By David Cay Johnston

Job Creation: The Latest Taxpayer-Funded Scandal

October 23, 2013 9:19 am Category: Memo Pad, Politics 97 Comments A+ / A-
Job Creation: The Latest Taxpayer-Funded Scandal

Republican governors are actually creating jobs, and sometimes big-paying jobs. However, these are not jobs for you or your neighbors, but for their friends — also known as campaign donors — a new report shows.

These newly created jobs do not manufacture products. They don’t even provide a service. Well, technically they do — serving up your tax dollars to politically connected businesses while erecting barriers to make sure the public knows as little as possible.

And just what are the new jobs being created by governors like Jan Brewer in Arizona, John Kasich in Ohio, Terry Branstad in Iowa and Scott Walker in Wisconsin?

Why, they are on the staffs of public-private partnerships, or PPPs, whose purpose is to give your tax dollars away to corporations.

If you think people who own companies should invest their own dough, and if they do it right are entitled to their riches, you must be living in another era. These days hotels, big-box retail stores, medical offices and the occasional factory are built using your tax dollars for all or a good chunk of the cost, a story detailed in my book, Free Lunch.

This latest development in the rapid growth of corporate socialism is in a report being issued today by Good Jobs First, a tiny nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C.

For years this small group, operating on a budget of about a million bucks a year, has mined the public record to find golden nuggets of fact documenting the upward redistribution of wealth and income that is at the heart of America’s economic woes. It is a story seldom mentioned in the news.

The new report is titled, fittingly, “Creating Scandals Instead of Jobs: The Failures of Privatized State Economic Development Agencies.”

“State efforts to promote economic development,” the report begins, “have traditionally been carried out by public agencies such as commerce departments, which both market the state to potential corporate investors and administer the subsidies that are frequently used to lure companies. In late 2010, however, several newly elected governors called for a different approach. Claiming that their state agencies were no longer effective, the governors-elect called for the creation of “public-private partnerships” (PPPs) to take over the functions.”

These jobs giving away your tax dollars must require tremendous skill, based on what they pay.

Consider Don Cardon, hired by Arizona governor Jan Brewer in 2011 to run the Arizona Commerce Authority with at least $25 million of taxpayer and private funds to give away. Cardon’s salary was $300,000, triple what the finger-wagging governor makes.

He also got a $50,000 signing bonus, a grand a month car allowance, and the prospect of a $75,000 performance bonus if he was really good at giving away money to companies. That was more than enough to put him well into the top half of one percent of all workers that year. But Cardon quit and thus had to give back part of his signing bonus.

Good news for Cardon, though, that the private side of the public-private partnership approved a $60,000 bonus. Cardon then took a job raising money for — who else — the Arizona Commerce Authority through a private partner, called Team ACA, that does not disclose its donors.

Kasich, the Ohio governor who postures as a wise steward of public funds, gave away almost a half-billion dollars in his first year as governor, setting a new record for the state by a wide margin.

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  • midway54

    The Plutocracy, aided and abetted by its huge community of political flunkies, is alive and well.

  • Michael Kollmorgen

    People don’t realize this because the main focus has been on the Federal Government. But, the “states” can make you go broke faster than the Feds will.

    When it comes to spending your tax dollars, nothing beats the state. And, this goes all the way down to the local governments as well.

    • Independent1

      And depending on the state, they can make you a lot more than broke, they can make you dead sooner: either by being shot, or with much higher risk of being killed in an auto accident or not even living until your 1st birthday for newborns.
      Red states lead the nation in violence of every kind, especially firearms related, and they lead by far in auto accidents and in infant mortality. Red States have the lowest projected longevity. GOP governance cannot only make you broke faster, it can make you dead sooner than obviously the majority of GOP lovers realize.

      • Richard Holmes

        Look at NY city- Chicago- Detroit. The strictest gun laws in the country and the leading crime rates in the US. The worst red state can’t even come close to the murder rate of Chicago. Every democrat controlled city and state is a broke, war zone ghetto. To include DC.

        • Independent1

          You’re mixing apples and oranges – although those cities you mention may have significant crime problems, at the state level, only one blue state, New Mexico, consistently ranks among the states with the most homicides, firearms deaths, auto accidents, high infant mortality etc.

          Here’s the list of states that have the highest firearms mortality (notice the are all Red States except for NM):

          Firearms Mortality per 100,000 – 2010
          AK-20.4;LA-19.2;AL-16.2;MS-16.1;WY-15.6;MT-15.4;NM-14.9;AZ-14.6;NV-14.5;TN-14.4;MO-14.0;SC-14.0

          23 of the 25 states with the highes auto fatality rates are Red States. Here’s a list of the 1st 10:

          Auto Fatalities per One Million Miles Driven – 2010

          MT-2.45;LA-2.17;SC-2.09;MS-2.04;AR-1.96;AL-1.81;AZ-1.69;NV-1.68;AK-1.63;NC-1.62

          7 of the 10 States for 2012 with the highest violence rates are Red States (DE and MD are two of the three Blue States probably because they’re so close to DC which has by far the highest violence but is not a state):
          Violent Crimes per 100,000 Population – 2012

          TN-643.6;NV-607.6;AK-603.2;NM-559.1;SC-558.8;DE-547.4;LA-496.9;FL-487.1;MD-476.8;OK-469.3
          And here are some statistics, in some cases using results back in 2009 and 2010 which show that the fact that Red States are ongoing disasters:

          11 of the 12 states that have the highest infant mortality rates in the nation ARE GOP-RUN STATES? With Mississippi having the highest infant mortality followed by Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, S. Carolina, Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana & Ohio.

          -20 of the 23 states that have more than 15% of their population struggling with incomes below the poverty level are GOP-RUN STATES. The only Blue States in the top 23 are California, New Mexico, and New York. While for 2013, the 8 states with the highest average incomes, including the 3 with the highest minimum wage standard, are all Blue States.

          – 15 of the 20 states with the highest average rates of homicide over the past 5 years are GOP-RUN STATES. With Louisiana being by far the murder capital of America followed by Mississippi, New Mexico, Maryland, South Carolina,
          Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Georgia, Illinois, Arkansas, Oklahoma, N. Carolina, Nevada and Florida.

          -23 of the 25 states in the nation with the highest highway fatality rates ARE GOP-RUN STATES; with Montana having the most fatalities followed by Louisiana, West Virginia, S. Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, N. Carolina, S. Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Ohio, Florida…

          -19 of the 20 states with the highest firearms mortality rates ARE GOP-RUN STATES; with Louisiana leading the nation in firearms mortality followed by Wyoming, Alabama, Montana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nevada, Tennessee, Alaska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, S. Carolina, W. Virginia, Missouri, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, Idaho, Florida and N. Carolina

          -9 of the 12 states with 6 or more public servants per 10,000 public employees convicted of corruption are GOP-RUN STATES: led by Louisina with 10.5, Kentucky – 8.5; S. Dakota – 7.5, Delaware – 7.2; Mississiipi – 7.1; Alabama – 7.1; Pennsylvania – 7.1; N. Dakota – 6.9; New Jersey; 6.7; Montana – 6.5; Ohio – 6.3 and Tennessee – 6.0.

          -12 of the 15 states that get back the most federal aid for the tax dollars they send to Washington are GOP-RUN STATES; And all 10 that get more than $1.75 back for each $1 they send to Washington in tax revenues are red states. Of the
          17 states that get back less tax dollars in federal aid than they send to Washington in tax revenues, ONLY 3 OF THEM ARE GOP RUN STATES. All 10 of the states that get the least federal aid for the taxes they pay (less than .75/$1) ARE BLUE STATES.

          – More than 75% of food stamp recipients live in GOP-RUN STATES. Six of the top 10 food stamp-using states are GOP-RUN states and beyond that the greatest food stamp using states are the sparsely populated red states. And of the 456
          counties in America that use more than 90% of all food stamps, 421 of those counties (92%) voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

          – the GOP-RUN STATE most Republicans probably look to as a shining light for the GOP, Texas, which is the second largest
          economy in America behind California, compares very poorly to other states in America. Texas ranks in the bottom 5 in more than 90% of 23 subjective measures when compared to other American states! Even though the GOP has had 20 plus years to turn it into something other than a job creation machine, Texas continues to shortchange its residents living standards and exposes them to many hazards; including living in the most polluted environment in America.

          – The five most violent states in the nation are all GOP-run states, led by Tennessee then S. Carolina, Louisiana, Florida and Nevada.

          -Finally, all 15 of the states with the lowest life expectancy in the U.S. ARE GOP-RUN STATES?? Such that there is a large
          disparity in longevity between Red States and Blue States: on average, residents of blue states live 2 years longer than residents of red states. Starting with longevity projections for red states of 75 in: Miss., W. Va., Ala. & LA.; to 76 in: Arkansas, Kentucky & Tennessee to 77 in: S. Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio & N. Carolina; while no Blue State has a longevity projection of less than 78, and many Blue states have longevity projected to 80 and over: N.J., N.H., Vermont, N.Y., Mass., Calif., CT, Minn. & Hawaii; Only
          one red state has longevity projected to 80 Utah (80.2), while 2 Blue States have longevity projections of over 81 –Minn. & Hawaii)

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            You should deeply ENGRAVE this information on a Bronze Tablet, a large one at that, permanently mount it on a Granite Slab it in such a way so everyone can see it right in from the building where Congress meets.

            Thank you:)

          • Independent1

            My wish is that someone able to better get this information out to American public, could follow up and do an even better job than I have in putting together even more statistics showing just how detrimental GOP-Governance idiocy is to peoples’ lives.

            America ranks 17th in the world in longevity, and many think it’s because our healthcare system is lacking. I’m not so sure. I think the biggest reason for America ranking so low on longevity is because America has so many Red States with very poor longevity projections because they are governed by absolute idiots. They are governed by people who have the misguided notion that cutting budgets and state services, even when that results in reducing police protection, and the regulations and guidelines related to firearms use, driving, inspecting companies that maintain dangerous explosives, doing nothing to educate their residents on unhealthy eating habits and on and on, is somehow the way that a government should operate.

            However, I think the statistics above are a clear example showing that what the GOP stands for is clearly detrimental to people living in the states they govern; and more Americans need to be made aware of the danger they let into every aspect of their lives when they cast a vote for the GOP.

    • Richard Holmes

      The states might spend millions but the fed wastes trillions. The fed is broke and yet they print more worthless money and borrow 47 cents on every dollar they spend. The feds will break you 3 times faster than the state. obamboo will make sure of that.

      • Independent1

        Rarely, Have I seen anyone on the NM more clueless than you are. Fact is: Obama has decreased spending faster than any president since Eisenhower. He took a 1.4 trillion budget that Bush passed him in 2009 and reduced it to 673 billion in his 4th budget year – doing exactly as he promised when running for election – he promised to cut deficit spening in half during his 1st term.

        In case you doubt what I say, here’s a link to a Forbes article that proves that. It shows that Reagan’s spending increases averaged 8.7%/yr and Bush jr’s averaged 8.1%/yr while Obama’s over the past 4 years have averaged 1.4% – Obama, the smallest spending president since Ike:

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05/24/who-is-the-smallest-government-spender-since-eisenhower-would-you-believe-its-barack-obama/

      • Independent1

        And what I forgot to mention in my first reply is that Reagan and the two Bushes are responsible for more than 90% of our current debt – Obama, via legislation he has actually signed, can only be charged with 1 trillion of it. The remaining 15 trillion (Reagan started off inheriting 800 billion) are all attributable to their drunken sailor spending or the financial economic disasters they created.

  • sigrid28

    The Republican credo has been and will forever be, job creation for my friends and relatives first, merit optional. An example, this nugget from the classified ads in our Iowa town newspaper. Its owners are, of course, Republican:

    “The After School Program Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementation of the After School programs. Coordinator must be a certified elementary teacher with 2 or more years teaching experience preferred. Coordinator must possess leadership skills, knowledge of learning styles, and organizational skills. Coordinator should also possess knowledge of the community.”

    The final sentence says it all–“knowledge of the community” means no one who is not connected via nepotism or cronyism need apply. Recent graduate in education with a masters, experience, and fine references–from Chicago–not interested. Local retiree with twenty years of teaching experience, three college degrees, and semi-retired, so can work for $14,000/year–new to town–not interested. Note that if government funds support this after school program, limiting qualifications in this way is illegal. It is done with impunity, over miniscule government outlays, just as felonies in the banking industry costing billions of taxpayer dollars are essentially overlooked. Only friends and relatives need apply.

    • docb

      I am so stealing you first line , sigrid…Terrific!

    • Richard Holmes

      The demoncraps are the masters of cronyism and nepotism. They reward their kind no matter their qualifications for the position they are handed. They are the founders of the KKK. They try at every chance to enslave the black man. Every intelligent person knows this is a fact but the left does their best to distort this truth by any means possible. Point the accusing finger at the democratic communist left.

      • 788eddie

        Ooooooooooo! Such vile, distorted anger.

        You have my sympathy for your condition (but not my empathy).

        • Richard Holmes

          I don’t need your sympathy or empathy. You are the one with a condition. The dumbass communist syndrome. You hate it when you are confronted with the truth.

          • Independent1

            You don’t need sympathy or empathy, you need mental help. You don’t know one thing about what you’re trying to blog about.

      • highpckts

        Oh my God you are truly dillusional!! Poor thing. Get help!!

        • BillP

          Don’t you just love how these right wing trolls make such ludicrous statements that they define as facts by stating that every intelligent person knows this. By every intelligent person they mean those who believe Fox network and the right wing media. I didn’t know that I was a communist by being democrat.

        • Richard Holmes

          Stick it. You are beyond help.

    • Richard Holmes

      Job creation for friends. Look at bamboo and his bammybots. They reward their lying, thieving friends with positions they are unqualified and to incompetent to hold. funnel money to companies owned by friends or big contributors. The left is full of liars, thieves and communists. There are some on the right. They are called RINOS. These people must go also. The sooner the better .

  • dana becker

    Guess what else States are giving Corps. The sales tax. No wonder they have no money left to take care of the people’s business or needs.

  • CindyInChicago

    Sadly, even this probably won’t convince the rubes up in WI that the uber-incompetent/corrupt Walker should’ve been recalled.

  • clarenceswinney

    Jobs We need jobs more than anything
    Good pay jobs raise that Min wage.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      Jobs that we once had that paid well with full benefits are gone, perhaps forever. They are never going to come back.

      With the demise of Unions went our jobs to China, Mexico and Viet Nam and along with that our nations wealth, our technology as well. Ross Perot warned us this would happen and we didn’t listen.

      The only industry we really have anymore is service-orientated employment. Our Middle Class has been gutted to the bone. Our Hard Industries are gone to places known and unknown.

      If we had to fight a real WW2 styled War, we’d loose. We could not produce enough military hardware fast enough, other than of course Nukes.

      • Independent1

        Not sure that’s true Michael. Here’s an article from late last year that states, American jobs are coming back to America because costs in foreign countries are rising as their economies grow and their people start looking for a better life:

        According to analysis by the Boston Consulting Group, manufacturing and supporting jobs will continue to grow by 5 million over the next decade. The firm previously projected a gain of 2 to 3 million jobs by 2020.

        Hal Sirkin, a BCG senior partner and co-author of the ongoing series entitled “Made in America, Again” joined The Daily Ticker’s Aaron Task to discuss the firm’s latest findings and the details behind America’s comeback.

        What’s the main driver behind the rebirth in American manufacturing?

        Rising production costs in other industrialized and developing nations, including labor and energy costs, makes manufacturing in the U.S. less expensive for American companies.

        In less than three years, the U.S. will have a cost advantage of 5% to 25% over Germany, Italy, France, the U.K., and Japan in a number of industries, including machinery, chemicals, transportation equipment as well as electrical and appliance equipment.

        America’s natural gas boom from shale (commonly referred to as “fracking”) has provided this country with some of the cheapest natural gas prices around the world. For the foreseeable future, natural gas prices will remain 50% to 70% cheaper in the U.S. versus Europe and Japan.

        Labor costs in other developed economies will be 20% to 45% more expensive compared to the costs of hiring U.S. workers.

        The U.S. could grab additional exports from the aforementioned nations to the tune of $130 billion annually.

        Average manufacturing costs in China will only be 7% lower compared to in the U.S in 2015.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          Sincerely, I do hope these statistics are correct.

          I have read where the typical Chinese worker is becoming disgruntled at the low wages.

          But, I don’t see, even if they get a 100% raise, we have a competitive edge afterwards. Average pay in a Chinese factory is only roughly about $1 an hour, adjusted for their currency compared to ours. So, even if they get a 100% raise, now making $2 an hour, they’re making roughly 500% less than we do here in the states. To make us truly competitive, we’d have to lower our wages to at least half of what we make now.

          Another point too, yes, mass production lowers the cost of doing business. However, how many widgets does one need? Sure, you can sell a widget to someone. But, worldwide, how many people have the proper energy source to run the thing. This is like selling someone a car, but they can’t get any gas for it.

          True, you can make a product so cheaply that you’ll have to replace it in a few years, keeps the money flowing from your pocket to the industrial complex is all this does.

          High Tech isn’t the answer either. China will reverse engineer what we produce for half the cost eventually. It’s already happened in the Plastics Industry several years ago, which gutted a lot of companies here making machinery to serve the industry. I know, I worked in one of them making machinery.

          Don’t believe this?, go to Harbor Freight and see all the Chinese knockoffs of former high quality Brand Name US made products. Also, go into Wall Mart, 90% Chinese imports.

          No, I don’t see any serious recovery of our industrial base for a long long time. Evidence if this can be pointed to the housing bubble burst a few years ago. I sold a house that was worth $125,000 for $45,000 when everything was said and done. I don’t see housing appreciating as fast or as much as it did the previous 50 years, in the next 50 years.

          Yep, our corporations are making big bucks. But, the guy on the street? – he’s screwed. It make take this country another 50 years to build itself up back to what it was just 5 years ago. It we can even do it. Personally I doubt it.

          • Independent1

            I don’t disagree with a lot of what you’re saying, but here’s an even later article than the first one which continues to state that jobs are coming back to America.

            Here’s the lead into the article:

            The trend of companies relocating American manufacturing jobs to low-wage China has started to reverse, as shown by recent decisions by Apple Inc., General Electric Co, Caterpillar, DSM, General Motors and even Chinese electronics giant Lenovo to scale up operations here.

            The bottom line: For the first time in decades, several key economic drivers have created a competitive advantage for the U.S. that will encourage corporate strategic decisions on capital allocation and acquisitions for generations to come.

            And here’s one section of the article that deals with the issue you posed about the difference in worker pay and productivity between the U.S. and China:

            4. Human capital. The wage gap between the U.S. and China has been shrinking. In 2000, U.S. wages were nearly 22 times higher than comparable wages in China, but by 2015 the difference will be less than four times. Factor in the U.S.’s faster gains in productivity and lower worker turnover rates, and by 2015 many pundits believe labor cost comparisons may no longer be a factor in determining the location of manufacturing operations. Most people don’t realize the U.S. also enjoys a future demographic advantage over other countries. By 2050, the U.S.is expected to offer the youngest labor force among the major economies, while China and Japan will have the oldest.

            And here’s the link to the whole article that explains a lot of factors that are starting to give America the edge

            http://www.businessinsider.com/manufacturing-jobs-returning-to-america-2013-2

          • Jim Myers

            There is a serious problem with the jobs picture.

            Comparing US labor costs to that in China is only a small fraction of the workforce competition.

            Countries like the Philippines, India, Pakistan, etc. have drastically lower labor costs than the United States.

            As Chinese labor costs become higher, these other countries will become more attractive to business.

            And, there will always be a source of cheap labor somewhere just waiting to be exploited.

          • Independent1

            Jim, did you read the article? Those places you mention don’t have the job creating advantages of America all together.
            Like:
            1. Cheap and Abundant Natural gas
            2. Innovation
            3. Rule of Law
            4. Human Capital
            5. De-Complexity
            6. Public Policy and Abundance
            7. Credit, currency and the coming wave of mergers and acquisitions.

            Which will drive jobs in the future. The majority of those countries you mentioned are going to fall by the wayside as the jobs of the future become more complex; unless they make great strides in advancing their economies and work cultures – which is doubtful.

      • Richard Holmes

        The liberals that pushed higher taxes and heavy regulations on businesses and the unions unrealistic demands on companies sent jobs over seas. All this turmoil is the effect of the lefts radical anti-American agenda.

        • Bryan Blake

          Mr. Holmes: I like your comment, not because I agree with it, but because it is so typical of the deluded mindset of the right wing gruel slopped constantly upon the empty minds of the willfully ignorant. The most extreme on your side of the political playpen scream constantly about the loss of your freedoms while begging their very oppressors to take them.

          The Founders were acutely aware of the diversity of the American citizenry of their time and could see it as a constantly evolving element in the future of the new nation. After the original Revolutionaries died and the new 1% took over the balance of power and therefore its relationships was perverted. That perversion evolved, thrived and can be found in the modern incarnation of conservative thought. In order to justify conservative thought there MUST BE the scary OTHERS!

          Being an altruistic democrat I find those who prostrate themselves before this ideology “useful idiots” of these right wing Libertarian extremists. They gladly submit themselves to serving those who do not care about their well being. It is their willful ignorance that makes them “useful idiots”. You call me a communists while marching to the same kind of orders that Lenin gave his followers during his Communist Revolution of 1917. Throughout history those who seek power for power’s sake are one in the same – no matter by what name they are known.

          First know what street you are walking down. Be your own oracle and wash the mud from your eyes. We are all ignorant. Those who choose to wallow in willful ignorance are condemned to be pawns and not arbitrators of their own fates.

        • Independent1

          Keep on spouting ridiculous nonsense – you prove with every post how clueless of an idiot you are.
          Jobs being shipped overseas had absolutely nothing to do with taxation and regulation – millions of American jobs were destroyed and shipped to China for one reason: GREED.
          It was America’s largest American Job Destroyer, Mitt Romney, that’s responsible for the vast majority of American jobs being destroyed and shipped to China. From the time Mitt conned his Dad into bankrolling him into starting Bain Capital, Mitt Romney set an example for numerous other unAmerican corporate pirates.
          How do you think Mitt took that bankroll he got from his dad and turned into 250 million dollars??? By buying out foundering American companies, stripping them of their assets, including pocketing much of their pension assets, dumping the pension liabilities onto the American taxpayer and shipping the jobs to China, Mexico, whereever it was the most lucrative. And America is only fortunate that Barak Obama refused to go along with Mitt in allowing GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt, or both those companies would be operating out of China or Mexico today – with all the taxes on their profits going out of America.
          During the auto bailout process, while America was heading into a deep recession, Mitt and his hedgefund buddy Singer were busy negotiating the buyout of the auto industries largest small parts maker Delphi (you may remember it as Delco). Because GM, Chrysler and Ford were all in trouble, Delphi was also foundering such that it’s stock price had dropped from over $20 to under $1. Mitt and Singer actually bought out the company with 25,000 workers for about 69 cents/share.
          They canned all the union jobs (about 24,000 of them), stripped Delphi of its assets, pocketed the pension monies, and negotiated with manufacturers in China to start manufacturing small the small auto parts. And Mitt and Singer were so devious, that while Mitt kept harping about “Let GM and Chrysler go bankrupt”, they were trying to force these to companies into bankruptcy by refusing to furnish them with the small parts they needed to start production. Fortunately, the judge overseeing the buyout insisted that Delphi had to honor its commitment to GM and Chrysler or he would nix the deal.
          And this totally unAmerican scumbag had the nerve to run for president, pretending to be an American job creator, we had proven over 15 plus years of being America’s biggest American job destroyer.

  • Bryan Blake

    Inherent in our current incarnation of Monarchical Capitalism is the historical oppression of labor. The Constitutional Convention produced a document based upon the idea of a strong Federal Government. Essential to the belief for the need of a strong central government was the protection of wealth and property from the “mob”. But as the founding generations died off the concept of protection devolved into the promotion of the increasing of wealth and property acquisition. The introduction of the concept of “Privatization” is the ultimate in the promotion of wealth and property. As noted this transfers wealth from We The People to the 1%. So today, especially here in Texas, We are openly exploited by the 1% as they plunder our treasury, deny us government services and place almost all of the tax burden upon we The Mob that these rich and ultra-rich so disdain. This is more than mere corporate socialism it is class warfare at its worse!

    As a member of The Mob, as defined by the corporate class, I am outraged that corporate socialism is perfectly acceptable to the Republicans while the ACA is labeled socialism. As we all know the ACA was based upon a Heritage Foundation idea, which can hardly be characterized as a socialist organization. Until I became disabled I spent the vast majority of my working life as a small business owner. So I do not have a problem with the basic idea of capitalism. But I do have a problem with this incarnation of Monarchical Capitalism. It has no allegiance but to the power of money and those who have the power of money have allegiance only to themselves. I failed several times in business. But no level of government helped me start my next business. So in essence I was a true capitalist while these “corporate socialist” are merely “capitalist wannabes”.

    • Michael Kollmorgen

      I too tried and failed several times to start a business, my last was a machine shop I sold just a few months ago for way less that what it was worth.

      Unless you are well-connected and have access to quite a bit of money or have some sort of product which is absolutely needed and people can’t live without, your chances of succeeding in business as a small business person is severely quashed by laws and regulations that are tilted towards big corporations which have everything to gain by your loss.

      As I see it, our problem is in the very nature of Capitalism. Capitalism breeds greed and lust for power. There is no other way of looking at it. I have absolutely nothing against free enterprise. But, un-controlled Capitalism as to be reigned in.

      • stcroixcarp

        The purpose of capitalism is not free market, but to achieve a monopoly on all goods and services, thus controlling all the wealth.

        • Independent1

          When taken to the extreme as the GOP has been trying to do ever since Reagan during his 1st term destroyed any bond between companies and their workers; by summarily destroying the Air Traffic Controllers Union, and constantly harping on the fantasy of trickle-down economics and the nonsense that the rich are benevolent keepers of the world; while spending money like a drunken sailor during his two terms, such that he spent more money in 8 years than all the presidents from Truman to Carter combined.

          • stcroixcarp

            That is my take on it too.

          • Allan Richardson

            It’s not Paul Ryan’s or Ted Cruz’s or Sarah Palin’s Tea Party. Just as Alice’s Tea Party started with the Mad Hatter, this one started with the Mad Gipper.

          • Independent1

            You sure got that right! After doing a bunch of research, it’s my feeling that Ronnie Boy was the worst president America ever had. It’s the GOP thinking even today, that his ideas were so wonderful, that has them hellbent on following his nonsense ideas which are what is tearing America apart, even today.

          • Richard Holmes

            You are an uninformed Obamabot. Drink your kool-aid, sit down and shut up.

          • Richard Holmes

            The MAD HATTER is OBAMBOO. He leads the biggest gaggle of liars and thieves the world will ever know.

          • Jim Myers

            Actually, he spent twice as much as ALL previous Presidents combined.

            And, he did it in 8 years, not 200 years like it took ALL of his predecessors.

          • Richard Holmes

            Unions are a cancer on human kind. They are the puppets of the communists to row beat the companies and workers into becoming good little comrades.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            IF Unions IS a Cancer on human kind, please tell me why; the decline of our society, gutting of the middle class, wealth and technology being transferred directly to China coincides and started precisely with the demise of Unions in America.

          • stcroixcarp

            Your are wrong, utterly and completely wrong.

          • Richard Holmes

            Unions are a cancer. They were for the workers at first but have become thug enterprises. They only represent themselves. The people in office that give in to the unions do not help the working man. If you want to talk about who spent the most. Look at bama. One trillion a year. More than ALL the presidents before him combined. Numbers don’t lie, unless you are a liberal and you do fuzzy math. A thing that liberals are greatly fond of. feel sorry for you lefties, being brain dead idiots and all.

          • Independent1

            Explain to me why you’re on the NM blogging when you don’t know one thing you’re blogging about. Obama is the smallest spending president since Ike. If you don’t believe that, go to forbes.com and do a search for ‘smallest spending president’. What you’ll find is that the biggest spenders since Ike have been Reagan and the two Bushes. 8.7%,8.1% and 5.6%/yr increases vs Obama 1.4%/yr. The high deficts during Obama’s 5 years, which he’s cut in half, are due to the economic disaster Georgie Boy ALLOWED TO HAPPEN!!!!

        • Richard Holmes

          Wrong. You are totally wrong.

          • Kurt CPI

            He is totally wrong about the purpose of capitalism. But he’s not wrong about the intent of many (most?) powerful and wealthy capitalists. Unrestrained capitalism would certainly lead to a situation where a few companies would own and control all industry – we’re moving in that direction as we speak. In theory it should balance itself, but the reality is that things like anti-trust, selling at below cost to destroy competition, etc. (inherent components of capitalism) give the already-mighty unconquerable advantage over little guys. That doesn’t mean socialism has any fewer flaws. Neither provides a realistic model where both industrial superiority and wealth equality co-exist (actually capitalism has the better track record). The problem is when politics supports manipulated capitalism, which is definitely where we are at this stage.

          • Richard Holmes

            The politicians regulated the small busyness into the hands of the giant corporations with tax relief and subsidies that the little company couldn’t get. The professional politician sold out the American citizens for that extra dollar in his pocket.

          • Kurt CPI

            Richard, absolutely right. He sold out for the dollar in his pocket, also for political support. It’s the Republican version of buying votes.

      • Richard Holmes

        Change the people in charge and you will change the plight of the US.

        • Michael Kollmorgen

          You can not just change the people in control. All that does is shift one crook for another.

          We much change the very structural nature of the government itself. I’d like to see a Parliamentarian form of government.

          But, also Capitalism must die as a idealized economic model and be replaced with a human-based rather than profit-based economic model.

          • Kurt CPI

            I agree that you can’t JUST change the people in control, you also need to enforce term limits, restrict campaign finance, punish illegal behavior (censure is a joke), etc. Capitalism has its pros and cons, it most certainly isn’t all bad. Competition spurs innovation, and the possibility of reward for hard work and risk drives us toward the future – look at how Soviet industry stagnated under communism. Many attempts have been made to establish Utopia, all have failed – and yes, often due to adverse intervention by those who aspired to more. That’s human nature and it can’t be factored out. Still, somewhere in between is a workable model of controlled capitalism. But we’ll never see it as long as business and government are permitted to be bedfellows, as long as those who pull the strings are permitted to pull them in their own favorable direction.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            The problem with communism is that in this country, is so demonized, the very thought of it creates panic. So, what we keep doing is doing the same thing over and over again. And, we’re getting worse and worse off too.

            The Cold War wasn’t really about communism versus democracy. It was about corporate america wanting to get its fingers into the Russian economy. Well they finally did, more or less with the collapse of communism. Only problem now, in Russia, its so corrupt, a business person has to have body guards. And, unemployment and poverty is now 10 times higher than when communism was in power.

            So, adopting our version of democracy has caused them more problems than if they stayed communist.

          • Bryan Blake

            Michael Kollmorgen I would add that communism was never tried as the political-economic model operate in the Soviet Union. It was Stalinism. Stalin was just another dictator operating under Monarchical Capitalism where all economic benefit went to him and his 1%. I do not see the idea of communism as a viable economic/political alternative. Planned economies do not produce dynamic and transformational results. But, as we know, Monarchical Capitalism produces results only for the 1% and the megalomaniacs among their number.

            The answer lies in regulated altruistic capitalism with a level playing field that benefits the overwhelming majority of We The People. I like to call this Dynamic Capitalism. An economy that sustains our human prosperity while living in harmony with Mother Earth.

            If we do not change our economic model then we will face the collapse of our civilization and perhaps the extinction of our progeny. An economy based upon exploitation and dirty energy has already set in motion CLIMATE CHANGE. Climate change is the ultimate arbitrator of Monarchical Capitalism’s transgressions against Mother Earth. While the guilty 1% shall suffer their fate We The People of this planet shall be the fuel of their funeral pyre.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Yea, this too. Uncontrolled Capitalism creates really bad environmental policies.

            There was a article last year, I think in Nigers, how the oil companies had total control without any regulations that totally destroyed the area(s), massive pollution was the result.

            Mother Earth suffers first, then what lives on it dies off as well.

            Of course, in this country, the Republicans don’t give a crap about our environment. They “know” god is going to come down eventually and take “the good ones” away.

            IF anything, they will create their own End Times.

            5 Billions years from now, the Sun will start to go to Red Giant Stage which may envelope Earth in its expanding shell. Millions of years before that though, man will destroy our Earth. I have always said mankind is a freak of nature, a being that wasn’t supposed to be here. Man is not a natural product of our eco-system.

            We still have lots of time to bring man in harmony with Nature, that’s if Global Warming doesn’t become unchecked.

            But, in any case, I think Mother Earth would be much better off IF man was not on it.

          • Richard Holmes

            So every body is equal economics is what you think. Communism 101. Redistribution of wealth, every body think alike and do as the masters tell you society. Communism is a great thing- for those that dictate the law they don’t have to follow. You people are brain washed androids. Wake up and you might see you are being led to the slaughter house with pretty worded lies.

          • 788eddie

            Right now, the 99% are being led to the slaughter house by the 1%.

            Not a bad deal if you’re one of the 1%.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            I never said you shouldn’t profit from your hard work. I believe in Free Enterprise.

            But, I also believe uncontrolled Capitalism is the root of all our problems. If “controlling” Capitalism means communism to you, you’d be wrong.

            The view you have is a view that is carried to the extreme. No one with any common sense would want that in this country.

          • Bryan Blake

            What I see in your posts is the constant attempt to recycle John Birch Society-isms and the corrupt capitalist-isms of the Gilded Age. You call union members “thugs”. But what about the “thugs” of the Pinkerton Detective Agency that moved against unions killing both members and their families during late 19th and early 20th century capitalism. Men such as John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and the others had no problem using lethal force to oppress labor and force them to work for subsistence wages. If that is your idea of an utopian capitalist society may I SUGGEST you buy a one-way ticket to CHINA!

        • 788eddie

          Finally, Richard, you and I can agree on something!

          The Republican majority in the House of Representatives definitely needs to be changed!

          How can we work together on this?

          • Richard Holmes

            The demoncraps in both houses and the White House is the party that must be eliminated. Liberals and thug run unions are the very things that are destroying this country.

          • 788eddie

            No, Richard, the (diminishing) power of unions is there to protect and counter-balance the power of wealth. Unless you yourself are one of “the 1%,” you should be in support unions in their goal of protecting workers. Otherwise you’re just screwing yourself.

      • Kurt CPI

        It’s far worse than just uncontrolled, it’s manipulated by those with money and power (clue: they’re the same people). Their greatest fear is the fact that Americans can still vote, hence the smoke and mirrors, blatant and unapologetic deceit, and money grubbing to finance campaigns. As long as we keep buying that it’s the “Republicans” or the “Democrats” that will lead us back to the promised land, they will maintain control. This country needs to be shaken out. All of the professional politicians (most have never been anything else) ousted, and people elected from the heart of the nation, instead of from the “cream” of society.

        • 788eddie

          I’ll support you on this, Kurt, as long as your interpretation of “the heart of the nation” does not necessarily mean the geographic heart.

          • Kurt CPI

            By the “heart of the nation” I’m referring to people coast-to-coast who put their hearts into improving their own lives as well as their neighbor’s on a daily basis. Despite all the conflict between factions, I remain solid in my assertion that people are basically good. The conflict is engineered to keep us at odds. By entrusting our good intentions to those who’s primary concerns are for themselves and their posterity, we have buried the core of our foundation beneath a mountain of bureaucracy, debt, and mismanagement. The only way to set it straight is to get “new eyes” on the problem. Eyes that have not been corrupted by generations of privilege.

          • 788eddie

            It’s nice to read that there are others who also believe that most people are basically good. The more I discuss our current politics, the more I am surprised to find that there are others who profess the same belief.

            It’s good to find another one, Kurt CPI. Keep the faith!

        • Richard Holmes

          It is not the democrats or the republicans. It is the democrats AND the republicans that will lead us into hell.

    • 788eddie

      Excellent post, Bryan Blake. Thank you.

    • Richard Holmes

      It is the money mad liberals in office that regulate and tax everyone to death. Only their rich friends and relatives get to keep what they have. It isn’t just one side or the other. It is both sides together pitting us against each other.

      • Independent1

        Money mad liberals?? what a joke!!

        Is that why it was Reagan and the 2 Bushes who ran up over 10 trillion in debt on a credit card while they were in office, passing trillions to their rich buddies and donors via tax cuts and getting into wars so their rich buddies in the defense industry could get into the act of ripping off the taxpayers???

        And is that why every Democrat president that inherited a large deficit starting with Carter has worked to reduce deficit spending and non faster than Obama??

        And was starting a war on fraud in the defense and healthcare sectors when he first took office in 2009, such that his administration has rounded up more crooks and recovered more fraud monies (billions) than any 3 previous presidents combined, Obama’s way of being money mad???

        And was that why his administration has rounded up and deported more problem aliens that were costing America billions also Obama’s way of being money mad?

        Or was being money mad Obama’s reason for following through with the auto bailout and stimulus, despite severe GOP opposition, which kept America from falling into a full fledge depression and has resulted in the auto industry rebounding and making greater profits today than at any time in the past 2 decadeds, because he was money made???

        I could go on and on Mr. Holmes – you are an absolute clueless idiot!!!

      • Michael Kollmorgen

        For once I totally agree with you.

  • Kittens&Politics

    Glorious mustache

  • stcroixcarp

    This article should have included Wisconsin’s WEDC, created by Scott Walker. This brainchild has given millions of taxpayer dollars to companies without any accountability. The recipients of the tax dollar give away have contributed almost half a million to Walker’s campaigns.

    • SibyllasStuff

      Walker is no more than a crony crook. I just can’t believe people here just can’t see it. But then you have Tommy Thompson who was a crook and the people here kept him in office.

      • stcroixcarp

        There is yet another John Doe investigation of Walker’s cronies and campaign practices. Did you know Walker had to leave Marquette University for cheating on a student government election? Three of his close aids are in jail now. The one who is in jail for attempting to lure under age boys into prostitution was a Walker appointee to the State Department of Education. (This man’s partner is in jail for embezzling thousands of dollars from a veteran’s organization that Walker was involved in) One aid who copped a plea is now employed by the transportation department with a six figure salary. But he is a pro-life, pro gun christian.

    • Richard Holmes

      Accountability! bamboy sends billions to the terrorists in every muslim controlled middle east country. Solendra, Solar one, Light square, etc. received tax payer money to do nothing in the name of green energy. Most went broke before they produced anything and the rest didn’t even get started at all. All these companies were big contributors to obamboos’ campaign fund.

      • stcroixcarp

        Have you ever heard of Enron? In terms of actual damage done to taxpayers and consumers, Solendra was was a drop in the ocean compared to Enron with its connections to Bush/Cheney. And what about Haliburton, Cheney’s former company and the no bid contract profiteering in Iraq?And the list goes on. Even the foreign company that designed the Obamacare website was contracted by Bush. Do you remember how Bush used to hold hand with the Saudi princes while walking the White House grounds? And who were the 911 terrorists? Saudis! So stop your nonsense about President Obama sending billions to terrorists.

      • Independent1

        And you continue to be clueless: Ofl the 90 billion allocated in the 2009 stimulus for Green Energy, only 29 billion of it was ever allocated. And the success rate of the projects started by the 29 billion have been so successful that at least one book highlighting its successes has been writen.

        For a totally R&D type effort, where the projects were looking for innovation to develop new energy alternatives, the 92% success rate of the Stimulus’ Green Energy initiative was far and above more successful than any other project of that nature that the America government had ever undertaken.

        And it’s interesting you bring up Solyndra, because Solyndra didn’t fail from the lack of vetting by both the Bush and Obama administrations; Solyndra failed in its efforts, because of guys like Mitt Romney and his ilk. It was the efforts of corporate pirates like Bain Capital that had bought out and destroyed companies in America doing Solar Energy development like Solyndra, then destroying the American workers jobs that did that work, then shipping their jobs to China, which resulted in the dirt-cheap labor rates in China making it impossible for Solyndra to compete in the Solar Energy market.

        If you want to blame someone for the failure of Solyndra, blame Mitt Romeny for starting the trend of capitalist vultures buying out foundering companies, destroying American jobs while pocketing millions and caring not one iota for what that was doing to America.

  • adler56

    You can’t underestimate the depths of repugnant depravity. I’ll bet they all claim they’re Christians too- lying mugwumps.

    • SibyllasStuff

      Of course they would claim they are Christians – that way they can do the “Christian” guilt thing by donating chump change to the poor they have created by their greed.

      • Allan Richardson

        “He may be a crook, but he’s an anti-abortion, anti-gay, pro-gun crook. And he prays to Jesus!”

        • Richard Holmes

          You on the other hand kiss Satan’s ass.

  • Canistercook

    Many of them do it Democrat and Republicans alike. Suggesting only one side does it is a good example of our biased media today. How about good reporting for the benefit of our Country!

    • Independent1

      Yes, not every governor is a good one, regardless of party. But state some facts that show that Democrat governors have taken the shuttling of money to their corporate cronies and donors to the extreme that the GOP has!!!

      • Allan Richardson

        When a Democrat is found out to be a crook, he/she is ostracized by other Democrats, at least. When a Republican is found out to be a crook, the others hold “seminars” to pick up tips for new ways to steal.

        • Independent1

          I agree completely! Which is why it’s my feeling that the GOP is America’s equivalent of the Italian Mafia (the only difference is, that in America, the crooks have more prestige, in that they’re part of our government).

          • nirodha

            La Cosa Nostra is far more honorable than the republican party!

          • Independent1

            At least everyone knows that hoods belonging to La Cosa Nostra are crooks; they’re not trying to had the fact of them being crooks by pretending to be politicians.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            Hah, I’ve always said if we had the mafia still intact in this country, we’d have a better run society. If the mafia shot ya in the head its usually for a pretty good reason.

            These Republicans kill you slowly economically and for no other purpose than profit and some warped perverted ideology of religious purity…………….

          • Richard Holmes

            obamboo is part of the Mafia. He has his cronies shoot you for him and then cover it up.

          • Michael Kollmorgen

            PROVE IT……………….

          • Richard Holmes

            The Mexican drug cartel is more honorable than Obama.

    • Richard Holmes

      Cheers to you for seeing the truth.

  • mandinka

    How is this any different than Baraks Sectary’s of federal agencies or his Czars

  • highpckts

    Kasich has absolutly denied his “Jobs Ohio” is doing anything wrong yet he won’t let it be investigated except by his own people!! Skunk somewhere??

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