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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    Obama’s covert wars

    by Peter Symonds, WSWS

    A lengthy article in the New York Times on Sunday entitled “A Secret Assault on Terrorism Widens on Two Continents” has provided a glimpse into the extent of the Obama administration’s covert wars. Obama has not only continued, he has expanded the murderous operations that were waged under the banner of the “war on terror” by the CIA and Pentagon during the Bush administration.

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    Clinton Appointee Blocks Arizona Immigration Laws Thus Saving Globalization

    by Scott Creighton

    Well, they made sure the case went before a globalist judge appointed by Bill Clinton and she basically said that officers could not check to see if a detained person was here legally or not because if they were here legally, their “liberty” would be “restricted” for the 60 seconds or so that it would take for the officer to run the check. I wish I were kidding…

    “Requiring Arizona law enforcement officials and agencies to determine the immigration status of every person who is arrested burdens lawfully-present aliens because their liberty will be restricted while their status is checked,” Bolton, a Clinton appointee, said in her decision. Huffington Post

    You just can’t make-up shit like that… of course that will be tossed when it goes to the Supreme Court, but that won’t be before the elections in November and then the passage of George W. Bush’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill (complete with amnesty of 12-20 million undocumented workers and Obama’s “BELIEVE” ID system which is just a re-branding of Bush’s REAL ID Act…)

    Also, thanks to the appointee of the globalist Bill Clinton, in Arizona, if an officer sees a bunch on people he suspects as being here illegally, like say rushing over the border or something, he can’t arrest them unless he has a warrant.

    In addition, the judge blocked officers from making warrantless arrests of suspected illegal immigrants. Huffington Post

    Open border policies are very important to neoliberal big business advocates. Everything for the corporations and nothing for you. All this while “The Greatest Man of Our Generation” gets set to pass 3 more free-trade agreements based on the NAFTA mold… (only in America are people this fucking stupid…

    … NAFTA’s free trade was a boon for Wall Street, but a bust for Main Street. President Obama is resurrecting President Clinton’s failed promise of NAFTA’s jobs creation in hopes of selling the public on the Korea, Colombia, and Panama FTAs. With nearly half of U.S. workers having lost a job or experienced a cut in wages since the recession started in 2007/2008, combined with a jobless “recovery,” the need for jobs is first and foremost on U.S. workers’ minds. However, this time around, after the experience of NAFTA, the promise of jobs creation comes off like a cheap gimmick used too many times, as if to sell a shoddy “lemon” used car as good coin. All three of the trade agreements Obama is pushing are modeled after NAFTA. There is absolutely no reason to expect different results when it comes to jobs creation. Global Research

    All three are modeled on NAFTA because all three are written by the Clintonistas, the “New Dems”. Here’s what Bill Clinton the globalist said about NAFTA in 1993… think about this while Obama presses forward with 3 more of them.

    We will make our case as hard and as well as we can. And, though the fight will be difficult, I deeply believe we will win. And I’d like to tell you why. First of all, because NAFTA means jobs. American jobs, and good-paying American jobs. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t support this agreement. Bill Clinton, 1993

    Now for a little flashback…

    Feb. 2008. Candidate Obama on the campaign trail.

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    Now I didn’t just start criticizing unfair trade deals like NAFTA because I started running for president… I do it because I see what happens to communities when factories close down and jobs move overseas…” Barack Obama, 2008

    Neoliberal News of the Day: July 15th, 2010

    Just a few little neoliberal updates today…

    1. Obama’s OMB Pick Oversaw Citigroup Unit That Shorted Housing Market – “President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the White House budget office oversaw a Citigroup unit that profited off the housing collapse and financial crisis by investing in a hedge fund king who correctly “predicted” the eventual subprime meltdown and now finds himself involved in the center of the U.S. government’s fraud case against Goldman Sachs.”

    2. Why We Can’t Rely on Foreign Consumers to Rescue American Jobs, and Why Today’s “Jobs for America Summit” Is a Bad Joke - “Today (Wednesday), leaders of big business are meeting with the President and Vice President (along with former President Bill Clinton) to urge that the White House push stalled trade-opening agreements with South Korea, Panama, and Columbia… Jobs for America Summit? These executives don’t care about American jobs. They care about their own bottom lines. That’s what they’re paid to care about.”  Robert Reich

    3. Chamber Of Commerce’s Jobs Suggestions: Cut Taxes And Social Security, Privatize Roads, Drill Offshore, Log National Forests - “The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent the White House an “open letter” laying out a proposed roadmap to economic recovery… The Chamber’s four-page letter offers a variety of suggestions for job creation… ideas include deregulation of business, tax cuts for the wealthy, free trade agreements, a reduced corporate income tax, expanded offshore drilling and logging in national forests, the privatization of waterways and roads, extend Bush-era tax cuts in full and provide tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas” , the “modernization” of Social Security and Medicare (sell them off to Wall Street), and “Incentives and legal surety for investment in clean coal technologies, carbon capture systems, and massive expansion of nuclear power…” . “The political organization also wants control of public resources. “If America’s transportation and water infrastructure, for instance, was fully open to private investment, the $180 billion available today in private capital could generate more than 1.5 million jobs over 10 years”  Ryan Grim

    4. Companies pile up cash but remain hesitant to add jobs – “Nonfinancial companies are sitting on $1.8 trillion in cash, roughly one-quarter more than at the beginning of the recession…. Yet all the good news from big business hasn’t translated into much promise for jobless Americans, leading many to wonder: If corporations are sitting on so much money, why aren’t they hiring more workers?” ” White House officials also choreographed a competing set of images for Obama on Wednesday, having him meet separately with famed investor Warren Buffett and, later, with Bill Clinton as well as the chief executives of Bank of America and Honeywell.” Jia Yang

    5. Collapse in Living Standards in America: More Poverty By Any Measure – “More than 15 million Americans are unemployed, homelessness has increased by 50 percent in some cities, and 38 million people are receiving food stamps, more than at any time in the program’s almost 50-year history…

    The definitive statement of the concrete policies advocated by neoliberalism is often taken to be 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). Williamson’s list included ten points:

    definitions:  NEOLIBERALISM  – Privatization of state enterprises, Deregulation – abolition of regulations that impede market entry or restrict competition, Tax reform– broadening the tax base (except for big business and the wealthy), Liberalization of the “capital account” of the balance of payments (selling off American assets to foreign investors), Fiscal policy Governments should not run large deficits (war on the deficits only with regard to the Social Safety Net… war funding and bailouts are fine), Redirection of public spending from subsidies (redirect public coffer spending to privately owned for-profit institutions which will operate public services without any oversight ie: education, police, prisons, fire departments, public works like water, parks services, even certain branches of government and in the end, even the courts.)

    Little Entitled Randie Wants YOU to Sacrifice While He Cashes Those Big Government Checks

    by Scott Creighton 

    If you think Rand Paul is somehow “anti-establishment”, you’re wrong.  

    Neoliberalism is what got us here in the first place and neoliberalism is the basis of the Libertarian Party. While all the other neoliberals hide in other political parties and sneak out a little at a time to serve their true masters, business, the Libertarians have been out of the closet since day one. They hate the New Deal, wish to see the social safety net abolished in favor of big business, and they hate the idea that government serves the interests of the people rather than the business owners. 

    Rand Paul recently got in trouble when he made two claims on the Rachel Maddow show (she’s a corporatist hack just the same). 1. We should leave big business alone and 2. big business should be allowed to discriminate anyway they so choose. 

    The backlash was bad… it was almost bad enough to start sinking into his core Paulistas that he may not really be all that “anti-establishment” so they shut him up. They picked a few business friendly gigs for him to appear in front of and they took him out for a couple of days and “schooled” him on how to “spin” answers to questions he doesn’t like. But above all else they told him to keep his mouth shut when it comes to the real service the politicians do these days; promote a new feudal system reminiscent of the glory days gilded age. 

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    9/11 Truth Red Herring: Neoliberal BYU Has Financed, Staffed, and Peer-Reviewed Prof. Jones’ Flawed Thermite Distraction Since Day One

    by Scott Creighton

    It may even be that [the Lord] will hold us responsible if we try to impede or hedge up the way of those who are involved in a contest with forces of evil and repression.”  Gordon B. Hinckley, 2003

    Prof. Jones is at it again; he is attempting to fool the Truth movement into believing that the physical evidence of explosive demolition has been found and that we need not do more research into the field.

    It’s bullshit and he knows it.

    Prof. Jones refuses to run tests to see if there is trace evidence of high explosives in all that dust he proudly admits he has. The following is a comment Prof Jones left on the 911Blogger forum thread that he started…

    We’re in this together.

    There appear to be two main WALLS of defense for the “official story” of 9/11.
    1. People’s extreme reluctance to question a BIG LIE, especially when the lie comes from their government. This “Big Lie principle” was enunciated by Hitler and used by him, and is the basis of “false flag events.” This is seen also in the refusal of NIST to even LOOK for residues of explosives in the WTC dust — and they are getting away with it.
    2. The wall of nonsense thrown up around solid evidence by so-called “debunkers”. For example, the notion that the red/gray chips are merely flakes of primer paint (suggested by Eagar of MIT and others). This notion ignores the fact that the primer paint contains significant ZINC whereas the red/gray chips contain NO zinc (looking at an inside surface freshly exposed by fracture); it also ignores the fact that the red/gray chips produce iron-rich spheres upon ignition which burning paint does not do. There are many other examples.

    With the solid evidence we have published, we are breaking down wall #2… but how to break down wall #1??  Prof. Jones

    There are several conflicting aspects of Prof. Jones’ little bit of propaganda that I just have to point out. 

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    Rand Runs Away from Meet the Press? “Meet the Press”? Really?

    by Scott Creighton  

    [UPDATES at the end of the article involve RAnd Paul's stated support of the Global War on Terror, keeping Gitmo open, sanctions for Iran, declaring war on Afghanistan, and his unlimited support of Israel.] 

    You know, I could understand kinda if Meet the Press was still run by Tim Russert. Russert at least had a reputation for actually doing a little journalism occasionally. Of course after he died we found out he had been feeding info to the neocon Robert Novack for several years (like 30?). But at least Russert still had the appearance of being a legitimate journalist.  

    The State of "Journalism"

    But these days Meet the Press is an unapologetic cheerleader for the Obama brandof corporatism, the neoliberal empire, and it’s Global Free Market Wars (aka – Overseas Contingency Operations).  

    In July 2009 Meet the Press did an entire hour-long show with globalist Hilary Clinton that seemed more like a PR stunt that an insightful probing interview with a new secretary of state. That’s because it was.  In March of 2009 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.) and NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg had the whole show to talk about how they were going to neoliberalize the economies of their respective states after chatting it up with the globalists in the White House.  

    In short, David Gregory doesn’t strike fear in the hearts of any of the “business first” globalists because he is nothing more than an overpaid pitchman.  He’s a dancing monkey for an off-stage organ grinder. 

    So why did Rand Paul join a very select group of political figures when he pulled out of his scheduled Sunday appointment on Meet the Press today? Rand is a surgeon and was raised by a career politician, Ron Paul, so it isn’t like he isn’t smart enough or doesn’t know what to expect in a political campaign.  

    Fischer said Paul is only the third major guest in 62 years to have canceled on the show. The other two were Louis Farrakhan (1996) and Saudi Prince Bandar (2003). MSNBC  

    So why did Rand run away?  Is it because he is just so darn anti-establishment?  Or is it because the more he opens his mouth the more he risks giving the whole charade away… and his establishment friends don’t want Rand to fuck this up?  I’ll put the facts out there… you be the judge. 

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    Rand Paul: Libertarian or Just Another Milton Friedman Neocon in Disguise?

    by Scott Creighton

    Rand Paul’s “business first” philosophy is showing through… he said Barack Obama’s criticism of BP for its handling of the Gulf oil spill “sounded un-American”

    ‘I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business’Huffington Post

    Rand Paul’s libertarian education (apparently shaped by the Lewis Powell memo ) is starting to show through…

    (Rand) Paul said that leads to the thinking that tragic incidents are “always someone’s fault” and added, sometimes accidents just happenMSNBC

    So, to Rand Paul, it’s “un-American” to find fault with a business that has been deliberately skirting their responsibilities and containment procedure costs and as a direct result of these cost saving practices,  their preventable oil spill promises to grow into the largest ecological disaster in our history.

    An independent researcher investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident has released preliminary findings, based on accounts from rig employees and others, that the accident was the result of a series of mistakes and flawed decisions, which had compromised safety

    …  “This disaster was preventable,” Bea writes, “had existing progressive guidelines and practices been followed.”

    … Bea also says “drilling and well completion operations did not meet industry standards.”   NBC

    Opps. Guess Rand was wrong about that one… someone should ask Rand if it’s “un-American” for someone to do an independent investigation and does the fact that BP stands for BRITISH Petroleum factor into Rand’s “un-American” comment at all? Does Rand Paul think it’s “un-American” to find fault (where it belongs) with a FOREIGN business?

    You get that Rand? Maybe you should rethink that whole… “its un-American to criticise business” thing.  Or at least that “sometimes accidents just happen” line. You’re hemorrhaging credibility Rand and your “Friedman” side is showing.  Is it really possible to be an anti-establishment corporatist?

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    Born to Privilege: Rand Paul to Take His Rightful Place in the Neoliberal Oligarchy of American Politics

    by Scott Creighton 

    ***UPDATE*** – “(Rand) Paul told (Laura) Ingraham. “They seem to have unleashed some of the loony left on me.””   Raw Story -  So apparently if you don’t believe that it is ok for all the public schools to be privatized and then allowed to discriminate as they see fit because they are private businesses, then you are part of the “loony left”.  If you don’t think its ok for your pharmacist to refuse to fill a prescription for birth control pills or anything else he doesn’t agree with, you are the “loony left”. 

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    Rand Paul is a neoliberal scumbag… (just like his daddy)…  and he’s looking for his bloated government check and all those life-long benefits and campaign contributions that come along with it (ok then. Take your best shots. I’m not here to win any popularity contests, for those who haven’t figured that out yet.) 

    The Rand Paul Revolution

    Rand’s recent problems reflect a “business first” ideology that is the root of the neoliberal movement in America and at the heart of his political nature. Rand is getting a lot of heat right now because he actually won the republican nomination for a senate seat, so that puts him in the big-time.  But let’s face it… no one would have given a crap about yet another doctor looking to cash in on even more money and power by goin’ to congress if his DADDY wasn’t the Libertarian Crusader, Ron Paul (another doctor who decided to go where the real money was).  We all know that the offspring of the oligarchs are granted by birthright a chance to suckle at the teet of the only true socialist part of America that is left… the political public service sector; aka “The Public/Private Partnership. 

    So if no one would have given a shit about what this “business first” Milton Friedmanesque libertarian says, how exactly did he become so popular? 

    Well, his daddy did the exact same thing Barack Obama did… he lied through his teeth. And we all know where Rand would be now without his daddy and his “money bombs”.

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