Thursday, April 3, 2014

Randi Rhodes: Oligarch`s America

Special Guests Today: David Cay Johnston, Editor of the new book "Divided: The Perils of Our Growing Inequality" And Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

If you think the news about yet another mass shooting at Ft. Hood yesterday would stop CNN from focusing on the airplane story, you'd be wrong. I should have known that we’d have another mass shooting in America sooner rather than later. The shooter was an Iraq War veteran who was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. We may have finally gotten our soldiers our of Iraq, but we can’t get Iraq out of our soldiers.

This is the second mass shooting at Fort Hood in five years. In America, we now have enough mass shooting incidents that we’re forced to repeat locations. Lightning may never strike twice in the same place, but we have so many shooting sprees in this country that they’re bound to recur in the same place at some point.

Don't even ask how the right-wing reacted to the shooting on Twitter. Some Republicans in office weren't much better. Specifically, GOP Congressman Michael McCaul said we need to allow for concealed carrying of firearms on military bases. The prohibition against carrying guns on military bases was instituted by the military. I don’t think it should be overridden by a bunch of gun nut chicken-hawk civilians. If you’re wondering if Michael McCaul ever served in the military, well, he is the wealthiest member of Congress. That should tell you the answer is no.

Speaking of wealthy idiots, yesterday's Supreme Court ruling means that the very wealthy can use their money to buy every single Congressional race there is. I can see how owning your own congressperson could be handy. Unfortunately, so do the Koch Brothers. Polls show that 80 percent of Americans want caps on political spending. I’m sure that those numbers will go down though - after the Koch's spend enough money to convince people otherwise.

Speaking of the devil, billionaire Charles Koch also wrote an op ed today for - where else? - the Wall Street Journal. I guess he got turned down by Mother Jones. Koch insists that he’s just fighting to restore a "free society." Essentially Charles Koch is telling you not to worry, that HE'S going to be making all the decisions. Which is twisted. Koch claims that the government is trying to run your lives. The truth is, HE'S trying to run your life - and he want's to do it by buying YOUR government.

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As Both David Cay Johnston and Sen. Bernie Sanders admitted to Randi today: We are in an oligarchy - or at least close enough that America is nowhere near where we should be. In light of yesterday's unethical and ignorant majority ruling in the McCutcheon case by the right-wing activist justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Bill Moyers' monolgue from last August seems oddly prescient - and scarily accurate.

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