Penny Saved

24 01 2015

Davos, Switzerland

Bloomberg:

Billionaire Jeff Greene, who amassed a multibillion dollar fortune investing in real estate and betting against subprime mortgage securities, says the U.S. faces a jobs crisis that will cause social unrest and radical politics.

“America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence,” Greene said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “We need to reinvent our whole system of life.”

And then, blah blah blah, and later we found out about how much he’s spending on his Davos sojourn, $43 for a hot dog, two nannies in tow, cue accusations of elitist hypocrisy.

I like throwing around accusations of elitist hypocrisy as much as anyone, so much so that I even have a category for it on this blog.  I also think that elitist hypocrisy really digs deep into the anger of the public consciousness.  Remember, one of the most effective political campaigns against Barack Obama, and there haven’t been many, was the NRA’s ad of about two years ago entitled “Elitist Hypocrisy.”

But that’s not what interests me here with this Jeff Greene thing.  What does are two things:

One, he says that “America’s lifestyle expectations are far too high…”  He’s not saying this because he thinks there are some forces beyond our control that are mandating that.  He’s saying that because he wants it to be true, and the reason he wants us to embrace happily a lower standard of living, for whatever contrived cock and bull excuse he and his ilk are going to trot out, (mainly “save the environment”), is that the less we are happy with, the less they need to pay us, which in turn amounts to another constant steady transfer of wealth from labor to capital.  It’s the same reason they all want “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Two, notice where he said these words and where he went.  Davos, Switzerland.  That angle can’t be overlooked either, because as Steve Sailer has noted, the general trend in today’s plutocratic class is less Bilderberg and more Davos.  That is, Bilderberg was all about plutocrats and their favorite politicians all hanging out at expensive resorts so that the former can bark orders at the latter.  Eventually, the PR of that got to be so bad that it bled through the propaganda that our noticing Bilderberg skullduggery was just a function of our tinfoil hats being on too tight.  OTOH, Davos is a metaphor for the plutocrats going to an Alpine ski town mostly by themselves and bathing themselves in the lush warm do-gooder waters, a massive public relations campaign wherein they try to pass off their greed and selfishness as compassion.  The rich get richer at the expense of everyone else?  Naw man, it’s compassion for the oppressed non-white immigrant, opposing *-ism + *-phobia, and saving the Earth.





Greenwich Mean Time

5 01 2015

Greenwich, Connecticut

Jeb Bush, who wants amnesty, open borders, practically unlimited immigration, so we can grow grow grow without end, is de facto kicking off his Presidential campaign in a city whose population growth rate in the last decade was 0.1%.

Growth, like taxes, is only for the little people.





You Don’t Shoot

20 10 2014

Staten Island

I have sort of a rhetorical question:

Why are the national media and the good hipsters and trust fund brats of Park Slope way more upset over Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri than Eric Garner and Staten Island, New York?

You’ve never heard of Eric Garner?  Well, then, you better start with your favorite internet search engine.  You’ll find out that as far as police-black conflagrations, it’s way murkier and maybe way more the cops’ fault than what happened in handsupdontshoot country close to me.

You’ll find hints in this very blog post, not only in the actual text, but in the categories.





No Person Is Illegal, Borders are Inhumane, Comprehensive Reform

11 09 2014

Washington, D.C.

The border patrol sprang right into action.

Don’t arrest him, give him a job inside the White House.  He’s only going there to do the jobs that the people already inside won’t do, hopping the fence for a better life.





The Dime Store Indian’s 11 Commandments For Kooktardism

18 07 2014

Detroit

Fauxcahontas speaks:

1.  We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, so that’s why I’m going to have Goldman Sachs fund my Presidential campaign.

2.  We believe in science, which means we must believe that human evolution totally stopped in regards to brain development 200,000 years ago.

3.  We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, instead it should be rigged to benefit never-do-evil paragons of virtue like Google.

4.  We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means opening the borders.

5.  We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them right up to the point when their work is replaced by robots.

6.  We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt, and that’s why I’ll always be committed to the set of Democrat Party policies that allow colleges and universities to raise college costs year in and year out.

7.  We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means letting all the world’s grifters in to collect SSI.

8.  We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work, and it’s a good thing too, because we won that battle decades ago.

9.  We believe that equal means equal; everybody except for me will be equally impoverished and miserable, and as men and women of science, we have faith in equality.

10.  We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means letting the whole world flood in, because slave wages and tuberculosis and Ebola outbreaks and the demographics of an international airport and bowling alone…and all that jazz.

11.  And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies.  I will fight with every last drop of your blood to make Hobby Lobby pay for your abortifacient drugs!

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”  Oops, my bad, that’s more like my philosophy, I got mine, the rest of you don’t have a way to pass yourselves off as part Indian.

UPDATE

A bonus 12th commandment:

“In my quest to end corporate welfare, I am proud to announce today that I support the Export-Import Bank.”





#BringBackOurJillAbramson

15 05 2014

New York

Factor out the New York Times Company, and America’s gender pay gap virtually disappears.





Diverse As I Say, Not As I Do

12 05 2014

Washington, D.C.

Really easy.

Usually, when people don’t practice that which they preach, then that which they preach is in their eyes a socio-political weapon to be wielded against other people for their own benefit.








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