The Modern Republicans.
Like it or not, a vast majority of the bribers and bribe recipients are Republicans. That does not necessarily mean that they believe in traditional historically Republican values. Today it is more of a method to get as much money and as much power as they can for themselves. Part of their method is to mislead a number of Americans who still think they believe in the original Republican values.
Some say the Republican Party has gone nuts. In reality, they’ve simply reached the endpoint toward which they’ve been moving for 62 years: fascism. Flouting the law for personal gain.
Republican politicians since Barry Goldwater’s 1960 campaign have trash-talked “big government” in the United States. Like Reagan’s assertions that cutting taxes on rich people would “trickle down” benefits to poor people or his claim that destroying labor unions would increase take-home pay for working people, this one’s just another lie.
The uninformed Republicans have become pawns for the GOP-promoted John Birch Society and its' puppet “Chamber of Commerce” and the Koch family. They created this disparity from the 1972 diatribe of the Powell Memorandum to the Chamber Of Commerce and it was adopted by the Republicans to continue their “New Agenda” under “Tricky Dick” Nixon as he muddled through his insecurities and invented fears.
Income disparity is what caused the Robber Baron era, the great depression, and the fiasco of 2007. If you're a Republican, quit acting like you are a Republican, you are not! Only one-tenth of the 1% who are the Bribers are actually Republicans and they are using the “Working Joe Republican” to make their lifestyle possible.
Since the Reagan Era, the Republicans have been defunding the middle class. Fifty trillion dollars have moved out of the pockets of the middle and working class into the pockets of the top 1%. They did this under the rubric of it's going to ensure social stability, be good for you if the rich get richer, and some of the money will “trickle down” to you. It didn't.
If you work for an hourly wage. If you work with your hands. If you use tools in the performance of your job. You are NOT a Republican, if you have less than $100,000.00 per year income and assets of less than $750,000.00 you again, are NOT a Republican. If you voted for a Republican in the past 50 years, you may be the problem. Study how your American Dream by the Bribers is being stolen from you!
The Modern Republican Party does not believe in compromise. They can't even begin to think about compromising because of the fear that the Base will think that is a weakness. If the bribed Politician wants to stay in office and keep receiving the money they must take the stand that “it's my way or the highway.” No compromise. In 1976 the Republican Party adopted Jude Wanniski’s “Two Santa Clauses” plan. Here’s how it works: First, the Two Santas strategy dictates, when Republicans control the White House they must spend money like a drunken Santa and cut taxes to run up the US debt as far and as fast as possible. This produces three results: it stimulates the economy thus making people think that the GOP can produce a good economy; it raises the debt dramatically, and it makes people think that Republicans are the “tax-cut Santa Clauses.” Then Second, when a Democrat is in the White House, Republicans must scream about the national debt as loudly and frantically as possible, freaking out about how “our children will have to pay for it!” and “we have to cut spending to solve the crisis!” Shut down the government, crash the stock market, and damage US credibility around the world if necessary to stop Democrats from spending money. This will force the Democrats in power to cut their own social safety net programs and even Social Security, thus shooting their welfare-of-the-American-people Santa Claus right in the face.
Since the 1980s, in fact, the GOP has been the ultimate “big government” party. And now we’re learning that Republicans in Congress were, just three days before Joe Biden was to be sworn in as president, calling for the ultimate big government power: martial law to prevent Biden‘s inauguration.
The Big Lie isn’t just that Trump had an election stolen from him: the GOP has been running a longer con, preparing the ground for Trump, for three generations. When they started, it was just another grift. But now it has built a strong foundation for martial law and fascism in the United States should another Trump-stile Republican win the White House. Trump and the insurrection-supporting Republicans should be in court for sedition, rather than pontificating about “big government” on Sunday talk shows.
But the GOP still has the plan in place, and could easily use this fascist “big government” strategy to seize control of our government to declare martial law in the future, unless Congress acts.
As the past six years have shown the entire world, Republicans won’t be satisfied until the American government is big and oppressive enough to keep them in power indefinitely.
But after seizing control of the House, Senate, and White House in the 2016 sweep, powered in large part by Trump’s anti-corruption promises, the Republican Party took a cue from the fascist playbook:
Trump assembled the most corrupt Cabinet in US history: five different agencies’ inspectors general referred their cabinet officer heads to the US Justice Department for criminal prosecution.
Attorney General Barr was so corrupt that he ignored those referrals, and then lied about and concealed from the American people the results of Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s multiple connections to and assistance from Russia.
Trump put a fossil fuel lobbyist in charge of the Interior Department.
The Environmental Protection Agency was taken over by Andrew Wheeler, a coal lobbyist.
The Transportation Department was run by Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, whose family is worth hundreds of millions of dollars from their Taiwan-based shipping business…that’s regulated by the Transportation Department.
Wilbur Ross, the billionaire Forbes Magazine called a “grifter,” was put in charge of the Commerce Department, giving him access to piles of profitable inside information.
Trump brought criminals and fascists like Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn into the heart of our political system.
Republicans in the House and Senate passed only one consequential piece of legislation during Trump’s entire four years in office, and that was an insanely corrupt $2.5 trillion tax cut for the billionaire oligarchs who own the Party.
Republicans refuse to pass legislation to control our epidemic of gun violence because they’re taking money from the gun industry.
The defense department is bloated because of the Bribe System. Money is going to defense contractors and defense executives who are lining their pockets. Much of the spending has nothing to do with National Security. Defense Contractors are ripping off the American taxpayers millions and millions of dollars because they were overcharging for supplies. They charge a thousand times more than what it would cost if they were competitively bid. Instead, there are “sole providers” who can charge whatever they want. There is no price transparency. The entire procurement process needs to be overhauled. But it won't happen as long as Republicans take money from the Defense Contractors.
Republicans won’t do anything about drug prices because they’re paid off by Big Pharma.
Republicans block regulations that would reduce greenhouse gasses because they’re owned by the fossil fuel industry.
Republicans won’t improve our food safety amidst a nationwide crisis of deadly food-borne illnesses because Big Ag tells them how to vote.
Even though the big banks stole billions and crashed our economy on Bush’s watch in 2008, Republicans still refuse to hold them responsible, support banking regulations, or break up the “too big to fail” institutions that hand them millions.
It is a shock doctrine built on chaos. A war on government
Republicans cry “socialism” to scare and distract the public from the fascism they are promoting and implementing. Every single Republican in the US House and the United States Senate is all on the take from the healthcare industry and any lobbyist who will give them money. They are all on the take from the healthcare industry and virtually every industry by the right-wing billionaires who believe that socialism will make their taxes go up because they don't want to pay for it. If you're a billionaire or large corporation that pays no taxes and knows that for every dollar they give to a politician they receive back one hundred dollars in tax-free income, wouldn't you want to defend the status quo?
A fascist cult has taken over the Republican Party. It has a religion which is QAnon. It has a military comprised of various White Supremacist Militias. They have propaganda outlets consisting of several internet and right-wing media organizations. They are preparing for a rebellion, a war against Democracy.
Forty years of Reaganomics have gutted the American education system. The American middle class has massive student debt. America is the only developed country in the world that has the student loan industry sucking the lifeblood of the middle class. A lot of people worked really hard to pay off their student loans, good for them. But they shouldn't have had the debt in the first place. Many people who have student loans have paid the equivalent of the principal, it is the excessive interest and fees that they are trying to pay off that is strangling them. Through no fault of their own for not being rich they should never have had to have student loans in the first place. People will try to debate that then we'll be paying off the rich kids' debt. Hello!? Rich people don't have student debt! They didn't need to take out a loan.
The middle-class demise has been happening in the United States pretty aggressively since the 1980s, since the Reagan Revolution. As the middle class has gotten wiped out by Reaganomics. Fifty trillion dollars have flowed to the top 1% from the Middle Class. People are losing their lives. Losing their economic livelihood. Losing their families. Losing their income. Losing everything. People work two jobs just to make ends meet. They thought back in the eighties that they would be doing better than their parents, and now they're doing worse. Their children are doing worse than they are. So what do they do? They turn to violence. They listen to right-wingers who tell them; it's because black people have taken everything from them that they deserve. Or it's because of those immigrants flooding across the border with their hordes of children. We need a wall to stop them. They don't realize that a wall is a scapegoat to fool them. They don't realize that they've been screwed by Reagan and the Republican neoliberal policies of the last 40 years. So then come along demagogues saying “the government is still trying to control you.” It's not the fault of the Republicans that you're broke. It's not the fault of the 1% rich in the United States who have become richer by stealing from the Middle Class. They tell you it's the government bureaucrats who are trying to sedate you and keep you down when in reality it is the Bribers who are doing it. The more atomized and unhappy American society becomes the easier it is for them to control.
When Reagan came into office; 70% of us were in the middle class, now it's about 45%. People can't afford to live without living in debt. With low wages, people just can't even afford to buy houses. Millions of people have student debt that they'll never be able to pay back. The Republican Reaganomics has wiped out the middle class while giving money to the 1% rich. They tell you they want to take things back to the 1980s when life was better, which was before they stole everything from the middle class. It's ironic that they've convinced people to go back to a time before they did this to you, while they are doing this to you, to keep the status quo.
Republicans want to deconstruct the Administrative State. The Administrative State is the Regulatory Agencies that are hated by the Bribers. The agencies that prevent big corporations from harming the public. The agencies which protect you, John Q. Public, from the harm the amoral Bribers can do to The People. Every Republican is in the pocket of the big money Bribers.
The Republican Revolution is the embrace of neoliberalism; putting financial interest (money) ahead of national interest (patriotism) has become the main focus of the entire Republican Party. Spawning an industry of Think Tanks and Bill Mills that cranks out “model legislation” for both States and Congress to enact into law; legislation that does not have the best interest of the people in mind.
Almost every member of the Republican Caucus in the House of Representatives is a millionaire. Forty years ago the members were average working Americans, not millionaires. They were wealthy by middle-class standards, but not rich. There were very few millionaire Senators back in the 1980s because big money didn't control politics. It didn't take big money to get into politics back then. But Reagan changed the rules of the game, and then the Supreme Court changed the rules of the game, and now there's pretty much not a single member of the House of Representatives who's not a multi-millionaire. There are now senators who are worth tens of millions of dollars and some billionaires. Many of them became rich while they were in the House of Representatives and Senate because they carved an exemption into the insider trading laws. They know whenever a company is going to get a contract, or a particular defense contractor is going to get a government contract. They know it before the public knows it. So, then they just go in and buy a whole pile of stock. If anyone else did that it would be considered “insider trading” and they would go to jail. We saw this happening all over the place. It is poison to a Democracy.
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