THE DAILY BEAST
In 2007, when the Charles Koch Foundation considered giving millions of dollars to Florida State University’s economics department, the offer came with strings attached.
First, the curriculum it funded must align with the libertarian, deregulatory economic philosophy of Charles Koch, the billionaire industrialist and Republican political bankroller.
Second, the Charles Koch Foundation would at least partially control which faculty members Florida State University hired.
And third, Bruce Benson, a prominent libertarian economic theorist and Florida State University economics department chairman, must stay on another three years as department chairman—even though he told his wife he’d step down in 2009 after a single three-year term.
The Charles Koch Foundation expressed a willingness to give Florida State an extra $105,000 to keep Benson—a self-described “libertarian anarchist” who asserts that every government function he’s studied “can be, has been, or is being produced better by the private sector”—in place.
Yes, after just seeing what lengths racist Republicans will go through to suppress the right to vote for blacks, Latinos, the elderly and other minorities, the US Supreme has agreed to hear a case from Mississippi that begs a change to the Voting Rights Act. Republican dominated legislatures have passed laws that suppress the right to vote. The Republican Party has run pure racists as candidates for public office. [Remember Newt Gingrich and his primary victory in Nikki Haley‘s state, South Carolina?] Republican secretaries of state have used the power to administer the actual ballots have suppressed minority voting using tactics such as limiting resources that end up making blacks, Latinos, et als stand in line to vote for hours and hours hoping they will be discouraged and go home. Remember all the fighting over photo-ids? Why will the Roberts’ Court be hearing this attempt to change the Voting Rights Act at this time? I hope the Court plans to use its power at this time of flagrant abuse to expand the reach of the Act through judicial power and to challenge Congress to pass laws expanding protections of minorities from their states. “States Rights” is still alive and is as pernicious and evil as it ever was! Surely, we are not in a post-racial society when descendants of American slaves are prevented from exercising the right to vote as guaranteed by The Constitution. The Congress has work to do in this regard along with undoing Citizens United. —GoodOleWoody
It has gone unreported, but, in secret, the Republican Party has devised a plan to work in concert to corrupt our system of government. They installed sympathetic justices in US Supreme Court. They elected enough GOP candidates to wrest control of state legislatures and governors. Using the filibuster and sheer numbers, Republicans effective control of both houses of Congress. They have installed gridlock which has given us a do-nothing Congress lasting for decades. Heaven knows what is going on on the local level. There are talking points for every actor to recite on the stump and on TV. Radio? Republicans in the Supreme Court gave us the decision: Citizens United vs FEC. That decision is bearing rotten fruit in allowing secret and unregulated millions of dollars (SuperPacs) to win the Whitehouse and to control all levels of government in America. We witness the realization that “money is the root of all evil.” Just what is their vision of a United States controlled by one party?
Did not this scenario happen in Germany in recent memory? Thousands of American boys and girls died to free the German people et als from the most evil head of government history has ever known. Do the Republicans have a charismatic leader waiting in the wings to assume power if and when Republicans rule the land. While Americans and their Allies removed Germany’s dictator from power, no military force could exterminate the evil thinking and goals that brought that evil one to power. Could this feared Republican(?) leader be the Antichrist described in The Bible? Christians know that the Antichrist is coming…and soon. At the height of his global power, Iran, Russia and China will lead a war on Israel. This will occur at the time when God finally sends His Son, Jesus Christ back to earth to triumph over evil and take his brothers and sisters in Christ to Heaven. We cannot change the plans of God, but, we can fight to loosen the noose and shackles of the misguided Republican Party. Brothers and sisters, we all must vote a straight Democratic ticket in every election on November 6, 2012! See you at the polls!
NEWS JUNKIE POST
America’s middle class has been under attack for about 30 years. One of the main goal of Reagan, the Republicans and the pro-corporate Democrats was to dismantle the few critical social programs and safety nets put together by FDR and later Lyndon Johnson. Bush Sr. kept pushing for the same social Darwinist policies of deconstruction of the New Deal, so did ultra corporate Democrat Bill Clinton, and of course Bush Jr. So far, President Obama has failed to reverse the disastrous policies of what could be called America’s Jungle Capitalism.
The great divide between the haves and have-not has dramatically increased since the 2008 financial crash. The United States has seen a record number of its citizens living on food stamps while the number of millionaires has also reached a record high. It makes America as polarized in term of wealth possession today as in 1928.
Recent statistics show that 40.8 million Americans currently rely on food stamps to meagerly survive. It means that one out of eight Americans can not make it without government provided food stamps to feed themselves. This figure is projected to rise to 43.3 million by 2011.