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A new Marquette Law School poll released yesterday shows that Bernie Sanders is leading Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin by 49-45, raising the possibility that Sanders will win there. However, as Sanders continues to develop his message and grassroots support, it is likely he will defeat Hillary by a larger margin. Many months ago, Hillary was beating Bernie by 50 points in Wisconsin.

In addition, a new LA Times poll shows Sanders beating Clinton 45 to 37 percent. Sanders came from way back. And just like in Wisconsin, Bernie’s lead is likely to grow.

In my lifetime, we’ve seen the 1 percent go from getting 8 percent of the total income produced in the United States to 37 percent. I’ve seen tens of millions of jobs exported overseas, and the difference between the old higher US pay and the new lower overseas pay goes straight into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate earnings, rising dividends, and surging share prices. I’ve seen a government and both its major political parties become intensely corrupted by that money. Bernie says enough is enough. I agree, and so do a lot of other people. The more his message gets out, the more people flock to him.

As for Hillary. It becomes difficult to like Clinton as more people get to know about her ties to Wall Street, her support for exporting jobs overseas, her support for deregulating Wall Street way back when, and her strong backing for legislation making it more difficult for people to go bankrupt, which helps the big banks who support her. And that’s just a few of the things people don’t like about her.

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According to Jerry Peacemaker, “Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell was married to Phoenix City Attorney (and late) Joe R. Purcell, not the late Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas Joe Purcell. The coincidence was amazing, but they are not the same woman. My apology.”

But that was an amazing coincidence; Voter fraud on a grand scale in the form of voter suppression, and a woman named Helen Purcell. What a coincidence!

Purcell closed 140 of the 200 polling places in Maricopa County, despite an increase of anticipated voters from 300,000 in 2012 to 800,000 in 2016.

By the way, although Hillary won the Democratic Primary in Arizona, she did so on the basis of mailed in ballots. Bernie won 52 percent of the vote of those who showed up to vote, compared to 48 percent for Hillary. This massive voter suppression thus benefited Hillary. The fewer people who showed up to vote, the greater was Hillary’s lead.

By the way, notice in the video above that Purcell blames voters for the long lines because they had the audacity to show up and exercise their constitutional right to vote.

Purcell is a registered Republican.

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The GMO corporations are following the same practice of deceit as the tobacco industry did for decades when it came to the relationship of cancer and tobacco products, as well as the oil industry in its denial of the relationship of oil products and global warming. Exxon spent hundreds of millions of dollars denying this relationship, and now it has come clean, and told us the truth its management has known for over forty years.

According to extensive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) memos made public through a lawsuit, and which can be found on the web, the overwhelming consensus of the agency’s own scientists was that genetically engineered foods pose abnormal and unique risks including new toxins, allergens and nutritional problems. The scientists called for rigorous safety tests to protect our health. Tragically, a political appointee at the FDA covered up the warnings and allowed genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on the market without requiring any testing. That official in charge of GMO policy was formerly an attorney representing the GMO giant, Monsanto. He later became Monsanto’s Vice President and is now back at the FDA as the “US Food Czar.”

Monsanto claimed its GMO products had no unhealthy impacts of rats, yet the studies we were told about only tested the rats for two months. A few years ago, a French scientist discovered that horrible tumors began to develop on rats fed a diet of GMO beginning at three months. One has to wonder if Monsanto’s experiment’s on rats went up to three months or more, but having discovered GMOs caused tumors at three months, the company only reported its findings on rats for up to two months. Cover-ups and lies are not new to this and other industries.

Syngenta is the second largest GMO producer in the world. After claiming its GMO poison’s did no harm, one of Syngenta’s own studies leaked to the public showed that its GMO milk cow feed killed cows, and it was still selling the poison throughout the world. See https://johnhively.wordpress.com/2013/06/23/gmo-corn-killing-the-cows-whose-milk-we-drink/

Over 90% of US GMOs are engineered to withstand being sprayed with Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide, Roundup. Glyphosate and glyphosate herbicides are classified by the World Health Organization as “probable” human carcinogens. Glyphosate is a powerful synthetic antibiotic and blocks mineral absorption. Glyphosate herbicides are endocrine disruptors and mitochondrial toxins, and have been linked to birth defects. In other words, when your eating GMO tainted food, you are eating poison.

Monsanto and others have been caught designing their research on GMOs and Roundup to hide problems, and they distort or deny adverse findings when they do arise. In truth, numerous animal feeding studies show evidence of harm, including cancer, organ damage, accelerated signs of aging, immune system problems, hormone imbalance, tumors, reproductive and developmental problems, premature death, and more.

“The results of most studies with GM foods indicate that they may cause some common toxic effects such as hepatic, pancreatic, renal, or reproductive effects…”
– Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition (A. Dona and I.S. Arvanitoyannis)

Although the industry claims that no humans have been hurt by consuming GMOs, there has been no scientific monitoring of human health reactions. Furthermore, thousands of healthcare practitioners advise their patients to stop eating GMOs, and many report that doing so has resulted in significant improvements in digestive disorders, obesity, diabetes, allergies, kidney disease, infertility, fatigue, chronic pain, inflammation, and autism.

“Over half of American children now have a chronic health disorder and this number is likely to rise. Intestinal dysfunction is evident in nearly all patients seen in my clinic. A significant number of them get better simply by switching to an organic diet. It’s that simple.”
– Michelle Perro, MD, Pediatrician

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Bernie Victory Speech last night!

Bernie Sanders swept the Washington, Alaska and Hawaii Democratic Caucuses by overwhelming margins yesterday. He defeated Hillary in Washington with 72.7 percent of the votes. Although all of Washington’s pledged delegates haven’t pledged yet, they’re usually divvied up based on the voting outcome. So Bernie likely will take 73 pledged delegates to Hillary’s 28. So far 55 delegates in Washington have come out for Bernie, while 20 have sided with Hillary.

Bernie also stormed past Hillary in Alaska with 81.6 percent of the vote. He took 13 of the state’s 16 delegates. He also wiped out Hillary in Hawaii with 70 percent. Sanders took 17 of Hawaii’s 26 delegates.

That means Bernie will likely haul in 103 delegates to Hillary’s 44 for the day.

This gave Bernie a 59 delegate lead between the three states, and eliminated approximately 1/6th of Hillary’s slightly more than 300 pledged delegate lead. That brings the pledged delegate count to 1,243 to Clinton and 975 for Sanders, not counting those delegates who have not pledged yet in Washington.

Hillary also has over 400 Super Delegates pledged to her, but those are not binding. Those folks can change their mind should Bernie end up with more delegates given based on the actual voting, and they likely will.

If the Super-delegates don’t alter their minds if Sanders gets more delegates via the voters than Hillary, the democratic process within the Democratic Party will have proven to be a joke cruelly played upon grassroots Democrats by the Wall Street Establishment that currently controls the party. Hillary is their candidate.

The corporate news media often tells us that Hillary has a massive, insurmountable lead because of those Super-delegates, which are not bound to Hillary at the Democratic Presidential Convention. Yet, the establishment and the propaganda machine want us to believe otherwise.

Therefore, it seems that the only purpose of the super-delegates is to discourage candidates, such as Bernie, and their supporters, from continuing their campaign to overthrow the Wall Street Democratic Establishment and their presidential candidate.

The lesson to be learned is simple; don’t believe the propaganda of the establishment. Bernie can still beat Hillary quite handily, and the super delegates will not be a factor unless they are used to overthrow democracy within the Democratic Party.

If that’s the case, the Party will be ripped apart. Will the establishment risk this? Not likely. Otherwise, there won’t be a Democratic Party, or a Democratic Party Establishment anymore. Certainly, half of Democratic Party voters will leave the party behind.

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Over 100,000 Arizonans sent a clear message to the White House this week with a petition regarding the obvious and massive voter fraud committed by the Wall Street Democratic Establishment allowing Hillary Clinton to defeat Bernie Sanders.

Reader Jerry Peacemaker sent me a tip, which I’ve doubled checked. Jerry accurately wrote, “The late Joe Purcell (1923-1987) was Arkansas’s Lieutenant Governor from 1975-81, during the time Bill Clinton was the state’s governor. Joe Purcell was married to Helen (Hale) Purcell. Helen Purcell as Recorder of Maricopa County in Arizona was responsible for reducing the number of polling places in the state’s most highly-populated county from over 200 to 60, resulting in hours-long waiting in lines for Arizonans wishing to exercise their democratic rights.

Purcell, however, may not be the same person as the former wife of Joe Purcell. So there may not be a Clinton connection. However, voter suppression did take place in
Arizona March 22.

Lines were so long people literally spent an entire work day waiting to vote. In 2012, Maricopa County, which is the most populous county in Arizona, had over 200 polling locations open on primary day. In 2016, that number was reduced to just 60. This amounted to over 20,000 voters for every polling location, meaning voters had to stand in line for hours to cast their ballots.

As it turns out, elections in Arizona are governed by the county recorder, who determines how many polling places are actually open on Election Day. The recorder in Pima County, which houses Tucson, had twice as many polling locations open than in Maricopa County. And Pima County is roughly one-third the size of Maricopa County.

In Maricopa County, Purcell was responsible for the reduction in polling places in 2016, justifying it by saying turnout was traditionally low, so the solution was to reduce the number of places where citizens could cast their vote. She also blamed voters for the problem, because they showed up.

Purcell is incompetent or corrupt. In 2012 there were 200 polling places for an estimated 300,000 voters. In 2016, Purcell made certain there were 60 polling places for an expected turnout of 800,000 voters, according to news reporter Joe Dana.

According to one source, “As election day began, it was learned that 1.3 million voters, most of who reportedly would have voted for Sanders, were disenfranchised from voting in the Democratic primary. Additionally, significant numbers of registered Democratic voters who were told they were not on the Democratic voting lists included long-time Democrats who had voted in the Democratic primaries before without any problem. Others who properly switched their party were told they were also not on the list. At best, these Democratic voters were told, they could vote a provisional ballot which would not be counted today.”

Polling places in Latino neighborhoods were even scarcer than in Maricopa County. Many voters in Maricopa were given provisional ballots, which were not counted as votes. And the list of corruption goes on and on. Helen Purcell should be fired immediately, and her actions investigated. Criminal charges should be brought against her if needed. With 1 percent of the vote counted, the national corporate propaganda machine did their part; they announced Clinton the winner, perhaps discouraging thousands of people from voting.

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GMO labeling

Four major food companies – ConAgra Foods, Kellogg’s, General Mills and Mars, Inc. – announced earlier this week that they will label food products that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. These companies join Campbell’s Soup, which declared its intent to do likewise back in January.

A week ago, GMO labeling supporters in the US Senate defeated the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, or DARK Act. That bill would have prohibited states from requiring GMO labeling. Vermont, however, had passed a mandatory labeling law a year ago, which is scheduled to go into effect July 1.

Why have five of the largest food companies in the world made public commitments to print clear GMO labels on food packages? The answer is that the writing was on the wall with the defeat of the DARK Act.

The other answer is that voluntary GMO labeling most likely means printing not overly clear GMO warning labels. On top of that, the industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars during the last four years lying to the public about the cost of labeling in successfully defeating state and local campaigns to bring about labeling. Editorials have appeared in the corporate propaganda machine, such as the Oregonian newspaper, moaning the terrible cost to these companies, which would be passed on to citizens. However, the cost is negligible, and definitely less than hundreds of millions of dollars every four years.

The defeat of the DARK Act gives Congress the opportunity to craft a national mandatory GMO labeling compromise that works for Americans and the food industry. In the interim, the question is, which company will be next to provide clear GMO labeling right on its packages, where shoppers want to see it?

Hundreds of independent studies show that GMO’s cause numerous maladies, such as tumors, and they’ve been linked to allergies, autism, cancers and more.

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bernie sanders beating Clinton nationally

A new Bloomberg poll shows Bernie Sanders has a slight national edge over Hillary Clinton, earning 49 percent of support to Clinton’s 48. This is only the second poll ever to show Sanders with a lead of any sort, and is at odds with other recent polls showing Clinton with a double-digit lead. But it’s clear that it accurately reflects one facet of the Democratic race: Clinton had massive leads over Sanders in every poll a year ago, as much as 54 percent. This lead has continually narrowed until today, it no longer exists.

This suggests that Sanders grows stronger with every passing day, while Wall Street’s candidate grows weaker.

The Bloomberg poll asked Democrats who they thought would be better at handling a number of issues that will face the next president. Clinton came out on top on issues of foreign policy; Sanders on economic issues.

Hillary’s tight relationship with the parasites of Wall Street is a consistent liability, and she isn’t considered trustworthy because she lies a lot, such as her support, and then nonsupport, of the Trans Pacific Partnership, a scam which will enrich Hillary’s Wall Street cronies by shipping millions of jobs overseas and redistributing trillions of dollars of income from working people in the USA to the 1 percent in the process.

In another poll, Sanders came out on top in trustworthiness by a wide margin over all the other candidates for president regardless of party affiliation. Hillary was near the bottom.

The federal government, and to a lesser extent state governments, have been using legislation to redistribute income from working Americans to the 1 percent for 35 years. Hillary supports this, while Bernie is against it.

Currently, the 1 percent steal 37 percent of all income produced in the United States compared to 8 percent in 1980. Bernie has said “enough is enough.” Hillary shows through her action that “enough isn’t enough.”

One thing is made obvious by these poll numbers. Bernie may be behind in the delegate count, but he can still win. It isn’t over until it’s over.

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Bernie Sanders won the Democratic primaries in Idaho and Utah yesterday, and although he lost in Arizona, the Vermont senator cut into Hillary Clinton’s lead. Most of the corporate propaganda machine didn’t mention this later issue. The Oregonian newspaper noted that Clinton won Arizona, and made certain not to mention Bernie’s victories in Idaho and Utah.

For the night, Bernie won 67 delegates and Clinton 50. Clinton’s total lead is down to slightly above 200, not counting super delegates. Clinton has a big lead in pledged super delegates, but those are not binding. Those folks can change their mind. In addition, if Sanders continues to win and surpasses Clinton in non-Super delegates, it’s not likely all of those delegates will stay pledged to the Wall Street candidate.

If the Wall Street Democratic establishment wants to deprive Bernie Sanders of victory using super delegates, should he win the delegates that are voted on, the party will be showing a keen disdain for democracy within its own ranks, and make a farce of the democratic process. The result will likely fracture the Democratic Party permanently, and Wall Street will never likely gain control over whatever replaces it.

The Wall Street party establishment knows this, and may not have the stupidity or guts to bring about an end to the party. So it is likely the Super-delegates will switch should Sanders win the delegates that are voted on.

As noted in the Huffington Post after Sanders lost five states in one day, Bernie has a clear path to victory. It isn’t over, until it’s over.

Click here for more on Bernie Sanders path to victory from the Huffington Post.

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'America's Biggest Export, Our Jobs!!'

‘America’s Biggest Export, Our Jobs!!’

The corporate news media, more accurately described as a propaganda machine, is on the move in an effort to derail the campaign of Bernie Sanders.

Below is an op-ed in the March 20, 2016 Oregonian newspaper. The Oregonian is a charter member of the corporate brainwashing machine. They used an op-ed written by economics professor Kimberly Clausing of Reed College.

The professor uses the economic fairy tales of free trade to point out the errors of those who are against the Trans Pacific Partnership, and other trade agreements, which are nothing more than scams to redistribute income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent. In Italics I show how she aims to mislead. The professor’s point of view is supported by the editors of the Oregonian, otherwise they would have offered a counter argument to the professor’s claims. So here it goes.

By Kimberly Clausing

“Candidates on both ends of the political spectrum, the far-left Bernie Sanders and the extreme Donald Trump, have displayed skepticism and even outright hostility regarding the influence of foreign competition on the U.S. economy.”

When was the last time you purchased an I-phone or a Dell computer made by a Chinese company? When was the last time anybody purchased something by a Chinese company? How about hardly ever? Much, and perhaps most, of Chinese exports to the USA are made by US corporations producing their products in China. The “foreign competition” isn’t with China. That “foreign competition” US companies face is US companies manufacturing stuff in China. The US trade deficit with China does not exist, at least not in total. In reality, the so-called trade deficit with China is largely a US trade deficit with US corporations that have shifted production from the US to China, and then exported their Chinese made products to the USA. Stunningly, the professor does not know this, but her ignorance is serving Wall Street and the rest of the 1 percent by brainwashing us to reality. 

The professor went on:

“Both Sanders and Trump have vowed to tear up existing trade agreements, table new international initiatives and make tougher deals with China.”

As pointed out above, Clausing is clueless about what she writes, but Bernie Sanders is not. Sanders understands that the primary export product of the US is US jobs. I don’t know what Trump understands about these deals, but it is clear that the editors of the Oregonian newspaper, as well as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, Foxnews, MNSBC, and others, don’t want you to know this reality.

The Professor goes on and on:

“While both candidates are responding to very real voter concerns regarding wage stagnation and income inequality, they are proposing destructive solutions that will cause more harm than good for Americans, including Oregon’s workers and consumers.”

Clausing doesn’t understand that all those millions upon millions of US jobs in China, Pakistan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Mexico, and elsewhere, are depriving many US citizens of employment. Trade treaties paved the legal road to ship those jobs overseas, or create them there rather than here. One corporation alone, Nike, accounts for approximately one million jobs overseas. About 250,000 of those are in China, and another roughly 350,000 are in Vietnam. That’s just one US corporation, meaning tens of millions of US jobs are overseas exploiting lower wages, as well as lesser environmental and legal rights of workers.

“Let’s be clear,” Clausing wrote. “American workers have had a tough several decades. Aside from a period in the 1990s, wages have been nearly stagnant in recent years. And while economic growth in the United States does well in comparison with other rich countries, gains in gross domestic product (GDP) have increased incomes at the top of the income distribution far more than in the bottom 80 percent.”

Clausing’s got it correct there, but then she puts in the typical propaganda below. 

“Workers, and voters, are understandably frustrated. But many factors other than trade play a role in these economic outcomes.”

Trade is likely the biggest factor causing this frustration, and by a wide margin. Just look at all of those tens of millions of US jobs that have been exported, thanks to these trade agreements, but then Clausing steps into her own bullshit on her next paragraph.

“Foremost, technological change has revolutionized production processes, with computers displacing workers in many sectors. We no longer need secretaries to type our work or bank tellers to hand us cash. Assembly lines are more automated than ever before. Yet no one is suggesting that we throw away our computers to get these jobs back, because computers are useful in countless ways in our daily lives. And computers augment what skilled workers can produce and earn. The maker of a software application, the designer of an aircraft engine and the analyst of data are all more productive than they would be without computers to aid them.”

Economists have been warning for over two centuries that technology growth will lead to higher rates of unemployment, but that has never happened, then or now. Clausing, in the paragraph above, doesn’t understand reality, just obscure theory that isn’t based in reality. Technology wipes out jobs, and that’s true, but it typically creates far more jobs than it eliminates. Let’s take one example.

The National Cash Register Corporation (NCR), whose stock is traded on Wall Street, has been a US company since 1888. The company used to manufacture cash registers in the United States.Those jobs are long gone.

Nowadays, NCR manufactures its retail and restaurant self-checkout machines in China (which are officially called “Retail and Restaurant Point of Sale hardware and software,” on the company’s website). NCR is the largest manufacturer in the world of ATM machines, and almost all of them are made in China, and well, maybe they’re all still made there. A few years back, NCR announced that a tiny number of jobs manufacturing ATM’s might be brought back to the USA, but there is no evidence that I’ve been able to find to suggest this has come to pass. So it’s likely that all of NCR’s ATM machines are still made in China. NCR also manufactures Airport Self-Service Kiosks and a bunch of other items in China. In fact, everything it produces (with the possible exception of that small number of ATMs) are manufactured in China).

According to its website, NCR manufactures, “POS Terminals, POS Software, POS Printers, Fuel Controller, Back Office Software, Self Checkout.” Under the travel category, “Common Use Self-Service, Airport Kiosk, Hotel Check-In, Car Rental Software, Bus Check-In.” If this was fifty years ago, before the World Trade Organization, before all the free trade treaties, all of the company’s jobs would be in the United States.

NCR has more employees now than ever in its history, and this is especially true when you count the use of contractors and their employees in China. The technology produced by NCR has created more jobs than the old cash register business thirty years ago. Thousands of jobs were wiped out, but hundreds of thousands and perhaps millions more jobs have been created with the new technology.

Technology did not put those jobs in China. Low wages did, and the demands of its stock price did. The ability to produce massive amounts of pollution did. The ability to use an essential slave labor force six to seven days a week, and up to sixteen hours per day and without overtime pay, put those jobs in China. But something else paved the way to export those jobs; trade agreements.

“Trade, like computers, creates both winners and losers. Unfortunately, the workers that would have made the imported goods may be harmed.”

The professor should have added, because their jobs will be exported.

“But workers in export industries benefit greatly, and consumers benefit from price reductions on virtually every product they consume.”

The professor is way off base on this one, perhaps because she lacks real life experience. I have a friend named Sloan. He is a contractor who builds homes. He used to purchase his ceramic tiles from a company that manufactured them in the USA. Then one day he realized the company was now making them in China, and the price they charged him was the same.

“Increased foreign competition prevents domestic firms from wielding undue market power.”

Just look at the political markets and you’ll see who owns what. Wall Street investment firms own the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Koch Brothers own Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and you can go on and on, but the professor shows total ignorance.

“Economic growth abroad makes more stable societies and alleviates world poverty.”

Tell this to the folks in Vietnam. They’re not allowed to unionize, their air is totally polluted, and they live in a total police state. Poverty is difficult to determine, and sometimes it’s a matter of opinion. But if the rich are getting richer, then the rest of us must be getting more poor.

Close, mutually beneficial economic ties between countries build peaceful relationships and reduce needless antagonism among nations. And addressing global policy problems like climate change will require an international community that is more interested in building bridges than walls.

I agree with the professor above, but that’s part of her propaganda about how everything is wonderful with trade agreements.

“Indeed, the country as a whole benefits from trade.”

Trade agreements have largely created the income and wealth inequality we have here in the USA, so the professor is way off base here. The rich primarily benefit from the scams that redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent and that are marketed as trade agreements. The difference between the old higher US wages and the new lower overseas wages goes straight into the pockets of the rich via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and soaring share prices. The job losers get unemployment insurance if they’re lucky. So no, the country as a whole has not benefited from international trade, but the rich as a whole has.

I could go on and on with Professor Clausing’s propaganda op-ed on behalf of the 1 percent, but by now you should see the difference between the reality of trade agreements, and the theory offered by the professor.

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In 1988, when Bernie Sanders was the mayor of Burlington, Vermont, C-SPAN asked him what his ideal president would talk about. Sanders then sounded pretty much like he sounds now.

Bernie, then in his forties, spoke “about how Americans deserve a presidential candidate who would challenge the corrupt Washington establishment and take on the billionaires who run the political process. His response to the question sounded almost exactly like a Bernie Sanders stump speech in 2016:

“In our nation today we have an extreme disparity between the rich and the poor,” Sanders said. “Elections are bought and sold and controlled by people who have huge sums of money.”

“I would like to see somebody who speaks for the underdog, for people who don’t have decent healthcare benefits. Somebody who understands that in America today, 50 percent of the people don’t even vote anymore, and the vast majority of that 50 percent are poor people and working people who have given up on the system. So essentially, I would like to see a candidate who has the guts to have a vision that America could be a land for all people, not just a land controlled by the super-rich.”

Comedian George Carlin nailed it when he talked about the owners of this nation in the video below. Having a total net worth of less than half a million dollars, Bernie Sanders is not one of the owners of this nation. The other presidential candidates are the employees of the billionaires and the billion dollar corporations who bought the political process and the news media decades ago. They control the political and news markets, in other words. We working people don’t.

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