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The corporate news media does not operate independently, especially of the influence of its advertisers, and its editors, and that is why they prefer to keep you ignorant of certain facts. For example, when China manipulates its currency, this increases the profits of US corporations manufacturing there, and exporting those products to the USA. See https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/the-trans-pacific-partnership-the-op-ed-the-liberal-and-conservative-corporate-media-doesnt-want-you-to-see/

That’s precisely why US government and Federal Reserve officials castigate the Chinese government for doing this, but then do absolutely nothing to counteract it. To do so would cut into the profits of Nike, Microsoft, Dell, Campbell’s Soups, and thousands of other US corporations making stuff in China for export to the USA. This would make thousands of CEO’s and rich investors angry enough to cut off campaign contributions to Republican and Democratic Parties and their politicians. It would also send stock prices tumbling big time. Sweet lobbying jobs after politicians leave office would end. Corporate paid vacations called fact finding missions would disappear for politicians, as would money under the table, and those sweet speeches at $200,000+ a pop would vanish.

The Oregon Democratic Primary is coming up in a couple weeks, and Bernie Sanders is leading in the polls here. Quite naturally, the Oregonian newspaper is blitzing its readers with anti-Sanders messages in the form of editorials and news stories. The editors are doing everything they can to shift the election to the Wall Street candidate.

There has not been one positive or even neutral story about Sanders in the newspaper in the last two months, which is most likely a symptom of why the Oregonian has been suffering from a continuously declining readership. The newspaper is just a ghost of what it once was because more and more Oregon citizens realize the newspaper is mostly propaganda for the 1 percent along with occasional legitimate news stories.

Over thirty-five million jobs have been exported from the United States over the last twenty-five years. The Oregonian editors, along with all other corporate news outlets, have been careful to not report this loss of jobs and the tax dollars that once came with them when they were still here. The tax dollars lost equal nearly a trillion dollars a year.

Everything that Bernie wants to finance; free college tuition, medicare for all, and more, would be easily financed if those jobs were still here, rather than in China, Vietnam and elsewhere.

Bernie Sanders is against those disastrous trade policies which have paved the legal road for exporting jobs overseas, and which has paved the legal road for creating jobs over there, instead of over here. So, quite naturally, the editors of the Oregonian are for them, and against Bernie. It would be in the interest of the vast majority of US citizens to put an end to these international income and political power redistribution scams, falsely marketed by the Oregonian editors and other supporters as international trade agreements.

But it would not be in the interests of the Oregonian advertisers and their rich investors to put an end to them. It also would force the Oregonian editors to be responsible and objective journalists. However, challenging cherished beliefs with critical thinking, logic, and facts is among the last thing many people want to do. That’s precisely why the Oregonian editors support the Wall Street candidate; Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Is Verizon Communications stealing from its customers? And just what is Verizon anyway?

Verizon is a publicly traded limited liability corporation. As such, it is a business idea given legal structure through the creation of law in a representative democracy. The government that brought this idea to legal fruition was supposed to represent all of the people, not just the rich ones.

A publicly traded corporation is nothing more than an idea to allow investors to unionize without having to produce anything with their labor or their ingenuity, which if you look at some of the writings of original capitalist economic thinkers, like Adam Smith and John Locke, was and should be the cornerstone of all economic activity in the creation of wealth.

The problem is that publicly traded corporations allow for the organizing of money, rather than forcing that money to compete in smaller business units, as idealized by Smith and Locke. Organized money on the scale of what’s going on today is the primary problem with the economy and government, and both have been corrupted by the influence of organized money.

As such, organized labor is at a serious disadvantage in competition in the political markets with organized money because labor doesn’t have the financial muscle that rich investors possess to compete. Not only that, money is always much more potent in its organized form than is organized labor, especially in the political markets.

“Government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob,” President Franklin Roosevelt said 80 years ago. At that time, “organized mob” meant “organized crime.” That’s what we’ve got today, effectively “organized mob” given legal cover as federal officials look the other way at corporate lawbreakers.

Verizon is organized money in that its investors don’t need to compete with one another.

That’s one of the reasons Verizon earned $4.31 billion dollars from its customers during the first quarter of 2016. It also earned $19 billion in profits for all of 2015. How can a corporation in a competitive environment earn so much money? Oh wait! Verizon operates pretty much as a monopoly, as well as being an organized mob.

In other words, Verizon’s products are seriously overpriced by any real market standards. The price of its products, like products throughout most of the economy and the political markets (yes politicians are products with price tags), is rigged against the 99 percent.

This suggests that the strike by 39,000 Verizon and Verizon Wireless workers could be made a little stronger and perhaps more effective.

The strike continues into its third week, and efforts are undertaken to broaden picketing at Verizon Wireless stores across the country. Workers at seven Wireless stores in Brooklyn, New York, and Everett, Massachusetts, are on strike, along with wireline workers from Massachusetts to Virginia.

The Communication Workers are working with Jobs with Justice to get local unions and community groups across the country to “Adopt-a-Store”—meaning they would agree to picket and leaflet outside Verizon Wireless corporate stores at least twice a week for two to three hours.

But the strikers could begin targeting Verizon customers, and perhaps leaflet stores showing how customers are being overpriced, in addition to picketing stores. Why can’t a monopoly getting $19 billion in profits a year lower its prices? If Verizon were in a competitive industry it would lower its prices because it would be forced to.

If anything, Verizon management should be willing to bend to union demands, if only because the money is there, and the money is there because Verizon’s competition doesn’t really exist all that much. In other words, giving a little back to the community would be in the interests of Verizon, and the communities in which it operates, rather than give all that unearned income to rich investors via rising share prices and surging dividends, none of which is funneled back into the communities from which they are effectively stolen through a duel monopolistic fraud.

Otherwise, what’s the purpose of allowing this legal fiction to exist if it can’t give back to the community? Or if it doesn’t benefit the community in which it operates, but is always taking out income, thereby financially weakening the community? That doesn’t make any economic sense.

Bernie Sanders has shifted the political discussion away from what the fat cats on Wall Street want, and Hillary Clinton wants to shift it back to where it allows Wall Street and major corporations to suck the rest of us financially dry.

I suspect Bernie knows that if he meekly goes away, so does that shift in the political spectrum. The things he stands for, the things the American people want, like an end to disastrous international income redistribution scams falsely marketed as trade agreements, and a $15 minimum wage, will be cast to the shadows, like the Occupy Wall Street movement (See Bernie Sanders Vows to Fight On for the Good of the 99 Percent–JohnHively.Wordpress.com).

Let’s face it; the rich control most of the news we see, thanks to Bill Clinton’s Telecommunications Act, so we won’t see hardly anything of these issues anymore if Bernie quits campaigning.

I won’t vote for Hillary because it would be against my interest to vote for somebody who’s policies will suck me and the rest of the 99 percent financially dry on behalf of her rich benefactors. I want my kid to have a future better than I have had, rather than have his future redistributed to the 1 percent via, say, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) (See The Coming Recession: It’s Going to Be a Big One–JohnHively.Wordpress.com).

If Wall Street’s darling is elected, the following day, Wall Street President Barack Obama will have Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden introduce the TPP into the senate, while another Wall Street Democratic lap dog with fleas, lice and ticks will introduce it into the US house.

Debate will be short and sweet in the US congress, but on the chance that Obama is no longer president when his and Hillary’s rich benefactors push the TPP through that cesspool of corruption known as the US congress, the first thing a President Hillary Clinton will do is sign the agreement against the wishes of the vast majority of US citizens, most of whom have been dutifully kept in the dark thanks to the efforts of the corporate propaganda network, otherwise known as the corporate press.

Bernie Sanders needs to keep these issues on the front page, and so he needs to keep campaigning for us since Wall Street has its candidate,and we need ours, as well. Besides, it ain’t over till it’s over, and it ain’t over until we say it is.

Bernie should run as a third party candidate if Clinton refuses to acknowledge within the Democratic party platform the issues important to the vast majority of US citizens. And she needs to make a public vow fight against and veto the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Polls show Candidate Sanders would take a sizable number of voters from both Clinton and Trump. That suggests he might be able to win the presidency as a third party candidate, and this nation is ready for that.

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Bernie Sanders issued a statement after he lost four of five states on April 6, 2016. So this primary campaign season isn’t over until it’s over.

Senator Sanders said, “The people in every state in this country should have the right to determine who they want as president and what the agenda of the Democratic Party should be,” Sanders said in a statement congratulating Clinton on her wins. “That’s why we are in this race until the last vote is cast.”

“That is why this campaign is going to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia with as many delegates as possible to fight for a progressive party platform that calls for a $15 an hour minimum wage, an end to our disastrous trade policies, a Medicare-for-all health care system, breaking up Wall Street financial institutions, ending fracking in our country, making public colleges and universities tuition free and passing a carbon tax so we can effectively address the planetary crisis of climate change,” the statement read.

It doesn’t sound like Bernie is optimistic that Hillary “Wall Street” Clinton will want any of these objectives in the Democratic Party platform. Win or lose, Sanders wants these issues addressed, and it sounds as if he aims to enter the convention with the strength to force Democrats to enter these issues into the platform, should he fail to win the nomination.

He should also demand that Clinton publicly sign a personal agreement to veto the disastrous Trans Pacific Partnership, which will redistribute trillions of dollars from the 99 to the 1 percent, steal our voting rights on the local and state levels, increase the price of our medications, cause more environmental degradation, and so on and so forth.

Otherwise, Clinton would be just another Wall Street hack, like she and her husband have always been. And that’s good enough reason not to support her, if she wins.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/04/2016-primaries-democratic-pennsylvania-maryland-222466#ixzz474eNnDLA
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According to Bernie Sanders, “Coming out of last night’s results, in which we won Rhode Island but came up short in four others, I want to pose to you three things that I know to be true:

Young people – the future of our country – continue to vote for our campaign in overwhelming numbers. It’s remarkable, and honestly quite humbling.

When we compete in open primaries that encourage the participation of independents, new voters, and young people, we do very well.

What remains in front of us is a very narrow path to the nomination. In the weeks to come we will be competing in a series of states that are very favorable to us – including California. Just like after March 15 – when we won 8 of the next 9 contests – we are building tremendous momentum going into the convention.”

In other words, Bernie Sanders thinks he can come up with more pledged delegates than Hillary Clinton by the Democratic Party convention. It ain’t over, until it’s over, not by a long shot.

Besides, the Bernie Sanders Presidential Express is about building a movement as much as it is about getting a man of the people into the white house next year, especially with the worst economic recession heading toward us like a runaway train at 400 miles an hour.

That recession will strike somewhere between and inclusive of the fourth quarter of this year and June 2017, and there’s no stopping it. The forces that brought this about, which include legislation and trade scams, has been supported by every US president since Ronald Reagan, as well as Hillary Wall Street Clinton. Working folks can’t afford to give up the fight.

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In The Rigged Game, I wrote that the negative impacts of each successive recession would continuously get worse for a growing number of people because of growing income and wealth inequality, and a new study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) shows this is the case.

Also note that the policies espoused by both Hillary and Bill Clinton brought this situation about. These policies include international income and political power redistribution scams they marketed as free trade agreements, such as NAFTA, giving China most favored nation status, and the South Korea, Panama and Colombia free trade agreements. These scams redistributed trillions of dollars from working Americans to rich fat cats as tens of millions of jobs were shipped overseas.

Now there is an approaching economic storm that will strike sometime between October 2016 and June 2017. The economic impacts of the coming recession will be worse than the last recession.

Some of the findings by EPI include:

  • Unemployment and underemployment rates among young graduates have improved but remain higher than before the recession began.
  • Unemployment of young graduates remains elevated today, but not because of something unique about the Great Recession and its aftermath that has affected young people in particular. Rather, it is high because young workers always experience disproportionate increases in unemployment during periods of labor market weakness—and the Great Recession and its aftermath is the longest, most severe period of economic weakness in more than seven decades (Italics mine).
  • The vast majority (65.8 percent) of people age 24–29 do not have a college degree. Access to good jobs for these individuals is especially critical, as stable employment allows them to build a career or pay for further schooling.
  • In addition to the unemployed (jobless workers who report that they are actively seeking work), the underemployment rate also includes those who work part time but want full-time work (“involuntary” part-timers), and those who want a job and have looked for work in the last year but have given up actively seeking work in the last four weeks (“marginally attached” workers).
  • For young college graduates, the unemployment rate is currently 5.6 percent (compared with 5.5 percent in 2007), and the underemployment rate is 12.6 percent (compared with 9.6 percent in 2007).
  • For young high school graduates, the unemployment rate is 17.9 percent (compared with 15.9 percent in 2007), and the underemployment rate is 33.7 percent (compared with 26.8 percent in 2007).

Now we are hurtling into the worse recession since the Great Depression, and the results of the following boom period will be more egregious than the pathetically weak economic expansion after the Great Recession, which lasted from 2009 to late 2016 or early 2017. Income inequality is the big culprit in this explosion of poverty in the midst of plenty because your government actively works to redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent via such things as trade agreements, which are really income redistribution agreements.

Click on the following link for the complete EPI study.

The Class of 2016: The labor market is still far from ideal for young graduates

for more on the EPI study.


For the complete story of Alba Guerrero in the video above check out Failure, Fraud and More in New York–the Daily Beast

The Wall Street Democratic Establishment is stealing this election from Bernie Sanders and Democratic voters via voter fraud. CNN reported that exit polls showed Hillary winning by only four points in the New York primary, but she stole the win by sixteen. These polls are highly accurate except when voter fraud or electoral fraud occur. This discrepancy has occurred in several states in which Hillary has technically won, but apparently lost. Not too oddly, voter fraud hasn’t been reported in any state won by Sanders.

Voter fraud ran rampant during last Tuesday’s New York Democratic presidential primary, all of which turned a potential defeat of Wall Street’s darling into a stunning, runaway victory. The Wall Street Democratic Establish had to do something to stop the massive momentum of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders who had won eight of nine primary and caucus battles going into April 19th’s primary. Without voter fraud, Bernie might really have won New York.

Hillary’s one win in the last nine states was in Arizona, which also experienced a tremendous amount of voter fraud. She probably didn’t really win that state either.

Sander’s was down by six in one poll of New York voters two days before the election. He had closed a massive gap of nearly thirty points two weeks before. He had the momentum in the primary election, and in the state of New York. Hillary Clinton most likely would not have won New York or Arizona without voter fraud. That’s because of the massive turnout of Sanders supporters compared to Hillary’s turnout.

According to PBS, “Multiple investigations were launched and a top election official was suspended this week after tens of thousands of registered voters were found to be missing from the rolls during Tuesday’s Democratic primary in New York.

The purge drew the attention of city and state officials and raised concerns in a state already under fire for years over its election practices.

Officials were particularly focused on the New York City Board of Election’s removal of roughly 126,000 registered Democrats in Brooklyn alone, during what the board said was routine maintenance of voter registration lists.

By Thursday the board had suspended its chief clerk in Brooklyn.

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he would open an inquiry after his office received more than 1,000 complaints on Tuesday alone, a number that rose significantly from the 2012 election cycle.

‘By most accounts, voters cast their ballots smoothly and successfully,” Schneiderman said in a statement issued on Wednesday. “However, I am deeply troubled by the volume and consistency of voting irregularities, both in public reports and direct complaints to my office’s voter hotline.’

Meanwhile, in a move backed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said he plans to audit the Board of Elections.” For more information see Officials investigating why 126,000 voters were purged from NY voter rolls–PBS

Voters also complained about long lines, shuttered polling locations and inexperienced polling-place employees. Entire blocks and buildings of voters in some districts were purged from the voter rolls, de Blasio said.

Apparently, the Wall Street Democratic Establishment believes Hillary cannot win outside of the South without voter fraud, and if she is proclaimed the party nominee, it will be by the power of voter fraud, which suggests she really didn’t win at all, if she does win, and this battle isn’t over, not yet, not by a wide margin.

By the way, this voter fraud story isn’t being reported by many corporate news outlets, and that’s not too surprising.

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