Category: Capitalism

401(K) 2012 via flickr
401(K) 2012 via flickr

Oh hey there, did you know that big-bad millionaire Romney wont release his tax returns? I’ll bet you have, because it’s one of the only goddamn things I ever see anymore when I confront some source of election information (I get what I deserve, I know). I bet everyone knows that Mittens wont release his voluminous, Game-of-Thrones-length tax returns – and people are upset! It’s really something to get upset about, apparently! At least, that’s what I’m being told by whatever talking face is screaming at me on the television. Cuz like, what if there’s something… bad in there. Like, what if, maybe, it comes cout that Mittens is a multi-millionaire that employs a team of tax experts to exploit every single loophole in our disaster of a tax code to make sure that he pays as little (if anything at all!) as possible to the government? I mean, that would be like… mean, right? Fuckin’ right, that’s what he’s doing and if you’re surprised by that you’re a moron.

We’re living in a country that has taken every opportunity available to it to tilt the tax code in this country in favor of the owning-classes. Those of us not millionaires  must carry a larger and larger burden while our overlords scream for further tax cuts. Any sense of their own responsibility to the society that made their every success a possibility is lost and it is allowed to be lost. Our government, if not members themselves of these criminal classes, is forever indebted to them in order to maintain their power. Does anyone reading this actually think that Romney is not taken advantage of every possible way available to lessen his taxes? Do you really think he would pay more than he had to?  Of course not.

But maybe Romney went further. Maybe he even did something illegal. For shame! Send in the police to arrest him and we shall send him to court and have our reckoning – just like we did for those responsible for crashing the Western World’s economy in 2008, remember? Oh wait. Even if it came out that he had illegal dealings in his taxes (and really, we should just assume he does because it’s just too common) no one would lay a hand on Romney. The upper-class protects itself, unless one of its members takes advantage of his or her peers, like Madoff. Romney knows this, he’s not scared of us.

Nobody thinks Romney is going to win this election. It could be seen a million miles away that Republicans are throwing this election by putting up the worst possible candidate so that none of its more promising members would suffer a shaming. These tax returns wont come out simply because it will serve as another example to the American public about what the upper class can get away with that you or I could never do. Geithner can blame Turbo Tax for thousands of missed taxes and gets to be Treasury Secretary. If it happened to you or I, we’d be homeless and penniless. Romney gets a chance to be President.

via ffffound
via ffffound

The so-called “Super” Congress tasked with finding a means of cutting the deficit is a pure and simple joke. A joke few, if any, are likely to fall for. It is most simply designed to further the austerity agenda and steal from the poor of this country in order to further fund this stumbling empire’s tragic mistakes. If these wise old members of our congress fail to come up with spending cuts and revenue increases by late November, the cuts get made anyway, though they are across the board. The whole arrangement is the most obvious attempt at planned dead-lock I have ever seen. Who seriously believes that this group will come up with an agreed upon solution, or that if they do, it will be passed by their peers in congress? Or beyond that, that any measures that would possibly be passed by this monied body would be satisfactory to any portion of the working classes? Maybe 9% of Americans that still approve of Congress do.
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montage via the53
montage via the53

Not that we ever needed to, but if we ever needed to prove to ourselves that the Tea Party protests were/are anything besides corporate-corralled dissent redirected into expressions of racism, misogyny, and staggering ignorance, the Tea Partiers reaction to the Occupy Wall Street movement provides all proof we could ever need. The predominately white, older, middle/upper class members of the Tea Parties have been seen taking every chance to insult and minimize OWS or its members, despite the overlapping portions of their agendas. The corporate and think tank controlled Tea Party decried the bailouts (among many other things, sensical and otherwise) too, so why does this Venn diagram refuse to meet? The strings attached to the Tea Party prevent any ability to recognize what all workers are suffering. It was designed to never do anything besides make noise and elect more capitalist politicians. So long as OWS can retain independence from a controlling authority like the Democratic Party or something similar, it flies in the face of the Tea Party’s agenda and abilities. 
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via Wikimedia
via Wikimedia

The Occupy Wall Street protestors have had a rough time of it so far, and I think that speaks to their potential for change. If ineffectual,  the protestors would almost certainly not be beaten, harassed, or attacked. The liberal culture might even co-opt their ineffectuality and make it their own, as is seen all to often within protest movements that wither and die. We can take heart (no easy task, watching the brutality against these brave innocents) knowing that we are scaring power, and hope that these voices aren’t silenced. Ironically, our society advertises a celebration of protesting the status quo – as long as one keeps it cosmetic. As soon as protest is born of an action that has the potential to cause change, those pretenses quickly fall away. As we’ve seen several times in the recent past like the Battle in Seattle, Anti-War protests leading up to the Iraqi Invasion/Occupation, and the latest being the Occupy Wall Street protests; when the working classes’ protests become mobilized to an extent that Power sees a potential for destabilization of the status quo – we see the so-called freedom and liberty of the state instantly wash away.
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Sep 15

Empty Those Pockets! We Got Billionaires to Feed!

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Eweinhoffer via flickr
Eweinhoffer via flickr

I saw this article on Gawker recently. A $25 dollar fee (not a tax when it’s against the poor) may be imposed on anyone wishing to visit an inmate in Arizona’s prison system – in order to finance a background check against the visitor! Quite amazing the lengths to which our leaders will go in order to solve our multiple budget crises, no? Surely we should all be grateful at the sacrifices being made so that we can all enjoy the society we have built together and not have it fall into financial ruin! Sarcasm aside, this is another example of Power using “the debt” as its most powerful asset. Instead of ending the practices leading directly to the so-called budget crisis Arizona (and the United States as a whole) is facing, our leaders instead use the deficits as reasons to further the progress of funneling society’s wealth upwards. After all, with the poor representing most prisons’ populations, who do they think they are going to be collecting these “fees” from?
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IWW
IWW

The names I see surrounding on this Labor Day weekend are my enemies. On a weekend that exists to commemorate an American tragedy against our fellow workers (despite American capitalism’s efforts to erase that from our collective memories [best encapsulated for me by Apple's iTunes Labor Day Weekend Movies featuring only movies about pregnancy and child bearing]) I am still continually bombarded with these name. The names, or brands. Everything that surrounds me right now as I sit on my couch and eat junk food (I eat whatever I want on Sundays) is tagged with the brand of companies that have spent their entire personhood trying to grind my fellow workers to a streamlined pulp.
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Army Vet via flickr
Army Vet via flickr

A year ago yesterday the explosion that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico and the infamous pipeline began spewing death into our waters for nearly 5 months. The consequences of this tragedy cannot be fully understood just yet and I’m sure we’ll all see and hear horror stories resulting from these events for many years to come. And as the common refrain goes, those responsible for this destruction are nowhere near being held responsible and are not expected to make good for their misdeeds. Indeed, not a single law or regulation has passed to prevent another disaster. This comes on the heels of learning what we always suspected, the various oil companies’ role in our most recent and tragic invasion of Iraq.
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Phil Roeder via flickr
Phil Roeder via flickr

In what can only be described as a coming together of the Property Party to further fuck the humbled masses, a “deal” was forged to “save” us from a government shutdown. With an election season dawning on the horizon, the events of last week are a perfect example of the futility of voting for the “lesser evil” and the extent to which the Republicans and Democrats are representative of the same class interests. At no time was the budget argument about whether to cut or not, but rather how much to cut. Nor was it ever a discussion of who to cut from, the obvious choice had always been the poor, minorities, and women. This was, from the very beginning, a discussion about how much they could take from you and I – yet again.
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Editor B via flickr
Editor B via flickr

Earlier this month, I attended Left Forum in New York City to spend some time with fellow lefties and exchange some ideas – maybe even learn something. I went the previous year and felt I hadn’t spent my time there wisely so this year I made sure to be organized and really get my time and money’s worth with the various panels and discussions. Of the several panels I managed to attend, one that really stuck with me for some time afterward was a debate about the merits of working within the Democratic Party in order to achieve progress in America.
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3dom via flickr
3dom via flickr

The unions have been busted. Scott Walker, with the helping hand of the establishment, has stripped public unions of their collective bargaining rights. The rights of unions in this country have been won inch by inch with the blood of thousands of workers, and to see them stripped so easily from us speaks to the traitorous and naive leadership that labor has entrusted with its interests. Nothing should be moving in Wisconsin right now, general strikes should be shutting down everything in the state in order for workers to stand in solidarity with these public unions. We wont see that simply because our labor leaders are just as much a part of the status quo as Walker.
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