We are the many not the few – if you don’t think too hard about this song it could represent almost any political philosophy.
Makana, the singer, if he wasn’t wearing a Greek fishing cap and short goatee a la Pete Seeger, then this could be a Tea Party anthem just as well as an OWS theme.
Themes without details are always the road to chaos. Thinking about themes often does lead to great ideas. Yet at some point all of those ideas must make it into writing and the bookkeepers brought in to do a reality check.
We are the many not the few is a very good song. The graphics are relevant and appropriate.
We have been here before.
Details matter. The Tea Party flunked them, the Coffee Party often gets wrapped around the axle about the ones that they like and ignores those that it doesn’t, the Beer Party doesn’t really care because it only exists for the fun of it all (meaningful discussion is optional), and Occupy Wall Street runs great risk of repeating 1968 all over again: big thoughts drove a generation to protest and then they all became doctors, lawyers, bankers and used car salesmen within five years. (I’m thinking of you Abby Hoffman!)
Filed under Civil Society, Coffee Party, Corporate Welfare, Democratic Party, Economic Recovery, Election 2012, Employment, Future, Libertarianism, Republican Party, TEA Party
“For anti-tax purists, including many in the Republican Party, … measures that roll back corporate subsidies, individual deductions or loopholes of any sort without comparable tax cuts elsewhere are considered tax increases.”
– Washington Post, 2011.04.15
Conservatives are beginning to divide into pragmatists and dogmatists as they move to quickly address the impending debt ceiling reaching its limit at some time in May 2011 and to begin negotiations over the 2012 budget which should be relatively complete by late July 2011.
Some tried and true conservatives believe that corporate welfare — the subsidization of business operations, or discounting of taxes due — must be eliminated if we are to move towards a balanced budget and reduced deficits and national debt.
Willingness to sacrifice corporate welfare includes Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Sen Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), and Sen Tom Coburn (R-OK) as well as support from such conservative-movement fixtures as the Heritage Foundation, and the Wall Street Journal editorial board.
After Reagan agreed to raise taxes to offset huge growth in government defense spending, Grover Norquist of ‘Americans for Tax Reform’ gave us the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in the mid-1980s, which asks Republican lawmakers to take an absolute oath that they will not vote for any tax increase of any kind.
Norquist’s pledge has become dogmatic doctrine for the Republican Party.
Norquist now finds this dogma being challenged and he is personally being branded with the conservative buzzword of the year: sharia — Norquist is now being publicly called the “chief cleric of sharia tax law.”
Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/no-tax-hike-pledge-creates-republican-rift-potential-roadblock-to-deficit-deal/2011/04/13/AFgWFdfD_story.html
Was browsing Facebook today when the photo below appeared in the one of the discussion groups.
Michele Bachman is a person that many of the Left love to hate. She is to the Left what Nancy Pelosi is to the Right. Not even Sarah Palin attracts the venom that Bachman can.
Bottomline: the verbage of the poster may have merit but use of the NAZI flag does not. Michele Bachman is not a NAZI and despite any strong views that she may hold on a variety of issues does not appear to sympathize in any way with NAZI beliefs.
As to being a welfare queen, that too is in the eye of the beholder but here is some information for you to be the judge of.
Bachman does have a legal stake (25%) in the ownership of the family farm, legally known as the Bachmann Farm Family Limited Partnership. Bachmann’s family farm received $251,973 in federal subsidies between 1995 and 2006. The farm had been managed by Bachmann’s recently deceased father-in-law and took in roughly $20,000 in 2006 and $28,000 in 2005, with the bulk of the subsidies going to dairy and corn. (Source: Politico.com et al)
I have tried to verify whether the farm subsidies continue since 2006 but am unable to determine this.
Republican Representative Bachman seems not be alone in this. The four largest recipients of similar agricultural farm aid are also Republicans.
1. 3rd district of Nebraska (Rep. Adrian Smith – Republican)
2. 1st district of Kansas (Rep. Jerry Moran – Republican)
3. 4th district of Iowa (Rep. Tom Latham – Republican)
4. 9th district of Texas (Rep. Randy Neugebauer – Republican)
The Libertarian Cato Insitute calls agricultural subsidies: “Farm subsidies are welfare for the well–to–do.”
Learn more about who is getting rich off of not growing food in exchange for $$.
This story is from AmericanWingnuts.com
— a collection of news and notes about extremism of both Left and Right. Send your examples of Left or Right wingnuttery to Bill@Bill4DogCatcher.com — please send source references that would appear to back up any claims.