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95 percent of all income growth in the United States during the six years of the reign of President Obama has gone to the 1 percent, and most of that has gone to the top 1/10th of 1 percent. The 1 percent have used their ill gotten gains to corrupt government and enact legislation that redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent, such as privatization scams, deregulation schemes, and free trade treaties. The government also refuses to raise the minimum wage to follow such economic factors as productivity gains or inflation. The result of all of this is a downward pushing of wages of the US jobs that haven’t been shipped overseas. The difference between the old wages (or rather what they should be) and the new lower wages goes straight into the pockets of the rich via higher corporate profits, rising dividends, and surging share prices. That’s how income inequality has been created. That’s why the US economy is a rigged game in favor of the 1 percent.
That’s precisely why US worker pay as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product is at an all time low, and this depresses the demand for goods and services, and that is why the US economy is so historically weak; income inequality.
President Obama and Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden have been getting ready to serve up more of this inequality via the Trans Pacific Partnership, the largest income redistribution treaty of all time. They’re calling it a free trade treaty.
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According to Mother Jones magazine, the Obama administration intends to send New York Times reporter James Risen to prison for failing to reveal his sources of information in his 2006 book and best seller State of War.
In his classic work, Risen exposed the illegal NSA spying program, a feat duplicated seven years later by Edward Snowden, which sent him scurrying to Russia as a political refugee. One has to wonder why Snowden had to flee for his life for revealing something that had been exposed seven years earlier in book form, had been a New York Times best seller, and can found be found in any public library. In addition, President George W. Bush didn’t feel obliged to chase Risen and the New York Times editors all the way to Russia. My, how times have changed.
Anyway, Risen’s classic work also exposed other stealthy going’s on in the Bush administration. Check out the link below on those things.
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While camping out in the wilds of the US west, Z and I set up our tent near a squirrel hole. We camped there for eight days. We also cooked there. We brought our own food, and it was all organic.
Everyday we ate organic bread, and the squirrels were quick to grab anything that tumbled to the ground. After a few days, Z told me she had been accidentally dropping tiny pieces of the bread near the squirrel hole. The squirrel couple instantly gobbled them up. They didn’t wait a second.
Six days into our adventure, we ran out of organic bread. So we purchased some GMO bread at a store near our camp.
My girlfriend left pieces of bread inches from the mouth of the squirrel hole, first one day, then the second day. Each day, Mr. and Mrs. Squirrel stood next to the bread, eying us. They ignored the bread, and they stopped bothering us when we cooked food.
On the eighth day, we spilled a few flakes of organic oatmeal, and the squirrels scurried under our feet and picked them up.
Then we packed up our camp. The GMO bread was still inches from their hole, and not a single animal had tried to eat any of the GMO bread, except for us.
What did the squirrels, birds and other animals sense about GMO that we couldn’t? What do they know about the dangers of GMO that our government, the food corporations and the GMO corporations know but are unwilling to tell us?
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Elizabeth Warren was once a Reagan Republican; nowadays the US senator is a progressive. Being a progressive means standing up for American citizens, and standing up to the big money of the Koch Brothers, Big Oil, Wall Street and other organizations and members of the 1 percent that want to crush the American dream and destroy any representation in government of the 99 percent.
On Friday, at the Netroots convention, the senator outline her eleven political values:
“We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”
- “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”
- “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”
- “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”
- “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”
- “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”
- “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”
- “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”
- “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”
- “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”
- “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”