Never interrupt an enemy making a mistake

(9 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

It is amazing. John McCain mocking Barack Obama for saying he wants to spread the wealth around.

cross-posted at The Wild Wild Left and at daily kos

Greed I mean, isn’t McCain from the tricke down side of politics? An economic theory that gives “tax or other benefits to businesses and rich individuals, in the belief that this will indirectly benefit the broad population.” That’s the Republican party’s version, no. . . it’s promise to America, of spreading the wealth around, isn’t it?

Yeah… I’m sure McCain forgot about all those needy CEOs, like  J. Gordon Grantham III, one of about 2.6 million on the corporate welfare dole. Grantham’s company received over $800 million in tax breaks, interest-free loans, and grants from our government. Now that’s what I call a recipient of wealth being spread around.

Still. It is stunning. McCain mocking the idea of spreading the wealth in the face of almost 1.4 million homeowners either in or filing foreclosure this year. In fact, Moody’s is forecasting that mortgage foreclosures and those who owe more than their homes are worth could breach the lives of 8.8 million Americans. The Great Depression? I think it will be worse.

It is stunning to mock the very thing the Republicans fostered: spreading the wealth of this nation around to the very fucking few. The party of big business found ways to spread billions and billions of our tax dollars via outsourcing of large no-bid contracts and via deregulation. And the mess of their money/power addicted policies has all been left to the rest of us to shoulder. Clean up. And live with.

And fucking John McCain mocks the idea of spreading the wealth? As people, during these dreadful BushCo years have seen the cost of living outpace their stagnant wages? As student loans have devolved into usury? As access to reliable health care evaporates?

Fuck you, John. It’s almost 3 in the morning where I am. I couldn’t sleep thinking about this. I think you’re the one who made the final mistake. Taunting Americans who could really use a little of that $700 billion bail out money… because the other thing that pisses me off is thinking how much of that money goes to pay over-the-top salaries of a group of greedy vampires that are, in part, responsible for this mess.

Spread the wealth. I could just scream.

Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making a mistake.

Napolean Bonaparte


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    • pfiore8 on October 21, 2008 at 03:44
    • RiaD on October 21, 2008 at 04:06

    something like this over at GOS:

    so, because Obama wants to rescind W’s laws & return them to those of Reagans time…that makes him a socialist?

    Sooooo… what was Reagan?

    • Edger on October 21, 2008 at 04:29

    that if it ever came down to “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need…” that he wouldn’t get any, because he has nothing to offer since he feels like he doesn’t need anything from anybody…. except in the voting booth.

    The man has a serious problem.

  1. If only he would nationalize the oil and banking and energy industries.  If only he would tax the rich.  If only he would distribute excess oil profits to the poor.   If only he would provide a single payer, universal health care plan.  If only he woud provide a social security payment that would actually support living.  If only he would.  That would make my day.  Calling Obama a socialist is like calling skim milk creme brulee.

  2. one of our skilled professionals came back from an assignment to relocate our company’s widget making machines from the United States to the then newly constructed “maquiladoras” of Mexico.  This man, a solid American was apparently so disgusted with the slave labor conditions in Mexico and the blatant exploitation of cheap labor and non-safe conditions that he “retired” from the company refusing dinners, service awards and most of the other traditionally bestowed upon an otherwise excellent performing employee of multiple years.  Now why do you think this magically happened.   It might perhaps have something to do with the fact that in spite of sending American built bridgeport milling stations equipped with three axis digital indicators when the American counterparts were dealing with dial indicators and ways with backlash could still produce parts within spec while I had to design a cleaning process to restore existing machine parts because the company could not get in spec replacements from their “far cheaper” Mexican machine shop.  The new paradigm I hear is North Vietnam and their cheaper than China labor.  Kind of makes moot the point of spreading the wealth if all of the financial houses and all of the King’s men are going to make an industry out of keeping me from work.

  3. at dKos and seems very relevant here:

  4. …I got roundly pfffted for this earlier, and since I tend to respect the pfffters in these parts, maybe I should skip this…but…it’s late, I have had half a glass of wine, my car got towed today, and nobody is going to take anything I say seriously regardless. So.

    I think that when people in much of the US talk about socialism, they are talking about never growing up, never having boundaries, never standing on ones own.  Fat cats on wall street, well, they already did the standing on their own thing, they existed in the role of benificient daddy warbucks, and if they’re on hard times…that’s different.  Just making things tidy in the house of power.  I don’t think it works to compare the two forms of state assistance because they exist, for most folks, in entirely different frames: and the frames are intrinsic to the way they’ve been taught and are inclined.  In one frame there’s “I” and “them” — the “I”s I would be ashamed to become, am afraid of becoming.  And on the other side, it’s the mighty fallen (a bit).  While it might be a form of socialism in each case, the distinction is not going to make much emotional sense to anyone but us, who find the whole thing absurd in any event.

    I think the best answer Obama might give is to qualify the “some” statement in a way that people think applies mostly to themselves, and at this point anyway, minimize or deny the rest.  I suspect we get one big hard chance at reintroducing the idea of a commonweal, and this is an awful time to do it.  In five months, lay it out, if we get so far.   I think right now McCain has put a burden of proof on Obama to show that his plans are not actually going to help any of the truly damaged, impoverished or needy.  I am afraid that if he cannot do this convincingly, he may well lose.  

    Hope I’m wrong.  Have thrown several things as I have listend to the Evil Ones prattle about this.  It is enough to make a girl give up.

  5. Here’s some numbers on it, from – 

    Unequal America

    Causes and consequences of the wide-and growing-gap between rich and poor

    by Elizabeth Gudrais, Harvard Magazine, July 2008

    But in the United States, the gap between the rich and the poor is far wider than in most other developed democracies, and it is getting wider. That is true both before and after taxes: the United States also does less than most other rich democracies to redistribute income from the rich to the poor…

    Early in the twentieth century, the share of total national income drawn by the top 1 percent of U.S. earners hovered around 18 percent. That share hit an all-time high in 1928-when top earners took home 21.1 percent of all income, including capital gains-then dropped steadily through the next three decades. Amid the post-World War II boom in higher education, and overall economic growth, the American middle class swelled and prospered, and the top 1 percent of earners took home less than 10 percent of all income through the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, the topmost 1 percent have seen their share rise again: it shot past 15 percent in 1996 and crested at 20.3 percent in 2006, the most recent year for which numbers are available…

  6. if labels are to be bandied…..

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