People’s Party How to Democracy

What did American industries do when domestic slavery became illegal and too costly? American industries shut down and moved overseas but only to countries where they could take advantage of child slave labor and ‘free trade’ which allowed them to avoid paying their fair share or any taxes at all. While they laughed all the way to their offshore bank accounts. That’s not democracy that’s real talk.

It’s not the result of mysterious global forces, or technology, or China, or structural problems concerning the skills and education of our workforce. Rather, it is the direct result of policy choices made by Democrats and Republicans alike.

The U.S. policy (includes tax policy, financial deregulation, trade policy, anti-labor policy, and much more.) for the past 50 years has been aggressively dedicated to shifting income share away from the poor and middle class and into the pockets of the already rich.

We’ve allowed our country to be taken from us, for the benefit of the few and the total decimation of the vast many.

But do you care enough to be motivated to save your own skin?

The pro-democracy rhetoric is still dutifully spouted by politicians and mass-media mouthpieces, but in practice the US is no longer a democracy. It has been turned into a lobbyist’s paradise in which the lobbyists are no longer confined to the lobby but have installed themselves in congressional offices and are drafting prodigious quantities of legislation to suit the private interests of corporations and oligarchs. Nor is the American penchant for democracy traceable in the support the US lavishes on dictatorships around the world or in its increasing tendency to enact and enforce extraterritorial laws without international consent.

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Laissez-faire capitalism is also very much dead, supplanted by crony capitalism nurtured by a thorough melding of Washington and Wall Street elites. Private enterprise is no longer free but concentrated in a handful of giant corporations while about a third of the employed population in the US works in the public sector. The US Department of Defense is the largest single employer in the country as well as in the whole world. About 100 million of working-age able-bodied Americans do not work. Most of the rest work in service jobs, producing nothing durable. An increasing number of people is holding onto a precarious livelihood by working sporadic gigs. The whole system is fueled—including parts of it that actually produce the fuel, such as the fracking industry—by debt. No sane person, if asked to provide a workable description of capitalism, would come up with such a derelict scheme.

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People never tire of pointing out the huge size of the US military budget, but they almost always neglect to mention that what the US gets per unit money is ten times less than, for example, Russia. It is a bloated and ineffectual extortion scheme that produces large quantities of boondoggles—an endlessly thirsty public money sponge. No matter how much money it soaks up, it will never solve the fundamental problem of being incapable to go to war against any adequately armed opponent without suffering unacceptable levels of damage. Around the world, the US is still loathed, but it is feared less and less: a fatal trend for an empire. But America has done quite well in militarizing its local police departments, so that when the time comes it will be ready to go to war… against itself.

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We have entered, at the end of the industrial age, a phase of growth where we must incarcerate an ever-expanding number of people to sustain the growth of all the companies profiting from law enforcement, crime, imprisonment and war. And the overheated stock market must grow or collapse. The reason this nation spends five dollars on prisons for every one dollar on higher education – even after seven straight years of falling crime rates – is because there is more profit in it in the current economic model.

Hell, we have turned police departments into profit making entities through asset forfeiture. This is insane! This economic model is patently no more sustainable than a snake eating its own tail can be considered nourishment.

New enforcement programs involving HUD and the Department of Justice- along with their corresponding butchery of the Constitution – show an emerging police state already. The conduct of Congress and the White House and the CIA further demonstrate the arrogance, and the ever-increasing sloppiness of a system out of control.

The veneer, the illusion that we live under the rule of law cracks before our eyes, grows thinner and ever more difficult to sell with each passing minute.

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As rich countries, strip poorer countries of their natural resources in an attempt to re-stabilize their own, the people of poor countries become increasingly desperate. This deteriorating situation, besides pressuring rich countries to allow increased immigration, further exacerbates already stretched political tensions and threatens global political and economic security.

UN economists blame “free-trade” practices and the neo-liberal policies of international lending institutions like the IMF and WTO, and the industrialized countries that lead them, for much of the damage caused to Third World countries over the past 20 years. Many of these policies are now being implemented in the U.S., allowing for an acceleration of wealth consolidation.

US Corporations pay less tax as a percentage of the GDP than corporations in Canada. Or Japan, South Korea, Norway, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Israel, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, and Italy.

(Source: OECD StatsExtract interactive database.)

According to analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), 60 Fortune 500 companies avoided paying all federal income tax in 2018 (with their total average effective tax rate being roughly -5%).

That’s more than three times the number of companies that avoided paying corporate taxes on average from 2008 to 2015. During that period, 18 companies managed to pay 0% or less (with their total average effective tax rate over 8 years being roughly -4%).

“There are a lot of breaks and loopholes that allow a company not to pay,” Steve Wamhoff, ITEP’s Director of Federal Tax Policy. “People, when they think of tax reform, think the government is going to fix the tax code and get rid of breaks and loopholes and get rid tax dodging. What we got at the end of 2017 was not that. It was the opposite of that. The Tax Cuts and jobs act left a lot of special breaks and loopholes in place and created some new ones.”

In 2017, the effective corporate tax rate was 13.6%. In 2018, corporations paid just 7% of their profits as federal taxes.

Of all 60 companies paying taxes for 2018, the first full year under the TCJA, Amazon (AMZN) topped the list with the largest portion of income. In 2018, Amazon paid $0 in taxes on record profit of $11 billion. 2018 was the second year in a row that the e-commerce giant was able to avoid paying taxes.

The 1% own most of the wealth and each year they own more. And many Americans view the poor as being poor because they didn’t work hard enough or weren’t smart enough to not be poor. Our tax system gives the rich an unfair advantage in not paying their fair share of taxes and corporations often pay NO TAX.

“Instead of paying $16.4 billion in taxes at the 21 percent statutory corporate tax rate,” ITEP noted, “profitable companies enjoyed a net corporate tax rebate of $4.3 billion.”

Soon the rich will literally own everything. They will own us, our families and our children’s children.

They already own our politicians and our political system. The rich have forced us into debt while shipping our jobs overseas. Now we have an emerging police state and a federal government that is completely out-of-control.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a conservative or a progressive or anything else. Unless we put aside our differences and start fighting back, the American dream will be dead. If you want to achieve something, you build the basis for it.

Neoliberal democracy. Instead of citizens, it produces consumers. Instead of communities, it produces shopping malls. The net result is an atomized society of disengaged individuals who feel demoralized and socially powerless. In sum, neoliberalism is the immediate and foremost enemy of genuine participatory democracy, not just in the United States but across the planet, and will be for the foreseeable future.

The beauty of our system is that it isolates everybody. Each person is sitting alone in front of the tube, you know. It’s very hard to have ideas or thoughts under those circumstances. You can’t fight the world alone.

Responsibility I believe accrues through privilege. People like you and me have an unbelievable amount of privilege and therefore we have a huge amount of responsibility. We live in free societies where we are not afraid of the police; we have extraordinary wealth available to us by global standards. If you have those things, then you have the kind of responsibility that a person does not have if he or she is slaving seventy hours a week to put food on the table; a responsibility at the very least to inform yourself about power. Beyond that, it is a question of whether you believe in moral certainties or not.

There are two problems for our species’ survival – nuclear war and environmental catastrophe – and we’re hurtling towards them. Knowingly.

Our only real hope for democracy is that we get the money out of politics entirely and establish a system of publicly funded elections.

Look folks, in our system, we the people are suppose to send these jokers to Washington to fix something and then they are suppose to return to their normal professions. Our founding fathers never envisioned, meant or anticipated for “career politicians” who suck off the public treasury and enrich themselves with stock purchases on industries they are writing laws for.

To see where your/any politicians money is really coming from, simply go to Open Secrets.org and type in your politicians name. (https://www.opensecrets.org/)

In Washington the corruption is so endemic that you just have to think “Really, do we have to vote for these people?” Could we really put pressure on our country to hold elections that were free and fair?

When the Supreme court granted citizenship to corporations it should have been obvious that we the people lost one branch of government to corruption. With the legal authority granted by the Supreme court to corporations to buy our political process the foxes were in the hen house and we lost another branch of government to corruption.

Voting has led to the continuation of one corrupt party or the other. We have voted out the whole top tier of the US government and yet the thugs and criminals are still there, still in power, as brutal as ever.

It’s past time to leave the republicans and the democrats. How about you and me defeat these crooked bastards and make a government that we can all be proud of. Wouldn’t that be nice, for a change?

We could give our children a functioning Republic (democracy) and eliminate the debt. Or we could just continue impotently complaining to ourselves. Time to put up or shut up, wouldn’t you say?

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Americas biggest problem today is that public education ranks 29th out of 33 industrialized countries. How will our children compete in the global economy? They won’t. And our nation will suffer.  The next biggest problem facing Americans is run away debt that you keep blaming on the poor while showering the super rich with tax cuts and the military industrial complex with over runs and no bid contracts.

Americas next biggest problem is mental health care. Instead of claiming that the only solution is more gun control and then have to admit that your hands are tied by your corporate masters and special interest like the NRA, why not offer solutions instead of empty promises? Why not fund mental healthcare for every school in America?

It’s one game after another with you rich cock suckers, but the people are tired of jumping through your hoops to get the same nothing.

Stay loud about this! Tell everyone you know. Keep posting on social media. Post actual fliers and signs around your town.

I know it’s exhausting. I know it can feel hopeless. Don’t let anyone convince you that you aren’t making a difference. Any action, no matter how small is ALWAYS better than nothing. Don’t be the person who sat by and did nothing. Let’s get to work.

Speak up! Plaster articles on all your social media. Talk to everyone you come into contact with. Tell your friends, family and neighbors to GET INVOLVED.

Donate your time and money to organizations who are fighting the “good fight.”

The People’s Party platform has not changed. First, end the wars. Second, bring the troops home and secure our borders. Next, make deficit spending illegal. The government should never spend more than what it brings in. Next, end the drug war and fund rehabs. Put a rehab on every corner just like there’s a liquor store and drug dealer on every corner. End corporate welfare and rebuild our roads and highways.

American public education ranks 29th out of 33 industrialized nations. America has the worst education system and we pay twice as much to teach our children less. Germany, Japan, Canada all pay half what Americans pay and receive a better education. This should be an outrage but instead it is not even on the radar. And while many other countries provide free college education to their citizens, in America most people can’t afford to further their education enslaving them in endless minimum wage jobs that force almost half of America’s work force on to food stamps. This should be an outrage.

Fix education and you will fix poverty, it’s not rocket science. But in America we spend twice as much as every other nation to teach our children less. Leaving us less safe and secure and unable to compete in the global economy.

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It is self-indulgence to refuse to support a party that is genuinely guilty of corruption and incompetence, but it is doing one’s duty to lend grudging support to that party four years later despite the fact that this party has not meaningfully changed in the meantime? This doesn’t make sense. What better time is there for withholding political support from a party than in the wake of its many failures? A person might be demonstrating partisan loyalty by backing a party under those circumstances, but he wouldn’t be performing a “duty.” If anything, he might even be shirking his civic duty by endorsing political leadership that he knows to be unfit for the sake of the advantage of his “side.” Citizens certainly have duties and obligations, but reliably supporting a party no matter how it performs in office isn’t one of them.

Many of the failures came about partly because most conservatives and progressives fell in line, deferred to party leaders, and did their “duty” to their party by continuing to support it even when it was leading them and the country towards disaster. It doesn’t bode well for the future if conservatives and progressives are ready to fall back into that same pattern.