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While the 2016 Republican candidates are fighting to see how many clowns they can get in the clown car, their Oligarch masters are fighting to see how many feet they can stick in their greedy, selfish, sociopathic mouths.  From Politico we get these great words of wisdom from the sleaze bag Oligarch of Home Depot:

“I hope it’s not working,” Ken Langone, the billionaire co-founder of Home Depot and major GOP donor, said of populist political appeals. “Because if you go back to 1933, with different words, this is what Hitler was saying in Germany. You don’t survive as a society if you encourage and thrive on envy or jealousy.”
Langone may rank up there as one of the most disgusting of the Oligarchs, but the 1% is rallying to put down the rebellion.

Keep in mind this is Politico, so take it with a grain of salt, but here's some choice quotes from the article.

the Democratic playbook for the midterms appears in need of a major rewrite — and the pro-business wing of the party is ready to draw up new plans.

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Mayor de Blasio’s hopes to increase taxes on the wealthiest got blown out by Wall Street’s newest hero, New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. And de Blasio is facing major heat from the rich over his opposition to charter schools.

Be careful here, this might just be Politico trying to stir up division among the Democrats.  But I view it as another indicator of the serious damage to our democracy the Robert's court did.  The only people who can get elected to represent us in our government are people who are filthy rich, or who can raise money from the filthy rich.  Our number one goal should be to get all this dirty money out of the political system, and until we do that, we simply have to hope that we get the benevolent filthy rich that care about our country and are empathetic toward the problem of wealth inequality.
But wealthy Republicans — who were having a collective meltdown just two months ago — also say they see signs that the political zeitgeist may be shifting back their way and hope the trend continues.

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previous remarks from venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who likened the actions of some in the Occupy Wall Street movement to the Kristallnacht attacks on Jews in 1938. ... And Langone showed no hesitancy in invoking the Nazis when describing current populist rhetoric.

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Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, whose Connecticut district includes many wealthy Wall Street executives, said the populism associated with de Blasio and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren was never as dominant as the media suggested. “All too often people forget that this is just one politician from Massachusetts and one from New York City and what they say is not going to dominate politics in Arkansas, or Florida or Texas or anywhere else,” Himes said. “Income distribution may be far from ideal, but people don’t necessarily only want to hear about increased taxes on the wealthy.”

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Wall Street Democrats believe Obama is fundamentally sympathetic to that argument. “The energy in the party may be with progressives, but Obama is still the same cool, pragmatic guy he’s always been,” said a Wall Streeter who attended the recent fundraiser with the president at Blackstone Group President Tony James’s Manhattan home. “He’s got liberal values, but he’d always like to cut a deal.”

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“Take the fact that the tea party is kind of on its heels in Congress and that a registered lobbyist won in Florida and that a lot of the party is revolting against this proposed bank tax, and you’d have to conclude that the establishment is not exactly dead,” said one Wall Street Republican, who like many asked not to be identified by name in order to speak freely about his views on the direction of the party.

So don't think the Oligarchs are going to lay down and give up their wealth advantage that allows them to buy politicians that change the rules to keep them in power.  But also don't think that all rich people are the selfish and greedy that have bought the Republican party and made them a wholly owned subsidiary of Oligarch Inc.

No matter what issues you consider to be important, as long as we've got this dirty money in our political campaigns, the issues of the wealthiest will take top priority in this country and your issues will take a back seat at best.

Lets hope that we've got enough reporters who will stick a microphone in the face of these Oligarchs and let em speak their mind so everyone can see who these people really are.

UPDATE: Apparently I missed this in the original story. From talking Point memo

On the national level, the shift away from a focus on income inequality and reining in Wall Street stems both from the economy, which is slowly improving, and the dominant issue of the day, which is now the crisis in Ukraine.
The aggressive actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin have eased the anxieties of Wall Streeters sick of being portrayed as the enemy. “We obviously see other things driving the news cycle,” a top industry executive said. “Ukraine keeps the focus off the evil 1 percent, so I guess we have Putin to thank for that. The improving economy helps as well.”
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  •  Politico is a poor source (4+ / 0-)
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    pollwatcher, AoT, elwior, Catte Nappe

    btw Hitler was pro-Oligarch so...

    You don't hear these things in Europe (like Hitler was on the Left!), but I imagine the education system there gives a bit better history lessons than they do here in the US.

    Dawkins is to atheism as Rand is to personal responsibility. uid 52583 lol

    by terrypinder on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 06:27:21 AM PDT

  •  The poor have to quit sending their sons and (6+ / 0-)
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    miracle11, AoT, elwior, a2nite, jfromga, Dodgerdog1

    daughters into uniform to protect the interests of the wealthy all over the globe.  They must be made to send their own kids or else rein in their propensity for foreign intervention.  The 1% drain the life out of the 99% in so many ways and are aided and abetted by media folks who wish to curry favor and access.

    Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

    by judyms9 on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 06:40:53 AM PDT

  •  Yes, I saw that. (5+ / 0-)

    Lagone is the same one bitching about the Pope.  

    What a pig.

    Join us on the Black Kos front porch to review news and views written from a black pov—everyone is welcome.

    by TomP on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 06:45:02 AM PDT

  •  Maggie Haberman who cowrote the article (5+ / 0-)

    is a decent reporter. I enjoy her writing.

    Langone is getting skewered. It's one thing for an equity founder to spew these kind of incendiary remarks, but when you're a co-founder of a store with solid working class people as your bread and butter, it's going to spell trouble for you. This should bite him in the ass real good. What a dumb ass!

    Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will

    by miracle11 on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 06:47:39 AM PDT

  •  We are DIYers (2+ / 0-)
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    and spend thousands at HD every year. Lowes is just as good but I don't know anything about their owner's politics. Sad that these guys can't keep their mouths shut.

    Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will

    by miracle11 on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:07:16 AM PDT

  •  If true (4+ / 0-)
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    And de Blasio is facing major heat from the rich over his opposition to charter schools.
    Mayor de Blasio is my kind of Democrat.

    Election Day is Nov 4th, 2014 It's time for the Undo button on the 2010 Election.

    by bear83 on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:22:15 AM PDT

  •  Three things must be fought for: First, get the (2+ / 0-)
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    money out of politics.  Tough, but can be accomplished if enough people get angry, motivated and begin protests in the streets.  We need more Moral Mondays in every city and state in this country not on just one nice sunny Monday, but every Monday for as long as it takes to intimidate our elected bought and paid for politicians.  It's time to get real about our plight as a country.  Get other groups involved with the campaign for protest.  Here in the NC we have the backing and the full support of the NAACP and Reverend Barber, an intelligent man with a big heart and the ability to motivate others for the just ethical and moral cause of getting our state back from the political lunatics and the greedy.  There are  others who just need a helping hand to start to get going and help out,  and once they are educated and join, then you will see a ground swell once one group starts and joins in, and then another, and then another.  Your neighbors and family are sitting at home around their kitchen tables and are P.O.'d, and many don't know how to rally in the streets.  Show them the way, and get them there even if you have to hold their hands.

    Second - Get the Democratic base to wake up from their stupid, and lazy slumber and get them to the polls.  Get them their kicking or by dragging them, I don't care how, but it can be done.  Witness the years of presidential elections and the turnout numbers.  We have the numbers, so let's use them.

    Third - Find better Democrats with voices and some (pardon the expression) "brass balls" to run for office and have them speak truth to word tin the media to the "sheep like" voters in this country that are happily going to slaughter, and taking us with them.  Encourage the "Average Joe" your neighbors, or even yourselves to run for every office from local, to state to federal as we have the numbers in terms of people and it can be done.  Don't let anyone discourage you from running for office.   Get involved in the "political game"..  Yes, it is a game and if your run you may loose, but if you never run, then you will surely loose and so will we all.

    Even the Democratic Party has come to love the greedy "money game"....  Let's collectively fight to try too change this crazy path we are heading down at full speed.

    Enough, G*****t!

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:46:26 AM PDT

  •  It Doesn't Matter How Many Oligarchs Are Bene- (1+ / 0-)
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    volent.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Mar 18, 2014 at 07:47:42 AM PDT

  •  I wondered what was behind the media and (0+ / 0-)

    administration focus on Ukraine, when there is nothing we can do about Crimea and the administration's sanctions amount to seizing money Russians have unwisely deposited here.
      Another shiny object.

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