LATIN AMERICA HAS NEVER LEFT THAT OLD GLOBAL 1% AND THEIR 2% RULE. This does not mean those 99% of Latin citizens want this---it means they are captured and have been trying these few decades to escape this as they come to US.
KNOW WHAT FAR-RIGHT 1% WALL STREET LIBERTARIAN MARXISM would look like in the US------that's right a Trump and a OPUS DEI Vice President PENCE------bringing ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE TO AMERICA.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Franco and the second or maternal family name is Bahamonde.
Franco in 1964.
Caudillo of Spain
1 October 1936 – 20 November 1975
Preceded byMiguel Cabanellas
as President of the Technical State Junta of the Nationalist side
as President of the Defence Council of the Republican side
Succeeded byRodríguez de Valcárcel
as President of the Regency
Juan Carlos I
as King of Spain
President of the Government of Spain
30 January 1938 – 8 June 1973
Vice PresidentFrancisco Gómez-Jordana
Agustín Muñoz Grandes
Luis Carrero Blanco
Preceded byFrancisco Gómez-Jordana
as President of the Technical State Junta of the Nationalist side
as President of the Defence Council of the Republican side
Succeeded byLuis Carrero Blanco
BornFrancisco Franco Bahamonde
4 December 1892
Ferrol, Galicia, Spain
Died20 November 1975 (aged 82)
Resting placeValle de los Caídos, Spain
Political partyFalange Española Tradicionalista y de las JONS
ChildrenMaría del Carmen
ResidenceEl Pardo, Madrid
Alma materInfantry Academy of Toledo
Allegiance Kingdom of Spain (1907–1931)
Second Spanish Republic (1931–1936)
Francoist Spain (1936–1975)
Service/branch Spanish Armed Forces
Years of service1907–1975
Rank Chief of the General Staff
Battles/warsRif War (WIA)
Spanish Civil War
Francisco Franco Bahamonde[note 1] (Spanish pronunciation: [fɾanˈθisko ˈfɾaŋko ba.aˈmonde]); (4 December 1892 – 20 November 1975) was a Spanish general, dictator, and the Caudillo, the military and political leader, of Spain from 1939 until his death in 1975. He ruled Spain for 36 years.
As a conservative and a monarchist, he opposed the abolition of the monarchy and the establishment of a republic in 1931. With the 1936 elections, the conservative Spanish Confederation of Autonomous Right-wing Groups lost by a narrow margin and the leftist Popular Front came to power. Intending to overthrow the republic, Franco and other generals staged a failed coup precipitating the Spanish Civil War. With the death of the other generals, Franco quickly became his faction's only leader. In 1947, he declared Spain a monarchy with himself as regent.
This article calls LULA CENTER LEFT-----at the same time they call him a socialist. Lula the same phony center left as Clinton was as a Wall Street far-right global neo-liberal. Lula came from the unions and sold them out as he installed the same global Wall Street neo-liberal policies creating in Brazil the same extreme wealth and extreme poverty as in the US and all nations with Foreign Economic Zones. He was probably a plant in the unions. We will have in the US this same movement to label as left socialist or communist---what will again be far-right 1% Wall Street Libertarian Marxism. Clinton neo-liberals morph into Lula center socialists. Brazil's 5% to the 1% are already being thrown under the bus.
'Brazil’s Billionaire Problem
To understand global inequality, you have to understand Brazil's inequality.
By Patrick Iber
August 1, 2016'
Brazil’s Billionaire Problem
To understand global inequality, you have to understand Brazil's inequality.
By Patrick Iber
August 1, 2016
Just over two years ago, in April 2014, Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century was published in English and took the top spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Piketty’s book struck a nerve, helping to disseminate several ideas—among them that capitalism doesn’t automatically generate a reasonable or equitable distribution of income and that paying attention to the wealthiest 1% is necessary to understanding politics. Piketty focused on the concentration of wealth in 19th and 20th century France, the U.K., and the United States, places where the most data was available for those periods. But if Piketty had been—instead of an economist—a reporter working to understand the world that extremes of inequality have made today, he wouldn’t have looked at those rich countries. He might well have chosen to focus on Brazil, as Alex Cuadros has done in his new book Brazillionaires.
BRAZILLIONAIRES: WEALTH, POWER, DECADENCE, AND HOPE IN AN AMERICAN COUNTRY by Alex CuadrosSpiegel & Grau, 368 pp., $28.00
Cuadros, a reporter for Bloomberg, arrived in Brazil in 2010 with a Piketty-worthy mission: to investigate the lives not of the 1% but of the 0.0001%. Part of his job was to rank Brazil’s billionaires on Bloomberg’s global wealth list—a kind of “U.S. News and World Report” rankings of the superrich—as well as to report on their business deals and their personal lives. In Brazillionaires, he has consolidated and shaped those profiles into a propulsive and engaging portrait of modern Brazil.
Cuadros uses his portrait of the late media mogul Roberto Marinho, for example, to discuss how Brazil’s major media portray race, and through that, its ideas and ideologies of race. His chapter on Edir Macedo, a preacher in the “prosperity gospel” tradition, allows him to discuss changing religious practices. Although each chapter is built around a profile of particular billionaire, Cuadros includes accounts of his own reading as well as shoe-leather reporting. He visits community groups in the favelas and goes along on the $1500-an-hour helicopter rides his subjects use to avoid snarled traffic. The book may be more revealing than its subjects would like. In fact, it will not be available in Brazil: One of the billionaires in question was unhappy with what he saw in drafts and publishers got spooked.
The most important billionaire to the book is unquestionably Eike Batista. Eike, as he is known, rose as high as the global number 8 on the Bloomberg list of billionaires, valued at over $30 billion dollars. He was open about his ambitions to become the world’s richest man. Eike is a champion speedboat racer, has state-of-the-art hair implants, and was once married to Luma de Oliveira, a Playboy model and carnaval queen. One of their sons, Thor Batista, documents his enormous muscular torso on Instagram and, until not long ago, drove a Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren valued at more than a million US dollars. Eike and his family could hardly be more representative of the billionaire playboy lifestyle of the global ultra-wealthy.
Eike also serves as a symbol of the problems of today’s Brazil, and about half of the chapters in Brazillionaires are devoted to him. In spite of what would seem to be fundamental differences in outlook and ideology, Eike forged a pragmatic working relationship with the governments of the center-left Workers’ Party. Until President Dilma Roussef was suspended from office by hostile legislators this May, the country had been governed by the center-left Workers’ Party since 2003, first under the metalworker and union organizer Luís Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) and then under Dilma (2011-2016).
CENTER-LEFT IS GLOBAL WALL STREEET CLINTON NEO-LIBERALISM---IT IS NOT LEFT SOCIALISM
Before Lula took office, Brazil’s wealthy worried about what would happen when a Lula, a former socialist, assumed power. Eike himself described it as a regression. But Lula was determined to break the association of left-wing rule with economic chaos, and built alliances with Brazilian oligarchs.
Lula embraced a developmentalist program that Cuadros describes as “wanting to bring the nation not so much into the twenty-first century, with tech and high finance, but into the twentieth, with ports, dams, and big, basic Brazilian companies.” Because Eike controlled a suite of interrelated companies, mostly in the mining and gas sectors, and had made big bets on offshore drilling, he received major loans from Brazil’s state-controlled development bank. He grew close to Lula.
If Brazil’s inequality shocks the conscience, we must recognize that, as a global human community, we are all Brazil.Corruption is almost an expected part of business and political deals in Brazil, and Eike, though often portrayed as an “American-style”, “self-made” entrepreneur, was in no way exceptional. He helped finance a flattering biopic about Lula and spent quarter of a million dollars at an auction to purchase a suit Lula had worn to his inauguration. But in spite of evidence of corruption and conflicts of interest through the political system, for a time everyone seemed to be benefitting. Brazil’s economy made enormous strides. The middle class grew and quality of life standards among the poor improved dramatically. Malnutrition was cut in half. One of Lula signature programs, Bolsa Família, provides direct cash transfers to the poor, partially in exchange for children’s school attendance. Many of the billionaires Cuadros interviewed justified their wealth with some version of the “what’s good for GM is good for the country” argument. Most Brazilians found the approach acceptable: Lula left office with an approval rating over eighty percent.
But problems emerged by 2013. Brazil’s government and its consumers had taken on too much debt. Commodity prices were falling. Production forecasts for Eike’s offshore oil fields turned out to be insufficient to cover his costs, and his companies began to fold. His estimated net worth fell from $30 billion to negative one billion in just two years, and he found himself before the court, accused of insider trading. In 2012, his son Thor struck and killed a poor bicyclist in that million-dollar McLaren. Their trials seemed to be tests of whether the powerful could be held accountable for their actions at a time when ordinary people were suffering from deteriorating conditions and dashed hopes.
Throughout this story, Cuadros is critical of his billionaire subjects, but he doesn’t denounce them. In some of them that he finds admirable qualities. But he is aware that the myths told about them and that they tell about themselves are deeply damaging. The closest he comes to a putdown is when he asks employees of the office of Jorge Paulo Lemann (who became the richest man in Brazil after Eike’s fall, and owns Burger King, Budweiser, and part of Heinz), to name some “new thing” he had created, as an “entrepreneur” properly should. They didn’t respond with any examples, and he writes: “A recent Heinz investor presentation touted innovations that included yellow mustard and hot sauces. It’s like creative destruction without the creative part.”
Plenty of poor Brazilians, however, admire their rich, as Cuadros makes clear. Many in the middle classes direct their ire instead at the poor. “Some of us, like you and me, have to work,” he is once told by his dentist:
“But we have these people who do nothing and get to live the good life.” When I asked her if she puts her money into CDBs—high-interest certificates of deposit—she said yes. She was surprised when I pointed out that this too was a public subsidy, a much larger one, since the government pays huge sums for banks to hold its bonds. I should have mentioned that three-quarters of the adults on Bolsa Família also work for a living.
If Cuadros has an agenda, it might be described as emphasizing the contingency of economic outcomes, as well the obstacles to mobility and access, all of which make the idea of meritocracy little more than a means of justifying extremes of inequality.
These issues—and these sorts of conversations about merit, welfare, and the distribution of wealth—are of course no means unique to Brazil. And if Brazillionaires is superficially about Brazil, it also aims to be about more than that. Brazil, in important ways, is more representative of the world than any other country. It has been, in recent decades, among the most unequal countries in the world. If you combine all of the world’s people together and measure inequalities of wealth, you get an even higher level of inequality than exists in any single nation. Still, it is Brazil’s profile that comes the closest to matching the global situation: a small, wealthy, and dominant upper class, a modest middle class, and a poor majority that struggles for both income and effective rights.
Brazil is unusual among high-inequality countries in that its citizens are spread across the entire spectrum. (In the United States, by contrast, in purely monetary terms the poor are middle-income by world standards.) Brazil has people who are as poor as anyone anywhere, and yet it also has people who are as rich as anyone anywhere. Only one of Cuadros’s subjects expresses any remorse about this: Guilherme Leal, cofounder of a sustainable cosmetics company, told Cuadros it made him uncomfortable to be a billionaire in a poor country. “I think the happiest societies are the least unequal,” he continued,
where everyone can have a pretty decent, pretty reasonable quality of life. If I had to give up a significant piece of my wealth, thirty percent, forty percent, to higher taxes, but at the same time got to live in a country with less inequality, I would be happier.
Still, when his company was asked to pay hundreds of millions in unpaid taxes and fines, he said “Here in Brazil, if you don’t try to deal intelligently with the tax burden, you’ll go broke.” If Brazil’s inequality shocks the conscience, and leads to obvious injustices, then we must recognize that, as a global human community, we are all Brazil.
Cuadros doesn’t make that global comparison explicit, but he scatters breadcrumbs toward a third interpretation of his book. Even the subtitle of the U.S. edition: “Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country” conspicuously does not say that “Latin American Country,” but “American.” The point, surely, is that these problems are not only Brazil’s, but also are those of the United States. Environmentalists in the U.S. may cry in dismay as enormous swaths of the Amazon are cleared for soybeans and cattle—Brazilian environmentalists do too. But such activity does bring short-term gains to poor areas of the country—and, as Cuadros points out, the U.S. has made the same calculus with fracking in recent years.
Both countries are former slave societies that struggle to confront legacies of institutional racism, and the violence that accompanies the pathologizing of a racialized poor. Both are places where the wealthy have the means to ensure that their children wind up prosperous, and benefit most even from public goods like education. Institutional corruption has its particular culture in Brazil, where it can be both a quotidian frustration and completely outrageous. (The judge overseeing Eike Batista’s trial for market manipulation and insider trading impounded some of his personal property, and was later caught driving Eike’s Porsche Cayenne.) But what of our completely legal practice of lobbying, in which government experience can be parlayed into private wealth, and corporations and the rich individuals have major influence over legislative outcomes? The history of our own powerful billionaires is not simply one of the production of social value, but also of bubbles, monopolies, inside dealing, and state and private violence against labor. The United States is much richer, and its democracy is older, but it is not so very different.
Because of the Olympics, Brazil is now the center of world attention. That the games come at a moment of political turmoil and economic recession is surely disappointing to the country’s leaders and many of its residents. But the legions of foreign journalists parachuting in for short visits will undoubtedly be drawn to the exotic: the beauty of the landscape and the people, soccer, Carnaval, the favelas, and so on. Brazillionaires is a reminder that viewers in the United States would be well-served not to look at Brazil as an exotic place with exotic problems. To contemplate its condition is to behold an alarming portrait, only to realize that our gaze is not directed at a painting, but a mirror.
Jeb Bush built a Florida extension of NYC rich by recruiting the global rich to sun and fun------Florida is a ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE GLOBAL CORPORATE TRIBUNAL RULE----waiting to happen just as with San Fran as GLOBAL GOOGLE. What citizens in these areas don't understand is what Trans Pacific Trade Pact and installing Foreign Economic Zone policies in the US allowing all these foreign rich and their global corporations to operate as they do overseas----THIS IS WHAT NEXT DECADE MOVING FORWARD UNDER TRUMP WILL BE----right now US citizens see a busy economy----next decade that will become global labor pool extreme wealth and extreme poverty looking nothing like America.
George and Jeb Bush advanced their family corporate interests into Latin America under Clinton's NAFTA and in return for allowing US corporations build Foreign Economic Zones-----CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA allowed the global rich to come to US to build foreign corporations here. Florida was known at the end of 2000 subprime mortgage loan fraud for having allowed developers to build TOO MANY HOUSING/CONDOS/STRIP MALLS ETC----as part of that massive subprime mortgage fraud. Guess who made a killing fleecing our US Housing Agency Freddie and Fannie?
I want to look at a few of the Latino 1% and their 2% to show why WE THE PEOPLE must WAKE UP and educate knowing not only US rich but global rich as they are brought to the US to take all our government and political positions in this ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE installation.
MEET THE PEREZ 1% ------WONDER IF OBAMA'S LABOR SECRETARY PEREZ FROM MARYLAND IS RELATED TO THIS GLOBAL 1%-----THINK MAYBE HE IS THAT 2%? Indeed that is why Obama installed PEREZ as Labor Secretary. Know who kills and enslaves labor? Latino 1% and their 2%.
8 fast facts about South Florida’s billionaire condo king
By Andrew Sessa
December 1, 2016 | 8:00am
Miami's condo king and art benefactor Jorge M. Pérez adds up his many passions.Photo: Andrew Milne
You might call billionaire developer and art collector Jorge M. Pérez “Mr. Miami.”
Not only does his Related Group of Florida create some of the city’s most noteworthy buildings, this son of Cuban émigrés is also a vice chairman of the Dolphins NFL team, and his name is on the institution once known as the Miami Art Museum and now called the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
We caught up with Pérez, 67, to get a sense of the grand accounting of his life.
You might call billionaire developer and art collector Jorge M. Pérez “Mr. Miami.”
Not only does his Related Group of Florida create some of the city’s most noteworthy buildings, this son of Cuban émigrés is also a vice chairman of the Dolphins NFL team, and his name is on the institution once known as the Miami Art Museum and now called the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).
We caught up with Pérez, 67, to get a sense of the grand accounting of his life.
Latino immigrants no doubt understood what a PEREZ as Labor Secretary meant to the 99% of citizens as did US international labor union leaders who embraced him. Trumka was fine with his appointment. PEREZ came from a stint as Maryland Department of Labor and Licensing---remember Maryland does not enforce ANY FEDERAL LAWS----it has no state DLLR----it enforces no labor regulations and that was PEREZ's job at MARYLAND DLLR. Placing Perez as Federal Labor Secretary was a global Wall Street corporate thing for Obama to do.
The article I shared at the beginning of the week saying Mexico's entire societal system is corrupt---including labor institutions working for the rich----shows how labor leaders are corrupted to the very corporate executives killing 99% of labor AND THIS IS WHY US LABOR UNIONS have supported CLINTON Wall Street global corporate neo-liberals these few decades as CLINTON/OBAMA killed all labor gains from last century.
PEREZ WAS SIMPLY APPOINTED TO MOVE US LABOR LAWS TO MEET TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT GLOBAL LABOR LAWS THAT WILL KILL US LABOR.
Department of Labor News Release
US Labor Secretary Perez renews workplace rights agreements with five Central American, South American and Asian Pacific governments
Partnership renewals coincide with 2016 Labor Rights Week, Aug. 29-Sept. 4
WASHINGTON – At the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington today, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez renewed partnership agreements with embassy officials representing the governments of Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru and the Philippines. The renewals come as the department kicks off Labor Rights Week 2016, from today through Sept. 4. This year’s theme is “Your Work Has Dignity. Know Your Rights.”
Under these renewed agreements, the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Wage and Hour Division will continue their ongoing collaboration with consulates in providing information to workers about U.S. labor laws, including workers under H-2A and H-2B visas.
“Partnerships and outreach play a critical role in advancing workers’ rights and enforcing the laws that protect people at work,” said Secretary Perez. “By renewing these five embassy agreements, we will continue to enhance workers’ awareness about their rights and promote a better understanding of labor laws and practices in the U.S.”
Partnerships like these help the department enforce U.S. labor laws more effectively, especially in high-risk and low-wage industries where violations are more likely to occur. They also help the department’s enforcement agencies improve their information outreach efforts by identifying problems workers typically face.
Ecuadorian Ambassador Francisco Borja Cevallos emphasized the importance of his country’s government working together with OSHA and the Wage and Hour Division. “This renewed partnership will improve the Ecuadorian workers’ standard of living, through a better understanding of labor laws and their rights in the U.S. The Embassy and the Department will cooperate to provide outreach and training, as well as assist with enforcement efforts as needed, so Ecuadorian workers in the U.S. exercise effectively their labor rights in a safer workplace.”
Echoing their support of the effort, Honduran Ambassador Jorge Alberto Milla Reyes said, “Partnerships like these help to acknowledge the value of the labor and the rights of the Honduran people working in the U.S.”
Labor Rights Week is an annual campaign in the week leading up to Labor Day that heightens awareness of workplace rights issues through a series of training events, workshops and information-sharing programs. As participants, consulates sponsor events throughout the U.S. and invite representatives from area OSHA and Wage and Hour Division offices to deliver informational sessions on U.S. health, safety and wage laws and explain the resources available to workers and their employers.
More information about these and other consulate agreements and department programs designed to protect foreign workers is available at http://www.dol.gov/dol/cpp/.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov/.
The Wage and Hour Division enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the H-2A and H-2B programs under the Immigration and Nationality Act, and other federal labor laws. More information is available at http://www.dol.gov/whd/.
Read this news brief in Spanish.
Montogomery County Maryland is slated as one of the most rich in the US because it has been taken to being a global Foreign Economic Zone simply the bedroom community for global corporations tied to our Washington DC beltway. It has these few decades used Baltimore as a revenue whipping post as it sends all economic activity from Montgomery County to Baltimore while Baltimore citizens see their businesses close and their local economies wither. Montgomery County is a GATEWAY to global human capital distribution system with tons of immigrant orientation groups transporting global citizens to US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones including Baltimore----where for now these immigrants live better lives than at home but they are constantly seeing wages fleeced and the worst of work conditions. Next decade as these global labor pool build global corporate campuses like UNDERARMOUR---they will be building the global factories that will then enslave their children and grandchildren as well as the 99% of Asian global labor pool----AND US CITIZENS that will be joining them.
So, below we see that global LATINO 1% and their 2% working to create the same corrupt, tied to the rich 'labor and justice' organizations we read about existing in Mexico and other Latin American nations. Governor O'Malley created CASA DE MARYLAND as just such a 1% global Wall Street POSING SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE 'labor and justice' organization for our Latino immigrants. We have a new Mayor of Baltimore PUGH who ran in the Democratic primary as strengthening that human capital global labor pool structure from MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO BALTIMORE----meaning building density in immigrant labor MOVING FORWARD AS BALTIMORE BECOMES A NEW CITY----BLOOMBERG FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE 2 NORTH AMERICA.
While global Wall Street pols SEND A BONE to the 99% ---as here these Latino lawyers fighting for immigrant rights in Arizona----yet they are the very Latino 1% and their 2% enslaving Latino workers in global factories ----and in development construction across America.
'Torres’ influence extends to the White House. Former CASA Board member Cecilia Muñoz is President Obama’s Domestic Policy Director. Muñoz, who also worked for the National Council of La Raza, has been a persistent advocate for illegals throughout her tenure. Former CASA Board member Thomas Perez is now Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Holder Justice Department. Many of the odious lawsuits launched by the DOJ have been under Perez’s pen, including suits against states’ voter ID laws, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona’s anti-illegal alien law'.
Maryland’s Endemic Corruption: An Object Lesson for the Nation
by James Simpson on November 15, 2012
Maryland is one of the most corrupt states in our nation. Nowhere is this fact more evident than with the state’s treatment of illegal aliens. Maryland politicians have literally become lawless in their efforts to cultivate illegals, and this lawlessness flows downhill from the very top. I will focus on a few of the more egregious examples.
In 2011, we published a report on CASA de Maryland, a Silver Spring-based illegal immigrant advocacy group that parrots ACORN in both its methods and associates—which include the Communist Party USA, FMLN, (a former Salvadoran communist guerilla group, now a political party), ACORN and others. Yet it is one of the most influential organizations in the state.
CASA receives significant state government funding, while Director Gustavo Torres and his wife, Sonia Mora both hold influential positions within that same government. Torres is a member of the Governor’s Council for New Americans and served on Governor Martin O’Malley’s transition team. Mora sits on the Governor’s Hispanic Affairs Commission and manages Montgomery County’s Latino Health Initiative. This is unseemly if not illegal. Torres’ primary source of income is CASA de Maryland, and CASA owes its inordinate influence to its many supporters in state government.
There is no disputing CASA’s influence. At a party to celebrate CASA’s 25 years of operation, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said, “I’d like to say I’m here for Mary Kay and Eliseo [the guests of honor], but when Gustavo Torres calls, I generally get in my car and go over and ask him what he wants.”
Torres’ influence extends to the White House. Former CASA Board member Cecilia Muñoz is President Obama’s Domestic Policy Director. Muñoz, who also worked for the National Council of La Raza, has been a persistent advocate for illegals throughout her tenure. Former CASA Board member Thomas Perez is now Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Holder Justice Department. Many of the odious lawsuits launched by the DOJ have been under Perez’s pen, including suits against states’ voter ID laws, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Arizona’s anti-illegal alien law.
As quoted by The Washington Post, Baltimore County Delegate Pat McDonough put it bluntly: “Gustavo has created a sanctuary state. The governor does his bidding. The politicians who control power in the State of Maryland do his bidding. … And his success has caused financial and personal heartbreak for the State of Maryland.”
When Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins cracked down on illegals flooding the county, CASA sued. They claimed that two of Jenkins’ deputies violated an illegal’s civil rights by questioning her, although she had an outstanding warrant and tried to run and hide when she saw them. CASA lost. Sheriff Jenkins stated:
I find it deplorable and disgusting that the groups involved in this lawsuit have tried to defame… the agency and discredit the two involved deputies and drag them through the mud for what is clearly their agenda in attempting to stop and derail the 287 program here in Frederick County.
Paulette Faulkner, an employee of Montgomery County’s Office of Child Support Enforcement, sent an email to Governor O’Malley in 2009, describing routine cases of illegals attempting to collect welfare benefits. She received a stern warning from then Department of Human Resources Deputy Secretary Stacy Rodgers not to complain.
Rodgers, who shares a seat with Torres on the Council for New Americans, told Faulkner to accept CASA de Maryland ID cards as legitimate identification. Faulkner refused, knowing that to follow that order would break the law. A short time later she was fired. She found no support from any legislator and was refused unemployment compensation. In the meantime, an audit revealed some 52,000 welfare recipients using invalid or non-existent social security numbers. A 2011 audit found similar problems.
Last year, Delegate Tony O’Donnell (R-Dist. 29C) proposed HB-28, “Public Benefits — Requirement of Proof of Lawful Presence” which would have addressed the problems identified both by Faulkner and the two audits. The bill reasonably required welfare recipients to prove their eligibility with a valid ID. Help Save Maryland President Brad Botwin and Howard County resident Tom Young both went to Annapolis to testify on the bill’s behalf, each taking significant time off from work to attend the hearing.
Protocol demands that those in favor of the proposed law testify first. In what was characterized as a deliberate slight, the committee chairman, Del. Norman Conway (D-Dist. 38B), instead called a long list of bill opponents, including CASA de Maryland, the ACLU and others. They testified for over an hour, whereupon Del. Conway abruptly ended the hearing and ran from the room, shutting out any possibility of allowing proponents to speak.
Walter Abbott is another Marylander who learned how vindictive Governor O’Malley’s state government can be. Abbott is a family man with two grown children and a wife of 29 years. Abbott lost his drywall business due to competition from illegals. He had written many letters to the governor and testified in Annapolis on the immigration issue.
In early 2008, he responded to an O’Malley campaign website, which featured a popup banner soliciting responses to the question: “How do you feel about the job Governor Martin O’Malley is currently doing for the State of Maryland?” He wrote in the response form, “If I ever got close enough, I’d wrap my hands around your throat and choke the life out of you, you piece of s*&t American sellout.” He included his full name and address.
Within two hours, the state police were at his door. Abbott admits it probably wasn’t the smartest way to express his opinion and issued an apology shortly thereafter. However that day he was arrested and jailed. A $2 million bond was imposed on him by an Hispanic court commissioner. For perspective, violent felons arrested for overtly criminal acts routinely get bond in the low thousands. Abbott spent four days in the county jail. Finally bail was reduced by another judge and he was allowed to go free on his own recognizance.
What followed was a four-year legal battle. The first trial led to a misdemeanor conviction, but only because Judge Dana Levitz refused to allow the jury to consider a First Amendment argument. The jury was left with no choice but to convict. An appeals court threw out the conviction because Judge Levitz had failed to explain the difference between a threat and First Amendment rights.
The state retried the case again in 2011 and lost in a mistrial. They retried it a third time and lost again in a mistrial. Finally in 2012 they decided to drop the case. It is worth noting that the original prosecutor, Leo Ryan, Jr., was an O’Malley crony. He is now a District Court associate judge.
Walter Abbott and his family suffered extreme hardship during this period. He has yet to be reimbursed for the $500 fine he paid, and the property seized the day he was arrested has not been returned. One writer characterized their saga as a “war on a working man.”
For someone who wastes government resources for four years in an effort to destroy one hotheaded man, Governor O’Malley can be a hothead himself. Following a contentious in-person interview on the Chip Franklin radio show in 2002, then-Baltimore Mayor O’Malley bid his farewell on air, saying, “On that note, that probably is a good way to exit. And gentlemen, if you enjoyed that, come outside after the show, and I’ll kick your ass.”
But somehow, when Democrats make blatant, unapologetic death threats, which they do on a regular basis, all we get are “whatever” rolling eyes and yawns from their political patrons. The “tweet” along with the photo here was one of a stream of similar messages sent following Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s recall victory last June. Expletives have been deleted.
The DREAM Act
Maryland taxpayers currently pay $1.9 billion to support illegal immigrants. But according to Governor O’Malley, that’s not enough. CASA de Maryland and Governor O’Malley’s most recent assault on Maryland taxpayers came last year with passage of the DREAM Act, a multi-million dollar initiative that would provide in-state tuition to illegal aliens.
The DREAM ACT is simply the tool to educate global labor pool that will be travelling through US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones well enough to work in global tech factories-----that's it. It is primarily career college vocational certification.
This law so outraged Maryland citizens that within three months of its passage, 132,000 signatures had been collected for a petition drive to place it on the ballot as a referendum in the 2012 election. Only 55,736 signatures were needed. Notably the most aggressive petition signers were legal immigrants, including Hispanics, Asians, Indians and others. According to Brad Botwin, president of Help Save Maryland and a key organizer of the petition drive, they were “angry that a group of illegal immigrants would come here and demand yet another service from the state, at their expense.”
Because the radical left can rarely succeed with legitimate arguments for their policies, lawfare has become one of their favored tactics.
These immigration policies tied to US cities as Foreign Economic Zones come from REPUBLICAN THINK TANKS AS ECONOMIC WAYS TO MAXIMIZE GLOBAL CORPORATE PROFIT-----it is NOT the radical left. You note that it is a right wing citizen writing this!
Thus what followed was a relentless campaign of repeated legal challenges to the petition. For this effort, taxpayer-funded CASA brought in top DNC lawyer, Joseph Sandler, who has made a name for himself attacking conservatives. In the Maryland case:
- He demanded that the Maryland Board of Elections turn over the names and addresses of every petition signer. He got it.
- He sued the BOE to throw out the petitions, many of which were collected from the Internet due to an innovative website created by Delegate Neil Parrott, one of the petition’s chief architects. Sandler lost.
- He sued to have the referendum denied on the basis that it was a spending bill, which by state law cannot be subject to referendum. He lost.
- He appealed and lost the appeal.
- Then he demanded an investigation of Delegate Parrott.
- Finally, he demanded an investigation of Help Save Maryland’s Brad Botwin for posting ads about the DREAM Act. He will lose that one too.
CASA de Maryland hosted a National Immigrant Integration Convention in downtown Baltimore this past September. Its timing and location was no coincidence, and illegals turned out in force to vocalize their support for the DREAM Act. Yet, to read the press reports, one might be mistaken to think the conference had no relationship to CASA.
As a local CBS affiliate reported: “Tonight, Maryland’s DREAM Act gets the attention of a national convention taking place in downtown Baltimore… Immigrant leaders and advocates from around the country are promoting higher education for undocumented students…” While showing a group of illegals in CASA t-shirts shouting “yes we can,” CBS made no mention of CASA’s sponsorship of this event, and only gave opponents a few seconds to express their views.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed an order in March 2012 preventing city law enforcement from questioning anyone’s immigration status as part of an official effort to attract illegals--despite a 20 percent black unemployment rate in the city.
The Maryland Department of Legislative Services provided extreme lowball DREAM Act cost estimates of under $1 million, increasing in two years to $3.5 million. A more realistic estimate is $27 million per year.
Legislative Services assumed about 366 students would participate. They based this solely on participation at Montgomery Community College, ignoring the other 15 community colleges and all four-year schools. Given Maryland’s estimated population of at least 275,000 illegals, that figure is extremely low. CASA de Maryland’s Director, Gustavo Torres, estimated eventual participation of 8,000-9,000 students. In such a circumstance the cost would exceed $100 million per year, and reduce the number of positions available in four-year schools for legal Maryland citizens.
The governor and his allies claim that these “undocumented” workers are good citizens who file and pay all their taxes and comply with Maryland’s small business regulations. This is simply false. Many run cash businesses, keep none of the requisite licenses, liability and unemployment insurance, and do not report taxes or pay market wages. They can and do undercut American employees. Illegals are hard pressed to protest this treatment precisely because they are illegal.
The DREAM Act requires illegal parents to have filed taxes for three years, but says nothing about paying taxes. Yet all of the DREAM Act promotional material deceptively claims these people are paying taxes. This is false. Filing and paying are not the same thing. And a nationwide scandal reveals illegals applying for and receiving $4.2 billion in fraudulent childcare credit tax refunds!
Meanwhile, O’Malley’s campaign website continues to promote the lie that the DREAM Act only applies to taxpayers. It says. “It’s simple. If you pay Maryland taxes, you should pay Maryland tuition. #Votefor4.”
CASA de Maryland paired up with 7th District Congressman Elijah Cummings to hold a pro-DREAM Act press conference at Patterson Park Public Charter School, a violation of the school’s protocols, according to a spokesperson for the Baltimore school system. Del. McDonough called it “an unethical if not illegal way in conducting their campaign, and this incident is one of many.”
Congressman Cummings waded into another controversy this year too.
Election Integrity Maryland and True the Vote
Following revelations of rampant vote fraud by ACORN and similar groups, voter ID laws have been passed in numerous states, and vote watchdog groups have sprung up all over America. The most well-known and effective of these is True the Vote. TTV has conducted poll watcher training nationwide and developed a proprietary database for checking voter registrations. It has had astonishing successes, especially in the Wisconsin recall, where TTV affiliates reviewed almost one million petitions in one month.
But the activities of TTV and the many independent state organizations that have undergone TTV training now pose a direct threat to vote fraud activities that previously passed unnoticed, and the Left has gone nuts over it. In a strategy developed over a number of years, all of the far-left voting organizations have built a narrative around “voter suppression,” to blunt the effectiveness of TTV and groups like them, and provide pretext for legal challenges, when questionable voting activities come to light.
After Election Integrity Maryland (EIM) received TTV training this year, they began checking voter rolls. Of 35,000 registrations reviewed so far, they have found problems with 11,000, including 1,566 dead voters. These voter registration “challenges” were submitted to local election boards and the Maryland Board of Elections. Despite repeated queries about the status of these challenges, neither the local boards nor the MBE have responded in any meaningful way.
But Elijah Cummings did. Late on October 4, 2012, he fired off a threatening letter to TTV, accusing them of illegal activity, threatening an investigation and demanding that they turn over scads of documents. This was part of a coordinated assault against TTV by leftist groups nationwide. But even the liberal Baltimore Sun observed that Cummings had no legal right to demand anything.
Cummings claimed that Election Integrity Maryland had been “empowered” by TTV, as though there was something wrong with that. He also played dirty games, appearing on Soledad O’Brien’s show on CNN the following morning, before TTV had a chance to respond, and falsely claimed they were under investigation.
TTV responded the following day, and offered to meet with Cummings to discuss the issue, but reminded him that he had no legal authority to make demands.
Cummings waited to respond until October 18, and then in a repeat of his earlier tactic, took to MSNBC’s Ed Show, claiming disingenuously that TTV had not responded to his first letter and accusing them of engaging in illegal activities to “suppress” the minority vote.
Not a group to accept such accusations, TTV repeated its willingness to discuss the vote fraud issue with Cummings, but in a strongly worded letter, demanded a retraction of his statements, implicitly threatening a lawsuit should he not comply. Meanwhile J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department voting rights lawyer who now advises TTV, responded on CNN, calling Cummings and other critics, “liars… and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Leftists like Cummings claim that vote fraud is not a problem. Yet the statistics prove otherwise:
Cummings is a far-right wing global 1% Wall Street global corporate neo-liberal---NOT A LEFTIST AS THIS RIGHT WING CITIZEN KNOWS. These ONE WORLD FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE policies are pushed by Bush/Johns Hopkins---both very neo-conservative.
- To date, 46 states have prosecuted or convicted cases of voter fraud.
- More than 24 million voter registrations are invalid, yet remain on the rolls nationwide.
- There are over 1.8 million dead voters still eligible on the rolls across the country.
- More than 2.75 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state.
- True The Vote recently found 99 cases of potential felony interstate voter fraud.
- Maryland affiliates of True the Vote uncovered cases of people registering and voting after their respective deaths.
- This year, True the Vote uncovered more than 348,000 dead people on the rolls in 27 states.
- California: 49,000
- Florida: 30,000
- Texas: 28,500
- Michigan: 25,000
- Illinois: 24,000
- 12 Indiana counties have more registered voters than residents.
- The Ohio Secretary of State admitted that multiple Ohio counties have more registered voters than residents.
- Federal records showed 160 counties in 19 states have over 100 percent voter registration.
- The Florida New Majority Education Fund, Democratic Party of Florida and the National Council of La Raza are currently under investigation for alleged voter registration fraud.
- Patrick Moran, son of Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.), resigned after being caught on tape telling an undercover reporter how to forge documents to fraudulently vote in others’ names.
- A Texas DNC staffer assisted an undercover reporter in voting in two states
- Maryland Democrat Congressional candidate Wendy Rosen resigned following allegations she voted both in Florida and Maryland in 2006 and 2008.
Democrats claim to represent minorities and increasingly “immigrants” in their efforts to stop groups like EIM and TTV. But this is a false assertion. Black citizens are not served by a system vulnerable to vote fraud. Such systems keep entrenched political machines, and the corruption they foster, in place. The poor city services, high crime and disrepair of inner city Baltimore is but one glaring example. Detroit is another.
Blacks are outraged at the special deals given illegal aliens at their expense. High rates of black unemployment can be directly tied to illegal aliens undercutting American workers. Thirty percent of DREAM Act referendum petition signers were Democrats. Eighty percent of the petition signers from Baltimore City were Democrats.
Legal immigrants don’t appreciate it either. According to a Pew Research Center report, 71 percent of Hispanics support voter photo ID laws, almost the same proportion as the general public (77 percent). As is broadly recognized by everyone except leftists, Hispanics identify much more closely with the common sense values of the Republican Party, but like blacks, vote overwhelmingly Democratic because of the false perception leftist Democrats have been able to foment, that Republicans don’t like minorities.
The truth is exactly the opposite. Both Hispanics and blacks share the conservative values of mainstream America. Democrats have gained support because they shamelessly promote taxpayer-funded giveaways to favored groups, and attack anyone who questions them.
The DREAM Act survived the November 6 referendum by a margin of 58.3% to 41.7% according to Ballotopedia. These results can only be due to the deceptive, heavily funded, relentlessly advertised effort on the part of CASA de Maryland and its Maryland allies, against a poorly organized opposition with little financial support.
This unfortunately has brought us to where we are in Maryland today, with its corrupt, spendthrift government, trampling citizens’ rights in their unethical, illegal and self-serving efforts to coddle illegals. This situation will only change when enough people come to recognize this fact and decide enough is enough.
REPUBLICAN VOTERS LOVED CLINTON'S EMBRACING OF THE REPUBLICAN POLICY FEDERALISM ACT WHEN IT CREATED THE ENVIRONMENT OF IGNORING ALL FEDERAL LAWS AND US CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TIED TO EQUAL PROTECTION AND ENVIRONMENT----NOW THEY ARE MAD BECAUSE THIS SAME FEDERALISM ACT IS BEING USED TO IGNORE IMMIGRATION LAWS.
Republican voters hate these lax immigration policies most but it is far-right global Wall Street CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA---NOW TRUMP pushing these OPEN BORDER policies while installing ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE breaking down all US immigration and citizenship statutes---not to protect the 99% of immigrants---but to MOVE FORWARD US CITIES AS FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONES where global labor pool will be enslaved here in the US as they are overseas. THESE ARE VERY, VERY, VERY BAD 5% TO THE 1% PRETENDING TO HELP IMMIGRANTS WHILE CONTINUING TO EXPLOIT AND ENSLAVE THEM----trying hard to take WE THE PEOPLE with them.
Social Democrats are REAL left leaning have been fighting global labor pool---Foreign Economic Zone policies overseas for CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA and we have done the same as US cities like San Fran built global factories paying 90 cents a day to this global labor pool. CITIZENSHIP NOW for those Latino immigrant families having worked in the US for decades will allow our immigrant 99% to fight their 5% to the 1% Latino players.
It's not about election fraud although there is probably some ballot box stuffing as we saw in Baltimore---the election frauds are occurring by the governor and mayoral executives who appoint corrupt Maryland and Baltimore Board of Election leaders.
Think Latino 99% received any more civil rights and liberties from an Obama/Holder US Justice Office than US black citizens did?
'Former CASA Board member Thomas Perez is now Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Holder Justice Department'.
YES, THESE LATIN AMERICAN 1% AND THEIR 2% HOLD GREAT POWER IN CONGRESS AND WITH GLOBAL WALL STREET AS THEY ARE THE GLOBAL PLAYERS ALLOWING FOREIGN ECONOMIC ZONE ACTIVITIES IN THEIR NATIONS.
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I spoke of REAGAN/CLINTON installing global Wall Street neo-liberalism in the US -----Clinton posing left social progressive in a Democratic Party-----then THATCHER/BLAIR had Blair running in UK Labour Party while being yet another global Wall Street neo-liberal taking UK's labor politics. Well, the same thing occurred in Latin America---and LULA DE SILVA ran as a WORKER'S PARTY candidate sold as a left socialist. We knew he was the same global Wall Street player as Clinton and Blair-----but media sold him as that far-left labor radical-----AND HE NEVER WAS. It seems likely de Silva is that global 1% and their 2% seen below----de Silva family name has been attached to wealth for centuries -----
I always called Lula de Silva of Brazil LULU-----because that was some SOCIAL PROGRESSIVE POSING he was doing pretending to be WORKER'S PARTY left when he was working it for the global 1% and their 2% creating one of the most extreme wealth and extreme poverty conditions in Brazil during these few decades------WORKER'S PARTY-----BEING BROUGHT TO THE US ELECTIONS.
Ernest de SilvaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ernest de Silva
BornNovember 26, 1887
Colombo, British Ceylon
DiedMay 9, 1957 (aged 69)
Colombo, Dominion of Ceylon
(now Sri Lanka)
Other namesSir A.E. de Silva
EducationClare College, Cambridge,
Royal College, Colombo
Spouse(s)Lady Evadne de Silva
Sir Ernest de Silva KBE (26 November 1887 – 9 May 1957) was a Ceylonese business magnate, banker, barrister and public figure, considered to be the most prominent Ceylonese philanthropist of the 20th century. A wealthy and influential polymath, he was the founder-chairman of the largest bank in Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka), the Bank of Ceylon, the founder-governor of the State Mortgage Bank and chairman of the Ceylon All-Party committee. He made many contributions to Ceylonese society and is also considered to be the preeminent philatelist in the history of Ceylon.
No doubt Trump sees WORKER'S PARTY in his future---that is what far-right, authoritarian, militaristic, dictatorship LIBERTARIAN MARXISM is-----it is Trump/Pence. It has nothing to do with helping labor----it is like CHINA'S MAO-----Mao was a YALE GRADUATE who returned to China to restructure Chinese society to INDUSTRIALIZATION----he was sold as a left communist labor leader while being that far-right, authoritarian, militaristic, dictator---CRAZY PERSON-----corporate fascism.
PLEASE EDUCATE AS TO HOW THE GLOBAL 1% AND THEIR 2% USE OUR LEFT-LEANING POLITICAL STANCES AGAINST WE THE PEOPLE!
Trump was installed to build those US cities deemed Foreign Economic Zones flooding our cities with millions of global labor pool workers while becoming that Latin American/MAOIST authoritarian societal structure. I watched as an American Worker's Party supported more right-wing and Clinton neo-liberal candidates.
A Trumpist Workers' Party Manifesto
Abandoning the low-tax, small-government orthodoxy of the GOP, its nominee says he envisions the Republican Party of the future as a “workers’ party.”
Jim Urquhart / Reuters
- David A. Graham
- May 26, 2016
“You’re going to have a worker’s party. A party of people that haven’t had a real wage increase in 18 years, that are angry.”
That’s how Donald Trump described the Republican Party he imagines in five or 10 years, during an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joshua Green.
The phrase “workers’ party” is a striking one, since it conjures first and foremost the socialist parties of the 20th century. Does Comrade Trump mean to say that he intends to establish soviets and collective ownership? Of course not, although this sort of language—both the denotative reference to a “workers’ party” and the connotation of an empowered blue-collar class—go a long way to explaining why so many wealthy Republicans were slow to rally around Trump, or are still resisting. A party that has long prized lower taxes, a reduced social-safety net, and smaller government above all else is being asked to rally around a candidate willing to describe himself as leading a blue-collar workers’ movement.
Even so, the suggestion is intriguing: How much does Trumpism have in common with workers’ parties? On the big question—capitalism or collectivism?—Trump obviously stands opposed to the socialists. But move past that and there are some agreements on policy.
Domestically, for example, many of the U.S. parties that called themselves “workers’ parties” have pursued programs of strong social-safety nets; heavy infrastructure investment; protectionism for American workers; and minimum-wage laws. Moreover, they rail against a corrupt and oppressive elite class that pulls the strings.
All of this, of course, sounds familiar to anyone who’s been watching Trump. “The state or government is thus the political instrument through which the owning class exercises and maintains its power and suppresses the working class,” the Workers’ Party of the U.S. charged in 1935.
“They will do anything to maintain their power. They will do anything. They will say anything. They will spend whatever it takes because they know that if Donald Trump becomes the nominee and ultimately the president of the United States, the days of backroom deals are over. He will only be responsible to the American people,” Trump aide Corey Lewandowski says today. Trump’s talking point is dubious—he himself is an elite, with a long record of exploiting vulnerable workers—but its resonance is real.
Trump has waffled on whether he’d support a higher minimum wage, to the point where it’s impossible to tell what he’d really back (although with a Congress dominated by the Republican Party of today, rather than the one Trump envisions in a decade, any increase would likely be dead on arrival). But he’s argued strongly for infrastructure investment. “We've spent $4 trillion trying to topple various people,” Trump said in December. “If we could've spent that $4 trillion in the United States to fix our roads, our bridges and all of the other problems—our airports and all of the other problems we've had—we would've been a lot better off. I can tell you that right now.”
And he’s been a strong proponent of current social-insurance programs, perhaps the point that puts him most strongly at odds with the Republican Party as it exists now. “What I want to do, I think cutting Social Security is a big mistake for the Republican Party,” Trump told Green. “And I know it’s a big part of the budget. Cutting it the wrong way is a big mistake, and even cutting it [at all].”
While Trump doesn’t espouse the radical racial equality of American workers’ parties of the past, the way he speaks about black voters is similar. “The Negroes compose the most exploited and persecuted section of the population of this country,” argued the Workers Party of the U.S., prescribing better economic circumstances as a cure. Trump echoes this, from his two-dimensional view of minorities as essentially concerned about economic well-being and employment to his (now-)archaic use of a definite article: “The African Americans want jobs. If you look at what's going on, they want jobs.”
Globally, Trumpism does not share the goal of international socialist revolution—but, once again, get past that and there are echoes. Above all, the two movements share a deep skepticism of American military involvement and entanglements overseas.
“The economy and politics of the United States depend more and more upon crises, wars and revolutions in all parts of the world,” the Workers Party of the U.S. contended. Today, Trump argues (likely implausibly, but so be it) that he would slash U.S. defense spending, even as he made the military stronger. While Trump’s claim that he opposed the Iraq war before it began has been debunked, his argument about the important of rebuilding infrastructure at home rather than rebuilding nations overseas is essentially anti-imperial. And Trump has expressed deep misgivings about American spending on military alliances like NATO or on behalf of allies, both of which would qualify as imperialist projects under the old rubric.
What else does Trump share with socialist movements of the early- to mid-20th century? While some, like the Socialist Party, demanded “absolute freedom of press,” others expressed skepticism of independent media, and socialist governments ran the press as a tool of party speech. Trump has tried to cut off unfriendly outlets from covering him, and repeatedly called for stricter libel laws as a muzzle on independent coverage. Meanwhile, Trump’s harsh attacks on rivals within the Republican Party (and even former rivals—on Wednesday, he mocked Rick Perry, who has fervently endorsed him) recall the fierce internecine factional battles of the socialist movement.
All this said, Trump’s opposition to collective ownership and global socialist revolution are significant deviations from what one expects from a true “workers’ party.” But his clever use of class grievance, decoupled from class revolution, as a tool of political gain is reminiscent of other political parties, particularly European “welfare chauvinism” movements. The connection between Trumpism and the Marine LePen-led National Front in France has been remarked upon before. Both are supported by swathes of blue-collar workers, many of whom live in rural areas. They are skeptical of foreigners and oppose immigration. They don’t like the nation being beholden to global obligations like the European Union. But they have no truck with small government, and no ideological obsession with reducing government “dependence.” Instead, they want to keep or strengthen the welfare state as it exists—simply making sure that only the right people are able to benefit from it.
One reason that these European parties have sometimes been regarded with suspicion is that continent’s troubled history of self-proclaimed workers’ parties that blend socialism and nationalism. In America, by contrast, such movements have been somewhat less common.
Nonetheless, there is one party that might fit some of these boxes: Identification as a workers’ party. Opposition to free trade. Anger at empowered elites. Against immigration. Focusing on an “America first” foreign policy. Driven, like Trumpism, by racial resentment, rather than aggressive racial equality. It’s called the Traditionalist Workers Party, and it’s relatively new. Trump might rather steer clear of the TWP, though—it’s been described as a hate or neo-Nazi group, and its invocation of “folk” certainly sets off alarm bells for many people. Perhaps not all, though. Trump has been rather coy about running white nationalists out of his camp before.
As national media in the US sells the idea that it is the people's Democratic Party that is corrupt and tied to Wall Street through CLINTON/BUSH/OBAMA----we are hearing a call to kill the Democratic Party-----the majority of Democratic voters are labor and justice----80% of the Democratic base and we are being told we need to move to other political parties because our once strong left-social Democratic Party is too captured by global Wall Street. Know what? The elections are rigged so no other party can win----the 5% to the 1% are simply trying to kill our only left leaning major political party. Well, that is what is happening in Latin America as well. Lula and Dilma were always BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON GLOBAL WALL STREET PLAYERS. They took that Brazilian Worker's Party and made it look corrupt and tied to global rich. These corruptions occur when the rich get control of our government-----that is why strong regulations----strong anti-trust and monopoly ------strong oversight and accountability of our Federal, state, and local government existed this past century of FDR social democracy. Our economy was thriving----our trust in government was strong-----our ability to grow our personal wealth was protected. We must have WE THE PEOPLE---both conservative Democrat and Republican STOP believing all the global 1% selling of small government----low corporate taxes------deregulation-----
THAT IS WHAT BRINGS SYSTEMIC CORPORATE FRAUD AND GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION.
Dilma is not being pushed out because of corruption---she is being pushed out because global 1% are finished with these global frauds and pretending to be left-leaning and are MOVING FORWARD to ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE FAR-RIGHT, AUTHORITARIAN, MILITARISTIC CORPORATE RULE. Dilma is leaving for the same reason Hillary did not win the general election----TRUMP WAS INSTALLED.
Dilma and Hillary are fine with that ----they are the 1% and their 2% and will have a fine time enjoying that.
Dilma as an economist under de Silva installed in Brazil one of the most global Wall Street neo-liberal economic systems----complete with fraud and corruption
Rousseff receiving a photograph of Hugo Chávez from Nicolás Maduro at the Planalto Palace, 9 May 2013.
Although Rousseff states that her political thinking has changed drastically – from Marxism to pragmatic capitalism – she remains proud of her radical roots'.
Brazil’s Massive Corruption Scandal Is Polarizing The CountryMillions of Brazilians are publicly protesting for the president’s impeachment.
04/01/2016 10:00 am ET
Nick Robins-Early World News Reporter, The Huffington Post
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff suffered another blow on Tuesday, when the powerful Brazilian Democratic Movement Party quit the government’s ruling coalition.
Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with political scientist Mauricio Santoro, a professor at Rio de Janeiro State University, on the political crisis unfolding in brazil.
An escalating corruption scandal is engulfing Brazil’s government. It’s caused political deadlock and brought millions of people out in pro- and anti-government protests. On Tuesday, President Dilma Rousseff suffered a blow when the powerful Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or the PMDB, quit the government’s ruling coalition.
Rousseff now faces a growing threat of impeachment on charges related to breaking budget laws, amid declining political and popular support. In a sign of the corruption problems that plague Brazil’s politics, many of the officials accusing Rousseff of malfeasance are also the subject of graft allegations.
The scandals have occurred as the South American country faces a myriad social and economic crises that include its worst recession in decades. While polls show that discontent with Rousseff is high, Brazil’s protests are part of a complex political landscape in which government supporters and opponents are increasingly polarized.
The WorldPost spoke with Mauricio Santoro, a political science professor at Rio de Janeiro State University, on the effects of the scandal on Brazilian society and what the future may hold for its politics.
Ueslei Marcelino / Reuters
This March 13 protest in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, formed part of a series of nationwide protests calling for Rousseff’s impeachment, but she also has plenty of supporters.
After Wednesday’s developments, how likely is it that Rousseff will face impeachment?
The biggest political party in Brazil left the government. That makes impeachment much bigger probability. I would say that today, the possibility that Dilma will be impeached is something around 70 percent.
She’s losing the votes that she needs and she doesn’t have the support of the majority of the population. She will have a very difficult time in the next weeks in Congress.
Some reports indicate that Brazilian people are completely opposed to Rousseff, but how much support has she actually lost from voters?
Three years ago, Dilma was a very popular president. She had the support of around 75 percent of the population. But then everything began to change very quickly. The economy went from a good moment to a very bad one, and now we are in the middle of the worst recession in 25 years. Lots of corruption scandals started to appear. The president wasn’t able to respond to all these big demonstrations and to all these big demands that several social groups in Brazil were presenting to her.
Nowadays, more or less 8 in 10 Brazilians say that the president is doing a bad job. She’s very unpopular, and that goes for all social classes and all the regions of Brazil. But there’s a difference between the people that believe that she’s doing a bad job, and the people who believe she should be impeached because of that.
Around two-thirds of Brazilians are supporting impeachment right now.Around two-thirds of Brazilians are supporting impeachment right now. It’s a majority, but that also means that we have one-third of Brazilians — quite a big group — saying that they don’t want an impeachment.
The problem is that the division has become very polarized. This high level of polarization in the last couple of years in Brazil is more typical of Venezuela, of Argentina, but we are not used to it. Everybody’s a little bit lost. How do we deal with this deep political difference inside our intimate circle, inside the people that we love, inside the people that we have to deal on a daily basis?
What role does the media play in framing that crisis and debate?
Well, one of the consequences of the polarization is that people are very suspicious now in Brazil of institutions — both the political institutions, such as the parties, Congress and the court, but also civil society institutions like the press. You have people on both sides of this polarization accusing these institutions of being partisan. It’s become sort of a black or white position.
If you are supporting the government now in Brazil, you’re basically saying that the media is full of liars and that you can’t trust them in any circumstance, and so on. But many people who are against the government are also blaming the media, saying that the media is not critical enough of the government.
What people are doing more and more now is using social networks in order to gather information and organize demonstrations. But the problem with that is that we don’t have good gatekeepers on the social networks, and people tend to believe what they want to believe. If you are against the government, you are going to read the bloggers and you are going to search for the sites which are also very much against the government. If you are supporting the government, you’re going to look for the people on the social networks who are also supporting the government. It’s become this very dangerous group think.
It’s allowed for echo chambers of people only hearing what they want to hear.
Exactly, and this is a very serious problem now. If you look to surveys in Brazil right now about the people who are in demonstrations, they are very critical of the media. They are more critical if you go to the demonstrations that are supporting the government, but they are also critical of the media if they’re against the government.
In Brazil, I don’t think you have one newspaper, magazine or TV station that is seen by both parties, both sides of this polarization, as a source of information that they can trust.
They think these institutions have become mouthpieces of political or economic powers on either the right or the left?
I don’t think they’ve become the mouthpieces of these interest groups, but many people perceive them as pawns in this political game.
How has the debate about partisan and political divides split Brazil along class and ethnic lines?
It’s a controversial issue, because pro-government groups are saying that the poor people in Brazil are supporting them and that the people who are conducting the demonstrations against the government are mostly middle class and upper middle class. Well, yes and no.
If you go to the demonstrations you’re not going to see many poor Brazilians.It’s complicated because 8 in 10 Brazilians are saying that they don’t trust the president and that the president is doing a bad job. We don’t have 80 percent of Brazilians in the middle class, so it cuts through all the major social groups in Brazil. But at the same time, the people who are taking a more active role in the demonstrations are mostly middle class.
If you go to the demonstrations, you’re not going to see many poor Brazilians. This is one of the reasons that explains why these demonstrations are about issues such as corruption and not about issues such as police violence or racism or the lack of good sanitation. Those are an agenda that is not really strong in the middle class.
What could Brazil’s government look like if Rousseff is impeached?
If she is impeached, the president would be our current vice president Michel Temer. He is a leader of the PMDB, Brazil’s biggest political party. He would probably implement a very strong austerity policy.
This austerity policy would be very difficult to implement in Brazil — it would be difficult anywhere. If it’s difficult in a country such as Spain, Portugal or Greece which have fairly good welfare systems you can imagine how hard it would in Brazil which does not have a welfare state.
If a Temer government tries to implement an austerity government in Brazil, social reaction would be strong. One of the problems that they would face is that the trade unions are basically allies of Rousseff and the [ruling] Workers’ Party. If they were in opposition they could be a very powerful enemy, they could go on strike or block roads in Brazil.
At the same time, if Dilma remains president and isn’t impeached, the prognosis would also be very difficult, because she doesn’t have support of congress and is basically hostage to any decision that congress takes. So this is the political deadlock we’re facing now in Brazil, and there is no easy way out.
'Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff receives Woodrow Wilson Award in New York City, 21 September 2011'.
Woodrow Wilson was the President installing the FED in time for the great Robber Baron roaring 20s Wall Street fraud that created extreme wealth and extreme poverty.....he is the face of EMPIRE-BUILDING MANIFEST DESTINY. So, if the Woodrow Wilson Center gives you an award---you are on team global 1% and their 2%! All the names I see below are global Wall Street players----OK I like Dolly Parton but she like Oprah are global business. Woodrow Wilson Center is not about left socialism.
'Federal Reserve Act Signed by President Wilson
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December 23, 1913
by Staff of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
With the nation confronting another financial crisis in 1907, and the United States the only one of the world’s major financial powers without a central bank, the nation was forced to turn to Wall Street. Finance mogul J.P. Morgan, who had bailed the government out of a financial crisis in 1895, organized private sector investments and lines of credit to stabilize the banking system amid its latest panic'.
LOOK AT ALL THOSE ONE WORLD ONE GOVERNANCE GLOBAL 1% AND THEIR 2%! Oh, there's LULA
'Woodrow Wilson Award Recipients'
Awardees are chosen by the Wilson Center Board of Trustees in recognition of their work to benefit society. In line with President Wilson's vision, honorees participate in efforts to improve the global community through collaboration and open dialogue. They have made contributions to advance education, peace, health care, culture, legislation, sportsmanship, technology, scholastic research, and leadership.
Woodrow Wilson Awards have gone to a diverse set of professionals, including scientists, politicians, entertainers, diplomats, athletes, business executives, doctors and philanthropists. Among business executives, their industries include health care, hotels, restaurants and energy.
The following individuals are among the recipients of the Woodrow Wilson Center award for Public Service:
Prime Minister Lee Kwan Yew accepts Woodrow Wilson Award in New York City
Jacques Attali, economist, writer and humanitarian
James A. Baker III, United States Secretary of State
Santiago Calatrava, architect
Elaine L. Chao, United States Secretary of Labor
Gustavo A. Cisneros
Hillary Clinton, First Lady of the United States, United States senator, United States Secretary of State
William Cohen, United States senator, United States Secretary of Defense
Dianne Feinstein, United States senator
Betty Ford, First Lady of the United States
Frank Gehry, architect
John Glenn, astronaut and United States senator
John Howard, Prime Minister of Australia
Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, 11th President of India
Henry Kissinger, National Security Advisor and United States Secretary of State
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil
Preston Manning, Canadian politician
John McCain, United States senator
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, United States senator
Brian Mulroney, Prime Minister of Canada
Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
Janet Napolitano, Governor of Arizona and Secretary of Homeland Security
Wayne Newton, entertainer, activist
Queen Noor Al Hussein, Queen of Jordan
Dolly Parton, entertainer, philanthropist
David Petraeus, United States Army general
Colin Powell and Alma Powell, United States Army general and United States Secretary of State
Penny Pritzker, civil servant
Tom Ridge, member of the United States House of Representatives, Governor of Pennsylvania and Secretary of Homeland Security
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff receives Woodrow Wilson Award in New York City, 21 September 2011.
Dilma Vana Rousseff, President of Brazil
Ahn Sang-soo, former mayor of Incheon
Bud Selig, Commissioner of Baseball
Barbara Walters, journalist
Andrew Lloyd Webber, composer
Ronald Weiser, former Ambassador to Slovakia
Pete Wilson, United States senator, and Governor of California
Lee Kuan Yew, Prime Minister of Singapore