The Feuding Kleptocrats

by Chris Hedges from Common Dreams

The Trump kleptocrats are political arsonists. They are carting cans of gasoline into government agencies and Congress to burn down any structure or program that promotes the common good and impedes corporate profit.

They ineptly have set themselves on fire over Obamacare, but this misstep will do little to halt the drive to, as Stephen Bannon promises, carry out the “deconstruction of the administrative state.” Donald Trump’s appointees are busy diminishing or dismantling the agencies they were named to lead and the programs they are supposed to administer. That is why they were selected. Rex Tillerson at the State Department, Steven Mnuchin at the Treasury Department, Scott Pruitt at the Environmental Protection Agency, Rick Perry at the Department of Energy, Tom Price at Health and Human Services, Ben Carson at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education are eating away the foundations of democratic institutions like gigantic termites. And there is no force inside government that can stop them…

The kleptocrats, whatever their differences, are united by one overriding fear. They fear large numbers of people will become wise to their kleptocracy and revolt. They fear the mob. They fear revolution, the only mechanism left that can rid us of these parasites…

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Nepotist Trump Picks Jared Kushner to Head Fascist New Office of American Innovation (to Carry on the Dream of Bill Clinton)

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: Trump’s New Plan: Govt as Company, Citizens as Customers, Kushner as CEO

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In the wake of the “failure” of the “repeal and replace” pledge, the president has announced he has picked his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to head up a brand new government office in D.C. called the Office of American Innovation. According to the Washington Post it’s a new office “with sweeping authority to overhaul the federal bureaucracy and fulfill key campaign promises — such as reforming care for veterans (privatizing) and fighting opioid addiction — by harvesting ideas from the business world and, potentially, privatizing some government functions.

Kushner has been charged with meeting various heads of Big Business to get their ideas on what parts of Big Gubmint they want to bust off a piece of for themselves. It’s all about that old propaganda line “make government run like a business” which translates to “dismantle government on behalf of Big Business”

We all know The Donald wants to deregulate everything he can on behalf of Wall Street and Big Business. We all know he will eventually set in motion the end-game of the New Deal haters: the privatization of Social Security and the rest of the “entitlement” safety net. We all know his effort to “repeal and replace” was a dog and pony show they only dedicated 17 legislative days to before they threw up their hands and gave up, which ONLY serves the interests of Big Insurance. And since Big Insurance finances the reelection slush funds of BOTH Dems and Rethugs, it should be pretty obvious why they never even put it up for a vote in the House (can’t have Dem on record voting against Big Insurance, now can we?)

Deregulation, decreasing the tax burden on Big Business, imposing crippling austerity on the economy, massive reductions on government spending (except where the interests of Big Business are concerned) and the wholesale privatization of everything profitable in government. That’s Donald Trump’s agenda and we all know what that is called in the real world. Some idiots call this “liberty” but educated folks simply call it neoliberalism.

“extensive economic liberalization policies such as privatization, fiscal austerity, deregulation, free trade, and reductions in government spending in order to increase the role of the private sector in the economy and society.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] These market-based ideas and the policies they inspired constitute a paradigm shift away from the post-war Keynesian consensus which lasted from 1945 to 1980.[10][11]  ” neoliberalism by definition

Neoliberalism is the economic ideology of Reagan and Thatcher as we all know but is also at the core of the policies of these folks as well:

“Since the presidency of Bill Clinton, Democrats have become increasingly anti-ideological (in word), opting instead for an approach cloaked in the garb of objectivity and pragmatism: No longer, for instance, would liberals favor, in principle, labor over business.

Simultaneously, however, despite liberals’ professed disdain for political doctrines, a new ideology arose in the place of the New Deal tradition, an ideology that would ultimately come to infect both of America’s major political parties: Neoliberalism

Bill Clinton, the embodiment of neoliberalism’s rise to prominence, insisted that it was necessary to end “the era of big government Common Dreams, Liberal Elites Hate the Left

Doing away with “big government” was the dream of Bill Clinton. A dream he worked hard at. Welfare Reform Act of 1996, NAFTA, repeal of Glass-Steagall, the Commodities Futures Modification Act of 2000 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996… and a host of other, lesser known neoliberal agenda items put forward by the fake progressive known as Bill Clinton.

In his State of the Union address in 1996, Bill Clinton (friend of Donald Trump) said “We have worked to give the American people a smaller, less bureaucratic government in Washington. And we have to give the American people one that lives within its means. The era of big government is over.”

It is not by coincidence that the Clinton’s inner party of neoliberal fake Dems back then, the Democratic Leadership Council, was partly funded by the Koch Brothers one of whom stuck with The Donald throughout his campaign.

Ironically, the presstitutes helping promote this fascist new office Trump has handed over to his son-in-law are reporting on it as some kind of “new idea” about how government should be run and they’re breathlessly praising the notion that some technocrats will be reshaping the government like some kind of heroic SWAT team or something. A SWAT team, I believe, is actually a good analogy. They’ll kick in the doors and plunder the household searching for what they consider to be violators.

“Viewed internally as a SWAT team of strategic consultants (technocrats), the office will be staffed by former business executives and is designed to infuse fresh thinking into Washington…” Washington Post

Fresh thinking. That’s funny. We first imposed neoliberal economic ideology on country in ’73 after we ran a coup in Chile to get rid of a left-leaning elected official. That economic plan was referred to as “the brick” and the resulting Miracle of Chile was a nightmare for the people of the country… that’s why the CIA chose a dictator to oversea their project. A man by the name of Augusto Pinochet.

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