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Inscription on the Republican Statue of Fibberty: "Give Me Your Liars, Your Rich, Your Privileged Classes Yearning to Go Tax-free."  The Republican Party did not align itself with Southern and Flyover State racists, religious bigots, and the lunatic militia fringe because it actually supports any of the madness these groups promote, but simply because they were all discredited but fanatical voices whose support could be trivially bought with rhetoric in favor of their lunacy.  And all of it - ALL OF IT - is simply to add digits to the bottom lines of the ultra-wealthy.  That's all it is.  Nothing else.

The Republican Party, ladies and gentlemen, is the most corrupt organization that has ever existed in the history of the United States.  It will not only pursue whatever policy benefits the wealthy who finance its campaigns, but promote any lie, at whatever cost to freedom or American prosperity, that achieves that objective.  Penny or dollar, the very lives of all those who are not of the GOP financier class mean less than the pettiest whims of those who own the Party, and there is no group of lunatics too insane to enlist as political mercenaries for the GOP so long as they deliver the votes and the Hate Media voices screeching against their enemies.

We had the best and most broadly prosperous economy in the history of the world when the richest were paying 90% taxes, but now through their chicanery and media brainwashing we have to achieve fucking supermajorities to even contemplate 2%, 3%, 4% tax increases on these arrogant parasites, and even then are so mindfucked by it all that we preemptively surrender by acting like this is some sort of horrible but necessary imposition?  This is insane, and it must end.  These people have enjoyed carte blanche over our civilization for long enough.  They should be paying most of their money back to the people for all the privileges they enjoy through the hard work of others and previous generations.  That's all there is too it.

Children have a RIGHT to the best possible education that this society can provide them, not merely the best education that greedy Republican oligarchs are willing to pay for.  People have a RIGHT to breathahble air and drinkable water, not merely the best air and water quality that the owners of the Republican Party are willing to provide.  People have a RIGHT to equal access to opportunities, not merely whatever is convenient for the Republican Party based on its employment of bigots as political foot soldiers.  People have a RIGHT to health care, absolute and undeniable, regardless of their income or what part of the country they live in.  We have tolerated the utter perversion and corruption of our politics long enough.  Time to shut down the lies and start collecting on dues.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

    by Troubadour on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:26:18 PM PST

  •  Claw back, sounds good to me. Can we please (3+ / 0-)
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    have some indictments Mr. Holder!

    "But Brandine, you're supposed to be in Iraq stopping 911!"

    by leftyguitarist on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:31:18 PM PST

    •  leftyg - there is no concept of claw back (1+ / 0-)
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      in US tax law. If you didn't pay what you owed, or committed fraud, or some other illegal activity, the IRS has a long period to reach back and collect what is due, plus penalties and interest and time in federal prison if the activity was criminal. However, the code for each tax year is set by the end of the year and there cannot be any retroactive tax that goes back beyond January 1st of any year. At this point nothing can be changed for the tax year 2011 and anything prior. 2012 will be added to that list once we pass 12/31/12.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:36:15 PM PST

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  •  I think the best piece I've seen on this is (1+ / 0-)
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    I Support Puerto Rican Statehood

    by InsultComicDog on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 01:59:25 PM PST

  •  Back in 1983, we made the Baby Boomer deal. (1+ / 0-)
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    The deal was this: For 30 years working people would overpay their Social Security taxes, building up the trust fund and helping lower the taxes of the rich. For the next 30 years, rich people would overpay their taxes, drawing down the trust fund and helping lower the taxes of the poor.

    -- We are just regular people informed on issues

    by mike101 on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:09:26 PM PST

  •  "Stop!!! To Serve the Rich! ..." (2+ / 0-)
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    "It's a cookbook!!!"

    The Republican party, by the way, is not the most corrupt organization that has existed in the history of the United States, as you put it.  Not even close.  Learn some history.  And don't be so sure that the Democratic Party isn't corrupt.  When they get behind closed doors with the rich, they don't say the same things that Romney said, but they do speak of us as something to be "managed."  They are just as liberal as they need to be.

    Keep an eye out for what happens between now and the Fiscal Cliff.  See who gets thrown off the ledge because "they had no choice."

    •  I think it's you who needs to review history. (0+ / 0-)

      The Republican Party has invented an entire ideology to rationalize pure corruption.  There has never, ever been anything like it in all of American history.

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 02:58:17 PM PST

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  •  Unfortunately-Dems Just Marginally Better (1+ / 0-)
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    Until we have public financing of elections and strict rules governing lobbyists; the Dems are just marginally better than the Rethugs.

    After all Robert Rubin left Bill Clinton's Treasury Secretary post to go to Citicorp and earn 150 million in two years. This was after the Clinton government agreed to throw out the remaining Glass Steagal provisions for which Citicorp had spent over 300 million over ten years to throw out the previous provisions which allowed the banks to wreck the world economy and destroy millions of lives.

    Please remember the Dems and Obama never installed a committee to look into the fraudulent and criminal behavior of the bankers and there hasnt been any significant indictments let alone convictions in the finance sector.

    Obama could have used the investigation as a lever for getting his policies passed but the fianance sector gives to the Dems as well as the Repubs so it wasnt possible to do this.

    Please also remember most of Obama's top appointees in the first term were the very people who contributed to the financial crisis-Summers,Geitner etc and no Stiglitz,Krugman etc.

    I believe the Presidenty is an honourable man but until we curb the financing of elections and lobbying of our governement-we will never have a satisfactory result and we are guaranteeing we will destroy ourselves.

    •  False equivalency alert! (0+ / 0-)

      FalseEquivalencyAlert

      "They fear this man. They know he will see farther than they, and he will bind them with ancient logics." -The stoner guy in The Cabin in the Woods

      by Troubadour on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 03:21:38 PM PST

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      •  DELUSION/HEAD IN SAND ALERT (2+ / 0-)
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        please remember goldman sachs and the others give to botj tje dems and rethugs.doesnt mean dems dont stand for better social principles,just means it will take longer to accomplish and we dont have time.

        please also remember if romney and his politicak advisors werent  politically ignorant and he had nomnated a condoleeza rice instead of paul ryan-he would be in the white house. the country is in trouble and the best way is to get rid of the financial onfluence as anything else will guarantee our destruction  

    •  I also live abroad and I heartily agree about (0+ / 0-)

      the necessity of campaign reform.

      One of the great things for me about four more years with President Obama is that he is not forced to start another campaign cycle.  

      The money has forced the campaign cycle to get ever longer, leaving less time for the president to attend to the business of the people.

      Mercifully we squeaked through this time with Wall Street pretty much aligned against us, but that does not make Wall Street money in politics any less frightening to me.  

      It is a reality that democrats have to deal with as well, and it ties the hands of our best and brightest leaders.

      It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

      by ciganka on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:34:52 AM PST

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  •  Isn't their behavior the exact kind of thing... (0+ / 0-)

    That we have RICO for?

    When are the prosecutors of this country going to wake up to the fact that even if the Rethugs are not actively involved in the crimes, they are enabling, benefiting and promoting them.

    Oh right, when they learn the difference between the 1st amendment and actual criminal behavior.

    I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

    by detroitmechworks on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 04:54:29 PM PST

    •  detroitm - no DoJ would ever try and indict (1+ / 0-)
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      their rival political party by filing a RICO suit. Even the most partisan legal scholars would find that to be the type of activity that third world dictators use to squelch the opposition. Any federal trial court would throw the case out in an instant and sanction those responsible.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:40:38 PM PST

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      •  Here's my question... (0+ / 0-)

        If the other party is actually breaking the law, flagrantly and repeatedly, that means that there's no legal recourse?

        I blame Ford for that one, personally, but sadly the precedent has been set that even blatant crime in out political parties is just fine and dandy.

        I don't blame Christians. I blame Stupid. Which sadly is a much more popular religion these days.

        by detroitmechworks on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 05:43:02 PM PST

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        •  detroitm - any individual who breaks the law (0+ / 0-)

          should be prosecuted. What political party they belong to does not matter.

          "let's talk about that"

          by VClib on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 09:22:09 PM PST

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        •  They threatened Milkin with RICO and (0+ / 0-)

          got a plea bargain, but have consistently avoided using that leverage for Wall Street prosecutions in this round.  

          There is probably a very solid RICO case for Wall Street, but no one seems eager to go there.  

          Wall Street is where RICO could succeed, and it would be better than a clawback, but tragically it is unlikely to happen.

          I am curious to see if there is anything so atrocious or grotesque that our rich and elite could do which would not be given a pass.

          It gets on my nerves, and you know how I am about my nerves...

          by ciganka on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 02:41:58 AM PST

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