“There is always danger for those who are afraid” ― George Bernard Shaw.

Conservatives hate illegal immigrants. Buisness loves illegal immigrants. Conservatives love business. How can this be? The answer is that big business conservatives pay lip-service to hating illegal immigrants. It’s nothing but expediency.

Let’s unpack it. What do big business conservatives and the rich want? Lower taxes and less regulation. However, this message alone will not guarantee that enough of the conservative base will vote. They need ‘red meat’ or inflammatory issues to ensure the true believers march to the ballot box. And there is nothing more inflammatory than xenophobia.

Immigration has become a white-hot button issue in Europe. In the UK’s recent general election, the Conservatives gained an unexpected majority. UKIP, the British version of the Tea Party, has made immigrants such a source of fear to the British, that the Labor Party (liberals) lost enough of its natural constituency to lose badly.

This appeal to fear allows the UK Conservatives to present themselves as defenders of Britain’s shores while they continue with the low tax austerity policies that exclusively benefit the wealthy. If support for immigration were to skyrocket, rest assured, the Conservatives would be celebrating their arrival while pursuing the same plutocrat placating policies.

The same dynamic plays out in the US. Demonization of the brown hordes drives the fearful and paranoid into voting for Republicans. Who in turn use their majorities to cut taxes and slash regulations to benefit businesses. Which in turn, benefit from cheap foreign labor.

It is breathtakingly cynical.




When Crap Is Cheap You Can Buy A Lot of It. The ‘Walmarting’ of America.

April 28, 2015

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value” – Thomas Paine. Since Sam Walton opened the first Walmart in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, the company has been relentless in cutting costs to cut prices. Quality was the first victim. It wasn’t that Walmart was the first […]

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Really? 4.4.15 – Earthquakes in Oklahoma; Carly Fiorina Picks Fights She’ll Lose; Anti-Gay Florists for Jesus In Georgia; Walmart Shoppers Addicted to Cheap Crappy Food.

April 4, 2015

“A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything” ― Friedrich Nietzsche. Oklahoma has been having earthquakes. More than before. And the oil and gas industry’s love of fracking is being held up as the culprit. The reaction will be predictable. The science will be denied and ‘radical environmentalists’ will […]

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The Military/Industrial Complex and the Culture of Dependency.

March 30, 2015

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower. Tom Kennedy, Wes Bush, and Greg Hayes are names not familiar to most Americans, but those government […]

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For-Profit Punishment. Making Money From Misery.

March 26, 2015

“Criminals do not die by the hands of the law. They die by the hands of other men” ― George Bernard Shaw One of the best-known – and most misunderstood – legal admonishments in the Bible is Matthew 5:38 “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” Law and order types take […]

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Capitalism’s Casualties – 6 Things That Are Stupidly Expensive in the US.

November 19, 2014

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” ― Dorothy Parker American capitalists tell us the magic of the US market is that it will always give us the best goods at the best value. The real magic is that people still believe it. […]

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Government Is A Bad Manager, But Don’t Look For the Private Sector to Protect Your Interests.

October 3, 2014

“Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power” ― Benito Mussolini. A man leaping the White House fence, and wandering unchallenged through the public rooms, has done far more than cause a few red faces in the Secret Service. He is the metaphorical cherry, on the cupcake of […]

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The Ferguson Affair is no Reason to Abolish the EPA.

August 15, 2014

“If men were angels no government would be necessary” – James Madison The Ferguson PD deployed armored vehicles and heavily armed, camouflaged officers to counter the protests over the Michael Brown killing. Libertarians are leaping on that overreaction to decry a government grown too large; too authoritarian; too fascist. Their solution? Dispense with the whole […]

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The Supreme Court Backs Corporate Rights. Citizens Pay the Price

June 30, 2014

“Those in power must spend a lot of their time laughing at us.” ― Alice Walker. America was created in an era of capricious and domineering central authority – be it church or state. The founders didn’t care for that – as is quite apparent in the Constitution and their correspondence. Yet 225 years later the Supreme […]

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