I HAVE TO GO NOW AND SHOW MY STARBOARD SIDE BECAUSE THE LIFEBOAT DRILL ALARM JUST SOUNDED.
BON VOYAGE, EVERYBODY!
The art of framing a political issue in a headline or sound byte is not lost on one Dan Gerstein, Democratic political operative who offers this headline for his story on hedge fund taxation loopholes submitted to Politico:
Failure to hedge could set Edwards apart
Note first that Dan Gerstein is a Democratic political operative and former Joe Lieberman campaign manager. Dangerstein, as his handle reads in email, describes the quandary the top three Democratic candidates are in as they ponder the current, unfair state of the hedge fund tax loophole that provides an essentially free tax pass for the wealthy (15%) while their maids, cooks and garbage men – oh, and the rest of the untouchables – the wage slaves of America --- who are taxed at a whopping 35%. Of the three frontrunners, Edwards has made a mark for himself as being the champion of the working poor who wants to bridge the gap between the rich and poor in this War on the Middle Class, and Dangerstein could have easily headlined this other wise factual and informative article with a title like this:
Failure for Hillary and Barack to pony up could set Edwards apart
See? See how Dangerstein could have revealed, if the mood behooved him, how much he might be a champion himself for the working poor of this country and the growing numbers who are without health insurance and jobs? Talk about hedging your bets, but I would guess that he’s probably not on the Edwards payroll…although, political communicators can and do switch back and forth depending upon greener pastures, this much we know.
last week while speaking at a $4,600 Clinton fundraiser in New York to an audience largely comprising money movers and managers.
Anyway, in a heartfelt speech, Buffet put a fine point on this issue
"The 400 of us (here) pay a lower part of our income in taxes than our receptionists do -- or our cleaning ladies, for that matter. If you're in the luckiest 1 percent of humanity, you owe it to the rest of humanity to think about the other 99 percent."
Like I said, this is an article that is quite informative and who knows? Maybe Dangerstein will come around!
One concern I have about "Wolves In Sheep's Clothing" is that author defines blowhards like Tom Friedman as a "liberal elite" which, if you read the comments, almost every one raised questions about. I mean, I have always thought of him as a "conservative" but then when you think about it, he comes out here to Silicon Valley and schmoozes with self described bipartisan "best and brightest" ceos and executives who, with their legendary outsourcing bluprint, have made slave drivers on the plantations look like candy stripers.
On another note, Cindy Sheehan has taken up the Iraq war protest circuit once again and I don't know why she and her posse have not made an announcement to make a pitstop here and challenge the ceos and executives who are bunkered down in this War on the Middle Class as Cohen & Grigsbygate has outted them for selling off our educated white collar workers also to the third world Read more about this at
Good Thing: Have the Good Reporters Sold Out? With rampant layoffs and media consolidation, where does one find reliable reporting that respects its readers with an emphasis on speaking truth to power? As the "Big Blogs" take up banning their constituents, becoming more 'secretive' and Skull and Bonesy as they schmooze with the Kool-Aid stand manufacturers, the need for professional journalists with character and integrity has never been greater to report on this War on the Middle Class.
That, indeed, would be a good thing.