UNITED FRONT AGAINST AUSTERITY/TAX WALL STREET PARTY
MORNING BRIEFING FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2015
MARCO RUBIO ANNOUNCES RUN FOR PRESIDENT, ADDING ONE MORE WINGNUT TO GROWING GOP ROSTER; THROWS DOWN GAUNTLET OF 40 YR AUSTERITY DICTATORSHIP: “YESTERDAY IS OVER AND WE’RE NEVER GOING BACK”
“George W. Bush, in my opinion, did a fantastic job as president...” - Marco Rubio
Cuban-American demagogue Rubio announces his economic solutions for the 21st century: “If we reform our tax code, reduce regulations, control spending, modernize our immigration laws, and repeal and replace ObamaCare, the American people will create millions of better-paying modern jobs.” Also claiming: “Too many of our leaders and our ideas are stuck in the 20th century.”
Rubio stands as paving the way for the next generation of the most ghoulish Republicans history has ever known.
RUBIO IS THE GOP’S PLAN TO REGAIN THE LATINO VOTE
With an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. and a demographic shift in the electorate, the GOP’s Hispanic vote has dwindled severely. With a majority of Americans wanting comprehensive immigration reform, the GOP– as it has in the past– is targeting the Hispanic vote and has engaged in identity politics by putting forth the demagogue Rubio.
Rubio was in the “Gang of Eight”:
Tea Party Republicans are acting out the fear and hatred of foreigners which is typical of this faction. Wall Street Democrats and corporate Republicans are attempting to implement the financier program of using foreign workers to drive down domestic wages, further weakening the trade union movement. And as usual, the two Wall Street-controlled political parties are doing everything to obscure the main considerations that ought to guide this reform.
In the view of Alexander Hamilton and other economists of the American System of Political Economy, the wealth of the nation is located first and foremost in the education, training, and experience of its labor force. As Abraham Lincoln put it, the welfare of labor is the most important consideration. The most basic form of capital is human capital, mental capital. In this connection, the willingness of industrious and energetic people from around the world to come to the United States and find work is a tremendous national resource, and one which should not be dilapidated by outbursts of racism or xenophobia.
Without a constant flow of immigrants, the United States would already be condemned to a serious demographic crisis of the type being experienced by Japan, Western Europe, Russia, China, and other parts of the world. Seen from this angle, immigrants are an American national trump card in the effort to create and maintain a modern labor force to meet the demands of international competition in the 21st century. Without immigration, the United States would be facing an uncertain future for want of people in the workforce.
BY HOOK OR BY CROOK: ANOTHER BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE
During the 2014 elections it became evident that the militant reactionaries and proto-fascists of the Tea Party had shifted the GOP terrain in ways that would make another Bush victory unlikely. In order to be elected, Jeb and his handlers need to construct an elaborate apparatus to shape the GOP Presidential campaign in ways that are favorable towards him. In other words, the only way to get the reviled Bush clan back into the White House would be to make sure the anti-Jeb vote remained fragmented. It is not enough to hope for this; Jeb will need to guarantee that his opposition remain divided. He is Jeb’s protege – he’s doing the same favor for Jeb that Ron Paul did for Mitt Romney – clearing the field in swing states so an independent challenger can’t knock Jeb out.
Jeb needs these wingmen -- stalking horses to protect each of his flanks. These stalking horse candidates need to be weak enough so that they will structurally and intellectually be incapable of outgrowing their assigned roles and stealing the nomination away from Jeb. But at the same time, they need to be strong enough to lock up 10-15% of the vote and put them in a kind of deep freeze, making sure that their support will never be extended to another candidate capable of defeating Jeb in the race.
JEB’S LEFT WINGMAN: CUBAN-AMERICAN PROTEGE MARCO RUBIO
OBSERVATION: HELP GOP AND JEB BUSH MAKE INROADS INTO LATINO VOTING BLOCK. WILL SECURE A RELATIVELY LARGE (FOR THE GOP) LATINO VOTE THEN DROP OUT AND ENDORSE BUSH. WILL BE REWARDED WITH CABINET POSITION OR VP.
JEB’S RIGHT WINGMAN: COUSIN SCOTT WALKER, FASCIST GOVERNOR OF WISCONSIN
OBSERVATION: SECURE NORTHEASTERN BLUE COLLAR/ANTI-COUNTRY CLUB REPUBS THEN DROP OUT TO ENDORSE COUSIN JEBBY. WILL BE REWARDED WITH CABINET POSITION OR VP.
As we see more of these far-right wingnut candidates come out of the woodwork in the coming weeks they will make Jeb Bush look like a moderate and therefore all the more electable. Rubio looks less like a serious candidate and more like a flanking operation to prevent any serious rivals from contending for swing states where there are a lot of hispanics – chiefly Florida, Nevada, California, Arizona, etc.
In a recent exposé by Bloomberg Politics the mysterious history between the two Florida political figures is explored. It was Bush who first reached out to Rubio in 1998.
The two engaged in a bizarre ceremonial sword commemoration where Bush bestowed Rubio with “the sword of a great conservative warrior,” while recited an obscure and baffling Chinese proverb: “Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society. I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down.” This proverb was a favorite from the perverse mind of his father President George H.W. Bush.
Rubio called Jeb “the man I most admired in Florida politics”. A Democratic Florida state representative said regarding their relationship: "Jeb was the general and Marco was the smartest lieutenant."
Marco Rubio funded by Koch SuperPACs and Wall Street Vulture Funds
Koch SuperPACs are dumping money into the Tea Party golden-boy’s campaign in order to establish Rubio as a leader among their legions of austerity ghouls. In a recent speech to the Koch funded Club for Growth PAC, Rubio was among the other zombie Senators Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and others when Rubio said: “You have some of the future’s leadership in this room tonight… future presidents, future majority leaders, future leaders of our party.” This is the cesspool from which the Rubio-swamp-monster emerges.
Rubio visited the Koch Brothers again with Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in January to grovel and capitulate to their demands to destroy minimum wage for the middle class. Wall Street cretin Wayne Berman of the Blackstone Group and the 2008 McCain campaign finance chairman is another supporter of Rubio. One final oligarch not wanting to miss the austerity train is vulture fund operator Paul Singer of Elliot Management. Singer is actively donating to Rubio’s campaign, while simultaneously holding the entire nation of Argentina under his maniacal monetarist demand that they pay his outrageously inflated bonds before they pay the other 92.4% of bondholders who have agreed to take a haircut. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rubio is quick to attack South American leaders like Nicolas Maduro, so it is unsurprising that he is happy to take money from the destabilizers of South America: Koch and Singer.
RUBIO WELL KNOWN AS BIGGEST WARHAWK, SAYS “THE UNITED STATES NEEDS TO PREPARE ITSELF FOR WAR WITH IRAN”
Marco Rubio may very well be the greatest warmonger out of all candidates in the 2016 election. As the National Review reports, Rubio has surrounded himself with aides and advisors from the highest echelons of the neocon faction—including Robert Kagan, Stephen Hadley, and Elliot Abrams. Rubio’s alignment with the most venomous hawks of the reactionary Right provides a window into how a future President Rubio would engage in world affairs.
Robert Kagan, the arch neocon of the highly influential Brookings Institute, has been a key State Department operative since the Reagan era. A co-founder of the Project for the New American Century
, he is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution
and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
. Kagan has shown an uncanny ability to steer both Republicans and Democrats into supporting perpetual war: Obama, Hillary Clinton, and John McCain among others join the bipartisan list of Kagan’s free-market, warmongering clique—which now includes Rubio. In a speech arranged by Kagan at the Brookings Institute, Rubio openly displayed his admiration for Kagan’s imperialistic vision of America’s role in the world by stating, “I have recently been relying heavily on Brookings fellow Bob Kagan’s timely book, The World America Made,” a whitewashed, apologist version of American interventionism since War World II.
Kagan’s wife, Victoria Nuland, is the head of European Affairs at the State Department, and performed an instrumental role in establishing the fascist junta in Ukraine by filtering out potential Ukrainian Presidents for Anglo-American establishment. In a leaked phone call between Nuland and Geoffrey Pyatt, the US Ambassador to Ukraine, she displayed her vulgar discontent for resistance to Washington’s hegemonic aspirations by shouting “F**k the EU.”
Stephen Hadley is another neocon with close ties to Rubio. Hadley was former National Security Advisor to George W. Bush. When Obama first threatened a strike on Assad during the botched false flag chemical weapon attack in August of 2013, Hadley, a veteran warmonger, appeared on all major news media advocating for immediate and aggressive missile attacks on the Syrian Government. As the Huffington Post noted, Hadley not only sits on the board of directors of Raytheon—the manufacturer of the Tomahawk cruise missiles, the weapon that would have been used for the attack on Assad—but also owns 11,477 shares of stock in Raytheon. As long as Rubio includes Hadley among his list of top advisors, the military-industrial complex will have a hatchet man in office.
Perhaps the most infamous of Rubio’s motley crew of neocon advisors is the degenerate Elliot Abrams, a former foreign policy aid for Reagan and George W. Bush. Abrams worked closely with Oliver North during the Iran-Contra affair, manufacturing wars in the Middle East while funding terrorism in Nicaragua. After the Iran Contra affair became public knowledge, Abrams repeatedly lied to Congress under oath while testifying—for which he was ultimately indicted. Bush Sr. pardoned Abrams in 1992. Abrams earned his spot on the Bush administration laundry list of neocon acolytes who sponsored the War on Terror.
Rubio’s latest warhawking was signing the traitorous letter written fellow Koch-funded Senator Tom Cotton. Rubio’s demand is that any final agreement with Iran would have to be reviewed by Congress, the continuation of economic warfare through sanctions and an end to Iran’s “nuclear ambitions.” Rubio’s fear of a nuclear Iran leading to nuclear proliferation is contradicted by his rabid support for Israel, who has never signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that the “destructive regime” of Iran-- and most of the world-- has signed.
TWICE CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR OF ILLINOIS CALLS FOR A LA SALLE STREET TAX; CHALLENGES NAYSAYERS TO OPEN DEBATE
Rich Whitney, a civil rights attorney and twice Illinois Green Party candidate for governor of Illinois (2006 & 2010), has called for an end to austerity budgets in his state by proposing a financial transaction tax in the form of the “La Salle Street Tax” (H.B. 106).
In on Op-Ed entitled Illinois Doesn’t Have to Settle for Austerity
Whitney argues that budget shortfalls for the state of Illinois are not caused by “overspending” or “living beyond our means” but by a regressive tax system, which overburdens the middle class and working poor while letting the banking system off the hook.
Calling out the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange by name and stating their estimated trading at $1 quadrillion (compared to a $65 trillion annual world GDP), Whitney explains that a $1/contract fee on agricultural futures and options, and a $2/contract fee on all other trades could make up for the Illinois deficit.
“All Illinois consumers, even the very poorest, generally pay sales taxes of 7 percent or more for necessities. It is only fair that wealthy speculators in Illinois pay a sales tax of a tiny fraction of a percent to help maintain the system from which they have reaped such largesse. We already tax gambling, sometimes to the detriment of the poor and desperate. It’s time to include the biggest casinos in our state.”
At the end of his article, Whitney offers his expertise on the La Salle Street Tax to the general public, stating that he is willing to debate anyone who would oppose it:
“I am willing to present or debate this proposal before any civic group, and can be contacted for that purpose at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Whitney shows that wide common ground and room for coalition-building exists between the UFAA/TWSP and certain factions among the Greens and others like Whitney and New York's Howie Hawkins. Many Greens and left-independent activists are more interested in economic justic and growth than with environmental and social obsessions, but have thus far not had an organized alternative. The UFAA extends and open hand to all such persons and intends to work on bridge-building and dialogue, in the hopes of moving the "left" agenda as such away from the trap of de-growth and toward the American System of Political Economy.
The TWSP Office of the National Chair is currently making contact with Rich Whitney and can be reached at email@example.com
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