The Party of the Rich

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    From “The New Leviathan,” David Horowitz and Jacob Laksin
    1. In the conventional wisdom, it is Republicans and the political right, with their corporate sponsors and big-money donors who make up the “party of the rich,” while progressives speak for the poor and powerless.

    a. And conservatives are agents of an economic “ruling class” organized to defend its social privileges.

    b. And Democrats are the party of “working Americans and their families.”

    c. “They're for the powerful, we're for the people!” Al Gore, Google



    2. This is standard progressive folklore. Provably false.




    3. As of 2009, the financial assets of the 115 major tax-exempt foundations of the Left add up to $104.56 billlion. Not only is this total not less than the financial assets of the 75 foundations of the Right, it was more than ten times greater! [p. 8]

    a. Bradley, Olin, Scaife, the “Big Three” conservative foundations, not one has assets exceeding $1 billion. (Olin has been defunct since 2005).

    i. Scaife Foundation has assets totaling $244 million.
    ii. Bradley Foundation, $623 million.

    b. Fourteen progressive foundations have assets of $1 billion or more, including Gates, Ford, Robert Wood Johnson, Hewlett, Kellogg, Packard, MacArthur, Mellon, Rockefeller, Casey, Carnegie, Simons, Heinz, and the Open Society Institute.

    i. Ford alone has 16 times what Bradley has.

    ii. Soros has claimed that he has donated over $7 billion to his Open Society organizations.

    iii. The leading Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, $33 billion.





    4. With over $100 billion in tax-exempt assets at their disposal, left-wing foundations have been able to invest massively greater amounts in their beneficiary groups.

    Ford Foundation gave more in one year than Scaife in 40!

    a. “By compiling a computerized record of nearly all his contributions over the last four decades, The Washington Post found that Scaife and his family's charitable entities have given at least $340 million to conservative causes and institutions… The Ford Foundation gave away $491 million in 1998 alone.” Washingtonpost.com: Scaife: Funding Father of the Right



    5. Soros' money supported and catalyzed theMcCain-Feingold Act, which banned ‘soft money,’ stripping the two major parties of their financial base. This allowed Soros to create a “Shadow Party,” designed to funnel massive amounts of capital into organizations that would assume the role that the political parties traditionally played.

    a. A 527 group is a private, tax-exempt political organization set up under Section 527 of the U.S. tax code. Such groups have been around for years but never took center stage until 2004, when they became major players. That's because McCain-Feingold shut the door on unlimited contributions (so-called "soft money") to political parties, so that many of the big-dollar donations began flowing to 527 groups instead. McCain-Feingold at Rest - Reason.com




    6. The Shadow Party was born July 17, 2003, at Soros’s estate. It created the largest and most powerful juggernaut in American history. Present were Madeleine Albright, John Podesta, John Pope (director of the Sierra Club), Andy Stern (SEIU), among others. The basic structure of the Shadow Party was a network of seven 527 organizations.

    a. “… the network of nonprofit activist groups organized by George Soros and others to mobilize resources -- money, get-outthe-vote drives, campaign advertising and policy initiatives -- to elect Democratic candidates and guide the Democratic Party towards the left. The Internet fund-raising operation MoveOn.org is a key component. The Shadow Party in this sense was conceived and organized principally by Soros, Hillary Clinton and Harold Ickes. Its efforts are amplified by, and coordinated with, key government unions and the activist groups associated with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The key organizers of these groups are veterans of the Sixties left.” http://www.churchmilitant.tv/cia/02fake/102.pdf




    7. One part, called “America Votes” was referred to by one of its staffers as a “monster coalition” coordinating all of the left-wing grassroots groups including ACORN, Planned Parenthoood Action Fund, Sierra Club and the American Federation of Teachers and the SEIU. Soros contributed $23,700,000 in 2004.
     
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    LMAO Guess that "Party of the People" is a load of horseshit.

    The Dems have saddled us with loads of entitlements. SS, Medicare and now Obamacare. Not to mention Welfare. Guess thats what the party of the people stands for. Those who earn and have need to take care of those that don't. Of course all that stops when you run out of other peoples money to make your dreams come true.

    Loads of very wealthy Dems out there. But of course the Reps are the "Party" of the rich.

    LMAO
     
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    Okay, so let me get this straight, the Democrats are the rich fat-cats of the country? People like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates?
     
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    So what is the point here?

    Is this meant to remind us of how insanely stupid it was of Mitt Romney to say that the 47% support that Obama was getting in the polls was coming entirely from the 47% of Americans who are poor, who don't pay taxes, who are dependent on the government?

    Okay...we knew that. Anything else?
     
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    Well it seems some rich folks think it's a responsibility to pay their fair share into a nation which has helped them garner their wealth..and others think they are entitled to every penny of profit.

    There in lies the "debate".
     
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    Sudden silence. We all know what that means.

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    So, are all those so-called "leftist" organizations devoted exclusively to electing politicians and pushing elitist ideals? You know they are not. What is the net worth of the US chamber of commerce member companies? What is the net worth of the ALEC member companies? Or the net worth of all those shadows who hide behind the SuperPacs? Why are things like this always so easy to shoot down? I'll answer that one, the conservative propaganda machine knows you will just buy it with no questions asked.
     
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    And of course the Dem propaganda machine knows you'll buy their "party of the people" bullshit as well.

    Lots of bullshit flying in DC.
     
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    Dummie Liberals complain about Rich Conservatives when at the same time there are plenty of Rich Liberals buying gov't influence too. And not just in the US either.

    Did any of you Liberals know that the Ford Foundation donates to anti-US groups like MALDEF and LaRaza? Did you know they write the textbooks for public schools in Mexico that teach that the Southwest US is Mexican and should be taken back?

    Do you even care? Does that get in the way of your watching MFL Footsbawl?

    And don't get me started on the Rand Corporation.
     
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    You are too funny (no, not in the ha ha sense). Propaganda is your game, yet, you propagandize poorly. The projects funded by Gates and Soros and the Ford Foundation support projects which would correctly be called Christan Charity.

    Posting in your final bullet point "Acorn, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, the AFT and SEIU" is nothing but red meat for the far right, a use of buzz words sure to entice your base. A base of dumb 'conservatives' and racists whose entire political belief(s) are based on emotion, not reason.
     

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