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No Austerity Has Helped Any Economy

No Austerity Has Helped Any Economy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Does Obama serve the predators who finance his elections or does he serve the people who elected him?
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Let's hope they don't go for more austerity in the USA. That really does not seem to be helping at all where they are trying this effort. 

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AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US
GOP News, Libertarian news, Democratic News, World News and Reflections of Trends & Events that impact Austerity, Oppression or Progression of Societies.
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Why Trump’s secretary of state pick shows up in leaked offshore documents

Why Trump’s secretary of state pick shows up in leaked offshore documents | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The leaked documents relate to Rex Tillerson's long-standing business ties in Russia.
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Hollowed Out: Big Donors, Inequality, and the Threat to Civil Society

Hollowed Out: Big Donors, Inequality, and the Threat to Civil Society | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
You're not imagining things: A new report confirms that wealthy donors
really do have a much bigger footprint in the nonprofit world. What does
this growing clout mean for the rest of us?
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“The growth of inequality is mirrored in philanthropy,” said report co-author Chuck Collins. “As wealth concentrates in fewer hands, so does philanthropic giving and power. We believe this poses considerable risks to both our independent sector and democracy.” These risks are hardly hypothetical. They’ve been playing out for years, as noted earlier, a trend that accounts for a strong tilt of politics and public policy toward the wealthy, as the scholars Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson documented in their book, Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. While most accounts of how the wealthy hijacked public policy focus on the role of campaign donors and lobbyists, the role of philanthropy has also been critical. Charitable giving has fueled the rise of a vast national and state infrastructure of policy and advocacy groups on the right that have advanced a range of policies that favor the wealthy, starting with tax cuts and deregulation. In a country where people tend to “bowl alone,” as Robert Putnam famously said, ordinary citizens have failed to respond by financing organizations to defend their economic interests in the halls of power. The unions that once helped do that have long been moribund.
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Open society - Wikipedia

Open society - Wikipedia

Popper's concept of the open society is epistemological rather than political. When Popper wrote The Open Society and its Enemies , he believed that the social sciences had failed to grasp the significance and the nature of fascism and communism because these sciences were based on what he saw to be faulty epistemology.

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I keep hearing how bad George Soros is..... I have to admit now the more I read about what he gives money to the more I think his heart is definitely in the right place for society. Sadly, most billionaires are not interested in investing in issues that affect or empower the average person or pitiful person that would offer a them a better chance in life unless it is tied to lining their own pockets and giving them the power to rule. This is an article about history and philosophical ideas.... With the hostile take over of the nation by bringing out all types of haters and high dollar donors (Vois), or their high representatives in industry (Tillerson) by Donald Trump it appears a peculiar type of modern tribalism may win. What do you think? Will Soros be wasting his money by pinning his hopes and his remaining fortune on the average man and woman to make their own wise choices for the future.
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Resist. Rethink. Rebuild.

Resist. Rethink. Rebuild. | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
At Free Press, we refuse to enable, legitimize or normalize Trump’s neo-fascist, racist, misogynist, xenophobic and dangerous actions.
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Trump and friends have shown everyone one thing loud and clear. If you don't agree with them they intend to shut you up,
push you down, slander you, insult you, grab you wherever because they are rich stars and you will let them. 

They intend not respond to your concerns even if everyone before them knew it was the right thing to do (release taxes, put others and the jobs they agreed to do first by selling conflict of interest property and businesses). 

They and I don't just mean just Trump but also the self-serving rich that he is placing in high places, don't work for us as they don't need and have refused the pay we offer. 

They select those to rule over you that don't like you and are not part of your class, do not respect your right not to do exactly what they want you doing, hate you really and make others hate you if they can. 

They intend to label as many people as they can so that they can later target them in groups, humiliate them and try to intimidate them into submission and silence. Picture the mocking of those with cerebral-palsy ...

These Trump class people don't represent those people...and they intend to make as many non-rich voices or dissenting voices as mute as they possibly can. 

We have elected so few to high places that are part of the push back from within our government to this the corporate & wealthy coup (TAKE BACK AND ACTUALLY GAIN GROUND COUP) of our highest offices from the state houses to the white house that there is a good chance we have left nothing do to but Resist....Rethink...Rebuild and very, very likely Revolt. 

 These powerful people will show their true colors if you are watching. They are so emboldened with their coup that they know they no longer even need to buy our policy makers to hide behind because they now know they have succeeded in buying enough to win and rule over policy decisions for themselves like Trump, DeVois, Exon and so many others...

People have handed these lords the nation on a platter. The question is which ones of us will stand with them to destroy your neighbors in order to make these people great?
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Jeff Sessions' Relationship With Breitbart Should Be Disqualifying

Jeff Sessions' Relationship With Breitbart Should Be Disqualifying | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Thirty years ago, a bipartisan majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee
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I once had Breitbart  sent to my email but decided it was a e-mail news outlet that seem to put certain certain groups of people down and often seemed only remotely newsworthy and more about hate and slander and brainwashing targeted groups to hate other people. Long before Bannon's name waa known to me or his connections to Trump I clicked junk mail on that Breitbart newsletter and that is what it is and too bad I can't just click junk talk and make Session's opinion go away too!
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WSJ: George Soros Lost $1 Billion After Trump Won - Breitbart

WSJ: George Soros Lost $1 Billion After Trump Won - Breitbart | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
George Soros bet wrong and lost nearly $1 billion as a result of Donald Trump's surprise victory in the November 2016 presidential election.
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Dan Rather Just Went Viral With This Final Farewell To Obama

Dan Rather Just Went Viral With This Final Farewell To Obama | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
This is a beautiful tribute to one of our nation's greatest leaders.
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Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him

Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Classified documents presented last week to President Obama and President-elect Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.
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Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, Plays Hardball With Her Wealth

Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Pick, Plays Hardball With Her Wealth | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The stalwart of Michigan politics and backer of school vouchers has not been shy about advancing her goals by funding campaigns against her foes.
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Pay to pLay is the only way to explain putting this women in charge of anything to do with education leadership. She has no other reason to be hired based on her background for anything she has done with education any where other than being rich enough to but her puppets in place in state and national houses with campaign donations.

Here is an excerpt from this article that pretty well sums this up:

By Aaron Pallas

 I’ve been joking that neurosurgeon Ben Carson‘s — President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be secretary of Housing and Urban Development — primary qualification is that he grew up in a house. But Betsy DeVos, his choice as education secretary, attended private schools and sent her children to them. So as far as personal interaction with public education, she doesn’t even have that going for her.
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How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The company’s 2011 deal with Iraqi Kurdistan illustrates a willingness to go against U.S. government wishes.
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Meet the man our soldiers and all those innocent casualties of war died for and are still dying for. It wasn't WMD it was for Exxon and others to get Iraqi oil. Nice guy??!!!
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Charter school movement flounders in Kansas

Charter school movement flounders in Kansas | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Here is an article on how Kansas Public schools used the charter school efforts to strengthen public schools. Some folks in Kansas out smarted the venture investor plans to grab education tax dollars for their own pockets!
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Kansas Offers Cautionary Tale for Trump's Tax Ambition

Kansas Offers Cautionary Tale for Trump's Tax Ambition | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A Republican with fresh experience reducing taxes says the strategy may not provide a quick shot of economic adrenaline.
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Bloomberg couldn't have found a better example of how to turn a good State into a failed State fast than what Sam Brownback has done for Kansas as Governor. This article mentions personal and small business breaks as the foe. My guess is there are many trade offs and huge breaks to corporations and the wealthy that far out weigh what sounds like cuts to the middle class and small businesses. The Heritage Foundation mentioned as an advisor to both Brownback and Trump is not normally there to look out for the average worker that might somehow start a small business if you put enough money in his pocket. That Koch Brother Inc funded group is a strong handed libertarian group that is all about making those "Job Creators" evermore rich and powerful. It is also heavy handed group about getting rid consumer & public protection regulation that allows corporations to be held accountable to harm to The community.or
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World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50%

World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
A new report by Oxfam warns of the growing and dangerous concentration of wealth
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Philanthropy in the Age of Trump: Six Predictions

Philanthropy in the Age of Trump: Six Predictions | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
What does a once-unthinkable Donald J. Trump presidency mean for
philanthropy and the nonprofit sector more broadly? In part, it depends on
where you sit.
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Philanthropy vs. Tyranny: Inside the Open Society Foundations' Biggest Battle Yet

Philanthropy vs. Tyranny: Inside the Open Society Foundations' Biggest Battle Yet | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The winds of history are no longer at the back of George Soros's vast
global foundation. But according to its president, Chris Stone, OSF is in a
stronger position than ever to press the cause of civil society.
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Checking In at Trump Hotels

Checking In at Trump Hotels | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The man who would be president is also the name behind a string of high-end hotels. Inside his particular brand of luxury.
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The price of admission befits a luxury hotel. The cheapest available room on a July weekend at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York was $563 a night, according to a recent online search. At Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, it was $420 a night. That said, rooms are not always out of reach. For instance, one search turned up rooms at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas for $165 a night.
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Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery"

Jimmy Carter: The U.S. Is an "Oligarchy With Unlimited Political Bribery" | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
According to the former president, Americans are now experiencing "a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors."

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"United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

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Sadly with the last election this month of Trump the American public chose to select this oligarchy by electingTrump giving them the confidence to empower the wealthy and incorporated with even more power to create even more money for still more power. The selection of Hillary or Jill would have sent them a message that we are not going to let them take our country "backward" without a fight. The mega international investors have already been able to see huge returns in a matter of days...check out the DOW....

The Koch  Brothers and ALEC corrupted, hand picked politicians and connections are being placed in critical roles to ensure the rich control all critical policy while most Voters now settle into their chairs to obediently entertain themselves with media, ball games and such other distractions until the next time they are needed to come out and "save babies and jobs" with these self-serving "leaders".

Now the American Trump followers will sit back confident the wheeler dealer will wheel and deal.....and he in fact has and will do just that. The thing is he "TOOK THE COUNTRY BACK" he just never actually admitted the rich had it increasing firmly before  and they were the ones losing the reins each year bit by bit as the people gained more control over those corporations and were reeling them in more skillfully each year. Donald took the country back for his own. They  are the ones that "dealt" the jobs away and created policy that allowed them to hide wealth offshore. All so that it could increase their wealth, thus their power and hold of power. These corporations heartlessly downsized without community or labor input. With this election the Oligarchy took the reels back from the people as well as nearly all the decks of cards and the wheels with which to deal. But would you except less from a bankrupt casino owner...."The house always wins" and it's owner wins even if he bankrupts the house.
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Internet Users Beware: Marsha Blackburn --- a Diehard Net Neutrality Foe --- Is Now in Charge of a Powerful House Subcommittee

Internet Users Beware: Marsha Blackburn --- a Diehard Net Neutrality Foe --- Is Now in Charge of a Powerful House Subcommittee | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Marsha Blackburn is far more concerned about protecting the profit margins of cable companies and Hollywood studios than she is about protecting you.
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The man that invented the world wide web says this woman and those that agree with her are wrong and that their ideas would not have allowed Tim Berners-Lee to invent the WEB during those ten years he developed the WEB. Net Neutrality is the basis of the WEB and what has made it successful.
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NPR Fact Checks Donald Trump's 1st Press Conference in 6 Months

NPR Fact Checks Donald Trump's 1st Press Conference in 6 Months | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom will be live-annotating a news conference with President-elect Donald Trump, expected at 11 a.m.
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Trump Received Unsubstantiated Report That Russia Had Damaging Information About Him - NYTimes.com

Trump Received Unsubstantiated Report That Russia Had Damaging Information About Him - NYTimes.com | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
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Franken Stumps Sessions on Trump’s Crazy Voter-Fraud Tweet

Franken Stumps Sessions on Trump’s Crazy Voter-Fraud Tweet | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The former SNL writer wanted to know more about the “millions of illegal votes” supposedly cast for Clinton.
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In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day

In Break With Precedent, Obama Envoys Are Denied Extensions Past Inauguration Day | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
The mandate threatens to leave the United States without Senate-confirmed envoys for months in critical nations like Germany, Canada and Britain.
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Only Trump's family matters. Anyone else's family is a throw away family to him. He needs to order his wife and child to move with him January 20th to the White House. Why does he think the nation should allow his son to finish out a school year if he doesn't show the same grace period to someone else's children.
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At least six Jewish community centers evacuate after threats

At least six Jewish community centers evacuate after threats | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Centers in Miami, Miami Beach, Jacksonville, Nashville and outside Washington D.C. were evacuated.
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Ongoing student churn staggers charter schools and the Kansas City district

Ongoing student churn staggers charter schools and the Kansas City district | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it
Sixteen years ago, the first charter schools opened in Kansas City with the promise of ending a student exodus from the city’s public schools. But state data recently obtained by The Star show that mission has failed, leaving hundreds of students to spiral between district and charter schools in a public education system still losing children.
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Charters are an effort to privatize the public school system. The design for charters schools across the nation seeks to only leave public funds in the concept of public education it is not about public collective community ownership of local and state schools. Many that venture invest in these schools have economic or reality degrees and have never been in classrooms other than as students. Sort of like paying tax dollars for your banker or real-estate management team to own, design, run and manage a hospital that a community or church group once owned but gave away or really sort of bought for these investors as a gift purchased with tax dollars and the venture company that runs the hospital hire half the staff of doctors there that have formal training and the other half took summer school the summer before they hired them and the community can't really say anything because the hospital is the property of those bankers and realtors and they might just close down and leave the community with nothing.
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