The Bizarro World Of The Ultra-Farleftys

I’m a farlefty. My blog name validates this or it wouldn’t be called Farlefty. My world is ruled by logic, common sense, and deductive reasoning and opinions based on research. Then there’s the world of the ultra-farleftys in which President Obama is lying about ISIS/ISIL and the threat they pose to our American way of life. They claim he just wants to phony up a war in Iraq just like the Bush administration did. They also claim we are being lied to about the threat ISIS/ISIL poses to Syria along with the threat Assad poses to his own Syrian people. These people claim the puppet masters behind the marionette show which is Congress, SCOTUS, and the White House are hungry for more oil fields and the plentiful natural resources laying around all over the place in the Middle East and that’s what’s really going on. Well, I agree with that up to a point—especially about most of Congress and the five Koch Brothers employees on SCOTUS being puppets.

But here’s the problem as I see it with the overwhelming paranoia on the Far Left: If Obama is just as much of a liar as George W. Bush was, then this country is already lost to the likes of the Koch Brothers. It’s game over, folks; there’s no Blue and there’s no Red, just Purple. If this is to be believed, then there’s not a thing we can do about it because the game is rigged and no matter who you believe or who you vote for, you’re wrong. I believe Obama to be a basically good man of good intentions for this country, but it’s undeniable that for most of his presidency he’s been in the pockets of the likes of Goldman Sachs (look at how many people from GS he chose to fill White House and Federal Reserve Bank positions) and the banksters (Jaime Dimon being his good buddy). But given all this, Obama did sign into law bills that have helped—for the most part—consumers and homeowners.

These same ultra-farleftys also think Vladimir Putin is an innocent victim of worldwide disinformation intended to frame him as a despot intent on returning the Ukraine piece back to the jigsaw puzzle that was the Soviet Union. They claim that it’s Petro Poroshenko, president of Ukraine, who’s the real villain, trying to gain the world’s sympathy by falsely claiming Russian nationalists and operatives had invaded Ukraine and started shooting wars to capture and control the southeastern region of the country. Ultra-farleftys also point to interviews and articles on Russia Today (where else) that claim it was Ukraine that shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near Donetsk in the that the ensuing global outrage would result in a world war against Russia.

The world of the ultra-farleftys is like the Bizarro world in the Superman comics. The good guys are the bad guys and the bad guys good. Everything you know is wrong, which is true up to a point. I think that intelligent people who are also congenitally insightful are intuitive enough to discern truth from fiction, lies, and propaganda. When you read a book by Paul Krugman, you just know he is truthfully and accurately relating what went wrong with the financial system in this country and how to fix it. When you read books by Bill O’Reilly or Ann Coulter, you know they’re lying pieces of shit.

Ultra-farleftys may be intelligent folk—many of them seem to be—and some may well be well-meaning but unknowing purveyors of disinformation while others are in on the scam. I don’t know. But what I do know is that people on the far left can go so far to the left, and people on the far right can go so far to the right that both groups meet in the middle. It’s one thing to be faced on both sides with lunacy, but to be surrounded by it creates a vacuum empty of knowledge and truth. Nature abhors a vacuum but tyranny loves it.

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Mitt Romney: The Would-Be Entitlement President

I truly believe there are sociopathic families among the very rich; the Bushes and the Romneys being two prime examples.  The children of these über rich are raised in rarified air. They are raised with the sense of entitlement, and not the twisted around version that the Republicans use against the middle and poorer classes.  These families feel they are entitled to special treatment in life; perks and advantages that are denied to everyone below their economic summit and therefore unworthy of any comforts in life or consideration as living, human beings.  If corporations are people, the poor are just “the poor”.

George W. came into the White House wanting revenge on Saddam Hussein; I don’t think he much cared about anything else beyond that, except the being famous and being the nominal head of the most powerful country on earth perks.  I am positive he was told by Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz to just bide his time and they would tell him what to do and when.  Bush may have been ignoring all the intelligence reports about al-Qaeda planning a domestic attack and Muslims learning to fly but not how to land planes, but I assure you the Unholy Triumvirate were following those reports very, very closely.

When Bush was given the go sign, he had no trouble ordering tens of thousands of Americans to their dismemberment and death because he was and still is unable to relate to people less wealthy than he is. He is incapable of empathy.  Perhaps having your mother force you to look at your dead newborn sister who is stuffed inside a jar would have a similar effect on you.

But Mitt Romney was never forced to stare upon a pickled dead sibling in a jar.  Instead, he was raised a wealthy Mormon which comes complete with all sorts of entitlements. He was raised to believe to his soul he was entitled to special treatment and to more of everything than other people had, even if it was stolen from them.  That’s why he had no compunction against having a gay schoolmate pinned to the floor while he lopped off hunks of the kid’s hair.  That’s why he thought it was great fun to pretend to be a cop and pull kids over to the side of the road, or direct a nearly-blind teacher directly into a glass door.

And it’s why he relished buying and dismantling whole companies, harvesting the profits as he closed the businesses down or spun them off in pieces to new owners overseas, all the while stealing away the jobs of hundreds of thousands of people and destroying their lives forever.

Romney also delighted in hiring accountants who could create tax and investment schemes that would enable him to legally and illegally avoid paying his fair share of taxes, while criticizing all people less wealthy than him who, sometime due directly to his company,  Bain Capital, no longer had enough in income to pay taxes.  He downright vilified all people who were forced to apply for and receive welfare as being lazy and irresponsible, people who saw themselves as victims.  He would make public statements all the while taking as much as he could with his own corporate welfare entitlements.  He felt he was entitled to this welfare because of the small fortune he and his fellow wealthy sociopaths had paid out to by people in Congress, the White House, and the courts (on up to the Supreme Court) would put and keep in place laws that made most of what they did perfectly legal.

Mitt Romney told at least 27 lies in the first debate with President Obama, and he knows they were lies.  Lying comes easy when you don’t care what happens to the people who believe the lies.  It’s THEIR fault for believing them in the first place, right?

George W. Bush had the presidency handed to him—twice.  It may have been something he never sought because it was out of reach for someone with his mediocre grades and questionable military service.  Romney, on the other hand, believes that he is entitled to anything and everything he wants in life.  This means that if he is ever elected to the White House, he would be the Entitlement President.

Mitt Romney: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire

And now for another edition of “Mitt Romney: Liar, Liar, Pants On Fire.  President Obama would like to raise the top marginal corporate tax rate from 23% to 29%.  He would like to end the Bush tax cuts so that the top marginal tax rate increases from 35% to 39.6%, where it was when George W. Bush took office.  Both are huge increases the corporations and the rich can’t POSSIBLY absorb, right? Right?

In response to President Obama’s proposal to end the Bush tax cuts for everyone earning over $250,000 a year yet leave them in place for the middle class, Romney cited last week’s dismal jobs report, then said “This is another kick in the gut…to the job creators and small businesses…” He later modified that statement, probably under advice from his campaign braintrust, to say, “This will be another kick in the gut to the middle class.” Always know your audience, right? By the way, how do you raise taxes on small businesses, as opposed to small business owners? Are small businesses people, my friend?  Hence, the rewrite.

Let’s examine the lack of logic in both versions of his statement.  First, the he points out that per the government jobs report, not enough new jobs are being created.  So, with the Bush tax cuts currently in effect, plenty of people are still out of work.  But it is Romney’s claim that if you raise taxes on the job creators and small businesses, they won’t be able to create the jobs they’re busy not creating now.  That’s like saying you should buy a Maserati before the prices go up.  Why? I can’t afford to buy one now! It’s not a perfect analogy but it does link Mitt Romney’s name to unaffordable Maseratis, which was my intent all along.

Here’s the truth about job creation under President Obama:

http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/06/01/493849/obama-bush-jobs-record/

Since February 2010, the private sector has added 4.3 million jobs,  On the other hand, public sector employment is down 600,000 jobs since January 2009. The major reason? All those Republican tea party governors, like Scott Walker, Ricks Scott and Snyder, Mitch Daniels, and John Kasich who were swept into office in 2010 have been busy busting public employee unions, and firing teachers, police officers, firefighters, and public employees in general, right and right (those governors don’t know from left).  Have you gotten really upset over the long hold times on the phone to speak to a social services worker or the long response time—or lack of response from government agency workers? That’s because there’s not many of them left these days—and a lot of them are working part-time from home.  And how about all those western wildfires?  How many more lives and homes would have been lost had the states fired more firefighters to save money? How much will city crime rates increase as the municipalities decrease their police forces to save a few bucks?

Oh, and the same governors I mentioned? To a man they all refused FREE federal money to fund high speed rail projects in their states, projects that would have put hundreds of thousands of unemployed construction workers and engineers back to work, and would have created millions of jobs more with support services, retail centers,  restaurants, and the like.

And one more thing: Romney lies by omission as well.  A year and a half ago, President Obama sent a massive jobs bill to the John Boehner/Eric Cantor-controlled House of Representatives.  The bill would fund infrastructure repair, so that no more interstate highway bridges collapse during rush hour traffic, and other goodies and would put at least a million unemployed people back to work. Guess what? That bill is still on Boehner’s desk, gathering dust.  That would make Republicans job non-creators, wouldn’t it?

So, it seems like the only real job creator around these parts is President Obama, at least he would be if the Republicans didn’t want him to lose the election so bad.  While Mitch McConnell, the Senate Minority leader, does have a full-time job, his other self-confessed full time “job one” is holding Obama to one term. He said so publicly himself.

So when Mitt Romney speaks his very carefully rehearsed concern over tax increases on “the job creators and small businesses”, look at his burning trousers and recall that unemployment was below 4% with a 35% business tax rate under Bill Clinton.  George W. Bush dropped that tax rate to 23% and by the end of his term in office 700,000 jobs were vanishing every month.  I call it “vanishing”, Romney calls them “offshoring”.  A lost job by any other name…

The Obama Economic Braintrust?

To all my liberal friends who support Obama unconditionally and consider him the smartest guy in the class and always in control, the following is a primary reason why I believe you’ve bought into the image and not the man.

In early 2008, Obama was considered virtually ignorant on economic policy by those in the know. His only econ advisor was Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago econ professor who stands maybe just to the Left of Milton Friedman and far to the right of Paul Krugman.  Obama linked up with Goolsbee in 2004 when Harvard econ dept. wouldn’t give him the time of day.

Since Obama knew what he didn’t know about econ, he did what he usually does in those situations: he went conservative. He went with the tried and true and raided the Clinton economic braintrust because they had whipped inflation and several economic crises, or so they would have you believe.  Obama brought in Larry Summers, the man who gave you the Wall St. meltdown when he lobbied Congress to not regulate derivatives, and he also gave you the repeal of Glass-Stegall, another leg which was kicked out from under Wall St. that led to its collapse.  He brought in Robert Rubin,  who was with Goldman Sachs for 26 years before going to work for Clinton.  Both Summers and Rubin never met a Wall St. brokerage firm or bank they didn’t like—a lot. The only Clinton econ alum Obama didn’t  enlist was Robert Reich, the only liberal of the entire bunch. Imagine that.

A 1991 quote by Summers, who was then Chief Economist of the World Bank: “There are no… limits to the carrying capacity of the earth that are likely to bind any time in the foreseeable future. There isn’t a risk of an apocalypse due to global warming or anything else. The idea that we should put limits on growth because of some natural limit, is a profound error and one that, were it ever to prove influential, would have staggering social costs.”  This is the guy who advised Obama on economics.

So, with Clinton’s braintrust firmly in place within the Obama campaign, what four names out of all available economists did they throw into the hat for Secretary of Treasury?  Not Robert Reich. Not Pulitzer Prize-winning and liberal economist Paul Krugman.  Nope, they went with:  1) the aforementioned Larry Summers, who had been forced out of the presidency of Harvard University under a cloud of scandal and a no-confidence vote by the faculty.  2) Timothy Geithner, who worked for Henry Kissinger,  Ronald Reagan, and Clinton, and headed the Fed Reserve Bank of NY.  He took over guidance of Bush’s proposed TARP for Obama. The program allowed Wall St. and banks to recoup all the money they lost or stole without being required to pay back one penny or make any operational or ethical changes to their business practices. 3) Jon Corzine, another Chicago School econ and ex-Goldman Sachs who later ran MF Global into bankruptcy.  Hundreds of millions of customer-invested money are unaccounted for to this day—and Corzine maintains he doesn’t know where the heck it went.  4) Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, who just lost $3 billion of customer-invested funds by gambling on derivates (thanks to Larry Summers) and just had the Senate jostling and elbowing each other out of the way to kiss his ring.

After Obama was elected President,  he chose to retain George W. Bush’s man, Ben Bernanke, as the chairman of the Fed Reserve, opting to not be concerned with the fact that it was on Bernanke’s watch that Wall St. and the banks melted down.

So, my point is this. Even if Obama hadn’t had Repugs and Blue Dogs obstructing his economic recovery plans, they were doomed to modest success anyway. The guys he goes to for advice are on the side of Goldman Sachs, Wall St., and the banks because that’s where they spent most of their entire careers.  The only exception is Geithner, who spent his governmental career catering to the will and whims of Wall St. and the banks.  Obama is great at speechifying, but he clearly doesn’t have the best interests of the middle and poverty classes at heart.  If he did, Robert Reich would be Treasury Secretary and Paul Krugman would be running the Fed Reserve.

The ultimate irony is that despite all the Milton Friedman disciples who populate the Obama Economic Braintrust, the Jobs Bill they developed with its emphasis on national infrastructure repair is pure John Maynard Keynes.  And high speed rail is just a modern day update of Dwight D. Eisenhower implementing  Keynesian economic principles to build the U.S. interstate highway system.

Obama is not as smart as you give him credit to be.  Or maybe he’s not really who you think he is at all.  Being right on a few social issues doesn’t make him a good guy.  He can propose all the reforms of mortgage loan modification and student loan programs he wants all the while knowing the Repugs will block every one.  The one best thing about Obama, the primary reason to vote for him in November is that he is not Mitt Romney.