The rise of the distorporation: A virtue or a vice?

Prudent fiscal policy, with $17 Trillion in debt mandates that these practices be minimized. Maximizing revenue generation is necessary for the health of the US economy. On this note, condoning these practices equates to accepting corporate welfare. It is amazing how many Conservatives turn a blind eye, calling themselves Fiscal Conservatives, while squeezing the lifeblood out of entitlements. Entitlements are such a small part of the overall deficit and budget (Medicare & S.S. aside)

A Gerrymandered State of Mind

The road to hell is led by good intentions. The history of gerrymandering was admirable. It was meant to find avenues of diverse representation. Finding a bypass to de-facto segregation, gerrymandering was the attempt to rewrite congressional districts regardless of geography. Instead of geographical redistricting, districts were written up in strange patterns to create districts that were more diverse. Its roots are in the reconstruction of the south. This is of course a sore subject to neo-Confederates who still hold that it was a War of Northern Aggression. Utilizing the voting rights act, districts diluted the traditional power structures representing the House of Representatives. Fast forward to today and we find ourselves unleashing Pandora’s Box. The usage of Gerrymandering went from admirable to politically expedient; the spoils of political war.
I do not hold blame to one party or the other. Both have utilized gerrymandering to sway the political winds in their favor. Unfortunately what goes around comes around. The spoils of political war have inevitably led to the creating of very safe districts for the majority party. This is done via the partisan victories in State elections. The states have control over the shape of Congressional districts within US Constitutional parameters. The majority party in each State in turn allow Federal districts to become safer and safer for entrenched incumbents.
It must be said that Gerrymandering is a phenomenon stemming from the US Constitution. There is a set cap of 435 Congressional Districts. This is divided up by States measured by the decade span, Constitutionally mandated, Census. The Census determines how many districts each state will inevitably have and therefore require the rewriting of District boundaries. My argument is that this tool has become overly politicized by poor Federal oversight & regulatory controls.
Since the 1980’s there has been a Conservative movement in the upswing within the United States. That being said, the luck of the draw has had multiple Census being held when Republican Governors and State Houses were in power. What once was a tool of racial integration, with “pure” intentions has now been utilized to increase the safety of Republican Seats. The most egregious of this Gerrymandering has had its effects in Texas. Rep Tom Delay landed himself in jail for his shenanigans, though it has had the successful result of turning Texas into an almost pure Red State powerhouse.
Fast forward to today’s times. We just had a Tea Party backed coup to shutdown the Government. The purpose was leverage to stop the Affordable Care Act, aka slurred as Obamacare. In reality the utilization was to find a party platform of “fiscal conservatism” to win in 2014 and 2016; solidifying the ultra-right political agenda. Polls clearly show that the overall GOP Conservative agenda does not hold sway to the majority electorate. As a result, we get reports of voter suppression and gerrymandered districts. This leads to the foundation to lead Conservative minority political assaults with little or no worry of political fallout. The Tea Party was funded by Far-Right Corporate sources. These bought districts, via Citizens United campaign rulings have led to the further degradation of the Representative Republic. The result is that a far-Right minority faction within the Republican party was able to hold the Government hostage to their agenda. This inevitably has failed, but the fight is far from over.
The path to equity is far from easy. It will take Judicial victories and regulations to ensure Congressional District fairness. The only way to dismantle this network of legal corruption is via winning State Electorates in preparation for each decade’s Census. Furthermore those that are in opposition to parties utilizing gerrymandering must walk the straight and narrow path. Righting inequality in all forms is the only light at the end of the tunnel. The degradation of the Union is absolutely at hand. Those Tea Party, “Don’t Tread on Me” compatriots are leading the charge in dismantling the spirit of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. This is absolutely contrary to political self preservation, but their rationality is not based on scientific, statistical, & historic reasoning.
At this juncture, the voting rights act must be bolstered. It is even under attack via Judicial Review in the Conservative leaning Supreme Court. After ensuring the equity of the humble voting Citizen, Congressional Districting must regain some level of political stability. No Congressman should be safe due to the shape of their District.

Alexis Breaks Down The $13 Billion Chase Settlement

Alexis Breaks Down the Other98 response to the $13 billion Chase Settlement. This settlement strikes at the heart of white collar corruption that is being condoned.

Depleted Uranium – NATO’s Dark Secret

Where is the controversy that civilians and military alike are suffering very real consequences from the use of depleted uranium? I liken the collateral damage argument of drones to depleted uranium. Drones cause collateral civilian damage and is extremely unpopular in its military applications now. Depleted Uranium is under the radar and simply doesn’t get any investigation into what it may be doing in the long run.

Austerity Political Assault

The US Government shutdown is in its 2nd week. Far Right Republicans seem to be unwilling to budge. Why? Whats next? Mark my words, the US public is being held hostage as lab rats. Far Right Republicans are testing the will of the people when it comes to extreme Austerity. As the debt ceiling looms ever larger, this game of chicken will actually be the future platform of the Republican Party.
Evidence leading me to this revelation is guided by the logic of who is funded. Targeted funding bills are ensuring that GOP lobbies are going to be minimally affected by the government shutdown. Loathed departments, such as Education & the EPA, are getting hit the hardest. If things play out where Republican lobbies can weather this model of austerity, 2014 & 2016 will see a far Right austerity agenda. Libertarian idealism has run rampant throughout the Republican Party. Under the guise of Fiscal Conservatism, the next step for the party is to have a working platform. By selling austerity measures to the party elite, GOP strategists have assumed that they have a model to push Democrat lobbies into a far more anemic state.
We are seeing targeted political suppression at a massive macroeconomic scale. Gerrymandering in the 1990’s and 2000’s ensured that political momentum would be towards GOP safe districts. These districts are the strongholds of Tea Party support. Fiscal Conservatism is a winning concept with independents and swing voters. Through the avenue of “Fiscal Conservatism” GOP hopes to ride high in regaining Senate and the White House.
While this government shutdown is a test run for the 2014 Austerity Platform, the powerless middle-class will continue to be pushed into the margins of the economy. The only thing that seems to negate this action will be the weight of the masses. The Affordable Care Act ensures that many Citizens will be registered to vote. Enough voters must have a collective memory of the pain of austerity if its going to be utilized against the GOP. For this to happen we may see a few more weeks of the shutdown while the affects of income freezes begin to hit Main Street. Politics have entered a new dynamic phase and its happened under almost everyone’s noses.
Austerity has been sold throughout the European Union as spending was truly out of control. Keynes would argue that austerity should be implemented during times of prosperity NOT recession. This timing philosophy is taken into account with this shutdown debate and temporary spending measures. Timing ensures that targeted lobbies will benefit or suffer. While Progressive lobbies are left to wither during the shutdown test, GOP allied lobbies are being emboldened. Using the guise of delaying “Obamacare” the GOP is actually ingratiating itself to the For-Profit Health Care Lobby. This lobby has the most to lose in 2014. They have been able to raise revenues at levels far greater than inflation; profits have been directly correlated. The ACA has promised to suppress this economic behavior that has been at the expense of the American Public. In short always follow the money. This will determine political behavior in the US. This correlation is far more apparent after Citizens United and the influx of secret monies.

Trickle Me This

What are some of the root causes of the wealth disparity in America? How is this so huge, yet such a phantasm in the mindset of the average American. An American that is slipping out of the middle class and struggling at an alarmingly accelerated rate. To understand this question, one must understand a core philosophical economic underpinning of the Conservative movement. Supply Side Economics, aka “Trickle-Down Economics” has been sold to the American public for the last 50 years. Its results have been spectacular for the upper echelon of society. Even so, the social contract implicitly contrived via this philosophy has been an utter failure.
Neo-Victorian Ideologies¬†gives a framework to understanding the mindset driving the desire to implement Supply Side Economics. At face value, the Larry Kudlow’s of the world sell this economic philosophy via traditional media outlets. Its stated desire is to create greater GDP through the acceleration of wealth to the “Job Creators” of the US. A pragmatic understanding of this is that Supply Side Economics believes in Bourgeois altruism. “Trickle-Down Economics” is truly an economic model that advocates massive wealth on the top; in order to better create wealth for the masses within society. In doing so, through the lens of history, we see that this Conservative ideology is harking back to fantasies of a bygone era. Looking at the Robber Baron’s of the world, Conservative Economists believe economic expansion can only be achieved through the accumulation of wealth in the power elite, which in turn move the cogs of the economy. Rockefeller’s, Carnegie’s, JP Morgan’s are seen as utter heroes devoid of any social ills created by this societal model. 1865-1929 is the golden age attempting to be re-achieved by the Conservative power-elite within the United States. Post 1929 lessons of depression resulting from this model are sorely ignored.
On the coat-tails of anti-communist propaganda & an ailing economy in the 1970’s the Republican Party took the banner of Supply Side Economics as the means to economic salvation. The Reagan Revolution and his “Reaganomics” built a framework of massive salesmanship to this end. Supply Side Reaganomics brought wanton disregard to Keynesian Economic Theory while implementing it fully in a matter of realpolitik. Low corporate tax rates and rates for the wealthy were seen as crucial to jump-starting the American Economy wavering from a failed decade of Vietnam and the OPEC Cartel. Deregulation was seen as essential to lowering the barriers of overhead costs. All this was sold while the Republican Executive Branch under Ronald Reagan began a massive debt-driven spending campaign. This actually fueled the economic expansion (at the expense of future suffering that we experience now).
Conservatives have rode high on the idealism of the Trickle-Down Economy. Its still being propagated today on the idealism of the Reagan Era. Unfortunately the 21st century has proven this economic model to be an utter failure. Today we have a shut-down government with impending debt ceiling due dates. Without increasing this massive amount of debt to fund the government, the US will go into default for the first time in
Wealth Inequality
American history. The Economic and Political cost will be tremendous. Real wages have been stagnant since the Reagan Era. The elite have siphoned more and more wealth to the top echelons of society while the Middle Class is dwindling. All while the least of these are accused of leeching from society and require a dismantling of the social safety-net. Throughout this historical economic reality of politics, quality jobs have disappeared. The masses of tax paying citizens have been stripped of economic power to better their lives. Debt instruments are sold at a predatory level. Usury as a concept is now non-existent. Again, the least of these, with the least education and power, are left with the most predatory economic framework. How else can you explain the proliferation of Payday Loans.
When explained this way, it seems utterly outrageous that this has been allowed to occur. The United States of America has had a silent coup by an economic Oligarchy. Through corporate welfare, offshore accounts, and tax havens, this wealth is not seeing the recycling into the greater economy. Half the voting population actually votes in an election if the United States is lucky. Of this half, half of these voters are blindly loyal to the Republican party that is selling most of them short for the gain of their big silent donors. It seems insane but this is the reality of today. The Tea-Party is classic in its foundation and machinations. Extremism in the name of personal freedom and liberty is actually a big money front from these silent economic oligarchs. Of the political realities created by the Tea-Party, the Rich are the only ones poised to gain. The poor fend for themselves and the middle-class will destroy itself from within grasping for the dream of economic success.
Compounding this economic reality is the political reality facing this country: through the Conservative uptick beginning with the Reagan Era. The Executive, Legislative, & Judicial branches of Government have been inundated with Conservatives over the past few decades. This has given undue political advantage via gerrymandering and judicial review. The crux of this is the Citizens United case. If all of this was not enough, unlimited non-transparent funds are allowed to flood political campaigns. This has in effect legalized money as speech and has instituted a new era of legalized corruption.
Outrage
So trickle me this! What do we do?! Are we absolutely screwed? Has the oligarchy actually won and have already taken over? NO! We must unite through the power of the information age. The 1st amendment in its freedoms of speech, press, assembly must not be infringed. Those that want to institute a Theocratic political system via the “Christian Nation” belief cannot be allowed to reinforce the demands of Conservatives. This is a little cryptic at the moment but future blog posts will enlighten the correlation between wealth disparity and religious fundamentalism.
Utilizing information technologies, we must disseminate scientific logic and reason to the masses. We cannot waiver in our belief in Truth and the foundations of the Deistic Constitution. Tyranny was reason for revolution. We cannot be economically enslaved any longer. This is by no means a call to action for revolution. This is not a call to dictatorship or communistic despotism. This is a call for the US populace to stand up together for a more egalitarian society. Economic diversification is the sole means to economic prosperity and stability. This concept is no different within the political economy. If anything can be done, the public must begin standing up against the theory of supply-side economics. If citizens cannot win the intellectual, ideological battle then all will be lost.