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Posted on Jun 8, 2008

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By Eugen Licht, June 22, 2008 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment
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Despite all the claims by BO, he is taking lots of big donations from wealthy special interests. From Jan 07 - Jan 08 only 36% of his money came from small donors.  I suggest you put down that glass of kool-aid, and take a long, hard look at BO. For starters: see the article by Jay Mandle (20 June 08) @ washingtonpost.com.  And remember,“don’t confuse the thing being sold with the thing itself”.

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By GW=MCHammered, June 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment
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We Can’t Make It Here
(James McMurtry)

There’s a Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
Sitting there by the left turn line
Flag on his wheelchair flapping in the breeze
One leg missing and both hands free
No one’s paying much mind to him
The V.A. budget’s just stretched so thin
And now there’s more coming back from the Mideast war
We can’t make it here anymore

That big ol’ building was the textile mill that fed our kids and it paid our bills
But they turned us out and they closed the doors
We can’t make it here anymore

See those pallets piled up on the loading dock
They’re just gonna sit there ‘til they rot
‘Cause there’s nothing to ship, nothing to pack
Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
Empty storefronts around the square
There’s a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
You don’t come down here unless you’re looking to score
We can’t make it here anymore

The bar’s still open but man it’s slow
The tip jar’s light and the register’s low
The bartender don’t have much to say
The regular crowd gets thinner each day
Some have maxed out all their credit cards
Some are working two jobs and living in cars
Minimum wage won’t pay for a roof, won’t pay for a drink

If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
See how far $5.15 an hour will go
Take a part time job at one your stores
Bet you can’t make it here anymore

There’s a high school girl with a bourgeois dream
Just like the pictures in the magazine
She found on the floor of the laundromatA woman with kids can forget all that

If she comes up pregnant what’ll she do
Forget the career, forget about school
Can she live on faith? Live on hope?
High on Jesus or hooked on dope
When it’s way too late to just say no
You can’t make it here anymore

Now I’m stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
Just like the ones we made before
‘ Cept this one came from Singapore
I guess we can’t make it here anymore

Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I’m in
Should I hate ‘em for having our jobs today
No I hate the men sent the jobs away
I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
All lily white and squeaky clean

They’ve never known want, they’ll never know need
Their shit don’t stink and their kids won’t bleed
Their kids won’t bleed in their damn little war
And we can’t make it here anymore

Will work for food will die for oil
Will kill for power and to us the spoils
The billionaires get to pay less tax
The working poor get to fall through the cracks
So let ‘em eat jellybeans let ‘em eat cake
Let ‘em eat shit, whatever it takes
They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
If they can’t make it here anymore

So that’s how it is, that’s what we got
If the president wants to admit it or not
You can read it in the paper, read it on the wall
Hear it on the wind if you’re listening at all
Get out of that limo, look us in the eye
Call us on the cell phone tell us all why

In Dayton Ohio or Portland Maine
Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
That’s done closed down along with the school
And the hospital and the swimming pool
Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
There’s rats in the alley and trash in the street
Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
We can’t make it here anymore

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By p. ducky, June 9, 2008 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment
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What’s up with the McCain campaign ad on this page?

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By Hyperborean, June 9, 2008 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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...plus Obama has created just about the most democratic campaign, the most successful grassroots campaign in a while, without the aid of corporate lobbyists… still, this comic does have a point to make as a sort of generalization.

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By truthreader13, June 9, 2008 at 7:04 am Link to this comment
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To mrefu,

The cartoon says that both McCain and Obama are in
service of and work for plutocracy and does not say anything about their level of wealth.

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By truthreader13, June 8, 2008 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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A picture is better than a thousand words.
Mr. Fish, you are brilliant and you had hit the nail exactly right on the head.

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By mrefu, June 8, 2008 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment
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I can understand affixing the plutocrat label on John McCain, but Obama has only started making money recently. It was the publication of his books that got him the money.

I think the title of Plutocrat is unfair.

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