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Fox News Hates Working Americans – Hopes Working Americans Are Too Stupid To Notice

So, I’m stuck there pedaling and going nowhere; and I start thinking about what the right-wing agenda for America’s workers really is. As best I can tell, it boils down like this:

You can’t tax billionaires or millionaires at a higher rate, because that’s communism or socialism, even if you need to raise revenue to honor contracts you made in good faith with local and state employees.

A governor has to be thinking of his or her “customers” every day. This is especially true if those “customers” happen to be billionaires and millionaires in position to use existing financial leverage and donate to politicians—which, now that you think about it would be great. After all, corporations are people, too. If powerful business types then hire lobbyists, employ accounting firms to cut their own taxes in every legal (or illegal) way, if they set up secret bank accounts in the Cayman Islands to avoid paying taxes—city, state and federal–well, that’s the same free enterprise system that made this nation great.

Unions are greedy and members are thugs. If they get what they want they will drive good jobs out of places like Michigan and then where will all our “customers” be?

The Koch brothers—to name two of Fox News’ favorite billionaires—are never avaricious and never resort to “machinations.” They donate millions in support of “Right-to-Work” laws only because they care about the freedom of the “customers” of the various states. Okay, maybe not if the “customer” is a union member…

…Or a worker who might want to ask for a raise…

A governor must always be thinking of cool ways to bring new jobs to his or her state—but he or she need not consider whether or not those jobs pay a decent wage.

…and forget health care coverage…

If Texas and Louisiana provide huge tax breaks to corporations to relocate—and they do—then governors of those states are “creating jobs,” even if the jobs they “create” formerly existed in Michigan or Wisconsin, where workers formerly had the ability to fight back and try to win good wages and benefits. And now those same jobs are done, at lower pay, with fewer benefits, in states where they can’t; and this is just great.

If a company in Texas decides to create jobs in Mexico by closing a plant north of the Rio Grande, or a company in Louisiana shifts production to China, that’s still job creation, is it not? So, why do American workers keep complaining? Didn’t we save them from having to belong to the unions? And didn’t we pass “Right-to-Work” laws too?

There you have it, folks. Fox News is the place where, when more and more wealth is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, they want you to think, “Hey, the free enterprise system is working just great. It’s working just fine!

by Anonymousreply 1003/26/2013

Faux news panders to the willfully ignorant, as illustrated in r1.

by Anonymousreply 203/26/2013

Studies Confirm That Fox News Makes You Stupid

A survey of American voters shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources.

by Anonymousreply 403/26/2013

The politicians hope you are too stupid to notice as well. That is why they avoid important topics and bring out circus distractions like Palin, Bachmann, family values, etc etc

by Anonymousreply 503/26/2013

Working Americans are not stupid, Working Americans are too busy working to notice things.

by Anonymousreply 603/26/2013

R1:

Don't think about who has got what money for a moment. Consider this. What part of society has power, not money, but power?

Do our laws on social policy over the last forty years favor one group or another? Who has had things fall their way, average people or the rich? If the average person has done as well as the rich, can you share some examples with us? Of how public policy has helped people at the bottom have better lives?

Why should millionaires have a disproportionate say in how the country is run? Why should decisions about schools, roads, wages, benefits, unions, working hours, working conditions, university expense and on and on always benefit them?

They don't use need public services, and they don't need the jobs that go when those things are funded. They are services that help us. Why should they make decisions about them? Why should only millionaires have a realistic chance at become our representatives in Washington?

How much would change if in Congress, in the White House, on the Supreme Court, in state houses and governors' mansions our representatives reflected the distribution of wealth in this country with few millionaires and ten times as many people with average incomes?

Why is it millionaires control the biggest law firms, most of the media outlets, the brokerage houses, and the corporations where people work?

"The top 1 percent enjoyed 81 percent of all the increased income since 2009. Just over half of the gains went to the top one-tenth of 1 percent, and 39 percent of the gains went to the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent.

Ponder that last fact for a moment -- the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent, those making at least $7.97 million in 2011, enjoyed 39 percent of all the income gains in America. In a nation of 158.4 million households, just 15,837 of them received 39 cents out of every dollar of increased income.

The vast majority [of people] averaged a mere $59 more in 2011 than in 1966. For the top 10 percent, by the same measures, average income rose by $116,071 to $254,864, an increase of 84 percent over 1966. . . .

Plot those numbers on a chart, with one inch for $59, and the top 10 percent's line would extend more than 163 feet.

Now compare the vast majority's $59 with the top 1 percent, and that line extends for 884 feet. The top 1 percent of the top 1 percent, whose 2011 average income of $23.7 million was $18.4 million more per taxpayer than in 1966, would require a line nearly five miles long."

Along with that increase in wealth went a direct increase in political power and social dominance favoring their class.

Is that fair? Is that healthy for this society?

by Anonymousreply 703/26/2013

[quote]Why should millionaires pay more? Just because they can?

Yes.

[quote]That is like me saying, you shouldn't buy antiretrovirals, instead give the money to homeless people.

How does that follow? Total non sequitur.

by Anonymousreply 803/26/2013
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