Donald Trump’s “Progressive” Tax Plan Perfectly Illustrates the Role His Candidacy is Designed to Perform: Get Jeb Elected

by Scott Creighton

“I’m not a populist,” Trump said. “No, I’m not. I’m a man of great common-sense.” That’s one way to put it. But judging by his supply-side (trickle down) tax proposal, conventional Republican is another. The Atlantic

Donald Trump (“The Donald”) has finally released his tax plan after much ado. He created a ton of free publicity for it by hinting at it’s content over the last few weeks with every opportunity he had. The Donald claimed it would make the folks on Wall Street “hate him” but that, sayeth The Donald, was OK because he’s a man of “common sense”, a man of the people.

Fact is, now that his plan has been released, the only real big winners in it are Big Business and the Super Wealthy… and of course, people like The Donald.

The big loser would be the government. His plan would bankrupt Uncle Sam like a Donald Trump run business in record time, the deficit would rise off the charts like a lying Al Gore on a high-low in his global warming movie. That of course would force another “crisis” and result in the decimation of still more public services and the austerity hawks would be served.

In short, in spite of The Donald’s appeal to a growing segment of the republican voters who are rejecting the “business as usual” neocon/neo-liberal elements of the established Republican Guard here in ‘Merika!, fact is, The Donald himself is nothing more than a sheepdog looking to bring those wayward voters of the Red State flock back into the warm and fuzzy fold of Reaganomic Trickle-Down ideology.

More specifically, The Donald’s tax plan is nothing more than a slightly revised version of Jeb Bush’s unpopular tax plan. So what The Donald is doing is helping Jeb normalize his image to the republican base.

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Tempest in a Teapot: The Story of Neoliberal Kristen McQueary and Longing for a Katrina in Chicago

by Scott Creighton

Sometimes the neoliberal apologists for the neoliberal Free-Marketeers go too far.

Sometimes their editors have to erase the little peek they give us inside the minds of the sociopaths who make up the Milton Friedman True Believer class.

Sometimes they have to write unapologetic apologies when civil society reacts with horror at the shear selfishness and cruelty these Ayn Randians harbor deep down inside.

“Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

But with Aug. 29 fast approaching and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making media rounds, including at the Tribune Editorial Board, I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops.

That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy. Heartbreak

An underperforming public school system saw a complete makeover. A new schools chief, Paul Vallas, designed a school system with the flexibility of an entrepreneur (privatized). No restrictive mandates from the city (deregulated) or the state. No demands from teacher unions to abide (no labor protections). Instead, he created the nation’s first free-market education system

That’s why I find myself praying for a real storm. That’s why I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters” original version of Kristen McQueary’s libertarian/neoliberal screed

not so cute sometimes I guess

That’s what happened when cute little libertarian Kristen McQueary penned her latest OpEd for the Chicago Tribune in which she pined away wishing for a Hurricane Katrina to come to Chicago and wash away all that liberal excess so the neoliberal economic hit-men could remake the city into Galt’s Gulch like they did in New Orleans.

It’s called “disaster capitalism” and in the case of New Orleans, it only cost about 1,800 lives and countless people being made homeless. That’s to say nothing of the corrupt, fascist, privatized public education system (the kind promoted by Rahm Emanuel, Jeb Bush and Ron Paul alike) they installed in the wake of the storm which has cost countless futures for countless kids of the poor and working classes of that once great city.

Just for shits and giggles, you guys do understand that the father of modern day charter school ideology was Augusto Pinochet under his Milton Friedman inspired dictatorship, right?

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Barack Obama: Dick Cheney’s Evolving Unitary Executive

by Scott Creighton

Kevin Zeese got one thing right when he recently sat down with Jay Paul for an interview on his Real News Network: the entire debate and voting process in congress surrounding the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill was choreographed from the start.

Aside from that, he misses the point completely. Worse still, in his tried and true fashion, he attempts to spin a loss into our victory.

Watching that interview it occurred to me just how important professional “opposition” leaders like Zeese are to the establishment. While he kept saying over and over again that we “got” “an additional” 60 days to stop bad trade agreements like the TPP, TTIP and TISA, he never once mentioned the real horror behind the the TPA: it is nothing more than Dick Cheney’s “unitary executive” theory playing itself out under the left cover of Barack H. Obama and right before another Bush is ushered into the oval office.

Paul Ryan and a number of others who support Fast Track trade promotion authority have been running saying that this is not that big of a deal; that Fast Track authority has been something all presidents since Roosevelt have been granted.

That’s not exactly true.

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Protests grow in Baltimore in defiance of police-military siege

(“Authorities and the media are seeking to condition the population to accept routine police state measures and the suspension of democratic rights.” Yep. That’s the ticket)

by Jerry White, WSWS

Thousands of workers and students demonstrated in Baltimore Wednesday, defying the military-police crackdown in the city of 622,000.

Solidarity protests, including those demanding the removal of the National Guard from Baltimore, spread to other cities, including New York City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Washington, DC.

While the police murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was the trigger of social opposition, the outpouring of protests is driven by deeper social causes.

In addition to police violence, angry youth on the streets of Baltimore spoke out against deteriorating schools, impoverished neighborhoods, poverty level jobs and the vast social chasm that has produced “two Baltimores”—one for the rich and powerful, the other for the poor. They complained of the indifference of the political establishment in the city, which has long been dominated by a corrupt layer of African American Democratic Party politicians.

As the immense class tensions that characterize American society are beginning to rise to the surface, the ruling class is responding with violence and repression…

Much of the media coverage Wednesday was characterized by a self-congratulatory tone over the success of the military-police crackdown and the supposed popular support for the dispatch of armed troops

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The Newest and Most Dangerous Violent Extremist Group of ALL TIME! The TARD™ Menace

by Scott Creighton

It is with extreme sadness that I have to admit, after all these years of exposing and debunking various dubious bullshite “extremist” groups that have been created in order to manufacture consent for one operation or another in service to the Global War of Terror and the banks who fund it.. I have found this latest threat is more than credible… it’s hyper-credible… it’s incredulous… and it’s all around us just waiting to strike.

We are all doomed and therefore must sacrifice any number of freedoms on the altar of security in order to preserve our way of life that currently sucks and is getting suckier because after all, USA™…USA™…USA™

When asked why the White House called an emergency press conference this morning, State Department™ Spokesman Jen Psaki said :

“ISIS™? No, this meeting isn’t about ISIS™ . ISIS™  is so August™. This is September™. Try to keep up. We’re here to talk about TARD™ , the most ruthless, vicious, evil, monstrous, impolite, unfriendly, antisocial social media expert terrorist group to ever have occupied a green screen sound stage! Duh.”

Psaki said we need to build an international coalition to put an end to  TARD™ (not to be confused with the Coalition of the Willing used as cover to create the impression of international legitimacy the Bush administration could not get at the start of the invasion of Iraq back in 2003) she called it a Coalition of the Willing TARDS™ because, as she said:

TARD™  is EVERYWHERE.  TARD™  is NOWHERE. Therefore, we must be prepared to allow ObamaGod the flexibility to bomb EVERYTHING and EVERYONE without asking congress or the people. It’s the TARD™ way!”

Like Colin Powell did at the UN Security Council, Psaki knocked it out of the park. Who in their RIGHT mind can argue with that kind of logic I ask you?

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The Vegas Shooting – the “New World Order and Shit” and Other Dangerous Ideas

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: see several updates at the end of this article


Years ago I wrote that when they decide to make that big leap from the slightly open society we have now to the totalitarian closed one we are destined for, one of the things they need to do is round up the dissidents in a very public manner so that not only are they out of the way, but so they will serve as an example of what happens to you when you think the wrong things.

You can see examples of this taking place right now in Egypt, Thailand and Ukraine. History is rife with examples. Look no farther than Indonesia when we installed Suharto or Chile after we installed Pinochet.

The most recent mass casualty event in the on-going American Gladio op took place in Vegas a few days ago. Two police officers and a woman shopping at WalMart tragically lost their lives. Was this simply a case of two bottom feeders going off? Was it part of a destabilization campaign designed to remake the country into something else? Was Cass Sunstein right about his “dangerous ideas” and the need to wipe them all off the interwebs or is someone helping him make his point as the new CISPA is about to be rolled out?

Let’s see.

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Sequestration: The Obama Created Miracle of America Planned Genocidal Austerity Begins

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE: (H/T Jan) Obama apparently has to officially enact the cuts by the end of the day meaning he has to literally sign the documentation to start the Miracle of America process.

“For one thing, Obama must sign an order formally starting the “sequester” or spending reductions, which according to a new estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, would amount to $42 billion in the current fiscal year.” NBC News

President Obama will officially enact the cuts by the end of the day Friday – but there will be cuts.” Fox “News”

It’s curious that people like Glenn Greenwald have already been making excuses for Obama by claiming he has “no choice” in enacting this process because “it’s the law”. In fact, as you will see below, it’s “the law” that Obama and his team created. But aside from that, it’s also “the law” that he doesn’t kill U.S. citizens without due process, but he does. It’s also “the law” that he doesn’t wage wars without congressional approval, but he does. It’s also “the law” that he doesn’t wage an all out campaign against whistle-blowers, but he does. And it’s the law that he provides congress with the documentation that he claims gives him authority to rain hell-fire missiles down on anyone anywhere in the world… but he doesn’t.

Fact is, President Obama, just like Bush before him, ignores “the law” when it suits him and people like Glenn Greenwald know that all too well. Don’t expect him to ignore it this time. He will sign it or his robo-signing machine will while he starts his three-day weekend on the links somewhere.

UPDATE: For more background on this process please read:

UPDATE: It is also important to note that aside from Obama’s culpability in the creation of the sequestration budget via the suggestion of his National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling, it was his White House Budget Director Jack Lew (now Sec. of Treasury) and his White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors who met with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in July of 2011 to push for the inclusion of the sequestration plan not as a budget tool, but rather a looming deadline to force a deal.


This is the Miracle of America as it was the Miracle of Chile and the Asian Miracle and the Russian Miracle before it. This is neoliberalism or the IMF structural adjustments program:

IMF structural adjustments (how many have we already seen set in motion in America?):

As the deadline hits and the poor and working classes are about to be slammed with the second round of the American Austerity Plan a.k.a.The Miracle of America (especially here in my home state of Florida), our Vichy politicians are busy pointing their fingers and pretending its somebody else’s fault while they sit in their mahogany lined studies in their overstuffed leather chairs sipping 16-year-old scotch and snickering back and forth to one another… far away from the peering eyes of any TV cameras.

The president is doing what he does best; going on a PR tour to sell the idea that he wanted a kinder/gentler austerity. He went to a shipyard yesterday, he was so concerned about the pending cuts that took effect today. The shipyard is in my former home state, Virginia. People are going to be out of some work because of this “sequester” plan. The fact that he COULD have stayed in DC during that time working on a deal is lost on the apologist dems but not the hypocritical conservatives. What they seem to forget is there was 2 years they had to cut a deal to avoid these brutal cuts to the poorest and weakest in our society, but they never did jack shit to work out an alternative plan. And there was good reason for that. There was never any intention to work out a plan.

In stark contrast to “mostly false” statements by Obama (“The sequester isn’t something I proposed, it’s something congress proposed“) the “sequestration order” comes from the Budget Control Act of 2011, specifically from a proposal put forth by Obama’s National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling and then forced on the senate leadership by White House Budget Director Jack Lew (now Sec. of Treasury) and White House Legislative Affairs Director Rob Nabors… but let’s not forget it is just one small part of an neoliberal genocidal austerity process that they have been pushing for years looking to get the United States on par with the other countries we wrecked in the crash of the derivatives markets that we created. This is economic and social reform not unlike the Miracle of Chile the Chicago Boys technocrats dumped on the people of that nation after staging a coup in ’73.

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