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Matt Taibbi writes: "We're seriously talking about defaulting on our debt, and cutting Medicare and Social Security, so that Google can keep paying its current 2.4 percent effective tax rate and GE, a company that received a $140 billion bailout en route to worldwide 2010 profits of $14 billion, can not only keep paying no taxes at all, but receive a $3.2 billion tax credit from the federal government. And nobody appears to give a shit. What the hell is wrong with people? Have we all lost our minds?"

National Nurses United protests on Wall Street NYC, 06/22/11. (photo: Spencer Platt/AFP/Getty Images)
National Nurses United protests on Wall Street NYC, 06/22/11. (photo: Spencer Platt/AFP/Getty Images)

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+91 # Kim Schaller 2011-07-22 11:05
YESSS !! Matt, Thank you for shouting this from the mountaintop. It makes you crazy, doesn't it, to see these outragious actions in Washington without an uproar from citizens. Wake up folks, it's "1984" already ! Read George Orwell's book if you haven't already.
 
 
+35 # Virginia 2011-07-22 11:30
This isn't about corporate taxes, social security, Medicare or government slashing program... This is classic Wag the Dog politics. This administration and the Senate is desperately trying to raise the debt ceiling to buy "a little" more time to keep from telling government workers, union members, corporate retirement beneficiaries that their pension and retirement funds (TRILLIONS of $$) were gambled away in a Wall Street securitization Ponzi scheme... a bankster sting that rocked the world!

Yes, they fear banks will fail without raising the debt ceiling - but they have other choices. And what about the Capitalism philosophy they carry on about... if they won't allow their top-tear to shake out is this really Capitalism at all?

See the www.deadlyclear.com recent post "...there was no next time" and realize this is all about politics and the next election
 
 
+40 # NHpete 2011-07-22 13:40
(This is in two parts)

Yes, do read 1984. Discover the meaning of a truly totalitarian regime. The battle had already been lost. All that was left for the people was mind-numbing work and perpetual war. In anger, women donned their scarlet red Anti-Sex League sashes and men drowned themselves in Victory gin. Any attempts to rebel were permanently blunted by O'Brien and Room 101.!

Mr.Taibbi has educated me today but also enormously increased my frustration. This website is a great place to learn but in a sense it's just an echo chamber. What we read and what we comment about here does not change government.

History has taught me that in order to affect change in OUR often recalcitrant government one had to damage wealth. That was the essence of the strikes that took place throughout our history. Railroad strikes, miner strikes, meat packers, on and on.
 
 
+1 # rf 2011-07-23 08:12
How about a tax payment strike...put your taxes in escrow until things change...proble m is the corps take the taxes out of wage slaves paychecks...so it can never happen.
 
 
+1 # economicminor 2011-07-23 08:17
vote "None of the above" to change the system
 
 
+25 # NHpete 2011-07-22 14:12
Mr.Taibbi has educated me today but also enormously increased my frustration. This website is a great place to learn but in a sense it's just an echo chamber. What we read and what we comment about here does not change government.

History has taught me that in order to affect change in OUR often recalcitrant government, one had to damage wealth. That was the essence of the strikes that took place throughout our history. Railroad strikes, miner strikes, meat packers, on and on.

These people damaged the wealth of the corporations and the wealthy forced the government to step in to resolve things.

But now there are really no more industries to strike against. We can't even boycott a corporation anymore because not only are their profits offshore but they've found new consumers there as well .

And do you really believe an e-mail or a million e-mails to your Congressman is going to change anything????

So I ask... Sincerely.... What can we the people do to affect change? In this too modern age, how can we damage wealth and get the government's attention?
 
 
+14 # NanFan 2011-07-23 03:44
I am totally frustrated as well and have been saying "go to the streets" for years, but never more so than recently.

In order to get at the wealthy, here's what we CAN do in a modern-day America, short of just letting it collapse:

1) Stop paying or using our credit cards; don't buy ANYTHING we do not essentially need!

2) Take all our money out of the banks that earn us no interest anyway!! and hide it ANYWHERE WE CAN.

3) Do not buy any airline tickets to go anywhere unless it is essential.

4) Refuse to buy gasoline for our autos; ride a bike to work or a bus, if we can.

5) Knock on the door of every elderly person who trusts us enough to listen, and honestly tell them how this madness will affect them; THEY WILL go to the streets, as they know all too well what poverty feels like, and THEY will be the most affected, even IF the ceiling gets raised; without it, they're doomed, as we are.

6) Be a person, a human being who cares about PEOPLE, not a "consumer" who cares about THINGS, as the media and corporate government call us.

Do ANYTHING to demand our democracy back. Obama, declare Marshall law, render Congress powerless, stop ALL war spending & bolster infrastructure: our States.
 
 
-8 # rf 2011-07-23 08:09
Obama is pond scum! He will give the right whatever they want because he is one of them. He will NEVER get re-elected.
 
 
+1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-23 13:13
What are you doing besides writing this?
 
 
0 # robertsgt40 2011-07-26 15:23
What I see if this went thru would be a bunch of "hot money" coming back into the states. Then, dragging their asses on spending, buy up dying businesses and capital for a song. This won't benefit Joe sixpack any more than the stimulus fired up the economy. Screw 'em
 
 
+60 # Kayjay 2011-07-22 11:11
Alas, such is life in America Inc. Ours is a nation re. political issues, most citizens are either catatonic or obsessed with watching "idol" or "America's Got Talent." Do more of us a favor and pass this article to the many. And BOYCOTT banks like Bank of America!
 
 
0 # NanFan 2011-07-23 09:43
Go here!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/opinion/22posner.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=general

N.
 
 
+29 # seminole 2011-07-22 11:13
Is it not time for V for Vendetta??
 
 
-9 # granny 2011-07-22 11:49
"The Fire Next Time" may well ignite just in time to burn up the tax welfare cheats as they limo to the polls in 2012.
 
 
+22 # billy bob 2011-07-22 17:34
I think granny is refering to the corporate robber barrons who don't have to pay taxes but expect corporate welfare.
 
 
+71 # fredboy 2011-07-22 11:15
Sadly, most Americans have given up, are out of it, or are too brainwashed to act independently. That's about the state of the U.S. populace. And many are scared to death to speak up about anything.

Never thought I'd see this in my lifetime. Or the intentional, vicious gutting of our economy during the 2001-2008 years. And tens of millions of direct victims both let it happen and will let it happen again--and the next time may be fatal.

Learn Mandarin. You may need it.
 
 
+51 # dollylanna 2011-07-22 11:33
The reason there are not massive crowds protesting is because (except for the media driven protests by the teaparty) Protests do nothing. Remember the MILLIONS OF PEOPLE
who protested the run up to the Iraq War. Crickets from the press. Shameful non-coverage of that massive protest. Besides a few outlets, the press is to blame for the inaction of the American People.
 
 
+49 # DLT888 2011-07-22 12:16
True dollylanna. I was one of those millions out in the streets trying to stop the Iraq war, and the hacks in DC just turned their backs and laughed. The media covered their eyes and put their fingers in their ears. The pitiful few of the Tea Party is NO MATCH for the millions protesting the attack on Iraq, but 'they' muted us. But, like Kennedy said, 'Those who make peaceful protest impossible, make violent upheaval inevitable'. In time, our own government is driving the people to that state. We will one day be like the people in Egypt and stream through the streets and say NO MORE. We're not there yet, more suffering has to come before Americans become like all other peoples in this world and say ENOUGH. We're not your slaves anymore.
 
 
+14 # my2cents 2011-07-22 14:17
[quote name="dollylann a"]The reason there are not massive crowds protesting is because (except for the media driven protests by the teaparty) Protests do nothing.
I beg to differ. We did make a difference protesting in the late 60s/early 70s. I haven't lost my pluck - where is the rest of my generation? Why aren't we organizing? Where are you all? Here, here Matt Taibbi! All hail.
 
 
+15 # Observer 47 2011-07-22 22:20
I dunno, 2cents. I protested the war in Iraq. I protested the Patriot Act. I protested the stolen election of 2004. I marched the night of Dubya's second State of the Union speech. I've written my Congressman (Dennis Kucinich). I've written my senators (first Voinovich, now Sherrod Brown). I've written letters to the editor of the local rag. I've campaigned for progressive candidates. But I and others of like mind, no matter how much we do, are a cry in the wilderness. The MSM are a collective rightwing mouthpiece, and the corporations rule. It's not like it was in the 60s and 70s anymore. The events of those years taught the corporatocracy how to maintain control over the sheeple. All the "pluck" in the world isn't going to help now. I don't know what WILL help these days, when elections are rigged and the parties are all-but-indisti nguishable.
 
 
+6 # NanFan 2011-07-23 04:05
Quoting Observer 47:
I dunno, 2cents. I protested the war in Iraq.... I've written letters to the editor of the local rag. I've campaigned for progressive candidates. But I and others of like mind, no matter how much we do, are a cry in the wilderness. The MSM are a collective rightwing mouthpiece, and the corporations rule. It's not like it was in the 60s and 70s anymore. The events of those years taught the corporatocracy how to maintain control over the sheeple. All the "pluck" in the world isn't going to help now. I don't know what WILL help these days, when elections are rigged and the parties are all-but-indistinguishable.


Ditto. But I haven't lost my "pluck" either, and I will continue to do everything to protest against the wealthy who lobby a corrupt Congress to allow their corporate actions and their creation of harmful products JUST because it gets them elected...or given a seat.

When I think that 500,000 Americans die each year from the smoke of U.S. blended cigarettes, whether they have smoked them or been exposed to the smoke, SIMPLY because our government ALLOWS the tobacco industry to produce these products with toxins, I scream!

And I will not shut up! I am a teacher who may not have a paycheck after August, but even if that happens without people going to the streets, I will not go quietly...EVER!

N.
 
 
+5 # intothelens 2011-07-23 10:12
Whoa. Wait a minute.
Howabout a little personal accountability?
You folks are now complaining the media has kept you from expressing yourself for decades, and the gov't has the nerve to allow you to smoke (tainted) cigarettes?
My, how your freedoms have been eroded by your own inactivity. And now you want to play the victim.
Media will change when we change. For example, when State of the Union or Reliable Sources gets better ratings than American Idol or Survivor. Simple....as....that.
If we're going to talk seriously about adjusting our collective behavior to inflict change upon the nation, we should probably take the first step by adjusting our own personal behavior. Stop acting like it has been taken out of our hands. We have done nothing to deserve change.
 
 
0 # NanFan 2011-07-23 10:41
Quoting intothelens:
Whoa. Wait a minute.
Howabout a little personal accountability?
You folks are now complaining the media has kept you from expressing yourself for decades, and the gov't has the nerve to allow you to smoke (tainted) cigarettes?
My, how your freedoms have been eroded by your own inactivity. And now you want to play the victim.
Media will change when we change. For example, when State of the Union or Reliable Sources gets better ratings than American Idol or Survivor. Simple....as....that.
If we're going to talk seriously about adjusting our collective behavior to inflict change upon the nation, we should probably take the first step by adjusting our own personal behavior. Stop acting like it has been taken out of our hands. We have done nothing to deserve change.


Are you kidding me? This is NOT freedom.
 
 
0 # rf 2011-07-23 06:09
Agreed. I'm not sure there is anything we can do...our government has been taken over and doesn't care anymore.
 
 
0 # rm 2011-07-28 04:49
There is something we can do. It is a tax revolt or tax protest. If we all just stopped paying federal income tax, things would change very quickly. The USG would have to deal with the people instead of corporations.

It is easy to refuse to pay taxes. Just file a new W-4 form and check the box that says you will have no tax due at the end of the year. Your employer will not withhold any federal tax and you will not file or pay at the end of the year.

But most Americans are too afraid. The IRS has promoted its own myth of a scary organization so people will just pay. Americans are sheep and cowards. They get exactly the government that they deserve.

Sometimes it is said that in France the government fears the people, while in the US the people fear the government. I think this is true.
 
 
+4 # richard e breed 2011-07-23 10:38
you are right on it...it is a duopoly, in bed with the wealthy and bigbiz...enjoyi ng financial climaxes while we endure economic pregnancy. There's only 1 problem, corruption - with thousands of symptoms. If you do not end corruption...th e problems grow.
 
 
+44 # dollylanna 2011-07-22 11:35
Well at least Wisconsin Dems made some noise.
 
 
+2 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-23 13:18
Still are
 
 
+53 # Rebecca Heal 2011-07-22 11:40
I think there's alot of pent up rage. It just isn't organized. The radical right has out-organized us with the help of Rupert Murdock (that paragon of virtue) and his Fox News thugs. We need a news organization that's willing to tell it like it is.
 
 
+23 # banichi 2011-07-22 13:35
Rebecca, we have one. We've had one for a while. NPR, Matt Taibbi, Keith Olbermann, many others I am sure you can name as well. Yes, we are out-organized by the right, who thinks nothing of telling lies stridently until it makes many people start to think it is the truth.

That NPR tells it like it is, is the main reason that the radical right has done its best to de-fund NPR and many other programs all in the name of cutting 'wasteful' programs.

It is a shame. Worthy of a conspiracy theory like the documentary "Endgame".
 
 
-2 # rf 2011-07-23 06:10
NPR sucks! Every story they do ends with a right wing talking head. They are bending so far backwards to not lose their federal funding that their back is broken...and they call it balanced...just like Faux.
 
 
+3 # Carol Spade 2011-07-23 09:10
I, like rf, have been angry at some of NPR's "balanced" reporting.

Conversely, the hour-long news program, "Democracy Now" from New York, educates me Monday through Friday with headlines and expanded coverage. If you haven't access to it in your area, it is live streamed on the internet at 8:00 AM EST, and every show is archived.

Amy Goodman is an extraordinary reporter with a delivery that can't antagonize the other side of the political spectrum. Juan Gonzales, her co-ancher, is the same way.

The show always requests the opposition to any report appear on the program.
 
 
+8 # Ken Hall 2011-07-23 09:32
A big thumbs up for your support of "Democracy Now"!
 
 
0 # Cliff 2011-07-25 19:10
You are so right. They make sense. Except when they do the right thing and allow Republicans their say. They don't have to anymore now that they lost that funding.
 
 
+7 # mjc 2011-07-22 11:42
Think many Americans believe that President Obama wouldn't do anything like buck up the corporate welfare gang nor take anything off of Medicre or dare to tinker around with Social Security. A lot of us KNOW that Congres borrowed a great deal, millions from the Social Security fund and have not paid it back. But we have Democrats...sup posedly...and a president who claims to be a Democrat who control the Senate and Executive branch. And the speeches are so smooth, so mindful of Republican ideology that we...Americans. ..spend too much and borrow too much and we must pay it back, even if it means a permanent slump in our economy.
 
 
+27 # Pipstick 1 2011-07-22 11:43
Matt, Thanks for once again pointing out the absurdity of our current political condition. We have lost our way and most of our political and economic leaders are unwilling to help set us on a course to restore effective democracy and civic responsibility.
 
 
+35 # granny 2011-07-22 11:47
Well, the welfare cheats are at it again, with their government-gran ted tax welfare payments that keep coming as they laze about in their multiple swimming pools, fly to resorts and spas in their corporate jets, and bow down in thanks each night to Grover Norquist, statues of St. Ronald Reagan, and the current "leaders" of the Rethuglican party. Remember the end of welfare as we know it? How about another end - NOW!!!
 
 
+7 # ircsmith 2011-07-22 11:51
Thanks Matt. I went off yesterday on a mass email blaming illegal immigrants for our current financial crisis used many of the same points. your sources are newer that those I used so thanks for info!
 
 
+24 # lou24772 2011-07-22 11:52
#fredboy. Sadly, most citizens have just given up due to frustration. The Dems are not there for any support, and the Repugs are really good at being vicious. They have no concern about what they do to the Country--only about taking care of there big-money friends. Sad state we are in.
 
 
+15 # Virginia 2011-07-22 11:52
It occurred to me that every time we have a national crisis or government legislation manipulation - we have a Wag the Dog diversion ...Martha Stewart, Bill Gates... even Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky.  The Murdock story is out there but I don't think Obama's producer is as good or his timing is off.
 
 
+14 # dollylanna 2011-07-22 11:56
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Write to Obama
 
 
+9 # LML 2011-07-22 14:36
I wrote....for all the good that will do, but one can;t just stand by and do nothing....
 
 
+15 # Carole 2011-07-22 15:43
I have written a response to every email or solicitation letter I receive from either the White House or the DCCC. It is so frustrating to think the man I volunteered for and sent donations to appears not to be listening. Matt, thanks for your candor.
 
 
+26 # bdop4 2011-07-22 11:57
Call your Senators and make sure they understand that supporting this measure is a political liability for them.

That's how the teabaggers get their way.
 
 
+23 # Stu Piddy 2011-07-22 12:02
America is one nation under sedation.

Many American liberals take pills to help them cope with "reality".

These pills in fact put them outside reality, lifeless, numb and without a sensation of pain. Pain has a purpose. It forces a person to change whatever they are doing that causes the pain.

Americans don't feel the pain, they make themselves numb and they are all going to die from stupidity and drugs.

Clearly we are in the midst of a depression, and instead of getting out of the depression we are indulging in it and taking mind numbing pills.

It's like starving to death and instead of eating food, you take pills that take away the feeling of hunger.

Everything is a lie anyway. There's no truth in the news and so reality is being attacked from a variety of fronts.

Humanity is deeply disturbed and it's leaders, it's world leaders are now, and have always been through the centuries, very dumb, very bad, very selfish, very destructive, bad,bad people.
 
 
+12 # Pickwicky 2011-07-22 15:54
So Stu Piddy--do you think that flushing the pills down the toilet will actually produce more jobs? I'm all for hacking away at life cold turkey, but let's be realistic: where are the jobs going to come from? Does anyone believe that this country can really deliver the number of decent jobs that are required? Out of whole cloth? The jobs are gone. . .way gone.
 
 
+3 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-23 13:25
They can actually be brought back. If people would stop buying foreign made and support Made In America. Can you imagine Made in America..well theri are Products made here.
Look at your light bulbs..got GE on them? why? Sylvania just kept their plants opened in USA, hire American workers. There are plenty of American Mde. Indian Organizations make American, Hell, they are the Americans.
Where do you shop? I buy American every year....It is down in mouths like you who allow foreign imports to destroy American Companies caN'T BLAME REPUBLICANS FOR YOUR SHOPPING
 
 
+5 # Texan 4 Peace 2011-07-23 16:58
Quoting KittatinyHawk:
They can actually be brought back. If people would stop buying foreign made and support Made In America. Can you imagine Made in America..well theri are Products made here.
Look at your light bulbs..got GE on them? why? Sylvania just kept their plants opened in USA, hire American workers. There are plenty of American Mde. Indian Organizations make American, Hell, they are the Americans.
Where do you shop? I buy American every year....It is down in mouths like you who allow foreign imports to destroy American Companies caN'T BLAME REPUBLICANS FOR YOUR SHOPPING

You may THINK you're buying American, but a lot of what you buy is assembled overseas by people earning $2 a day before being shipped back over here (tariff-free) and sold to you as an "American" product.
 
 
+4 # michelle 2011-07-24 09:52
Exactly right and that's why I buy almost nothing and have not purchased any non-essential item for the past four years. I have worn out shoes for the first time in my adult life. Stop spending and starve the corporation. You know how to buy local food, used clothes, used anything. We may not get a general strike but boy, I've been on strike these last years. If we could all go one day with no purchases imagine the reaction. Just one day. I can't organize people but I can organize myself. By the way, the side effect of no shopping is no debt.
 
 
+1 # robertsgt40 2011-07-26 15:25
Unfortunately, nothing is made here any more.
 
 
0 # Pickwicky 2011-07-25 12:44
Kittatiny--sorr y, but Texan and Michelle are right. It's either all or nothing. The nothing that Michelle advocates isn't easy especially for families, but it can be done.
 
 
+1 # rf 2011-07-23 08:17
That's all right! The Dems and Rethugs are going to take away the unemployment and foodstamps and police and schools and colleges and everything to give it to the rich only and when these dumbasses don't have any food...they may start to wonder why....just has to get worse before it gets better...think 80% of homes defaulting...th en you'll start to see some action.
 
 
+4 # Pickwicky 2011-07-23 10:57
Rf--what will happen when all the down and out workers of the US stop working? How will the RICH get their lovelies, then? When the whole damn system implodes, the RICH will be the last to turn to dust, but turn to dust they will. Hard to keep up those expensive toys without those dirty-fingernai led mechanics.
 
 
+17 # DaveM 2011-07-22 12:09
It's quite simple, really. We are going on two generations which have been carefully trained not to think by the educational system. Then we have over a third of our population on psychiatric medications.

You will soon forget....you will soon forget....
 
 
+9 # wrodwell 2011-07-22 12:12
Hey, Taibbi! I remember you when you wrote for that rag "The New York Press". Do you seriously think you're the only one who's complaining about the rape of America? I constantly comment on sites like RSN and others about what's going on in Washington and elsewhere. I also noted that there are lots of angry and cynical posts on these sites but people are reticent to do what's necessary and at this stage, only a Revolution will do. Hopefully, people will soon organize and do a Wisconsin in Washington action but instead of using protest signs and catcalls, the People should storm Congress and throw the bums out. Ditto FauxBama and the not so Supreme Court. Nothing else will be effective at this late point in time. Are you willing to call Americans to take real action and to start the new American Revolution? Looking forward to your next few articles.
 
 
0 # jon 2011-07-22 13:00
If we tried anything like what happened in Egypt, or "stormed Congress", they would squash us like bugs.

Everybody should learn how to goose-step.

I can't imagine there ever being anything remotely like a unified resistance - the grand experiment of Democracy is over, kaput.
 
 
+6 # rtrues54 2011-07-22 16:27
Quoting wrodwell:
Hey, Taibbi! I remember you when you wrote for that rag "The New York Press". Do you seriously think you're the only one who's complaining about the rape of America? I constantly comment on sites like RSN and others about what's going on in Washington and elsewhere. I also noted that there are lots of angry and cynical posts on these sites but people are reticent to do what's necessary and at this stage, only a Revolution will do. Hopefully, people will soon organize and do a Wisconsin in Washington action but instead of using protest signs and catcalls, the People should storm Congress and throw the bums out. Ditto FauxBama and the not so Supreme Court. Nothing else will be effective at this late point in time. Are you willing to call Americans to take real action and to start the new American Revolution? Looking forward to your next few articles.


REVOLUTION IS THE ONLY ANSWER. Let's use the LAX GUN LAWS to our ADVANTAGE!!!!!!
 
 
+1 # NanFan 2011-07-23 04:17
Let's do MLK, Jr. justice and pull a Gandhi moment. Go to jail for justice if we have to. Some of us have already done that ... and we're still kicking!

N.
 
 
0 # economicminor 2011-07-23 08:21
No violence, just vote "None of the above" to change the system
 
 
-1 # Cliff 2011-07-25 19:18
Sorry. That would be as stupid as not voting. Are you a Republican?
 
 
+1 # Capn Canard 2011-07-22 19:34
I am with you wrodwell but I know they would just call us terrorists and then kill us without even bothering to make arrests. This is war and they will make us out to be the bad guys, it is just like the Nazis complaining about Polish Attacks on German immigrants when no such attack happened. They lie it is the only information they distribute. We are so F&CKED ...
 
 
+32 # Paula Smith 2011-07-22 12:14
We care. We're angry, but it doesn't seem to make a difference. The politicians aren't listening. We, the average citizens, don't count. Corporate opinion and their dollars count. I sent angry letters to my (Repugnant)reps stating how I didn't agree with them and received letters back thanking him for my support in what he was doing. We could descend on DC with protest signs, but honestly, I think we all have given up thinking they actually care about the people or this country.
 
 
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-23 13:34
Have you tried it? No I see you all here daily. A major walk in every state, and then in Washington for Labor day might just put fear of God into them. No mentioning where's giving dates No Guns Just Signs. No asking permission, just Walk into Your largest towns...News doesnot report...They will when traffic is shut down. If they shoot us, I do not believe the UN or World would ever give us any help or money again and we are the ones needing money to pay our debts. Now the second thing you Mrch does is stop work, Carpool so you are not buying lots of gas to get there, take Mass Transit, you might actually get more to follow as blindly needing to have leadership.
You can fight Back...just get off your butts and try it We had lots of Marches and we made News...Wisconsi n and other places are still fighting back all you are doing is given Repubs what they want more followers. Half a million show up to March Media will cover...get Letterman involved, get Baldwins, Hell get Charly Sheen involved..you will get coverage. Get Mexico involved, Canada...Have these countries boycott us..Amazing what peaceful protests you can do..just do it or shut up
 
 
+21 # Lulie 2011-07-22 12:20
I can't STAND it! Is there no END to the crimes? In this corporate age, a "good employee" seems to be one who has no conscience. These people are raking in money hand over fist and not losing any sleep while all the social safety nets are dismantled. It's not just that we'll be old, sick, and poor, but we will have all our hope, faith, and trust obliterated. And we won't even be able to afford big pharma's anti-depression drugs.
 
 
-9 # rf 2011-07-23 08:21
I don't see a lot of old folks out starving on the sidewalks...I don't even see sidewalks...scr ew the old folks...they are more guilty than the average person for this right wing take over and SHOULD pay the piper.
 
 
+10 # kernel85 2011-07-23 10:49
@rf: A lot of us "old folks" voted for sustainable policies, only to be out-voted by the greedy "me generation" and teabaggers who wanted everything to be given them, and once they had it, to hell with everyone else. For myself, I paid into Social Security 55 years, subsidizing your grandparents' and parent's retirement. I'm sure as hell entitled to my own measly SS check now. So, up yours.
 
 
-5 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-23 13:37
Amen Spoiled brats with there foreign belongings are here bitching but didn't see them at Marches or numbers would have been larger. Did they join in Wisconsin? NO they sat on here bitchin Jokes..too lazy to do anything but My Generation was the ones who fought, Marched and got Laws passed. these past generations and todays only want stuff, wouldn't know how to get a meeting together without ranting or sniveling
 
 
+3 # Dorian Brown 2011-07-24 02:48
Quoting kernel85:
@rf: A lot of us "old folks" voted for sustainable policies, only to be out-voted by the greedy "me generation" and teabaggers who wanted everything to be given them, and once they had it, to hell with everyone else. For myself, I paid into Social Security 55 years, subsidizing your grandparents' and parent's retirement. I'm sure as hell entitled to my own measly SS check now. So, up yours.

Do not allow someone as moronic as rf to bring you down to his level. He just doesn't get it--what it means to be a decent human being.
 
 
+1 # bluescat48 2011-07-24 20:20
Bravo kernel85, That say it all.
 
 
-1 # KittatinyHawk 2011-07-23 13:35
Really I was marching all spring...where were you?
 
 
+1 # Pickwicky 2011-07-25 12:49
Kittatiny--not a good idea to assume that none of us get out and contribute our share. Some of us may be doing even more than you--this is something you cannot know. Such accusations are mindless--as mindless as rf's.
 
 
+1 # Dorian Brown 2011-07-24 02:44
rf SHAME ON YOU!
 
 
0 # robertsgt40 2011-07-26 15:26
Quoting rf:
I don't see a lot of old folks out starving on the sidewalks...I don't even see sidewalks...screw the old folks...they are more guilty than the average person for this right wing take over and SHOULD pay the piper.

Obviously, you're not old yet. Your tune will change. At this rate, you may not live to get old.
 
 
+31 # reiverpacific 2011-07-22 12:23
It's called "Corporate Socialism" (such a hated term if applied to the grassroots population) or as Greg Palast Christened it "The best Democracy money can buy".
Clinton really kicked it into the basement by cutting welfare for the truly needy and it's been downhill ever since. Much of the blame must go to the US mainstream media, FOX, Clear Channel and content-free programing which is basically stuffing between increasingly lengthy and vapid commercials, which now have THEIR OWN following.
As an illustration, even TV sitcoms, when I came to the US in the late 70's, were about regular working people ("Laverne and Shirley, "Alice", "Sanford and Son" and later "Roseanne" -get the drift?) and were actually quite funny and representative of a cross-section of average Americans, their hopes and daily lives. The words "Working Class" are almost unheard in the current political dialogue, perhaps because there has been a kind of demographic genocide since such jobs were shipped overseas and benefits eliminated. ALL work is now in danger so it logically follows that so many people are shit-scared about being unemployed permanently that they live in fear and toe the corporate line, absorb infotainment and electronic tripe as an escape from what they don't want to see. This is hardly productive of a mass protest scenario, what?
 
 
+5 # JoanWile2 2011-07-22 12:36
Wow, you are extremely intelligent. Very interesting and convincing analysis.
 
 
+8 # LeeBlack 2011-07-22 13:47
I like your sit-com analogy. Maybe you didn't get here in time to see the ultimate 'working class' show, The Honeymooners.

Look at today's TV: reality shows; graphic crime, Sex and the City type, wealthy lawyers; glorifying wealth with The Kardasians, escapism shows with super-heros and aliens.
 
 
+8 # miu 2011-07-22 20:33
You brought up some interesting things about working class families in the media. I just saw 'All in the Family' last night - for the first time in 3 decades. My kids, on the other hand, are watching 'America's Top Model' and other such capitalist delusions. Strange, but I feel I would have more rapport talking to a working-class Archie Bunker who was also a racist than I have with my kids whose heads are filled with unattainable fantasies while the economy they're growing up into is literally pulled out from under them and they don't care because they don't have to deal with it yet as they are not in the labor market. When they find out the harsh truth it may be too late. They actually think they won't have to work for a living.
 
 
0 # Cliff 2011-07-25 19:23
I am more on Meathead's side, but I get your point. Well taken.
 
 
+11 # Writ 2011-07-22 12:30
I suspect that little eye in our TV and the subliminal programming in music we all say is just conspiracy theory has got America hypnotized. What else can explain our complete sleep. Our lack of involvement in how our govt is run. Our allowing Bush to sell us out to China and run off with the gold. We sit by like zombies and watch as they enslave us and our nation falls. We have allowed corporations to send jobs overseas. We watch as they devalue the dollar and get us in such insurmountable debt that China and Japan our biggest creditors are now talking to Russia about dropping the dollar and establishing new currency. And what will that leave us with, both rich and poor, counterfeit money, valueless green pieces of paper. Those without precious metals like gold and silver, will be up a creek. Thus the great Bush gold robbery. Wonder why no one ever mentions Fort Knox anymore and then we are told it was in the World Trade Center. But that was demolished or worse, blasted to dust. So, of course, the owned news does not follow up on the gold. Why bother when the people continue to lie dormant. When the bottom drops, will we wake up then? Will we? Or will we just accept the resulting police state as if its just the natural progression of a failed economy? Wake up, America! The clock is ticking.
 
 
+11 # JoanWile2 2011-07-22 12:30
REPUGS WANT TAX CUTS/SAY JOBS WILL BE MORE/ARE THEY NUTS/NEVER WORKED BEFORE/TRICKLE DOWN FAILED/NOT ONE SINGLE DRIP/ECONOMY FLAILED/WE GOT ZIP
 
 
+13 # billy bob 2011-07-22 12:32
The people who give a shit are powerless and the people who don't give a shit are well funded and omnipresent on tv news.

Also, when Democrats rule, they consult polls before decided to get out of bed in the morning.

When repugnicans rule, they make decisions. If you don't like their decisions, too bad.
 
 
+1 # warrior woman 2011-07-22 12:32
Please read this article:

U.S. needs to make progress on deficit, IMF warns
By Howard Schneider
January 27, 2011; 10:24 PM http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/27/AR2011012707000.html

"The U.S. has a lot of credibility. This does not imply their credibility can last forever," IMF fiscal affairs director Carlo Cottarelli said as he released the IMF study. It concluded that the United States is falling behind on a promise it made to other top economic countries to halve its budget deficit by 2013.
"This is a problem many years in the making and will take a concerted effort by Democrats and Republicans working together to find a solution," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in answer to a question about the IMF report.
He noted that President Obama called for a freeze on discretionary spending during this week's State of the Union address. IMF officials have welcomed the step but said that spending cuts in pension and health entitlement programs are also needed."
 
 
0 # rf 2011-07-23 08:25
I've got a solution. DISBAND THE MILITARY!
 
 
0 # Pickwicky 2011-07-25 12:52
Slighty off subject, but I'd like to see that well-regulated militia 'banded.' If the States would only get that baby up and regulated, I wouldn't feel so nervous about all those buckaroos packing heat into StarBucks.
 
 
0 # Dona Quixote 2011-07-25 12:41
Yeah, we will be just like Greece and Spain-millions of unemployed with no pensions and educated young people (well maybe not for us) with no jobs. Hooray for austerity-reduc ing all populations back to 12th century again-landless peons and debt serfs! violence solves nothing but I expect the riots will soon begin.
 
 
+8 # MidwestTom 2011-07-22 12:35
I think that DaveM ha it right. When have of our citizens cannot tell who the VP is, or what job Hillary has, we have a very serious problem. Not just us Dems are disturbed. We need to realize that the few few highly paid thousands on Wall Street a.) own our politicians, and 2.) are not all Rebub;s. Most small business people are Republicans, but they are also really disturbed with what is going on. The Fed has generated so much money and given it to Wall Street and kept the dollar so strong that we almost cannot manufacture anything here and sell it. People blame labor costs, and government intervention, and greedy bosses, but the simple case is the Fed is at fault. There is plenty of money, but business wants to earn a profit and in most cases that is easier to do somewhere else where they have lower wages and less regulation. The new banking bill will encourage the biggest banks to make even bigger and wilder gambles, because they now know that they are TOO BIG TO FAIL and we will bail them out.
 
 
+14 # Michael Rivero 2011-07-22 12:37
I am amazed that as the abuses and usurpations of We The People at the hands of government pile up that the public cannot seem to find their anger.

We are way past the level of economic discord that triggered the revolutions in Iceland and Egypt.

Why do Americans continue to allow themselves to be flogged, while whimpering, "Thank you sir, may I have another?"
 
 
+13 # in deo veritas 2011-07-22 12:51
If we do not rise to the pccasion and FORCE the thugs in DC to do the right thing for the majority of Americans then we deserve the same fate as the sheeple who went along with the Nazis. The only question will then be who will come to rule over us?
 
 
+4 # artful 2011-07-22 13:00
Why yes, we are a nutso population. Glad you noticed. Americans are not really paying attention, however. They're all attending the Mad Hatters Tea Party.
 
 
+3 # head out the window 2011-07-22 13:06
not our minds, just the ability to influence the outcome of anything in washington.
 
 
+12 # Speaksense 2011-07-22 13:08
The majority of "we the people" are too busy watching a media focused on Lindsey Lohan to realize that our Democracy has been stolen. I called my Senator today and even as I made the call I realized how truly demoralized I feel by our entire process. How can I compete with a corporate media as well as corporate lobbyists who have my "representative 's ear" and my neighbor's apathy working on their behalf? Then I get an email from the DCCC asking me to contribute to help them "fight". Excuse me...I have to go cry for my lost American dream.
 
 
+15 # Wolfchen 2011-07-22 13:09
Don't just get angry...get effectively mobilized.

Persons like Bernie Sanders and Russell Feingold must be enlisted to challenge Obama in time for the upcoming 2012 elections. They must be convinced that the health of our nation requires that they enter the race. At bare minimum, that will get them and our demands more effectively before the electorate. Debates restricted to only Obama and the Republican choice will be a farce…and dialogue between the brain dead and the Trojan Horse cowardly lion.

Will-o-the-wisp Obama must be challenged during the nomination process. At this point, Obama is confident that he can ignore his base of support and weasel through the upcoming elections without being challenged by progressives. His cabinet is arsenic-laced with Wall Street cronies, and they must be replaced.

Since time is running out, we must get Sanders and Feingold to quickly commit themselves to running against Obama. Spread the word every way you can and inundate them with a call to arms for them to declare themselves to challenge Obama.
 
 
+4 # Gary E. 2011-07-22 16:01
Wolfchen: Good idea. Suppose Democratic primary voters were confronted with two choices for the presidential nomination:

1. Barak Obama/Joe Biden
2. Russ Feingold/Elizab eth Warren

How many of you frustrated readers out there would rationalize voting for Obama/Biden?
I think voting for Feingold/Warren would be a "shot heard around the country" signifying that we Democrats are fed up with both parties and their destructive disregard of We the People. I admire Bernie Sanders but he is an Independent and therefore cannot get his name on any Democratic primary ballot.
 
 
-1 # Cliff 2011-07-25 19:29
I say watch the polls and vote for the strongest Dem. Don't let them divide us!!
 
 
+13 # wfalco 2011-07-22 13:12
Except for small pockets of activism (ie-Wisconsin, California, Vermont, other areas of New England) public interest in politics and how it actually affects them directly is zero. The "zero" population that feels they pay attention and have opinions are merely spouting Fox News/AM talk rhetoric.Sorely lacking in the critical thinking skills category.-Sorry my working/middle class brethren-I call it as I see it.(And I ain't seeing much.)
If this is the case (I am only exaggerating slightly) then we truly have nothing left of Democracy and have passed over entirely into the world of Fascist-Corpora tism.
 
 
+9 # Dave Mowers 2011-07-22 13:21
See the article "Banks pay back TARP funds by borrowing from Treasury". You will find that under the American Recovery and Re-investment Act (Obama's legislation) and the Small Business Lending Act authorizes the S.B.A. to borrow money at 1% interest from the FED and re-loan it to banks for the purpose of facilitating small business loans to the public. If banks do not wish to re-loan the money they can keep it as long as they pay higher interest rates of 7% after 2 years and 9 after 5. AT THE SAME TIME THE FED IS OFFERING 10% INTEREST TO BANKS TO PARK ALL CASH DEPOSITS AT THE TREASURY WHERE THEY ARE AVAILABLE FOR USE TO CONGRESS IN EXCHANGE FOR INTEREST BEARING NOTES TO THE PRIVATE OWNERS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE. WHY WOULD A BANK LOAN YOU MONEY WHEN THEY CAN GET GUARANTEED MONEY DUE TO 10% INTEREST RATES TO PARK S.B.A. ALLOCATED FUNDS AT THE TREASURY? The American Recovery Act is yet ANOTHER fraudulent vehicle used to rip off American small business owners for the benefit of banks and their executives. The MSM wonders why their is ZERO lending for small businesses and no jobs being created? We have no money for main street, but we can fund Domino's 35 million dollar a year T.V. ad campaign to save the dairy industry from the recession to promote cheese sales? Only small business (the real job creators) should get zero interest loans
 
 
+8 # BishopAndrew 2011-07-22 13:26
When the ego was enthroned as the centre of the universe and community was declared irrelevant the beast of monetary gluttony began an orgy of self indulgence such as to make the old roman emperors jealous! People have become so willing to be led by their noses that wonders what it will take if anything short of extinction to take back control of this republic and demand that government serve them not the corporations that have so totally bought it!
 
 
+3 # carol isaac 2011-07-22 13:49
Matt Taibbi,

What are the consequences of a General Run, i.e. a general run on a specific bank or banks?
 
 
+3 # shortonfaith 2011-07-22 13:55
We'll give them a little more rope before pulling the noose tigh. We elected this guy name Obama to handle this change for us. It does seem like he's gone over to the dark side but this one will tell. The problem is who wants to take his place? These guys have been stealing money for a hundred years. Same guys different time. Only they worry they don't have enough. We'll take care of each other as best we can but we have no one world thoughts. Not haveing billions it doesn't matter if we loss are world status on the dollar. Only should matter to the Koch brothers. Best of luck to all those guys when we default. They stand to be the really big losers. There's lots of vacant housing in Vegas & Detroit to live, in when the time comes.
 
 
+12 # sebouhian 2011-07-22 13:55
I've spoken my piece on this issue a number of times because the memories of the Great Depression are still with me as are the memories of the Johnson war that made "heroes" of over fifty eight thousand US soldiers, not to mention those maimed by combat, and not to mention their families, and not to mention the "enemy" families--yes, of men and women and babes and young people murdered in the Iron Triangle, and targeted throughout Vietnam. We marched, demonstrated, filled the streets of DC and major cities with our anger at the betrayals of our "leaders," yet crying at the same time for peace, for "us" and "them." And now we are the enemy of our "leaders," once again betrayed, once again arousing the voices of the real Americans like Matt Taibbi, and Krugman, and Chomsky, and Ralph Nader, and Howard Zinn through his works, et al. OK, what to do? Boycott: don't use the car, don't use electricity when possible, don't use gadgets--not even telephones (except....); don't patronize chain stores and restaurants, organize neigborhood marches, write an email a day to your least favorate "leader"; and add to the list of do and don't--publicly , if possible. In other words, we don't have to get together to be together.
" temade
 
 
+4 # humanmancalvin 2011-07-22 14:54
Agreed, at the very least. Stronger methods may be called for.
 
 
+7 # humanmancalvin 2011-07-22 14:35
Mr. Taibbi per usual nails the filth to the wall for those that wish to open their woolen covered eyes. I'm talking citizens bearing pitchforks & torches to drive this country back to some semblance of sanity. I shazit you not, I am at the point where I could spout something that could get me arrested for inciting riot. We NEED an American Spring served up hot & angry ala the Egyptians. Wake up America, our country is being destroyed by those that have & want yet even more.
 
 
+4 # humanmancalvin 2011-07-22 14:43
I support our President Obama, but if this well meaning chief American caves to the outrageous demands of the GOP employees of corporate America I stand ready to act. My reactions would be backed & supported by the constitution as written in the 14th amendment #1 "1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
 
 
+8 # Coreylou 2011-07-22 14:45
I've said it before and I'll say it again. I'm not paying taxes to this government anymore if they are going to continue to give tax breaks and loopholes to corporations. Now, who's with me on this. If 100,000 of us start this they'll look at it. If 1,000,000 of us do this they start to listen. Unfortunately money is what runs this country now, not people or our elected officials. Let's take away their money and see how they like it.
 
 
+4 # GeeRob 2011-07-22 14:49
The rebirth of the Tax Repatriation Holiday is 'Citizens United' in all of its' ugly, crushing power.
 
 
+5 # humanmancalvin 2011-07-22 14:52
My equal protection as written in the 14th amendment is being violated by the very people we the people elect to enforce these measures.
I will not allow my country to be hijacked by these political criminals & the criminal masters they serve.
Stand firm Mr. President & the majority of the country will have your back. Falter & cave, then all may be lost & we the people may have no other choice but to revolt with power. Wake up fellow Americans & smell our country being burned from the top down.
 
 
+8 # James Marcus 2011-07-22 14:54
Yes. The 'Special Sleep' of the American People is perplexing, disturbing, and dangerous.
While some scramble to 'fix the blame', others are too shocked by their personal predicaments, and the DELIBERATELY OBFUSCATING conversations amongst so called 'Leaders', to understand what, if anything to 'Do about it'.
Meanwhile our beautiful Nation lies close to ruins in the hands of horrendously incompetent ,if not criminally responsible, Congress, President and Supreme Court.
'The Noose closes'; All Branches now thoroughly compromised. (so much for 'Checks and Balances') ALL duly 'purchased'.
Yes. The FED leads the way (to ruin) . But they, too, are but 'an arm' of clandestine interests bent upon Destroying and Grabbing
Who is behind THEM? Who Indeed?
.... Quiet 'Old Family' behind-the-scen es Billionaires and ruthless power mongers.
It took them a few centuries to 'get it right' (command ALL the marbles); But they are HERE, NOW, and so powerfully as to now begin drop their facades & lies. Hidden agendas are No longer necessary! (when you command the CIA, POLICE, ARMY etc)
 
 
+7 # darcyr 2011-07-22 15:34
Wolfchen is right. President Obama should be seriously challenged in the primaries, a la Gene McCarthy's insurgent candidacy against LBJ in '68.

"No Fourth Term for Bush." We need a Democrat in the White House.
 
 
+3 # punk 2011-07-22 15:50
hey-where's my comment? now i forget what i said. i'm sure it was brilliant.
oh, yeah-here's what i said:
maybe we sd all incorporate ourselves and inform the IRS that we are on a tax holiday and dont know when we'll be back. most of the money only goes to killing people anyway. we cd incorporate ourselves as killers and then go on a break. i think we all need a vacation.
 
 
+7 # VoxClamantis 2011-07-22 15:59
Sadly, I think the time of "representative " government in this country is long over. Oh, it's representative alright, just not of the people, or for the people, but of and for the corporations and those with truckloads of cash. There is no means for non-lobbyists to get the attention of our elected officials any longer. Politicians are so insulated by their own political apparati and 3rd party pollsters that what reaches their ears is far from the reality of what people actually want.

Why is it that we can tweet and Facebook to our hearts' content about the mundane trivialities of our lives, but there are NO effective means to deliver a message to our congress.

We have cleverly crafted a two-party political system that has no effective feedback mechanism when it comes to doing the public's will.

We need something more immediate than elections, something more robust and granular that allows people to get the attention of congress and the president these days and let them know what we actually think, and want. The lobbying noise is just too loud and pervasive to let our voices through. All we can do is keep trying...maybe someday one or two will try to listen for us through the cacophany.
 
 
+4 # Pickwicky 2011-07-22 16:07
All this railing against the government--gue ss what, folks? We put 'em there.
 
 
-3 # Observer 47 2011-07-22 22:39
Speak for yourself, Pickwicky. Some of us vote for independent candidates. AND, many of the prime offenders (see: Tim Geithner) were appointed, not elected.
 
 
+4 # Pickwicky 2011-07-23 11:05
Observer: so you voted for independent candidates--how many of them got elected? Tim Geithner was appointed by an elected person. Let's get the sequence straight. Let's also understand that like it or not, we have a two-pary system--and that should work out for us. Unfortunately, one of those parties focuses on political, personal, even religious goals instead of the best interests of the country. How to distinguish among them? Just watch the way they vote.
 
 
0 # robertsgt40 2011-07-26 15:31
Quoting Pickwicky:
All this railing against the government--guess what, folks? We put 'em there.

Not really. Bush "won" first election by 5-4 vote...Supreme Court.. Elections have been electronically rigged since 2000(min). Se "Black Box Voting"
 
 
+3 # django 2011-07-22 16:11
Most of us have simply not suffered enough to force us to hurt wealth, as a prior member of this forum has intelligently suggested is a prerequisite to effecting any change in the attitudes of our government/busi ness aristocracy. The depression of the 20's and 30's is the last time that conditions in the US were so bad that enough people wanted to significantly hurt wealth, and those who remember that period are few in number, since they must be in their 80's and 90's by now. I believe that many Americans intuitively know that our economy, since its' inception, has always followed a boom and bust pattern, and many people are just waiting for the next boom. Things are going to have to get a WHOLE lot worse before people come close to the revolution that was brewing before our entry to World War II.
 
 
+6 # rtrues54 2011-07-22 16:38
How did we stop the Vietnam war? REVOLUTION... MILLIONS of people in the streets. How did we get CIVIL RIGHTS for ALL of us? REVOLUTION!!! How did workers get their rights? REVOLUTION!!!

What is the ONLY ANSWER to saving America? REVOLUTION!!!

ANY QUESTIONS?!?!?!
 
 
0 # Pickwicky 2011-07-23 11:06
Yes--one question. Where did you get your definition of 'revolution?'
 
 
+4 # Elliot Hoffman 2011-07-22 16:54
Where have all the flowers gone.? Forty years ago many of us stood up for our generation and the future, for women, minorities, for the young and old. Now, many of us are comfortable (enough), some from long hair to gray or no hair. Many still with heat and soul.
It is indeed time to stand tall - straighten up, stand up, rise up for our kids and grandchildren, for the old and young, for the main street families and our future.

It is a tough challenge awakening and mobilizing the 10s of millions of people to overcome (we shall) the billions of $ from the elite, Koch Brothers, Murdochs. We have 2 choices: Hang together or Hang separately
I prefer the former.
Interesting that the tea party - filled with angry people who have been duped into voting against themselves and their communities. Ignorance is bliss - I guess.
The right wing marches in lock step - those who try to understand
the complexity and nuance of the real world - herding cats.
Enough - talk is cheap.
Here's a specific action we can take. See ee how many people are really willing to take a next step:
Matt T - you set up a place where those interested can sign up - "I want to do something." See how many actually even do that- on facebook, linked in,somewhere. that even those over 55 can understand. Write a brief note on RSN this week - "Stand up People."
 
 
+8 # Nominae 2011-07-22 17:06
This "plan" has been in play for over thirty years. It has been almost seamlessly executed. Even the buffoons (Dubya, Palin et al) were effectively used to calm the concerns of the Left with a false sense of security inherent in the idea that these people are so "dumb" that they couldn't take over anything. Wrong. The "uproar" Matt finds so strangely missing is simply the culmination of three decades of corruption exhaustion. The take-over is accomplished. We woke up too late. Trying to struggle within the aegis of the System is now a joke, when the System has been thoroughly co-opted and "rigged" by both parties under their corporate owners. The Rise And Fall of Empires doesn't take as long as it used to.
 
 
+4 # Betty Brennan 2011-07-22 18:13
It's extortion plain and simple
 
 
+7 # Bright One 2011-07-22 19:08
I say we need to not participate in this madness. We should be embarassed that we can't even muster the effort to be like the French and support the working people. We should all just stop one day, together, not work, not play, not spend money, not venture out of our homes and say, "Enough. Come get me if you think I'm wrong." I think we should all quit paying payroll (income) taxes and quit making any contributions to any political parties. Stop volunteering so that the true impacts of this facism can be seen for what it is--corporate greed being pawned off as government.
 
 
0 # Dr opera 2011-07-22 19:17
We have a Negro President. The country's gone mad. The Dixiecrats (Today's Republicns) haven't had it so good since the 20's. The Country is preoccupied with having a Negrio President that all sorts of weird things are happening in DC . How can Canter go on TV and tell the citizens of Joplin that they can''t have relief until they give ou social Security? Osama is dead and we're still fighting in Afghanistan. Social Security is secure for the next 25 years and Canter is telling us that we have to get rid of it. Everybody alive now isgoingtoget very sick and need expensive medical care and the Dixiecrats and liberal,moderat e and conservative pundits are persuading white seniors that maybe they should end medicare when they age and go back to poverty and bankruptsy, which would be good for the country and seniors ae buying it. If rich people (and wewouldallbe rich if we worked harder at it jobs for allwill be created and we are buying it. Yes Matt" Having a Negro President has driven America crazy.
 
 
+3 # Rick Levy 2011-07-22 20:23
People in the U.S. don't to "take it to the street" uproar. They consider such demonstrations as un-American.
 
 
+5 # Capn Canard 2011-07-23 07:46
yeah that is a late 20th C. trend, at least since the 1980's. When Ronald Reagan destroyed that feeling with the reintroduction of might is right, strong military, authoritarianis m, nationalistic pride, etc etc. People have become cruel and heartless.
 
 
0 # robertsgt40 2011-07-26 15:31
Quoting Rick Levy:
People in the U.S. don't to "take it to the street" uproar. They consider such demonstrations as un-American.

They will when the food runs out
 
 
+2 # charsjcca 2011-07-22 21:19
I think the author of this essay has forgotten that the purpose for education in America is to create a cadre of agents following the lead, not of practicing human responsibility. For more year than I can recall I have heard about civil rights and human right, but never human responsibility. That encompasses taking personal actions that have legitimate outcomes. Civil rights are about laws created by illegitimate social organs such as legislative bodies created by elites who are part of the status quo. We are getting exactly what Rupert Murdoch said he would give them-THE BIG LIE.
 
 
+2 # m 2011-07-22 21:43
Maybe if almost all the Outlets for 'FREE SPEECH' and maybe if almost all of the Constitutionall y Mandated 'Free Press' in America WAS NOT Owned, Controlled, Operated and so easily Exploited for the sake of Political/Socia l/Cultural Manipulation by just a very very Few GLOBAL CORPORATE CONGLOMERATES after 30 years of Deregulation Schemes in the Flim Flam Name of ''SMALLER GOVERNMENT'' allowed for such Global Corporate Behemoths to Gobble up and gain control over almost all Media Enterprises in America--- THEN... maybe... Americans would have FAR greater access to The truth and Honest Reflections of Reality with which to suddenly be overwhelmed into a state of outrage.

As it is, MOST Americans are either working their butts off for less and less so they can pay more and more just to make ends meet and have some kind of dignity let alone an actual life-- LET ALONE THE '''AMERICAN DREAM'''... to even pay more than glancing attention to what is happening to them-- BY DESIGN....
OR.. WORSE.. They are already drowning from no job at all, and being pushed under by a 'WIMPY VS. WACKY ' Congress and President who obsessively frets over 'Getting Along' as Political Strategy.
Because in WAlalaSHINGTON LAND, they're too busy marching around and posturing and posing for 'We're In a Gang' Photo Ops...
 
 
+2 # Lao Tze 2011-07-22 22:08
Hagan is bought by the NC banking interests. I've written her many times in the past few months. The responses have indicated that destroying entitlements is ok with her (and, clearly, her banking-base), cut spending before jobs, no interest in new technologies, pro-nuclear power expansion...the usual banker-babble. In the meantime, unemployment in NC is at 9.9% and climbing. Clearly Hagan's big-money-bank handlers have instructed her to abandon the middle class, the elderly, the disabled, the safety nets that keep hope alive.
My congressional representative was also petitioned for sanity and clear-minded direction. As a revered professor at a world-class university I encouraged the representative to take the lead in creating a sane and public presentation of the parameters of the present potential default challenge and the long-term economic goals. I received an e-mail telling me of government agencies that may be able to help me with medical care, temporary housing, applying for SSI.
This is our congress.
There is outrage...plent y of it! Insulated from real people by moneyed interests, the illusion that congressional members represent 'us' is shattered.
Government of the moneyed, by the moneyed, for the moneyed shall not perish!...just ask your senators and representatives ...
 
 
+3 # giraffee2012 2011-07-22 23:35
Sadly, the young adults who in their college days and through their 20's (or so) who protested against the Vietnam War - today these young adults are quiet. CNN's Dr. Gupta stated tonight the increase in alcohol and cigarette use of this age group has gone up ---

We need them to protest but they don't have lobbyists to buy the USA government -- so how can their protests do any good. In other words, the corporations have bought our government -- in 2010 the Supremes gave big money "person" hood to complete the creeping in of BIG money in our government.

BUT we still have the Vote (Look at Wisconsin) -- I beg all of you to register and get mail-in ballots (and get all the young folks & old you know registered with mail-in ballots ASAP so we can vote out these TP and anyone bought and paid for by the big money (namely the Koch brothers & friends - like Thomas/Scalia)

VOTE 2012 -- look at anyone who runs on the TP supported by Koch etc.

And this is my opinion
 
 
+4 # lin96 2011-07-23 04:36
Corruption runs rampant in our legislature. They have no business governing their own house, raising their own salaries, ignoring crime within their own body, creating a healthcare system apart from the people, and lavishing benefits on themselves. When there are 10 lobbyist for each member in congress, and our Senators and Representatives leave the Congress and go directly to the corporations to become lobbyists and write laws for the corporations, we have to stop this insanity. We need term limits, and a complete rehaul of the rules and regulations governing our House and Senate. Especially regarding healthcare, crimes within the governing body, taking money from lobbyist, and the ability for them to give themselves raises. They're raping this country and NOT working for anybody but themselves. The people have NO voice. The corporate media sees to that. Their polls of what the American people think are phoney, and nothing that comes out of their mouths are the truth. It's only twisted political nonsense. The only chance we have is to ban together and force their hand. I write to the President, Vice President and my Congressman and Senators on a regular basis. This week the Senators mailboxes are full. My Congressman never responds. Maybe thats because his wife is in jail for fleecing money from Detroit. Only in America can this seem normal.
 
 
+3 # Jude 2011-07-23 07:19
Marcus has it right! I admire Matt's writing since it is so RARE. Muckrakers of old are gone.

Newspapers (media) just a compromised; as ALL ALL of Washington. There have been MANY protests but without the media covering (Casey Anthony more important) how would the people know?

Just look at how LITTLE the crisis in Greece etc has been covered. Then there's (Matt pay atten) the brutality of police, SWAT teams beating people to a pulp (NOT shown by media) if they dare to object.

PLEASE refer (what the media didn't show you) a photo essay of these attacks on free speech: GOOGLE: Axis of Logic, What is That Sound
 
 
+4 # The Donald 2011-07-23 07:34
Quoting reiverpacific:

Much of the blame must go to the US mainstream media, FOX, Clear Channel and content-free programing which is basically stuffing between increasingly lengthy and vapid commercials, which now have THEIR OWN following.
As an illustration, even TV sitcoms, when I came to the US in the late 70's, were about regular working people ("Laverne and Shirley, "Alice", "Sanford and Son" and later "Roseanne" -get the drift?) and were actually quite funny and representative of a cross-section of average Americans, their hopes and daily lives. The words "Working Class" are almost unheard in the current political dialogue, perhaps because there has been a kind of demographic genocide since such jobs were shipped overseas and benefits eliminated.

Funny How if Archie Bunker were alive today, he would be rather informed compared to most sheeple watching 30 minuted of cable news.
 
 
+3 # castaway5555 2011-07-23 08:04
The T-Party has drugged the nation ... for years, the far-right has been preaching the purity of capitalism and the evil of the fed gov't. - a deep south value, along with states' rights, anti-union propaganda and right-to-work laws - a stew of ingredients thrown into evangelical christianity and its wanna-be dreams of wealth and power.
 
 
+1 # Pickwicky 2011-07-25 12:57
The Tea Party is a drug, the drug of choice for all those college graduates that failed to get a real education.
 
 
+7 # Ronald29609 2011-07-23 08:14
Since the Supreme Court has declared that corporations are persons, why aren't they taxed on world wide income like all other US persons?
 
 
+1 # lark3650 2011-07-23 23:30
Our Congress is powerless! Sometimes I think it is all just a bunch of smoke and mirrors..they want you to think they are doing something to earn their salaries but it's odd nothing gets done and they just keep making things worse!......Car l Levin is my Senator and he talks and talks and talks about ending the wars....and yet they go on and on and on....like I say....nothing changes...only for the worse.
 
 
+1 # Glenn Fieldman 2011-07-24 00:37
I think 'Bright' has it right. We should pick a day and make it stop. It worked in Poland (1981); the end of Communism there began with a series of completely non-violent general strikes. We can do it too.
 
 
0 # Blast Dorrough 2011-07-24 18:30
After Thomas Jefferson became president in 1800 Thomas Paine, T.J.'s best friend, made this observation of the one-term John Adams presidency known as the "Reign of Terror: "...faction [of Corporatecrafte rs united with Christiancrafte rs], acting in disguise, was rising in America; they had lost sight of first principles. They were beginning to contemplate government as a profitable monopoly, and the people as hereditary property. It is, therefore, no wonder that the "Rights of Man" was attacked by that faction, and its author [Paine] continually abused." ---First of Eight "Letters to the Citizens of the United States and Particularly to the Leaders of the Federal Faction" (1802-1803). In 1816, Thomas Jefferson advises and commands that "virtue and interest are inseparable. It ends, as might have been ecpected, in the ruin of its people, but this ruin will fall heaviest, as it ought to fall, on tha hereditasry aristocracy which has for generations been preparing for the catastrophe. I hope we shall take warning from the example and crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporation which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country." --T.J. Letter of November 12, 1816 to George Logan. The Constitution mandates a "Republican Form of Government" in direct opposition to the born-again Monarchy of today."
 
 
0 # OligarchyNot 2011-07-24 23:32
The reason why the vast majority of people aren't screaming about this is because of Rupert Murdoch and other corporate owned media failing to inform them, and downright lying to the public. In fact, there is so little investigative journalism in mainstream media that I doubt they even know the facts themselves.

There is a gathering planned to begin on October 6, 2011 in Washington DC called "Stop the Machine - Create a New World" which I plan to attend and many others have already signed up. You can check it out at www.october2011.org.

I moved my banking to my local credit union about 10 years ago. Credit Unions are nonprofit and member run, and your money benefits your own locality instead of enriching some big national bank's executives.

Whether or not you think it will do any good, people should be writing, faxing or calling their Congresspeople, writing their local newspapers and television stations and the national media. The last thing you should be doing is nothing.

Remember, if you can find the time to post comments on blogs, you can find the time to write your Congresspeople.
 
 
+1 # kalpal 2011-07-25 04:57
Look, the GOP is just keeping up its Bush adminstration era's fiscal responsibility. Deficits be damned, the rich must be protected from rapacious middle class and poor blackbeards who would force them to cut their overseas vacations short by a few hours.
 
 
0 # cryinthenight 2011-07-25 16:07
I understand there is going to be a gathering on Wall Street on Oct 11 of this year - a gathering that will not end. People are told to bring their camping equipment etc. for a long haul.
What if we had a "Day America stood Still" day on September 11, 2011. A memorium - if you will - for all that has been lost since then.
Pass the word and see what happens.

Just an aside do these creatures that are causing so much trouble not live in houses - do these domiciles not have electricity, water, sewer etc. Can they not be turned off? Do they not drive cars with tires? If they live behind gates, can these not be baricaded.
Just a few thoughts - mind you.
 
 
0 # Dredd 2011-07-26 15:23
Hear me roar Matt. Keep up the good work. Stop the glory daze now.
 
 
0 # Mike Stout 2011-07-28 10:39
"I fight authority, authority always wins." Who cares, I'm gonna fuckin keep fighting! Thanks Matt for shining the truth light on all this insanity!
 
 
+1 # shavedfish 2011-07-28 14:34
If you've had enough of supporting this crazy & corrupt debt based system
which means your hard earned dollars are stolen via the IRS and used to
fund WAR and pay massive INTEREST payments to wealthy international
bankers, you CAN opt out you know and STOP feeding this system.

To find out how check out: http://www.projectfreeman.com

This is a great, detailed "FREEMAN" site, the examples are relevant to the
"UK" but the same principles apply in the "US" because both countries are
"common law" jurisdictions.
 
 
0 # Carol Edwards 2011-07-28 22:11
At this point, all we are doing is negotiating the method by which we will be eaten: alive? squirming? quiescent?
With human beings, it would seem that, our longing for assured irresponsibilit y will be more than compensated by our loss of control.
 
 
0 # 1 2011-07-29 05:24
Tax breaks for the richest while reducing health care options for the poorest. It's the republican way.
 

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