OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL 2015: The Abominations Included, Which Republicans & Some Democrats Voted For & President Obama Signed Into Law! These Guys Take Us Back To 2008 – Wall Street Can Make Bad Investment Decisions And You Taxpayers Must Reimburse Them For Their Stupidity! 1st Gilded Age Goes Back Even Further Than 2008 (1870 To 1900) – We Are Now Officially In The 2nd GILDED AGE! DEREGULATION: Alive & Well In America Re Republican Self-Interest & Democratic Spinelessness! That’s Where I Got The Name TABACCO (Truth About Business And Congressional Crimes Organization)

 

ROBBER BARONS:

History Repeats Itself


http://billmoyers.com/content/steve-fraser-age-acquiescence/

 

 

 

OMNIBUS SPENDING BILL Defined

 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnibus_bill

 

 


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnibus_spending_bill

 

 

 

OMNIBUS 2015 SYNOPSIS

 

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CPRT-113HPRT91668/pdf/CPRT-113HPRT91668.pdf

DECEMBER 9, 2014

RULES COMMITTEE PRINT 113-59

TEXT OF HOUSE AMENDMENT TO THE

SENATE AMENDMENT TO H.R. 83

[Showing the text of the Consolidated and Further

Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015]

 

1 In lieu of the matter proposed to be inserted by the

2 Senate, insert the following:

3 SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

4 This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Consolidated and Fur-

5 ther Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015’’.

6 SEC. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS.

7 The table of contents of this Act is as follows:

 

Sec. 1. Short title.

Sec. 2. Table of contents.

Sec. 3. References.

Sec. 4. Explanatory statement.

Sec. 5. Statement of appropriations.

Sec. 6. Availability of funds.

Sec. 7. Technical allowance for estimating differences.

Sec. 8. Adjustments to compensation.

Sec. 9. Study of electric rates in the insular areas.

Sec. 10. Amendments to the Consolidated Natural Resources Act.

Sec. 11. Payments in lieu of taxes.

 

DIVISION A—AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIA-

TIONS ACT, 2015

 

Title I—Agricultural Programs

Title II—Conservation Programs

Title III—Rural Development Programs

Title IV—Domestic Food Programs

Title V—Foreign Assistance and Related Programs

Title VI—Related Agency and Food and Drug Administration

Title VII—General Provisions

Title VIII—Ebola Response and Preparedness

 

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DIVISION B—COMMERCE, JUSTICE, SCIENCE, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015

 

Title I—Department of Commerce

Title II—Department of Justice

Title III—Science

Title IV—Related Agencies

Title V—General Provisions

Title VI—Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act of 2014

Title VII—Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2014

 

DIVISION C—DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015

Title I—Military Personnel

Title II—Operation and Maintenance

Title III—Procurement

Title IV—Research, Development, Test and Evaluation

Title V—Revolving and Management Funds

Title VI—Other Department of Defense Programs

Title VII—Related Agencies

Title VIII—General Provisions

Title IX—Overseas Contingency Operations

Title X—Ebola Response and Preparedness

 

DIVISION D—ENERGY AND WATER DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015

 

Title I—Corps of Engineers—Civil

Title II—Department of the Interior

Title III—Department of Energy

Title IV—Independent Agencies

Title V—General Provisions

 

DIVISION E—FINANCIAL SERVICES AND GENERAL GOVERNMENT APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015

 

Title I—Department of the Treasury

Title II—Executive Office of the President and Funds Appropriated to the President

Title III—The Judiciary

Title IV—District of Columbia

Title V—Independent Agencies

Title VI—General Provisions—This Act

Title VII—General Provisions—Government-wide

Title VIII—General Provisions—District of Columbia

 

DIVISION F—DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, ENVIRONMENT, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2015

 

Title I—Department of the Interior

Title II—Environmental Protection Agency

Title III—Related Agencies

 

(Just a very brief snippet! Even just the first 2-pages had to be re-edited/re-arranged to make some sense)

 

That Synopsis – like all devious government legislation – rivals ‘Gone With The Wind’ in verbiage, but you are welcome to click on link above to read its entirety and enjoy yourself!

 

Now on to the Deceits! But don’t expect your government to make its devious Abominations short, easily comprehended or sexy! Their GOAL is to make you NOT READ IT and go watch TV Reality shows or the fine print on that software you already purchased instead!

 

In short, Democrats & Republicans are as anxious for you, the American Public, to know what they are concocting in D.C. as Stalin was to keep the Russian people up-to-date on his legal manipulations and murders in the Kremlin. I’m certain our political leaders admire my efforts just as Joseph Stalin would have had I done the same in his U.S.S.R.

 

 

 

 

The ABOMINATIONS INCLUDED

 

 

SAYONARA! First, we must bid adieu to Bill Moyers & Company. Those Politicians & well-healed Corporatists once again have dispatched Bill Moyers from TV – PBS this time. No News Analyst dare speak Truth to Power!

 

And if he or she becomes famous, his or her days with a TV platform are numbered. The Rich & Powerful love to operate in a vacuum of misinformation, legalese and disinformation. When anyone breeches those boundaries, he is excommunicated from Television or Congress. And, unless you happen to read my Blog, you the Public will never even know why he or she was excommunicated. Most of you still believe America is a democracy and everyone is guaranteed the right of Free Speech – WRONG!

 

It’s the same reason most Americans believe Iran has Nukes and that Israel does not! It’s the same reason most Americans believed (some still do) that Saddam Hussein was complicit with Osama bin Laden in 9/11/2001! It’s the same reason most folks believe the Bible is the word of God and that ET is merely the concoction of some Conspiracy Theorists.

 

If you want people to remain IGNORANT, the last thing you allow is a teacher, who dispels old myths and challenges authority.

 

Most importantly, you don’t want anyone with credibility to challenge your ability to make money from whatever your Scam happens to be. Why else do you think Jewish religious leaders persuaded Pontius Pilate to crucify Jesus Christ and release Barabbas, a convicted criminal! Today, if you say that on TV, you will not be invited back on TV – ask Jimmy Carter about that! In his book, he wrote about Israeli Nukes. Former President, Jimmy Carter, was banned from TV!

 

It’s all about the Benjamins, folks – and it always has been!

 

Bill Moyers will still be found on his Blog (just like this author), but also like Tabacco, Bill Moyers will no longer be found on your TV screen. He failed to pay homage to the 11th Commandment:

 

Follow the Capitalist Script or be excommunicated from Public Media in America.

 

http://billmoyers.com/episode/steve-fraser-new-robber-barons/


Full Show: The New Robber Barons

December 19, 2014

BILL MOYERS: “We’ve just watched the Senate and the House — aided and abetted by President Obama — pay off financial interests with provisions in the new spending bill that expand the amount of campaign cash wealthy donors can give, and let banks off the hook for gambling with customer (and taxpayer) money.

 

What happened in Washington over the past several days sounds strikingly familiar to the First Gilded Age more than a century ago, when senators and representatives were owned by Wall Street and big business. Then, as now, those who footed the bill for political campaigns were richly rewarded with favorable laws.”

 

Bill’s guest this week, historian Steve Fraser, says what was different about the First Gilded Age was that people rose in rebellion against the powers that be. Today we do not see “that enormous resistance,” but he concludes, “people are increasingly fed up… their voices are not being heard. And I think that can only go on for so long without there being more and more outbreaks of what used to be called class struggle, class warfare.”

 

Steve Fraser is a writer, editor and scholar of American history. Among his books are Every Man a Speculator, Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace and Labor Will Rule. His latest, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power, will be published early next year.

 

Producer: Candace White. Associate Producer: Arielle Evans. Editor: Sikay Tang.

 

BILL MOYERS: Welcome. What happened in Washington over the past several days sent me back a century in time to the Gilded Age, when senators and representatives were owned by Wall Street and big business, and did the bidding of their monied masters by passing favorable laws that increased their already fabulous wealth. We’ve just watched the Senate and the House, aided and abetted by President Obama, reward financial interests that poured almost half a billion dollars into the midterm elections. They did it by slipping into the omnibus spending bill, signed this week by the President, a provision permitting Wall Street to resume the predatory practice of making risky bets with our deposits and sticking us the taxpayers with the bill if the gambles fail. And guess what? That provision was drafted by lobbyists for the huge banking conglomerate, Citigroup. Lo and behold, the Citigroup language turns up in the final bill almost word for word.

 

What’s more, Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress, again with a wink from the President, sealed the grip of plutocrats on our political process with yet another provision tucked away in the same bill. It allows big donors to contribute up to one and a half million dollars to political party committees in a single election cycle. As one of the robber barons of the first Gilded Age exclaimed, “…we are the rich; we own America; we got it, God knows how, but we intend to keep it…”

– NY dandy, Frederick Townsend Martin


 

Which brings me to this new book on the Gilded Age then and now by the historian Steve Fraser. It’s titled “The Age of Acquiescence” and will be published early next year. Steve Fraser is a time traveler – an editor, writer, and scholar of American history who shuttles among the centuries comparing our present to our past. His earlier books include “Every Man a Speculator” and “Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace.” Steve Fraser, welcome.

 

STEVE FRASER: Thank you very much for having me.

 

BILL MOYERS: It’s become something of a cliché to say that we are living in the second Gilded Age. Are we?

 

STEVE FRASER: Yeah! I think we are living in the second Gilded Age. It gets that appellation because it is similar to what went on in the first Gilded Age.

 

BILL MOYERS: Give me a working, everyday definition. A description of the first Gilded Age!

 

STEVE FRASER: Okay. The first Gilded Age, like our own, was given over to very conspicuous displays of wealth. It was a corrupt age, profoundly politically corrupt. When Mark Twain writes his first bestselling novel, “The Gilded Age,” that’s what he’s talking about. Crony capitalism of the kind that we are all too familiar with in our own times. It was also known for extreme inequality. Great gulfs in the distribution of income and wealth.

 

BILL MOYERS: The industrial age was bringing on all this technological industrial progress, but people at the bottom were paying the price for it.

 

STEVE FRASER: That’s right! People were paying the price. It wasn’t merely that poverty lived alongside great wealth. It’s that poverty was being created by great wealth. And that was a stunning shock to people living back then and caused them to rise up in rebellion, something that also distinguishes our second Gilded Age from our first. We have the same inequality, in fact perhaps even more severe measures of inequality today and have had for a last 30 years, but we do not have that enormous resistance to that social fact of life that we had during the first Gilded Age.

 

BILL MOYERS: All right. Why?

 

STEVE FRASER: I think one of the reasons is that people living in, let us say, 1880 or 1890, for them, industrial capitalism, the technological revolution, the market economy was new. And it was shocking. And it was disrupting all kinds of traditional ways of life. In fact, threatening to put those ways of life out of existence, whether as an independent farmer or as a handicraftsman or as a peasant from Sicily or a variety of other ways of life were being existentially threatened by this new capitalist, industrial capitalist order of things.

 

And so they summoned up a kind of political will and the political imagination to say it need– we are not fated to live this way. And so you had great mass movements like the Knights of Labor or the Populist Party or the labor movement in a variety of forms saying, we can establish a different kind of society. A cooperative commonwealth perhaps. A socialist society. We’re not– there were a variety of alternatives.

 

Because we’re long removed from that time, people coming of age in the last 30 or 40 years think of– we live in a kind of windowless room of a kind of capitalist society to which there can be no alternatives. A kind of techno-determinism which governs the way we view things. The market is the beginning and end of life so far as we have been instructed and the media have reiterated over and over again. I think that’s one big reason.

 

BILL MOYERS: Yeah, what about the fact that we, over the period after the first Gilded Age, we did create a basic safety net. A fragile and sometimes shredded safety net, but do they not feel as oppressed as they used to by this industrial machine that was rolling over them?

 

STEVE FRASER: Well, let me answer that in a couple of ways. First of all, I think it was important for everybody to remember that that safety net was created. It wouldn’t have existed were people not ready to get their backs up. To stand up against that Darwinian ruthless, relentless capitalism of that first Gilded Age. It wasn’t simply because a series of elite reformers decided to invent a safety net. That was the outcome of bitter and very bloody, very violent struggle lasting over two generations. And they struggled hard maybe to transcend the order that they were living in. And if they didn’t accomplish that what they did accomplish was to civilize capitalism. That’s the safety net you’re talking about. That’s civilized capitalism that protects people against the worst vicissitudes of the free market.

 

And then something happened in our own time. First of all, beginning at, sometime in the, say the 1970s, the whole industrial order came under assault. America could no longer compete abroad and industries began to fold up. We have the phenomenon of deindustrialization.

 

Industrial America had given rise to this very powerful labor movement. A labor movement which not only championed the immediate material needs of those working in some particular shop or factory but was the champion of that safety net in general for all working people, whether that was struggling for healthcare or minimum wages or Social Security, pensions and so on. That labor movement began to die with the deindustrialization of the country.

 

In the ’80s there emerges on the American scene a kind of renegade sea dog capitalist at war with capitalism on behalf of capitalism. I’m talking about the Michael Milkens of the 1980s. The Ivan Boeskys. The Carl Icahns who came on the scene without the sort of social pedigree of the old elite order. They went to war against what they thought of as a kind of ossified, sclerotic, corporate bureaucracy that was responsible for the economy’s stagnation and its inability to compete abroad. And they began to systematically dismantle the industrial– those leveraged buyouts and so on of the ’80s. Begin to dismantle that whole industrial order in order to support a new financial order. The kind of dominant financial economy that we live in today. And—

 

BILL MOYERS: And an economy of great speculation. Of great rewards for a handful of people who get rich but don’t necessarily make life better for everyone else.

 

STEVE FRASER: Yes, exactly right. When you look at that civilized capitalism that lasted, say, from the New Deal through to 1970, a half century, you see the compression of that, what once had been that wide gulf of income and distribution in wealth. Because of that safety net, because of progressive taxation and so on.

 

Then the scissors moves in the opposite direction during the reign of financial capitalism. And that’s the destruction of that safety net, the destruction of unions, is very demobilizing. It makes people afraid. And it makes them– it robs them of the armature to fight back. The mystery is people are always being put upon. Sometimes they fight back. Sometimes they don’t. After all, people faced extremely difficult, even violent opposition in the first Gilded Age and yet found the will to collectively fight back. We’re living in a time now where a lot conspires against that.

 

BILL MOYERS: Are you saying people today are not fighting back because they are afraid? Of what?

 

STEVE FRASER: I think we underestimate the degree to which the politics of fear operates in our society and in our economy. If you’re living– look at us now. The dominant form of employment, or what is becoming the dominant form of employment in our economy today is contingent, casual, precarious labor, without any protections. No security at the job. No fringe benefits. You’re at the mercy of your employer and an economy that’s in chronic flux. Pensions have been stripped away. The social safety net has been shredded to a very significant degree. When you’re faced with that kind of situation naturally you have to think twice about whether you’re going to fight back.

 

BILL MOYERS: What about this notion of, you know, I’m an individual. I’m standing against the wave of history. I can, I may have hard luck, I may be oppressed, but I can reinvent myself. And that fable of American life is very powerful.

 

STEVE FRASER: It’s very powerful.

 

BILL MOYERS: The business press in particular. Infatuated with these people.

 

STEVE FRASER: Yeah, and every man was going to be a speculator and make it rich. And do it on his own. Do it on his own is the key thing. How are you going to get collective resistance if everybody dreams instead of their own individual ascent into the imperium, you know, realm of wealth and power? And so that it’s kind of like a fable of democratic capitalism. That is capitalism as a democracy of the audacious who will make it on their own, while in fact most of the people are headed in the opposite direction.

 

And it allows people whose real life is tied to this highly impermanent, unstable economy think of that as a good thing. As a form of freedom. I’m going to reinvent myself. Okay, I can’t count on my employer to hire me on any permanent basis. I can’t count on that kind of envelope of fringe benefits that’s going to protect me and my family. Good. I’m going to reinvent myself as a kind of freelancing, free agent, you know, mini Jamie Dimon. And this became persuasive to a certain segment of our population. And so it’s also part of the fables of freedom that I think have conduced to acquiescence.

 

BILL MOYERS: Fables?

 

STEVE FRASER: Yeah.

 

BILL MOYERS: Of freedom?

 

STEVE FRASER: Yes. One of them is this notion of the free agent. That he’s out there and he’s going to reinvent himself. Another fable of freedom is an old one but it’s taken on new and very telling life in our time. And that is the fable that you can escape and be free privately through consumer culture. That that is the pathway to liberation. And that has always offered itself up all through the 20th century as a way of escape.

 

I don’t mean to minimize the importance of material wellbeing for people and the need to live a civilized life. To have what you need to live a civilized life. The material things you need. But we have advanced way beyond that. And we deal in fantasy to an extreme degree. And it’s very hard to resist this because the media in all of its various forms presents an image of the country which we’re all supposed to respect, admire and strive for which is at variance with the underlying social and economic reality that millions upon millions of people live.

 

We’re fascinated by the glitz, the glamor, the high tech. We think of our country as a consummately prosperous one. Even while every social indice indicates the opposite. That we are actually undergoing a process of– we are a developed country underdeveloping. And because what does development mean?

 

First of all, if it doesn’t mean– how is the general population faring? How– what is the measure of their well being? And if we look at stagnant, declining real wages. If we look at families that can no longer support themselves without multiple jobs. Without both spouses working. If we look at college students deeply in debt in order to, in theory, get that degree which promises them, and that’s an illusory promise to some very significant degree, some upward mobility. It’s that reality which the media often does not portray.

 

BILL MOYERS: How has the common opinion of elites changed since the first Gilded Age, the days of Carnegie and Rockefeller and the great industrialists of that period, and today?

 

STEVE FRASER: I think elites during the first Gilded Age, the people we sometimes, we used to call the robber barons, were held in great suspicion. Their motives were doubted. They seemed to be behaving in ways that violated the notions of economic justice, of religious propriety. They seemed to be placing money before all else. They seemed to be threats to the democratic way of life. They were buying Supreme Court justices. They were buying senators and so on. They seemed to be an imminent threat to the American birthright of the democratic revolution.

 

Elites in our second Gilded Age, in our day, are far less frequently thought to be guilty of that, and on the contrary, as the champions of the free market are thought to be our wise men. Our savants!

 

Tabacco: Who are the IDIOTS that are doing this thinking? I am certainly not among their number. Stupid, poor and middleclass Republicans – Yes! Folks that watch Donald Trump fire people – Yes! People that spend all their free time watching TV Reality Shows – Yes! Young folks that have earphones on every available free moment – Yes! Movie goers that fork over half their paycheck to watch Hit Movies, play Lottery, go into debt for cars their incomes cannot support – these guys Yes!

 

I guess, when you come right down to it, those groups cover most Americans today. Throw in the guys in Prisons, the Military guys who cannot express their own opinions, and workers afraid of losing their modest jobs if they express extreme political positions, and you have a super majority of Americans today. So it’s not hard to understand why Americans have stopped resisting Economic Privilege!

 

BILL MOYERS: Even though the free market fails time and–

 

STEVE FRASER: Right! Time and again! Right!

 

BILL MOYERS: Here’s an irony to me. In the recent midterm elections, exit polls showed that 63 percent of the voters believe that the economy works only for the wealthy. Only 32 percent believe that the economy includes everyday people. And yet look how the vote went. Look who the victors were.

Tabacco: Try to remember folks that in off-year Elections, those on the Outs are more motivated to vote than those, who believe their interests are foremost in the minds of the Party in Power – even if they are dead wrong!

 

Only about one out of three Registered Voters expressed their opinions this past November. Add Disinterest to those other categories! But I guess Disinterest is the end result of earphones and reality shows!

 

STEVE FRASER: Well, there could be nothing more telling that we are indeed living in an acquiescent moment than those kinds of statistics. And those kinds of statistics have been around for a long time. On the one hand, both political parties have run, the Republicans more swiftly than the Democrats, have run far away from the kind of social programs, welfare programs, infrastructure investments, progressive taxation, for fear that they will offend the right, the very powerful and vocal right in American life.

 

BILL MOYERS: You talk about the vocal right. And there’s a powerful movement that seems to like the way the country is going. That seems to think this is the way it ought to be and that Occupy Wall Street and Steve Fraser, and others, they just represent the malcontents of a system that is really working for them.

 

STEVE FRASER: Yes. It is the consummate all embracing expression of the triumph of the free market ideology as the synonym for freedom. In other words, it used to be you could talk about freedom and the free market as distinct notions. Now, and for some time, since the age of Reagan began free market capitalism and freedom are conflated. They are completely married to each other. And we have, as a culture, bought into that idea. It’s part of what I mean when I say the attenuating of any alternatives.

 

BILL MOYERS: Is there any vision of an alternative society to the financial capitalism that’s driving this?

 

STEVE FRASER: Very, very little. The labor movement itself offers no such alternative. It is trying to defend its own very precarious existence and defend its shrinking numbers. Making valiant efforts to convince other unorganized working people that it might be to their immediate advantage to join the labor movement. But there’s no alternative vision of a different kind of society.

 

Let me give you a very interesting example, to me anyway. When the Cold War first broke out, and we faced the Soviet Union, we depicted ourselves as the free world, as we all know. And as that, as a slave empire, whatever you want to call it exactly. But actually we talked very little then about capitalism. We talked about freedom and the free world, but not so much about capitalism. Why? Because the country had just emerged out of the Great Depression. Capitalism didn’t have a very high reputation in 1945 or 1950. People were still very skeptical about whether it could indeed serve the general welfare. Right?

 

BILL MOYERS: It had failed. That’s what led to—

 

STEVE FRASER: And it failed in the most traumatic way. It’s the second greatest trauma in our country’s history next to the Civil War. Horrible. It ruined millions of lives. It is axiomatic in our current political culture that when we say freedom we mean capitalism. And that is an indication of how we have been, you know, there’s a philosopher who said that language is the house of being. It’s where we live. And if you’re living in a language that’s been denuded of some of its key furniture like certain concepts like that, you’re homeless. You have no way, you have no way to challenge even when you’re faced with wholesale larceny. I mean on the part of the major banking institutions. I mean what– let’s call a spade a spade. These were thieves. And yet we lack the kind of linguistic wherewithal, which is much more, it’s spiritual, to confront it.

 

BILL MOYERS: You’ve just said that the– capitalism failed in the 1920s. Led to the Great Depression. Twice in my lifetime, not yours, but twice in my lifetime capitalism has failed. And yet it’s back up on its feet. It’s not only back up on its feet. It’s leading the race. I mean isn’t it just a matter of time before the economy returns to previous highs and capitalism is proved once again, it’s resilient? It’s ultimately triumphant?

 

STEVE FRASER: In some sense that’s indisputable. It has restored itself. But the system may reproduce itself again at some higher level, but not necessarily at the level it once achieved. It may reproduce itself at a lower level. And that’s what the recovery that’s happening today is about. Most of the jobs that are being created are low wage jobs. Most of the forms of precarious, contingent employment are spreading from one economic sector to another. The social safety net continues to fray. Our public amenities continue to decay. Our infrastructure is a scandal when compared to Western Europe. I mean scandalously decaying and in ruins. So you– so business profits, good. Right? And employment back up a bit! Yes, true! But at lower levels of life!

 

BILL MOYERS: Not business profits. They’re at an all time high.

 

STEVE FRASER: They’re back, but at that cost. If they can lower their costs, if you can drive wages down, if you can operate, which many businesses do, outside the boundaries of the law, whether that’s the wage an hour law or very– occupational health and safety regulations. If those bureaucracies that are supposed to regulate them have been stripped bare so they can’t possibly force them even if they wanted to, then what you’re looking at is a society that’s recovering but recovering at some lower level of life for most people.

 

And that’s why the media says, and even President Obama says, what’s the problem? The economy’s getting better. And people seem to persistently say, well, no it’s not really. They don’t seem to believe those statistics and those headlines. And there’s good reason for that, because for many, many millions of people, life is really not improving.

 

BILL MOYERS: So is what’s happening today historical inevitability or is it, like the first Gilded Age, class war?

 

STEVE FRASER: I think it’s class– it’s insipient class war that hasn’t broken out yet as widely as it may. I think people are increasingly fed up. They recognize that the economy and the political system is run by and for the one percent, if you will. That their voices are not being heard. And I think that can only go on so long without there being more and more outbreaks of what used to be called class struggle, class warfare.

 

We live in acquiescent times, but you never know what’s percolating or simmering or whatever the right word is, beneath the surface of things. I often say to people, I know I’ve said it to you in the past, if you took a picture of America in 1932.

 

BILL MOYERS: A snapshot.

 

STEVE FRASER: A snapshot of America, 1932, you would–

 

BILL MOYERS: Hoover is president.

 

STEVE FRASER: Hoover is president. The country is in the very depths of the Great Depression. It’s horrible. Millions upon millions of people unemployed. Millions of people evicted from their homes. Millions of people losing their farms. Et cetera, et cetera. And the picture would reflect that. Despair. Demoralization. Demobilization. Nothing happening. Fear haunts the landscape.

 

Take that same snapshot two years later, 1934, and it’s a different country. And it’s a different country not because Franklin Roosevelt was president. He’s part of that story. But it’s because suddenly there are millions of people mobilizing all over the place. There’s this militant labor movement conducting general strikes in San Francisco and Minneapolis and down South in the textile industry. There are people aiding their neighbors when they get evicted. Stopping that. Gathering up their furniture on the sidewalk and putting it back in their apartment. There are farmers out in the Great Plains dumping milk on the highways in order to preserve the price of milk. There are rent strikes going on all over the place. There are new labor farmer parties forming in places like Wisconsin and Minnesota and elsewhere. The country is electric with social activity and a new ethos of social solidarity. Something nobody would have predicted in 1932. So you never know.

 

BILL MOYERS: The book is “The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power”. Steve Fraser, thank you very much for being with me.

 

STEVE FRASER: Thank you for having me.

 

BILL MOYERS: At our website BillMoyers.com, there’s more about the Gilded Age, including an excerpt from “The Treason of the Senate,” an expose that rocked the country a century ago. In it, muckraking journalist David Graham Phillips condemned campaign contributors as “the interests.” They were, he said, “vastly more dangerous” than an “invading army,” for they “manipulate the prosperity produced by all, so that it heaps up riches for the few…” Same old story, then and now!

 

That’s at BillMoyers.com. I’ll see you there, and I’ll see you here, next time.

 

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Steve Fraser is a writer, editor and scholar of American history. Among his books are Every Man a Speculator, Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace and Labor Will Rule. His latest, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power, will be published early next year.

 

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http://www.itulip.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-6269.html

 

 

Tabacco: After reading Bill Moyers show text above, perhaps now you can understand why he is no longer among the TV commentators! Those Robber Barons have eradicated one more voice for We the People.

 

How much longer will you take it? When will you get mad as hell and refuse to take it anymore? Or did that SPIRIT DIE with your ANCESTORS!

 

Several generations ago, Americans stood up like men. Today we lie down like dogs!

 

 

 

 

The ABOMINATORS,

REGARDLESS OF PARTY

 


e-mail from congress.org

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES “YEAS”

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll563.xml

Democrats in Italics            Republicans in plain text

 

—- YEAS    219 —

Aderholt
Amodei
Bachus
Barber
Barletta
Barr
Barrow (GA)
Benishek
Bera (CA)
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Bishop (UT)
Black
Boehner
Boustany
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Brooks (IN)
Brownley (CA)
Buchanan
Bucshon
Bustos
Byrne
Calvert
Camp
Capito
Carney
Carter
Cassidy
Chabot
Chaffetz
Clay
Clyburn
Coble
Coffman
Cole
Collins (GA)
Collins (NY)
Connolly
Cook
Costa
Cramer
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Culberson
Daines
Davis (CA)
Davis, Rodney
Delaney
Denham
Dent
Diaz-Balart
Dingell
Duffy
Ellmers
Farr
Fattah
Fincher
Fitzpatrick
Fleischmann
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foster
Foxx
Frelinghuysen
Gallego
Garamendi
Gardner
Gerlach
Gibbs
Gibson

Gingrey (GA)
Goodlatte
Granger
Graves (GA)
Graves (MO)
Griffin (AR)
Grimm
Guthrie
Hanna
Harper
Harris
Hartzler
Hastings (WA)
Heck (NV)
Herrera Beutler
Himes
Holding
Horsford
Hoyer
Hudson
Huizenga (MI)
Hultgren
Hunter
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (OH)
Jolly
Joyce
Kaptur
Kelly (PA)
Kind
King (NY)
Kingston
Kinzinger (IL)
Kline
Kuster
Lance
Latham
Latta
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Long
Lowey
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Maffei
Maloney, Sean
Marino
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCarthy (NY)
McCaul
McHenry
McKeon
McMorris Rodgers
Meehan
Meeks
Messer
Mica
Miller (MI)
Miller, George
Moran
Mullin
Murphy (FL)
Murphy (PA)
Noem
Norcross
Nugent
Nunes
Nunnelee
Owens
Palazzo
Pastor (AZ)

Paulsen
Pearce
Perlmutter
Peters (CA)
Peters (MI)
Petri
Pittenger
Pitts
Price (GA)
Price (NC)
Quigley
Reed
Reichert
Renacci
Ribble
Richmond
Rigell
Roby
Roe (TN)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rokita
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Rothfus
Royce
Ruiz
Runyan
Ruppersberger
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Schneider
Schock
Schwartz
Scott, David
Sessions
Sewell (AL)
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuster
Simpson
Sinema
Smith (MO)
Smith (NE)
Southerland
Stewart
Stivers
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiberi
Tipton
Turner
Upton
Valadao
Wagner
Walberg
Walden
Walorski
Wasserman Schultz
Wenstrup
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Womack
Woodall
Yoder
Yoho
Young (AK)
Young (IN)

Nays 206 + Not Voting 10 (unlisted here; go to Link above) –

Yeas include 57 Democrats vs. 139 Nays

Yeas include 162 Republicans vs. 67 Nays

 

 

U. S. SENATE “YEAS”

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=2&vote=00354

 

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress – 2nd Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question: On the Motion (Motion to Concur in the House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.R. 83 )

Vote Number:

354

Vote Date:

December 13, 2014, 09:50 PM

Required For Majority:

1/2

Vote Result:

Motion Agreed to

Measure Number:

H.R. 83 (A bill to require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of action plans aimed at reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes. )

Measure Title:

To require the Secretary of the Interior to assemble a team of technical, policy, and financial experts to address the energy needs of the insular areas of the United States and the Freely Associated States through the development of energy action plans aimed at promoting access to affordable, reliable energy, including increasing use of indigenous clean-energy resources, and for other purposes.

 

Vote Counts:

YEAs

56

NAYs

40

Not Voting

4

 

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —56

Alexander (R-TN)
Ayotte (R-NH)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Burr (R-NC)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)

Enzi (R-WY)
Fischer (R-NE)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Hatch (R-UT)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Kirk (R-IL)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
McConnell (R-KY)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murkowski (R-AK)

Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Toomey (R-PA)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Walsh (D-MT)
Warner (D-VA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Tabacco: 56 Yeas include

24 Republicans,

31 Democrats and

1 Independent

Yes I had to do a count! But you get all the pertinent facts here, not just the “cherry-picked” ones!

 

Please note that 56 is NOT PRESIDENTIAL VETO-PROOF. Had our illustrious Black, Democratic President declined to sign this ABOMINATION into Law, the Bill would have failed, and the Alternate Bill, without the Abominations, would have been voted into law.

 

But “our” ILLUSTRIOUS DEMOCAN PRESIDENT DID sign the legislation, making him as culpable as the House and Senate yea-ABOMINATORS!

 

So much for Blacks holding the High Ground simply because of their color! Tabacco wants you to know what neither Democrats (Democans) nor Republicans (Republicrats) want you to know! This is my Prime Directive!

 

 

 

TABACCO’S EPILOGUE

 

If reading this “stuff” is boring the hell out of you, don’t blame me – your legislators (aka Abominators) have succeeded in maintaining an opaque agenda. In fact, they are probably more forthcoming to the North Koreans than they are with the American Public.

 

If you merely glanced through this Post or gave up the labor early on, you are doing exactly what the Democans & Republicrats want you to do – they have discouraged you from discovery and succeeded magnificently in keeping you in the DARK!

 

Tabacco is generally an amusing and interesting dinner guest, except when I have to expose Government Duplicities, that is! Then I become an utter bore! Tedious Subject Matter makes me a bore! And our Elected Officials count on that fact!

 

Remember how awful that medicine used to taste? But you had to take it or not get better! If you don’t read my tedious, boring recaps of Political Duplicities, America will forever remain Sick and on Life Support.

 

Just think, “If I read this stuff, I will be bored shitless, but I won’t suffer any physical pain. However, if I don’t read it, I, my family, my neighbors and my own future generations will suffer immensely because of my ADHD-type mental laziness! ‘Nuff said!

 

ONE OF THE BAD GUYS!

I phoned Senator Schumer’s NYC office expressing my deep displeasure with his Yea vote and my determination to never vote for him again.

212-486-4430,

202-224-6542,

631- 753-0978.

http://www.schumer.senate.gov/

 

 

ONE OF THE GOOD GUYS!

Then I telephoned Senator Gillbrand to compliment her on her Nay vote. That’s not only FAIR, but also pragmatic. We must encourage those, who do Good, just as we rail against those, who do EVIL!

212-688-6262,

202-224-4451.

http://www.gillibrand.senate.gov/

 

 

ONE OF THE EVIL INCARNATE GUYS!

I saw no reason at all to contact Peter King. He knows what he is, will never change and knows there is no possible way of securing either my good will or my Vote. But if you live in King’s District and want to vent your displeasure, call

631- 541-4225,

516-541-4225 or

202-225-7896.

https://peteking.house.gov/contact/email-me

PS Sorry, but I couldn’t resist! I called 202-225-7896, talked with extremely intelligent, though misguided female in King’s DC office. She invoked Dodd-Frank, which I did not. Smart girl, who was ready with her retort! But since I never mentioned Dodd-Frank to her, her retort put the cart before the horse.

 

Republicans are expert at changing the subject ever so slightly so they can argue points not at issue, evade culpability and “win the current debate”. If you call King’s DC office, be prepared to deal with a quick thinker, who is also prepared to respond to issues you never even mentioned. And she will spread around the GUILT as “bi-partisan”, which I have done here already! You cannot say to a Judge (and get away with it), ”My neighbor beats his wife a helluvalot worse than I do mine”.

 

That’s known as SOPHISTRY! You gotta watch carefully those smart, clever ones! They will call it “manure” instead of the more colloquial term and try to sell you some as deodorant, cologne or aftershave.

 

 

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If Tabacco is talking about a subject that nobody else is discussing, it means that subject is more, not less important, and the Powers-That-Be are deliberately avoiding that Issue. To presume otherwise completely defeats my purpose in blogging.

 

 

Tabacco is not a blogger, who thinks; I am a Thinker, who blogs. Speaking Truth to Power!

 

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  1. admin says:

    The Film ‘SELMA’!

    I don’t normally Post Comments, which have little or nothing to do with the Post. I don’t let my Readers do that either. But because there was nothing current that fit the bill, I’m republishing Bill Moyers’ comments here. Mind you, I have NOT seen ‘Selma’ myself, but I trust Bill Moyers implicitly.

    What did you think of the film Selma?

    Bill: “There are some beautiful and poignant moments in the film that take us closer to the truth than anything I’ve seen to date — to the cruelty visited upon black people by everyday whites and armed authorities. To the courage and fear of those black people who put themselves on the line for freedom’s sake; the ambivalence in Martin Luther King Jr. facing the inevitability of leadership and the constant threat of death. As for Lyndon B. Johnson: There’s one egregious and outrageous portrayal that is the worst kind of creative license suggesting the very opposite of the truth, in this case, that the president was behind J. Edgar Hoover’s sending the ‘sex tape’ to Coretta King. Some of our most scrupulous historians have denounced that one. And even if you want to think of Lyndon B. Johnson as vile enough to want to do that, he was way, way too smart to hand Hoover the means of blackmailing him.

    Then casting the president as opposed to the Selma march, which the director does, is an exaggeration. He was concerned that coming so soon after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 there was little political will in Congress to follow up so soon with voting rights legislation. As he said to Martin Luther King Jr., “You’re an activist; I’m a politician” and politicians read the tide of events better than most of us read the hands on our watch; he knew he needed public sentiment to gather sufficient momentum before he could introduce and quickly pass a voting rights bill. He asked King to give him more time to bring a few Southern ‘moderates’ over to the cause, but after King made the case that blacks had waited too long for too little, Johnson told him: “Then go out there and make it possible for me to do the right thing.” He wouldn’t have welcome the bloodshed at the bridge, but when it happened he knew the time had come and within days he made his own famous ‘We Shall Overcome’ speech that transformed the political environment. (By the way, this is one of the weakest moments in the film.)

    Also, the director has a limpid president speaking in the Senate chamber to a normal number of senators. In fact, he made that speech in the House of Representatives where the State of Union speeches are delivered. Johnson was more animated and passionate than I have ever seen him, and I was standing very near him, off to the right. The nation was electrified. Watching on television, Martin Luther King Jr. wept. The film blows the possibility for true drama here — the drama of history happening right before our eyes. Nonetheless, go see it. You’ll be reminded of what happens when courage on the street is met by a moral response from power.

    You were involved in passing the Voting Rights Act? How do you assess its impact all these years later?

    Bill: Just as Lyndon B. Johnson said at the time, the right to vote is “the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” We’re a different country today because of what happened then, obviously — with black Americans holding office all the way up to the president of the United States. After he signed the Voting Rights Act I asked LBJ if he thought this meant we’d have a black president in our time. He said no, we would have a woman first. Well, one down, another to go. On the other hand, the reactionaries never give up.

    The George Wallace of then would be pleased with the John Roberts of today. You may know the chief justice was a young lawyer in Ronald Reagan’s Department of Justice during the 1980s and doing everything he could to undermine the effectiveness of the Voting Rights Act. Roberts’s great conceit – shared by other conservative members of the court, including Clarence Thomas who keeps trying to kick over the ladder by which he himself was hoisted to prominence — is that racism is no longer the problem it once was. More or less what you can imagine a privileged elite of corporate law would think, no? Read some of the memos and op-eds the younger Roberts wrote arguing for watering down the Voting Rights Act and you will understand why the conservative movement saw him as their new white hope on the bench. He seems to believe discrimination has to be intentional to be unconstitutional – that there’s no such thing as systemic racism, or racism layered over decades or centuries. So we have now a good soldier for the conservative strategy of legal resistance to equal rights would now occupying its commanding heights.

    How do you remember LBJ?
    (Note: Bill served as Lyndon B. Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.)

    Bill: Lyndon B. Johnson owned and operated a ferocious ego. But he was curiously ill at ease with himself. He had an animal sense of weakness in other men (he wanted to know what you loved and what you feared and once he knew, he came after you). He was at times proud, sensitive, impulsive, flamboyant, sentimental, bold, magnanimous and graceful (the best dancer in the White House since George Washington); at times temperamental, paranoid, ill of spirit, vulgar. He had a passion for power but suffered violent dissent in the ranks of his own personality. He could absolutely do the right thing at the right time — the reassuring grace, if you will, when he was thrust into the White House after Kennedy’s assassination; the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Voting Rights Act of 1965. But when he did the wrong thing — escalating the Vietnam war — the damage was irreparable.
    http://billmoyers.com/2015/01/14/whats-bills-mind/?utm_source=General+Interest&utm_campaign=22feca8b44-Midweek12171412_17_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4ebbe6839f-22feca8b44-168245449

    Republished by Tabacco

  2. admin says:

    (EARTH NEWS!)

    Study on World’s Oceans Warns We May Be on a Precipice of a Major Extinction Event

    A major new scientific study has concluded humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them. The ecologist Douglas McCauley, who wrote the study, said, “We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event.” The report said coral reefs have declined by 40 percent worldwide, and carbon emissions are altering the chemistry of seawater, making it more acidic. The study appears in the new issue of Science.
    http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/16/headlines

    (EVEN THE POPE IS PONTIFICATING ON MAN’S INHUMANITY TO EARTH!)
    Friday, January 16, 2015 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Pope Francis Plea for Climate Action Revives Concept of…
    “Man Has Slapped Nature in the Face”: Pope Francis Urges Climate Action in Philippines Visit
    http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/16/man_has_slapped_nature_in_the

    Wednesday, December 31, 2014 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: “The Great Reformer”: Pope Francis Biographer…
    Pope Francis Calls for Action on Climate Change & Capitalism on a Planet “Exploited by Human Greed”
    http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/31/pope_francis_calls_for_action_on

    Friday, January 16, 2015 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: As Nigerian Massacre Evidence Grows, Questions Swirl over…
    Pope Francis Plea for Climate Action Revives Concept of “The Commons” to Rethink Economy & Society
    http://www.democracynow.org/2015/1/16/pope_francis_plea_for_climate_action

    (To read or view the Pope’s Message(s) on Earth News, go to either or all (3) Links above – Republished by Tabacco)

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