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In the USA, the buying off of the politicians of the Federal and State governments never ends, and it’s just as true for the publishing industry as any other industry.

Our kids are forced to take standardized tests pushed by the publishing corporations. These tests have nothing to do with learning, and they have everything to do with enhancing the profits of the publishing industry at the expense of the education of our students, parents, and our tax bases.

According to Yahoo news!

“The litany of frighteningly stupid Common Core math worksheets never ends. Perhaps now, though, kids are starting to fight back in satisfyingly creative ways.

An alert reader sent The Daily Caller this image of her seven-year-old son’s perfectly reasonable homework answer. The boy attends a public elementary school in San Jose, Calif. He is in the second grade.

The math curriculum used by the school is GO Math! The publisher of GO Math! is produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The parent who sent the homework question to TheDC noted that the curriculum aligns with the Common Core math standards.

“If you look closely under the math question, you will be able to see the Common Core standards in a blue-colored print that aligns to that particular question,” she explained.”

Check out the picture below for the stupidity, but profitable for the 1 percent, question the kid is forced to answer. Long before standardized testing, teachers made up tests just like this, only without the stupid and necessary response. Why are school districts forced into purchasing this worthless and unnecessary testing? It’s all about money.

The United States has the most corrupt, that is to say bought off, government in the industrialized world, and by a wide margin. That’s precisely why US kids are forced to take stupid tests like the one above, and that’s why US students are the most tested in the world. The more tests the public is forced to purchase with taxpayer dollars, the greater the profits of the publishing corporations, and all of the tax dollars used to purchase these tests go to the 1 percent via higher share prices and dividends. Testing our public students is all about redistributing income from the 99 to the 1 percent.

If we were to take the profits out of education, that is stop the 1 percent from redistributing income from the 99 to themselves, then the people of the USA would most likely be able to develop curriculum and build the best school systems in the world. Currently, CEO’s of the publishing industry and Wall Street executives determine the curriculum of all public school districts through the development of these tests, and teachers are forced to teach to the test. That coincidentally is why many politicians support the idea that teacher’s salaries should be aligned to the test results of their students.

The students of Finland, where the people rule, have the highest test scores in the world, and they’re also the least tested. This gave parents, teachers and administrators the room to develop an educational system second to none in the world. Of course, the government of Finland is not on anybody’s list of the most corrupt governments in the world. The USA is. Once you realize this, you can see the cause and effect of educational failure in the USA compared to say, educational success in Finland.

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Using GMO’s cheapens food, as in it makes the end product cheaper in price than if natural or organic products are used. So in the case of Kellogg’s, the company is increasing its profit margins, and turning your declining health into constantly rising profits for the 1 percent, who are shareholders. Ergo, your health is being diminished via GMOs and redistributed to the 1 percent via enhanced profits. All independent studies show that GMO’s create tumors in rats, shrivel reproductive organs in rats, kill livestock after just a few feedings, and a lot more bad stuff.

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Here’s the Reality Check for Those of You With a Goal

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It should be pointed out that letting workers earn more money via a higher minimum wage would increase the demand for goods and services, thereby spurring job and wage growth. Demand is the only ingredient that grows jobs and the economy. When money is redistributed to the rich via legislation, such as free trade and privatization scams, or via tax cuts, they simply use their money to purchase more politicians and have them pass legislation that redistributes more income from the 99 to the 1 percent, weakening the demand for goods and services and the economy in the process.

This has been going on for thirty-four years now, and yet Wall Street Senators Ron Wyden, Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch, Wall Street President Barack Obama, and Wall Street Congressman John Boehner, want to do more of the same via the Trans Pacific Partnership, another one of those freely trading your income to the one percent treaties, which the Guardian newspaper calls “Nafta on steroids.” Look at the mess these Wall Street toadies have gotten us into during the last three decades, yet they want to do more of the same. This is insanity and total nonsense, and makes it obvious; Corruption in the highest levels of the US government and the US Supreme Court IS THE LAW OF THE LAND. That’s why the game is rigged against the middle class.

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Check out the link below for what really happened during the $26 trillion bank bailout of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The comic above and the story below are examples of why the political and economic systems of the United States are nothing but games rigged against the 99 percent. The political systems, especially on the federal level, are totally corrupt.

The real bank bailout, believe it or not–Breakdown-of-the-26-trillion-the-federal-reserve-handed-out-to-save-rich-incompetent-investors-but-who-purchase-political-power–Johnhively.wordpress.com

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According to a report from the Institute for Global Labor and Human Rights, the sweatshop factory Alianza has closed its doors, ripping off its workers of some $6 million. These workers earned $1.05 per hour, and the factory owners made off with a ton of their money.

According to the report,

From 2001 through March 22, 2013, 1,050 to 1,500
workers, mostly indigenous Maya Indian, toiled at the
Alianza Fashion factory in Chimaltenango, Guatemala.

• Over the last 12 years, the Alianza workers were robbed
of over $6 million in wages and benefits due
them, most significantly health and pension benefits
through the Guatemalan Social Security Institute
(IGSS).

• Over 60 labels and retailers — some of them powerhouses
like Macy’s, JCPenney, Kohl’s and Philips-Van
Heusen — were produced in the factory. In 2011 alone,
Alianza workers sewed 4.2 million garments, and over
the course of 12 years some 52 million garments
were exported to the U.S. and Canada.

• The workers earned a base wage of just $1.05 per
hour, which is the lowest wage in Guatemala and well
below subsistence levels.

These corporations had huge markups in their prices. The bigger the markup, the better for Wall Street and these companies. This is precisely why Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden likes free trade treaties. Many of these jobs used to be in the United States, but after companies shipped the jobs to overseas sweatshops, the markup increased. In other words, the free trade treaties that paved the way for US corporations to ship millions of jobs overseas has been nothing but an income redistribution scam, thanks to Wyden, and other like-minded Republicans and Democrats.

“• A Wal-Mart women’s blazer retailed for $21.88,
while its total production cost was just $4.25 — for
a mark-up of 415 percent.!
• Calvin Klein jackets and vests for the Burlington
Coat Factory cost $9.23 to make, but retail
for $59.99 — a mark-up of 550 percent.”

Major corporations got major financial breaks, according to the report.

“• Lavish 100% tax breaks saved the Alianza factory
and major U.S. labels millions of dollars.
• The Guatemalan Ministry of Labor is dysfunctional
and does nothing to implement Guatemala’s
labor laws or internationally recognized worker
rights standards.
• For 12 long years, the labels and retailers at Alianza
never once sought to guarantee that fundamental
worker rights standards would be respected. Workers
had no legal rights whatsoever and every attempt to
organize was crushed.
• Philips-Van Heusen, Nordstrom and others are launching
a proactive campaign to reimburse Alianza’s workers
what they are owed.
• “From the very beginning at the Alianza Fashion factory,
management’s policy was to plunder the workers
in every way possible — robbing the workers of over
$6 million in back wages and benefits over the years,
in collusion with corrupt Social Security Institute and
Ministry of Labor officials who totally failed to defend
the rights of the workers,” said Gabriel Zelada, director
of Center for Studies and Support for Local Development
(CEADEL).”

Below is a list of corporations that took advantage of the workers at the Alianza factory in Guatemala.

AAFES (Army and Air Force Exchange
Service)
Alfani
American Apparel Global Corp
Bealls Florida
Bedford
Belk
Blair Catalogue
Bon-Ton
Boscov’s
Briggs New York
Burlington Coat Factory
Calvin Klein
Carole Wren Inc
Catherines
Cato Corp
Charlotte Russe
Charming Shoppes
Dickie’s
Dillard’s
Dressbarn
Fashion Bug
Fishman & Tobin / Li & Fung
Fred Meyer
Harvé Benard
HeartSoul
Hudson Bay Company
Ike Behar
J.C. Penney
J.M. Collection
Jones Apparel Group
Judy’s Group (Emily, NYP Suits)
Kellwood
Kim Rogers
Kohl’s
Koret
La Maison
Macy’s
Marshall’s
Wakefield’s
Meijer
Minikin Togs
NBC (National Broadcasting Corporation)
Nordstrom
Norton McNaughton
Peebles
Philips Van Heusen
Ross Stores
Sag Harbor
Stage Stores
Stein Mart
Style & Co.
The Men’s Warehouse
Tommy Hilfiger
Tracy Evans
Tribal
VF Outlet
Von Maur
Wal-Mart
Winners Apparel

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