Money Talks in Many Ways: Election-Season Reflections on How the Ruling Class Rules

…behind the official media story line of an epic contest between two “very different” and “sharply polarized” parties and candidates, the only two officially viable contenders bow to the wishes of capital and defy majority opinion by agreeing, in the words of the left activist Bruce Dixon, that:

“The federal government should NOT enact any sort of WPA-style program to put millions of people back to work.”

“Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security are ‘entitlements’ that need to be cut to relieve ‘the deficit.’”

“Climate change treaties and negotiations that might lead to them should be avoided at all costs.”

The corporatist investor-rights North American Free Trade Agreement is “such a great thing it really should be extended to Central and South America and the entire Pacific rim.”

“Banksters and Wall Street speculators deserve their bailouts and protection from criminal liability, but underwater and foreclosed homeowners deserve nothing.”

“Oil and energy companies, and other mega-polluters must be freed to drill offshore almost everywhere, and permitted to poison land and watersheds with fracking to achieve ‘energy independence.’”

“The FCC should not and must not regulate telecoms to ensure that poor and rural communities have access to internet, or to guarantee network neutrality.”

“There really ARE such things as ‘clean coal’ and ‘safe nuclear energy.’”

“Oil and energy companies, and other mega-polluters must be freed to drill offshore almost everywhere, and permitted to poison land and watersheds with fracking to achieve ‘energy independence.’”

“No Medicare for All. Forget about it eliminating the Medicare age requirement so that all Americans would qualify.”

“No minimum wage increases for you, no right to form a union, no right to negotiate or strike if you already have a union, and no enforcement or reform of existing labor laws.”[3]

via Money Talks in Many Ways: Election-Season Reflections on How the Ruling Class Rules.

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