The Fascists Are Coming for Your Social Security and Medicare

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The billionaire fascists are coming for your Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And they’re openly bragging about it.

Right after Trump’s election, back in December of 2016, Newt Gingrich openly bragged at the Heritage Foundation that the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress were going to “break out of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt model.” That “model,” of course, created what we today refer to as “the middle class.”

This week Mitch McConnell confirmed Gingrich’s prophecy, using the huge deficits created by Trump’s billionaire tax cuts as an excuse to destroy “entitlement” programs.

“I think it would be safe to say that the single biggest disappointment of my time in Congress has been our failure to address the entitlement issue, and it’s a shame, because now the Democrats are promising Medicare for All,” McConnell told Bloomberg. He added, “[W]e’re talking about Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid.”

These programs, along with free public education and progressive taxation, are the core drivers and maintainers of the American middle class. History shows that without a strong middle class, democracy itself collapses, and fascism is the next step down a long and terrible road.

Ever since the election of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been working overtime to kneecap institutions that support the American middle class. And, as any working-class family can tell you, the GOP has had some substantial successes, particularly in shifting both income and political power away from voters and toward billionaires and transnational corporations.

More from Thom Hartmann @ Common Dreams

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New GOP Health Care Bill Expected to Allow Low-Cost, Skimpy Plans

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(WASHINGTON) — In a high-stakes bid for conservative support, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to demands from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to allow insurers to sell low-cost, skimpier plans as part of a new but still-reeling health care bill being released Thursday, two GOP aides said. However, including that provision seems…

via New GOP Health Care Bill Expected to Allow Low-Cost, Skimpy Plans — TIME

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Opinion: Hillary Clinton should stop poor-mouthing

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I am completely in favor of Hillary Clinton’s amassing vast amounts of money. Her desire to do so is very American. While our early colonists came here in search of religious freedom, they also believed God gave them two hands in order to grab all they could with them. (As Native Americans would soon learn.) Hillary’s desire to be wealthy is well within the American mainstream. Her ability to achieve that wealth, however, is not. She is probably America’s leading political celebrity (it’s either her or her husband), and that gives her incredible advantages when it comes to making dough. More from Roger Simon @ Politico

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Billionaire Home Depot Founder Says Pope Francis Is Alienating The Rich

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Billionaire Home Depot founder Ken Langone has a warning for Pope Francis.

A major Republican donor, Langone told CNBC in a story published online Monday that wealthy people such as himself might stop giving to charity if the Pope continues to make statements criticizing capitalism and income inequality.

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Langone said he was worried the Pope’s comments about an “exclusionary” “culture of prosperity” that may make some of the rich “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”

Langone, who is leading an effort to raise money for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan said he relayed these concerns to Cardinal Timothy Dolan in New York. Specifically, Langone said he told the church leader he spoke to a donor who could give millions of dollars to the cathedral project but was worried about the Pope’s “exclusionary” remarks.

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Tiny white elite dominates US political donor landscape – study

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A tiny wealthy male elite is behind most of the biggest contributions to the 2012 election cycle in the US, a new study shows. The report comes as US Supreme Court considers whether it should strip a ceiling on political donations.

In a case the Supreme Court will begin hearing next Thursday, Shaun McCutcheon, a wealthy donor backed by the Republican National Committee, is challenging this aggregate limit on how much an individual may donate overall to candidates, parties and political action committees (PACs) over an election cycle.

If the court strikes down the limit, it could prompt bigger contributions from those who already reached or were about to reach it, argues Public Campaign, a Washington-based advocacy group. Such a move would “put power even further into the hands of Wall Street bankers, billionaires, and K Street lobbyists,” it says.

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The First Revolution Is When You Change Your Mind

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What we have is a misunderstanding of what something is. I’m speaking about the occupiers of Wall Street and abroad. I waited to comment, I wanted to personally see how things would play out. The first thing I noticed was how the Right came out against the movement. I will be the first to admit, it started with crude implications. Even as my fingers type this, we have heard  reports of people doing distasteful things and acting irrationally; that’s fine. Things have to have a beginning before it can have a progression. The Right has spoken out against this movement for fear of not truly understanding it. So they have attacked it from the point of views that discredits its motivation. I’m happy to see multimillionaires on the streets with the protesters, it adds legitimacy to the fight.

The mindset is slowly changing as the occupation continues to garner support.  Out of loud clanging, out of chaos there seems to be clarity. I’m not the biggest fan of always marching but if you are protesting a particular company or establishment, that’s fine. The 99ers, as they call themselves, are making huge strides. Our country is in a huge flux but there is a void. That void is the voice of the voiceless. It’s not about the rich per say, it’s about the cheaters, it’s about the one’s who look down on the poor and downtrodden. People are pointing out how some people who have means can break rules and not be held accountable. The people are pointing out the unfair practices that led to the housing bubble and the true decline of so-called capitalism. When greed goes unchecked capitalism runs amok in the face of the people.

As the movement continues to gain focus and media coverage, they need to articulate their grievances for the world to hear so the next time the media won’t confuse their cause with utter chaos. I don’t think the protesters are arguing, for example, the success of a  Steve Jobs, they will point out he earned it. They are arguing the practices of a few. The few by their actions affected a large segment of people. It is startling that 1 percent owns 95 percent of the nation’s wealth. It’s time we have clarity, it’s time we have people point fingers unafraid. Our country is changing, whether that change is for the better, only time will tell.

The time is now for America to stand and ask the tough questions again. In President Obama’s campaign he spoke of things like government transparency. He needs to reach down and really mean it the second go around. People voted you in and they can vote you out. Even the flip- flopper Mitt Romney has in a way embraced the movement. Let me add that the Wall Street barons are only one part of the problem; it’s time to march on the doors of Congress as well. Look at the success of the Tea Party; they targeted their own and  made them accountable to them. 99ers you need to do the same. You have entered the first phase of the revolution, you changed your mind.

The NON-Conformist

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