a segment of the American electorate that was once peripheral is drawn to “chaos incitement” and that this segment has gained decisive influence through the rise of social media.
The circulation of this type of information (which the authors label “hostile political rumors”) has been “linked to large-scale political outcomes within recent years such as the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
Based on its history, its actions, and Trump’s reliance on it for judicial nominees, it is, in my opinion, a political organization.
The Federalist Society denies it. Of course, it must if it hopes to keep its IRS non-profit status.
Jeff Bezos (Amazon) owns the Washington Post (WaPo). He’s apparently no fan of Bernie’s.
In one instance, WaPo ran 16 negative articles about Bernie in 16 hours.
Now a WaPo “fact checker” has falsely attacked Bernie’s claim that medical bills are responsible for 50% of bankruptcies. Bernie’s claim is supported by a report in a medical journal.
Corporate media: Don’t trust it.
He still got elected, even after this was broadcast nationally:
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it. I did try and fuck her.
She was married. And I moved on her very heavily,” Trump said on the
tape. “In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get
some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice
furniture.’ I took her out furniture—I moved on her like a bitch. But I
couldn’t get there. And she was married.”
Then, when the two men spotted a young woman awaiting them outside the bus—actress Arianne Zucker—Trump told Bush, “I’ve got to use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”
The problem is not Trump. It’s the people who voted for him.
Remember what Republicans called the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”?
As you know (if you’ve been paying attention), the “Jobs” part of the Republican bill was a huge lie.
Corporations didn’t generally invest in their companies, their workforce, or create jobs. They spent BILLIONS buying back shares to boost the stock price (executives’ bonuses get a boost when the company’s stock price goes up).
Five companies blow $55 billion in Q1 to prop up their own shares.
The Seminar Network, which includes the constellation of groups funded by the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch and around 700 like-minded conservatives and libertarians who contribute at least $100,000 annually, will now operate as Stand Together.
Freedom Partners, an entity that was once used to air campaign
commercials, will cease to exist. Americans for Prosperity will now
oversee all political and policy efforts. Groups that cater to specific
constituencies, like Libre for Latinos or Concerned Veterans for
America, have moved under the AFP umbrella.
If you doubt the United States is controlled by the rich and corporations:
In 2019, state legislatures across the country are enacting radical
new restrictions on abortion. Alabama banned virtually all abortions.
Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Ohio banned all abortions after six
weeks, which is before many women even know they are pregnant. Missouri
banned abortion after nine weeks.
While these policies are extreme, the politicians responsible have the financial backing of some of America’s largest companies. In their corporate literature, these companies present themselves as champions of women and gender equality. But they have collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians seeking to roll back reproductive rights.
John Yang is trying to corral the millenial vote by promising everybody a free chicken in every pot ($1,000 per year).
Remember: Republicans will oppose it and if it’s enacted, they’ll look for ways to claw back the money from other programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, etc.).
Look at the conservative-governed U.K. for an example:
Almost 2m people will lose £1,000 a year with universal credit.
Those on disability benefits and low incomes will be among worst affected
Corporations, which drove the train, got even more of a tax cut than they wanted. Yet they refused to promise that their huge tax break would hike worker wages. Medium-sized and big businesses got something they had only dreamed of — though in provisions so badly written one tax expert called them a “travesty.”
Rich Republicans lobbied Trump at a Manhattan fundraiser and got 2.6 percentage points lopped off their highest tax bracket.
Deficit hawks, that is, those opposed to creating any new federal debt, hemmed and hawed and finally folded, as one commentator put it, “like a cheap suit.”
An idea that would have raised $1 trillion and paid for much of the tax cuts was soundly defeated by a powerful business lobby.
Republicans used $1.5 trillion in what some call accounting gimmicks to either hide the true cost of the bill or help justify their votes.
The bill was drafted in secret, partly to keep it from Congress’s own members who, it was feared, would leak it to lobbyists.
[And, of course, the Koch brothers and their fellow plutocrats were involved.]
The Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center in September 2016 looked at its
proposals for individual tax cuts and found that by 2025, 99.6 percent
of its net tax cuts would go to the top 1 percent of earners. The
nonpartisan Tax Policy Center said the plan would cause the federal debt
to rise $3 trillion in its first 10 years and $6.6 trillion by the end
of the second decade.
The Center for Public Integrity
The Takeaway: NEVER vote for a Republican.
Republicans have long taken to complaining when their warped ideology and tribe are questioned. One of their recent complaints: “Republicans are discriminated against on social media”. That argument is, of course, bullshit.
At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off its platform. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacist content?
In separate discussions verified by Motherboard, that employee said Twitter hasn’t taken the same aggressive approach to white supremacist content because the collateral accounts that are impacted can, in some instances, be Republican politicians.
It has also been observed that if Twitter banned white supremacists, many of those banned would be Trump supporters, and that would result in an uproar from the cult of the moron. Apparently, Twitter prefers to avoid an uproar from the moron’s cult.