Friday Reads: The NAZI Kleptocracy Pogrom brought to you by the Oligarchs and Trump-Billies

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Good!  Welcome to my basic economics history lesson on the relationship between privatization and the NAZI economics strategy of the 1930s as jetstreamed to the US in this century.  The lesson will be punctuated by the examples of absolute stupid Trump-Billy idiots that are about to find out that all markets do not necessary run better with billionaire corporate lackies in charge.  They are also finding out that extremely wealthy people are about to take over the White House and what ever economic security they ever had is headed for the pockets of the already obscenely wealthy.

Trump is not draining the swamp.  He’s making it radioactive.  One Trump-Billy woke up to that reality the day she found out that the new Treasury Secretary is the same dude that foreclosed on home sweet home.  Good decision making is not the hallmark of a Trump-Billy.

When Donald Trump named his Treasury secretary, Teena Colebrook felt her heart sink.

She had voted for the president-elect on the belief that he would knock the moneyed elites from their perch in Washington, D.C. And she knew Trump’s pick for Treasury Steven Mnuchin all too well.

OneWest, a bank formerly owned by a group of investors headed by Mnuchin, had foreclosed on her Los Angeles-area home in the aftermath of the Great Recession, stripping her of the two units she rented as a primary source of income.

“I just wish that I had not voted,” said Colebrook, 59. “I have no faith in our government anymore at all. They all promise you the world at the end of a stick and take it away once they get in.”

Less than a month after his presidential win, Trump’s populist appeal has started to clash with a Cabinet of billionaires and millionaires that he believes can energize economic growth.

The prospect of Mnuchin leading the Treasury Department drew plaudits from many in the financial sector. A former Goldman Sachs executive who pivoted in the early 2000s to hedge fund management and movie production, he seemed an ideal emissary to Wall Street.

When asked on Wednesday about his credentials to be Treasury secretary, Mnuchin emphasized his time running OneWest which not only foreclosed on Colebrook but also on thousands of others in the aftermath of the housing crisis caused by subprime mortgages.

“What I’ve really been focused on is being a regional banker for the last eight years,” Mnuchin said. “I know what it takes to make sure that we can make loans to small and midmarket companies and that’s going to be our big focus, making sure we scale back regulation so that we make sure the banks are lending.”

Yeah. We already know how well that went.  Too bad history is gonna repeat itself.squidbilly-vote

Let’s just stop for a moment of silence and think about what Hamilton really wanted the Electors of the Electoral college to do because stopping the ascent of a crazy person to the White House is exactly what needs to be done.  It’s also what Hamilton charged the Electors to do.  Electors should trump the Trumpbillies.  There are a few Electors that have this in mind.  This folks are from Washington state so it’s a very limited group.

The electors championing the Electoral College revolt say their effort is “in the spirit of” founding father Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury, once wrote the Electoral College is necessary to ensure “the office of the President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications.”

One of Washington state’s most prominent Trump supporters, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, rebuked the Electoral College dissenters, calling the effort “irrelevant” and its supporters within the electoral system “a very small fringe element.”

“I think that those people should get together with Jill Stein and go hand-count ballots in Michigan,” said the Republican from Ferndale, referring to the Green Party candidate’s ongoing recount efforts.

Ericksen was Trump’s deputy campaign director in the state.

“The election is over — Mr. Trump won,” Ericksen said. “So they can be crazy like Jill Stein and drag this out or they can do their job and follow the will of the people.”

The “Hamilton Electors” face an uphill battle.

squidbilly-jibber-jabberSo, what we’re beginning to see is more and more unwinding of a democratic America in both the big D and little D sense of the word.  I’m about to get to what should be the canary in the coal mine which is the translation of an economic strategy used by the NAZIs to transfer public assets to their enablers and supporters,  This always upsets your libertarian friends and all those rewriters of history that say that NAZIs hated capitalism.  Au contraire, they are the very founders of kleptocracy and crony capitalism.  The Trump-Billies need to realize that they put fascists in the White House.

… the first use of the word “privatization” (or “reprivatization”) in English occurred in the 1930s, in the context of explaining economic policy in the Third Reich. Indeed, the English word was formulated as a translation of the German word “Reprivatisierung,” which had itself been newly minted under the Third Reich.

So, we can discuss how totally awful voucher systems have been for schools and how expensive and inefficient private prisons, and private guards for embassies, and private food providers for the military have been. There is research out the wazoo on all of that.  

But privatization practice is often a disaster. An inefficient government monopoly is replaced by an even more inefficient private monopoly that is more expensive, wasteful and lacking in accountability or responsibility for serving the public good.

The selection of private contractors is often rife with the corruption of political sweetheart deals. The profit motive consistently trumps public interest And shareholders and executives benefit at public expense, while public services deteriorate.

We can also discussion how Bobby Jindal bankrupted Louisiana doing exactly what Trump and Pence rallied around last night.  A program of giving huge amounts of money to private industry that held a few jobs hostage and still wants its $7 billion defense contracts left alone.  The Indiana Carrier deal is a wonderful example of how to waste public funds and transfer the hard earned cashed of working and middle people into corporate profits.  Here’s a back of the envelop analysis from Paul Krugman via twitter.

Another metric: Trump would have to do one Carrier-sized deal a week for 30 years to save as many jobs as Obama’s auto bailout

But, before I go full throttle medieval on that, let me just point out that Voter Suppression laws in this country give Trump a very very very skinny electoral college win.  We’re on our way to getting more of them.  Here’s a back of the envelop analysis from my friend Lamar White, Jr.squidbilly-gays

Hillary Clinton now has a popular vote lead of 2.5 million.

Donald Trump won the electoral college, however, by less than 80,000 votes.

To put this into perspective, if Toledo were in Michigan and not Ohio, Clinton would be the next President, elected with the same popular vote margin as Obama in 2012.

A new study shows that Voter ID laws suppress minority and Democratic voters.  So, it’s working just as it was planned.  Here’s your 2016 reduction in turnout explanation.

Researchers from the University of California San Diego have created a new statistical model indicating that voter identification laws do what detractors claim — reduce turnout for minorities and those on the political left.

Overall, the researchers found, strict ID laws cause a reduction in Democratic turnout by 8.8 percentage points, compared to a reduction of 3.6 percentage points for Republicans.

The study focused on the 11 states with the strictest voter ID laws, generally requiring photo identification to cast a ballot. Researchers used a large voter survey database to compare turnout in those states to those in states with lesser or no ID requirements.

Several states have passed less strict ID laws. But in 17 states including California, New York and Illinois, a more traditional honor system still applies at the ballot box.

We also have some righteous calls to the White House asking the President to declassify the evidence that Russian influenced and hacked our election.  squidbilly-guns

Seven members of the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote to President Obamathis week asking him to declassify and make public “additional information concerning the Russian government and the U.S. election” that committee members apparently have learned about in confidential briefings. The president should take their advice.

Cynics might be tempted to view their letter — which was signed only by Democrats and an independent senator who caucuses with them — as a partisan ploy designed to buttress the argument that Donald Trump’s victory was rendered illegitimate by Russian meddling on his behalf.

But seeking information about possible Russian meddling in the election shouldn’t be a partisan issue. If the Russian government indeed attempted to influence, disrupt or subvert the outcome by stealing and publicizing the emails of senior Democratic officials or promoting the dissemination on social media of “fake news” damaging to Hillary Clinton, that should outrage Americans regardless of whom they supported on Nov. 8. The public has a right to know as much about any such operation as can be made public without compromising intelligence sources and methods.

squidbilliy-fineThen, there’s the Michigan AG who is trying to stop the recount there.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette wants the Michigan Supreme Court to halt a presidential recount in Michigan before it begins.

In a court action filed today, Schuette echoes arguments made for President-elect Donald Trump, arguing Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who received just over 1% of the vote in Michigan, is not an “aggrieved” candidate entitled to a recount, and there isn’t time to complete a recount, even if Stein was entitled to one.

“If allowed to proceed, the statewide hand recount could cost Michigan taxpayers millions of dollars and would put Michigan voters at risk of being disenfranchised in the electoral college,” Schuette, in a filing signed by Chief Legal Counsel Matthew Schneider, said in asking the Michigan Supreme Court for immediate consideration of his petition barring a recount.

Schuette, a Republican who is expected to run for governor in 2018, chaired the presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush before supporting Trump as the party nominee.

 So, all of this so we can have our public assets looted by the kleptocracy. The Carrier deal is probably the first sign that it’s about to get worse.  Especially given we were treated to a Trumpapalooza trying to convince folks in Indiana that $7 million dollars for less than 1000 jobs when more are still leaving the country is a damned fine deal.  It’s corporate welfare and its far more expensive than creating jobs for teachers, firefighters, and police.

Carrier’s announcement that it would indeed keep 1,000 jobs at its Indianapolis furnace factory (which Trump identified in a tweet as an air-conditioner factory) cited “very productive conversations” with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, but also mentioned Trump’s supposed “commitment to support the business community.”

That “support,” we later learned, came in the form of “incentives offered by the state (Indiana),” where Pence is still governor, by the way.

And here’s the man behind the curtain that the Wizard of Oz doesn’t want you paying attention to: Carrier isn’t staying because of its supposed secret negotiations with Trump and Pence, but because Indiana pols gave the company a tax break — a taxpayer-backed incentive that has a long and, at best, mixed history of success. (State officials have not revealed which tax incentive Carrier will get, though the Wall Street Journal reported that the deal will hand Carrier $7 million over 10 years; my email to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. has still not been answered.)

Indiana’s own economic development people put out a report last year that reveals that since 2009, job growth among all private sector firms in the state is much stronger than job growth in firms that got what Indiana calls the Economic Development for a Growing Economy subsidy. In 2014 (the last year studied), firms getting the subsidy actually lost jobs and firms not getting the subsidy added jobs.

Plus, the benefits do not trickle down to the communities.  tumblr_lrx5njwnjn1qg4f0do6_r1_400

Economists who testified in Indiana last year offered state officials an analysisof how various tax incentive programs are doing in other states:

“The MEGA tax credit (that’s what Michigan calls its program) failed to have a discernible impact on employment in the manufacturing or wholesale sectors even though the credits are targeted to businesses in these sectors,” the report said.

“These grants (now referring to EDGE in Indiana) fail to have a discernible impact on manufacturing employment and that the Hoosier Business Investment credit fails to impact either employment measure.”

“The estimation results suggest that the tax incentives (speaking about Ohio now) failed to have a positive impact on employment by incentive recipients. In fact, the estimates suggest that the incentives may have dampened the employment growth of firms receiving the incentives in the first two years of an expansion.”

I find facts like this really interesting because they reveal the bottom line about corporate welfare: sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. States give away millions of dollars a year on “corporate retention” deals. The loss to taxpayers is also millions of dollars a year.

Unlike giving money to corporations where money can roll off to out of state salaries, sources of materials, and stock and management dividends and bonuses,  spending money directly on things like state roads and state employees goes directly into the economy of the communities.  There’s a difference in the percentage of tax subsidies that basically does not benefit local communities at all.  Tax money spent directly in local economies building roads, schools, and hiring employees goes in much bigger magnitude into the pockets of the local businesses.  In other words, you can subsidize Hollywood a lot, but if it’s the salary of Tom Cruise, then it’s going to not stay in New Orleans.  It leaks back to where Tom Cruise spends his money.

More than a month after Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal “parked” his widely-panned proposal to repeal the state’s income tax, state policymakers now are returning to what should be a more straightforward tax reform issue. A new report (PDF) from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor critically evaluates the workings of the state’s film tax credit, which gives Louisiana-based film productions a tax credit to offset part of their expenses when they hire Louisiana workers or spend money on production expenses locally.

From a cost perspective alone, it makes sense to take a hard look at this provision: the state has spent over $1 billion on these Hollywood handouts in the past decade.

But the Auditor’s report is also a good reminder of just how little the state is getting in return for this massive outlay. The report estimates that after doling out almost $200 million in film tax breaks in 2010, the state enjoyed just $27 million in increased tax revenue from the film-related economic activity supposedly encouraged by this tax break.

This means a net loss to the state of about $170 million in just one year.

da03a79de8d1683f4690acd420a00939So, let me go back to the purpose of the NAZI economic strategy of “Reprivatisierung”.  You can read the journal article because it’s fascinating and it’s economic history so it’s not the wonkiest of economic analysis.

Privatization of large parts of the public sector was one of the defining policies of the last quarter of the twentieth century. Most scholars have understood privatization as the transfer of government-owned firms and assets to the private sector,2 as well as the delegation to the private sector of the delivery of services previously delivered by the public sector.3 Other scholars have adopted a much broader meaning of privatization, including (besides transfer of public assets and delegation of public services) deregulation, as well as the private funding of services previously delivered without charging the users.4 In any case, modern privatization has been usually accompanied by the removal of state direction and a reliance on the free market. Thus, privatization and market liberalization have usually gone together.

Privatizations in Chile and the UK, which began to be implemented in the 1970s and 1980s, are usually considered the first privatization policies in modern history.5 A few researchers have found earlier instances. Some economic analyses of privatization identify partial sales of state-owned firms implemented in Adenauer’s Germany in the late 1950s and early 1960s as the first large-scale priva-tization programme,6 and others argue that, although confined to just one sector, the denationalization of steel in the UK in the early 1950s should be considered the first privatization.7

None of the contemporary economic analyses of privatization takes into account an important, earlier case: the privatization policy implemented by the National Socialist (Nazi) Party in Germany. Nonetheless, there were a number of studies on German privatization in the mid- and late 1930s and in the early 1940s, when many academic analyses of Nazi economic policy discussed privatization policies in Germany.8 International interest was reflected in a change in the English language: in 1936 the German term ‘reprivatisierung’, and the associated concept, were brought into English in the term ‘reprivatization’, and soon the term ‘privatization’ began to be used in the literature.9 Surprisingly, modern literature on privatization, and recent literature on the twentieth-century German economy10 and the history of Germany’s publicly owned enterprises, all ignore this early privatization experience.11 Some authors occasionally mention the privatization of banks, but offer no further comment or analysis.12 Other works mention the sale of state ownership in Nazi Germany, but only to support the idea that the Nazi government opposed widespread state ownership of firms, and no analysis of these privatizations is undertaken.13

It is a fact that the Nazi government sold off public ownership in several state-owned firms in the mid-1930s. These firms belonged to a wide range of sectors; for example, steel, mining, banking, shipyard, ship-lines, and railways.

I think you’ll find these points most interesting.donald-trump-hat

But Germany was alone in developing a policy of privatization in the mid-1930s.Therefore a central question remains: why did the Nazi regime depart from mainstream policies regarding stateownership of firms? Why did Germany’s government transfer firms to the private sector while the other western countries did not?

Answering these questions requires an analysis of the objectives of Nazi privatization. While some of the analyses carried out in the 1930s and 1940s are valuable, their authors lacked the theories, concepts, and tools that are available to us today. Recent economic literature has shown the multiplicity of objectives usually targeted by privatization policies.28 In addition, modern theoretical developments have provided valuable insights into the motives of politicians in choosing between public ownership and privatization29 and the consequences of each option on political rent seeking, through either excess employment or corruption and financial support.30 The theoretical literature has provided interesting results concerning the use of privatization to obtain political support.31

In addition, international evidence shows that financial motivations have been important in recent privatization, although the relevance of sales receipts in motivating privatization has varied over time and between countries. By providing an analysis of privatization in Nazi Germany, this article seeks to fill a gap in the economic literature. The article extensively documents the course of privatization in the period from the Nazi takeover of government until 1937.32 These limits are sensible because all of the relevant reprivatization operations had been concluded before the end of 1937. Some of the privatization operations explained in this paper have not been previously noted in the literature (the sale of state-owned shares inVereinigte Oberschleschische Hüttenwerke AG and in Hansa Dampf, both in 1937).33 Analysing Nazi privatization using modern tools and concepts allows us to conclude that the objectives pursued by the Nazi government were multiple, with their aim of increasing political support being especially noteworthy. Besides this, an additional motivation can be seen in obtaining increased revenue for the German Treasury within a context of growing financial restrictions since 1934/5, mainly because of the armament programme.

So, you can read the finer details in the article which was published in a very prestigious journal.thumbnail_3393737515206910167

I’ve given you a lot to read and think on and I know you may not be able to wade through all of it.  But, I think you’ll see that I’m beginning to document exactly what the march to Fascism in America will look like.   We’re here.

Stay vigilant and defiant.

Don’t feed the Trump-Billies.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?

47 Comments on “Friday Reads: The NAZI Kleptocracy Pogrom brought to you by the Oligarchs and Trump-Billies”

  1. Fannie says:

    Dak, what in the hell is going on in Jefferson Parish…… I am listening to the Sheriff, I feel like it’s Trumpland. As of this minute, we see that the shooter was a former Sheriff with Jefferson Parish, and that is why they didn’t arrest him. The Sheriff speaking is doing a fucked up job of convincing me, and the rest of the world that we should listen to him……….and only him.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      It is open season on the black community. Which means that every other minority is facing the same danger. Shoot to kill, ask questions later.

      And with newly elected President Asshole leading the way with his merry band of outlaws, don’t expect any changes to occur.

      Besides being a complete moron he is too busy looking at himself in the mirror and being fitted for a crown. I detest this man.

    • dakinikat says:

      Basically, this is why there’s a black lives matter movement. White asshole with a gun shoots a blackman because he’s scared and stupid. Police have to figure out if his white ass was standing it’s ground.

  2. Fannie says:

    That damn sheriff ought to lose his job, he’s talking like he has all the facts, and that’s bullshit. That was a quick friggin’ autopsy!

    Then we have another case of going on at the same time, and the jury can’t convict the officer. The officer took him down, shot him in the back, and lied about it. They trying to tell us we can’t believe what we see and what we hear.

  3. Fannie says:

    Thanks Dak………I’ll have to share, so many people aren’t getting it. As it is now, what they are telling us is that you can’t do anything about Trump, Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs…………

    Stocks are up 20%, and Deutsche Bank is all so happy with their Good Buddy Trump.

  4. Enheduanna says:

    Dak – thank you for the links! I will have to read these over the weekend. Lots of info to absorb! I guess I have minimum 4 years of outrage to look forward to. And I’m sure you’ve all seen the latest from sweet Kellyanne:

    Wapo has the full low-down.

    My sister says people who think negatively actually train their brains that way and only feel good when their hate buttons are pushed. I hope I don’t fall into that trap – but I think it describes a lot of wing nuts.

  5. NW Luna says:

    So the Nazis were the first to privatize! I always learn from your posts, dak. Off to read the links now.

  6. dakinikat says:

    White working class didn’t abandon Dems.

  7. William says:

    There is no way that we are getting through this without major bad things happening. We can only hope that the country and planet survive. Economically, I would expect significant damage, maybe to the extent that the American dollar is worth nothing, and thus all of our savings disappear. Everything Trump does involves borrowing money and spending it, and then defaulting, daring creditors to sue him, declaring bankruptcy. You can’t do that with a country. I think this will make the 1870’s-1890’s look like a game of canasta. America is going to be sold off to a few corporations and intinerant billionaires. There is no mechanism to really stop it. We’ll see what the Democrats in Congress can do. I know that some will try.

    Did everyone learn about the interview with Michael McFaul on Maddow last night? He said that President Obama was aware from Intelligence sources of the Russian interference with the election to favor Trump, and did not reveal this to the public because he did not want to be seen as “trying to tilt the election.” I have no words left to comment about this, so you can pick your own.

    Republicans have quickly devolved into a party with absolutely no morality whatsoever. They just want to win, and they want the money. They are soulless monsters. Even now, they are trying to pass a law in Michigan to greatly suppress voting rights, adding a special provision to keep people from overturning the law via a popular referendum. And the have no intention of recounting votes, they want to either get one of their right-wing judges to stop the recount, or simply let the clock run out. They pretty obviously fixed the vote, or they would not be so desperately trying to stop the recounts. No big deal to the media, though. I will just say that there are at least 65 million of us who did not want any of this, and we still have economic power to utilize. One thing that might be worth working on is to form a national fund to help the people without voter IDs to get them, as it is imperative that they vote next t ime, all of them.

    • Pat Johnson says:

      All good points,William. As usual.

    • babama says:

      “Republicans have quickly devolved into a party with absolutely no morality whatsoever. They just want to win, and they want the money. ”

      No. This is who the Republicans have been for decades. No recent transformation or devolution. Yes, they want to win. They are all about absolute POWER and the control and $$$ that attends on it. No surprise that, just ruin and suffering for the commons.

      • Enheduanna says:

        I truly believe there are people who think there should be an underclass of impoverished workers. Newt Gingrich just loved the palm plantations on the Marianas Islands. And then there was Romney who loved the Chinese worker model.

    • contrask says:

      Is there anyone in any position that cares? Or will stand up to Republicans? Have we really given away our democracy because we didn’t want to be seen as tilting the election?????

  8. Delphyne49 says:

    Regarding the declassification request sent by the Dems on the Intelligence Committee, here’s what Michael McFaul had to say on Rachel’s show. If this is true about Obama, that he didn’t want to talk about the issue for fear of people thinking he was “putting his thumb” on the scale for Hillary, many curses upon him for turning over the Presidency to Tangerine Man. That negates much of the positive things he’s done – and which may be undone by Tangerine Man. So much for a legacy.

    Yes, I’m back to being a bitter knitter and feel profoundly betrayed as a citizen by this lack of communication of important facts we should have known BEFORE the election.

    • Enheduanna says:

      Is the President constrained by the Hatch Act?

      • Delphyne49 says:

        I thought that the POTUS and VPOTUS were exempt from that?? I thought it applied to employees, but not those 2 and maybe some other high ranking officials in that Branch. I’d have to look it up – I’m sure that someone else is more knowledgeable than I…

    • roofingbird says:

      I think we should start saying “to help Trump AND Pence win”. If annything ever comes out of this they should both go down.

    • babama says:

      I made a practice of LISTENING to President Obama’s campaign speeches for Hillary. ALL of them. He was passionately sounding the alarm. His tell was loud and clear. I don’t blame him at all. I’m mad at the white progressive electorate who failed to listen to his words (as he asked us all to do so many times), who failed to have his back, and follow his leadership when it mattered! It wasn’t rocket science to understand what was at stake in this election.

      See Spandon:

      I do think we have to organize to overcome voter suppression, voter restrictions, and gerrymandering. Long game stuff that gets done on the ground. I’m 61+ and feeling 45 years of battle fatigue. I was waiting to exhale a little. Not. gonna. happen. I’m trying to rally the fight thats still in me. One thing I know for sure, I’m keeping “my powder” dry until it counts. Don’t have any to waste now.

      I’ll be ok. I’ve had some good times & been well loved, seen some beautiful sights, felt the spirit move me down to my soul. I know there’s more to this life than things alone. My anguish is for the young. I held my 4 month old dear granddaughter last week. I just wanted to bust out crying when I looked into her eyes. I didn’t. Shouldn’t have to tell such little ones, “be strong, my darling, be brave.”

      • Enheduanna says:

        I am 61 and I feel the same – I’ve been so fortunate even though I’m not rich. My work in the travel industry and family living abroad has enabled me to travel extensively although I’m house bound now with pets. I never forget that I was born here in the USA and have lived a far more affluent life than the vast majority of people on this planet for no other reason than I was born here. It isn’t lost on me that being blindingly lily white has played in my favor too.

        I worry a lot about climate change and the havoc that will bring for my youngest sister. I’m not convinced humanity will survive it.

        • Enheduanna says:

          P.S. I wish everyone here could travel to a country like Egypt and see for themselves how lucky they are.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I agree. For Pete’s sake! After what Comey did, Obama should have released everything. This is terrible!

  9. dakinikat says:

    And we have a diplomatic crisis with China because Trump wants a luxury resort in China.

  10. Boo Radly says:

    I just caught the last 15 minutes of Rachel Maddox – she had Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law on. He stated that tRump has so many financial dealings that simply cannot be – there are many attornies who will represent companies who would be treated unfairly if bidding against a TRump entity- pro bono. Also, attornies working inFL to get a recount done. Ppl are waking up to tRump being a nightmare!

  11. Minkoff Minx says:

    I am gonna have to reread this a couple times to let all that sink in, but let me say the midget hat was the best thing and I needed it. The laughs.

  12. NW Luna says:

    Donated a bit to the Florida recount. Their goal was $50,000.00. So far, $61,133.61 raised!

    In Florida, the infamous DS-200 optical scan machine is in use in many parts of the state. Affidavits from voters illegally turned away from the polls are being gathered. And county election officials are reporting that 25,000 absentee ballots were requested but never sent out in Broward County alone.

    We Have to Know, a nonpartisan group of Wisconsin-based election integrity experts and organizers, believes that every vote must be counted fairly, accurately, and honestly. (Find us on our Facebook group.) We were successful helping make a recount happen in Wisconsin, but nowhere is this principle of election integrity more important to defend than in Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, a long history of election problems and malfeasance, and where most votes were counted on the DS200, an error-prone and insecure machine decertified for use by California. We’ve been organizing activists and lawyers in Florida to prepare a lawsuit.

    Leonisia Olivares has agreed to stand as a plaintiff for fair elections, and the law firm of Clint Curtis has taken the case and will be filing suit on Friday. …

    Any money raised that is not used for the Florida recount lawsuit, will go toward recount efforts in other states.

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  14. lililam says:

    Hi Dakinikat- I lurked here in 08 and continue to do so. I read most of the journal article above. The parts of the article that are foreboding to me and ring very possible with trump are the way the regime curried favor in their awards of private deals and the way the regulatory schemes played out. In addition, the statement in the article that the industrialists and movers and shakers did not widely support the regime until it appeared inevitable that hitler was to acquire power. Sounds like they then began the boot licking and a** kissing we are now observing. The part I need clarification on, though, is that it seems that the privatization was mainly the re-privatization of previously private entities that came under government control early in the Depression, rather than a privatization of traditionally governmental functions, such as prisons here in the U S, or the horrible prospect of privatization of social security, etc. Not to say that is any great solace.

    • dakinikat says:

      Hi! Yes! They have actually started to do additional things which include “liberalization” of markets which is basically varying forms of deregulation and then actually taking what are traditionally public services and selling them off. The Economist in the Huffington Post link and quote above discusses that. There have been two distinct kinds of activities. One is just disturbing like private prisons and defunding private,secular public school education. The other is like what Robert Kennedy tried to wo with revitalization of cities which actually kicked off a lot of the gentrification parasites we see today like Uber and AirBnB. It’s been a very mixed bag.

  15. NW Luna says:

    The Philadelphia County Board of Elections has received petitions pursuant to 25 P.S. § 3154(e) requesting a recanvass and recount of the vote for the November 8, 2016 General and Special Election in the City and County of Philadelphia in 82 Divisions within Philadelphia County.

    The Board of Elections, sitting as the Return Board, will convene at 10 A.M. on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at 520 N. Columbus Blvd., 6th floor courtroom, Philadelphia, PA 19123, to consider the petitions and determine for which Divisions a recanvass and recount will be conducted.

    The recanvass and recount pursuant to 25 P.S. § 3154 will commence immediately upon completion of the examination of petitions with an inspection of the relevant voting machines at the Board of Elections Voting Machine Warehouse, 4700 Wissahickon Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144.