Sunday, February 27, 2011
elite class went too far in owning the wealth of a nation. When the
gap between the rich and the rest became too big and the government
was deaf because the ruling elite also IS the government, revolution
was the only option left for social justice. Some revolutions like the
French Revolution were violent and bloodbath. But a some have happened
by citizens forcing change within the system. A violent revolution in
the United States must not be an option, but when desperate, people
don't listen to reason. When desperate any option is precisely that,
an option. There is real danger of social unrest created by this
wealth inequity we are experiencing. I consider this wealth inequity a
THREAT TO THE SECURITY AND STABILITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
and it should be acknowledged as that by the President and Congress
and take urgent action to address it. The bad news is that it may be
too late for people to hope action from the President and Congress, as
it appears the people representing these institutions are not only too
deep into the pockets of this ruling elite class, but many of them are
actually members of the ruling elite class. The ONLY OPTION then left
to The People is to force change (within the system I hope) by
electing only officers committed to social justice and to close this
gap in wealth ownership. If no one takes action, expect then social
and political unrest on the streets of the United States. This means
that electing a new slate of cleaner politicians unlinked as much as
possible from corporate influence has become a civic duty for all
Americans who want to solve this inequity problem without resorting to
violence. A class war is inevitable. The question is if it will be a
violent war, or a "civic war" with citizens forcing change within the
system. I hope for the latter and not the former.
How Rich Are the Superrich? A huge share of the nation's economic growth over the past 30 years has gone to the top one-hundredth of one percent, who now make an average of $27 million per household. The average income for the bottom 90 percent of us? $31,244.
Class war is inevitable. Many revolutions have happened in the past precisely when the ruling elite class went too far in controlling the wealth of a nation.
Friday, February 25, 2011
DFA Member -
I don't know about you, but I am getting sick of this crap. People are really hurting. Jobs are not coming back fast enough, people are still losing their homes, and what are Republicans doing? The GOP is using the budget crisis to wage a war on working people.
Join our DFA Live call on Tues., March 1 at 8PM EST with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to talk about what Republicans are planning to do and what you can do to stop them.
From Wisconsin to Washington D.C., Republicans are taking advantage of a crisis they created when they gave away tax cuts to the rich.
Seriously, Speaker Boehner is threatening to shut down the government by March 4th if they can't cut funding of groceries for low-income pregnant women and children, but two months ago he insisted upon tax cuts for people making more than a quarter of a million dollars a year.
That's not all, Republicans in Congress are insisting on cutting many vital programs to support police, fire fighters, teachers, nurses, and the list goes on and on. Not to mention the fact that even though Social Security does not contribute to the deficit, Republicans are insisting that cuts to Social Security should be on the table.
This DFA Live will also feature Nancy Altman, Co-Director of Social Security Works. She will explain how the budget, Social Security and jobs are linked and what we can do to protect the vital programs that keep our communities strong.
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Cuts to Social Security and other vital programs are job killers. Speaker Boehner says that if the Republicans kill jobs, then "So be it."
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Scott Walker says the budget shortfall is $137M, but Scott Walker & WI GOP already spent already over $140M in special interests projects. You do the math if the shortfall comes workers wages and benefits or Republicans shifting public money to the same interests that fund their campaigns.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Guess who opposes? Yes, (1) greedy rich people, whose retirement is pretty much secured and in their infinite greed want to squeeze as much as possible from the treasury; (2) greedy corporations, to avoid the matching contribution, regardless if it means their own workforce living a retirement of misery (especially when they are also eliminating pension plans and 401k have been a failure).
But there is more, actually the bad news. This proposal was originally considered by President Obama to be proposed with the budget, but guess what? He bactracked. Why? I don't know. I just hope it wasn't another betrayal to satisfy his new friends; rich people and corporations.
This is sensible, realistic proposal we must back and push, push and push until enacted. There cannot be defeat as defeat will mean the death of social security and a retirement of misery for future generations.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
"...Here at home, the political system is a two-party dictatorship whose gerrymandering results in most electoral districts being one-party fiefdoms. The two Parties block the freedom of third parties and independent candidates to have equal access to the ballots and to the debates. Another barrier to competitive democratic elections is big money, largely commercial in source, which marinates most politicians in cowardliness and sinecurism..."
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
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Saturday, February 12, 2011
Joe Lieberman, Jane Harman and Jim Webb have all recently announced they will be retiring from Congress. Add to this the news that funding for the Democratic Leadership Council has dried up and it will be closing its doors, and that the self-described moderate Blue Dog coalition of House Democrats has dwindled from 54 members last year to 25 this year and we can draw a lamentable conclusion: It's the end of the moderate Democratic party.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Obama Urges US Corporations To "Invest In America" To mostly positive media reviews, President Obama yesterday addressed the Chamber of Commerce in Washington. Though a number of stories describe the reception afforded the President as rather chilly, the coverage tends to present him as focused on the economic recovery, and reaching out to his political opponents in order to spark job creation.
ABC World News said the President "delivered an urgent message to the companies to get in the game, start spending money and hiring workers -- throwing down a gauntlet but also trying to build a bridge." The CBS Evening News said "Obama continued his campaign to improve relations with business," urging "corporate America to invest the nearly $2 trillion it has saved up and start hiring again." The Los Angeles Times recounts "there was little hearty applause, and after the president shook a few hands and walked back to the White House, Chamber members were guarded in their reviews of his message."
The New York Times reports that "the chamber, too, is eager to tone down the rhetoric, according to senior officials there. At the height of the high-profile fight with the White House, several big-name companies left its board, citing concern about the chamber's opposition to the administration's efforts."
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank writes that "Obama at times paused after what should have been applause lines, but the room was so quiet that the air could be heard coming out of the vents, as when he vowed to take 'domestic discretionary spending down to the lowest share of our economy since Eisenhower was president.' No applause."
Bloomberg News reports that in his remarks, "Obama said he is doing his part to improve the business climate after a free- trade agreement with South Korea, a deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts, and a State of the Union address that proposed more government support for infrastructure and 'innovation.'" Politico says a "decoding of" Obama's speech "also offers the first whiff of the desperation inside the White House about the slowness of the economic recovery, the high unemployment figures, and the need to get the business community fully engaged in turning things around."
The AP reports that "some liberals bristled at Obama's outreach." Christy Setzer, "spokeswoman for US Chamber Watch, a pro-labor group," said, "While...Obama calls on businesses to invest in America, the only thing the US Chamber's investing in is their own bottom line -- lining the pockets of corporate CEOs while shipping the jobs of hard-working Americans overseas."
News Analysis: Obama Wins Media Over With Centrist Moves Politico reports on Obama's reaction to the November election, noting that the "three-month metamorphosis says something about Obama's survival skills," but it "says even more about the mainstream media: Obama is playing the press like a fiddle." Obama is "doing it by exploiting some of the most long-standing traits among reporters who cover politics and government - their favoritism for politicians perceived as ideologically centrist and willing to profess devotion to Washington's oft-honored, rarely practiced civic religion of bipartisanship."
NSP Analysis: Instead of a New Deal Program to help Middle Income People, the Poor, those losing their homes and the 18% of Americans unemployed or severely underemployed, or at least trying to help Americans explain why the corporate elite has experienced a major economic recovery but pocketed the money rather than create jobs for the unemployed or agree to plans for government to help, OIbama chose to beg America's corporate elite to do what Democrats used to know was the task of government inside a capitalist society: provide help to allleviate the suffering of those most wounded by the "free marketplace." So what we get is a government pleading with the rich to be more generous, and the elites of wealth respond with indifference and private satisfaction that the forces that once might have challenged them are instead now simply wimpering in despair. And the rest of us? Too traumatized by the thought of a Republican victory in 2012 to seriously challenge the Obama Administration on any front. Not so, the NSP--please read and then help usn seek city council endorsements and endorsements from your other elected officials (particularly Congressional reps who will soon be approaching you for donations for their next campaigns) for our ESRA--Environmental and Social Responsibility Amendment to the U.S. Constitution--the only way the power situation in the US could change back in favor of real democracy in the U.S. Please read it at www.spiritualprogressives.org/ESRA.