Category Archives: Rampant Cronyism/Corruption

Are cronies in charge? Are their friends getting richer? Are poor performers given awards and promotions in spite of their failures? Are leaders averse to admitting failure? Do leaders fine tune their responses to redefine what a failure is? Are potential problems denied initially and redefined as more detail comes to light? Are non-campaign funds being laundered into campaign coffers or private accounts of supporters of the war against the enemies? Are government ethics committees being restructured and the rules modified to protect the guilty? Are corporations making false claims about profit and destroying employee futures? When will the laws be changed to protect corporations from any law suits? When will the Executive branch become the only branch of government with power? When will Washington, D.C. become The Corporate Headquarters of the United States? How fare is too far?

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

Exposing the "Nobile Lie" of Right-wing Authoritarian Trickle Down Economics
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After WW II, we had a powerful middle class, then Reaganomics started their demise.

 

Unconstitutional Gerrymandering, RGA Funneling Corp Dark Money, Privatizing Public TV, The First Slip of Corp Media, Citizen Actions Against Abuse

Suggested Reading for Week Ending 10/12 Federal Court Strikes Down One of the Most Aggressive Gerrymanders in the Country One of the most aggressive gerrymanders in the country is unconstitutional, according to a divided three-judge panel in Virginia. In 2012, … Continue reading

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The “Bad Barrel” for All U.S. Presidents – Some Try to Resist, Authoritarians Enhance It

What changed many of the promises of candidate Obama into either inaction or the adverse actions of President Obama? Here’s how I put it to the President recently. RE: The Obamas by Jodi Kantor Mr. President, While listening to an … Continue reading

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We Need More Citizenship Dues, a Reversal of Citizens United, and Democracy in the Workplace

Real wage growth, related to worker productivity gains, have been diverted to corporations, their boards of directors, and the rest of the ONE%, via stock dividends, for over three decades. Just look at what happened:         Not … Continue reading

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Tax Breaks For The Mega and Ultra Rich – Stopping Their Takeover of Our Democracy

An article about Congress deciding its next pay raise, had this to say about the richest 235 of them: Senators had a median reportable net worth of $1.79 million in 2008, the last year such data were available, down from … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-13-2010

  Republican House Leader is Big Tobacco’s and Wall Street’s Best Friend – House Democrats were preparing late last year for the first floor vote on the financial regulatory overhaul when Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-25-2010

  Rick Perry: University Regents Jobs Open to the Highest Bidders – Over the past decade, the men and women chosen by Rick Perry to serve as regents of the state’s universities have given his campaigns a total of at … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-24-2010

  Rick Perry’s Habitual Secret Keeping – As you probably know, Texas Governor Rick Perry’s schedule for the first six months of 2010 showed an average of seven hours of state work per week and 38 weekdays with “no state … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-20-2010

  Rick Perry’s Revolving Money Door – Rick Perry says as governor, his job is to make life better for Texas families. One family that’s done well is the Sullivans of Austin, Ray and Leslie, whose political ties to Perry … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-17-2010

  Anti-tax, Anti-Spending Republican Takes Tax Money for Himself – A Republican north Texas state representative who rails against the evils of runaway government spending admitted Monday that he has pocketed thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for travel expenses … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-16-2010

  Rick Perry Afraid to Interview With Texas Newspaper Editorial Boards – In not-so-shocking news, Rick Perry’s campaign declared that the governor won’t be bothering with newspaper editorial boards before the November election. This was Perry’s modus operandi in the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-3-2010

  In Rick Perry’s Texas, There is Only One Inspector for Every 4,586 Oil and Gas Wells – In Texas, there are 86 inspectors for 394,365 oil and gas wells, including 282,150 active wells. As of May 28, 2010, these … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-27-2010

  Rick Perry’s “Shady” Acres Deal – Three years after Gov. Rick Perry’s biggest real estate score, questions persist about whether the governor benefited from favoritism, backroom dealing and influence-buying. The Dallas Morning News found evidence that Perry’s investment was … Continue reading

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RWA Lies Got Us Into Iraq, Killed ACORN, and Almost Killed Health Care Reform – Guess What’s Next

Fearmongering and Noble Lies are primary tools for the right-wing authoritarians (RWA). Just think back to last year and all the RWA fearmongering and lies about health care and how it barely became law. It wasn’t so much about the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-6-2010

  FEC Finds Right-Wing Film Group Free From Disclosure Rules – A little-noticed Federal Election Commission ruling that expands the definition of “media” to include a partisan film production group is the latest in a series of actions eroding legislative … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-23-2010

  What Recession? – The world’s millionaires and billionaires — now totaling 10 million — saw their overall wealth jump 18.9 percent last year, to $39 trillion. At the end of 2009, these “ultra-high net worth individuals” held 35.5 percent … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-17-2010

  Rick Perry Rental Mansion Costs Texas $600,000 While He Tells State to Cut Costs – With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent almost $600,000 in public money during … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/29/2010

  Voters Conned into Switching to the Republican Party – Since mid-March, at least 99 written complaints have been submitted to state elections officials by Orange County residents who say they were registered to vote Republican without their consent. The … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/27/2010

  The Party of No … Credibility – American right-wing leaders are responding to complaints about their adherents’ insults, threats, and acts of violence by claiming that such problems occur on the left as well. Of course, they don’t dare … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/1/2010

First, some Good News:   Raising the Bar: Barney Frank Permanently Bans Staff From Communicating With Aide-Turned-Lobbyist – House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) has instituted a permanent ban on committee staff communication with Peter Roberson, an aide … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/26/2010

But, first a thought on the future: Voting is like driving a car … Choose (D) to move forward, Or (R) to go backward. The above is from a bumper sticker I saw. And now, the Bad Deeds:   Lousy … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/15/2010

  Karl Rove: I can’t stop lying – NBC was the latest stop on Karl Rove’s book tour for ‘Courage and Consequence.’ Revising history has been his main focus recently, and this morning’s interview with Tom Brokaw focused on Iraqi … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/9/2010

  New Reason to Pass Healthcare: Rush Limbaugh Promises to Leave U.S.! CALLER: If the health care bill passes, where would you go for health care yourself? LIMBAUGH: … I’ll just tell you this, if this passes and it’s five … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/24/2010

  Joe “You Lie” Wilson Repeats Old Republican Lie – Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) believes that the U.S. has the best health care system in the world. (How many times have you heard that one? – JLV) The congressman made … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/18/2010

  Tax Rates for Top 400 Earners Fall as Income Soars – The incomes of the top 400 American households soared to a new record high in dollars and as a share of all income in 2007, while the income … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/15/2010

  Stimulus Foes See Value in Seeking Stimulus Cash: Pet Projects Irresistible to Lawmakers – More than a dozen Republican lawmakers, while denouncing the stimulus to the media and their constituents, privately sent letters to the U. S. Dept. of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/12/2010

  Rewriting History – At their recent meeting, Texas State Board of Education member Don McLeroy proposed amendment after amendment on social issues to the document that teams of professional educators had drawn up over 12 months, in what would … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 2/8/2010

  Scott Brown Says Different Things to Different People – At his first press conference as a U.S. senator, Scott Brown (R, MA) took another chance to side with the most orthodox conservatives, falsely claiming that the Recovery Act has … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-21-2009

Before we get to the bad deeds, I would like to pass on a couple of comments on the Senate Health   Care Bill that I spotted: – Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa): He vowed … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 12-7-2009

  Sarah Palin’s Father Says She Left Hawaii Because Asians Made Her Uncomfortable – Sarah Palin journeyed to Hawaii to attend the first of the four colleges she enrolled in. She and a friend who went with her lasted only … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 11-11-2009

Fox News Host Falsifies Footage to Make Republican Health Care Protest Look Bigger – Fox News’ Sean Hannity interviewed Republican Rep. Michelle Bachmann following an event aimed at stirring up a crowd against Democrats’ healthcare reform bill. Hannity said, “20,000+ … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-20-2009

  Republican Congressman Used Scholarship Charity to Fund His Golf Trips; No Scholarships Ever Awarded – The biggest accomplishment so far of U.S. Rep. Steve Buyer’s scholarship foundation has been to send the Indiana congressman to play golf with donors … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-9-2009

  Rush Limbaugh’s NASA Conspiracy – In a breathless rant during Thursday’s show, Limbaugh claimed NASA’s mission in search of water on the moon is really a trial run for the 30,000-pound “Massive Ordnance Penetrator” bomb being developed by the … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 10-6-2009

  Michele Bachmann Says Michele Bachmann Will Beat Democrats to Death to Pass Health Reform – In a Fox News radio interview Monday, when asked whether the House Democratic leadership would give members of their party “Christmas tree ornaments” in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-28-2009

  Iowa Congressman Steve King is Heartless and Proud of It – Iowa Republican Steve King, who in 2005 earmarked millions for flood control in his own district, told the publication The Hill that the best vote he ever cast … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-9-2009

  Youth-Education Program? – The Arlington Independent School District, which passed on airing President Barack Obama’s live classroom address, has announced that some students will be bussed off campus to hear a message from former President George W. Bush on … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 9-7-2009

  Republicans Who Criticize Public Health Care Get Their Surgeries at Government Hospitals – Republicans in Congress have raised the specter of a bloated, “socialized,” bureaucrat-run nightmare of a health care system as a means of undermining the White House’s … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-17-2009

  Conservatives Long for “The Good Old Days” – What were those good old days without government interference when we had those freedoms the Constitution promised us and before the government took them away?….Let me think — (as nostalgic harp … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for: 8-12-2009

Former Health Insurance Company Executive Admits Insurance Firms Very Much Behind Town Hall Disruptions – Health insurance companies deserve “a great deal of the blame” for the sometimes violent disruptions to town hall meetings on health care, says a former … Continue reading

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Richard Bruce – Could He Become America’s Hitler?

If Bruce became President of the United States, what would become of America? Decide for yourself. Bruce on the use of torture for the enemy – “The seeds of Abu Ghraib’s rotten fruit were sown by civilians at the highest … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-22-2009

Poll: Just Six Percent of Scientists are Republicans – Now, why would that be? Scientists deal with facts; Republicans deal with … Oh, never mind.   The States That Voted Republican in the 2008 US Presidential Election Tend to be … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-8-2009

Texas Gov. Perry May Appoint Rightwing Extremist to Head State Board of Education – The Houston Chronicle reports Gov. Rick Perry is seriously considering nominating Cynthia Dunbar to lead the State Board of Education. According to the Houston Chronicle: In … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 7-7-2009

  Health Care Industry Has Hired Over 350 Lobbyists (Enough to Make You Sick) – The health care industry, in its attempt to influence the debate over health care reform, has hired at least 350 former government staffers and former … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 6-12-2009

Conservative Radio Commentator Attempts to Rig Election – Conservative radio commentator Dale Jackson of WVNN in Huntsville read a phony release on air that said the polls would be open for two days. The release also stated that because of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-29-2009

Republican Lawmaker With Ties to Tom DeLay Aim to Weaken Travis County DA’s Office – State Rep. Wayne Christian has proposed legislation aimed at weakening the Travis County district attorney’s office, which became the pariah of Republicans everywhere after it … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 5-22-2009

Cheney’s Speech Contained Misstatements – In a recent speech, Dick Cheney said that the techniques the Bush administration approved, including waterboarding — simulated drowning that’s considered a form of torture — forced nakedness and sleep deprivation, were “legal” and produced … Continue reading

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