Archive for December, 2013

Wall Street Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus and House Ways & Means Committee Chair David Camp are expected to introduce their Fast Track bill as soon as Congress reconvenes in early January. In other words, Baucus and Camp are preparing the final, crushing legislative knockout punch to the middle class by redistributing more income from the 99 to the 1 percent, and weakening the political power of the 99 while strengthening that of the 1 percent, and all via the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest income redistribution scam of all time, and which is being pushed by Goldman Sachs Obama administration.

That’s why the White House had a full cabinet meeting last week to discuss how the entire administration will be pushing the TPP, and corporate lobbyists are not taking the holidays off either. They’ve already begun their full court press.

Fast Track authority allows the Senate and the US House of representatives to vote yes or no on the TPP without debate. There will, of course, be a ton of pressure put on senators and congress people by corporate lobbyists and members of the Obama regime.

It is critical that members of the 99 percent take advantage of the two weeks before the bill’s introduction to continue pressing members of the U.S. House of Representatives especially to oppose Fast Track. Now is the time to continue thanking Members of Congress who have already spoken out against Fast Track, and to registering your deep disappointment with any Member of Congress who has not.

If you represent an organization, it is not too late to request a holiday recess meeting with a Member of Congress to discuss Fast Track. If you’re acting as an individual, please take some time to do a “drop-in” office visit and leave a note asking your Representative to commit to opposing Fast Track. You can bring a holiday card you get your friends and family to sign — or one of the recent op-eds about the TPP linked to below.

Talking points about Fast Track are attached to help prepare you for any conversations you may have with Representatives or their staff.

For more information on the TPP, click on the links below.

What the Corporate Press Doesn’t Want You to Know: The US Biggest Trade Deficit Isn’t With China. It’s With a Most Unexpected Source, the One the Corporate Press, Your Government, and the Parasites of the 1 Percent Don’t Want You to Know–Johnhively.wordpress.com

Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Revolt Against Corporate Domination-Truthout.org

Five Graphs And a Video That Will Make Your Blood Boil: Lies of the US Propaganda Media, The US Jobs Crisis! The Mystery is Solved–JohnHively.wordpress.com

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According to Bill Moyers, “As we near the end of 2013, it suddenly seems everyone’s talking about inequality. Earlier this month, Barack Obama spoke of a “relentless decades-long trend” of “dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility.” Around the same time, in a papal exhortation, Pope Francis wrote, “Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.” And a month earlier in New York — the most unequal big city in the USMayor-elect Bill de Blasio won a landslide victory campaigning on the issue.

But just how bad is American inequality? How did we arrive at this new Gilded Age? And how might we create an economy of broadly shared prosperity?

If you’ve got questions, we’ve (hopefully) got the answers in this Essential Reader…”

One thing that needs to be addressed when it comes to inequality is what nobody seems to be talking about. Inequality has been brought about government legislation that redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent. This process of corrupting government at all levels began with a variety of tax cuts to the rich and corporations under President Ronald Reagan, and which has enabled them to buy the legislation that redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent, and resulted in the complete  corruption of federal and state governments and politicians, such as Wall Street Senators Ron Wyden, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. This includes legislation that has weakened union organizing efforts, such as the passing of right-to-work-for-less laws, as well as free trade treaties, privatization scams, and other vicious attacks against the 99 percent.

Check out the link below for the complete story.

Inequality: An Essential Reader | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com.

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Who in America is Getting Handouts?

This means Walmart and its shareholders are getting welfare!

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Here’s a stat that might blow your mind; if the 1960 federal minimum wage had kept up with US productivity increases, then the federal minimum wage would today be $22 an hour. Along with the decline of a lot of other people’s wages, the difference between today’s federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and the $22 per hour it should be, has been corruptly and legislatively directed into the pockets of the 1 percent by the corrupt politicians of the federal government simply refusing to jack up the minimum wage to where it should be. $14.25 is the difference between what should be and what is, and that difference has pushed the Dow Jones and other financial markets to record levels, along with corporate earnings, dividends and stock prices. Meanwhile, our schools and public infrastructure are made to starve for funds more and more, in part, because more and more wages are being redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent, which are taxed at local and state levels, while the rich pay less and less of those taxes, and less and less federal taxes. So by keeping the federal minimum wage artificially low, the 99 percent are being robbed of wages, as well as reduced local and state tax bases, all of which create demand, which creates jobs.

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U.S. and EU officials are working on the Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA), also known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They’re meeting in Washington, D.C. right now for their next round of negotiations.

“This agreement has been touted as a way to “’raise standards’” and strengthen the ties between the EU and the U.S. However, there are concerns that TAFTA could be used to undermine public interest laws and safeguards on both sides of the Atlantic by giving corporations new rights to challenge local laws and requiring domestic policies to conform to the provisions of a “trade” deal that would never survive the scrutiny of regular, democratic legislative procedures. The basic question about TAFTA is whether it will strengthen or undermine the laws, rules and regulations that protect labor, food, drugs, consumers, the environment and democratic processes.”

However, if TAFTA is like all the previous trade scams before it, the goal of the governments involved is to weaken public input into to political decisions being made by the 1 percent, which is typically to pass legislation to redistribute income and political power from the 99 to the 1 percent.

In Europe, in say, England and France, labor union leaders can marshal millions of people into a strike on short notice, paralyzing the economies of those nations, forcing their governments into quick negotiations. This is one way they can stand up against corporate power successfully. Corporations are nothing more than “organized money,” and that money is used to purchase politicians on both sides of the Atlantic, and that includes virtually every congressman and senator and every white house administration since Ronald Reagan in the US, and probably half the politicians in the federal governments of France and Germany.

TAFTA would undermine laws that protect the 99 percent from the depravations and political games of the parasites of the 1 percent.

If the history of these investor trade treaties are any indication, TAFTA will limit the financial regulation of Wall Street, which means that if another Franklin Roosevelt becomes president, i.e. an honest politician, which includes somebody such as Senator Elizabeth Warren, that person’s ability to push legislation that curbs the financial power of investment firms (such as Goldman Sachs and various hedge funds) to commit fraud against US citizens and wreck the economy in the process will be limited by these treaties, especially since the prospects are that TAFTA will include investor-state dispute resolution in secret tribunals presided over by corporate lawyers.

TAFTA, like NAFTA and the looming Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), should provoke consumer concerns on data, privacy and health, as well as limit “localization” laws such as “Buy America” and Green Jobs programs. In particular, the primary goal of the TPP is to safe guard investor profits and push the prices of goods higher for the 99 percent, which is nothing more than an income redistribution treaty since the enhanced profits will go into the pockets of the 1 percent, while the higher prices will be paid for by the 99 percent. This is called market manipulation by corporate treaty, and has nothing to do with free trade, free men and women, or free markets. It’s much more feudal than that.

The TPP and TAFTA treaties, like NAFTA, are going to include provisions limiting environmental, health, and safety laws. They will likely include provisions that if any state or local law is passed which might save lives by limiting poisons that foreign corporations can sell in the US, the corporations whose sales of such products are reduced by such laws will be able to seek compensation for the loss of supposed future profits against any government that passes such laws, and in secret tribunals presided over by corporate attorneys.

These treaties are an example of how corrupt the US government is, totally rotted to the core by the 1 percent, and against the interests of the 99 percent.

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