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Republicans Are Lucky the Rich Are on Their Side


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: republicans, Americans, wealthy, income inequality, ethics, propaganda, politics, government, economy )

Carrie
- 80 days ago - thewire.com
The agenda more favored by Republicans seems to control the debate in Washington, probably not coincidentally because wealthy Americans are promoting it.



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GGmaSheila D. (89)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 1:00 pm
Wonder what kind of spin they'll put on a conservative gay man, LaSalvia, leaving the GOP, saying there's no hope for the party...
 

Birgit W. (135)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 2:36 pm
Noted, thanks for sharing.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 5:36 pm
Noted. Thanks, Carrie. Yes, this is a truly fine combination. The wealthy are keeping their fingers crossed that the "other side" of their party doesn't get wise to their tricks. Unfortunately, the media is complicit with the rich/GOP because of their own corporate interests. I don't know what it will take for the Republicans who are low income to realize what is happening to them, and start complaining.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 6:20 pm
Thank you for sharing this article. Fortunately, there are some like Buffet and Soros who do not support them.
 

Jessica Grieshaber (7)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 6:49 pm
noted... thank you
 

Jeanne Young (17)
Tuesday January 28, 2014, 10:01 pm
Lois - Maybe it would require at LEAST 2 cells per brain?
 

Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 12:25 am
According to the Pew Poll cited in the article, only 57% of the wealthy believe that [lack of] health care is an important problem, only 56% believe that child poverty is an important problem, and only 16% believe that climate change is an important problem. The first two issues will never affect them personally, and the third issue, climate change, is caused by activities that increase their investment portfolios.

The wealthy will not concern themselves with income inequality unless the tables are turned. And that will never happen because, as the article states...

"Ninety-nine percent of the wealthy people surveyed voted in 2008. Two-thirds gave money. Forty percent had contacted their senators; over a third had contacted their House member. Those are stunning numbers, ones that the non-rich can't match. Again, this is why rich people give money to campaigns — so that those phone calls to the senators will be returned, even if there's no direct quid pro quo."

They know how to protect their interests, and "their" interests are the only interests they have any interest in.
 

Kathleen R. (201)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 3:01 am
Noted. Thanks Carrie. Interesting article. And to Susanne R, excellent comment.
 

Diane O. (151)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 3:16 am
We will always have wealthy Americans. What is extraordinary during Obama's administration is the rise in poverty, 37% true unemployment and very slow economic growth. Obamacare is a colossal failure simply because it is a Ponzi scheme and our young Americans aren't paying into it. It is far cheaper for them to pay the mandated 'tax" and pay as you go for healthcare.

Obama's State of the Union Address confirmed that Obama is a failure. He accepts NO accountability because he is a sociopath.

Remember liberals that the wealthy provide your jobs in our country. Shooting them down is shooting yourselves in your foot. And, if you think there isn't a very large quadrant of rich democrats then think again. We will always have poor people in our country and they will remain poor for different reasons.

Obama killed jobs early in 2009 when he failed to lift up the job engines in our country. He turned to his legacy healthcare bill and it failed. The good news: "Six SOTU addresses and thank God only two more to go."

Very "rich" democrats gave millions and millions to Obama's campaign. Hate them? No, of course not. Wealthy democrats own large corporations....hate them? No, of course not.

Yes, interesting article, indeed.

 

Pat A. (117)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 5:22 am
Thanks Carrie - interesting article and good comments by Susanne R and others like Lois and GGma Sheila
 

Lona Goudswaard (61)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 5:38 am
What are the Republicans "lucky" the rich are on their side? Let's be honest about this, the GOP and the rich have the same self-interests, and are in reality little more than their paid hand puppets. They're not interested win what is good for the country as a whole, they're only interested in what is good for them.
 

Diane O. (151)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 8:47 am
The democrats are "lucky" that the rich are on their side as well. Ever heard of George Soros and his mega contributions to the democratic party? What about the unions? Have any of you checked out the rich contributors to Obama?

Here's a link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/us/politics/17donate.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Obama LOVES the uber rich democrats. Why? Because without them he would not have been elected twice. It takes millions if not billions to finance an election so don't be fooled by Obama publicly discrediting the rich in our country. He has USED them to the max.

A woman cannot be "just a little bit pregnant." Either she is pregnant or not. You either appreciate the rich in our country for what they contribute to Americans or you don't. This "selective" hate for the rich in our country is absurd. By the way, according to Obama's administration you are considered if you make over $250,000 a year. 53% of Americans work for small businesses. Guess who got taxed a few years ago by Obama? Yes...the small business owners. Obama is a job killer.
 

Jason R. (51)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 10:10 am
Turns out, the rich are really stupid people that get lucky at their con.

Like, every one rising up to the 1%! Turns out, they don't do math well at all.
 

Diane O. (151)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 10:26 am
What none of the democrats can dispute is that they, too, depend heavily on the rich to finance their campaigns. Obama and his band of incompetents have the unions and we ALL know the billions paid out by the unions to buy the president who will do the most for them.

Get real, Jason. Everyone in our country will never rise up to the 1%. You know that. Both republicans and democrats, alike, understand that those without any education and no job skills cemented their futures...minimum wage jobs. The educated, trained, and strong work ethic Americans will have good jobs, get pay raises and benefits and if they are smart they will pay into their retirement programs because NO ONE can live on a meager social security check....another ponzi scheme and the worst investment any human being could ever make. However, it was geared for the poor and right then and there wealth distribution was born.

What is it? Over $60 billion a year in fraud and abuse in social security, medicare and medicaid? The taxpayer, the rich, fund this absurdity. Whoever thought the government could run and control these programs was two french fries short of a Mcdonald's picnic. Obamacare? The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.
 

Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 1:57 pm
Diane, we all know that the rich get their wealth from the goods and services their businesses provide, but in order to maximize their profits, they have to cut corners wherever they can. And how do they do that? By underpaying their employees, of course. Their companies pay minimum wage (or less), often provide no benefits, and expect the taxpayers to subsidize these individuals by providing them with food stamps, heating assistance, WIC, Medicaid and other forms of public assistance. These are hard-working people! If they were paid a living wage by their wealthy employers, they wouldn't require public assistance in order to stay alive. Yet their wealthy employers keep taking advantage of them, and they have no choice but to accept the pittance they receive if they want to work. Corporations are sitting on record profits, yet they're not hiring and they're not increasing wages. I'm sure you'll find a way to blame that on President Obama, just like you do everything else.

So when you complain about the ‘takers’ who rely on ‘welfare,’ keep in mind that it's not just the unemployed who are receiving it. The underemployed and the underpaid are receiving it, too. And worse yet, the wealthy --whom you defend so fiercely and with so much blind loyalty-- are actually double-dipping. They’re collecting subsidies at the expense of the taxpayers and have the nerve to refer the employees they underpay to government programs to subsidize the meager incomes they provide them. Their reasoning: why should they pay them more and decrease their bottom line when the taxpayers can make up the difference. These are some real characters you're defending!

Is corporate welfare acceptable, especially when these corporations are making record profits and not creating jobs or raising wages? Is referring underpaid and underemployed employees to public assistance programs so their company doesn’t have to increase their wages or increase their hours an acceptable thing to do? Not everyone has tunnel vision. You’ve complained about abusers on countless threads, but at least the abusers on the side of the aisle that you choose to ignore are doing what they do out of desperation, not greed. What would you do to provide food, clothing, shelter and medical care to your children and grandchildren if they fell upon hard times? The wealthy have no excuse for their greedy, and incompassionate behavior.
 

Elizabeth M. (64)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 2:36 pm
Noted with thanks Carrie.
the old saying - The rich get richer and the poor get poorer!
I still like Former President Jimmy Carters remark - that money is ruining politics!!
 

Diane O. (151)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 3:55 pm
Americans who are wealthy aren't greedy. They charted their personal financial path early in life. Some inherited wealth. Some are inventors. There are many reasons why Americans are wealthy. What is extraordinary under Obama is that the number of poor people has risen dramatically. Obama killed jobs and placed a very dark cloud over our small businesses and corporations by raising their taxes and slamming a penalty "tax" on not signing up for Obamacare. This year, and it has already started, insurance companies will start cancelling your employee healthcare and DEMAND that you like you and enjoy paying the higher premiums for far less coverage. This is the price you pay when you vote for someone who believes in redistributive wealth in your country.

Only two more SOTU addresses for the American people....thank God for that. Obama has failed miserably and the middle class are paying the price.
 

Jason R. (51)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 5:25 pm
"Get real, Jason. Everyone in our country will never rise up to the 1%. You know that."

Of course you didn't hear the news that over half the nation heard. Fox doesn't want you to know these things.
That was from one of the top 85 richest people. An actual 1%er. He defends his sickness by stating that he wishes every one was in the top 1%.

Here's the stupid, jack ass right here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNEmXpLZpu0
 

Jason R. (51)
Wednesday January 29, 2014, 5:29 pm
"Americans who are wealthy aren't greedy."

After one amasses a billion dollars…Way more than they and their family will ever need, it's pretty clear that pure greed takes 100% hold.

And why have we never seen ONE of them that look like they work HARD? Because they don't. They are just shuffling money with inside information.
 

Susanne R. (248)
Friday January 31, 2014, 1:33 am
I'm surprised that you didn't accuse President Obama of causing cancer, Diane. Let's face it, you've accused him of everything else. You need to do some honest soul-searching and figure out why you hate this man so much.

Also, you forgot to mention Benghazi in your 'cut and paste' talking points...
 
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