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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American Eulogy

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Something changed. What changed? Where did America steer off the cliff into the abyss? On the Left it is fully the fault of Reagan and the Corporations. On the Right, the demons are the unions and welfare recipients. You could drive a whole nation through that gap. Neither of them fully answers the question.

I was recollecting the other day on my first job. 1978, a week before my 16th birthday I was hired to bag groceries at a Jewel Food Store in Romeoville, Illinois. Romeoville was hardly 15,000 people at the time, surrounded on three sides by farm fields. 3 years before my parents purchased a modest 3 bedroom, one incredibly small and overworked bathroom, single story ranch with their three sons for $36 thousand at 8% interest. My father, working regular by exhausting 12 hour shifts at a Union aluminum plant, as well as a part time job as a volunteer firefighter brought home all total around $20,000. With a certain latent anxiousness, my mother relates that without that overtime and the part time job as firefighter the family would not have been able to remain in that house.

It was a very different country in 1978. As part of my orientation at my new job, a Union position, by the way, paying a grand total of $3.35 an hour, I was introduced to the various department managers. The produce manager, a tall, studious gentleman, with military-trimmed blond hair and dark framed glasses was able to support his family on what he made at Jewel. Was he well off? No, but like my father, he made enough to sustain the family. I buddied up to a sweet woman named Sylvia who was the most senior checker. A widow, she could afford to support herself and two kids on a single salary. Those positions are, for the most part, gone now. They certainly do not pay a wage that could adequately support a family. Recently, we had someone on the show working a full time job who found it necessary in order to survive to also require food stamps.

Where did that country go? What happened? Someone got rich. It wasn’t the produce manager, or Sylvia. The wages for their positions have stagnated or grown at rates which have not kept pace at all with the economy. Gas stations, which once employed one or more attendants who would pump gas, clean windows and mirrors, check tire pressure and oil are now replaced by a single minimum wage worker behind a counter, while you do all the work.

Poverty rates in America. The Welfare system began in the 1930s, the war on poverty in the mid Sixties had a positive effect.

Poverty rates in America. The Welfare system began in the 1930s, the war on poverty in the mid Sixties had a positive effect.

The numbers are telling and heartbreaking. More than that, they reveal the misconceptions too eagerly fostered and promoted by a media increasingly used as a public relations tool for government, industry and the opulently wealthy. It isn’t all their fault, like some sort of alien invasion or takeover. The average American shares some guilt, but more on who and how much each of us is to blame in a moment.

Interesting, that when I began researching this piece I got many of the same responses over and over again. Wages were predominant. They have not kept pace against inflation or against CEO pay. Since 1950 CEO pay is up 1000 against employee pay. When I started that first job in 1978 the ratio was 42 to 1. Today it is more than 150 to 1. By contrast, minimum wages in this country have actually reversed when adjusted for inflation. If they had kept pace with inflation those wages would be around $17 an hour.

Apartment prices have more than doubled in that period, while wages have not. The median price for an apartment in Edgewater, not far from where I live, is over $1000, while a full time minimum wage job, the largest growing number of available jobs nets, before taxes, about 1400 per month. Through in a couple tins of tuna and a loaf of white bread for the month, the bill for that one light bulb you can afford to burn to open the tuna, and a bus pass to get to a job that doesn’t support you, and you are already well past your actual take home pay. Want to live in a safer neighborhood in the city? Mama better be sending you a check every month.

It isn’t the welfare state. As the picture shows, the war on poverty has actually had a substantial effect. Until the crisis of 2008, a massive scheme to loot the treasury (No ski masks and not a shot fired) for which no one was even given a stern talking to, the number of people living in poverty had continued to decline. It’s higher and growing now, because those with less assets bore the brunt of the crime. Nor is it the fault of unions. As the market increased and the economy shifted from manufacturing to service union membership fell to a negligible rate from its high of a still underwhelming 33% in the 1950s, or as many call it: The good ole days. Declining over the next 2 decades, membership increased slightly to about 29% at the end of the Carter administration. From there the attack on unions by Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama, as well as rhetoric rising in direct relation to the consolidation of media by corporate interests directly aligned with government drove union membership to the current 7 or 8%.

Union wages have not kept pace either. Union members, the very few that remain had instead taken more and more concessions, including reductions in pay. Loss of 401ks, reductions in benefits and even elimination of retirements, as in the case of the United Airlines Bankruptcy in 2001. What unions have done is set standards of wages and benefits defining America’s middle class. At less than 10% of the workforce, there isn’t much more they could do. It certainly doesn’t put that great a pressure on the real economy to make a difference. Union wages only account for less than 1/7 of the total income for American workers.union

Tax rates certainly are not the whole story. The Left is wrong to believe taxing the wealthy is the only answer. It is part of the answer. Manufacturing and innovation, both of which have been virtually eradicated in America and shipped overseas is a larger piece of the puzzle. Trade reform helps to stop the bleeding. Corporate taxes, as seen here in comparison to individual taxes are certainly in need of reform. The government continues paying massive amounts of money, far eclipsing so-called welfare and food stamps, to already profitable companies, like Exelon and the oil industry.u-s-federal-government-revenue-source

State, local and federal subsidies, tax breaks and tax forgiveness to companies in the US nears $1 trillion annually, and you are asked to tighten your belt! The largest growing demographic in Washington DC are lobbyists. Under Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who promise reform and called previous governors corrupt, has seen an explosion in the number of corporate lobbyists. The biggest lobbying concern is led by an organization led by his wife, Diana.

So the question remains; what happened to America? If the good old days were the 1950s, as we are told constantly, how come unions were bigger then and the economy greater. There were far more people living in poverty in America. Somebody got paid, and it wasn’t the poor and working class. They got cut. Question is, who did the cutting and what was the result? A better America, or a weaker America. Something was stolen. Somebody isn’t telling us the truth.


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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May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy

Yesterday, May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy –The unions of Illinois and the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by political and media forces allied with the Empire of Governor Bruce Rauner.
The Unions were at peace with that Emperor and, at the solicitation of Rauner, was still in conversation with its government and its Governor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the workplace.
Indeed, less than three months after Rauner had commenced attacks in the American city of Chicago, Rauner addressed the City Council and delivered to the people of Chicago a reply to a recent Union message.
And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of all out attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Chicago from Springfield, or Lake Forest makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many months or even years ago. During the intervening time, the Rauner government has deliberately sought to deceive working families by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on all unions has caused severe damage to American workers and their families. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American and Illinois jobs have been reported torpedoed by this unwarranted attack.
Yesterday, the Rauner government also launched an attack against teachers.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked schools.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Poor.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Environment.
Last night, Rauner attacked healthcare.
And this morning, Rauner attacked middle class homeowners.
Rauner has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Chicago area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our working class, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.
I ask that the Allied Unions and working people declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Rauner on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Rauner empire.


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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Make Your St. Patrick’s Day Hangover Worth Something

Now that we’re on our way to the morning after, here’s a bit of Irish Labor history to make the hangover worth something:

“In 1913, in response to the Lockout, he, along with an ex-British officer, Jack White, founded the Irish Citizen Army (ICA), an armed and well-trained body of labour men whose aim was to defend workers and strikers, particularly from the frequent brutality of the Dublin Metropolitan Police.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Connolly

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ICE Raided Day Labor Corner – Press Conference Thursday at 11am at Pulaski/Foster

w339I’m writing to share a sad updated that the Albany Park day labor corner was raided Wednesday. ICE agents wearing jackets marked “police” arrived at the corner midday. They detained a group of workers, asking them for their identification, took into custody Israel Lopez Bautista (A#094924950) and transferred him to a detention center in Dodge County, Wisconsin within a few hours.

Please join us for an emergency press conference Thursday at 11am at the Foster/Pulaski street corner where we’ll stand with Israel’s brother Enrique who was temporarily stopped by the ICE agents, Israel’s son, and members of the family’s church to call on ICE to release him before this father’s day weekend.

Israel is a day laborer who has lived in the U.S. for 6 years. He has no criminal history, has three children, and is a dedicated volunteer and member of his church, Restoración Elin. We’ll be citing the raid in November that happened at this same corner and led to the deportation of 6 workers and calling on ICE to end the practice of random arrests at the street corner.
thCAR32DBAThank you so much for your solidarity and support! We hope to see you tomorrow as we stand with Israel’s family to get him home, demand an end to deportations, and defend day laborers’ right to work and provide for their families.
Elisa
cell: 214.794.6796
Elisa Ringholm

Original press release.

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May Day 2013 Events In Chicago

Happy May Day 2013

***STILL TO COME***

THURS. May 2nd, 7pm
“Organizing Resistance Under Crisis”
at MultiKulti
1000 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago IL 60642
ON THE 4th FLOOR
(@ the intersection of Milwaukee and Augusta)


FRI. May 3rd, 7pm
“We Are Not Machines, The Situation & Struggles of the iSlaves in China” at Powell’s Books-UIC


SAT. May 4th, 12pm
“Picnic For The Haymarket Martyrs” at Waldheim Cemetary

For further information:


What’s Already Happened: WED. May 1st:

Main March and Rally

2 pm Union Park (Randolph & Ogden)
3 pm March
4 pm Rally at Federal Plaza

*ALSO: 2:30pm
Plaque Dedication at Haymarket Monument at Des Plaines and Randolph.
Then join Union Park contingent at 3:30

Earlier Today

May Day Anti-Capitalist Demo

Black flags on Haymarket Memorial, #MayDay #Chicago. #M1 twitter.com/joinRAD/status… via @joinrad

— danielle villarreal (@daneyvilla) May 1, 2013

It’s been five years since the economic crash, nobody’s in jail for it. the banks are bigger, wages are lower, and we’re going to march to the loop and shutdown an institution that shall remain unnamed until that morning. Come one come all! The working people of Chicago will march in solidarity with the May Day martyrs and the rest of the country. The location of the action is a short walk from the red line and a thirty minute one transfer train ride to the annual march starting at union park. @21js_ @joinRAD @chicagoRADicals

Here’s the facebook event page for the May Day Anti-Capitalist Demo.

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