The Tea Bag Brigade and the Morons on the Right July 15, 2011

How long will it take for the average American to understand that they are being snookered by the “divide and conquer” tactics of the Rupert Murdock, Glen Beck, Wall Street Journal, FOX News, Rush Limbaugh rightists? These dangerous revisionists are playing a very serious game with the future of this country. They have orchestrated their “Theater of the Absurd” with their lead characters, namely Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann, Rudy Giuliani, the Paul Twins, Rick Santorum, and Newt Gingrich. Has any one really paid attention to what these puppets and fraud say? Gingrich the oldest and most worn out of these front people for the social engineers of the right, is the biggest fraud of the bunch. Just read about this pseudo-intellectual’s so-called books in last week’s NY Times Magazine section. He’s a fraud and always has been. The others deserve absolutely no comment. No one in their right mind could regard these clowns as anything but either tools of others, exploiters or self-delusional dolts.

But, what of the Wall Street Journal, the Bible of the “Plutocratic Right” and their hypocritical drumbeat over spending, big government and deficits. Where were their concern when it came to Reagan and Bush I and II’s spending and their irresponsible tax cuts for the rich? As to their new owner, Rupert Murdock, maybe the world has caught up to his web of lies, deceit, sensationalism and criminality. But just listen to his pal the “law and order” guru, Rudy Giuliani: This was reported this morning on CNN, “Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is urging observers not to rush to judgment about mogul Rupert Murdoch over the alleged hacking scandal embroiling his News Corp. media empire. ‘Give people the presumption of innocence,’ Giuliani told CNN’s Candy Crowley in New Hampshire on Thursday. ‘I think that just how high up it goes is a big question and one we shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions about.’ Murdoch and Giuliani are longtime friends. Murdoch attended the former mayor’s wedding in 2003, and endorsed him in the 1993 mayoral race. Also, a law and lobbying firm in which Giuliani is partner received $100,000 in lobbying fees from News Corp. in 2005, according to congressional disclosure filings.” What else is new? What hypocrisy! This is the guy who wanted Bernard Kerik to be running the Homeland Security Department. Too bad he’s in jail.

Thie Wall Street Journal is an institution that rants about “law and order,” decency, the rights of privacy, the abuse of government, and the “bleeding heart” socialism of the Democrats. This is the editorial staff that decries America’s safety nets. This is the cabal that trashes organized labor, this is the organized business lobby that believes that health care coverage is not a right of all people, but should be earned by paying through the proverbial nose. In other words, for the Murdock-FOX News conglomerate, being poor is the greatest crime. What is their real objective? Is it really jobs and growth, or is it a roll back of all the gains that the Progressive Era, the Square Deal, the New Freedom, the New Deal, the Great Society gave the average person? No let’s go back to even before the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890. Let’s go back to the interlocking directorates, the trusts, the monopolies, the price-rigging and the fraudulent Wall Street bubbles. Let’s get rid of wages and hours, minimum wage and child labor laws! Let’s dump the Federal Reserve like the Rand Twins propose. Let’s get rid of FDIC and free the banks to do what they wish. Why not? But why stop at all of that? Let’s go back to the “poor house,” and Social Darwinism. Isn’t America a frontier society, built on the idea of “survival of the fittest?”

The choice is clear, do we trot blindly down the “Yellow Brick” road path that the right-wing proposes of bread, circus, material, racism, and celebrity, or do we still fight for a society that provides access to opportunity, equal justice for all, and the vision of FDR’s Second Bill of Rights.

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A lifelong New Yorker, who now lives full-time in Palm Beach County, Richard was raised in Mount Vernon, New York and he was educated in the Mount Vernon public schools He graduated from Boston University with a BA in American History. After spending a year on Wall Street as a research analyst with Bache & Co., he joined a manufacturing and importing firm, where over the next twenty-five years he rose to the position of chief operating officer. After the sale of that business, Richard entered into the financial services field with Metropolitan Life and is a Registered Representative, who has been associated with Acorn Financial Services which is affiliated with John Hancock Life Insurance Company of Boston, Ma. Today, he is a retired broker who had specialized in long-term care insurance and financial planning. One of Richard’s recent activities was to advise and encourage communities to seek ways to incorporate “sustainability and resiliency” into their future infrastructure planning. After a lifetime in politics, with many years working as a district leader, which involved party organizational work, campaign chair activity and numerous other political tasks, Richard has been involved with numerous civic and social causes. In recent years, Richard served in 2005 as the campaign coordinator of the Re-Elect Paul Feiner Campaign in Greenburgh, NY and he again chaired Supervisor Feiner’s successful landslide victory in 2007. Over the next few years, he advised a number of political candidates. He has served as an appointed Deputy Supervisor of the Town of Greenburgh, with responsibilities regarding the town’s “liaison program.” He was a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the Town of Greenburgh, NY. Richard has lectured on FDR, The New Deal and 20th century American history in the Mount Vernon schools, at the Westchester Council of Social Studies annual conference in White Plains, and at many senior citizen groups, which include appearances at the Old Guard of White Plains, the Rotary Clubs of Elmsford and White Plains, and various synagogue groups around Westchester. In the winter of 2006 Richard was the leader of the VOCAL forum, sponsored by the Westchester County Office of Aging, which addresses the concerns of Westchester County’s Intergenerational Advocacy Educational Speak-out forums for senior citizens. Richard has given lectures for the Active Retirement Project, which is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Center on the Hudson, the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, and other groups around Westchester County. Richard also is the founder and Chairperson of the Jon Breen Memorial Fund, that judges and grants annual prizes to students at Mount Vernon High School who submit essays on public policy themes. He also sponsors the Henry M. Littlefield History Prize for the leading MVHS history student. Richard serves on the Student College Scholarship Committee of Mount Vernon High School. In past years Richard chaired and moderated the Jon Breen Fund Award’s cablecast program with the Mayor and local and school officials. Richard has been a member of Blythedale Children’s Hospital’s Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, and was a founding member of the committee to re-new the FDR Birthday Balls of the 1930’s and 1940’s with the March of Dimes’ effort to eliminate birth defects. Their renewal dinner was held at Hyde Park on January 30, 2003. Richard is currently an active contributor to the Roosevelt Institute, which is involved in many pursuits which included the opening of the Henry A. Wallace Center at Hyde Park, and the Eleanor Roosevelt – Val-Kill Foundation. In 2007, he proposed to the City of Mount Vernon an effort to develop an arts, educational, and cultural center as part of a downtown re-development effort. Richard was a team partner with the Infrastructure & Energy Solutions Group. IEFG which has developed innovative strategies for the 21st Century. Richard hosted a weekly program on WVOX-1460 AM radio, called “The Advocates,” which was concerned with “public policy” issues. The show, which was aired from 2007 until May 15, 2013, has had amongst its guests; Representative Charles Rangel, Chairperson of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, along with hundreds of others. All the 300 shows are archived at Richard currently gives lectures on Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR and the Jewish Community, The New Deal, FDR and Douglas MacArthur, 20th Century American Foreign Policy Resulting in Conflict, and Israel’s Right to Exist. Richard lives in Boynton Beach, Fl, with his wife Linda of 44 years. They have two married children. Their daughter Dana is a Rutgers College graduate, with a MS from Boston University, and is the Assistant Director of Recruitment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Their son Jon is an electrical engineering graduate of Princeton University and a senior software architect at NY/Mellon Bank in NYC. Richard J. Garfunkel Recent Appearances: KTI Synagogue, Rye Brook, NY- Long Term Care & Estate Conservation- Anshe Shalom Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY- Long Term Care- American Legion Post, Valhalla, NY- Long Term Care and Asset Protection- Doyle Senior Ctr, New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care and Asset Protection- AME Methodist Ministers, New Rochelle, NY, LTC and Charitable Giving- Profession Women in Construction, Elmsford, NY, LTC and Business Benefits- Kol Ami Synagogue- White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Disability - Beth El Men's Club-New Rochelle, NY-Long Term Care-Is it Necessary- Greater NY Dental Meeting Javits Ctr, NY, NY- LTC and Disability- IBEW Local #3 , White Plains, NY, Long Term Care and Asset Protection, Health Fair -Bethel Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY-LTC and Disability, Heath Fair- Riverdale Mens Club CSAIR- Riverdale, NY- LTC- Life Weight Watchers of Westchester and the Bronx-LTC and Tax Implications Sunrise Assisted Living of Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, NY-LTC Sprain Brook Manor of Scarsdale-LTC- November 15, 2001 Sunrise Assisted Living of Stamford, Connecticut, February 2002 Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, February, 2002 The Old Guard Society of White Plains, NY, April, 2002 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY August, 2002 Kol Ami Synagogue, White Plains, NY, October, 2002 JCC of Scarsdale, Scarsdale, NY, November, 2002 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY, January, 2003 The Rotary Club of White Plains, NY January, 2003 The Westchester Meadows, Valhalla, NY April, 2003 Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY January, 2004 Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon, NY March 2004 Kol Ami/JCC of White Plains, NY November, 2004 The Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, January 2005 The Sunrise of Fleetwood, Mount Vernon, April, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, November, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, December, 2005 The Woodlands of Ardsley, assisted living, January, 2005 Rotary Club of Elmsford, April, 2006 Kiwanis Club of Yonkers, June, 2006 Greenburgh Jewish Center, November, 2006 Temple Kol Ami, White Plains, February, 2007 Hebrew Institute, White Plains, March, 2007 Temple Kol Ami, White Plains, NY, April, 2007 Westchester Meadows. 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