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Another anti-propaganda post from NotYourSweetie

A Public Service Announcement from the 1%

I was going to break down why the Buffet idea about focusing all of our attention on reducing Congressional pensions and salaries is about the stupidest thing I have ever heard when NotYourSweetie, who wasn’t born here, put up a post about the use of propaganda in her home country.  She’s seen this stuff before:

In the old country, they were not skilled at propaganda. They never tried to disguise it as entertainment, or news or sports. It was just that: propaganda 24/7, pretty much displacing entertainment, news or sports. Everyone knew what it was, but was helpless to do anything about it.

The first time I knew I had to get out of there because it was messing with my brain was a time they decided to reduce pensions. Not stop COLA, but reduce them. I was young and couldn’t care less about that. But then I started seeing old people on TV cheering and explaining to me why this was a good thing. My threshold for absurd just exploded.

Once I came to the US, It took me a while to find the nicely packaged propaganda (about one months I would think). I comfortably kept it at a distance, along with advertising with my  superpower my voyage bestowed on me (kinda like Superman could fly because on his planet….)

But very soon, I’ll fly into the same threshold of absurdity, ironically on the very same topic: old people will tell everybody why it’s good they’ll be put on an ice floe.

I’m betting that she’s as disgusted as I am that Americans are proving to be so unforgivably gullible and stupid.

Turn off your TVs and radios.  The only reason propaganda is used is to make people agree to do something their common sense and wisdom otherwise tell them is brain dead stupid, like getting into a land war in Asia or voting for a less than one full term senator who came out of nowhere with bucket loads of cash.  We know that it is propaganda because even the media is referring to it that way.  It’s got to be bad.

And stop listening to rich people who want you to think that pensions are something you pay for instead of deferred compensation.

One other thing: for years, those of us in the Pharmaceutical industry were subjected to a fear campaign about the “patent cliff”.  That was when the major blockbuster drugs were scheduled to go off patent.  It was going to mean catastrophic losses for the companies.  You would think that Big Pharma would have spent the decade before strengthening their research divisions, working with Congress to modernize the FDA, disentangling itself from the financial industry yoke that punished them every quarter for not meeting expectations or doing a whole host of other things that would have protected themselves.  But no.  What it did instead was engage in frenzy of mergers and acquisitions and merciless slashing of the research divisions in order to please the shareholders.  Now, these companies are hollowed out.  EVERYTHING is outsourced and hundreds of thousands of careers are ruined.  The scientists were asked to sacrifice everything they worked so hard for in order that not one shareholder had to take a loss for executives making a decade’s worth of incredibly bad decisions with known consequences.

This “fiscal cliff” is no different.  There will be a merciless slashing of anything that will lead to greater productivity and prosperity just so a tiny handful of exceedingly rich people don’t have to pay taxes or be accountable to anyone.  They want to be free of any political or national obligation.  It will be done for the shareholders, in this case, the 1% who gave money to Obama and Congress members.

That’s what is going to happen if the propaganda succeeds.

Pass it around.

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Now would be a good time for Stephen Colbert to put his PAC to use with anti-propaganda material.  I mean, if he’s not running for president anyway.

Thursday: Resistance- no longer useless

Many of you have lost friends during this election cycle.  They can’t understand why you’re holding out.  Isn’t a Democrat in the White House what you’ve been working for all these years?  And now you’re about to get one and you’re being stubborn, immature and racist.

When I was canvassing in PA, I found that support for Obama was actually pretty soft.  I didn’t meet too many hard core Obama supporters.  Most were in the infatuation stage.  He was the new kid in town.  And there were some conflicted feelings towards Clinton.  What was really weird is that I got people to listen to me only *after* I told them what I did for a living.  Apparently, the fact that I’m a chemist with a degree made me more credible.  Whatever was going on in their heads back in April had a lot to do with perception of who we are or would like to be.  We all know that Clintonistas were old, uneducated working class women- except when we’re not.

I am resisting the party’s ticket for a couple of reasons that have a lot to do with the perception that David Axelrod and the media conjured up about us.  What does it say about the way the Obama campaign, the DNC and the media see us if they treat older, working class, undegreed voters as an embarrassment?  What does it mean when Donna Brazile says that we are the “old coalition”?  What was Jack Cafferty trying to convey last August when he said:

Hillary Clinton apparently hasn’t gotten the message yet that it’s over.

That message was delivered 3 weeks before the convention when Obama’s delegate lead was so slim that the superdelegates would have been perfectly justified in making Clinton the nominee based on her qualifications and the popular vote count.  So, why were voters, especially CLINTON voters, so powerless to affect the outcome in spite of their 18 million votes?

We keep coming back to the fact that the media and the DNC would like to put the older, uneducated, working class, women and eventually, African Americans, on an ice floe and let them fend for themselves.  It appears that the Democratic party no longer intends to represent those groups.  “Those people” represent a vast majority of people in the United States.  The recent brouhaha over Joe the Plumber demonstrates that voters in both parties have woken up to the new reality that they simply do not count anymore and they’re angry.  If this is America, they should still be able to vote in confidence that their wishes are respected and counted and this is no longer necessarily the case.

We are resisting the chopping away at the ice that the priveleged part of the tribe is doing to disconnect us from them.  That is what is fueling the resistence.  And what is happening on Wall Street right now is a bellwhether for what is to come if Obama wins by discounting and suppressing the vote.  It isn’t right to take the taxes of the hardest working Americans and give it to the well connected on Wall Street without those taxpayers having a say in how the money is used.  That is the way the government will operate in the future if the DNC, Obama, Pelosi et al get their way.  For once and all, they won’t have to reach out the Bubbas, as they call us.  They will treat us like non-voting partners in whatever business plan they intend to carry out.

What the Resistance is saying is we all go forward together or we don’t go forward.  The media and the DNC just haven’t gotten that message yet.

But they will.  Very soon.

And no matter what happens, because neither outcome is in our best interests, the PUMAs will be here afterwards.  We stick together and go forward.

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