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I Can’t Do This Anymore

November 25, 2012
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Months ago, a former friend of The Pink Flamingo accused me of going all Charles Johnson, and abandoning the conservative movement.  I guess I have.  I still retain my values.  I’m still the same person.  I still believe in the same things.  It has dawned on me, though, that what I believe is no longer considered conservative.  That is what is so strange about this.  I haven’t changed, at least I don’t think I have.

Take that back, there is one way in which I have changed.  My eyes are wide open, and I don’t like what I see. I don’t think I’ve watched FOX Tabloid News in nearly a year.  I have turned off the far right talking heads, and have reached the point where I find the far right punditry to be a total and complete joke.

This week, I’ve had the opportunity of observing, first hand, the effects of the far right propaganda machine’s brainwashing of the Republican voter.  It is sickening, disgusting, and disturbing.  I’ve witnessed the lack of interest in any other opinion.  You can’t communicate with the brainwashed.  They refuse to even consider there is a different point of view.  At first I thought a certain patronizing attitude was limited to Romney Bot trolls on Twitter, but I’m learning that it is endemic among those who have decided to surrender their minds to FOX and the talking heads.  They are rude, patronizing, snide, condescending, and far superior, knowing all.

At first, I allowed this to bother me.  Then, I realized, wait, I’m not the one with the problem, they are.  I have very good friends who have turned their back on me, simply because I will not buy into the far right lies and insanity.

I reserve the right to think for myself.

I’m tired of the paradigm that requires one to shop at certain places, believe in the War on Christmas, think that all liberals are evil, demonize George Soros, and drink the anti-Obama Koolaid.  It has become so bad, the far right is disintegrating into nothing more than a petty, vicious little cult, with activities that are so predictable, it is almost laughable.

Case in point is the ever bubbly, ever vicious, always racist Michelle Malkin.  Right on target, she has a piece demonizing Wal-Mart workers.  Malkin makes a good $2500 a pop when she appears on FOX to spread her special little brand of hate.  Evidently it is wrong for people to want to make a living wage.  She ignores the fact that Wal-Mart is the largest employer in the US, underpays its workers to the point where the American Taxpayer is picking up the tab for conservative corporate greed.  More Wal-Mart employees are on food stamps and Medicade than any other employer, by far.

“...It’s hard to blame middle class families for making that decision — not a lot of people have the extra cash to make a political statement out of where they buy paper towels and diapers. But it’s led to cycle of impoverishment, where big box stores have brought down wages at smaller competitors desperate to compete, taking money out of the hands of workers, and sending back up the corporate food chain to shareholders. That’s put a burden back on tax payers: research has suggested that Wal-Mart workers are disproportionately reliant on safety net programs like food stamps and Medicaid. I wouldn’t be surprised if the same goes for Target and Best Buy employees. …”

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The Pink Flamingo finds it rather ironic that the far right punditry and talking heads wax poetic about mega corporations like Wal-Mart as the perfect American conservative success story, just like other mega business.  The problem is that we are literally subsidizing Wal-Mart’s low wage insanity with federal subsidies.  I have long said the the far right has become so idiotically conservative that they are becoming liberal.  I think this is proof.  In order to prop up their flawed theory about keeping the little people down and worshiping mega success, they are allowing Wal-Mart to screw the American taxpayer.  It is nothing but corporate welfare.

 “…2. Only FOUR OUT OF 150 countries have more wealth inequality than us.In a world listing compiled by a reputable research team (which nevertheless prompted double-checking), the U.S. has greater wealth inequality than every measured country in the world except for Namibia, Zimbabwe, Denmark, and Switzerland.

3. An amount equal to ONE-HALF the GDP is held untaxed overseas by rich Americans.The Tax Justice Network estimated that between $21 and $32 trillion is hidden offshore, untaxed. With Americans making up 40% of the world’s Ultra High Net Worth Individuals, that’s $8 to $12 trillion in U.S. money stashed in far-off hiding places. Based on a historical stock market return of 6%, up to $750 billion of income is lost to the U.S. every year, resulting in a tax loss of about $260 billion.

4. Corporations stopped paying HALF OF THEIR TAXES after the recession. After paying an average of 22.5% from 1987 to 2008, corporations have paid an annual rate of 10% since. This represents a sudden $250 billion annual loss in taxes. U.S. corporations have shown a pattern of tax reluctance for more than 50 years, despite building their businesses with American research and infrastructure. They’ve passed the responsibility on to their workers. For every dollar of workers’ payroll tax paid in the 1950s, corporations paid three dollars. Now it’s 22 cents.

5. Just TEN Americans made a total of FIFTY BILLION DOLLARS in one year. That’s enough to pay the salaries of over a million nurses or teachers or emergency responders. That’s enough, according to 2008 estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN’s World Food Program, to feed the 870 million people in the world who are lacking sufficient food.For the free-market advocates who say “they’ve earned it”: Point #1 above makes it clear how the wealthy make their money.

6. Tax deductions for the rich could pay off 100 PERCENT of the deficit. Another stat that required a double-check. Based on research by the Tax Policy Center, tax deferrals and deductions and other forms of tax expenditures (tax subsidies from special deductions, exemptions, exclusions, credits, capital gains, and loopholes), which largely benefit the rich, are worth about 7.4% of the GDP, or about $1.1 trillion.

Other sources have estimated that about two-thirds of the annual $850 billion in tax expenditures goes to the top quintile of taxpayers….”

It’s getting old.  I no longer want to be a part of the propaganda and the lies.  This is insane. Let’s be honest here.  The right is not interested in cutting spending or making this a better world.  They’re only interested in their own power.

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  • jose maria says:

    First of all, I never shop at Wal-Mart. I have never liked the quality of goods available there. Black Friday is just a lot of crap. I stay at home. They advertize sales, but once you get in, the sale items are gone and they try to sell you something else at a higher price. I eat a lot of vegetables, but there is a caveat about Wal-Mart groceries. Down here, I’ve been hearing that they are not really fresh and some of the packages are moldy. It is also time that they pay up. Right now, they are costing tax payers about $420,000.00 a store……There are still some programs I like to watch on Fox News. There are some of them I dislike, but in my opinion they are not any more insane than some of those on MSNBC. I have never considered Rachel Maddcow’s program attractive and it is obvious that an idiot like Chris Matthews has never been in a hurricane when he said Sandy was good for politics. I sometimes enjoy Mr. Ed, so I have my favorites on both networks. I never watch any of them in the daytime, but in the evening I like to hear what they are all ranting about. On Fox News, I have always been puzzled by Michelle Malkin’s involvement with the white supremists. If I am not mistaken she is Filipino American. She ticked me off a couple of years ago with her rants about Lindsey ………As for the far right, the GOP has descended into a man made hell and you might as well stop waiting for them to come to their senses. There won’t be any moderate GOPs left by 2016. The Republican party will have a hard time getting a candidate elected. The Tea Party has relegated the GOP to a third party status. Crazy has become their new normal. I had the weirdest feeling when I was marking my ballot in the last election. I desperately wanted to vote against some of those on the left. I wanted to get rid of some of those nutty democrats once and for all, but I ended up having to vote for them because the other alternative was “crazy”. I have never abandoned the conservative movement, so I guess if there is hope for me, there is hope for you. You are letting your far right friends give you a hard time. Just tell them to take two aspirins and call Ann Coulter.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    I agree with you! I love the Coulter remark.

    Here, we don’t have a choice about Wallyworld. It’s either a local independent grocer where everything is at least 50% higher or Wallyworld, where they charge 30% more than they do in other locations. The nearest Target is 78 miles. Nearest location to really shop for lower prices is 120 miles, so we’re stuck. That’s why I do so much shopping via Amazon. Plus, we’re paying nearly 9% sales tax here.

    I’ve reached the point where I watch Bloomberg in the morning, and that’s about it. I’ll pick up CNN if it’s really a news issue. Other than that, I watch Animal Planet, BBC America, SciFi Channel. Have been listening to a lot of opera, lately. My dish network has sirius, so I can get live from the Met 4 evenings a week. (FYI – the new Aida was vile).

    Today, I don’t know if I could vote for anyone with a “R” by their name. May feel different tomorrow, but right now, I’m sick of their behavior.

    SJR

  • unknown jane says:

    Love the Coulter comment, and you pegged it: the crazy has now taken up residence on both sides. That is why from here on out I will vote third party in protest, or abstain. Probably not going to change a darn thing, but it’s my vote, and I don’t consent to vote for crazy.

    If there’s anything to get out, it’s the message that people should feel constrained to vote for what they strongly believe to be crazy (or bad, or whatever), and they definitely shouldn’t feel constrained to vote for it.

    I didn’t leave my party/philosophy; my party/the thing that used to claim to stand for my philosophy left me! ;)

  • unknown jane says:

    And there isn’t much choice but WallyWorld here either, but as long as there is some choice left they won’t get all my money, as long as there is a way to work around them I’ll find it and do it!

  • jose maria says:

    I usually do most of my shopping at Rouses’Market, a local supermarket. They are higher, but I love the French bread…..I usually watch CNN for news too. My sister is in her nineties now. Several years ago when Glenn Beck was on, my niece had to block her from getting Fox News because she got too upset over issues that were not true in the first place. I look forward to congress coming back tomorrow on C-Span…….I don’t think you are going to be voting R anytime soon. I read yesterday that Rand Paul is planning to run for President in 2016 and maybe Marco Rubio. I am not really impressed with any of the Republicans. I like Susan Collins and I rather like Kelly Ayotte, who is new to the Senate. She seems to think before she opens her mouth and her performance on the Senate floor has not been an embarrassment. However, I always reserve the right to change my mind.

  • SJ Reidhead says:

    We just don’t have any choice, here.

    Got that right about voting “R” for awhile. I hear rumors that Jeb Bush may be considering his options. The GOP is so manipulated by extremists that he can’t even begin to get the nomination. He’s too “liberal” for them, and that’s scary because he was always considered the more conservative of the brothers!

    These people are out of their minds!

    SJR


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