The anti-austerity demonstrators in Italy have been joined by the police. There were few protests during the Berlusconi era even though the crimes and corruption of that period were rampant. It seems the Italians liked this situation. The thing is, US media is generally not reporting much of any of this. Fascist demonstrations are raging all over Europe. The US is just fine with these demonstrations that want to have a kleptocracy replace the stern German ‘do your duty and pay your taxes’ regime. Just as the US Tea Party wanted to keep the status quo including any social programs that serviced them (Alaska being the top state when it comes to government handouts), the EU rightwingers also want to have their socialist cake while eating capitalist baked goods.
Google shows that not one major US media operative is covering the news from Italy. The Pitchfork Party has as members, angry farmers who are pissed off because government money given to them is being cut. Imagine that. I often marvel about farmers here in the US complaining about welfare money while demanding welfare many not to mention all the elderly white people yelling about government running their lives while demanding Social Security payments. The horrifying thing here is, they end up voting for Republicans who want to kill Social Security.
The Pitchfork Party is focused on street riots over trivial things: Italy’s ‘Pitchfork’ Protesters Clash with Ajax Fans in Milan
The Pitchfork movement, which started with a loose group of Sicilian farmers concerned about rising taxes and cuts to agricultural state funds, has evolved into a nationwide umbrella grouping of truckers, small businessman, the unemployed, low-paid workers, rightwing extremists and ultras football supporters.
Violence erupted in Milan when 20 Ajax fans, who had arrived in the city for the Chamions League game against AC Milan, got off their bus and hurled beer cans and insulta at the demonstrators in the central Loreto Square.
Police intervened quickly to break up the fighting. There were no reports of injuries.
‘Pitchfork’ protests reveal economic frustration in Italy | The Stream – Al Jazeera English: here is the Italian letter supporting this alliance:
In this video, the Pitchfork party attacks tax offices in northern Italy: ▶ lancio di lacrimogeni – YouTube
The Italians just don’t want to pay taxes. The rich certainly refuse just like our rich refuse. The new government is going after Italy’s rich: Italy’s super rich yachters sail away from taxman and here is why the Italian economy is a disaster: Why Italy’s poor drive Lamborghinis | GlobalPost:
The group is an easy target. According to Italian newspapers, people reporting incomes of less than 20,000 euros (about $26,000) per year cumulatively own 188,000 supercars, (such as Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, or BMW couples), 518 private airplanes or helicopters, and some 42,000 yachts.
All together, 15 million Italians — about 1 out of 4 citizens — declared no income last year. Reports indicate that nearly a fifth of that group own at least three homes…allies of billionaire media mogul Silvio Berlusconi, who preceded Monti as prime minister and who has himself been indicted for tax evasion, have threatened to pull much-needed parliamentary support for Monti’s reform platform.
Lest we look down our noses at the Italians, Accidental Tax Break Saves Wealthiest Americans $100 Billion – Bloomberg:
The popularity of the shelter, known as the Walton grantor retained annuity trust, or GRAT, shows how easy it is for the wealthy to bypass estate and gift taxes. Even Covey says the practice, which involves rapidly churning assets into and out of trusts, makes a mockery of the tax code.
“You can certainly say we can’t let this keep going if we’re going to have a sound system,” he says with a shrug.
Covey’s technique is one of a handful of common devices that together make the estate tax system essentially voluntary…
So, the Waltons got this immense tax break accidentally? Sort of fell off a chair in DC? HAHAHA. Right wing Republicans joined with others to sneak through this thing and Mr. Mayor Bloomberg knows perfectly well how this happens. The rich knows this system they created is doomed. They know it will start riots. They know that eventually they will have to cut social services to fellow citizens and they are doing it and thought the Tea Party would be fooled into doing this.
Note that the Tea Party is increasingly anti-international intervention. And so it is being suppressed by the rich who are using their puppets in Congress and media mouths to do the dirty work. They blame the Tea Party for the financial mess in DC and fake liberals like Krugman at the NYT calls for the US to spend even more money as debt money to keep our imperial war machine moving forwards which is insane, we are going bankrupt even as we confront China on the sea and air next to China, demanding the right to let the Japanese lord it over everyone.
And the Chinese own our debt and own our dollars and own our markets and the Japanese do, too, and we are fools. With rich idiots refusing to pay taxes while supporting trillion dollar wars and free trade that benefits the Waltons no end. While cutting wages, social spending and anything going to the masses who make up our nations, our citizens. The Italian middle class right wing riots won’t fix anything there. Neither can the Tea Party fix anything here so long as they refuse to confront the rich.
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