Painting the Town Red

 
 
I live in New York State. My governor is Andrew
Cuomo. For some reason he threw out an ultimatum to the Republican Party saying
that he would not welcome extreme Republican politics in New York State. At the
time I thought “why not just wave a red flag in front of a bull” and that seems
to be how his remarks were perceived by the Tea Party marauders who have given
our current government its Clockwork
Orange
vibe.

I live center state and I recall a pretty liberal
bent to our newspaper. However, the newspaper recently had to downsize and
become a morph of digital presence and print publication and it seems to have
come back with a definite move to the right. I used to publish editorials in this
paper, but recent submissions do not appear in print. We actually elected a Tea
Party candidate, Ann Marie Buerkle, and sent her off to the House of
Representatives. No one made a big deal of her extreme views before we sent her
off but once in Washington she proceeded to pursue her own far-right agenda and
ignore dissenting voices from home. She only lasted two years and we sent a
Democrat back to Washington but it put us on the right-wing radar and now
Governor Cuomo has turned up the strength of the signal. Republicans don’t like
to lose ground and they do not like what our governor said. These Republicans
get mad, and then they get even.

Now they have loosed a plethora of Republican
candidates on our Democrat (who is perceived as somewhat weak) and there will
be an election in 2014 in which we are likely to be inundated with GOP PAC
money.

As if there were not enough signs, Donald Trump has
been here – twice! We are in big trouble.
 

This is the view from the cheap seats.

By Nancy Brisson

 

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream – Movie

 
 
On March 5th a new movie called Heist: Who Stole the American Dream
will air on-line. I received a hand-out about this film in the mail from a
friend in California and I will quote it here:

The film Heist traces the 2008 economic collapse back to a secret 1971
memo, titled
Attack on American Free Enterprise System
.
This was written by then-business-lawyer (later Supreme Court Justice) Lewis
Powell. Requested by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce, the memo – a free market
treatise – urged big business to make over government by controlling the media,
academia, clergy and arts and science, and by destroying organized labor and
consumer protection groups. Powell’s real end-game was business control of law
and politics.
In systematic detail, Heist exposes how Powell’s plan was implemented:  Both the GOP and Dems deregulated business,
outsourced jobs and enacted tax breaks for the rich, leading to the 2008 global
financial crisis and weakening of the middle class.
Heist looks deeply into
the greatest wealth transfer of our time, beyond the noise of today’s
polarizing media, and gives viewers a clear, concise, fact-based explanation of
how we got into this mess, and what we need to do to restore our representative
democracy.

This will take you to the video trailer for the movie on You
Tube.

The movie will air on the following site for free from March
5th – 7th beginning at noon PST: