DARK HORSE Bernie Sander 2016- Rand Paul’s Used Car

Would you buy a used car from this man? How about a row boat in the desert or ketchup for your sushi? That’s exactly what Sen. Rand Paul and corporate messaging Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore are trying to sell the American people with a new flat tax plan. The Heritage Foundation, billed as a “think tank,” is behind many of the GOP talking points that inform and guide rightwing and corporate media sources. Even conservatives “lamented to the New Republic that Heritage had become a political action group “with a research division,” according to a 2013 piece at talkingpointsmemo.com.

Their lead spokesman is a pseudo-economist, who has spent his efforts in various republican institutes like Heritage or the Cato Institute attempting to convince the poor and middle class that greed is good, profits matter most and Leftists and democrats are the enemy of economic progress. Moore advocates reducing or eliminating corporate taxes, taxes on the wealthy, while raising them on the poor, whom he calls the job creators and innovators, slashing social programs and privatizing social security. A true economist would take a cautiously analytical approach, understanding the dichotomy and contradiction of modern economic theory and practice. He would communicate the reality of an economic spectrum from the very poor to the very wealthy. Instead Moore is simply a propagandist for the wealthy.

Ultimately the economy is an engine, with the necessity for long term health in regular maintenance and evaluation to promote the greatest possible efficiency for that engine. The lubricant for that engine is trust. The fuel is currency, and as with all engines there is also an element, or byproduct of waste. In capitalism that byproduct of waste is debt. And while it may seem strange, a bit of debt is a good thing for an economy. How else would a working class family with a household income of $50 thousand annually afford a $200,000 Dollar home? How would a business grow without unduly leveraging its own viability? The problem is that debt has become the fuel for the engine, sort of like pulling exhaust from your tailpipe back into the engine. Cash has become power and is being horded by a smaller and smaller pool of people. Could your vehicle run efficiently for long if 80% of every gallon was automatically siphoned into the glove compartment? This is exactly what Stephen More and Rand Paul are advocating in their new tax plan.

The details of their new tax plan constitute a direct assault on American national sovereignty in favor of corporate interests. It is also a direct assault in the ongoing effort to do away with the middle class with its unpredictable political centralism and its expectation in the so-called American dream. Both of those desires by average Americans are antithetical corporate desires for control of the economy. That cannot happen in a free thinking society. This week Moore took he and Paul’s scheme, dressed in a matter-of-fact, common-sense costume to a complicit media in hopes of tricking the American people into further surrendering more of their country and agency.

“If you make 10 times more than I do you pay 10 times more tax. It gets rid of a lot of the special interest provisions and loopholes in the code,” Moore Newsmax TV.

Sounds amazing, but would you buy a used car from Moore or Paul? With this new plan Paul and Moore are waving the visor in your face to keep you from looking under the hood at the failing engine. This morning on Salem Radio affiliate in Chicago Moore found willing accomplices to his fraudulent sale, particularly with Dan Proft, who extolled Moore and Paul’s plan, saying that it would put an extra $2000 a month in the pockets of working families. In the plan there would be a 14% across the board flat tax, with no deductions, except, as Moore pointed out, the charitable deductions that Paul insisted remain in the plan. There would be zero payroll deductions. Corporate taxes would be slashed by almost 60%.

Currently the US corporate top marginal tax rate stands at 40%(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_tax_rates). While that is the highest in the world, corporations don’t pay that, after deductions, looses, charitable donations, state and national policies on corporate subsidies and tax forgiveness and in that many companies simply do not pay . in 2012 The Economist reported that:

“Between 2005-2009, according to Gus Lubin’s post, 115 of the S&P 500 paid just 20% in corporate taxes, and 37 received higher tax credits than they paid in taxes, which includes AIG and Citi and 16 of the S&P 500 paid less than 5% in taxes, which includes Boeing. “

Gus Lubin is the Executive Editor at Business Insider.

The troubling thing is that Stephen Moore is taken seriously, particularly by a media that Moore and others on the right routinely pretend at Liberal. The reality behind the number paints an even more troubling picture of absolute disdain and disrespect for the American people. We have seen that corporations do not pay the top marginal rate, paying well below any modern industrial nation. The deficit that creates is felt directly on the backs and in the bellies of the poor, disabled and elderly. Paul’s demand that all deductions, home, school, etc., be eliminated, except for charitable contributions means the wealthy can continue to offset their income and continue to grow their power to the detriment of the poor and middle class. The Heritage Foundation “is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and charitable contributions are tax-deductible for income, gift and estate taxes.” According to their website.

So Rand Paul, with his net worth of $2.5 million, making nearly $200,000 just from his job as senator is reported to have about another $300 thousand in income. Under his plan he would pay $70 thousand, and be forced to live on a paltry $430 thousand. However, he could offset that tax by writing a large check to Stephen Moore at the Heritage Foundation, an investment in promoting policies that would help Paul and Moore become very, very rich. By contrast, the median income in Brooklyn Iowa, population 1446 is $43,516, about $9,000 below the state and national median would sink their income $6090, no deductions, no offsets, to $37,426 which would cripple the average family.

The top 20% of the US population controls 85% of its wealth. Moore and Paul have concocted a scheme that appears to be the answer to everyone’s dreams; it is instead an answer to theirs alone. They are slashing taxes on the wealthy and corporations and slamming it onto the backs of the poor, working class and elderly. Sean Hannity rails on that supposed unfairness all the time, calling the bottom 80% of income workers deadbeats and asking how it is fair that so much of the burden falls on the minority of rich people? And Stephen Moore calls Bernie Sanders a “lunatic.”

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Dark Horse: Bernie Sanders 2016- Nickel and Dime Season

Last week senator Rand Paul, republican presidential candidate decried $25,000 in overspending by some government agency. On the rightwing Salem network station in Chicago, dismissed former Northwestern rightwing agitator, failed candidate and smarm purveyor Dan Proft blustered to a rapidly fossilizing audience about several government funded scientific studies, each costing several million dollars, or less than a hundredth of a penny per person annually combined. Co-host Amy Jacobsen bellowed that we are $17 trillion dollars in debt and can’t afford this stuff! They are silent over Governor Bruce Rauner’s wife who has now become a lobbyist for a group she leads, spending $130,000 in hopes of getting state contracts worth millions. They were silent when, after defense industry company Raytheon posted a nearly $2 billion profit in 2014, according to the Wall Street Journal, republican Indian governor gifted the company $4.8 million in state funds for improvements and expansion. Better these profitable companies spend your money than their own…the proverbial rainy day fund that you no longer have for your family. (http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/mike-pence-announces-4.8-million-subsidy-for-defense-giant-raytheon/article/2561262) proposed-dicretionary-fy2013-np

The drumbeat against benefits for the poor and elderly continues. as the presidential election heats up we are certain to see more an more of the nickel and dime slight of hand and distraction to the American voter. The latest presidential candidate, Republican Scott Walker called the minimum wage lame, teasing a regular refrain from the right that the market, not government should decide what is fair pay for workers that could be next to nothing or…

“The left claims they’re for American workers, and they’ve got lame ideas, things like minimum wage,” said Walker yesterday in announcing that god had chosen him to be president.

The American people are perennially bombarded by such bombast, such as posting the salaries of teachers, city garbage collectors and clerks. Unions, they claim, are the reason that states and municipalities are overburdened with debt. Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka blamed the state’s much touted pension problems on “years of game-playing with the pension accounts and short-sighted decisions to raid the funds, take “pension holidays” and delay payments.”

40,000 of the state’s 50,000 workers are union. 5000 are law enforcement officers, like State Police. Another 10,000 are employed by the department of corrections to oversee an astounding 47 prisons in Illinois. Teachers, the focus of much ire on the right, a manufactured target, incidentally, by charter school lobbyists hoping to divert their share of the pie to corporate schools. Teachers, by the way are a small share of the state’s workforce, as most teachers are paid by local districts. Then there are state fire fighters, state park employees, workers who maintain roads and highways and those IDOT trucks, which anyone who has broken down on the state’s highways appreciate deeply. Zero percent of them are wealthy, by any standard. They are solidly middle class, which makes them the enemy of the right, though they will never say it aloud.

Much of the debt incurred by states are not borne from “greedy” do nothing union thugs like state cops, teachers, firefighters and those insidious state park employees. Most state debt come in paying out dividends and interest to bond holders; wealthy patrons, the friends of politicians in both houses, who loan money to state for projects that should be paid for by or held until there is appropriate money in state coffers. Hint: it isn’t about the projects; it’s about law enforced and state protected secure investments for the wealthy. Under the terms of those investments those already wealthy and well-connected investors are paid first and foremost.

Bond payments to the 1% cost states like Illinois billions of dollars annually. That number pales in comparison to the true burden on states. In Illinois alone, on a state and local level, tax forgiveness, tax breaks and subsidies to corporations and companies in Illinois cost the state conservatively, $4.5 billion annually. It isn’t a matter of holding onto companies who might go elsewhere. Illinois is a road, rail and air hub, uniquely positioned to reach international destinations, as well as the nation. The state is far more populated, with better opportunities to a broadly educated worker, client, support and customer base than any other Midwestern state, by far. The giveaways have nothing to do with keeping jobs and everything to do with access by those companies to the political elite.

Even the ultra-rightwing Illinois Policy Institute could not escape that reality. IPI’s Scott Reader, writing at QCOnline noted that democrat governor Pat Quinn was giving away hundreds of millions in corporate subsidies alone while raising income taxes on working families by 67%. (http://www.qconline.com/editorials/high-cost-of-corporate-welfare-in-illinois/article_17950983-3a6f-52e5-9bbb-dcd404eba084.html) The current republican governor, Bruce Rauner, promising to end business as usual in Illinois has seen the number of corporate lobbyists in the state capital quadruple. Wisconsin, under Scott walker has seen a decline in wages, jobs and standards of living, while violent crime has spiked since he came into office (http://www.cityrating.com/crime-statistics/wisconsin/)By contrast, neighboring Minnesota, under democtar mark Dayton, after raising the state’s minimum wage and taxes on companies, has seen a boom in growth, revenues and wages, and a decline in violent crime.

The corporate revenue drain on the US government as a whole is equally troubling. While republicans pretend hysterical about 69.8 billion in annual food stamp expenditures, most of which goes to predominantly so-called red states (http://www.statisticbrain.com/food-stamp-statistics/), with their finger planted firmly in the dike they conveniently ignore the ocean rushing in around them. Wisconsin is 24 in food stamp participation rate, more than Illinois despite Illinois being nearly 3 times larger, and far more than 45th ranked Minnesota, with a participation rate of 9.4%. Minnesota and Wisconsin are nearly equal in population at about 5.5 million.

Military spending, officially given at $711 billion costs every American, young and old $2031 annually, compared with feeding the poor at $200 annually. Compare that to oil subsidies, which republicans are silent on, to already profitable companies is projected in the US to be $333 billion, or almost $1000 annually for every American (Okay, $951.42 for the sticklers out there.). Subsidies are only part of the story. Tax forgiveness and offsets from the Federal government annually comprise more $1.5 trillion dollars, according to conservative estimates, costing every American an astounding $4286 dollars annually, but $200 hundred to the poor, or a $100 to expand the frontiers of human knowledge is our national priority for cuts? Every 6 months or so the right will attack the National Endowment for the Arts budget. At $146 million, the cost for supporting culture in a broad variety of arts, from grants, to public works, programs for children, music and education is $146 million annually, or about 41 cents per capita, less than the tax on an average lunch at McDonalds or Taco Bell.

The reason for this gross disparity is that the American people have not demanded the insulation between corporate interests and government officials. There are no laws prohibiting any congressperson from going to work for any company the federal government has business with for at least 5 years. There is no law regarding access by powerful money interests to candidates and politicians. There are no laws against the amount of money candidates can amass from powerful donors. There are reports that the Koch Brothers are prepared to spend as much as $800 billion to install Scott Walker as President, a man who has already proven he will promote pre-written legislation by the Koch Brother’s lobbying and action wing, ALEC, the American legislative Exchange Council. Jeb Bush announced this week he has amassed $114 million, a notable portion of which reportedly comes from Saudi interests. sandersalaska

By contrast, Bernie sanders has collected, as of may 1015, $19.5 million, none of which came from corporate funders and nearly all of it came from small donations by individual citizens, and yet, according to the right, Sanders is the candidate who isn’t good for America.


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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Race Baiting and Ferguson. All about gun sales?

Sadly, they are getting too easy to predict, but that still doesn’t seem to mitigate the danger the NRA poses to American democracy. By all appearances the media and NRA are eagerly stoking the flames of racial animosity, and even violence as a means of reversing flagging gun sales in 2014. Earlier this year in a Revolution and Beer exclusive, Rand Paul’s effort to pass legislation requiring every licensed commercial pilot in America to carry a weapon was exposed as a naked scheme to boost gun sales. In Paul, the NRA has bought and paid for a ready and willing political ally.

Prior to Newtown the NRA invested $294 thousand dollars in purchasing members of Congress, or more than $21 million since 1990. http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/guns/how-much-did-nra-pay-senators-who-killed-gun-background-checks Both then Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul benefitted greatly from the NRA’s abundant, string’s attached generosity. That does not include tens of millions in political advertisements which were often conveniently placed to support specific candidates. In fact, all of those Senators which appeared on FOX and on rightwing media decrying any reasonable gun control legislation, like Ted Cruz, James Inhofe, Roy Blunt, Jim Risch, Chuck Grassly and Saxby Chambliss, to name a few, received thousands in donations from the NRA.

After reading and re-reading the Ferguson Grand Jury testimony and evidence, I was perplexed at the blatant misrepresentation by talk show hosts on the right, like Sean Hannity, Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Revolution and Beer has remained very close to the Brown case, and was first to question the initial reports that Officer Darren Wilson suffered serious injuries during the altercation with Brown. Then in a CNN article following this years Black Friday sales, this line jumped out:

“Traditionally, Black Friday is one of our busiest days for transaction volume,” Fischer said.
Indeed, Friday saw the highest number of background checks ever for a Black Friday, and second in history. The highest day on record was December 21, 2012, with more than 177,000 background checks.”
http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/28/us/black-friday-gun-sales/index.html

Recognize that date, December 21st, 2012? Just 7 days earlier Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown Connecticut and fatally shot 20 children and 6 adults. Recall that the rightwing media reacted swiftly against gun control proponents, and rumors circulated allegedly by the NRA or its surrogates of gun grabs and bans.

In August, Businessweek reported on steeply slumping guns sales. Gunmaker Smith and Wesson had seen 2nd quarter sales dropping 23%, with profits suffering at 45% Other gunmakers suffered similarly. More and more the politically motivated industry has looked to the NRA, once a sportsman’s organization, to act instead as the marketing wing for the industry. For the NRA, whose best marketing tool is FOX News and rightwing talk radio that effort is manifest in manipulating the aftermaths of America’s darkest and bloodiest moments. Although I reject the word, that has to about as close to evil as one can get.

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-08-27/gun-sales-are-down

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. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: 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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