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Why the Wealthiest Americans Are the Real 'Job-Killers'

  • The top 1 percent takes in more than twice the share of national income today than they did 30 years ago, and that's a big reason why consumers are tapped out.
  • Sitting Atop Trillions: What Would Business Do with Another Tax Break?
  • The Ultimate Goal of the Bankster-led Political-economic Warfare Being Waged Against Us Is . . .

Joshua Holland, AlterNet<>

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That the wealthy are “job creators,” and therefore have interests that must be defended by the public at large, is a talking-point that, however facile, is so popular it slips effortlessly from the lips of conservatives every day.

It can be deployed for any purpose – not only in calling for more tax breaks for the rich, but also when opposing public interest regulation, consumer litigation and worker protections. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, even used it to deflect attention from the "gay rehabilitation" services her clinic allegedly offers. When asked about it by ABC News, Bachmann merely acknowledged, “we do have a business that deals with job creation.” When pressed, she stuck with it: “As I said, again, we’re very proud of our business and we’re proud of all job creators in the United States.”

It's also complete nonsense; the opposite of the truth. Sure, the wealthy create a few jobs – people who offer exclusive services or sell them high-end goods. But the overwhelming majority of jobs in this country are “created” by ordinary Americans when they spend their paychecks.

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Sitting Atop Trillions: What Would Business Do with Another Tax Break? Joseph T. Dwyer, Policy Shop

  • Business already has plenty of cash, and if you look at what corporate America is actually doing with this money, it’s not pretty.
  • Obama and his advisers, weirdly, believe that his stance as "the only grownup in the room" who forces his own party to abandon its core principles for the sake of an austerity program will somehow win the gratitude of voters struggling with declining incomes and rising joblessness. Robert Kuttner
  • Not only is corporate America using cash to fill space in bank boxes and stuff speculative mattresses overseas, they have decided to use some of it to pad the salaries of their CEOs. In 2010, the S&P 500 companies paid their CEOs an average of $11.4 million—an increase in CEO total compensation by 23 percent! <http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/paywatch/>This collective raise could have hired nearly 32,000 median earning workers instead (or 63 workers per company). Joseph Dwyer

The Ultimate Goal of the Bankster-led Political-economic Warfare Being Waged Against Us Is . . . ? Richard Clark, OpEdNews

  • Foreign Policy magazine recently ran an article entitled "The Next Big Thing: Neomedievalism," arguing that the power of nations is declining, and is being replaced by banks and other corporations, wealthy individuals, the sovereign wealth funds of monarchs, and city-regions. Meanwhile, leading progressive economists say that the true purpose of the bank rescue plans was "a massive redistribution of wealth, to the rich."
  • America Is Being Raped ... Just Like Greece and Other Countries

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News Corp. Plays the Victim Card

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch gave an “exclusive” interview to his own Wall Street Journal where he said the scandal has been handled “extremely well in every possible way.” Meanwhile, those on his payroll argued investigating is an affront to the First Amendment and the real problem is how easy hacking has become.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW)

Not many people are defending Rupert Murdoch these days, except, of course, Rupert Murdoch and those on his payroll.  Criminal investigations are ramping up on both sides of the Atlantic, and the number of arrests in the phone hacking scandal has now reached double digits, but in an interview with his very own Wall Street Journal, Mr. Murdoch claimed News Corp. has handled the crisis “extremely well in every possible way,” making just “minor mistakes.”  Reminiscent of former BP CEO “I would like my life back” Tony Hayward, Mr. Murdoch said he was “getting annoyed” by the headlines, but would “get over it.”

Continuing to undermine any reputation the paper may have had as a serious news organization, today (July 18) the Journal editorialized that it isn’t the nearly 4,000 people who had their voicemails hacked who are the victims.  No, the real victim is the First Amendment.

Along the same vein, the folks over at Murdoch-owned Fox News came out with their own Alice through the Looking Glass moment Friday (July 15).  In anchor Steve Doocy’s assessment, the problem is not that thousands of people had their voicemail hacked by Murdoch employees.  No, Mr. Doocy helpfully explained, the real problem is how easy it is to hack into private information.  News Corp., like Bank of America, Citigroup and others, is just a victim.

Watch this — it’s really unbelievable.

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The Ultimate Goal of the Bankster-led Political-economic Warfare Being Waged Against Us Is...?

  • Foreign Policy magazine recently ran an article entitled "The Next Big Thing: Neomedievalism," arguing that the power of nations is declining, and is being replaced by banks and other corporations, wealthy individuals, the sovereign wealth funds of monarchs, and city-regions. Meanwhile, leading progressive economists say that the true purpose of the bank rescue plans was "a massive redistribution of wealth, to the rich."
  • America Is Being Raped ... Just Like Greece and Other Countries

Richard Clark, OpEdNews

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As economist Michael Hudson points out, the European debt crisis is really the product of financial warfare instigated by big banks.   Yes, these banks are engaged in warfare against the rest of society.   What's going on in Greece is exactly what's going to happen in America very shortly.   Why?   Because in every industrialized country, the big banks are in the process of offloading their bad debts onto governments.   They are then forcing these governments to sell off national assets so that the bankers can be paid what they consider to be their due.   (For more about this, see the linked video at this web site, about Greece being a dress rehearsal for the US.)

In a nutshell, what it says is that the world is being prepared for the kind of "neo-feudalism" that these banksters (intent on ever more completely becoming our masters and lords) intend to implement.   And so it is that America is in the early stages of being subjected to the same type of plundering as Greece and Ireland.

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America Is Being Raped ... Just Like Greece and Other Countries, Washington's Blog

  • The war between liberals and conservatives is a false divide-and-conquer dog-and-pony show created by the powers that be to keep the American people divided and distracted. See this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this, this and this. So before assuming that privatization is a good thing, read on.
  • If these resources had always been in the private sector, that would be fine ... that would be free market capitalism.
  • But if they were purchased on the people's dime with our taxpayer funds and then sold to the big boys for cheap, that's not capitalism ... that's looting.

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Who Actually Controls Our Foreign Policy?

  • In the past decade the United States has evolved into an aggressor nation, particularly in the Middle East, and one must ask why has the battlefield replaced the conference room in working out disagreements?
  • Has our educational system dumbed down even our leaders to a point where they no longer possess the ability to verbally communicate, or has another force been entered into the equation?
  • Full Spectrum World Domination, Or How To Save A Collapsing Empire

Dennis Kaiser, OpEdNews.com

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In the past decade the United States has evolved into an aggressor nation, particularly in the Middle East, and one must ask why has the battlefield replaced the conference room in working out disagreements?   Has our educational system dumbed down even our leaders to a point where they no longer possess the ability to verbally communicate, or has another force been entered into the equation?

During the 90s a group known as the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) was co-founded by William Kristol and Robert Kagan. In 1998 the group, given the moniker of "Neoconservatives," wrote a letter to then President Clinton, urging him to take over Iraq because Saddam Hussein was a threat as he had weapons of mass destruction (WMD).  

The 'group' also stated that in order to ensure their plans could be carried out,  a "New Pearl Harbor" event would be needed in order to better pave the way to implement their agenda.

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Full Spectrum World Domination, Or How To Save A Collapsing Empire, Edger, Antemedius
In this two part interview economist and author F. William Engdahl talks with Real News Network CEO Paul Jay about US geopolitical attempts at world domination through military and foreign policies, and his new book "Full Spectrum Dominance: Totalitarian Democracy in the New World Order."

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