Hey, Dork. Pithier, not a louder Left

Ted Cruz said show him one mass shooting that gun laws prevented. Which mass shooting did guns prevent? Leftie’s and reasonble gun owners need to get more sarcastic not louder. Take these examples:

1, Not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terror… Okay, then not all white people are KKK, but all KKK is white people.

2. That child you abort might one day grow up to cure cancer…or, that child you fail to abort might one day grow up to kill the person who would have cured cancer.

3. It was a cool summer in Des Moines, where’s your global warming now? Answer, the world is round and your head is square.

4. “So-called” Muslims need to clean up the extremists in their midst if they really are a religion of peace…to, does that also apply to “so-called good” cops?(Also will accept “does that apply to leagal gun owners?)

5. Gun laws won’t prevent criminals from getting guns. Um, do laws prevent criminals from breaking any law?

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6. Gun laws won’t prevent criminals from getting guns. Car thieves still steal cars, does that mean you shouldn’t have a license, or car insurance?

7. I can’t vote for a socialist like Bernie Sanders, well then, you definitely wouldn’t have voted for Washington, Adams, Jefferson or Lincoln. “We the people?” or “Union” let alone “more perfect union,” or “welfare,” in the constitution? Or is it that the Right only believes that its only about the guns and Blacks as 3/5 a person?

8. also not in the constitution, the word freedom, internet, porn, gay, abortion, AR-15, big gulp, god, Christian, apple pie, Chevrolet or immigration.

Sometimes the only cure for stupid is a good strong whack to the head.

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Hate laughing darkly? Don’t read this

A good friend, who is as crazy about politics as I am asked why I and Que4 radio did not cover any of the Republican presidential debates. Before I answer that, a reality check on some numbers. FOX News, which carried the debate, is forced through various cable deals automatically on 82 million homes in America. 13 million tuned in for this one, 10 million fewer than the first debate. In fact, despite a blitz of coverage on talk radio and the corporate press, the debates are properly characterized as the Anrea Doria of politics. Those numbers also credit FOX even if someone accidentally lands on the network. “Sweetie, I’m trying to find Diners Drive-ins and Dives and I’m on FOX again!”

To center those numbers a bit more, the episode when Den served Angie with divorce papers in BBC One’s East Enders drew 30 million. 40 million in Portugal, a whopping 85% of viewers caught the soccer game between Portugal and the Netherlands. In fact, the telenovela Torre de Babel in Portugal routinely gets double the viewers of this last debate. Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death, arguably more informative than the debate gets 16 million. here in the greatest nation on earth, MASH scored 125 million for its finale.

But the reason neither I nor Que4 Radio will ever cover the Republican debate is twofold. First, we don’t cover it for the same reason we wouldn’t cover video of a man with no lips attempting to eat an ice cream cone, or the funny faces a dog makes while trying to eat peanut butter, a little people mud wrestling contest or a conversation between flatulence connoisseurs (Its all about the layers).

The second part is that Que4 supports and defends diversity, dignity and respect for all people, and a realization of the broadest possible interpretations and manifestations of personal liberty. we champion our brothers and sisters of every race, religion, gender and sexual identity by standing and shouting against oppression, and that is diametrically opposed to every breath and utterance of every of every single candidate on that stage.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray with Jack Hammond 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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Sell it Somewhere Else, Trump

For archivists and 23rd century historians, Trump before becoming President in 2016 and dictator in 2017 was a television clown. Trump was assassinated by his wife in 2019, resurrected in 2127 from cryogenics after the asteroid struck. The revived Trump, now 181 years of age, was promptly arrested, tried for boorishness, a capital offense in the 22nd Century and was exiled naked to a tiny island in the Arctic, which after global warming remains at a brisk but survivable 67 defrees fahrenheit.

For the rest of us, still mired in the 21st century, this week Donald Trump unveiled his tax plan. Oh how I long for the days when the Right labelled Obama’s half-assed effort at single payer as the edicts of a dictator. Trump will build a wall, an amazing wall, and he’ll kick out all the illegals-he has a plan-and he’ll go and take the oil from the Middle east, oh and Merry Hanachristmakwuanzkican, its gonna rain cash! He is going to change the tax code by executive commandment.

The Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, who pretends to be an economist rather than a propagandist for corporate greed, loves the tiered delusion of Trump’s so-called plan. Moore feels that it is even an improvement to Rand Paul’s 10% flat tax giveaway to the rich. EARTH TO TRUMP AND MOORE: We already have both a tiered income tax and a flat tax. The current system looks like a bump, with the poor rightly paying little income tax, just fees and consumption taxes, with hits on soda, cigarettes, another one on soda, a county sales tax, a local sales tax…With monumental burdens on the middle. As for a flat tax; the wealthy and corporations after subsidies, LLC dodges and deductions pay a flat tax of ZERO!

“We the People” was a mistake. It was the founding father’s human shield against insurrection by a populace armed from a decade of battling the British. In truth the constitution was written to codify and give legitimacy to a ruling class. There were no poor people in congress. Now it is stocked almost unanimously with millionaires. But constructing a new domestic monarchy would have led to civil war and mass insurrection. It was activists, activism and yes even violence that enforced “We the People…”

The founding fathers, like John Adams argued for Washington and every president to be referred to as “your highness”, and to serve a lifetime. Adams would have had dissidents and critics sanctioned and imprisoned. And so beholden to slavery were many of the founding fathers that despite a burdened conscience they opted to leave it up to some future enlightenment. Indeed, when that enlightened future arrived and the 13 amendment was ratified to end slavery, it didn’t really end slavery:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, EXCEPT AS A PUNISHMENT FOR CRIME WHEREOF THE PARTY SHALL HAVE BEEN DULY CONVICTED, shall exist within the United States…”

And under segregation and Jim Crow, the denial of the GI Bill to Blacks after the Second World War, systemic disenfranchisement and economic apartheid, they were able to ensure the imprisonment of generations of Blacks, and then point to the collapse of the family as the fault of Black folks. Blacks account for 40% of the prison population in America. So helping Black people rise up means about the same as all those lovely blankets we gave the Indians. They’ll keep you warm against the small pox chills.

So forgive me for being a little dubious of the tax plan of a wealthy ego-driven carnival barker who claims a plan to help the middle class and poor. Crunching the numbers he’ll see hundreds of thousands in savings personally, while savings to the middle class and poor amounts to a couple of monthly bus passes a year. If you make $300K a year you can buy a brand new Prius annually for cash or fly you and the wife first class to Hong Kong and stay for week in a luxury hotel, and still afford postcards.

rump revealed that he would simplify the code, like Paul does, by eliminating a lot of deductions. He’d keep the home interest deduction, and surprise, the charitable deduction. Rich and poor alike love charity, they just have different names for it. The rich call it charity, of course, while the poor call it…RENT! And GROCERIES!

Truth of it is, since the Lincoln administration politicians have talked about helping the poor and working folks. Throughout the last 150 years the government and their agents have killed working people asserting basic rights and justice by the scores. There are full scale massacres of workers curiously left out of the history books, like the 1914 Ludlow Massacre, 1927 Columbine Mine Massacre, the 1923 Rosewood Massacre, Haymarket and Herrin massacre, the Colfax Massacre of more than 150 blacks, 300 striking sugar cane workers slaughtered November 22nd 1887, and 150 killed by police and soldiers in a crackdown during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, and the Battle of Blair Mountain in which an estimated 100 coal miners were killed.

Working and poor people have seen year over year in wages, healthcare and quality of life amid administration after administration proclaiming help for the working people. But just when they are about to poor into the streets and rise up there is a scare of terrorism, a new war or the price of cable TV drops again. The children of the working class and poor were then tricked into indenturing themselves for the rest of their lives through student loans for educations they were told would earn them better jobs that never materialized.

So forgive me Donald, and Marco and Hillary and all the rest for not buying the pandering. We’ve heard it before. When tariffs appear on US corporations overseas, when bankers are perp-walked for what they’ve done, when the country forgives the crime of massive student loan debt, which was intended to eliminate competition for the kids of the wealthy and powerful, I might believe again. Until then America is a scam not a country, and Donald Trump is merely the latest and slickest salesman.

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Shaming Jesus

We hear all the time from the right how they speak for Jesus when again and again it becomes a do as I say not as I do scenario. At some point you must ask yourself if they are simply invoking the name to keep you under control, that is, shaming you into compliance with crafted and concealed deals and policies, cloaked in religion that are meant simply to provide a few with greater power, privilege and security at the expense of the rest of us. The refugee catastrophe, which Revolution and Beer has chronicled and followed for several years now, is a case in terribly stark and tragic point.

The crisis now in Europe’s heart reached a current peak this week when Hungary closed its border to tens of thousands of refugees(Migrants is an insult to the desperate plight of these people) were driven back with truncheons, water cannons and tear gas as they tried to cross the border. Note, that none of these people have food, water or shelter or any understanding of how they and their families will survive day to day. Hungary was refused barbed-wire by a German anti-capitalist company-Sarcasm Alert here.

Interestingly Serbia, not known over the last two decades for a particular love of Muslims was gloriously receptive and merciful to these poor people. Many thousands flooded across the border into neighboring Croatia where there was an outpouring of support, love and help from average people. In talking with people from the Balkans, many of whom survived the cascade of wars in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia it seems the crisis awakened memories for Croats and Serbs of their own nation’s recent struggles. Where religion once seemed to define untold horrific and barbaric acts there is now a common humanity and the understanding of the necessity, the moral imperative to help someone in need.

Renata Ivosh, mother and grandmother, survivor of the siege of Sarajevo and a refugee from Bosnia went with her daughter to the train station in Zagreb with cookies and juice for Syrian refugees. The family, living in a tiny basement apartment makes less than $10,000 a year for a family of 4. A farmer who survived the destruction of Vukovar in 1991 hoped his farm to hundreds of passing refugees, feeding and sheltering them. Contrast that to former Illinois Representative Joe Walsh, with a net worth estimated at well over a million dollars decried on his radio show that there is no money to help even a few thousand refugees headed to this nation of nearly 400 million. He rebuked the Pope’s suggestions that catholic parishes open their doors, saying it is what Jesus would do. Last week Walsh actually said that in that case “Jesus was wrong!”

So the question is, is it the words or the deeds? Who claims to speak for Jesus and who is actually doing the work he described in help the least of his brethren? The answer may shock you. The answer speaks directly to much of the ills our nation faces. The answer might empower you more than you ever thought possible, to the detriment of frauds and used car salesmen like Walsh, Trump and Hillary.


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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DARK HORSE: Bernie Sanders 2016- Trump on a Dime

PART ONE
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said flippantly of Arizona Senator, former prisoner of war and fellow republican John McCain. “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”

He was speaking before a crowd of about 3000 supporters on Saturday January 18th in Ames Iowa. Condemnation by fellow republican candidates was swift and predictable. Unlike the immigration issue, and Trump’s comments that Mexican immigrants were mostly “murderers” and “rapists”, saying that “some, I assume, and good people” the republican field quickly split with Trump. Rick Perry called him unfit to serve as president. He was alone in condemnation of Trump the candidate. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker couched his criticism, simply saying that Trump should apologize.

The following morning, on FOX News, an unrepentant Donald Trump pretended he was the victim, and that he alone was responsible for reigniting first the immigration debate and second the plight of veterans in the US. Perhaps Trump missed, at least the past 5 years of near constant debate and political blustering over both issues. Recall during the 2014 midterms both the VA scandal regarding medical treatment for veterans and the immigration issue, particularly with the so-called flood of young immigrants to the border, figured prominently. The media was oversaturated with those stories to the detriment of other economic, international and social issues, specifically the Ukrainian crisis, Greece and growing discontent over the general mismanagement of the economy at home in the US. FOX News was cordial and served functionally as the spin machine for rightwing causes.

This week Donald Trump emerged as the frontrunner in public opinion polls of republicans. That was based more on his media fame than by donor support. Jeb Bush was drawing strong financial support, well north $120 million, mostly through wealthy industrialists and foreign interests, like Saudi Arabia funneling money through Super PACs. Scott Walker also has stronger financial backing from the Koch Brothers than the financially leveraged Trump, who raised less than $100.000 Dollars while loaning his campaign at least $1.4 million.

Apart from Perry, who remains so marginal in polls that he has nothing to lose by assailing Trump was the only candidate universally condemning him. The rest have afforded enough wiggle room for maximum political advantage, knowing full well that Trump’s supposedly unguarded statements enliven the base. It may prove however a mixed blessing, as this rhetorical Godzilla may well begin to believe he actually has a chance of getting the republican nomination. Like big business discovered with the evangelically stained Tea Party, the monster you make may not be the monster you keep.

Trump, born to wealth and privilege did not serve in the military. Eligible for the draft during the Vietnam War, he avoided serving through a series of deferments. Like the immigration issue, Trump believes his attack on McCain’s service will enliven the veteran’s issue, doubtlessly attempting to capitalize on the recent shooting by the apparent Islamic extremist in Chattanooga Tennessee. Nowhere in that discussion, however, there has not been any substantive discussion on the policies and hypocrisy leading to many of the issues faced by veterans, and by many millions of other Americans as well.

On Sunday July 19th, The Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ptsd-report-20140621-story.html) cited a new Congressional report on the Pentagon and VA’s ineffective treatment of PTSD, the report calling it “ad hoc, incremental and crisis driven”. There have been no recriminations on getting into future wars that would place extraordinary burdens on the US economy, both through the execution of the war and through the long term hidden costs of medical treatment for disorders like PTSD as well as physical disabilities from combat. The Iraq and Afghanistan Wars cost the nation and estimated $2 trillion. Afghanistan alone was costing the US taxpayer an estimated $6.7 billion monthly, (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/military/2010-05-12-afghan_N.htm) with as much as another $4-6 trillion in medical costs and effects on the economy and US foreign policy over the coming decades.

Paul Solman, explored the emerging cost in 2007 on NewsHour on PBS:

PAUL SOLMAN, NewsHour Economics Correspondent: The cost of the Iraq war, it’s a far cry from the original estimates.
DONALD RUMSFELD, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense: The Office of Management and Budget estimated it would be something under $50 billion.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS, Host, “This Week”: Outside estimates say up to $300 billion.
DONALD RUMSFELD: Baloney.
PAUL SOLMAN: The $50 billion estimate turns out to be a modest fraction of what the war has actually cost thus far, the out-of-pocket, mainly military costs.
GREG SPEETER, National Priorities Project: We’re averaging, over the period of the war, about $275 million a day.
PAUL SOLMAN: Greg Speeter runs the National Priorities Project and its costofwar.com Web site, which tracks the spending per second. At this point, says Speeter, the total is close to $450 billion.
GREG SPEETER: That gives you some indication of just how expensive this war is.
PAUL SOLMAN: But, no, it really doesn’t, according to those who’ve looked at the numbers more broadly. As economist Linda Bilmes explains…
LINDA BILMES, Harvard University: Even if we withdrew all of our troops from Iraq tomorrow, the war would still keep costing us money for many, many years to come, because there are several long-term costs which are not included in the running costs of the war.

Even at those conservative numbers, back in 2007, that still puts the cost to over $1.7 trillion. The United States government, primarily the Bush administration, borrowed hundreds of billions to finance the war. That has an impact, a dramatic impact on a struggling economy. Veterans, like working poor families and many minority and poor white communities, communities from which many of our nation’s military are drawn, are the first and hardest hit in difficult economic periods.

On December 14th 2014 the national debt grew beyond $18 trillion. While that historically immense number is fodder for media pundits and partisan candidates on both sides, who routinely draw comparisons to Greece, mostly to assail social welfare programs the comparison falls rat her flat. While it is the US has the highest debt in the world it also has the largest economy and the greatest nominal GDP. While US debt is around 106% of GDP, that number is still lower than the UK at 405% of GDP, Switzerland at 229%, Germany with 145%, to name a few. To battle that rising debt, however the US has essentially created a shell game.

The US, banks, corporations and the wealthy profit off the creation of national debt. But in reality that profit is a sort of theft. Since the US owns ¾ of its debt (China and foreign investors the other 1/3), payment and interest on that debt is akin to taking $7 from the left pocket to pay the right pocket, then loaning $5 Dollars back to the left pocket again. One factor deciding that rate of repayment are interest rates, which have been kept historically low in an effort to drive economic growth, like small businesses and consumers who, it is expected, will spend enough to help refill the Left pocket. Raising interest rates while consumer spending and the overall economy is slow runs the risk of draining the left pocket (http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2014/01/08/Rising-interest-rates-will-slam-Federal-Budget).corporate-profit-margins

Consumer confidence was at an all time low since the CCI began measuring data in June of 1997 at the end of 2008 before Barack Obama was elected and for a year following taking office, which most economists would agree was due to the impact of the global financial crisis. While consumer confidence has rebounded substantially, reaching and exceeding the CCI for much of the Bush administration, consumer confidence is much lower than the peak years during the Clinton administration from 1997 to 2000 (http://future.aae.wisc.edu/data/monthly_values/by_area/998?grid=true).

Those peak years were the years in which deregulation and trade agreements like NAFTA began draining manufacturing jobs from the US. Wages have been driven down by US corporations who use the media and elected officials to propagandize to the American people a policy of driving down wages to compete with foreign workers. This comes as corporate profits are at historic highs, particularly relative to collapsing middle and working class wages (http://www.businessinsider.com/profits-versus-wages).

The loss of manufacturing jobs to countries like China cannot be overstated. According to Bloomberg, China’s wages rose between 10-15% in 2014, while average hourly wages for US workers grew by less than 2%, a full percentage point behind annual average inflation. That describes, in fact, negative wage growth for US workers. Meanwhile, corporate profits have skyrocketed (https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/graph/?id=CP).wages-to-gdp

The mismanagement and abuse of the American economy is clear. For Hillary Clinton, posturing judiciously to stave off Bernie Sanders’ substantial challenge, her rhetoric often does not match her policies. While courting corporate and financial/banking donors, the very same donors her husband championed to the detriment of workers under NAFTA, for example, she appears to pander to the progressive/liberal base. But there is more that impacts veterans and tens of millions of other Americans struggling at the margins. We will explore that in the next post.


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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