But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.

A recent bombast by self described ABC- American Black Conservative, Herman Cain, Herman Cain: ‘I Won’t Stay On The Democrat Plantation’

“I’m an American Black Conservative – an ABC — and I’m proud of it,” Cain said. “And because I’ve been affiliated with the conservative movement, and had the audacity to go on talk radio and do a talk show, and promote conservative principles, I’ve been called a racist too. Go figure”

Cain then went on to say he thought liberals were upset with him “because I won’t stay on the Democrat plantation like I’m supposed to.”

Cain is adept at doing the very same tap dance on the issues as white conservatives – simultaneously portraying himself as an example of a self made success worthy of adoration and a poor victim. Also obvious is his ability to make oxymoronic statements about his economic and social stars. Cain is a multi-millionaire. If that is the “plantation” it is one that many Americans, especially during a recession which in which employment and under water mortgagees remain high many Americans would be happy to live on. Cain is yet another right-wing millionaire playing the poor pitiful me card. Cain’s analogy reminded me of Glenn Greenwald’s recent look at the the right-wing sugar daddies, the Koch brothers, Billionaire self-pity and the Koch brothers

The Weekly Standard now has a very lengthy defense of — including rare interviews with — Charles and David Koch, the libertarian billionaires who fund everything from right-wing economic policy, union-busting, and anti-climate-change advocacy to civil liberties and liberalized social policies — though far more the former goals than the latter.  In this article one finds the purest and most instructive expression of billionaire self-pity that I think I’ve ever seen — one that is as self-absorbed and detached from reality as it destructive.  It’s really worth examining their revealed mindset to see how those who wield the greatest financial power (and thus the greatest political power) think of themselves and those who are outside of their class.

I wish it were as easy as writing off Cain as an idiot. He has had a successful business career and was once a mathematician for the Navy. I suspect, like many conservatives he has a touch of rain-man syndrome, bright about some things, but unable to connect the dots on many issues and utterly incapable to see the paradoxes contained in the claims he makes. Cain peddles much of the same buffet of right-wing myths ranging from Obama has socialist tendencies ( as Glenn, HuffPo, The Nation and Princess Wing-nut Michelle Malkin, will be happy to tell anyone who will listen the Obama administration is rife with hardcore capitalists and corporatists from JP Morgan, Goldman-Sachs, IMF, Salomon Brothers, General Electric and various other big business interests.) For a former mathematicians, Cain’s inability to add up the facts is something of a testimony to the power of conservative zealotry over reason.

This is the socialist paradise Obama and liberals have created, After Paying Zero Income Taxes, GE Plans To Ask Its Union Workers To Make Wage And Benefits Concessions

Cain is also up on his hyperbole, claiming Obama and liberals are destroying the country. I would be glad to admit that since the mid-term election Obama and Democrats look like crazy paramedics trying to reattach a leg with band-ads, but they had been trying to repair the damage dome by Cain’s ideological brethren form the Bush years. Cain and conservatives are never going to own up to their leading role in our economic collapse, that is a given. It is also a given that as always the Right’s continued aversion to act like responsible and accountable adults is embraced by African-American conservatives just as much as their white counterparts. So what makes Cain so different? Not much. A 60-something year old man who shallows and dutifully regurgitates every lie, half truth, moronic and dangerous recipe for America’s economy the same old white Right has been pushing for fifty years. Fifty years that have seen growing economic disparity between the top 2% and middle-income America. Tea smokers such as Cain are actively rotting for Obama’s policies to fail, at least in polls of their attitudes,

To capture the difference between the two camps, we asked whether or not people thought the following proposition true: “Barack Obama is destroying the country.” If Tea Party conservatives were as extreme as some suggest, we thought asking a question of this type, i.e., fairly extreme, would tease out differences between the two camps. The data suggest the two conservative factions are divided on this question. Under these circumstances, 6% of non-Tea Party conservatives believe the president is destroying the country versus the 71% of Tea Party conservatives who believe this to be true. (click here for full results.)

It stands to reason that these differences should also affect the way these two groups view President Obama’s policies. They do. Consider, for instance, the question of whether or not people wish to see the president’s policies succeed. More than twice as many Tea Party conservatives desire to see the president’s policies fail (76%) than non-Tea Party conservatives (32%). (As a corollary, 53% of non-Tea Party conservatives wish to see the president’s policies succeed versus 18% of Tea Party conservatives.) Why might this be the case? Why do so many Tea Party conservatives wish to see the president’s policies fail, relative to non-Tea Party conservatives? Perhaps it’s because three quarters (75 %) of Tea Party conservatives believe that President Obama’s policies are socialist compared to 40% of non-Tea Party conservative, a disparity of 35 % points. (click here for full results.)

With such a wide disparity in the sentiments held toward the president’s stewardship of the country and his policies, we sought to identify other possible sources of difference. To do so, we took advantage of a battery of questions in which we probed respondents for their knowledge of the president, including whether or not he was born in the United States, has a birth certificate, is a practicing Muslim, and a practicing Christian. Again, differences between non-Tea Party and Tea Party conservatives emerge. When asked about President Obama’s religious orientation, 27% of Tea Party conservatives believe that Obama is a practicing Muslim compared to 16% of non- Tea Party conservatives, both relatively low; nevertheless, an 11-point difference.  More conservative type believe the president a practicing Christian, 27% of Tea Party conservatives versus 46% of non-Tea Party conservatives, but the gap here is even larger: 19%.  When it comes to President Obama’s national origin, 40% of Tea Party conservatives believe that Obama was born in the U.S. compared to 55% of non-Tea Party conservatives.

Since House Republicans have been tethered to the tea bags how do they act on the wishes of the majority of the country – including most Republicans – who want reasonable compromise on the national budget ( without severe cuts to the safety net and to actively create jobs). The tea baggers see any compromise as a victory for President Obama and Democrats. So in a choice between a government shut-down and compromise, the tea baggers want a shut-down. That plays out well in the fetid imaginations of the Cains of conservatism, but the reality is quite different. Do the tea nuts like Cain hate America. Ignore their shallow platitudes and judges them by the consequences of their actions – GOP Threatens U.S. Fiscal Suicide over Balanced Budget Amendment

As a matter of simple math, balancing President Obama’s proposed FY 2012 budget would mean slashing $1.6 trillion from a $3.7 trillion spending request. That inevitably would devastate federal programs across the board. As this now-dated diagram of the 2011 budget illustrates, you simply can’t get there from here without raising taxes. Taking interest on the debt and defense spending off the table (as most Republicans insist) means cutting over half of everything else the federal government does. And that includes Social Security and Medicare.

[  ]…Of course, if for some reason Republicans follow through on their blackmail regarding the debt ceiling, the results would be cataclysmic.

While the specter of a global financial cataclysm caused by the default of the United States caused most sentient mammals to denounce that prospect as “insanity” (Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee), resulting in “severe harm” (McCain economic adviser Mark Zandi), “financial collapse and calamity throughout the world” (Senator Lindsey Graham), “financial disaster” (House Speaker John Boehner), Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republican colleagues are determined to continue with the game of chicken. Apparently, American fiscal suicide is a small price to pay for political power.

Movement conservatism, you know the serious kind of wing-nutism advanced by The National Review and echoed on Fox, has always had a nihilistic economic element. If Republicans take our current economic problems and doubles down on the crazy to the point where millions more middle-class Americans and the poor are dragged through gutter, than so be it, to get us to the promised land of the plutocracy. Republicans have taken up the cry for economic leadership from the White House. yet another dishonest ploy to give the impression to a press generally ready to echo the Beltway message of the day, they are ready to compromise. Once again the paradoxes of what they say with one face versus what they are actually planning. Enthralled with tea bagger fever, any compromise put forth by Obama, no matter how deep the cuts into social programs, science or economic incentives put forth by the administration, Republicans are planing to move the goal posts. Obama and Democrats will never be able to meet the ever shifting demands of the Teathuglicans, because that would mean another appearance of victory for the Obama administration. There is only one goal for Teathuglicans, failure and the appearance of failure, and they do not care if the middle-class, the elderly, children or the disabled have to pay the price for their victory. The Herman Cains and Koch brothers will not be paying the price because they own the plantation.

Fox Hypes Trump’s Birtherism

Fox News is promoting Donald Trump’s recent call for President Obama to “show his birth certificate.” Several Fox News hosts have hyped Trump’s comments without noting that Obama released his certificate of live birth from the state of Hawaii when he was a candidate in 2008.

Obama Released Certificate Of Live Birth In June 2008

Obama Released Certificate Of Live Birth In June 2008; Experts Confirmed Validity. In June 2008, Obama’s campaign made public a copy of Obama’s certificate of live birth, which was published on the Internet by numerous media outlets. Many experts, including a team from FactCheck.org, reviewed the document in person and determined it was authentic. On July 27, 2009, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, certified that she had personally seen Obama’s birth certificate in the original records maintained by the Hawaii government. [Los Angeles Times, 6/16/08; FactCheck.org, 8/21/08; USA Today, 7/28/09]

This birtherism stuff has become the Right’s herpes. They have regular eruptions, the poor dears. I hope that non-birthers whether conservative or liberal know at this point it is largely about the birther’s fetish for antagonizing people. There is one slightly new angle, asking for the “long form” of Obama’s birth certificate. Which Obama will never be able to produce because there is no such document produced by the state of Hawaii. Birtherism has spawned some associated schools of sleazniess, A Birtherism Lexicon

Pseudo-birtherism: An umbrella term that encompasses all the various modes of belief that involve embracing fictional elements of the president’s background, from the belief that he is a secret Muslim to the idea that he was raised in Kenya. Includes highbrow forms of birtherism like the “Kenyan anti-colonialism” thesis and theories that his name was legally changed to “Barry Soetero,” as well as the idea that Obama’s “real father” was one of the handful of random black celebrities you can name off the top of your head. Examples: Newt Gingrich, Andrew C. McCarthy.

[  ]…Brendan Nyhan suggests* a term for another variety of birtherism, “Birther-curious,” which I’m adding to the lexicon. Katya asked for something like this in the comments.

Birther Curious: The belief that, despite widespread availability of the president’s birth certificate, that there are “lingering questions” that could be answered by him releasing the “long-form” version, even though Hawaii doesn’t issue those. The birther-curious may acknowledge as a rhetorical concession that they “believe” the president was born in the U.S., but nevertheless argue that it’s the president’s fault that garden-variety birthers continue to exist. Examples: Sarah Palin, Lou Dobbs.

 

“But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

prate: to talk long and idly

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