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Newt, is this true?

Postby pdq67 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:51 pm

I just found this in the comments about the Russian Plane crash.. Sorry for no paragraph breaks...

I don't know where the link is?

"Donny 1 hour ago

Newt Gingrich openly bragged recently 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.” 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 towards billionaires and transnational corporations. In July of last year, discussing SCOTUS’s 5/4 conservative vote on Citizens United, President Jimmy Carter told me: “It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery.” He added: “[W]e’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” As Princeton researchers Gilens and Page demonstrated in an exhaustive analysis of the difference between what most Americans want their politicians to do legislatively, versus what American politicians actually do, it’s pretty clear that President Carter was right. They found that while the legislative priorities of the top 10 percent of Americans are consistently made into law, things the bottom 90 percent want are ignored. In other words, today in America, democracy only “works” for the top 10 percent of Americans. For thousands of years, economists and economic observers from Aristotle to Adam Smith to Thomas Picketty have told us that a “middle class” is not a normal by-product of raw, unregulated capitalism — what right-wing ideologues call “the free market.” Instead, unregulated markets — particularly markets not regulated by significant taxation on predatory incomes — invariably lead to the opposite of a healthy middle class: They produce extremes of inequality, which are as dangerous to democracy as cancer is to a living being. With so-called “unregulated free markets,” the rich become super-rich, while grinding poverty spreads among working people like a heroin epidemic. This further polarizes the nation, both economically and politically, which, perversely, further cements the power of the oligarchs. While there’s a clear moral dimension to this — pointed out by Adam Smith in his classic “Theory of Moral Sentiments” — there’s also a vital political dimension. Smith noted, in 1759, that, “All constitutions of government are valued only in proportion as they tend to promote the happiness of those who live under them. This is their sole use and end.” Jefferson was acutely aware of this: The Declaration of Independence was the first founding document of any nation in the history of the world that explicitly declared “happiness” as a “right” that should be protected and promoted by government. That was not at all, however, a consideration for the architects of supply-side Reaganomics, although they appropriated JFK’s “rising tide lifts all boats” metaphor to sell their hustle to (boatless) working people. Far more troubling (and well-known to both Smith and virtually all of our nation’s Founders), however, was Aristotle’s observation that when a nation pursues economic or political activities that destroy its middle class, it will inevitably devolve either into mob rule or oligarchy. As he noted in “The Politics“: “Now in all states there are three elements: One class is very rich, another very poor, and a third in a mean. . . . But a [government] ought to be composed, as far as possible, of equals and similars; and these are generally the middle classes. “Thus it is manifest that the best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class, and that those states are likely to be well-administered in which the middle class is large, and stronger if possible than both the other classes, or at any rate than either singly; for the addition of the middle class turns the scale, and prevents either of the extremes from being dominant.” This is how America was for the Boomer generation: A 30-year-old in the 1970s had a 90 percent chance of having or attaining a higher standard of living than his or her parents. But, since the 1980s introduction of Reaganomics, there’s been more than a 70-percent drop in “social mobility” — the ability to move from one economic station of life into a better one. So, if our democratic republic is to return to democracy and what’s left of our middle class is to survive (or even grow), how do we do that? History shows that the two primary regulators within a capitalist system that provide for the emergence of a middle class are progressive taxation and a healthy social safety net. As Jefferson noted in a 1785 letter to Madison, “Another means of silently lessening the inequality of property is to exempt all from taxation below a certain point, and to tax the higher portions of property in geometrical progression as they rise.” Similarly, Thomas Paine, proposing in “Agrarian Justice” (1797) what we today call Social Security, said that a democracy can only survive when its people, “[S]ee before them the certainty of escaping the miseries that under other governments accompany old age.” Such a strong social safety net, Paine argued, “will have an advocate and an ally in the heart of all nations.” Tragically, Republicans are today planning to destroy both our nation’s progressive taxation system and our social safety net, in obsequious service to their billionaire paymasters. Flipping Jefferson and FDR on their heads, Republicans are proposing multi-million-dollar tax breaks for the rich, with a few-hundred-dollars bone tossed in for working people. Meanwhile, Republicans are already hard at work. As Ian Milheiser notes, “Republicans in the House hope to cut Social Security benefits by 20 to 50 percent. Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan to voucherize Medicare would drive up out-of-pocket costs for seniors by about 40 percent. Then he’d cut Medicaid by between a third and a half.” If Gingrich, Ryan, et al succeed in destroying FDR’s legacy programs, not only will the bottom 90 percent of Americans suffer, but what little democracy we have left in this republic will evaporate, and history suggests it will probably be replaced by a violent, kleptocratic oligarchy. Hang on tight — the ride could get rough."

I mean why are we worrying about the Russians when our own politicians are going to destroy our Country before they get old and die?

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Re: Newt, is this true?

Postby 1989TransAm » Sun Dec 25, 2016 5:48 pm

I think someone is projecting too much. Trump is all into cutting costs and helping "the little people". The cost cutting has already started with the Defense Department and he is not even President yet. That being Boeing and Lockheed.
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Re: Newt, is this true?

Postby pdq67 » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:21 pm

But if Newt said it, doesn't that make him a RINO?

And this is what I fear might happen in the not too distant future if we Taxpayers don't take our Country completely back and then rid ourselves the likes of those that want what he seems to want to happen!!

I guess the filthy rich doesn't care if there is a middle class at all anyway!!

Kinda like Hitler did in WWII when he bled the Jews and gave their blood to his army!!

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Re: Newt, is this true?

Postby 1989TransAm » Sun Dec 25, 2016 11:35 pm

pdq67 wrote:But if Newt said it, doesn't that make him a RINO? pdq67


Hard to say what Newt really said with all the jumping around in that article. You have a piece here and there as to what Newt said. To jumbled up for me. It is to easy to take something out of context the way that is written.
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Re: Newt, is this true?

Postby pdq67 » Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:28 pm

Would somebody PLEASE post up what Newt really said!

Thanks in advance.

I guess that I need to come right out and say that I don't trust our poli's to do the right thing regardless of what us TAXPAYERS want done! I figure the whole lot are bought and paid for so there....

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Re: Newt, is this true?

Postby pdq67 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:21 am

pdq67 wrote:Would somebody PLEASE post up what Newt really said!

Thanks in advance.

I guess that I need to come right out and say that I don't trust our poli's to do the right thing regardless of what us TAXPAYERS want done! I figure the whole lot are bought and paid for so there....

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AGAIN!!!

This is important because if this is TRUE, then ol' Newt is telling us point blank what the future holds for us!

And if it is true, he probably thinks what he said will go right over the tops of our pointy little heads!!

You know, "We all are too stupid for our own good", sorta crap!!

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