Archive for February 23, 2011
Union Busting Koch Brothers Style
by Dave Bradley
Yesterday morning I was tipped off to check out Amy Goodman’s interview of Matt Taibi on DemocracyNow! In this interview Taibi explains how states lost billions upon billions, investing in those bogus mortgage-backed securities. This in turn has led to the current eruption in Republican governors (including Terry Branstad) earning their bones by breaking the unions and forcing the workers to pay for the Wall Street corruption.
Couple this with a surprising (but it shouldn’t be very surprising) discovery yesterday that the Koch brothers are looking to harvest some nice returns on their investments in purchasing politicians.
For details see here:
koch-brothers-positioned-be-big-winners-if-keystone-xl-pipeline-approved and here:
The last story details how busting the unions is not all that Wisconsin Governor Walker is going after. There is a nice little plum hidden deep inside for his friends. I hope someone in Iowa is digging deep to see if Branstad is giving away some major plum to a donor or two. You know, just to help keep Branstad honest.
There are times I am beginning to feel like we are in the middle of a cheap Mafia type dime novel where the judges, the politicians and the media are all on the take. We have journalists and citizen journalists that would excite Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. But in these days of mass media, their work is consigned to the margins and often unread. My hat is off to those folks. A special tip to Amy Goodman and Matt Taibi.
We are pretty much back to the robber baron days of the 1890s. I will have to admit when I read about the 1890s in school I made an assumption that they were well behind us forever. Busting the unions will remove the last major road block between us and the return to the 1890s.
Then Wall Street and the banksters will no longer need to go through the motions of democracy.
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Dave Bradley is a self-described
retired observer of American politics “trying to figure out how we got
so screwed up.” An
Iowa City native currently living in West Liberty, Dave and his wife
Carol have two grown children who “sadly had to leave the state to find
decent paying jobs.“
Mural Triumphs Over Iowa GOP
political commentary by John Shumaker
is prepared with some fresh paint in day glo acrylic colors to SPLASH
Des Moines and Splatter that right wing cabal down there to kingdom come
and whatever cess pool and subterranean gutter they crawled out of,
there's some serious talk in Madison about recalling the thug governor
using available legal instruments perhaps we are going to do the same
here, calling for Atty General Miller to draw up some papers, issue an
Atty General's Opinion and run this governor scab and his fellow
republican henchmen, goons and thugs right outta town and right outta
[editor's note: AHO!]