Last night while driving home from work I listened to a portion of Jay Leno's interview with Michael Moore. As we know Michael Moore's new film Capitalism: A Love Story has been released.
Moore's interpretation of our unfettered, unrestrained and deregulated capitalism is as follows:
A pie sits on a table. The pie is cut into 10 slices. There are 10 people at the table. The fat cat, the person in the upper 1% of income earners, gets 9 of the slices. The other 9 folks have to fight over the remaining slice.
This is what the good ol' U.S. of A. has come to.
Meanwhile, the health insurance industry and its lobbyists are fighting like vicious junkyard dogs to keep 9 slices if not the whole damned pie including the plate.
Fortunately a recent Bloomberg poll reveals what we intuitively know. The majority of the American people “get it.” We know what the health industry and their enabling Congressmen are trying to scare us by making ridiculous claims about death panels, government run health care, coverage for undocumented workers, gutting Medicare and on and on and on and on.
Sixty-three percent said the claim that “death panels of government officials would decide how much medical care ailing individuals will receive” is a scare tactic, versus 30% who said it's legit.
Fifty-nine percent said the claim that “health care would be rationed” is a scare tactic, versus 35% who said it's legit.
Fifty-two percent said the claim that “health care would become socialized medicine” is a scare tactic, versus 43% who said it's legit.
Sixty-one percent said the claim that “government money would be used to pay for abortions” is a scare tactic, versus 33% who said it's legit.
Fifty-eight percent said the claim that “government money would pay for health care for illegal immigrants” is a scare tactic, versus 37% who said it's legit.
Let's face it folks, the only single agenda the GOP has is to take down a Democratic President's agenda. It does not matter whether the issue is healthcare reform, so-called czars, re-regulation of Wall St. and the banks, military spending, or cap and trade. The Republicans will obstruct change non stop. Through it's leadership, Rush and Glenn, it will gin up its misinformation/disinformation/hate/fear mongering machines 24/7/365.
It does not matter that President Obama won the election by a significant majority. President Obama did not have to shut down a voter recount to get elected. He did not need the Supreme Court. He did not need to disenfranchise voters in largely minority neighborhoods in Ohio or a smear campaign, i.e.Swift Boat attack ads, to squeak by a win.
No, unlike President Bush, President Obama has a mandate from the people. And we want change. And by golly we will get change whether the GOP and their corporate sugar daddies like it or not.
The GOP is as mad as hell that it lost power. It can't get over it. It continues to spew debunked myths. As Barney Frank said, talking to some of these folks is like talking to a dining room table.
Despite the reality surrounding the history of appointed White House Czars, GOP leader Glenn Beck continues to repeat insane lies. If anyone cares to know who and what is driving looney tunes Glenn's agenda, it is someone whose views have been rejected by the Mormon church and his colleagues in academe.
This is only one reason why colleagues distanced themselves from W. Cleon Skousen, the man Beck worships and follows.
Georgetown University history professor Carroll Quigley who wrote Tragedy and Hope, a book that Skousen believed would become known as a “New World Order” wrote the following:
“Skousen's personal position,” wrote a dismayed Quigley, “seems to me perilously close to the 'exclusive uniformity' which I see in Nazism and in the Radical Right in this country. In fact, his position has echoes of the original Nazi 25-point plan.”
The Mormon Church wanted to have nothing to do with Skousen by the time he died in 2006.
Skousen's own Mormon church publicly distanced from the foundation that Skousen founded and that has published previous editions of “The 5,000 Year Leap.
FOX has given Beck an open mic to spew the ideologies of an extremist that even conservatives thought was too extreme. An ultra conservative mayor of Salt Lake City said of Skousen's tenure as police chief:
Skousen conducted his office as Chief of Police in exactly the same manner in which the Communists operate their government.
Beck continues to recite the lies. And the Republicans continue to approve of his message.
The Republican Party is going to a really, really strange and very weird place.