Welfare Queens: Who Really Wears the Crown

Numbers have a liberal bias, which is why the Right has taken to simply inventing numbers. The issue of who is on Welfare, and who is actually lying about what Welfare actually entails is a case in point. The number currently being floated by the Rightwing of Americans on Welfare is an astounding 109, 631,000 number. That’s a lot of lazy and out of work people helping to make the case as to why you are paying too much in taxes. Just one problem, the number isn’t accurate. Well, it is and it isn’t. Here’s what I mean.

As of the 2012 census there were 320 million Americans total. An astounding 35.4%, or just under 110 million were on welfare, according to a, dare I say, very liberal use of the word by the right. A quick definition of the word, however, reveals that “welfare” encompasses everything from SNAP, or food stamps, Tax Credits for Working Families, Housing assistance, SSI for severely disabled Americans, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), unemployment insurance, Medicaid, Women Infants and Children (WIC) assistance, Head Start and Family Energy assistance, because it looks really really embarrassing if too many Americans succumb to cold or heat due to poverty, unless we are competing directly with Bangladesh these days.

Incidentally, according to the CDC, between 2006 and 2010 some 2000 Americans died because of heat cold and other weather related events. While many of those are not attributable to poverty, the rise from previous years is so precipitous that contributions due to poverty cannot be overlooked or under estimated. That sharp rise coincides with both an aging population, cuts in benefits, rising medical costs and the great recession.

But in this election cycle the right would also have us believe that Blacks, immigrants and Latinos are voting for democrats because the democrats will give them welfare. The numbers prove otherwise and instead lend more evidence that the right intends to frighten, radicalize and anger white voters to the poles out of the realization that they cannot carry in any meaningful way Black and minority votes.

They portray the myth of the welfare queen, the Black woman on drugs popping out babies and collecting big checks bled from hard working white taxpayers, Tennessee began testing welfare recipients for narcotics in July 2014 and found only 1 in 800 tested positive, hardly more than 1/10 of 1%. Florida, which also tests, found the rate to be at 2.6%, while the non welfare, taxpaying population’s rate was near 8%. So why the hype? Testing dollars are a big ticket give away to testing companies. Each test nets the company $30-40 on average, a mandatory cash payment by the person being tested. Testing companies are pouring millions through lobbyists into campaigns and media. Carly Fiorina, Republican presidential candidate was recently caught in a lie about a stepdaughter, whom she led people to believe died of a drug overdose, when in fact the person had died from complications due to Bulimia.

Children are the primary beneficiaries of Welfare. Even still, only 5.2% of so-called welfare recipients get more than half of their total income from the government. Nationally the amount spent on social welfare programs is 59 Billion, against more than $100 billion given to already profitable corporations. That number is exponentially higher is state and local corporate giveaways are tallied. People who attend college re far less likely to need or ask for any type of public assistance, adding weight to the long term cost benefits of free collage educations. that isn’t about welfare, but rather investment.

The same could be said for law enforcement and the prison industry. If the country prioritized quality public education over law enforcement and security the cost benefit to the country would be staggering. It cost roughly $5000 more to incarcerate a young person for a year than it would cost to send him/her to a Big 10 school with housing and board for an entire year. For profit prisons spent $45 million in lobbying just in 2011 alone, and made more than $5 billion just in immigration detentions alone. The cost for each detainee was $166 dollars per day. The Holiday Inn in Port Washington Wisconsin, with a stunning view of the quaint harbor costs $94 a night, with private showers, a pool, sauna, breakfast and clean towels. There is a nice Italian place within walking distance where for about $20 bucks you can get dinner and have some left to take back to the room. $52 dollars cheaper than for-profit=prisons.

Blacks are 13% of the population. While the white middle class benefitted over hundreds of billions in VA loans and scholarships the Black community was barred from those benefits, allowing one community an unfair advantage. That community, in large part because of that has historically remained the most vulnerable. Almost 42% of Blacks are on or require some sort of public assistance. That equals about 17 million people. The number is virtually identical in the Hispanic and Latino communities. Together they still do not add up to the number of white Americans using some time of Welfare. or about 41 million White Americans. That begs the question; why then do so many poor whites vote republican?


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Inside Outside

Rush Limbaugh is right, it is the media. Of course, he is a very consequential piece of the messaging system of the corporate and power elite. Call it the advocacy media. My good friend, Sid Yiddish, differs with me on just how much influence Limbaugh actually has. But there is a reason media corporations, like Salem and Clear Channel/iheart media gobbled up radio and television stations following Reagan’s abolition of the Fairness Doctrine and Bill Clinton’s Telecommunications Act of 1996. Limbaugh makes over $40 million annually, speaking for the regular folks. Despite being a ratings drag. KEIB in Los Angeles is 37 behind 4 college stations and a Polish language station, WABC in New York dropped from 3rd to 22nd in the market and KFI dropped listeners in droves the instant he hit the airwaves.

It isn’t about ratings, though. It is about saturation. Salem overseas a media empire of more than 2500 stations, including affiliates. Clear Channel owns 800 outright and affiliates to over 3000 others. There are almost 8000 rightwing and conservative stations out of 15300 overall in the nation. There are fewer than 200 so-called progressive stations, despite often high ratings for shows such as Thom Hartmann and Stephanie Miller. It’s called Return on Investment. Limbaugh is not a charitable contribution. Keep that all in mind for the time being.

Many of us make the same mistake, depending upon political orientation, that the media is either too liberal or too conservative.. It is neither. It is a function, a tool, the messaging component of a much larger system comprised of many people who have no idea they are actually part of that system. That system survives and thrives on maintaining the illusion of the team sport of Right and Left politics. The consumer is necessary to maintain that system. Understanding the function of the media is critical to understanding what is befalling electoral politics in America, A neighbor resisted that notion. Her resistance is likely more a sense of betrayal over a part of American lore she held as sacrosanct. Fundamentally it is as simple as any business plan. Scott Walker’s dropping out of the race suddenly only supported what I have been saying since February.

There is no actual Right or Left in US politics. There is only insiders and outsiders. Insiders may be nominally republicans or democrats, though their ultimate function is in selling the game to the rest of us outsiders. Outsiders are partisans who rarely understand the backroom deals while they are scrapping out on the field. Evidence the distractions in the media of this celeb or that scandal or sudden media alarm over the high price of yogurt, only to discover that a key treaty or trade deal or law had been passed to the benefit of the 1% and the detriment to the average American while everyone was distracted.

When attempts to co-opt Occupy by the DNC going into the 2012 election failed the group was targeted, marginalized and attacked. By contrast, the Tea Party was created by Insiders like Dick Armey and Karl Rove. It was then franchised out to give the illusion of grassroots, while serving and affirming, either directly or indirectly the hegemony of the power elite. Occupy was scattered. The Tea party serves a function.

Trump and Sanders are outsiders, to a degree. Trump is more of an outsider. Sanders has been in those circles of power and speak directly to more of them than most others. Because he knows, and rails against what he knows he is ignored almost completely by the corporate media. Bernie, in the present system, will not be the Democratic candidate, not without massive outrage and action. Insiders will not all that to happen. Trump serves a far different function. He is not a man of the people, but a man to control the people. Trump is for sale to his ego, which the Right has fed. He is a better tool than talk radio to inject rightwing policies directly into the mainstream. Rightwing policies are a means of control to protect the corporatist centers of power controlled by the Insiders. Trump is far more effective in messaging than Limbaugh these days.

Scott Walker was never intended to be the nominee in 2016. He has shown that he is for sale to the highest bidder, and will pander if power and prestige are the goal. He was being vetted, gaining experience for 2020 or 2024. The others are functionaries as well. Carson, Rubio, Fiorina and the rest are intended to dominate the message in the media against any true discourse of pressing and critical topics(Hint: immigration and ISIS are not Critical). The other purpose is simply to generate vast sums of cash to feed the media machine. FOX has made it a cyclical industry.

Jeb Bush will be the candidate. He is the consummate insider. He knows too much about the theft of the election of 2000 and the disenfranchisement efforts of millions of voters. Like Hillary, Bush wants the job and he will have it. The rest of us a just living in his family’s country. The media, as it did with McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012, both deeply disliked candidates, will consolidate and persuade voters of the necessity for supporting Bush. Bush’s abysmal poll numbers are meaningless.

On the Left, so to speak, Hillary’s ascension has likewise been decided. She also assumes the presidency is her Right, the voters a means to an end. DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, reportedly deeply invested in corporate prisons, is running interference for Hillary by tightly controlling debate schedules. If Hillary’s liabilities prove too great the DNC is already teasing the idea of a Joe Biden run, with Liz Warren as the running mate meant to bait and switch Bernie Sanders supporters, and to soothe the betrayal of Hillary fans. Despite being clearly the strongest candidate on the Left, the refrain in the halls of the DNC remains, “Bernie who?”

In the end, which ever candidate ultimately steps into the presidency, they will pander on token issues to partisan constituents. Both will continue the same incremental corporate takeover of the nation and the government begun under Reagan and continued unabated by every president since. Still, hopeless as it sounds there is always one way to beat this corrupted system; Voting and activism. They both go hand in hand. The Question is whether the American people will show in sufficient numbers, taking over events like the Black Lives Matter, Code Pink and Immigration and LGBTQ activists have done while also showing up as never before to the polls.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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What we bought today

…uniquely American extremism is a toxic mix of selective doctrine, latent violence, racial melancholia and rabid consumer excess…

The sun glinted off the wing of the United 737 parked at Gate C30 at O’Hare’s International airport. The sky was a near perfect blue. Just across the taxiway a larger than normal group of aircraft idled, watched over by a police vehicle. I weighed the heavy iron wrench in my hand. I’d grabbed it from a mechanic’s tool box in the ready room. After watching the second plane crash into the World Trade Center live in New York there could be no question America was under attack. Word came down that at least a dozen aircraft were still unaccounted for after the FAA had ordered an unprecedented ground stop nationwide and ordered all planes out of the air immediately. A coworker believed his wife was a flight attendant on one of the hijacked flights out of Boston. Someone else heard a Lufthansa jet was headed for the terminal, still another was aiming for the Sears Tower. Downtown Chicago was evacuating. A supervisor instructed us to “clear” every aircraft in the zone, roughly 10 gates, and pulled the jetbridges off the aircraft. The biggest mouths, the bullies in the zone, refused the order, saying they weren’t paid to perform security. I went alone, dubious of my chances against unknown terrorists prepared to commit suicide runs.

Two black guys named Chuck and Bernie, just after the first tower collapsed shook their heads over a comment that just seemed to fall from my mouth about how we were now at war. Chuck tense and distant at all that was happening, replied that America would just use this as a reason to go after “colored” people. I kept a daily diary back then. I wrote his words down not realizing at the time how cryptic they were. I have never forgotten Chuck’s words. Every September 11th I look back at more and more evidence accumulating that proves those words.

History is a process, not a series of standalone episodes. Recently, researching an ancestor I have been deep in researching the Renaissance and Reformation. Like Pearl Harbor, the French Revolution, the First World War or the Roman Republic, each of those grew as a wave, building and crashing with such impact and tumult that they became pivotal or etched eternally into our collective memory. The Renaissance did not begin on a Tuesday at 2pm 1500 AD. The much touted Christian Reformation ran concurrent with monumental abuses by the Vatican, the inquisition and a defacto religious fascism with regards to thought and speech and censorship across Europe. Pearl Harbor was not the surprise attack by evil Anglo-hating Japs, but a breaking point in long running economic animosities between the US and Japan. World War One did not begin in Sarajevo with the murder of an Austrian Archduke. It began in a German fear of pan-Slavism and Russia’s growing industrialization. It began in the pig farms of Serbia whose plum sweetened pigs out-competed the lesser quality Austrian pigs for market share.

The attacks of September 11 were not the product of an evil terrorist alone, but a long process extending back to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. Since September 11th the United States has only attacked smaller weaker countries of “colored” people. In every case the specter of oil has been part of the equation. In all those places the so-called remedy of global warfare and security against what was a very small and dwindling number of actual Islamic extremists has spurned a rise of fundamentalists, extremists and ever more terrorists than those early numbers could have imagined. The deaths of more than a million people, also victims of the September attacks, grows those ranks for generations to come. Big oil implored President Bush to leave Iraqi oil in the ground to drive up prices. ISIS is a willing dupe in that continued effort. In that time, while the oil purchased media mocked climate change, renewable energy, emissions controls, EPA standards and electric cars oil has more than quadrupled in price to the delight of big oil. OPEC countered the fracking boom by dragging down oil prices at a time when the West sought to punish Russian aggression by tanking prices.

We suffer religious extremism in this country as well. Unleashed by the corporate media as the easiest legal form of control to manipulate. This uniquely American extremism is a toxic mix of selective doctrine, latent violence, racial melancholia and rabid consumer excess. They are growing to a dangerous force affecting everything from race relations, the economy and political structure. Learning has been replaced by expediency via the internet as we all now work harder and harder for less and less to a smaller and smaller number of neo-oligarchs and robber barons. At least one of them is now running for president as a would-be dictator. Our children’s education is the battlefield in this country as it is collapsed in a death by a thousand cuts in favor of corporate owned schools and religio-politically filtered and reconstituted curriculum.

This country changed on September 11th. The explosion of media consolidation and politically slanted talk radio began in far greater earnest that day. I lost my retirement that day and a quarter of my pay, not because of the attacks but in the robber baron chaos that allowed corporations, like the one I worked for, to steal from their employees. Freedoms were vacated, and in the case of the Patriot Act, abandoned. More than 3000 people died that day. 600,000 died in Iraq, 60,000 in Afghanistan, thousands in Yemen. More than 5,000 young American men and women were told they were sacrificing their lives for our freedom in America, while those who sent them profited from actually stealing our freedoms. Sometimes history changes in a moment, but that moment comes at the end of a long and often overlooked history. Bush, Cheney, Clinton, arguably even Obama all ought to be in jail for their part in the destruction of this country. Trump, Hillary, Jindal, Paul and Jeb Bush rightly should be laughed out of any public consideration.

I long ago stopped lamenting the tragedy of September 11th. The vultures that descended on us were our own countrymen. It’s just that we’d gotten so fat that they are still feasting. Only now is it becoming evident that they are eating us alive.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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God’s Tomatoes

I’m on this substance kick lately, subscribing fully to the line by the late comic Bill Hicks that marketing people should kill themselves. He was referring, obviously, to the anti-intellectualism infecting our society. For example, I have heard talk show hosts like Michael Savage reading almost word for word on some obscure concept which they parade as evidence to their audience as merely another awesome dimension of their voluminous intellect. Nick Cave said it best in his 20xx album “Dig, Lazerus, Dig.”

Who is this great burdensome slavering dog-thing that mediocres my every thought?
I feel like a vacuum cleaner, a complete sucker, it’s fucked up and he is a fucker
But what an enormous and encyclopaedic brain

http://www.last.fm/music/Nick+Cave+&+The+Bad+Seeds/_/We+Call+Upon+the+Author

It occurred to me this morning, still thinking about an interview between Bill Maher and Rick Santorum. Santorum dug his heels in regarding demonstrably false information on Climate Change. Somehow Santorum believes that solar panels and electric cars directly assaults his Christian faith. Either that or among his biggest contributors are coal companies that he uses to hide behind the very workers his policies will ultimately rob of benefits and living wages.

I was watering my tomatoes. Here at the end of September the Midwest is getting a shot of record warm days. Chicago is about to match in the first week of September the same number of 90 degree days it experienced over the entire summer. That said, I didn’t get out to water the tomatoes yesterday and the leaves were looking a bit droopy. I gave the soil a good soaking and realized that I was in kind of awe of the transfer system that carries water from the roots up to the leaves and the tomatoes themselves. Then it occurred to me that since I didn’t understand that process fully, God must be intervening. Maybe angels, with buckets of water, relieved that I had finally brought the hose over, were carrying little buckets of water up and down the stems, because somewhere in God’s plan is the need for that one plant to survive. I could only wonder if god was waiting for me to fulfill his plan with the hose, or if he would condemn me to hell if I somehow disrupted his universal plan hinging fully upon that tomato plant.

The point is. And Trump and the Republican party of today, and to a nearly equal extent the DNC, through their media partners play upon our ignorance by proliferating ignorance. They are marketing to our shortcomings and tripping us intellectually every time we attempt to inform ourselves and our children. In schools they are cutting right to the chase, having entertained the rest of us away from learning and books, in favor of the information of convenience or of self validation to attack our children through home schooling, vouchers and tax cuts that assail public education by sucking away resources.

Elitists and intellectuals are degraded in favor of Joe the Plumber and Donald Trump, or George Bush. The destination is paramount to the journey. We are encouraged to know what we know, not to seek knowledge and under standing. It is as if we are standing on the end of the Titanic as it rises vertical before sliding beneath the waves and the person beside you says, “How could we be sinking, we are 200 feet in the air?!”

Anyway, that’s what I was, oh, God’s calling, Rick Santorum wants me to water the Geraniums…


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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So long, Joe

It’s 2015. That is an important fact to establish before continuing here. But for a few hardcore Chinese astrologers, some rabbis and Donald trump supporters who start over on the annual calendar each time they finish counting fingers and toes, at least we can all agree on that much.

Recently I heard a Geico car insurance commercial marketed at Millenials touting how the company has been in business for 75 years, with a tag line, “Didn’t know they had cars 75 years ago…” Now, recall, we all agreed that it is 2015. Do the math. 75 years ago was 1940, the second World War, a year before Pearl Harbor. And if you don’t know what Pearl harbor was, and think that it starred ben Affleck, relax, this article isn’t for you; its about you. Also, if curse the Japanese every December 7th, seventy-four years later, seventy years after the war ended rather than understand that it was part of a process comprised of contributive players, economic bullying and complex relationships, this article is about you too. It is also about a media that, rather than building relationships and strengthening community has instead exploited our basest greeds and f ears and is rushing us for the sake of content, ratings and exciting video to the precipice of destruction.

Too much? It was all made clear to me last night while enduring another chimp-like car hood pounding theatrical tantrum about how the murder of a Houston cop was “an attack on America!!!!!” It might well have been about the Islamic onslaught upon Western over-privilege.

Where once I might have argued or even cared, wrongly believe that any of what happens in the media or on Walsh’s show is out differences of opinion, and that there was any interest at all in conversation or debate I under stand now that Walsh, Limbaugh, Hannity, Rachel maddow and the rest are salespersons without any redeeming value.

I work daily, through this blog, the radio show interactions with those who challenge my (Instead of cocooning with those who agree with me) assumptions, the corporate media, where as Walsh is a willing paid employee who cares nothing about his audience except as a means to a sale. It’s really like trying to convince a Yugo salesman to make the case for an AMC Pacer. I know, that dates me, but it works.

Its all so boring. Limbaugh, Walsh, Coulter and all the re st are boring. I mean they are driving political dialogue, frightening the old people who will vote for the deadbeats, like Walker, Trump or Bush who will waste more years in regressive, predatory politics and socially stagnate engineering. Every time a white guy shoots up a mall it’s the instant obligatory defense of guns accompanied by the pre-emptive bluster that the Left is politicizing gun control. Immigrants are coming to steal your jobs and go on welfare all at once, and Jorge Ramos is there leader. No one ever quite seems to notice that every issue by the Right is constructed on oxy-morons by actual morons. These are tough guys decrying the feminization of men while carrying a gun everywhere they go. Global warming, for example is such a hoax that the Pentagon which “gave America freedom” and can do no wrong, unless Obama gets involved is actively planning for the unavoidability of global warming. A white tea partier and his wife execute two Nevada cops and proclaim revolution, one of dozens of such slayings of police by white supremacists since 9-11-2001, is never referred to by Walsh and the others, but a 15 year old boarding a plane in Minneapolis to join ISIS proved America is under siege. A black kid with a gun is a feral throw away, but a white kid who maliciously runs down children in Texas deserves a second chance because he has a future.

It’s not really about Walsh. When he says “Blue lives matter” as a slam to Black people concerned about an out of balance system trend taking the lives of far too many Black young men and women, but then attacks public sector unions, most of which are police, no one seems to notice the hypocrisy; least of all cops, who flock to Right wing reactionaries, rather than the Left who would, with reforms protect their jobs and benefits. But Walsh is a symptom. He is a pee stain on the chinos of life., or an oozing pustule.

Earlier this year Walsh publically promised to debate me. He made that debate on the air. I promised to buy the beer. He has my number. He has never called. I am not rescinding the offer, but I also can’t suffer an unrepentant fool and a huckster. If he calls, I’m there, with the beer. I’m not holding my breath. He’s a coward. He has to live with that.

It’s just no interesting any more, Joe. It’s all the same day in and day out. He accomplishes as much for community and America as those squabbling, cackling over-indulged housewives on those reality shows speak to geo-politics and quantum mechanic, or simply just getting along with neighbors. Geico’s commercial reflects and supports a culture of idiots, no-nothings and fools. As long as it contributes to the purposeful dumbing down of our country and the national/international conversation, like Walsh does nightly, I’m not buying any longer. I’m not even listening.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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DARK HORSE: Bernie sanders 2016-So long Bernie

Oligarchy: noun ol•i•gar•chy \ˈä-lə-ˌgär-kē, ˈō-\ a government structure where a small and elite group have power.

It was a good run. Bernie sanders excited the Progressive and Liberal base, and could have won, if this were truly a functioning democracy. Instead the US is not considered and fits the textbook definition of Oligarchy. That is not simply a cynical opinion, but the results of a study by Princeton and Northwestern Universities. That report found that average Americans have near zero input in their government, while a small number of wealthy individuals and corporate interests dominate the US government. Talk radio, the Tea Party and even Occupy are populist ruses or distractions designed or harvested to channel mass public opinion while providing the illusion of individual empowerment, and to identify and discredit dissenters.

Bernie sanders was first to feel the sting, and is being marginalized more with each passing day in a corporate controlled media and the elite and corporate ruled DNC. That was fully evident with Howard Dean Sunday on a Sunday talk show threw his full weight behind Hillary Clinton, calling her the most qualified candidate. The network political shows filled with speculation about a possible Joe Biden run, hinting he was talking with Elizabeth Warren as a possible running mate. Bernie Sanders, who attracts more people to his rallies than other candidates combined is increasingly being erased from coverage and from discourse, despite a surging growth in popularity. Sanders reacted positively to the Black Lives Matter protest several weeks ago in Seattle, taking a more pro-active position and engaging witrh the movement by appointing BLM Symone Sanders as his Press secretary.

Now the target is Donald Trump. The wild-eyed couch republicans dreamy-eyed and irascible at Trumps veiled racism about immigrants and how he would “handle” BLM protesters, are also soon to feeling the emerging wrath of an insider run political apparatus. That apparatus has already begun dismantling the Trump parade. The difference between Sanders and Trump is two=fold. First, by all indications Sanders is running on actual issues with a statesman-like demeanor respectful to the process and the country. He eschews the powerful and idealistically asserts that in numbers citizens can have their country back. Trump is a populist self-aggrandizing media clown.

Second, as Sanders continues to be shut out of the system, the media, the election and the discourse, so too will expire his grassroots funding. Trump has the money to maintain his sugar-coated clown parade that actually affirms racial and class divisions and the confirmation of a political and social elite. While treating him as the comic foil and hate driver for the election, he may serve a purpose, but the real elite, the interbreeding power protectionists of the upper echelons of the GOP and DNC (Your favorite congresshead or most hate are simply passing flavors of the day) will not let him get close to the White House.

It would be inaccurate to blame the corporate elites and political echelons of power alone. The American people have squandered their democracy through neglect, ambivalence and reactionary social and political masturbation. Too many on the Left, predominantly fickle white activists, abandoning the noose and blood-tinge fight by Blacks and women to gain the vote abandon that necessity to protecting a healthy democracy by discrediting the vote out of some childish conception of changing the world fundamentally to a yet undefined hipster paradise populated by all electric Volvo SUVs and locally sourced Starbucks. On the Right, they pander to their all too prevalent fears of immigrant, non-white and Islamic boogey men, flagellating themselves over Christian values, nebulous concepts of Freedom filtered through the oligarchic prism of greed trade and through their own imbued and as yet unacknowledged and undiagnosed notions of their own paranoia and latent homosexuality. They proselytize about returning to good old days that never existed, except as a transient pretense of a place where white people could presume to always be dominant.

The lion share of the blame goes to the vast middle; all those “reasonable” Americans channel flipping lazily through the social and political realities of the day waiting to be sold or to find an opinion that fits with their pothole perspective of the world. They have become the great sea of grass. Only too happy to whip with the media and political winds while choking slowly and steadily the self-serving policies of a select few. Worse, of all of these people, Left, Right and Middle, as fewer than 7% will ever leave the country for any educational or enlightening period of time, they are prime to be fed myths about “socialist” Europe, that Canada’s healthcare system pales in comparison to Americas (Despite Canada’s alarm at the flood of Americans attempting to enter for healthcare and medical reasons), or the myth that the world is a dangerous place by highlighting isolated and often contrived terrorist threats. Americans are happy, it seems to wallow in their own graves, as long as they have a WiFi signal and cable TV.

Finally, in our cheerleader, don’t make waves anglo-dominated society, inaction is the call of the day. More than a month ago a rally to organize for Sanders was held in Chicago. Apart from the fact that most were elderly and all of them white all 100 or so clapped and cheered at the theatre event led by Progressive Democrats for America. There was no engagement by the Sanders’ campaign, worse nothing has come of that event. There is no organizing, no aggressive outreach, no significant events. Sanders, in not building even a loose affiliation with a central organizing effort, as well as the “you go first” attitude of those who attended the meeting is fundamental. Indeed, it is a fundamental failing of the culture and allows or commands that we are to be led and exploited to enrich a few, regardless of party of affiliation, or whether you engage or disengage from the “system.”

That is a greater disease. Trump and the electoral process as it is fed to us now in 2015 is but a symptom of a greater disease. Sanders might have been the cure, but with each passing day, as his voice is steadily silenced, we may never know.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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DARK HORSE: Bomb, bomb Iran…

Why the drumbeat for war with Iran? The plummeting cost of oil. In 2003, after George Bush vowed publically to liberate Iraqi Oil, the major oil companies told him to leave it in the ground. From the 1980s thru September 2003 a barrel of crude went for between $25 and $33. Instability in Iraq, Venezuela and Nigeria pushed it up slightly, then following the invasion the price of crude jumped to over $40 a barrel, and then to $50. Iraqi oil and sanctions against Iran and US pressure on Venezuela kept major market suppliers out of the market. Capitalism, or market manipulation in action? By the end of the Bush administration crude was over $90 a barrel, with oil companies in the west making unprecedented profits. Iran is the 4th largest oil producer, but has been under an embargo for better than a decade.

The low prices represent a market correction, based on true natural market forces of supply and demand. That is not the strategy oil companies in the west have followed. Low oil prices devastate Russia’s economy, which is why he appears more militant lately, as the specter of tension puts scare into the market, raising prices. Low oil prices are great for America’s consumer driven economy. The line is in the $3.5 to $4 dollar per gallon range that hammers businesses and consumers. $60-70 per barrel is optimal for oil companies keeping the US price of gas at around $3, and ensuring large profits, though not the historical ones they once saw (government oil subsidies make up the difference).

Iraq with the ISIS issue keeps that country unstable enough to stagger the production of oil. Bringing Turkey into the war against ISIS (and Kurds) guarantees the reserves in Syria and Iraq remain tied down. Syria and Russia, by the way, are allies and oil business partners. (http://www.ibtimes.com/syrian-oil-gas-little-known-facts-syrias-energy-resources-russias-help-1402405). Curiously ISIS is fighting for those very fields.

Why no reports of Western Oil companies attacked or fleeing ISIS madmen? The Kurds we are supporting to save from ISIS is actually a middleman in blackmarket oil sales from ISIS to the West. Turkey, a NATO ally, also is part of the ISIS to market oil sales pipeline. The British are implicated in that network (http://beforeitsnews.com/awakening-start-here/2015/08/britains-secret-ties-to-governments-firms-behind-isis-oil-sales-and-no-one-saw-it-coming-like-2008-3336.html). The US, who, along with the allies vanquished 26 million Axis troops on land sea across 5 continents in just 5 years in the 1940s cannot destroy 30 thousand fighters in the open desert fighting on a relatively narrow swath of ground in two endemically poor neighboring countries?

The lifting of sanctions on Iran opens up the 4th largest oil reserves on the planet is devastating to Western oil company profits. With more and more pressure on US lawmakers to end corporate subsidies, and with greater pressure from renewable, the only avenue left is war. A republican president, heeding the cries for war, as Ted Cruz and Scott Walker have promised, or a Hillary Clinton administration, re: her Libya and Syrian policies, her policies over Ukraine and Crimea (See my book: A Tragic Fate) and her vote to support the war in Iraq all but guarantees a massive war against Iran. Israel, Hamas the Palestinian question and terrorism are simply the sugar coating on a very bitter pill. They are the trick that moves Americans into supporting war.

And you believed in market capitalism. Bless your heart!

http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2015/08/11/Oil-slumps-on-OPEC-supply-reports/2111439300493/

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DARK HORSE: Bernie Sanders 2016-Black Lives Matter, for some. (Updated)

It was an outdoor event for Bernie Sanders in Seattle. Just as Sanders began his speech before several thousand supporters activists for BlackLivesMatter overtook the stage. Sanders retreated, abandoning the stage to the activists. Amid boos and shouts the activists demanded a moment of silence for Michael Brown, killed by police in Ferguson Missouri a year to the day earlier. Calling Sanders supporters a bunch of white racists, the activists were a gift the Clinton campaign. But what if they were something else? What if they represented an attack by Clinton on Sanders? There is a history that supports that theory.

Bernie Sanders is a distraction for Hillary Clinton. On August 5th it became only too clear to her campaign that the distraction had in fact become a threat. He has real momentum, as a virtually every poll of likely voters found Sanders and Clinton in a statistical dead heat. More alarming for the Clinton camp is that those numbers show Sanders’ numbers continuing to rise as confidence in Mrs. Clinton continues to fall. The attitude of the Clinton camp is that she will be the democratic party’s nominee, and major forces are aligning behind Clinton to ensure that inevitability. The Clinton campaign’s number one task is to deliver a decisive blow to Sanders.

Sanders’ Achilles heel is his lack of recognition within the Black community. It represents a substantial weakness, as the Black vote is critical going into the primaries, but more so for the general. Hillary lags behind and even is perceived as insincere on economic issues. In the past she courted banks and financial interests, while Sanders has been consistent about those institutions and their legacy in bringing about the financial collapse of 2007-2008, which decimated millions of middle class and poor families. Sanders has helped to drive her to a more public position of holding Wall street accountable, even while she still courts those same interests.

The facture point is in the BlackLivesMatter movement. That movement has succeeded in highlighting the singular disparity in police shootings of Blacks versus any other racial or ethnic group in the country. A Black man is seven times more likely to be shot by police than a white person. Getting to a proper comprehension of that issue poses challenges to many in the white community who have no cultural reference to the Black experience in America. Martin O’Malley found that out abruptly at a campaign stop in Arizona when interrupted by a black lives matter activist when he proclaimed that “all lives matter.” Sanders was forced off the stage at the same event. The reaction by both candidates did little to increase their profile in the Black community.

The Arizona Netroots Nation event, moderated by Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, was focused on immigration, in a state in which police have pursued an anti-immigrant agenda. She is trailing Sanders in the immigration debate, adamantly opposing illegal immigration but supporting TPP and remaining silent on corporate transgressors, both of which are directly responsible for driving undocumented immigration. 2293692353_e17a771b2f

Here is the interesting part: Bernie Sanders has been the target of two high profile disruptions, covered extensively on the corporate press and on social media, as if to make the case on how poorly in touch with the Black community Sanders appears. Unlike Arizona, sanders did not immediately leave the stage until it was obvious that the protesters were not going to allow him to speak, understanding that the imagery of BlackLivesMatter protesters being dragged off the stage would have been potentially devastating. But Sanders can point to a half Century of work for race issues and neglected communities, including an arrest in Chicago over fair housing practices.

Hillary made the same mis-speak in June, following the tragedy in Charleston when she said that “All Lives Matter,” while speaking at a Black Church. Despite that she has not faced the same disruptions that have dogged Sanders in particular. Whether or not that has been a deliberate tactic to drive Sanders out of the race is yet to be seen. There is, however, a history by Hillary Clinton in this sort of all out political warfare. In that fight her campaign has always gone for the jugular. While establishment democrats and progressives are keen to warn constituents and voters against the so-called circular firing squad in criticizing fellow dems, Hillary Clinton has shown an inclination in destroying adversaries and their supporters regardless of party affiliation. This is her last shot at a run for the white house. Those long knives are apparently out and quicker than ever.

Recall, it was Hillary Clinton’s campaign who began the “birther movement” to undermine the Obama campaign. The campaign also circulated the now infamous Obama “Turban” photo, meant to portray Obama as both a non-citizen and as a Muslim as a means of playing on base nationalism and bigotry. It was attorneys acting in support of Clinton who first raised erroneous doubts regarding Obama’s eleigibility(http://canadafreepress.com/article/22345). At the end of July the Clinton campaign began its outreach to Black Lives Matter leaders led by Clinton Black outreach director LaDavia Drane. On July 25th Drane attended the Movement for Black Lives convention in Cleveland, which saw some 1400 attendees. BuzzFeed confirmed from the Clinton campaign that Drane held “one on one meetings” with key figures (http://www.buzzfeed.com/darrensands/clinton-campaign-starts-black-lives-matter-outreach#.pxv5VPoJ7). Opel Tometi, founder of the group that disrupted the Netroots event expressed an interest in meeting with Drane. This from her Twitter following the event:
opal tometi ‏@opalayo Jul 27
opal tometi retweeted Tana Hargest
Nah, Clinton camp absolutely did not meet with #BlackLivesMatter. https://t.co/pam8V0Yh8U
opal tometi added,
Tana Hargest @TanaHargest
Clinton’s black engagement dir. LaDavia Drane attended #M4BL & didn’t meet w/@aliciagarza @osope or @opalayo Huh??? https://twitter.com/katherinemiller/status/625496183360892929 …

Tometi is a tireless activist, for both immigrant and African American rights. It seems likely that two events disrupting Bernie Sanders, just as his momentum is proving a substantial threat to Clinton’s designs on the white house are coincidental, a lack of organization or the open door policy of Sanders events in welcoming everyone. By contrast Hillary maintains strict order in every environment, even roping away reporters. Hillary events, it should be noted, are virtual fortresses, usually requiring mandatory donations to get within eyesight of the candidate. Still, Sanders’ immediate reaction was to hire a new press secretary, a Black woman and active supporter of the BlackLivesMatter movement, Symone Sanders. It at least communicates an effort to squarely address issues critical to progressives and the Left.

Tia Oso, who works alongside, Opel Tometi, and who took the stage and microphone in Arizona tweeted earlier this month that, “Hillary has been getting protests. There is likely a demonstration in front of her HQ every day.” That may describe the true problem. The Black community is the battleground between Sanders and Clinton. For Sanders, the reaction by his predominantly white base may become his biggest weakness. That base was clearly upset by the Seattle disruption, sparking a social media battle that may drive away Black voters and BLM activists. In Chicago, so-called progressive radio station WCPT’ drive-time host Norman Goldman was livid about the affront to Sanders.

For Hillary it may just be hollow words to a community exhausted and cynical about hollow words and focus group responses at a time when deaths of Blacks at the hands of police seem to be on the rise rather than…

As one activists put it on Twitter, echoing a theme and strategy of oppressed peoples everywhere. “When oppression is the #statusquo, disruption is a moral duty.”

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Why Donald Trump is just Dreamy

I have decided to dump Bernie Sanders and take up the fight to elect Donald Trump. Let’s face it, Trump is America. He represents most of America, and isn’t that what being president is all about? A man of the people. Since most people in the country watch “The Apprentice,” “Duck Dynasty” or “Houswives of # City,” than watch the news or read books, Trump is the candidate for the 21st Century. Besides, compared with the others, except Scott Walker, the Koch brothers Zygote Android.koch

Let’s face it, Bernie Sanders, just wants to talk about boring old issues like student debt crippling the economy, corporate welfare, race relations, the economy: Yaaaaaaawwwwnnnnn! Where is the entertainment value in that? There isn’t any, and the Americans people demand to be entertained; relentlessly, endlessly, unstoppably entertained. Give the people what they want. They want YV, they want a reality show (that isn’t really reality) and they want Trump!

Trump is surging in a new NBC poll ahead of Thursday’s FOX News totally unbiased debate, which is being marketed by the way as a Reality TV show, with faux controversy, scripted arguments and false news releases about the very Blond and Perky Megan Kelly (Will we be able to see her legs, or will she hide them behind a desk, and will she cross and uncross them for us a few times-there must be a vagina in there somewhere.) picking on Donald Trump. Host, Kelly is the moderator, Rudy Giuliani swears it isn’t true. A Trump spokesperson responded with a long tense moment of lingering silence.

I’ll be watching. I wouldn’t miss it for a million bucks. I want to hear every crystalline syllable fall from the Donald’s mouth. Don, what would you do about abortion after Roe vs Wade, which made a woman’s right to choose a constitutionally protected right? Shall back alley abortions, or self induces abortions result in felony manslaughter or homicide? How do we monitor every woman in America? (Maybe ISIS and the Saudis can be instructive here) What do we do with Mexicans, except the ones you import to work in your businesses and on the lawns of your many homes? Would you bomb Iran, even if they comply with the latest agreement your first day in office. What about those Europeans poisoning America with all their socialism? Isn’t healthcare a privilege? School is a privilege for those who can afford it, right? How else will the American worker compete against low skilled, low wage Mexican immigrants if we don’t invest in creating a new generation of low paid American workers? And all of the Christian, god fearing oil companies and frackers; American was built on oil (Also slavery, wagonry and drowning witches), shouldn’t we ban all of that obnoxious green energy stuff stealing profits from our oil and gas heroes? China’s gonna pay, and Russia and Mexico, and Canada I’m looking at you too. What kind of country has a Maple Leaf for a national symbol. Our eagle will crap on your leaf (Beat chest and holler here)!

Honestly, when was the last time a president of the United States of America had the guts to flip someone off at a press conference, or grab his package, or pick a media insult fight with a woman? Aren’t we all tied of people with manners and decorum? Time for someone just as thoughtless and boorish as much of the rest of the nation. Books are for fags. That’s right I said fags, because I can in Trump America. Respect for others is for sissies, and the feminists, teachers and scientists have made American men sissies and queers. Trump will call in the national guard and stop all that, god willing!

My hope is that with Donald as president we can streamline the nation. The courts and the laws are for losers: You’re fired!(Canned laughter) We can get rid of that cumbersome bureaucracy congress and just go to dial in numbers for laws at the end of the ultimate TV reality show “Donald goes to Washington.” Now that’s must see TV.trump-combover


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Walmart’s Fib: Breaking down a Meme

Oh the lies corporations tell thinking we are too dumb to do the math or connect the dots. The photo shows a meme, likely created by Walmart itself describing the terrible calamity that would befall this fragile company should they be forced to pay a livable, nay, survivable wage…in fucking America! Walmart is the world’s 18th largest public corporation, according to the Forbes Global 2000 list, and the largest public corporation when ranked by revenue.The numbers are a fraud. 1513655_653799021346897_501170280_n

The very generous averaging takes into account overseas workers, management, the Walton family, truck drivers, office and HR, all making more than min. wage. There are 825,000 making minimum wage, for just under $5 million more per hour. Full time at Walmart is 34.5 hours, not 40 or 45. That’s 6.9 average hours daily, for $34.5 million per day, not the fictitious $99 million. So we get easily to $12.63 billion annually, maintaining a profit of $4.17 billion. Now, let’s say those previously very poor and financially strained people, forced to make ends meet by applying for taxpayer paid food stamps to the sum of $6.2 billion annually (http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml), or 14,500 workers and family members spent just 20% of that raise at Walmart on food and clothing, that amounts to more than $4.5 billion in extra sales, plus we don’t have to pay to feed them. Walmart still somehow manages on a paltry $8.67 billion.

Now for the really interesting part. With an average sale of $68 Walmart did roughly6,5 billion sales transactions. An extra 25 cents per transaction adds another $1billion in annual sales. Okay, actually $970.6 million, but what’s $30 million among friends?…if they budget and clip coupons. As for the bullshit Walmart and corporate apologists are attempting to sell us; peddle that crap somewhere else!


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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