It’s the Oligarchy (Economy) Stupid

“It’s the economy, stupid!” was the Clinton-Gore campaign slogan in 1992. There was a mild recession because of the transition from a wartime (Cold War) economy to a peacetime economy.Stentorian – 1992

Have trouble understanding the progressives’ failure to “fall in line” with Hillary? It is as simple as the 1992 campaign slogan of Bill, substituting just one word. OLIGARCHY. It is the oligarchy stupid.

Bernie Sanders lit fire as the first major candidate of the democratic party to expose the distribution of wealth as the elephant in hillary_downton4the room of all social unrest, political divisiveness. Bernie spoke emphatically to the primary threat to Democracy as defined by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. It seems you either “get it” or you don’t.

But why would you “get it”? My friend had cancer for months without knowing it. It was only an unrelated injury that prompted the x ray to reveal the spots on his lung. Okay. (Spoiler – Here comes the “cancer analogy”). To take it a step further, I admit I was blind to the cancer of oligarchy until Bernie began is primary campaign. You see, I believed the threat of the Oligarch was at Stage 2. Only when I saw the “x ray” as represented by the  reporting of the mainstream media and the collusion of the established Democratic Party, only then, was I forced to admit we were at Stage 4 Oligarchy. Until then I trusted the folks on MSNBC. I watched the Rachel Maddow show religiously. I believed in the democratic party and Bill Clinton, msnbc_cheerleaders3Barney Frank, Al Franken, and Tammy Baldwin. When presented with results of the x ray offered by Bernie Sanders and faced the doom of Stage 4 Oligarchy, I went through all the levels of grieving. Yes. It was painful. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance.

So, I no longer see the America or the world as I did a few months ago. I ask those who see the historical icon of the first woman President, and the real threat posed by Trump, to bear with me. I’ve come to acceptance that “It is the Oligarchy stupid”. The “stupid” is self directed. Sometimes the anger at myself comes out as an surly rant on face book, but  the truth is; I am angry with myself, mostly.  I have seen the awful diagnosis of Stage 4 Oligarchy. This is it. There is no time to experiment  with the therapy of “choosing the lesser evil” or “climbing aboard to beat Trump”. 

But let me share withbaldwin_berniephone you the event that “sealed the deal”, when Stage 4 Oligarchy was spoken so loud and clear that all power of denial was lost for good. It was the Wisconsin Democratic Primary.

Surely, if Bernie did well by the voters, the democratic establishment would represent their (large D) Democratic choice.  No. No. And NO. Three of the Super Delegates from Badger Land heard the voice of their constituents and denied them as quickly as a rooster can crow three times. I was slapped silly. kind_berniephoneHere in a state where democrats and progressives have been denied and muted for all the years of the reign of Scott Walker, surely we could count on the leaders of the democratic party to finally give us a hope for cheer. They would listen and honor the will of the people from the ultimate poll of polls; the ballot box. No. No. And NO. Super Delegates Ron Kind, Tammy Baldwin, and Gwen Moore all put the prevailing wind of the Oligarchy and party over the vote of the people they represent. They didn’t even apologize or waver overMoore_super their individual choice of Hillary over the overwhelming majority of the people of Wisconsin. No. No. And NO. I voted and trusted these people at every election and rally for years. That was it. No further doubt. Stage 4 Oligarchy.

The doctor walked slowly into my living room while MSNBC blared in the background with Chris Mathews delivering a bit of script supplied by the Hillary Campaign (documented in Wiki Leak emails) and stood silent for a moment. I knew what the diagnosis was, denial melted before he even spoke the words: “Stage 4 Oligarchy”.

Whether you agree with the diagnosis or not, this is where I live. It ain’t easy. I once enjoyed watching the day’s news on CNN and MSNBC and stayed up (I am a morning person these days) to watch The Rachel Maddow Show. No more. When you go Stage 4 the whole world changes. What once seemed truthful and entertaining, now smells of disingenuous babble. When you’ve gone Stage 4 there is no Hillary out there to save you. Hillary is the very Queen Oligarchy. At Stage 4 there is no more time for Hillary and the threat of Trump is a lesser evil than death of American Democracy. It has already been bought and trampled beyond recognition.

The last great hope is for a miracle at the democratic convention or the Green Party; the last two options for curing Stage 4 within the body politic.

So, if you are a Hillary supporter, please understand – It is the Oligarchy stupid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CURVE Ball – Chris Mathews

Chris Mathews throws “sucker” pitches from his MSNBC “Hardball” platform

Yes. MSNBC is touting the Chris Mathew’s “Documentary”:  “Chris Matthews explores Hillary Clinton’s historic political course, from first lady to Secretary of State, and potentially first woman elected president of the United States. msnbc_hillaryboycottTune in Sunday at 9pm ET on MSNBC.”

HA!  This is not “Hardball”, but a curve ball – a spit ball delivered by a once great pitcher from a mound of defeated journalistic ideals.

Bernie supporters are well aware and furious at the unbalanced, skewed, and slanted messaging spewing from MSNBC and CNN. After all, why would Comcast or Time Warner want to pay their just taxes under the reign of that “socialist” Bernie Sanders?  But Chris Mathews has reinvented his “Hardball” platform to become little more than glee club for the Hillary campaign. Why is Mathew’s Hillary cheer leading any more insidious than that of his MSNBC and CNN mates? Mathew’s wife Kathleen (pictured above with her Hardball hubby) is running for Congress Maryland’s 8th District! Well how about them apples? And the proof of his unfair use of position lies within the winding strings within Mathew’s Hardball.

MSNBC Produces “Hillary” Documentary with Chris Mathews and Kathleen Gets the Prize

OK. Last June Mathews admitted the “possible” conflict of interest presented by Kathleen’s run for Congress.

“As a journalist, I also know how mathews_socialistimportant it is to respect certain boundaries on my support for her both in my public role and here on MSNBC. And while most of you know that our show doesn’t typically cover congressional races, I will continue to fully disclose my relationship with her as part of MSNBC’s commitment to being transparent and fair in our coverage.”

Well I have not heard him mention the “conflict” even once since that time. Have you?

All of my former favorite shows have become cheer sections for Hillary, but in the case of Chris Mathews the over reach and blatant disregard for anything approaching journalism has crossed a line. Isn’t it interesting how the Hillary Doc cropped up immediately after her anticipated victory in the New York Primary? Like it just showed up at the right time. Right.

So, how has Chris Mathews used his platform for Kathleen’s benefit?

“Using Federal Election Commission data andmsnbc_cheerleaders3 Hardball transcripts, The Intercept has identified 48 frequent guests of Matthews’s program who have made donations to the Kathleen Matthews for Congress campaign. These individuals, their spouses, or their political action committees donated $79,050 as of December 31, 2015 — about 5 percent of the $1.5 million Matthews had raised as of that time.”

“Some of the guests made the donations after they were on the show — in some cases, long after. But in at least 11 of these cases, the Hardball guests appeared on the program after Kathleen Matthews announced her candidacy, and without any disclosure of the donations. And in at least three of those cases, the donations came within days of the MSNBC appearance.” Read more

 

I will NOT be watching Chris Mathew’s documentary of the joy of being on the good side of Hillary Clinton Sunday night. Nope!

 

 

WIS Super Delegate CALL LIST

The “declared” Super Delegates below became committed to Hillary in August of 2015 through a scheme explained in the Young Turks video at the bottom of the  page.

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Published on Apr 4, 2016

To give you a sense of how much the Democratic Party/DNC establishment is on Hillary Clinton’s side, we have an amazing story from Counterpunch about how they funneled millions into her campaign. Somehow this is apparently legal, but it seems a lot like money laundering. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down.

 

Indict Walker! Tammy calls in the DOJ

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The arrest and cuffing of the Wisconsin State Capital doors really did happen. Walker really did shut down the People’s House in reaction to the massive demonstrations in the early days of his “Act 10” administration. Even U.S. Congressman Dave Obey expressed anger that the Wisconsin State Capitol was closed to demonstrators this week. Obey, who served the state’s 7th District from 1969 until 2011, was himself denied entry.

Remember the Outrage

It just happened again – only worse. No, the physical doors were not locked and cuffed, but last week the doors to the people where locked and shuttered as surely as they were on that cold February day. After years of illegal, back room gerrymandering, stacking the Supreme Court, and buying votes in exchange for handouts of tax credits, real estate, and high paying political appointments – wallker_madoff2the path was cut to slam the doors of the Peoples’ House in a more devastating ploy than the physical cuffing of the entrance years ago. Slam, Bam, Thank-you Mam! Walker and the GOP just succeeded in a play that would have left Bernie Madoff or Al Capone hopping like students of at a “Jump Around” break at a Badgers Game. Yes in a sweeping power grab, that left the concept of democracy searching for new definitions from WIKI, the GOP passed laws to make it next to impossible to be investigated. All this in the same week that thousands of jobs were lost with the closing of Oscar Meyer in Madison and proceeded by other closings in recent months – Spartech of Portage, Eaton of Watertown – and what is the GOP Assembly, Senate, concerned about? Jobs? NO. Crumbling roads? NO. Making certain they cannot be investigated? YES. Jump Around!

So What’s To Do?

So with a sweep of Walkers pen the wrists of democracy are left slashed and bleeding in a State where we cannot investigate the wrong doing of our democratic political leaders. The John Doe investigation, the investigative action that has a longer life than Walker Administration itself, is no longer recognized as a “legitimate” tool for uncovering the corruption that most of the people can plainly see really did happen. Does anyone really believe Walker did not know about the secret emails being spit out like sunflower shells from a toothless lawmaker? No. All old hat. Jump Around!

What About the FBI

When I looked at the FBI web site they say:

It’s our top priority among criminal investigations—and for good reason.

Public corruption poses a fundamental threat to our national security and way of life. It impacts everything from how well our borders are secured and our neighborhoods protected…to verdicts handed down in courts…to the quality of our roads, schools, and other

walker_fbigovernment services. And it takes a significant toll on our pocketbooks, wasting billions in tax dollars every year.

And if you follow the link you will see the picture above. The grainy guy in the sport coat reminded me of a pic in my “Walker file”. Yes? No? Is he being investigated? Did they inadvertently pull a picture from an on-going investigation? Probably not.

Best Hope for a Walker Indictment

Thanks to the new legislation, Walker will never face indictment from any investigation within the State of Wisconsin. The only hope for justice must come from the Federal level, and it appears we finally have a representative willing to get the ball rolling. Enter Tammy Baldwin.

In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Baldwin asks for a review of how three loans by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation were handled. The loans have not been repaid.Call to DOJ

Of course, the three loans are just the tip of cold, blue ice berg of corruption. It is unclear what finally prompted Tammy to take the action, but it may be the last hope for a Walker indictment. A federal investigation would finally spill the Walker’s criminal pay-to-play orgy of naked depravity into the national press; the kind of scrutiny that may well be the real reason he dropped out of the Presidential race.

Here is the link to sign a petition to demand the end of Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Citizen Action of Wisconsin

Here is the address and phone for Tammy Baldwin’s Madison office.
30 W. Mifflin Street, Suite 700
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 264-5338

The Department of Justice recommends submitting a tip to your local FBI Field office. You will find the contact number on the same FBI page as the shadowy Walker photo:
Springfield, IL: (877) U-TIP-OFF

Walker plays Fox to Hillary

We all knew it was coming. How would Scott Walker handle questions about Hillary Clinton’s “secret email server” and “pay-to-play” deals? The paintings adorning the Governor’s Conference Room (pictured below right) may just as well be replaced with the images of convicted felons and pay-to-play loyalists who sent Walker around the world posing as a presidential candidate.

The moment arrived on Fox News during a April 25 interview. Tremors of facial nuance travel across Walker’s head piece as he is set up to walker_emailanimate the classic cliche, will the pot call the kettle black? The saying dates back to the 1600’s when open fire cooking blackened all cooking utensils a sooty but equal darkened char. And as could only be expected, Walker pitched forth with a pretense of being a stainless steel colander as he shamed Hillary Clinton’s behavior as the smudge pot duplicability. The U tube video of carbon encrusted governor, whose office was located just 30 feet away from the secret email network that was employed in his original election for governor, calling out Hillary Clinton for her email server.

Early in the interview, when Walker is introduced as a “possible” candidate for President of the United States, he does an eyebrow twitch that seems to say,”Yeah, how about that?” or “That’s me, President Walker”?

Then later when the example of the Virgina Governor convicted of provided political favors in exchange for money and gifts – Walker actually swallows like it keeps him awake at night – “Running for higher office has its risks.”?

It wasn’t enough that Walker sullied himself with calling Hillary’s pan blacker than his pot, but he also seeks to portray himself as a friend to the American Worker?

We should be looking after the American worker in whatever we do. I’m gonna stand for the American worker.

Thus far the national media has focused on the news-grabbing guffaws, shift and skip, flip and flop half truths and lies as his “positions” on immigration, ethanol production, abortion, and even evolution pop and dodge like the wack-a-mole. Warning. He will play this game of sound bite bobble with all the finesse of card shark in a casino. walker_nose_workYou are probably dealing with a “type A” sociopath. He will win this game every time. He has no moral foundation for his views and can and will say anything to further the message of money lenders. You will not win the “gotcha” game with Scott Walker. It is all a distraction or a slight-of-hand to pull attention away from his obvious incompetency and from the black hole where his ethics are supposed to be. It is very tempting to play his game, but in the end you will be “sound-bite” suckered. The photo depicts the most recent in Walker’s long list self serving shifts and flops. Just before the election for his second term he said he would not sign Right to Work legislation – the photo is taken of the moment of signing the bill just three months later.
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It is a mistake to assume you are dealing with an ethical human being. He will say anything. Instead, just look at the obvious results of his leadership when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts of budget, jobs, and administrative incompetence. The most blatant example of this incompetence is just behind the curtain. You want to know where Walker will take Executive Branch of Government? Ignore the sound bites and take a peek at the department he created – the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

Many people across the nation are getting to know Scott Walker for the first time, and are listening to what he says and the manner in which he presents himself to form an opinion. This post is for folks living in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and other primary states, and presented to save you a boat load of time. You cannot trust – you cannot believe anything he says. What’s more, most of his boldest and most controversial polices will be enacted only after he is elected.

He will never mention them during his campaign.walker flip flop Do you know that during his campaign for first term governor, he never mentioned his plan to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public workers? Never bothered to even hint at the action during his campaign. Likewise, none of the drastic cuts to public schools, the university system, senior care, and the DNR were revealed in his campaign for his second term. So, no matter what he is saying… it has nothing to do with his real plans.

What does that mean for all the voters out there who are watching and listening to Scott Walker regarding his plans to reshape the country? A waste of time. Please Take a lesson from the voters of Wisconsin and don’t waste your time listening to what he says, since he has demonstrated how the policies and promises he pontificates on the campaign stump are irrelevant to the action he will take once the election is over. Please do not believe what you hear, or at least be aware – you will not hear so much as a whisper of any controversial actions he intends to impose. Not a word.

Walker is already being tagged a flip flopper. Below are some specific examples of how his stump speeches, are totally incongruous to his real history. Even the New York Times chooses the word “pitch” to describe the snake oil sales job of the Governor of Wisconsin

He is tailoring his pitch to his audiences — wearing pullover sweaters in earth-tone colors in one early primary state, New Hampshire, and discussing the power of prayer in another, here in South Carolina. He has reined in his rambling speeches, at least compared with his recorded remarks over the years. He is trying to listen more and opine less, associates say, and he is easygoing with voters — a contrast with his pugilistic reputation from his successful battle against Wisconsin labor unions, which made him a hero to many conservatives.New York Times

A few drops of snake oil

Walker on the stump:

“One of my clear rules is, if you’re going to be on our team, whether on the paid staff or a volunteer, what I always say is you need to respect the voters,” Walker said. “Because really if you think about campaigns, it’s not about the candidate or the staff. It’s about the voter. It’s about how to help people’s lives be better.Scott Walker

Below is an email from his Deputy Chief of Staff when he was County Executive in Milwaukee. Oh, the email was held on a secret email network (you know the same type he admonished Hillary for) which is held in evidence for the ongoing John Doe Investigation.

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“One of the things I’ve stressed…in the last few days as I’ve looked at the possibility of running is you have my firm commitment walker_nose_respectthat I’m going to focus on making sure that the people on my team should we go forward are people who respect voters.”

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On the stump Walker boasts how his reforms have made Wisconsin “more free and prosperous”. It could be true if you happen to fit into an special category he likes to call: “stakeholders” like Bill Gardner of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad who got over 14 million dollars in grants after an illegal contribution $160,000 to his campaign. Or Diane Hendricks, the richest women in Wisconsin who contributed $500,000 to his campaign with the request, “will we become right to work?”. Or John Menard who contributed 1.5 million to his campaign and got it all back in tax breaks for his lumber/hardware company. Otherwise, if you are not one of the wealthiest in your state, take a look at the side bar at the right showing the high number of mortgages under water in Wisconsin when compared to the rest of the country.
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Mortgages under water
The national average is 16.9%

Milwaukee 35%
Marquette 28%
Racine 25%
Kenosha 25%
Rock 21%
Pierce 20%
Juneau 20%
Sheboygan 19%
St Croix 19%
Dodge 18%
Manitowoc 18%
Walworth 17%