Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Randian Ryan? Extra Extra Read All About It Ayn Rand Spinning in her Grave


Maureen Dowd says it best
here and below. Paul Ryan professes, at least economically, to be the philosophical lover of Ayn Rand's so called "rugged individualism" -- deregulated capitalism lover of small government run wild. For a guy who professes such a life changing admiration of anything economically Randian it certainly is quizzical how he voted as a US House Representative not only for Bush's TARP (bank bailout) he professes to loathe and for the reckless unpaid spending for the NO weapons of mass destruction Iraq War. Salt and pepper in a few other unpaid for spending sprees like Bush's Medicare Part D to boot and you can almost hear Ayn Rand spinning like a top in her grave.

Paul Ryan never saw an unreasonable 4th Amendment rollover he did not like as he supported every national security bill allowing government access to anything you own including your life habeas corpus be damned. Ayn Rand hated most things big government but Paul Ryan does not. He loves it especially if it means government can snoop on even granny's phone calls, email, her sex life, limit her access to contraception, and end the availability of abortion. Granny worries about contraception and abortion? Well, no, but you get my drift.


Paul Ryan was not exactly a rags to riches guy either but more like a riches to riches guy who was raised in a more than affluent home, a lifestyle he had to "overcome" to make himself richer. He wants everyone else to sink or swim on their own and raise themselves up by their bootstraps that he already possessed as a child. If you do not posses such bootstraps well too bad it’s your bad.

 

Extra, extra read all about it, Republican Paul Ryan, hypocrite de jour, contender for the Republican heart-beat away from the presidency VP slot. Beware of Trojan Horse Republicans bearing things they say are gifts. They may not be gifts at all but venomous richest 1% snakes taking everything you have and stuffing their made on Wall Street pants pockets with your taxpayer money they dupe you to cough up forcing the middle class and the poor to pay more and the richest 1% to pay less. It is trickle UP economics sublime. Is this the American Dream my 4th grade teacher said was the essence of America? I do not think so. How about the American Nightmare for the lower 99%.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/15/opinion/dowd-when-cruelty-is-cute.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper

Your Election is being Bought by 47 Billionaires (and they are Buying War, Climate Change)

Read this and ACT accordingly!

Your Election is being Bought by 47 Billionaires (and they are Buying War, Climate Change)


The Public Interest Group Education Fund and the NGO Demos released a study in early August on the financing of the presidential campaign.

They found that nearly 60% of the almost quarter of a billion dollars raised by Super PACs from individuals derived from just 47 people, who gave at least $1 million each (obviously some gave much more).

47 people. That’s democracy?
 

Of these 47, the most generous (or greedy) are Sheldon Adelson and his wife, who gave $36 million themselves. Since the total known amount from individuals is $240 million, some 15 percent of the individual contributions, or one-sixth, are coming from one family.





Some 94% of these funds came from a little more than a thousand donors, each of whom gave $10,000 or more (47 clearly gave a million or more).

There are also super pacs funded by corporations, not just individuals! And there are anonymous donors.

The Super Pacs are turning this presidential election into a toxic slamming match beyond anything seen in the recent past.

These extremely wealthy and arrogant people are not giving this money for their health. They are expecting something for it.

The Koch brothers want to kill green energy and preserve the value of their petroleum.

Sheldon Adelson and his wife want Mitt Romney to start a war with Iran. (Adelson is a major backer of far rightwing Likud Party PM Binyamin Netanyahu).

If you put your politicians up for sale, as the US does (alone in this among industrialized democracies), then someone will buy them– and it won’t be you; you can’t afford them.

After Nicolas Sarkozy lost the presidency in France, SWAT teams went into his house looking for evidence that he had received $50,000 illicitly from the L’oreal heiress. $50,000? Our politicians get that in their sleep; and it wouldn’t be illegal!