The Fox cable network alone is poised to net a cool billion in profit this year. The Fox-GOP Axis controls more than half of American government (House of Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court, most governorships).
Murdoch personally selected at least four of the last five British prime ministers.
GOP insider David Frum was blackballed for speaking the awful truth: “Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us. Now we’re discovering that we work for Fox.”
The only real jeopardy for the Murdoch abomination lies in its unholy DNA. Sharks must always swim forward, devouring everything. Once the predator stops progressing, it drowns. Murdoch’s empire has been built on successive bet-the-whole-ranch acquisitions. The police bribery and phone hacking scandal has momentarily stopped the gruesome gluttony. But don’t hold your breath. He won’t.
Burn the blackguards
“Don’t pay the banksters,” states distinguished reporter Greg Palast, an American who not surprisingly can’t get work here but is a regular in The Guardian newspaper that first revealed the depredations of Lord Rupert.
“The sick assumption of this entire debt ceiling debate, as we hear from talking heads whether on Fox or PBS, is that this is our deficit; as if you and I got a tax break,” Palast writes.
“When the bankers, the Chinese and the Saudis lent Bush three trillion dollars for his wild-ass buying party, they were betting, like any investor, on the good faith of the borrower (Bush) to pay it back...Will the bankers have heart attacks? I hope so. (Maybe if bankers are ill, the GOP will vote for universal health care.) Will China refuse to buy more U.S. debt? Not a chance. The Chinese cannot afford a devaluation of the $2-3 trillion in U.S. Treasury notes they have in their pokey, a devaluation which would surely follow their abandoning the U.S. treasuries.
“Argentina defaulted and thrived. We can tango too ... The President should say ‘I have the Constitutional duty to pay the bills of the Veterans Administration, the Social Security fund and other vital services already voted and appropriated by Congress. Military pay before banker pay. Get used to it.’”
Palast has a point. Given the total domination of Washington by corporate interests, only ruthless, radical change can make any difference. We face a slow, arduous rebuilding from the deliberate destruction of The New Deal so expertly perpetrated over the past 35 years.
It comes down to our radical change for the better or theirs, for the worse.
As I stated on Sam Shad’s Nevada Newsmakers last Wednesday, based on legislation he signed, Richard Milhous Nixon was quite arguably the last liberal president. I once took pains to add an asterisk that the jury was still out on Barack Obama.
Alas and alack, the recent saga of President Tiger Wuss (Palast’s term, thanks) ranks him firmly with Clinton and Carter, guys albatrossed with the scarlet “D” but nonetheless deservedly ensconced in the rogues gallery of moderate Republicans because that’s how they governed.
I also reminded Mr. Shad of President Franklin Roosevelt’s disastrous 1937 mistake when he cut federal spending and thus stopped economic recovery until WW2, a bit of history revisited by no less than Nobel economics laureate Paul Krugman in last Friday’s New York Times.
A few weeks ago, I related the story of the 1980 Bob Kerns vs. Patty Cafferata southwest Reno state assembly primary. A Democratic woman, erroneously given a Republican ballot, said she voted for Mrs. Cafferata who won by a single vote. Kerns went to court but Judge John Barrett refused to throw out the election, stating that he had no corroboration of the woman’s testimony. (Mrs. Cafferata recently informed me that I remembered the wrong jurist. My apologies.)
I suggested that the currently disputed North Las Vegas City Council election looked like instant replay wherein an ineligible voter was allowed to cast a ballot. A judge likewise upheld the result. The single-vote victory stands, even after recounting.
We need help with the memorial service for civil rights legend Mary Valencia Wilson to be conducted in Sparks at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, at the American Legion facility next door to the Sparks post office across from city hall.
Any of Mary’s many friends who would like to volunteer with food and setup should contact her sister, Joan Treptow, 775-560-0318. The family also needs financial assistance with Mary’s final expenses. You may send a check, payable to Joan Treptow, to the Reno-Sparks NAACP address, P.O. Box 7757, Reno, NV 89510. You may also donate via RenoSparksNAACP.org. Please make sure you designate that the donation is for Mary. Thanks.
Barbwire short snags
Check the expanded web edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com for the latest Barbwire.TV schedule around the state. I have ordered the Employee Free Choice Act program into rotation. It’s high time that President Obama and Sen. Reid honored that particular campaign promise...Support the return of community radio and television to these parts. Go to ReSurge.TV to volunteer your time or treasure or both. It’s important.
Be well. Raise hell.
Andrew Barbano is a 42-year Nevadan and editor of NevadaLabor.com. E-mail email@example.com. Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.