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Fold your favorite charity, then go thank yourself
by Andrew Barbano
Feb 13, 2014 | 729 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I'm tired of moonhowlers ranting about "a government takeover of health care."

In 2011, well before Obamacare, no less than Nevada State Medical Association Executive Director Lawrence Matheis said that it was already a done deal.

In a speech to union members in Carson City and earlier on my TV show, he noted that the U.S. government was then surpassing the 50 percent mark in paying for all health care.

I'm further sick and tired of all the wondrous PR that for-profit outfits get for contributing to non-profits, especially now that so many tax-exempt organizations are being perverted for political purposes.

I chafe at the praise heaped upon wealthy athletes, moguls and media stars for supporting worthy causes.

A few years back, I was introduced to a comely young wench representing the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She almost called security when I asked how much of the huge charity's funding was subsidized by American taxpayers.

Financial advisors advise rich people to start foundations to keep control of fortunes that would otherwise go to the taxman.

I can understand, especially since so much public money is devoted to warmongering and mass murder. (When do we stop making more veterans?)

But please don't expect me to over-adore superstars doing good works when in reality much of the tab is picked up by the huddled masses.

I don't diminish the good and necessary work done by so many churches and charities in trying to blunt the harsh edges of our softshoe fascist state. They didn't invent the system. (See the expanded edition of this column at NevadaLabor.com for a new opportunity to support the Food Bank.)

Tote up the amount of money given to churches and charities and thus not to the U.S. Treasury, combined with government-subsidized health care, and you will see the outline of a vast welfare state, corporate and otherwise.

The Wall Street right wing very creatively rewrites history. Rather than admitting that free-market economics has been a grotesque failure, they assert it has never been tried.

Wrong.

The U.S. created the perfect laboratory, a country with no regulations at all: occupied Iraq. U.S. regent Paul Bremer wiped out all laws save one, Saddam Hussein's ban on labor unions. How's it working so far?

We don't have a free-market U.S. economy, but rather one of crony capitalism.

The cities of Reno and Sparks teeter on the edge of bankruptcy because of hundreds of millions in debt incurred by corporate welfare giveaways. (See Cabellyup.com.)

We already live in a socialistic welfare state. The problem lies with a rule book rigged to shunt most of the welfare to those who need it least.

So next time you see some superstar or corporate octopus tout largesse toward society's lessers, remember that they are really telling you to go thank yourself.

Esté bien. Haga infierno. Be well. Raise hell.
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