reversed these trends, and banned billionaires.

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Lynn S (235)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 3:20 am
Carrie, good article with just enough 'tongue in cheek'.

When 400 wealthy Americans have political whores (make no mistake, Republican/Teabagger politicians are bought and paid for, more so than Democrats) at their beck and call making policy decisions that favour them only, then indeed any sense of balance has been lost, if there ever was any to begin with.

Nick Hanauer, billionaire is adament that people like him are not job creators. The real job creators are the middle and working class people who, with good jobs are able to spend cash on products his business produces. If demand goes up from these people, then he is able to hire more people. Not a difficult concept to grasp but one that many of the wealthy, have not learned yet. They just ahip jobs off shore.

@ Diane O --- "...They hate the rich who provide millions and millions of jobs to middle and lower middle class Americans. These Americans support their families by having these good jobs complete with excellent benefits. ..."

Good jobs with excellent benefits??? Is that why so many companies are adjusting hours and numbers of employees so they can be sure to pay good wages and excellent benefits? Please provide documentation to proove your point, and not from Faux Noise aka Fox News.

You really need to watch what you smoke and drink.

JL A (281)
Sunday December 30, 2012, 7:52 am

Research summary about the jobs corporations do not create in the US and the outsourcing trends
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