Has Ted Cruz really stepped in it this time?

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In an April 28, Wall Street Journal column Senator Ted Cruz excoriates the CEOs of large corporations complaining about new voter laws in Georgia. He is so upset that he is no longer going to indulge in the normal scheme whereby corporations give him a lot of money in exchange for tax breaks and monopolies. Here is a direct quote from the WSJ article:

“This time, we won’t look the other way on Coca-Cola’s $12 billion in back taxes owed. This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies [want] to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we’ll say no thank you. …

Too many of us live on the edge, and that has consequences.

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Money has been important throughout history. Its invention about 3000 years ago allowed humanity to evolve into a worldwide, modern society. Can you imagine how impractical it would be to barter for everything in this day and age?

“That will be 180 bushels of wheat for your iPhone 12. Just pull the 18 wheeler around back to the loading dock.”

For the last four decades neoliberal ideas about free and unfettered markets have leached into everyday society. These teachings have spawned a corporate oligarchy possessed of powerful propaganda machines and access to government control through campaign finance money. They have…

It’s all it can be and so much less.

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Based on our military budget [greater than the next 10 nations combined] other countries might suppose the only thing that makes sense for this, along with our 800 military outposts worldwide, is that the U.S. wants to take over the world. Can’t blame them. Any sane person looking in from outside the box of illogic that represents the United States would think the same thing. But it’s a little more complicated than that, and it involves lots of…you guessed it, money.

A peek under the hood of this crazy monster truck reveals a military-industrial organization run amuck. It is exactly…

Let’s break this vicious political cycle.

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Billionaire Charles Koch recently admitted it was a mistake to fund propaganda that helped establish this enormous gulf of bitter dissension between Republicans and Democrats. You’re too late, Chuck! And it sounds a bit more smarmy than contrite. Charles and, until recently, his brother David who passed away in 2019, have funded dozens of conservative think tanks since the late 70s that gave a veneer of legitimacy to the pro-business, pro-fossil fuel, anti-union, anti-environmental disinformation they poured into every media outlet they could find.

Right wing conservative radio broadcasters appeal to the government to just leave the people alone and…

Aids admit he’s not been taking his Prevagen lately.

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In a senior moment Mitch McConnell told corporations to stay out of politics, referring to several corporations protesting Republican-initiated Georgia laws making it harder for minorities to vote. The laws have been criticized by the likes of Coca Cola, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines. MLB is moving the all-star game from Georgia to Colorado.

Apparently Mitch forgot about the $66,000,000 (379 times his annual salary) he’s raised in the current election cycle, mostly from corporations. That $174,000 salary is paid for by the American people, the people he’s supposed to be working for. But who is a good Republican going…

If so, it’s not a pretty sight.

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Republican Senator John Cornyn of Texas has recently pointed out in a tweet that previous Democratic presidents have been opposed to more immigration, but Biden “has instead emphasized the humane treatment of immigrants, regardless of their legal status.”

Senator Cornyn may have accidentally let slip the Republican’s real attitudes toward immigrants. And I believe that attitude extends to all those lower class beings — the poor, the non-white, the non-Christian. If we are not to treat these people humanely, obviously his intention would be to treat them inhumanely. …

It had some help.

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When I was a kid we played cowboys and Indians. The cowboys always won. Later, in school, I noticed many of my male friends wore cowboy boots and hats. Even though it was Waco, Texas, I thought they were going through some phase like my Davy Crockett coonskin cap when I was five. I was wrong. This turned out to be a permanent affectation they would carry the rest of their lives despite the fact the closest they came to horses and cows was watching Ponderosa and Gun Smoke on TV. I’m proud to say at least I gave up…

It can’t be addressed without them.

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The big turning point in Bernie Sanders bid for the Democratic presidential candidacy was when Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina endorsed Joe Biden. As the most distinguished Black member of the House, his endorsement carried a lot of weight with Black voters. Bernie Sanders’ loss to Joe Biden in the race for a Democratic presidential candidate came down to a lack of faith by Black voters that he could win against Trump, which was their major concern. …

Full disclosure — tips plus rants.

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The corporate state of America constantly intimates and would like you to believe that you are what you’re worth. Your value is a direct corollary of your bank account balance or stock holdings. They go on to specify that if you’re not worth all that much, you can make up for it by using the money you do have to buy their stuff, providing you an illusion of worth. …

And it won’t be fossil fuels.

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Fossil fuel companies are scared to death renewables will make them irrelevant yet they continue with business as usual, modifying their behavior just enough to get by with layoffs, cutting back on exploration, and emphasizing natural gas as the transition fuel. Their day is gone, having been a mere blip on the timeline of civilization.

The need for energy marches on. The future is hazy about ways to make money on the energy horizon. Yes, there will be solar panels by the millions, but they only have a life span of 25 to 30 years and are notoriously hard to…

Glen Hendrix

Artist, writer, poet, inventor, entrepreneur

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