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I've heard it said many times: that a true progressive Left in the U.S. does not exist, by and large.  I keep trying to have faith, and believe otherwise, but when I see this type of transparent kabuki theater being used over and over again to manipulate people so easily, I find it discouraging and insulting to one's intelligence.

And it is also so discouraging to see how easily people are jerked around like puppets, by the media... And that includes the "so-called" progressive-leaning media (which after all, are owned by the same media conglomerates).

Someone help me here!  Wasn't there something in Orwell's 1984 about a TV Box people stared at until there were entranced.  I seem to remember something like that...

Am I arguing that this so-called tax holiday is not a good thing?  Not necessarily; especially if one looks at it in the same way someone would look at how some in extreme and dire need would value crumbs falling off a table, or two-day left-overs.

And how ironic, that in the midst of this charade people are asked to share how they could spend their average $40.00 per paycheck, just in time for the "holidays"--shopping.

In the meantime, at the "adult's" table, where the real feasting (and gluttony) is going on, the pillaging (and cover-up) continues unabated.

For God's sake, where would one start on this?  Let's just take one example (of many): Federal Judge Pimp-Slaps the SEC Over Citigroup Settlement

Finally, in any case like this that touches on the transparency of financial markets whose gyrations have so depressed our economy and debilitated our lives, there is an overriding public interest in knowing the truth. In much of the world, propaganda reigns, and truth is confined to secretive, fearful whispers. Even in our nation, apologists for suppressing or obscuring the truth may always be found. But the S.E.C., of all agencies, has a duty, inherent in its statutory mission, to see that the truth emerges; and if it fails to do so, this Court must not, in the name of deference or convenience, grant judicial enforcement to the agency's contrivances.

Here's Matt Taibbi's observation about that quote, from Judge Jed Rakoff rejection of what he termed  "a slap-on-the-wrist fraud settlement the SEC had cooked up for Citigroup."

Notice the reference to how things are “in much of the world,” a subtle hint that the idea behind this ruling is to prevent a slide into third-world-style justice. There are many such loaded passages in Rakoff’s ruling. Another one comes up around the issue of the “public interest.”

Yes, it would seem like we are turning into a third-world country, or for that matter, a banana republic.

Does that explain the lack of intellectual heft, strength, solidarity, organization, and power on the Left?  Or, as some have observed, that kind of powerful progressive Left has been vanished from this country--many, many years ago?

I almost can imagine the likes of The Wall Street Journal, and Karl Rove and company, sitting at the "big people" table looking at each other and saying, "Do you want to see the chihuahua jump like crazy?"  While taking a little tiny piece of food and dangling over the side of the table.

So big whoop, Boehner caved!  In a couple of months when it's announced that the environmentally destructive keystone pipeline will be built, and Democrats are forced to deal with the poison pills-laden legislation (for a year extension), it will be clear who really caved.

Amazing how the haze, the smokes and mirrors that the mainstream media is, can manipulate so many of us, so thoroughly.

I better get the popcorn ready to watch the next "jerk-around" by this so-well-fine-tuned system of propaganda...

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  •  Thanks for the thoughts. We gave up 27% (12+ / 0-)

    reduction in payments to physician's on Medicare at the same time and we also gave up 40 weeks of unemployment.  Basically they are trying to kill medicare because they hope doctors will refuse to take medicare payments.  Also what is not paid for will not necessarily be covered by a supplemental.  They say a physician can only charge so much for an office visit.  But then Medicare doesn't cover the bill and your supplement doesn't cover the rest (as it does now) I assume the patient will have to pick up the rest or start trying to find a new doctor.

    What else do they want from us and why are the democrats so willing to give the store away?

    All of this while weakening the Social Security program.  The payroll tax funds Social Security.  i know they claim that SS will be reimbursed from the general fund.  But then Congress and the President can come back and say that they people have not been funding social security thus it is really an entitlement and not retirement insurance that the workers paid for and they cut the Social Security program.  The writing in on the wall.  What Bush was unable to do the Democrats and Obama are and will.

  •  Intelligence is mispelled in your title. (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Thanks (4+ / 0-)

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought this whole thing a farce. We're being played like a fiddle. How much more of this are we willing to take?

    El pueblo unido jamás será vencido. The people united will never be defeated

    by mint julep on Thu Dec 22, 2011 at 11:28:27 PM PST

  •  Obama couldn't get his paltry jobs bill through. (4+ / 0-)

    The Dems caved on surtax on the rich. And we are experiencing food poisoning (cuts) from the Satan Sandwich served up by the reactionary Obama-Boehner deal in August (and the poison will be there for a long time to come).  And I haven't checked the fine prints from this latest Kabuki theater.
    And don't get me started on the NDAA indefinite detention thingy and the pending SOPA.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Thu Dec 22, 2011 at 11:43:58 PM PST

  •  Wasn't there something in Orwell's 1984...? (0+ / 0-)

    Well thinking, understanding, and context went down the memory hole and out of fashion somewhere around 1978. Between that one and the brand I can't even remember but I still see around with a logo that's not an American eagle, but actually looks more like this, I really began to think my fellow students had lost their minds.  I think that at that point corporations were making fun of us just to see how much evil crap we consumers would "buy." Apparently all of it.

  •  Ray, Ray, Ray (2+ / 0-)
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    What happened to "I vow to focus my next 100 diaries on solutions?"  The lure of bitching about the administration proved too much for you, eh?

    It's no secret that I think you're usually off base, sometimes wildly.  But this time you're flat out wrong.

    State Department has said that if Republicans try to force their hand on Keystone, they'll deny the permit.

    Pipeline aint gonna happen. Not within the next 60 days, anyway.

    "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

    by Whimsical on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 03:11:51 AM PST

  •  crumbs (6+ / 0-)

    Also, they are using the $50,000 amount as per family. $50,000 may be the median household income, but it is not what your average worker in America sees. So, the average increase in any one individual's paycheck could be $8-12/check** (if paid weekly) or less, maybe $50/month and $600/year. (That is for $30,000/yr and I'm sure the average is lower than that. I don't know what the average individual income is, but it sure isn't $50,000. Wiki says median household income in the year 2004 was $44,389, while the median income per member household was $23,535.

    The $1000/year increase is for, for example, a household with 2 workers whose combined income is $50,000. We've fallen along way from when one individual could raise a family, buy a house and save for children's college. Crumbs is right, Ray.

    ** This is why on the first go 'round most people did not even realize they had a tax break. The amount on each check was so small it was not noticed. At least this time, the Obama Administration is doing a little advertising, albeit the advertising is a little spun.

    America is so not like her hype.

    by OLinda on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 04:29:25 AM PST

  •  Shorter Pensador: I get huffy when people... (1+ / 0-)
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    talk about things I don't want to talk about.

    I support OWS. But that doesn't mean I support every dumb idea someone has about it.

    by kenlac on Fri Dec 23, 2011 at 06:24:44 AM PST

  •  Ray, there is the OWS movement... (3+ / 0-)

    and its still active in cities all across the country. Let's support, I know you already do, get behind it and build it up. We should also work on making OWS more responsive to immediate issues like this payroll tax deal.

    •  I completely support the OWS movement, even (2+ / 0-)
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      if sometimes I offer some "tough" advice about the importance of organization, and strategic thinking.  But yes, I support OWS, and see it as a very important reason the whole nation changed the tone of conversation from the farce of "deficits" to the real issue of income inequality (caused by thievery and criminality at the highest levels).

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