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A cultural war in the United States is being financed by billionaire oligarchs and corporations

04 Apr

In 1965, China’s Mao Zedong launched a cultural war against the excesses of capitalism, and this was led by the people, the workers and their children, and the capitalists in China and anyone who was accused of supporting the lifestyle of the rich and famous was targeted leading to millions of suicides.

For the last few decades, millions of people in the United States have been victims of its own cultural war, but this one is the reverse of the one that was led by Mao in China. America’s cultural war is being led by a handful of billionaire oligarchs who are transforming American into a money making paradise for those who have the most wealth and power.

This morning I read a piece in the Huffington Post that reported Kansas welfare recipients will be unable to get more than $25 per day in benefits under a new law sent this week to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s desk by the state legislature. To make life worse for people who live in poverty, the state also issues that welfare in the form of a government-issued debit card and required that they take the money out of debit machines that charge 85 cents for each withdrawal after the first one in a month—a windfall for banks and whoever owns those ATM machines but less money to buy food. The number of Kansans receiving benefits has also declined from 38,000 in 2011 to 15,000 last year, state data show.

It is no secret that Republicans (GOP) have waged war on people who live in poverty for decades—and recently GOP representatives have blamed poverty on the poor. Many in the GOP hate Social Security, Medicare, Obamacare, unemployment insurance, food stamps, abortion, marijuana, women, and even sexual orientation.

In addition, the GOP and the Democrats also have no problem handing out money to private sector corporations. For instance, the U.S. auto industry, banks, and Wall Street firms. In fact, there are elements in both parties who are handing our children to corporate Charters supported by hedge fund billionaires, the Walton family and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation so those few individuals grow wealthier off taxes that were originally intended to support the transparent, nonprofit, democratic public schools.

How much does the state and federal government give away to corporations? The answer is more than the country spends on food stamps for people living in poverty, who are far from being lazy, because Recent studies show that 49% of all food stamp participants are children (age 18 or younger), and about 50% of the adults have jobs that pay mostly poverty wages, and, in 2013, for instance, the average SNAP client received a monthly benefit of $133.07, and the average household received $274.98 monthly—compare that number with the money corporations are getting from their state and federal welfare programs.

The New York Times spent 10 months investigating business incentives awarded by hundreds of cities, counties and states. Since there is no nationwide accounting of these incentives, The Times put together a database and found that local governments give up $80.4 billion in incentives each year compared to about $75 billion in food stamps to people who live in poverty, so they have enough money to eat and not starve.

Don’t forget, when the GOP blames the poor for their poverty and cuts food stamps to families, as Arkansas is doing, the GOP is waging a war against almost 20 million children living in poverty who can’t work to feed themselves.

However, according to The Times, the number of corporate welfare programs is 1,874. Have you heard Republicans or Democrats call for cuts to corporate welfare?

You might want to click on this link from the New York Times that leads to an interactive map and discover how much corporations are earning off federal and state welfare programs that tax payers are financing.

The New York Times identified 48 companies that have received more than $100 million in state grants since 2007. Some 5,000 other companies have received more than $1 million in recent years.

In fact, Politifact.com reports that it’s mostly true that 9 of the 10 poorest states are ruled by the GOP. PolitiFact.com also reports that it is mostly true that 97 of the country’s 100 poorest counties are in GOP ruled states.

The Washington Post reports, “Republican states have pursued economic and fiscal strategies built around lower taxes, deeper spending cuts and less regulation. They have declined to set up state health-insurance exchanges to implement President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. They have clashed with labor unions. On social issues, they have moved to restrict abortion rights or to enact voter-identification laws, in the name of ballot integrity, that critics say hamper access to voting for the poor and minorities.”

The cultural revolution in China that took place between 1965–1976, and the one being waged in the United States today have one thing in come: the public schools and the teachers who taught in them were attacked in China back then (but not today—after Mao died in 1976, China, under new leadership, started rebuilding its public schools and supporting its teachers), because a transparent, non-profit, public education system where teachers have the freedom to express, without fear, what they think about current issues to the children they teach, who then talk to their parents, is a threat to the few who want to control the destructive cultural changes taking place in America, and it doesn’t matter if the cultural war is being led, for instance, by America’s Bill Gates, the Walton family, the Koch brothers or Mao Zedong in China. To drastically alter a culture, the few in power, who are behind the changes, must silence their critics and create an environment of punishment and fear, and this means silencing the teachers.

“The reasons for the deconstruction of the teaching profession is simple: teachers are too active in politics; they vote, they advocate, they are a potent political force if properly motivated. Three million teachers and their families, residing in every political precinct in the nation can elect representatives and senators and presidents.” – Ed In The Apple

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

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Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).

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10 responses to “A cultural war in the United States is being financed by billionaire oligarchs and corporations

  1. Lloyd Lofthouse

    April 4, 2015 at 12:39

    Reblogged this on Lloyd Lofthouse.

     
  2. VanessaVaile

    April 4, 2015 at 13:29

    Reblogged this on As the Adjunctiverse Turns and commented:
    Just in case you hadn’t already figured this out…and if you have, here are more links to information supporting it

     
  3. VanessaVaile

    April 4, 2015 at 13:34

    The unspoken implication ~ that this is no more or better than an American version of what Netanyahu refers to as “mowing the lawn” ~ are even more chilling but what we already should have realized. The next part might be why so many are in denial

     
    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      April 4, 2015 at 14:33

      The next part might get bloody unless the corporate reformers abandon the stage they have bought.

       
  4. michaellangford2012

    April 4, 2015 at 16:26

    Well written. Do you read Paul Craig Roberts? He’s been saying much the same thing, pointing out the global scale of U S reach.

     
    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      April 5, 2015 at 08:02

      No, I don’t think I’ve read him. But I have read some of the mission statements posted on the State Department’s Website, and it’s not easy matching them to what the U.S. is doing around the world. Look closely at the language in some of those statements and it is a blank check to punish whoever the government wants to punish in anyway possible while giving a free pass to anyone who does the government’s bidding. What the U.S. is doing in some countries to punish unacceptable behavior, it ignored in other countries that supports US policies that profits U.S. corporations. In fact, the private sector weapons industry in the U.S. is the biggest arms merchant in the world by a vast margin, and that industry sells weapons to countries that are on the State Departments unacceptable list all the time.

       
    • Lloyd Lofthouse

      April 5, 2015 at 08:09

      After my first reply to your comment, I looked up Roberts and discovered he did NOT like G. W. Bush at all and the neocons taking over the the GOP. A big eye opener considering that he worked for Reagan. It seems the neocons have taken over the GOP and the neolibs have taken over the Democratic Party—both in my view are same the “brownshirts,” Roberts points out—it looks like the US is in the fascist fast lane with the neocons and neolibs in charge.

      Roberts has written that “true conservatives” were the “first victims” of the neocons of the Bush administration.[9] He has said that supporters of George W. Bush “are brownshirts with the same low intelligence and morals as Hitler’s enthusiastic supporters.”[10]

       
      • michaellangford2012

        April 5, 2015 at 08:35

        The education reform dialogue is, for me at least, like sitting in on a graduate seminar. Rather like watching a train wreck, the senseless giveaway of public schools…
        re: rent-seeing parasites…I have a long-standing interest in England’s 18th c. Enclosure Acts, many parallels to our current economic/political reality. Lately, I have been reading Many Mexicos by Lesley Byrd Simpson. So far, I can’t find any indication that it has ever been published in Spanish. How can we proceed when people don’t have access to their own history?

         
      • Lloyd Lofthouse

        April 5, 2015 at 08:43

        Not only do people not have access to their own history, even when they do, many people don’t read it.

         
  5. drext727

    April 6, 2015 at 03:26

     

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