Archive for November 14th, 2014

How much does the US federal government like Israel compared to Detroit?

How much does the US federal government like Israel compared to Detroit?

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Even if people are divided between being a good Republican and a good Democrat, and even if some mindless idiots are cheering on their favorite political parties like they’re the local college football teams, and even if the other political party is their favorite bad guy, and even if both major political parties are playing their grassroots supporters like fools, some Tea Party Republicans and some Progressive Democrats are finding common ground in congress against corporate Republicans and corporate Democrats.

Right now, corporate Democrats, such as President Obama and Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, along with corporate Republicans, such as Wall Street Senator Mitch McConnell and Wall Street Senator Orrin Hatch, are pushing for votes to ratify the largest income redistribution treaty of all time, which is called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP is called a free trade treaty, but it has almost nothing to do with trade. It’s mainly about curbing Internet freedom, raising the prices of pharmaceutical drugs, curbing Wall Street regulations, eliminating local and state laws protecting the health of citizens, exporting millions of American jobs overseas and redistributing the difference between the old higher and new lower wages into the already fat pockets of the 1 percent. The TPP is about exporting millions of Latin American jobs to Asia and the difference between the old wages and the new will go to the 1 percent. It’s about driving millions of Latin Americans illegally into the US and pushing wage rates down here, and the difference between the old wages and the new lower wages will go to the 1 percent via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and soaring share prices.

And this is just a tiny bit of what we know about the most secretly negotiated treaty in US history. That’s from leaked documents.

The treaty will redistribute democracy and the income of millions of American citizens to the 1 percent via a variety of legal mechanisms within the treaty. In other words, Obama and McConnell are rigging the legal, governmental, and financial game against the 99 percent even more than they already have. This so-called treaty is a death blow to the middle class in America.

Click on the video above for more information about this monstrosity and the people who are united in fighting it.

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While in China this week, President Obama announced an ambitious and wide-ranging climate deal between the United States and China. This “agreement is leaving one vociferous group of politicians red-faced: those that have always used China as an excuse for delaying climate action.

“The announcement between the two biggest emitters deals a blow to the oft-stated rhetoric that the US must wait for China before bringing domestic climate legislation. And vice versa: China has long used US inaction as an excuse too.” Mother Jones magazine

Now Republicans are steaming mad the president has done something to undermine their rationale to sit tight and do nothing about global warming.

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