Now the Super Rich are attacking America’s favorite past time- football and why? Because a player took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality. The protest had absolutely nothing to do with disrespecting the flag or the military, only about police brutality. But that didn’t stop the super rich from twisting everything around so that they could attack the first amendment. God bless America my ass, the rich hate our freedoms and do everything they can do to water them down and strip them away.
Sixteen tons of drugs stopped at the border, does that sound like something a poor man could pull off? No, the poor don’t own any planes or boats but all of these drugs had to come in somehow, right? Is sixteen tons of drugs hauled over by a donkey/mule or does it take a cargo ship or a yacht? A lot of these drugs are sold to the poor to keep them numb and passive. But, who sells drugs to the poor? Other poor people of course, the rich take no risk, financially or legally. The rich only take the profits and leave the poor holding the bag.
Someone has to pay, pay for a drug war, pay for mass incarceration, pay for a police state. Certainly you can not expect the rich to pay, that’s the job of the poor. The rich build and invest in the prisons they hope to put you into one day. Higher education is reserved for the rich because why would the rich bother educating those they plan on incarcerating? Think about that.
Do you know how to spot a politician who is truly for the people and not just for the corporations and claiming to be for the people? Pry not, so I’ll tell you, it’s simple. If a politician ever tried to work for the people, ever tried to protect the people and not the special interest in this country, you would see television, radio and print ads ran night and day by the special interest that was affected attacking that politician for everything under the sun. Don’t see that do you? It’s been a long while and you know why? The American people have never stood up and protected their leaders, that’s why. So who would you stand with, those greasing your palms or those who are so finicky that one day you’re a hit and the next you ain’t shit?
Buying Americas politicians was easy because no one stood up and said a thing. Buying the media was cheaper and easier than buying the politicians. There still was not a peep out of the populace because the super rich were exporting everyone’s jobs and careers overseas, making everyone grateful for every crumb we could hang onto.
Only in America baby. Buying off our politicians and political process was not enough for the Super Rich. Oh no, their greed knows no bounds, after 16 years of straight tax cuts for the wealthy from Reagan, Bush and Obama and after sinking us 20 trillion dollars into debt, now the Super Rich want more.
How can the rich possibly pass themselves another tax cut while the country is in shambles and the debt is beyond staggering? Put another Super Rich cocksucker in the White House and call him a “maverick” that is “shaking things up.” Get rid of health care for the poor so the country can afford another round of tax cuts for the already super wealthy. Pass the astronomical debt on to our children and keep the party going with another round of tax cuts. With 2.5 million homeless children and countless homeless U.S. veterans living on the streets everyday and two parties for the rich, by the rich, America makes me sick.
But, realize this, without the super rich, you and me would be 20 trillion dollars richer because that “national debt” is really the greatest theft and corruption perpetrated in the history of mankind. On top of that we could afford to cut our taxes, build new roads, hospitals, schools, airports, freeways and dams if the super rich had been forced to pay their fair share instead being given tax breaks and tax loopholes under Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump. Think about that. Instead of having another military overrun, what if we had modern schools, roads and free medicine instead. The rich won’t hear of that though, will they?
Everyone knows who is in control in America and it is not the voters.
As the administration and Congress argue over cuts in social programs, inequality in America grows more extreme each day. Even the great financial crash didn’t derail this trend. The richest 400 Americans, for example, increased their wealth by 54 percent between 2005 and 2010, while the median middle-class family saw its wealth decline by 35 percent.
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 30 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.
During the short boom of the late 1990s, conservative analysts asserted that, yes, the gap between rich and poor was growing, but that incomes for the poor were still increasing over previous levels.
Today most economists, regardless of their political persuasion, agree that the data over the last 25 to 30 years is unequivocal. The top 5 percent is capturing an increasingly greater portion of the pie while the bottom 95 percent is clearly losing ground, and the highly touted American middle class is fast disappearing.
According to economic journalist, David Cay Johnston, author of “Perfectly Legal,” this trend is not the result of some naturally occurring, social Darwinist “survival of the fittest.” It is the product of legislative policies carefully crafted and lobbied for by corporations and the super-rich over the past 25 years. New tax shelters in the 1980s shifted the tax burden off capital and onto labor.
As tax shelters rose, the amount of federal revenue coming from corporations fell (from 35 percent during the Eisenhower years to 10 percent in 2002). During the deregulation wave of the ’80s and the ’90s, members of Congress passed legislation (often without reading it) that deregulated much of the financial industry.
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.
THE RICH EAT THE POOR
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.
And even the IMF has issued a report warning the U.S. about the consequences for its appetite for excess and overspending. In developing countries, the concentration of key industries profitable to foreign investors requires that people move to cities while forced privatization of public services strip them of the ability to become stable or move up financially once they arrive.
The U.S. was the largest creditor in the world. Now the debt is in the trillions of dollars. Trillions of dollars transferred from the worlds richest & most powerful country. This is a form of destructive economic management at a level of graft & corruption that has NO parallel. There’s nothing comparable to that in history.
Unfunded debt is $127 trillion at current levels…and rising hourly. This is the debt that we owe to ourselves in the way of Medicare, Social Security, government retirements and so on. In other words, promises that can’t be kept and so they won’t. As a reminder, the unfunded debt is greater than the total wealth of all American households. Many people want to blame one administration or another because that’s easy. It isn’t true, it’s not any one administration, the system isn’t broke, it’s rigged.
The bailouts resurrected high finance and the inequality it inevitably spawns. Instead of putting our foot back on the neck of finance, we’re talking about slashing social programs. Rather than dramatically increasing taxes on the super-rich through a wealth tax, we’re debating how to slash Social Security and Medicare benefits.
During an era in which the rich were getting richer anyway, we deliberately set out to reduce their tax burdens so that they could become even richer.
• In 2010, the top hedge fund manager earned as much in one HOUR as the average (median) family earned in 47 YEARS.
• The top 25 hedge fund managers in 2010 earned as much as 658,000 entry level teachers.
• In 1970 the top 100 CEOs made $40 for every dollar earned by the average worker. By 2006, the CEOs received $1,723 for every worker dollar.
As Citizens for Tax Justice and USPIRG reported, 280 large and profitable corporations contributed $216 million to Congressional campaigns over four election cycles and got nearly a quarter of a trillion dollars in tax breaks.
That’s a terrific investment for them – a return of more than a thousand to one – but it’s a bad deal for the American people.
The official, or “statutory,” corporate tax rate is 35 percent. But the actual rate paid by American corporations is only 12 percent, less than that paid by many middle-class Americans.
In fact, 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.)
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