Today, the bands of nouveau corporate royalists (with coats of arms bearing such names as Coors, DeVos, Koch, Scaife, and Walton) are determined to take back those middle-class gains of yesteryear. They are working to achieve this through a coordinated, long-term campaign to
(1) crush the ability of working people to unionize,
(2) bust America's middle-class wage structure,
(3) eliminate job security, and
(4) emasculate government as a force capable of controlling corporate avarice and arrogance read more
The pundits, media and conservative radio folk had a field day at the expense of Hillary Clinton when she introduced vast right conspiracy into the political lexicon during her husband's tenure as president.
Hillary was neither paranoid nor far-fetched. She probably knows now that her charges were only the tip of the iceberg - the conspiracy is much more vast and sinister.
The Koch brothers and company are in fact at war against the middle-class in America. They are at war against the American worker and have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to create fake grassroot conservative organizations to do their bidding.
They have GOP governors on their payroll. Indiana's Gov. Mitch Daniels trashing school teachers and their union; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (remember that phone conversation with a fake Koch brother) trashing public workers and union busting; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christe cut the education budget and laid off police officers; Florida Gov. Rick Scott turned down federal money to build a much needed rail system - all of these governors and more are part of a coordinated effort to undermine public workers for the sake of the budget crisis illusion.
Daniels is one of a flock of far right-wing governors who seem to have flown out of the same dark political hellhole in the past couple of years. Now ruling from the highest roosts of power in more than a dozen states, all of them are pushing vituperative measures designed to disempower and downsize not only public employees and unions, but also the entire workaday majority of their states --the middle class itself.
Among other assaults, they are canceling collective bargaining contracts, suppressing union rights, arbitrarily eliminating hundreds of thousands of both public and private-sector jobs, turning over schools and other public functions to low-paying corporations
And these Koch employees impersonating governors all have the same playbook and rationale for their extreme policies:
Curiously, the governors all seem to have the same playbook. Not only are their agendas alike and the content of their proposals remarkably similar, but they're also parroting the same scripted rationale for their extremist actions: "The sky is falling on our Great State of [Blank], but luckily I was elected by the good voters of [Blank] to do the people's will, so I am taking these bold steps to balance [Blank's] budget."
The GOP manufactured budget crisis lie:
America does not face a deficit crisis--we face a multi-billion dollar annual tax dodge by the most elite of moneyed elites. The money our society needs is right there--in the coffers of flagrantly rich Fortune 500 corporations and Wall Street banks, in the personal accounts of absurdly wealthy CEOs and fast-buck speculators. America is hardly a poor country. It's the richest in the history of the world, and it ought to have the very best public education program in the world, the most advanced infrastructure network, and the finest system of health care for all.
My friends in the words of the irrepressible Funk master George Clinton:
You might as well pay attention; Free speech is high finance.