Ron Paul is a Sickening Neoliberal Ghoul

by Scott Creighton

Ron Paul has been dining on the public dime for most of his adult life. His career in politics started in 1976 and except of a 12 year stint, he has been collecting a government paycheck every year since. He even found time to find a seat in the senate for his undeserving son who had no public service experience at all and his only qualification for the job seems to be that he is the offspring of Ron Paul.

Freedom, for Ron, is the freedom of everyone else to do without assistance from the government when they need it most. It’s the freedom to let the uninsured die unattended, the freedom to force everyone to purchase useless health insurance policies when they can’t afford food for their children.

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Ron Paul Says Your Kids Have No “Right” to an Education or Equal Opportunities… But His “Fortunate Son” Certainly Did

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Go here to see Rand Paul address the senate in favor of killing the EPA so that it won’t harm business… specifically, the coal business who is currently destroying the Kentucky landscape with their mountain-top removal mining process. He is advocating the passage of over 200 more permits for this kind of “mining” which literally destroys the mountains and pollutes the areas around them just so a company, owned by a relatively few wealthy individuals, can exploit the natural resources of his home state and decimate it in the process.

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Ron Paul’s neoliberal Libertarian roots are showing through again. Kinda explains why is son is the poster-child for the new Neoliberal Revolution in the American Tea Party these days.

In an interview with Cenk Uygur, Ron expressed his feelings that if a young kid born of poor parents does well in school and strives to better himself with a higher education, he’s just shit out of luck. He also claims in the same interview that no one has a “right” to medical care… he claims you have to “earn” all of these things.

Ron Paul says you have a right to your life and a right to your property, but apparently he thinks no one has a “right” to equal opportunities here in the good old U.S. of A. I can certainly understand that because if slots in leading universities were handed out on merit alone, Ron Paul’s kid Rand would never have gotten into Duke University.

This is certainly an odd position for a man to take who seemed to think his own son had a “right” to a senate seat (and all the tax-payer supplied perks that come with that job) simply because his daddy was Ron Paul.

But that isn’t the first time Rand benefited from his “rights” as the fortunate son of Ron Paul.

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The Fight of Their Lives: All Out War on Workers’ Rights in Wisconsin!

by Christopher Fons, Global Research

Republicans in Wisconsin, after a fresh set of tax giveaways to corporations and limits on liability in a special session of the legislature this week have decided to go for the whole bratwurst and devour all public sector unions in one big gulp.  Fueled by worker distress, Tea Party bluster, and big corporate donors, the governors of New Jersey and Wisconsin are engaged in a kind of tailgating “competitive eating” contest to see which can be the most anti teacher and anti public employee.  These governors are feeding at the trough of American angst created by the economic crisis, the bullhorns on Fox News and shout radio.  Rollbacks of labor rights and cuts in health care for the poor and elderly are on offer for the red meat crowd that wants someone to pay for their own distress.

The “fat dude,” Chris Christie, who fills out a suit like a Usinger’s sausage casing, had the early lead in feeding, but had a head start over Wisconsin’s Governor, taking power in 2009.  Wisconsin’s Governor, Scott Walker, the “thin guy,” has deceptively Takeru Kobayashi-like competitive eating skills, and has quickly overtaken Christie in feeding at the grill of austerity and union busting.  Yet, Walker may have now overreached as workers across the state unite to oppose his proposal with massive rallies in Madison and talk of a state-wide strike.

The bill, which has united unions across the state, would:

  • limit collective bargaining to wages which would be capped at the inflation rate
  • prohibit employers from collecting union dues
  • require yearly votes on certification of all local unions
  • require all state employees to pay 12.6 per cent of their health plan and 5.8 per cent of their pension
  • deny all University of Wisconsin employees bargaining rights on working conditions and benefits

The budget fix also privatizes state-owned power plants that will leave taxpayers with a long-term bill and allows massive cuts in health care for seniors and the poor by shifting decision making over Medicare from elected representatives to the Governor’s office.

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Obama Pulls a Clinton

by Robert Sheer, Truthdig

Here we go again. When Bill Clinton suffered an electoral reversal after his first two years in office, he abruptly embraced the corporate money guys who had financed his congressional opposition in an effort to purchase a second term. On Tuesday in his Wall Street Journal Op-Ed piece, Barack Obama veered sharply down that same course, trumpeting his executive order “ … to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive. …”

He employed the same “creating a 21st-century regulatory system” rationalization used by Clinton when he signed off on the sweeping deregulation legislation that unleashed the Wall Street greed that ended up being the biggest job-killer since the Great Depression. “Over the (past) seven years, we have tried to modernize the economy,” Clinton enthused as he signed the Financial Services Modernization Act that repealed key New Deal legislation, adding, “And today what we are doing is modernizing the financial services industry, tearing down those antiquated laws and granting banks significant new authority.” Modernizing was the propaganda constant, as in the Commodity Futures Modernization Act that Clinton signed, thus shielding financial derivatives from any government regulation.

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Obama Uses Executive Order to Begin Neoliberal Assault on Regulation

by Scott Creighton

The following definition of deregulation comes from “John Williamson’s “Washington Consensus“, a list of policy proposals that appeared to have gained consensus approval among the Washington-based international economic organizations (like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank).”  The active definition of neoliberalism or “free trade” ideology.

  • Deregulation – abolition of regulations that impede market entry or restrict competition, except for those justified on safety, environmental and consumer protection grounds, and prudent oversight of financial institutions;
  • President Obama took time out of his busy schedule to write an op-ed published today in the Wall Street Journal. Obama used this op-ed to signify his devotion to the free-market ideology that is the basis for the neoliberalization of countless countries over the past 5 decades, all of which had disastrous effects on the vast majority of the population of those nations.

    Obama used the opportunity to announce that he was going to begin a process of even more deregulation here in the United States, in an effort to better serve the business interests of the country. All this he will do by decree of imperial executive order, no less.

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    Ron Paul Advocates Demolition of Social Security

    by Scott Creighton

    G*ddamn, I hate Ron Paul.

    Let’s get this straight; Ron Paul is nothing more than a kinder/gentler face for the Chicago School neoliberalization program supported by the neocons on one side and the Clitonista/Obama New Dems on the other.

    He is yet another flavor of  the oligarchical corporatist tools, who fully expected his son to be handed a seat in the senate, by birthright, and therefore a government paycheck for the rest of his life.

    Now Ron is helping to bolster the neoliberal calls for the pending doom of Social Security while he himself knows full well just how nice his government pension entitlement check is going to be for him and his corporatist kid.

    Ron Paul is a pathetic fraud. Let’s hope this opens the eyes of some of his sleep-walking supporters.

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    The assault on US workers’ wages

    by Tom Eley and Barry Grey, WSWS

    An article published in Wednesday’s Financial Times under the headline “US Matches Indian Call Centre Costs” gives some indication of the impact on American workers of a coordinated and escalating wage-cutting drive by big business, backed by the Obama administration.

    The article begins: “Call centre workers are becoming as cheap to hire in the US as they are in India, according to the head of the country’s largest business process outsourcing company. High unemployment levels have driven down wages for some low-skilled outsourcing services in some parts of the US, particularly among the Hispanic population.”

    According to the article, a number of Indian outsourcing firms are shifting operations to the US to take advantage of low labor costs, a reversal from the 1990s when many call centers and software firms shuttered American operations to exploit educated but low-paid workers in India.

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