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Monday, August 13, 2012

Is Flaccavento a Fascist?

It's like walking through a mine field when one brings up the word fascism.  It means so many different things to so many people.  And it's usually personified by this guy's mug:

But if one understands the true meaning of the word fascism, at least as it relates to economics, one gains a better understanding of the relationship that liberal Democrats wish to cultivate between our government and every aspect of commercial enterprise.  That relationship?

"Fascism advocates a state-controlled and regulated mixed economy; the principal economic goal of fascism is to achieve national autarky [i.e., economic independence as a national policy] to secure national independence, through protectionist and interventionist economic policies.  It promotes regulated private enterprise and private property contingent whenever beneficial to the nation and state enterprise and state property whenever necessary to protect its interests.  At the same time, fascists are hostile to financial capital, plutocracy, and 'the power of money'".  [source]

One might argue that today's fascists are more inclined to promote "one-world" government as opposed to nationalism  (one-world government being a kind of nationalism on steroids), but the rest fits the core values emanating from Obama's Democratic Party, 2012.

Which brings us to Anthony Flaccavento, Democratic candidate, 9th Congressional District.

I'll let him speak for himself.  From Anthony Flaccavento for Congress.  See if it doesn't relate to the above:
[G]etting to the root causes of poverty is much more challenging. It will take a sustained commitment to building an economy that works for ordinary people, not just the well-to-do. This will be my focus in Washington, as it has been in southwest Virginia for many years. My top priorities in this area will be:

1. Creating good jobs through investment in small- to mid-sized businesses, manufacturing and entrepreneurship, enabling existing companies to expand and new companies to flourish.

2. Focusing on the real job creators – local businesses, family farms, independent banks and credit unions and the working- and middle-class households that support them – with investment, infrastructure development and regulations appropriate to their scale.

3. Renewed commitment to both academic and vocational education that will enable people from all walks of life to create or find jobs, particularly in newly emerging sectors such as energy efficiency, sustainable farming, tourism and hospitality, and many more.

4. Protecting Social Security and Medicare, as they are essential to keeping senior citizens out of poverty, and finding ways to make health care more affordable and accessible for everyone.

5. Partnership with community-based organizations and local governments who are on the front lines of fighting poverty, to invest in programs that build local wealth, revitalize our downtowns and help people help themselves. Many highly effective initiatives are already underway in our district – microloans for women, self-help home ownership, the Grow Appalachia gardening project – but are chronically underfunded.

Some in Congress contend that we simply do not have money for these things. They seem to believe that tax breaks for the rich are a better use of public funds than investment in ordinary people and local communities. They are wrong. From my experience, I know that these investments work, making our communities stronger, our economies more vital and saving us money in the long run. And I know it’s the right thing to do.
One might ask how much all that will cost? But one needn't waste his breath asking Flaccavento. As long as there's still a rich guy wandering around, there's money to be seized and redirected toward that which Flaccavento and his allies deem worthy.  See "fascists are hostile to financial capital, plutocracy ...'"  See Solyndra.

But what about the fact that so many small business owners find themselves in that top tax bracket that the likes of Flaccavento (and Obama) want to savage?  See above: "[Fascism]  promotes regulated private enterprise and private property contingent whenever beneficial to the nation and state enterprise and state property whenever necessary to protect its interests."

In other words, tough shit.  He intends to pick winners and losers and those small business owners just get in the way.  Their sacrifice is for the greater good.  The greater good being the interests of the state.

And on a personal note, having been working within the corporate universe my entire adult life, I take issue with this, his intention to form a ... "Partnership with community-based organizations and local governments who [sic] are on the front lines of fighting poverty,  to invest in programs that ..."

Earth to Flaccavento: Community-based organizations and local governments are not on the front lines of fighting poverty, Wal-Mart is.  Community-based organizations and local governments are simply in the business of sustaining those in poverty.  With a check.  Wal-Mart offers employment.  Opportunity to succeed.  A career.  And the chance to contribute.  The challenge to give back.  And health benefits to boot.

From a corporate type to the guy who wants to tax me out of existence so that he can write more checks to sustain the wretched conditions of the poor (how many more checks can his kind write before they realize the error of their ways?):  I've hired and promoted hundreds of people in my lifetime.  Many of whom have gone on to hire and promote on their own.  Many of whom are successful today.  Some of whom, because they succeeded, are targets for your wealth seizure intentions.

The difference between you and me?  I create wealth.  You intend to destroy it.

My bottom line: Go back to playing farmer.  And keep your hands out of my wallet.  I and other capitalists around this country have work to do.  And we don't need any more fascists like you interfering with the monumental task of turning this country around that is at hand.