As The Intercept reports “A Super PAC called Future 45 started airing an ad this week saying Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders would hurt small businesses and kill jobs by raising the minimum wage and increasing taxes.”
Watch it here:
Does that sound familiar?
What Roosevelt was doing was forging a new connection between the masses and politicians. No longer were they irrational consumers who were managed by sating their desires, instead, they were sensible citizens who could take part in the governing of the country. In 1936 Roosevelt stood for re-election. He promised further control over big business. To the corporations it was the beginning of a dictatorship. But Roosevelt was triumphantly re-elected.
Faced with this, business now decided to fight back, to regain power in America. At the heart of the battle would be Edward Bernays and the profession he had invented, public relations.
According to the Historian of Public Relations Stuart Ewen, following that election, business people started to get together and started to carry on discussions, primarily in private and they started talking to each other about the need to sort of carry on ideological warfare against the New Deal.
SYRIZA in opposition was promising a program to relief the poorest from the crisis, as well as bringing minimum wage to the pre-crisis levels, among other things. The systemic parrots of the mainstream media and pro-establishment politicians in Greece (as in the US), were putting the same question: where will you find the money? Yet, inside the crisis, bankers have been bailed out with more that 250 billion euros! Does this remind you of anything?
Again, it is remarkable how the dominant system of the neoliberal lunacy uses the same arguments everywhere. In Greece, the parties of the establishment (mostly New Democracy and PASOK), were attacking Tsipras (when SYRIZA was in opposition), by saying that he will destroy more jobs by increasing taxes, in case he get elected.
What they didn't say to the people, is that tax reliefs dictated by Greece's creditors, concern exclusively the big capital. During the five years of the most brutal neoliberal policies imposed by the troika creditors, the small-medium businesses have been eliminated through more taxes. These are policies designed to destroy the small-medium sector, opening the road to the multinational cartels. Nothing has been done accidentally. Everything is well designed.
Eventually, the euro-dictatorship proceeded in a financial coup against Greece, in order to force Tsipras to surrender, signing a third catastrophic memorandum according to creditors' desires.
Now, the billionaires in the US have been mobilized, using the propaganda mechanism in full force against Bernie Sanders. They use exactly the same arguments. Just think of it: Bernie was the one who forced the Fed to reveal that it supplied, in total, more than $9 trillion (!) to Wall Street firms, commercial banks, foreign banks, corporations and some highly questionable off balance sheet entities. Yet, these unbelievable hypocrites still wonder about where he will find the money to fund his social program! At this point, common sense falls to zero.
Make no mistake. The billionaire class does not care at all about the medium-small businesses. All it wants is to retain the current model, designed to serve its interests at the expense of the 99%. And Bernie is a real threat against this situation.