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The News Pauper: Culled from the Chicago Rants and Raves Craigslist Page

By W.B. Dunne

I dont know who these guys are, but they are discussing things!

(Lightly edited for readability.)

Re: Good News survey
Date: 2010-03-14, 10:39PM

Thanks for the first semi-civil response [to] Good News! I see I am gaining ground with you. I am more than happy to engage in this sort of positive exchange, and we may see me receive my ambassadorship yet!

1. Do you believe in ‘spread the wealth’?

I believe in widespread generosity and the existence of a social safety net for those unable to contribute. I certainly agree with the enforcement of the tax code that requires fair and equitable contributions by all citizenry, especially corporations, to provide for the needed infrastructure and public projects. There needs to be a solution to the reality that allows 2/3’s of US companies paying zero tax via loopholes. I believe in the taxes collected being used to lift the condition of the citizenry through education, to provide for defense, law enforcement, and healthcare. I certainly believe that the pre-Eisenhower tax brackets are fair and should be re-imposed. (Keep in mind that this is more money than you and I will ever make.) Yes, I believe in the positive definition of spread the wealth. In return I ask, do [you] believe in unmitigated greed?

2. Do you think Democracy is an evil form of government?

No, as long as it IS a democracy and the vote can be monitored to insure fairness in the outcomes. When it is not, it leads to disaster. (See Karl Rove.)

3. Do you think all Corporations are evil?

I do not believe they are the same as human beings as the Supreme Court does, but I do believe that there is something inherently evil in the way some corporations have been allowed to plunder our economy to bolster their shares. I believe that there are extremely unfair advantages being given to certain corporate agendas. (See Blackwater, Enron, Well Point, as well as Halliburton and Lehman Bros. and Goldman Sachs.) I think it is evil for those corporations that took the bailout money should be paying pre-crash level bonuses to their top execs. When they start honoring their civic duty, they may get a less bad rap.

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The News Pauper: What a year!

By W.B. Dunne

Arising from his obscure existence and coming again into the light … this is the News Pauper signing in to wish the readers a blessed holiday season. There has been little chance to think, let alone write. Tis the season for video of people experiencing narrow escapes from trains, and frankly, its difficult to stop watching once you start.

As our educated and erudite readership clearly demonstrates, merely belonging to this site makes one prone to accusations of left-leaning politics. Those of us on the actual left of the politics available in the American spectrum chafe at this reality. What the main crux of the discussion on this and other liberal sites has been lately is that Obama has left liberals out in the cold.

I hate to be rude, but we liberals occupy territory well to the right of what once was the center. This is why I am so encouraged by the meme we have heard of late, every word in every byline about POd libs is another skitch towards the realignment this countrys discourse sorely needs. I dont know that this is happening organically or if I can credit the boss, but whatever it is I can see good coming from it.

I most likely dont need to remind anyone how the conservatives spent the past thirty years playing the oppressed victim while wielding a huge majority. Wasnt it great when the Moral Majority got abortion banned just the way they promised they would?

From the wars to the economy to the environment, those ‘cons showed us how the people are ruled best that are ruled least. We must be extremely blessed indeed to have had no leadership at all for the past eight years.

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The Tattlesnake Frank Luntz is a Scum-Sucking Pig Edition

(With apologies to our porcine friends who also happen to suck scum, but don’t have much influence on the electorate.)

While some readers may chastise me for gross understatement in the title, and I take their point, I decided to keep this clean, or as clean as you can when describing the contents of the sole working Port-O-Potty on free chili and beer night at a baseball game.

“[A]sk a question in the way that you get the right answer.”
— Frank Luntz on his ‘fair and balanced’ polling methods.

What makes Republican word-whacker Frank Luntz my target is that he is an intentional and dedicated deceiver of the public, smart enough to know full well what he’s doing, but blithely willing to trot out his wares — borrowed from the misuse of modern psychological techniques to sell the gullible what they don’t need joined with a carnival conman’s shell game pitch — for the temporary benefit of his bank account, while his country slides into a wreckage of divisiveness and debt. If you’d like to find the home base for the decimation of our public speech into ignorant, inflamed, fearful, flag-draped hatred; the revision of our history into a reeking bonanza of selfish suicidal capitalism, evangelical Christian crapola and nasty neoconservative warhawk bilge; and the reduction of our political discourse into so much overheated, oversimplified, covertly racist, sound-bite slag, you can point to three names: the late Lee Atwater, Karl Rove, and the lesser-known, but every bit as important, Frank Luntz as the authors of the meltdown in progress.

“Luntz is glibly amoral, worrying only about whether language has the right effect, not whether it’s true.”
— Steven Poole, commenting on Luntz’s book “Words That Work” in The Guardian (UK), July 21, 2007.

It was Frank’s notion to rename a bill allowing more pollution as the ‘Clean Air Act’; it was Luntz who told the GOP to re-label estate taxes as ‘death taxes’ so that the wealthy paid less while the rest of us took up the slack; it was his demented mind that connected Iraq to 9/11 and instructed Republican pols to always preface any mention of the failed Iraq incursion with ‘9/11 changed everything’; behind nearly every current and past GOP talking point, endlessly repeated in the Right-Wing Echo Chamber, you’ll find Frank’s pasty round face, tirelessly choosing just the right words to convince a malleable faction of the American public to eat corporate Republican turds and think it’s prime rib.

Frank Luntz Pig

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