https://open.substack.com/pub/thomhartm ... dium=email
Another good article by Thom
prosperity brought about by FDR’s New Deal, which had lifted the American middle class from as few as 10 percent of Americans in 1900 to over half of us by the mid-1960s.
The "'solution” became Reagan’s mandate: impoverish the middle class, end free college, block women’s rights (particularly to abortion and birth control), and destroy racially integrated public education."
In 1976 "US Supreme Court began the process of legalizing the naked purchase of American politicians by the morbidly rich. Five corrupt Republicans on the Court completed the process in 2010 with Citizens United v FEC.
That year American billionaires put a mere $30 million into the election of 2010. Four years later they poured $230 million into the 2014 midterms. In the 2018 midterms they jumped in with over $611 million. This year it’ll be well over a billion dollars."
(I think I read somewhere that a republican is spending over a billion on repug causes. One guy. That what will keep getting worse with our soon to be class of trillionairs.)
"And that doesn’t count most of the untraceable dark money that the Supreme Court legalized when they struck down hundreds of “good government” state and federal laws in those decisions."
"These American billionaires are not running advertisements presenting their own concerns and arguments, however. There are no ads calling for more tax cuts and loopholes, corporate deregulation, or an end to the estate tax."
"Instead to elect Republican politicians who will accomplish their personal economic goals, America’s “conservative” billionaires are financing ads that:
* Darken the complexion of Black Democrats running for office;"
I was surprised after DeSantis won, to find than Gillum wasn't the darkest black person I had ever seen.
"* Falsely accuse Democrats of supporting “abortion on demand up until the moment of birth”;
* Blame Democrats for the inflation and homelessness that emerged from Trump’s disastrous handling of the pandemic (for which Democrats should be blaming him);
* Claim that teachers and Democrats are trying to evangelize our children into “deviant lifestyle choices.”'
"By demonizing Democrats and asserting that their political opponents are actual evil, all to get their tax cuts and increased corporate profits, they are destroying the future possibility of Republicans and Democrats working together.
This was Newt Gingrich‘s great contribution to American politics when he was the billionaires’ lead guy: play it like war.
To convince soldiers to kill people in war, you must first convince them that their enemy is both less than human and fully evil. If you can accomplish this with your political opponents, your people can never compromise with them. Government then ceases to work for the people, and as it collapses so do your taxes and the enforcement of regulations on your business "
Trump: “We had the safest border in the history of our country - or at least recorded history. I guess maybe a thousand years ago it was even better.”