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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:29 PM

Ignore the Beltway Drama, Watch the Hands

https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/12/05/ignore-the-beltway-drama-watch-the-hands/

Pay no attention to the ongoing palace intrigue. Mueller’s investigation will at most act as a speed bump of sorts. Don’t mistake symptoms for the disease. Should the President or one of his minions be dismissed they will almost certainly be replaced by another donor class proxy. There’s no shortage of political mercenaries (in either party) willing to ply us with carefully crafted distortion.

Despite internecine squabbles the majority of lawmakers in congress can all agree on more military spending, more surveillance, more money for corporate executives… and less for everyone else. And so a parade of talking heads trot out the usual pleasant fiction about trickle-down economics. And it is fiction. Corporate leaders have openly conceded they have no intention of creating jobs or raising wages with money attained through tax cuts. They’re simply going to take it and pass it on to their shareholders.

This is what happens when business interests call the shots. Society ends up in a place where three oligarchs own as much as the bottom half of society and allegations of Russian “interference” somehow overshadow the reality of a billion dollar presidential race which is funded heavily by concentrated sources of private power.
Make no mistake, what these elite groups are doing isn’t just interference, it’s flat out political subversion and it dwarfs anything that Putin and his Kremlin spy chiefs have cooked up. That the media has worked people into a lather about Flynn and Russian hacking is a miracle of modern propaganda. Never mind American-financed regime changes in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.

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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 05:51 PM

1. Late Stage Capitalism

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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 06:13 PM

2. Businesses do not exist to create jobs

Employees are an expense and are kept to a minimum at any well-run company that wishes to stay in business in the long term. So the notion that tax cuts should be given to employees or just used to hire more people is silly.

However, lower taxes free up more capital and make more money available for investing in new products or facilities which in turn creates more jobs. It also makes it more likely that companies will invest domestically if tax rates are more competitive with other countries.

Lower taxes also allow companies to compete more on price which benefits consumers in the form of lower prices.

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Wed Dec 6, 2017, 09:21 PM

3. It's been four hours and you haven't been trolled yet. Strange.

Thanks for posting. Something other than the usual boilerplate. DI needs new people and fresh ideas. The climate here is improving lately. Now if people aren't afraid to join, perhaps Skinner won't need to program an army of bots to insult and alert on each other to supplement the two dozen survivors here in the Skinner's Island™ Discussionist™ Octagon of Death™

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