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FutureStarrCrooks and Liars
DWT is a regular visitor to the site; in fact, we’re regulars. We like their content. We like the fact that they recognize they can find misinformation on any given topic, and they call it out.
Economic historian Carlo Cipolla famously noted that human beings fall into four basic categories: the martyr who takes an action and suffers a loss while producing a gain to others; the genius or prodigy who takes an action by which he/she makes a gain while yielding a gain also to society; the crook (and liar too) who takes an action by which he/she makes a gain causing others a loss; and the stupid person who causes losses to others while deriving no personal gain and even possibly incurring losses. At first glance, the shutdown of the government and the looming debt-ceiling crisis seem to indicate that we are dealing with idiots, the likes of Michele Bachmann, Ted Cruz, Louie Gohmert, Steve King, and other Tea Party Republicans.
So if the public faces of the shutdown are the Tea Party-ites in Congress, with Ted Cruz and his filibuster as their poster child, it is important to remember that these groups have received the backing of foundations and shadow groups controlled by a few wealthy plutocrats, like the Koch brothers. It is those wealthy at the top, who are not affected by the shutdown, that should be blamed for the current crisis. Class warfare, not stupidity, and the crooks and liars at the top, not the “idiots” in the public spotlight, are the problem.While David Corn, Viveca Novak and others spent the weekend demonstrating just how deep the MSM inadequacy bench is, the Los Angeles Times did a great piece on the indispensable John Amato of Crooks & Liars. Sorry they didn’t print the picture online so I’ll just have to post one from a screening of Good Night and Good Luck at the LA County Museum (John is the one on the right, btw.) The lighting was crap but my terrible photography skills were more than compensated for by the dapper subjects. (Source: shadowproof.com)