What’s the deal with destroying people and the planet in the quest for more money than you need?

Can’t recall the pundit recently pushing the truth that ‘money is merely an accounting system’ but it makes sense. What does not make sense is the unhealthy cultural view that money is, in and of its self, a goal worthy of doing anything to accumulate.  Do we really need winners/losers when there is enough to go around? When the accounting system becomes the only real thing of value to so many people, the system is based on mental illness. We need to address the mental illness of hoarding the beads called money.

Since you can’t eat money, it has no value its self. It does not meet any real human needs. It is just a meter. People need to place value back on real things and real actions. Basing one’s existence on how many units of accounting one can grab is a hallow thing and such people can never be sated.

Now, oatmeal cookies, on the other hand….  And that’s why I still think the Oatmeal Cookie Standard would be a more practical monetary base. The hoarders really wouldn’t be destroying everything to get more than they need, and if inflation caused food prices to go up. we could eat our cookie-coins.

What about Cranbrooks’ part in Mitt’s attack on John Lauber?

 Schools know there is a difference between hijinks and assault.

What about consequences? Isn’t being required to face consequences for behavior and performance an important part of a proper education?

Something that needs to be brought up in the national discussion of high-brow prep school ‘hijinks’ is how the school reacted. Have yet to see this addressed.

Is there ANY evidence that the Cranbrook School took any disciplinary action against Romney and the others who participated in this assault on John Lauber? Were any punishments meted out for this? How could young men form a small mob, assault a classmate and not get thrown out on their asses at the very least?

 John Lauber was expelled from Cranbrook School for reports that he was seen smoking.  Sneaking a smoke got the assault victim bounced out of school!

Mitt Romney graduated from Cranbrook.

Mitt crossed a big line when he acted violently upon a classmate. He put together a small mob to help him. That was not leadership, it was cowardice and it was willfully malicious. 

The others knew it was wrong, they were all well past the age of knowing right from wrong. Many of them acknowledge they have been haunted by their part of the attack on John Lauber since they participated right through to the present.

Mitt mislabels his assault on a classmate as ‘hijinks’. Would be interesting to know what he would call such an attack if some kids did it to his own sons when they were in school, or his grand-kids now. Willing to bet Mitt would have a team of lawyers all over the perpetrators, the parents, the school, and the cops to make sure punishment was swift and harsh.

Mitt Romney graduated from Cranbrook but John Lauber did not, because it was reported John Lauber was seen smoking on campus.

Evidently Cranbrook School was pretty confused about boyish hijinks. One would think an institution that charges the kind of tuition Cranbrook  does would be run by people who knew better, people of high moral convictions.

As we ponder what makes Mitt tick, we might give some thought to the fact that it sure looks like the system the elite grow up in has an impact in reinforcing sociopaths’ sense of security in acting on bad impulses.

In no way should Romney’s behavior be blamed on the school, he was well past the age where we hold young people accountable for their actions.  But the school needs to take some responsibility for what life lessons it teaches. Boarding schools, in particular, bear the burden of being more than just classroom education. Boarding schools, but structure, act  in loco parentis.

How many other scions of the privileged class grew up knowing the system would back them no matter what? That brutality is rewarded and empathy is not required? No wonder the nation is in such a mess.

Rupert is unfit to exercise stewardship of a major international company, and he isn’t the only one

The report of a committee of the British Parliament investigating Rupert Murdoch’s news publishing ventures’ foray into illegal wire taps, hacking, and bribery of police has come out.  Some MPs come right out and dismiss Murdoch as an unfit corporate leader.

 Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company”, MPs have said.

Took long enough. But this truth-telling didn’t go far enough. Not nearly far enough.

It’s not just this one corporation that exhibits bad corporate governance, it is a slew of them. For any MP to take this long to notice is the root of the problem. Same in US in regards to Congressmen.

These monster huge corporations get so big and willfully corrupt because the people elected to office do their bidding instead of the people’s. Corporations buy the legislation to make legal what ever it is they want to do. They buy the legislation to make it illegal for someone to do what the corps don’t want people to be allowed to do. If huge multi-national corporations are being run badly, it is because pols let people like Murdoch buy government and order legislators around.

Rupert is a vile human being and he seems to reward results at any cost. He isn’t alone in that. Failure to regulate is the problem. Push-over pols who are nothing but whores are the real governance problem.

Glad somebody is starting to get vocal. Now, if the good MPs will just get some spines and start dealing with bad corporations. Same here in the US with Congress. The world is a mess because ‘capitalism’ owns governments and there is no such thing as ‘free market’ The market is owned and manipulated. The people are lost to the wolves.

Rupert is the tip of the very big iceberg. He’s old and not long for this world, so he is a safe scape goat for the whole stinking system.

 

Re Barney Frank on Paul Ryan’s budget scam

Congressman Frank rightly points out that Paul Ryan’s budget is a scam, that it does nothing to cut deficits while cutting critical social safety net. Barney is dead on pointing out that increasing DOD budget at this time is out of line, considering the realities of threats the DOD is charged with addressing.

The US spends more on defense that the next several top spending nations combined. If deficit reduction was really important, the GOP pandering pols would put DOD cuts on the table.

If Paul Ryan’s budget scam were for real, he would specify what loopholes used by the have-more-than-enoughs and have-way-too-muches  he would close while he cuts what is left of the social safety net.  Barney Frank is spot on. No specifics = scam in the making.

Seldom do I disagree with Barney Frank, but his statement: “There is no force out there in the world capable of taking away our freedoms.” is wrong.

Not only is there such a force, but it has been pretty successful in the campaign to take away our freedoms. That force is called greed. So long and that is the master so many politicians serve, be it their own greed or their donors’ greed, our freedoms are being butchered, along with our national sovereignty, to the interests of huge, multinational corporations.

Greed is the force that had devastated the economy and put people in such peril that too many are willing to give up all manner of regulation, protection, and effort for the common good in hopes of keeping their jobs and a roof over their heads. When people are struggling for survival, they are willing to give up too much freedom. Greed has set the stage for putting millions in a struggle for survival.Greed has been the driving force for the deliberate crashing of many economies.

DOD is a sideshow,  just one more diversion to keep people of seeing the real enemy, the monster corporations that know no allegiance save to greed. Paranoia is one of the means of assuring the people want the money to pour into DOD no matter what. Paranoia, like ignorance, is carefully cultivated in the masses. It is cultivated because it allows the greedy to keep the money flowing while the nation falls into dangerous decline.

Ran into one of the Ronulan Paulistas on the interweb tubes

Guess it being a holiday and all, the adolescents  chaffing against rules but enamored of Ayn Rand are home with time on their hands. ::sigh::   So many minds going to waste for want of resources for facts.

In honor of President’s day, and in hopes of arming the warriors for truth and justice (economic and legal) here are some links. Bookmark them. They come in handy when you need to pull arrows of reality from you quivers while fighting the good fight for truth, justice, and sane discourse.

Increases in the National Debt by year and party

Information from US Dept of the Treasury, Bureau of The Public Debt . Facts just seem to have that LIBERAL BIAS, huh? Why is that? Oh yeah, because liberals deal with reality and facts in order to help all Americans in that life, liberty, pursuit of happiness stuff

How Congress spends the money

Page is on federal budget.com <–yeah, a well known LIBERAL blog fer sur!

National Debt Graph by President

Hey, the numbers are what they are and they aren’t hard to verify!

Who Increased the Debt?

Information source? Again, the US Dept of the Treasury. Ouch! That has to leave a mark! Boo hoo GOP and patsies

Cost of tax cuts to top roughly = to Social Security shortfall*

*IOW, GOP took our payroll deducted Social Security payments and gave the money to the uber rich after a bit of money laundering. 

Cost of Bush policies: $5.1 trillion 2001 to 2009/Cost of Obama policies: $983 Billion 2009 to 2017

A nifty little block graph that breaks down the money and where it went/goes

Info source is the Social Security Trustee Report and Center on Budget and Priorities (CCBP.org) based on Congressional Budget office and President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

There ya go. Facts at hand.

Not that any of the Romulans, or Right Wing, delusional zealots and slaves to ideology will accept such things as facts, reality, hard numbers.

About using taxpayer money to build pro-sports stadiums for mega rich team owners to show off their mega paid employees…

If pro sports team owners don’t believe in capitalism and pulling themselves up by their own boot straps, they should move to another country! Yeah, that’s the ticket! Or have newt teach them to take a bath, fill out applicatio­ns and get a job!

When we are stiffing public employees of their rights to collective bargaining­, of the benefits that were promised as part of their compensati­on, of pensions, and in some places, of paychecks, there is no justificat­ion for giving one thin public dime to mega-rich businessme­n. Tell the modern-day dukes to pay for their own castles! We the People have teachers to pay, roads to pave, trash to pick up, and children to keep in books.

Phuk phootball and baseball team owners! They charge real money for their games, their hotdogs, their beer, their TV rights. Why does anyone think we owe them any part of their business start-up costs? Does Mom and Pop get public money for their new fancy housing for their store? Isn’t it enough that taxpayers provide roads to businesses?

We don’t have enough to keep the safety net somewhat repaired, we don’t have money to help them build their play palaces. And no cushy tax breaks either. They need us, we do NOT need them.

Politics may be local, but money isn’t. Too bad money is speech.

All politics may be local, but the money that is all-powerful most certainly is not.

Back in the early, mid 70s, RW fundy xians started taking over local school boards and education started a bad downward slide.  Some of those people went on to higher office and the tax rebellions got serious.

Reagan got in and the class war got into high gear. Money for local services dried up when Reagan got in as Gov of CA. Counties had to raise property taxes and people put in Prop 13, forever tying the hands of CA legislators to really get their job done.

Then the whole thing went national.

Now the powers that have the money have been going local again, taking over state houses and legislatures where they can. Purpose? Seems it is to make sure workers lose ground via the death knell to unions AND deliberate disfranchisement of whole demographic groups, which not so oddly tend to vote DEM.

Here in MT, a setting senator, who may not be popular with DEMS nationwide but represents the state and people pretty well, is being attacked by outside money that wants to give do-nothing drunkard and dipshit Denny Rehberg a big promotion.

The votes of senators from Montana count the same as the votes from the senators from NY or CA, but it’s a lot cheaper for the corporate money men to fund a campaign here than in NY or CA.

That Walker dared to complain about the recall movement getting outside $$ and then be out-of-state at a $2500 a plate fundraiser in another state tells a lot about him and the masters he serves. They want rules and limits on us, and no rules/no limits for themselves. That is not democracy, that is not free speech, that is an oligarchy and that is what Walker works for.

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