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Dear Friends –
Today Marks the First Broadcast of the American System, a Daily Internet Radio Program Airing Weekdays at 9pm. You Are All Cordially Invited to Join Us Starting Tonight. Please Go to AmericanSystem.TV and Subscribe Now!
The Morning Briefing has appeared in print form since early March 2015 and now will be making the transition to a one hour daily internet radio broadcast live at 9pm. This shift comes in response to widespread requests from our readers, many of whom find audio more accessible and convenient. This program will be called THE AMERICAN SYSTEM. Launching this program is our reply to the acute crisis of leadership and ideas in the United States especially, and also around the world.
Our show name harkens back to Alexander Hamilton and Henry Clay, with clear implications of pro-development dirigism and protectionism. We intend to show the way to an economic recovery, full employment, a rising standard of living, and the full array of modern cultural, scientific, technical, and industrial progress. Our initial target is the creation of 40 million jobs at union wages. On the basis of shared economic prosperity, we propose to build a permanent international peace order.
We are optimistic that our new daily audio broadcast format will increase the impact of our ideas and make your political activism much more effective.
With thanks for your continuing support,
Webster G. Tarpley Ph.D. and the Tax Wall Street Party/United Front Against Austerity
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August 13, 2016
Hillary or Trump? Advice for the Undecided
By Jeffrey Jackson, Legal Advisor to the Tax Wall Street Party
This presidential election cycle pits the two most unpopular candidates in American history against each other. Hillary Clinton is a notorious warmonger and conniver, and Donald Trump, a relative newcomer to the political scene this election cycle, has exposed himself as a vehement and psychotic Nazi-fascist. Since Hillary and the fascist Trump were nominated in July, many independent voters have faced a dilemma: do I support the devil I don’t know (Trump), or the devil I do know (Hillary)? The answer is obviously to do everything to see that the fascist Trump is defeated, using whatever political tools are at hand. When faced with a choice between a fascist and a non-fascist, the answer must be to smash fascism every time.
Domestically, Hillary is a proven servant of the money center Wall Street banks and hedge funds. She has collected hundreds of thousands in speaking fees and tens of millions in campaign contributions from Wall Street. It has also recently become apparent that Hillary probably engaged in graft involving conflicts with her role at the Clinton Foundation and her duties as Secretary of State. Force her to adopt the Wall Street Sales Tax which Bernie campaigned for as a means of separating her from Wall Street. Make her pledge to nationalize the Federal Reserve to create $6.5 trillion in 0% Long-term federal credit for 30 million infrastructure jobs and removing the student loan debt burden. The Bernie Sanders campaign has made considerable progress on these issues, and only a fool would throw all this work away to follow a lying demagogue like Trump. In some ways this should be a time of optimism for the Left’s recent progress and definitely NOT the time to duck and run and become a defector for Trump. The newly energized Left mass movement should begin organizing to defeat Trump and box in Hillary.
In foreign policy, Hillary is a notorious warmonger and hawk. Bernie Sanders would have been well advised to use his political capital and support base to extract a pledge from Hillary to get a congressional declaration of war before opening any new fighting fronts. In fact, Bernie should do this right now. He should also bash Trump by challenging him to make this same commitment, which he does not want to do. The Tax Wall Street Party was sometimes reticent about Bernie specifically because of the issue of war and peace and his faulty foreign policy. http://twsp.us/search/node/bernie%20sanders%20saudi%20arabia
TWSP alluded to these and many of Hillary’s other negative qualities in the May 5, 2016 Morning Briefing wherein Chairwoman Daniela Walls made the case for Bernie Sanders over Hillary. But despite all that is upsetting about Hillary, is she a fascist? The answer is objectively ‘no,’ Hillary is not a fascist. Of the two candidates for President, Donald Trump is the fascist. It is important during this election for every voter to become educated about what fascism is and what it is not. The definition is not subjective. A basic Wikipedia search is a fine place to start https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fascism
While studying we must conscientiously ask ourselves, how much of this resembles Trump?
Fascism is a mass movement of irrationality around a single charismatic and demagogic leader who is often considered infallible. Trump has proven to be as irrational as one can imagine. Trump’s followers throw all reason out the window to support his outrageous proclamations. One need only look to Trump’s litany of campaign promises that have no basis in reality and the implementation of which rely solely on the magnetism of Trump’s will. A few examples that will suffice include Trump’s promise to make Mexico build a border wall, Trump’s statement that he will unilaterally withdraw the U.S. from NATO, Trump’s blanket assertion that he will re-write all of our trade deals so we can be ‘winners’ again, and Trump’s threat to default on the national debt. There are countless more examples of Trump’s psychotic irrationality and magical thinking in his campaign. If darkness descends and Trump is elected, the only winner will be Trump as he privatizes our public services and national landmarks. Who let Trump have the Washington DC post office? How did Trump get Mar-a-Lago which was willed to the US Government by Marjorie Merriweather Post to serve as a Southern White House? Who will let Trump get his hands on our American assets? What else will he confiscate in office for himself and his billionaire friends?
Hillary’s campaign on the other hand, does not meet the fascist minimum and she is not technically a psychotic. Say what you will about her lack of a soul, but she does not make campaign promises that have absolutely no basis in logic or fact. Hillary does not make promises that she claims she can deliver on by the sheer force of her will alone. Hillary resembles and possesses most of the negative qualities of a late-imperial, corrupt bourgeois politician. Her irrationality resides in her belief that she must always be the biggest war hawk in the room to avoid disparagement as a weak woman, but that does not make her psychotic. No matter how much you hate Hillary, fascist and psychotic have definitions that must be scrutinized immediately by every voter.
The only reasonable bet is to defeat Trump and then box Hillary in between Congress and an aroused citizenry not willing to tolerate any more suicidal wars. If Hillary starts new conflicts, she will soon be swept away. Better a revived anti-war movement against Hillary than Trump’s jackboots at YOUR door, every hard-won economic right stripped, laws changed to suit Trump’s ego, the further deregulation of Wall Street and so on. When these things are taken away it doesn’t necessarily take generations for them to be won back; many times, they never come back.
Fascism creates a cult of violence. When Trump was campaigning in the primary, people were shocked that, at event after event, he would incite violence against protesters. He even offered to pay the legal bills of those who may face charges for beating up anti-Trump protesters. Trump’s latest incitement to violence occurred when he implied “2nd Amendment people” could assassinate Hillary and the Supreme Court Justices she may later appoint if she wins the election. Trump has also expressed a fascination with using nuclear weapons, which has raised the specter of Trump’s obsession with violence to civilization-ending levels. There has been dangerous myth perpetuated in this election that Trump is a non-interventionist. Trump is more menacing, wild and hawkish than Hillary when it comes to war and we should not want to wait and find out how true this statement is.
Hillary is warmonger – but she is a conventional warmonger – Hillary and Bill ran the White House for eight years, and there was no thermonuclear exchange. with Trump, war could break out any time he gets up on the wrong side of bed. Obsession with nuclear weapons and his bellicose rhetoric make him utterly disqualified from possessing the nuclear launch codes. Trump heads a violent fascist mass movement including neo-Nazis, the KKK, and his new voter intimidation squads. Hillary has no mass movement, as she found out during the primaries. Just because Trump is politically incorrect does not make him the antidote to the existing corruption of the ruling political class to which Hillary belongs. Such an analysis is painfully lacking in depth and wisdom. Political correctness is bad, but fascism a la Trump is far worse.
Fascism is infested with racism and scapegoating. Trump has produced countless examples of his racist mindset, the most-cited being when he said Mexican immigrants are rapists and murderers, when he called the Indiana-born federal judge overseeing the Trump University lawsuit unfit due to his Mexican heritage, and when he called for blanket ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. Trump diverts attention from the misdeeds coming from the real centers of power on Wall Street by scapegoating immigrants and foreign countries for our internal economic and social problems. This has always been a classic fascist technique and was utilized heavily by Hitler in particular during his rise to power in the early 1930s.
Hillary, on the other hand, does not offer scapegoats based on arbitrary characteristics like race and religion. Not scapegoating based on race and religion is not a scourge of political correctness; rather it is a sign of common decency in a civilized society. Trump’s rhetoric about race and religion (which his mostly uneducated followers seize upon with angry fervor) can only deepen societal rifts in our diverse nation. Trump preaches racism both overtly and covertly and divisiveness on a scale never seen before in a Presidential election.
In conclusion, as an active participant in this democracy, the onus cannot be placed wholly on Webster Tarpley and the TWSP/UFAA to prove to YOU that Trump is a fascist and Hillary is not, YOU must start doing your own due diligence.
Morning Briefing | Tuesday, August 9, 2016
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New York Daily News and the Washington Post have called on him to drop out of contention in the presidential race. But Trump, as usual, refuses to be accountable or even to live in the real world; he is attributing the backlash against him to a carefully orchestrated media campaign, and nothing more. Trump is a radical subjectivist who systematically denies reality, in large part because of his megalomaniac personality needs. There has never been a more dangerous candidate.
Various veterans of the US Secret Service have stressed in cable interviews over the last 24 hours that death threats have to be considered from the point of view of their explicit content, but also taking into account the authority and persuasive power of the person who is issuing the threats. This means that someone like Trump, who has many times successfully ordered his followers to beat up protesters at his rallies, has a greater responsibility because of the tremendous publicity given by the corrupt media to his every psychotic outburst.
General Michael Hayden, a four-star general who has also been the boss of the CIA and the NSA, was asked on CNN whether a threat like Trump’s would be taken seriously. His answer was to note that if an average person had made this remark within the earshot of the Secret Service at the entrance to a presidential event, that person would have been held for questioning in the back of a police van. As the CNN website stated:
So has Trump been formally interrogated, since he is obviously the perpetrator? The answer seems to be no. Jim Sciutto of CNN reported during the afternoon that an unimpeachable source of his at the Secret Service had confirmed that the Secret Service, which had yesterday tweeted that it was “aware” of Trump’s statements, had indeed contacted the Trump campaign for conversations of an unspecified nature. As Sciutto wrote:
Trump, as we see, has simply denied everything, dismissing it as a hallucination of the corrupt mass media. Trump especially denies that the Secret Service has contacted his campaign, since to acknowledge this would force him to admit that something untoward had come out of his incontinent mouth. Either that, or start attacking the Secret Service, an eventuality which cannot be excluded.
Around the world, rejection of Trump is escalating. The German Foreign Ministry in Berlin has formally warned against the election of Trump, thus giving up their previous neutrality – a highly unusual move and a very big deal.1 Le Monde of Paris concluded that Trump’s recent outrages add up to “One provocation too many.”2 Corriere della Sera of Milan writes that Trump’s comment has “unleashed many polemics because it is being interpreted as instigation of violence.”3
In the meantime, a deranged rock climber spent several hours suspended from suction cups on the facade of Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue. This person, who must surely be considered mentally disturbed, left a bizarre video statement and is currently undergoing a psychological examination. This entire affair looks very much like a sympathy gag deliberately manufactured by the intelligence community forces above, behind, and beyond Trump to gin up some good will, by showing that Trump’s life is in danger too.
The New Yorker correctly dismisses the Trump smokescreen that he was talking about political action by Second Amendment activists before the election. Trump’s obvious assumption in his infamous remark was that the presidential election was already lost, and President Hillary Clinton was appointing her supposedly anti-gun Supreme Court justices. That was when the shooting would start:
From Rolling Stone to the London Guardian, intelligence reporters had no trouble in figuring out that Trump was inciting his followers to assassinate Hillary Clinton, along with one or more Supreme Court Justices. Here is the take from the New York Times:
Trump’s incitement to violence and terrorism lives above all in the here and now, in the context of the strategy of tension and August-September-October Surprise events designed to stampede voters into his column and give him the seizure of power he demands.
In the London Guardian, columnist Lucia Graves’ piece was entitled: “This is Donald Trump at his lowest yet: a man hinting at murder.” Here we read:
Giffords is widely considered a victim of the pervasive climate of hatred and violence aroused by the 2010 GOP Tea Party candidates, especially Sharron Angle of Nevada and her demagogy of “second amendment remedies” like Shooting Senator Harry Reed. Who could doubt that there are enough weak minded and suggestible people at a Trump rally to make his incitements into a clear and present danger for the individuals targeted, and for society in general?
Former Congressman Joe Scarborough of Florida, the co-host and namesake of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, is looking a like Doctor Frankenstein, since he and his sidekick Mika Brzezinski did so much to build up the fortunes and credibility of the fascist billionaire, before becoming increasingly critical of him over recent months. Still, better late than never. Scarborough now writes in the Washington Post that the GOP needs to dump its current candidate before “something terrible happens”:
The Tax Wall Street Party repeats its call for Trump to be arrested and held “until we can figure out what’s going on.” Trump has attempted to call in cyber strikes by foreign powers to facilitate his election victory. Cyber attacks can kill thousands, so Trump calling in attacks from hackers can be the leading edge of something much bigger, including the disruption of electrical grids, transportation systems, and nuclear power plants. Trump must also be investigated for issuing his invitation to the hackers of the world to attack the United States. Trump is also being asked why he endorsed one of his campaign officials who had previously called for Hillary Clinton to be executed for high treason. Above all, Trump must be required to explain why he has incited the assassination of his opponent, and members of the US federal judiciary. No more coddling of fascism.
The US Constitution and Trump cannot coexist.
Secret Service Must Investigate Fascist Billionaire; Maximum Vigilance Needed; Trump Cratering in National and State Polls; Defections from GOP Increase
Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
Today, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump crossed into the terrain of illegality by inciting his followers to assassinate Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and unspecified members of the United States Supreme Court to stop what Trump claimed was a plan to seize firearms by rescinding the Second Amendment in a coming Clinton administration. This was unmistakably a death threat, a fact which no amount of prevarication and spin can be allowed to hide. It was more than a death threat, because it constituted a direct invitation to Trump’s crazed followers to exercise the “Second Amendment remedies” which had been a centerpiece of the losing Senate campaign of Tea Party fanatic Sharron Angle in 2010.
At that time, everyone knew very well what “Second Amendment remedies” meant. It was a call for the assassination of Democratic Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, and of other Democratic elected officials. According to Congressman John Lewis, Angle’s call for “Second Amendment remedies” in the fall of 2010 was a contributing cause to the Tucson massacre of January 2011, in which Jared Lee Loughner killed six people and wounded 14, among them Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is maimed for life. John M. Roll, the chief judge for the United States District Court for Arizona, was also slain. (Note that on that occasion, the victims included both an elected official and a federal judge, just as Trump seems to be anticipating.)
It is time for the Secret Service to interrogate Trump and take him into custody if the evidence warrants. Any Republican and any other person who continues to endorse Trump after this despicable event will be forever counted among the accomplices of the fascist billionaire’s present and future crimes.
Maximum vigilance is now needed to ward off what is likely coming next: Trump has openly attempted to call in cyber strikes by foreign powers or networks to help create an October Surprise against his adversary. This briefing has been warning for several months about the acute danger of a Strategy of Tension coordinated series of destabilizing events, including international terrorism, domestic terrorism, cyber attacks, financial panics, and breakdowns of public services like today’s computer outage asked Delta Airlines. These destabilizing events would then culminate in an October Surprise, which may well be anticipated into August or September because of the widespread phenomenon of early voting.
Trump’s goal is to seize power by any means, and the Constitution be damned. The Republican Party has given a psychotic fascist a straight shot at the White House. The GOP is collapsing, and richly deserves to keep on collapsing. Individual Republicans can save their personal honor and integrity if they openly denounce Trump now.
The Brazil Olympics are a likely target for terrorism, but the recent Sochi Winter Olympics show that terrorism during the Olympics can occur anywhere. The only thing certain is that Trump will be the beneficiary of further chaos, and that the perpetrators or their controllers will be consciously acting in order to keep the Trump campaign in contention.
Here are the basic facts of the Trump call for assassinations, as reported by the New York Times:
The Trump campaign contends that the reference here is to legal political action by gun advocates, but this is evasion. The Chicago Tribune this evening offered a more rigorous construction of Trump’s remarks which makes it clear that Trump is calling for violence theoretically occurring after an election victory by Hillary Clinton and after the appointment of supposedly anti-gun Supreme Court justices:
The obvious implication is that Hillary and her judicial appointees need to be stopped by violence. Trump’s crazed followers won’t wait to parse the technicalities; they are likely to strike sooner rather than later.
Again, these remarks need to be read within the well-established context of the Sharron Angle “Second Amendment remedies,” more background on which is provided below. Trump’s remarks must also be read in the context of the recent Republican National Convention and related Trump campaign events, where the threat of violence against the Democratic candidate has been especially prominent.
The Republican National Convention was marked by repeated chants of “Lock her up! Lock her up!” There were numerous threats of violence on the floor, as when Mrs. Heidi Cruz had to be escorted off the convention floor by security guards after her husband had refused to endorse the fascist billionaire.
And during the Republican National Convention, a New Hampshire state representative and Trump delegate at the RNC issued his own death threat against Hillary Clinton: he wanted her summarily executed for high treason. This might imply that the killing would be carried out not by the usual lone assassin, but by a fascist militia of storm troopers.
We repeat that Trump is very much on the rhetorical terrain of Sharron Angle, a Tea Party extremist deployed in the November 2010 Senate race in Nevada against Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Angle, an abject guttersnipe, issued her death threat to Harry Reid at least twice. Here is the first example:
On another occasion, she escalated the threat by being more specific that Harry Reid was to be taken out, an obvious euphemism for assassinated:
Congressman John Lewis saw Sharron Angle’s raving as a contributing cause of the January 2011 Tucson massacre already referred to above:
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah “Don’t retreat, reload!” Palin, a certifiable moron, rushed to defend Sharron Angle. Palin’s PAC was also under fire for a website that showed Democratic officials in the cross hairs of telescopic sights:
In conclusion, we can only hope – this outrageous new crime by Trump will quickly accelerate the collapse of his wretched campaign far beyond the point of no return.
(Webster G. Tarpley)
Copies Ryan Tax Cuts for the Rich; Top Rate Sinks from 40% to 33%; Corporate Rate Down from 35% to 15%; No Job Creation Program; No Student Loan Debt Relief; No Plan to Mobilize 0% Fed Credit for Jobs and Production; No National Infrastructure Plan; No Increase in Minimum Wage; No Protective Tariff; No Role for Unions; No Universal Pre-K; No Marshall Plan for Cities and Rural America; No Pledge to Maintain Jobless Benefits, Medicaid and Food Stamp Benefits for Poorest; Total Deregulation; No Wall Street Reform or Wall Street Sales Tax; 20 Million Thrown Off Obamacare; Trump Excels as Ventriloquist’s Dummy for Financier Speechwriters; Fascist Billionaire’s Economic Panel Full of Hedge Fund Hyenas, Zombie Bankers, Bottom Fishers, and His Creditors
Trump recited today’s speech from a Teleprompter, and was just as much the puppet of his Wall Street handlers as Charlie McCarthy used to be with Edgar Bergen, the famous ventriloquist of the 40s and 50s.
Today, Donald Trump went to Detroit to deliver what was billed as a major economic address. In reality, this unfortunate performance represented yet another step in Trump’s capitulation to the reigning supply side and trickle-down economics orthodoxy embraced by establishment reactionaries from the US Chamber of Commerce to the House Republican leadership to the gaggle of think tankers who actually wrote Trump’s text.
Last week, Trump was not sure whether he would endorse the well-known austerity ghoul Paul Ryan for reelection. Today, Trump threw more of his own Hobbesian-capitalist radical program overboard, taking on more and more of Ryan’s standard Republican Tax Cuts for the Rich approach.
For many Americans, the most striking thing about Trump’s is the many urgently needed programs which it does not contain. In his Detroit speech, Trump has no job creation program, no student loan debt relief, no plan to mobilize Federal Reserve credit to provide 0% financing for infrastructure, jobs, and production. In fact, Trump has no national infrastructure plan at all. Trump does not propose an increase in the federal minimum wage, and makes no mention of the minimum wage at all. There is no role for trade unions, not even in an advisory capacity. Despite some more blather about trade, there is no protective tariff, only the pledge to renegotiate existing free trade sellouts, and make them “great.” Trump says not a word about the urgently needed universal pre-K. , He says nothing about Social Security and Medicare, and has never promised to maintain food stamps (which alarm him) or Medicaid. He is however pledged to throw more than 20 million Americans off Obamacare as it is destroyed. There is no Marshall plan for the inner cities and for rural America to contribute to social pacification by facilitating the entry of young unemployed persons into the labor force. There is total deregulation of the US economy, and not an inkling of Wall Street reform or taxing Wall Street; Trump thinks that even the weak Dodd-Frank law is too draconian. Trumptown is the Pottersville of Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life.
In Trump’s original tax plan presented some months ago, the fascist billionaire was more radical than the House reactionaries in his commitment to savage tax cuts for the super-rich. Trump wanted to reduce the top rate for individuals from almost 40% down to 25%. By doing this, and abolishing the estate tax at the same time, Trump would have cost the US government about $1 trillion per year over the next 10 years, for a total of $10 trillion. This would have blunted the austerity demagogy of the Republicans today, and might have created problems with the traditional reactionary ideologues who support Ryan. So Trump has increased his proposed top rate up to 33%, meaning about a 7% cut from the current situation. But this means that Trump can no longer present himself with messianic overtones, and risks leaving him as just another boring, greedy Babbitt.
Apparently on orders from Ryan, Trump is now stressing his view that the US corporate income tax, currently at 35%, is way too high. Of course, it is an open secret that almost nobody pays the full 35% rate. Companies generally use various loopholes to get around paying. When that is factored in, the US corporate income tax is no longer one of the highest in the world, since the effective rate which companies pay in the real world approximates the international average. Nevertheless, this whopping 20% cut in the starting points for the various corporate loopholes will gratify the US Chamber of Commerce and other reactionary business interests no end. Will Trump’s crazed following of dupes and fanatics realize they are being used by GOP cynics?
Supply-side economics was developed during the pre-Reagan years by a group of publicists who were incompetent in economics, but were eagerly seeking ways to rationalize and justify revamping the tax code so as to engineer a massive redistribution of wealth from working people and the middle class into the pockets of the superrich, or top 1%, who represented the darlings of the Reagan Administration. Individuals like Art Laffer of the infamous and discredited Laffer curve, utopian Congressman Jack Kemp, and ideologue Jude Wanniski were associates in the team, which manufactured this tremendous obfuscation, which still lives on after almost 40 years.
Supply-side doctrine asserts that tax cuts for the rich would spur wealthy individuals to make productive investments and thus generate new economic activity. The benefits of these new investments would then gradually trickle down to the middle class and even to workers and the poor. But the benefits never arrived, in large part because rich people with cash on hand were tempted by the much higher rates of return in the stock market bubble of the 80s and the growing derivatives markets in Chicago and elsewhere. They did not invest in new plant, equipment and jobs in the rapidly de-industrializing US economy of the Reagan years.
But the tax cuts for the rich cut revenue drastically. And unsustainable deficit loomed. The infamous Alan Greenspan came forward with a plan to increase the Social Security Payroll Tax under the cover story that he was saving the pensions of future generations, and then steal the money to mask the deficit. Tax cuts for the rich thus went hand-in-hand with brutal tax increases for wage earners. But the looting of Social Security to mask the deficit was still not enough to prevent Reagan from literally tripling the public debt of the United States over his nightmarish four years in office.
Stephen Moore, now one of Trump’s key economic advisers, and his sidekick Larry Kudlow, are both radical devotees of the supply-side and trickle-down methods left over from the Reagan years. Get set for these two and a number of others to come on television and argue that history proves that tax cuts for the rich lead to increased revenue and economic growth. It did not happen in Reagan’s time, and it will not happen ever.
Supply-side is still the standard economic false consciousness of the Republican Party, and it is to this which Trump has now capitulated.
Trump is now widely regarded as the pawn of foreign powers who seem bent on intervening on his behalf. Trump started his Detroit speech with a lengthy rant about how the Democrats’ economic policies serve foreign powers. These days, the fascist billionaire is projecting his own characteristics more and more on his critics.
The great beneficiaries of Trump’s tax plan are the super rich. This is true whenever tax cuts are done through percentages applied across the board. The top brackets end up collecting millions, while a wretched pittance is left for working people. Tax cuts should be offered in equal dollar amounts, not equal percentages. The best way is to increase the value of the standard deduction and the personal exemptions, with tax reform from the bottom up.
Trump today claimed to be the Savior of New York City, because of his timely real estate investments. In reality, he was buying up distressed properties at bargain basement prices with a view to realizing immense profits in the future for his own greed. The disturbing implication is that the fascist billionaire is making a transition from mere garden-variety megalomania to actual messianic delusions, in which, for example, he might see himself as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Stay tuned. Trump had very little to say about Wall Street today, mentioning the New York money center only in passing, while boasting about his intention to roll back the carried interest deduction, which benefits mainly hedge fund hyenas. But even if Trump ever removes the carried interest loophole, he is more than compensating Wall Street firms by lowering the corporate income tax from 35% to a miniscule 15%, which will more than make up for any minor losses they might suffer. Bernie supporters must note: your man always talked about Wall Street, and Trump never does.
Trump remains committed to his idea of rewarding corporate tax evaders by setting up a special 10% sweetheart corporate rate for tax cheats bringing back some of the $3 trillion, which are now being held in overseas cash stashes. A real populist, needless to say, would use a confiscatory 50% tax next year to make these lampreys bring their money back this year at the standard 35% rate or face the consequences.
Trump wants to totally deregulate the US economy, especially Wall Street. He would wipe out all of Obama’s executive orders, both good and bad. He would give a tremendous reward to the parasites and speculators who created the 2008 derivatives bubble and Lehman Brothers panic. By completely abolishing the estate tax, a progressive and beneficial tax, which hits about 0.2% of the wealthiest families, the speculators who made out like bandits in the Reagan stock market bubble of the 80s, the predators who stoked the .com bubble around the turn-of-the-century, and the derivatives parasites who destroyed the US economy with the Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, bankruptcies in 2008 will all be able to bequeath their ill-gotten gains to their dimwitted progeny.
Through a judicious combination of outright lying and clinical hysteria, Trump was able to offer a short history of Detroit over recent decades without mentioning the Obama rescue operation which kept General Motors and Chrysler in existence, and thus able to survive. Trump is a massive hypocrite.
Without going into too many details, Trump made clear that he wants to privatize the entire US school system and wipe out the bedrock American commitment to free, universal, compulsory, quality public education, which goes back to the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 under the Articles of Confederation, and even earlier to the New England colonies in the 17th century. He also wants to destroy the teachers’ unions.
One of the most absurd aspects of this oration was Trump’s attempt to promote his predatory daughter Ivanka to the status of an Evita Peron for the well-heeled crowd at the Detroit Economic Club. Trump claimed that Ivanka had convinced him to make childcare expenses fully deductible. This notion may eventually rank with Marie Antoinette’s “Let them eat cake” outburst of the French Revolution, since it reveals how out of touch Trump’s sweatshop entrepreneur daughter actually is. Ivanka’s proposal suits the rich. In order for a childcare deduction to mean anything to a middle-class family, the benefit would have to be offered in the form of a refundable tax credit — refundable because many lower income earners do not pay enough taxes to be able to use such a deduction. They do not have enough income to offset. This is quite apart from how the deduction is offered. If this is to become simply one deduction among many itemized deductions, for many taxpayers, it would become meaningless, and the cruel hoax. So make it a refundable tax credit that can be paid out to people who don’t have enough income, and we might be back in reality. But Trump is not likely to be thinking along these lines.
Late last week, Trump announced the members of his council of economic advisors for the presidential campaign. These were all white men – incredibly stupid, really a provocation, for a candidate with a well-earned reputation for dissing women and minorities. Almost all were connected to finance and speculation. Many represented hedge funds. There were no trade unionists, or other representatives of working people. Quite a few were business associates of Trump. They are a financier faction. Here are some samples from press accounts:
What kind of a moron do you have to be to consider Trump a populist outsider when he appoints this bunch of wealthy parasites to his council of economic advisors? A Trump regime would be a new edition of the Predators’ Ball.
(Webster G. Tarpley)
Trump Is Psychotic and Has a Fascist Mass Movement Behind Him; Greens Repeat Insane Policy of Komintern in 1932-33 by Setting a Trap For Trump in the Form of State Power
Today, the national convention of the Green Party began meeting in Houston, Texas. This strange political formation, devoted to historical pessimism, Malthusianism and zero growth ideology, usually poses a threat to the future of the United States primarily in the medium to longer term, because of its obvious tendency to stifle the progress of science, technology, and industry in the name of obscurantism and irrationality.
But these days, the Green party also poses a threat to our country in the short term. This is because the party’s likely candidate for president, Jill Stein, has decided to mobilize her efforts to target and defeat Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton instead of the fascist, bigoted, warmonger Donald Trump. Stein could have rendered a public service as a third party candidate by attacking Trump as a psychotic and fascist. But Stein has decided to become the left wing of the Trump campaign, which is already the most dangerous fascist mass movement in this country since the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan back in the 1920s. (Note that fascism expert Robert Paxton has developed the case that the European fascism of the twentieth century was actually derived from the KKK.) Stein has done this by her own choice, doubtless motivated by a crass desire to increase her organizational gate receipts (maximizing the matching funds which she will now receive thanks to the US taxpayers by way of the Federal Election Commission), but also because of what looks like an ideological affinity for the abominable pessimism of Trump.
Jill Stein, who is often challenged about her role as the left flank of the Trump fascist machine, has concocted an excuse or cover story, which can only be described as deranged:
While admittedly difficult to interpret, this cryptic statement seems to assert that Hillary has carried out to the high crimes against humanity and related atrocities which Trump has only conjured up in words.
Before we go any further, we must point out that Jill Stein’s remarks are a form of self-righteous posturing and are easily proven to be mere demagogy, with no facts. The biggest one is that Trump is always babbling about his desires for nuclear war, while Bill and Hillary held the White House for 8 years and, despite their many crimes, never unleashed a nuclear attack.
Stein is also suggesting that Trump can dupe people today and get votes because he has no voting record or track record as governor or some such. But, once Trump takes power, he will start accumulating a very bad track record very quickly, and that should make him much easier to defeat. Think of it: Trump will discredit himself once he takes power! The problem is that the leap into fascist domination is like jumping off a cliff. Forms of dictatorial control combining traditional police and secret police with fascist street fighters, hooligans, scabs, and goons are instituted quite rapidly, and the poor victims are left wondering what hit them. A Trump presidency would usher in an unprecedented era of fascist rule in America.
Trump has referred on at least 10 separate occasions to his willingness or even eagerness to use nuclear weapons in the context of international disputes.2 In the course of these, he has threatened to use nuclear weapons against targets in the Middle East or in Europe. He has argued repeatedly in favor of nuclear proliferation. He has also called for the mass deportations of some 12 million persons – already a war crime in itself, and likely to generate thousands of deaths. Trump’s proposal to kill the relatives of terrorists by destroying their villages would duplicate some of the most heinous crimes of the Nazi SS in World War II massacres with names like Lidice, Czechoslovakia, or the Fosse Ardeatine, near Rome.
So, while recognizing that Hillary has a very bad record on immigrants, militarism, pollution, and much else,3 she was very close to power for eight years in the 1990s, and never launched a nuclear missile and never proposed a mass deportation in cattle cars and boxcars as Trump has done.
But what Ms. Stein is proposing, by the fact that she demonizes Clinton and whitewashes Trump, is to let Trump take power and then see if he is worse than Hillary Clinton, or not. Hillary has a record, while he has primarily genocidal talk. Will he deliver or not? Let’s give him the White House and see what happens, Stein seems to be recommending.
When the TWSP intervened to demystify the Green Party mindset at the Left Forum in New York City last May 21, the Calvinist divine Chris Hedges railed in response to that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were identical.
But this ignores the two most important questions that need to be asked, when we are dealing with the life and death issue of this election. The first involves Fascism. We have already shown that a significant number of trumps ideological positions and campaign promises qualify as fascist. The billionaire himself meets what scholars have defined as the fascist minimum.
But for our purposes here we can leave these ideological-political issues aside and focus on one thing only: in order to be a full-fledged fascist political leader, you must enjoy the active support of a fascist mass movement, or some reasonable equivalent thereof. In the case of Hillary, it ought to be clear that she does not enjoy the support of a fascist mass movement, nor of a mass movement of any kind. Think of Hillary’s embarrassment when Bernie Sanders was able to fill football stadiums and basketball arenas, while she struggled to get people to come to her small-scale events. In some areas, the Hillary supporters were able to meet in a phone booth. No fascist mass movement for her.
Video includes vulgarities and racial and ethinic slurs
But in the case of Trump, it has been clear since the time of the Iowa caucuses that so many active Ku Klux Klansmen, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, racist agitators, xenophobic fanatics, alt-right fascists, Elmer Gantrys, and survivalist paranoids are on the march for Trump. White supremacists provided robo-calls for Trump in Iowa. Hooligan types populate his Bikers for Trump. There is also the Lions’ Guard, a kind of proto-SA brownshirts. Protesters at Trump rallies have been routinely expelled with violent means. Trump is in a class by himself with this, and no amount of obfuscation will hide the basic facts. Trump is at the head of a violent movement of racists and fascists. The KKK Neo-Nazi David Duke has been inspired to come out of his retirement and run for office because Trump has inspired him.
The second question is whether Hillary Clinton is clinically insane. Is she a psychotic? Does she have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, which Trump has admitted to having, no doubt, as part of a crude limited hangout? Alzheimer’s disease? Narcissistic personality disorder?
We would submit that the answer to this question is no, so far as we can tell Hillary Clinton is not psychotic. She is of course a corrupt, dishonest, opportunistic, manipulative bourgeois politician, like so many pols worldwide. But there is no serious evidence that she is insane.
Trump, by contrast, qualifies as mentally ill, a disordered personality, a psychopath, a sufferer from multiple personality disorders, a possible victim of the Alzheimer’s disease which killed his father, and much more. This problem becomes especially acute if we contemplate the eventuality in which Trump seizes the White House, gets his hands on the nuclear launch codes, and proceeds to drag humanity into the abyss of the thermonuclear war. Cynical and jaded followers of Stein and Hedges would of course dismiss this as fear mongering designed by the Clinton campaign, but that is a copout. Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter who actually composed Trump’s Mein Kampf in the form of the Art of the Deal, is a person who studied Trump closely for 18 months and has continued his observations since then. Schwartz is convinced that putting the nuclear button under Trump’s control would likely signify the destruction of world civilization as we have known it. One would have to be a fool to ignore a warning of this kind.
But Jill Stein tells us to capitulate to Trump, despite the fact that he promises to do things that are far beyond the Hillary Clinton repertoire. Set a trap for Trump in the form of state power in the Oval Office, says the Malthusian pasionaria. She is morally insane.
Some interesting comments on the Jill Stein ideology come from essayist Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine. Chait’s short article is entitled “Jill Stein Explains Her Plan to Stop Trump by Electing Him President.” This captures the basic idea of setting a trap for the fascist billionaire in the form of state power. Chait reports an interview by Jill Stein with a Boston radio station in which she was challenged to account for her strange role of vilifying Hillary while sparing Trump:
Garbled though her words may be, Jill Stein’s basic orientation is to assert that globalism, neoliberalism, and bank bailouts are the driving force behind fascism, and that the only way to deal with the fascist threat is not to confront it head-on or any other way, but rather to ignore it and focus on removing the causes of the current ideological climate.
We ourselves are second to none in wishing to treat the root causes through measures like seizing control of the Federal Reserve to provide abundant and cheap, long-term credit for 30 million jobs, and the new national infrastructure, plus taxing Wall Street turnover at a full 1%. We are also in favor of a 15% protective tariff to prevent dumping. We are also seeking ways to bind Hillary Clinton, so that she will not use presidential powers to start anymore useless wars. But in addition to all this, it is certainly necessary to fight Trump fascism, while also denouncing the terrorist August, September, and October Surprises which are being deployed by Trump’s backers in the intelligence community to try to stampede the American electorate in his direction.
But Jill Stein’s answer to the question of why she is so avidly serving as a left auxiliary to the Trump fascist machine is a true masterpiece of doubletalk and prevarication. Whatever Stein may say about herself, she is an expert manipulative politician in her own right, or is at least trying to be one. Here is what Stein had to say:
‘What we know from history, and what we know from the current situation, we are seeing a rise in right-wing extremism, not just in the United States, and it’s not just Donald Trump, it’s also throughout countries in Europe. What is driving this? It is policies like NAFTA, like globalization, like the dominance of the banks, like the Wall Street bailouts, like the Wall Street meltdown thanks to deregulation. Who gave us those policies? The Clintons were leading the way on those policies! The answer to neofascism is stopping neoliberalism. Putting another Clinton in the White House will fan the flames of this right-wing extremism. We have known that for a long time ever since Nazi Germany. We are going to stand up to Donald Trump and to stand up to Hillary Clinton!
One comment on twitter dismisses Stein’s answer as “completely crazy.” If so, it still has quite a pedigree. Chait reminds readers of Ralph Nader’s infamous role in giving the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush by helping to defeat Al Gore in Florida:
Of course, Stein is also lying to herself about her equidistance from Trump and Clinton, since she spends more time and venom attacking Clinton, and is also more damaging to the Democratic candidate by virtue of the Green Party position on the ideological spectrum.
We should attempt to make these references to the late German Weimar Republic more understandable with the help of some crude parallels between then and now. Chait is writing here about the time between the Wall Street stock market crash of 1929 and Hitler’s seizure of power in January 1933, which also corresponded to the international low point of the great depression.
Chait is recalling that the German Communists or KPD, who were controlled by Stalin, insisted on branding the trade-union based, opportunistic, and cowardly Social Democrats or SPD, and not Hitler, as the main enemy. The argument was rather like Stein’s today, with the KPD arguing that the SPD’s lack of militancy, insufficient commitment to class struggle, and track record of betrayals made them, and not Hitler, the most dangerous foes, since they were accused of being the root causes of Hitlerism. So the KPD collaborated both objectively and subjectively with the Nazis, always focusing their attacks on the “social fascists” of the SPD. The result was first ungovernability, and then Hitler’s seizure of power .
Today, the US Democrats are in a position similar to that of the Social Democrats in Weimar. The ultra-left greens have some similarities to the ultra-left KPD, which was a party of the unemployed and the city mob. Trump, of course, corresponds to the Nazis. If the SPD and KPD could have formed a united front with an adequate program against Hitler, Nazism could have been defeated. The insistence of the KPD on attempting to destroy the SPD became a leading cause of the German catastrophe of 1933-1945. We should also point out that Stalin was mainly focused on destroying Germany as part of his plan for exporting revolution through the Red Army. The SPD accepted the democratic Weimar constitution, while the KPD and the Nazis did not. Trump certainly does not accept the US Constitution.
How could so many German voters then, and too many American voters now, except the strategy of “withhold votes from [or actually attack] the mainstream party that is the only viable alternative to the far right.” The recurring depression-era fallacy of setting a trap for Nazism and fascism (or Trump) in the form of state power is so irrational that its causes must be sought less in the area of ideology than among the compulsive mass neuroses of a society in deep crisis, like our own today.5
In the last years before Hitler terminated of the Weimar Republic, and the deposed and exiled Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky wrote a series of pamphlets about the evolution of the German political situation. Trotsky concentrated especially on the destructive effects of Stalin’s “Social Fascism” theory. The KPD leaders were more afraid of the Nazis than they were of the SPD, since the Nazi storm troopers were far more formidable than the middle-aged trade unionists of the SPD self-defense squads. The Nazis exercised a horrible fascination over the KPD, since the former were accustomed to practice more blatant forms of antisocial behavior than the latter could. As for Stalin, he wanted a maximum of destruction in German society of the kind he obtained through the “social fascism” policy, rather than the kind of positive solution which a united front of SPD and KPD could have offered. Stalin, who took total power about a decade earlier than Hitler, regarded the Nazi dictator as his useful tool. Stalin called Hitler “ledokol,” the ice breaker of the revolution, who could bust up central and western Europe and make them ripe for conquest.
In any case, Trotsky had the following to say about the Jill Steins of the KPD and their plan to stop Hitler/Trump by getting him elected president:
Panicky capitulation to Trump fascism is what the Green Party seems to be offering for 2016. As for Jill Stein’s vice presidential running mate Ajamu Baraka, his mass line is that he remains “committed to fighting this corrupt, degenerate, white supremacist monstrosity called the United States”.’7 Donald Trump, the theoretician of national pessimism and “crippled America,” could hardly have said it better.
Warmonger Trump Eager to Use Nuclear Weapons and Impatient with Warnings Not To; Those Who See Him As Peace Candidate Are Exposed as Fools; GOP Leaders Mull Scenarios for Getting Erratic Trump Off the National Ticket; Eagleton 1972 and Perot 1992 Seen as Models for Fascist Billionaire’s Exit from the Contest
On today’s Morning Joe program on MSNBC, host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough reported on Donald Trump’s reactions to a military and strategic briefing which the candidate had received several months ago. The gist was that Trump was focused above all on the use of nuclear weapons, and constantly inquired why there should be any reluctance about using these deadly weapons. Here is an account of Scarborough’s report:
One wonders why Scarborough, who had spent months using his influential program to hype the Trump candidacy, did not see fit to share this life-and-death information with the American people at the time Trump made these remarks, which represent warmongering of the most infamous kind. We hope that these comments by Trump will be taken with the utmost seriousness in the corridors of power all around the world, and most especially in the Kremlin, where important officials seem to have decided on a whitewash of the psychotic Republican candidate combined with the demonization of his principal opponent, thereby exposing themselves at minimum to a series of problems with American and world public opinion. We would also recommend that Kremlinologist and Professor Stephen Cohen study these remarks by Trump. Over this past weekend, Cohen had attempted to lecturer Michael Smerconish on Trump’s allegedly sincere desire to avoid the descent into a new Cold War. But Trump’s comments are always vague and generic when he talks about peace, and precise and brutal when he outlines his plans for retaliation or aggression.
Trump’s assurances about his peaceful intentions are about as credible as Hitler’s lying pledge that the Nazis wanted “nothing but peace” delivered in the course of an election speech in the Siemens factory in Berlin in November, 1933. Here is an important excerpt:
At about the same time on ABC, correspondent Jonathan Karl revealed that top Republican officials were studying scenarios and options to be implemented in the eventuality that Trump were to drop out of the race and resign from the GOP ticket. Karl reported that:
The Trump campaign offered a number of halfhearted denials, but the Trump exit story continued to dominate the cable news all day and into the night. It became clear and that a considerable number of Republican leaders were exhibiting a lively interest in what could be done to dump Trump. The Daily Beast helpfully provided a compendium of the relevant regulations and laws that would govern the possible Trexit. Their overview dealt with the rules and regulations of the Republican Party, the legislation of the various state governments, and finally the rules governing the Electoral College, many of which come from the U.S. Constitution. According to the Daily Beast:
In other words, the “otherwise” would make it legitimate inside the Republican Party for the National Committee to simply deprive Trump of the nomination. As far as the individual states are concerned:
In reality, the Electoral College would probably offer the least serious obstacles to replacing the name of Trump with that of some other person. State laws may try to bind the Electors to the candidate or party which has obtained a plurality in that state, but this binding would probably be unenforceable in the face of the U.S. Constitution and federal law, which have never explicitly demanded that the Electors vote for anybody in particular. According to some theories, the Electors have always been able to vote for the candidate they deemed best for the country, and they might start doing this at any time.
In 1968, Alabama football coach Bear Bryant received 1 ½ electoral votes in the presidential tally, despite the fact that his name had not appeared on the ballot of any state. An elector had simply decided to honor the famous coach. This kind of a procedure would therefore be formally possible today, but might also produce a constitutional crisis.
Recent cases of presidential and vice presidential candidates who have dropped out of their respective races boil down essentially to two.
The first is that of Missouri Senator Thomas Eagleton, who was forced to withdraw as the Democratic Vice Presidential Candidate on the ticket with Senator George McGovern in 1968. McGovern and Eagleton were nominated by the Democratic convention, which met between July 10 and July 13 in Miami, Florida. It was then discovered that Eagleton had received electroshock treatment, supposedly to deal with severe depression. According to some mental health professionals, Eagleton’s condition disqualified him from ever being president. Eagleton resigned from the ticket on August 1, just short of three weeks after the Democratic convention had ended. If Trump were to decide to follow Eagleton in the next few days, the time elapsed since the close of their respective conventions could be broadly comparable. Eagleton was replaced as Democratic vice presidential candidate by Sargent Shriver of the Kennedy family on August 5, 1972. According to Wikipedia:
Eccentric Texas billionaire Ross Perot in 1992 was another candidate who dropped out of his race (only to relaunch his candidacy in the last five or six weeks before the final vote). Here the formalities were different, since Perot was running as the candidate of a third party, calling itself the Reform Party. But here, the most interesting parallels are psychological, since key aspects of Donald Trump’s personality and mismanagement style closely resemble the blunders and false economies exhibited by his fellow bombastic, tight-fisted businessman Perot.
All the same, Perot was able to do what Trump has never done — to assume the position of front runner in the public opinion polls which included George H. W. Bush, the incumbent president, and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton. Perot, like Trump, reached his apex in late spring:
Perot, just like Trump today, viewed the world from a markedly egocentric perspective. He was stingy with resources, vague on specific issues, obsessed with his own image, and sensitive to the point of paranoia when it came to criticism. He often reduced his own professional staff to despair by his ill-advised improvisations. As Wikipedia writes:
By mid-summer Perot was quarreling with his advisers and declining sharply in the polls:
Trump can doubtless consult the hodge-podge of craven absurdities offered by Perot as excuses for dropping out to get plenty of bizarre ideas for use today. One of the classic ones was that Bush agents wanted to humiliate his daughter at her wedding with pornographic leaflets:
In summary, we are witnessing not just the implosion of the mentally troubled and cognitively impaired Donald J. Trump, whom the sick dynamics of a warped system have elevated to the status of a glamorous celebrity. We are also witnessing the self-destruction of the Republican Party. These two events, if accomplished with a modicum of success, offer nothing short of the hope for a new world, with the axis of world politics pulled several degrees away from savagery and barbarism, and pushed several degrees towards humanity, prosperity, and dignity.
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