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20150224_problemThe financial collapse of 2008 was the worst recession since the Great Depression. Give President Obama and his administration credit for saving the economy from the depredations of Wall Street despite massive Republic resistance to resuscitating it, which they did solely for political gain. However, this historically weak recovery masks a startling reality.

Only one perpetrator of Wall Street crimes was ever brought to justice, and he wasn’t a big figure in the massive corruption going on. In March 2009, Obama met with Wall Street leaders and said, “I stand between you and the pitchforks. I am on your side and I will protect you.”

Only one banker from that era was prosecuted. That was Bernie Madoff, and the only reason he was carted off to prison was because he stole from rich people. And not one other Wall Street criminal executive went to jail after stealing billions via fraud, money laundering of Mexican drug cartel profits, and numerous other crimes. Many became his financial advisers, which meant Obama pursued policies to redistribute income from the 99 to the 1 percent for eight long years.

At all times, Obama refused to bite the hand that funded his past, present and future, as well as funding much of the Republican and Democratic Parties. In other words, Obama was largely, if not completely, in the back pocket of Wall Street as were President Bill Clinton, both President’s Bush, Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, Mitt Romney, Wall Street Senator’s Ron Wyden, Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch.

Obama operated in a cesspool corruption. He was part of the problem, not the solution.

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When a U.S. company closes an American plant and builds one overseas, the U.S. tax code allows the expenses incurred in both activities to be written off it’s taxable income.

Under Current US Tax Laws Businesses Are Allowed To Deduct Operating Expenses. Which Include The Cost of Moving Jobs In The U.S.A. Overseas. (Internal Revenue Code)

Companies That Create Jobs In The U.S.A. Should Receive Tax Breaks. Companies That Send American Jobs Overseas Should Not. In fact, US corporations that export jobs overseas should be taxed on any products they export to the USA from their factories overseas, like president-elect Donald Trump promised he would do.

Tell Congress To Stop Using Our Tax Dollars To Fire American Workers

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Ford announced Wednesday that it will move its entire small car operation from America to Mexico.

“Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small car production to Mexico and out of the United States,” said Ford CEO Mark Fields, during an investor conference it was hosting in Detroit, Michigan. Notice he told investors what they should expect.

Ford’s share price continued its slow decline anyway. The share price peaked back in 1999 at $37.14. It’s been up and down since then, but never back up to the peak. The share price plummeted to a $1.43 in 2009, reached $18.65 in 2011, hit another peak in 2014 at $17.72 and has been going down ever since. The shares traded at $12.11 on September 16, two days after Fields made his foolish announcement to investors.

Ford management has exported over half of its US jobs to Mexico since NAFTA. Thank you Bill and Hillary Clinton. This has been done to reduce its labor costs and increase its profits, share price and dividends. Ford’s decision will also increase income inequality and reduce its long-term per capita sales.

So what happens when virtually all of Ford’s jobs are overseas? What happens when the next recession hits sometime within the next twelve months, most likely by or before June 2017?

Ford management can’t export many more jobs to Mexico, so that avenue to increase earnings and share prices will soon close down. The next recession will be worse than the last one, which I will explain why in a day or so. Ford’s retained earnings peaked at $27.5 billion a year ago. That’s dropped by $11 billion in a year. In other words, Ford is running out of financial room to maneuver, especially during this coming economic downturn.

The company still gives a nice dividend of nearly 5 percent. But all that means is that Ford will run out of money sooner than later during the downturn.

Expect its share price to drop back down to a dollar something, or less. The company likely will be facing a financial crisis and possible insolvency within the next five years.

Ford is an unwise investment, even for billionaires and hedge funds. Even if the company doesn’t face insolvency over the next five years, its share price is going to continue to tank in the long-run, but CEO Fields hasn’t figured that out. He should be investing in US production rather than investors, and to hell with the share price.

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As Wall Street President Obama readies a last minute desperate push to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) through the lame duck congress after the November elections in his most cowardly action yet as president, large crowds descended on Portland Oregon for the Rock Against the TPP Oregon weekend of action.

Oregonians took action, educated themselves, had fun and enjoyed a great concert! This was part of a nationwide protest tour featuring celebrities such as Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly, comedian Hari Kondabolu, and punk rock legends Anti-Flag. The tour next stops in San Francisco on September 9th at Regency Ballroom with an event featuring Jello Biafra, Grammy winning latin alternative band La Santa Cecilia, and riot-grrrl cello legend Bonfire Madigan. Additional tour dates to be announced, for more information visit http://www.RockAgainsttheTPP.org.

The TPP is a massive income and political power redistribution scam from the 99 to the 1 percent, and like NAFTA, it is a clear violation of the US Constitution, which requires the approval of 2/3rds of the US senate. NAFTA only received 61 votes.

Approval of the TPP creates a secret investor court in clear violation of the US Constitution. That court will allow foreign corporations, many of which are owned by US corporations and or have a high number of US investors, to challenge US laws that corporate hacks decide might inhibit future corporate profits.

So if you want to vote to ban a gasoline additive that’s being sold in your areas that has leaked into and poisoned your water system and caused babies to be born without brains, then the foreign corporation loaded with US investors can challenge that law in a secret tribunal in which you won’t be invited. In other words, the politicians who support the TPP, which is nearly the entire Republican Party, and Wall Street Democrats like Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ron Wyden and Earl Blumenauer are all voting to redistribute your income and your voting rights (in violation of the US Constitution) on behalf of the bottom lines of foreign corporations, but also their US investors.

For information on how the TPP will create greater inequality by paving the legal way for US corporations to export millions of US jobs, click what-the-corporate-propaganda-network-doesnt-want-you-to-know-one-of-the-many-ways-the-trans-pacific-partnership-will-destroy-us-jobs-and-redistribute-massive-income-and-wealth-from-the-99-to-the-1 Percent-JohnHively.Wordpress.com

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According to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), the current economic expansion is the worst of all since and including the recovery of 1949. Robert Scott, the author of the report, blames government reduction of expenditures during this recovery for the weakness of it. You can see from the graph below that this recovery in Gross Domestic Product (GNP) is the lowest of the last 11 recoveries. No doubt government spending plays a role in how fast GNP grows, along with other variables, such as wage and job growth. This recovery is the worst on record for government expenditures. But there is another likely culprit that plays a role in making this the weakest of economic expansions.

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You will notice above that all of the economic recoveries since 1949 and through 1990 grew at rates of 4 percent and higher. The recovery under President Ronald Reagan was the last to top 4 percent GNP growth. Under President Bill Clinton GNP growth averaged 3.4 percent, under President George W. Bush it was 2.8 percent, and under President Obama GNP growth is 2.1 percent. Notice growth was less under Bush than under Clinton despite higher government spending. So what else could be going on? Look at the graph below.

Income inequality has grown since and during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and almost every year since has seen increasing income and wealth inequality. As inequality has grown, the demand for goods and services has been reduced by income stagnation or reduction.

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Since and including the 1980s, credit has been expanded in the form of credit cards, home equity credit lines, and home equity growth. In other words, much of the current expansion, weak as it is, is spurred on by credit for the 99 percent, with profits and other enrichment going to the 1 percent, who stole 99 percent of all income growth from 2009 to 2014, along with most of the income produced in the USA during 2016. The 1 percent has gone from stealing about 8 percent of all the income produced in the United States to roughly 37 percent, leaving us with less money to demand goods and services, along with historically slow job growth, wage stagnation, and lost opportunities.

Now the rich want more, and a weaker economy, weaker job growth, reduced real incomes, are the price we’ll have to pay for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), should it pass through congress. Wall Street President Obama has already signed it. Wall Street Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has voiced her support for and against it. No doubt Clintonis is really for it, since her vice presidential choice Tim Kaine is for it, as is her newly appointed head of her transition team Ken Salazar. See What the Corporate Propaganda Network Doesn’t Want You to Know: One of the Many Ways the Trans Pacific Partnership Will Destroy US Jobs and Redistribute Massive Income and Wealth From the 99 to the 1 Percent–JohnHively.Wordpress.com

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There is a great right-wing Republican conspiracy to rewrite history, And there is a Democratic Party conspiracy to rewrite history. All of this is to misinform us, to divide the 99 percent, making it easier to financially rape us on behalf of the 1 percent.

The first duty of each major political party is to listen to their respective voter bases and tell them what they want to hear in terms of social issues. The second duty of the respective leadership of each political party is to reach relatively secretly across the aisle to each other, and use the levers of government to financially rape and pillage the 99 percent on behalf of the 1 percent.

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive income redistribution scam the political big boys call an international trade agreement is the most recent case in point. The TPP has almost nothing to do with trade.

The leading parasites of the Republican Party want us to believe that fewer governmental regulations and tax cuts for the rich will unleash greater prosperity. And it does, for the rich. The leadership doesn’t want you to know that the big money boys exercise quite a bit of market and political power, and they use this to rape and pillage the rest of us financially.

When this era tax cuts for the rich and fewer regulations began in 1981, the rich went from capturing 8 percent of all the income in the USA to 37 percent today. The US middle class has declined from 61 percent of the population in 1970 to 49 percent today. That’s what occurs when the government redistributes income from the 99 to the 1 percent. But the Republicans are not alone in causing these numbers. Far from it.

The Democratic Party has a different voter constituency than the Republican Party, such as labor unions. So the Democratic leadership has unleashed a rainstorm of misinformation over the last several years about how technology is destroying jobs, thereby creating a job shortage. Economists have been predicting this result for over two hundred years, and they’re still wrong. What we’ve discovered over those 20 decades is that technology creates more jobs than it destroys, but the leadership doesn’t want us to know this.

Think about how the computer industry displaced the typewriter industry and created tens of millions more jobs than the old industry supported. The same thing is also true of the auto industry transplanting the horse and buggy manufacturers. Notice nobody is suggesting that technology is replacing workers in China, Vietnam or Germany, for that matter. To see how this propaganda works, chech out A Review of Robert Reich’s AfterShock–JohnHively.wordpress.com

The news media always falls in line and prints whatever lies the leadership’s present, depending on the biases of the editors, and their advertisers.

The Dems and their allies point to technology as the primary culprit because the leadership has continuously supported exporting tens of millions of US jobs since Democratic President Bill Clinton caved in to Wall Street and signed NAFTA. Wall Street has since prospered, while main street is eviscerated, along with the American dream.

Like the Republican leadership, the Democratic leadership hide their real motives behind patently false propaganda in order to rape us financially. In the meanwhile, both leadership’s will issue proclamations about wars against women, and wars against Christmas, and rally the base around bathrooms for transgender people or wars against guns.

Don’t fall for this propaganda. Instead of remaining divided on social issues, unite on economic issues, like the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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How equal should income in the United States be? The corollary question should be, What is an Economy for? Let’s begin with the later question.

In the USA, from 1933 until 1981, the laws and regulations the US government enacted were intended to increase gross domestic product and spur demand so that a vast majority of Americans experienced rising standards of living.

So with that out of the way, we can determine roughly how equal income and wealth distribution should be in the United States. But first, a little lesson. The United States government determines the distribution of income and wealth via legislation and trade treaties. Since 1981, the rich have been in control of our government. He who has the gold makes the rules.

So if a rising economic tide lifts most boats, and gives most everybody a better future, then that’s about what we want.

The current business expansion (the current rising tide) is leaving everybody behind since the 1 percent have been taking 99 percent of all income growth since 2009. Today, that translates into the 1 percent stealing 37 percent of all income produced in the United States, up from 8 percent in 1980. The economy lifted a lot more people upward back in 1980. As a nation, we were all better off then than now.

In four years under President Jimmy Carter, 1977-81, the US gained more than nine million private sector jobs, and with rising average real wage rates. That’s better per year than job growth under President Ronald Reagan and President Bill Clinton. And Carter did this as the US experienced two recessions. In addition, the US gross domestic product was only 40 percent of what the US produces today, and the population was 60 percent of what it is today.

More jobs were created under Jimmy Carter than under President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama combined. Under the later two, family income dropped $7,000 a year because they focused (along with Reagan, the first Bush and Bill Clinton) mostly on passing legislation that redistributed income from the 99 to the 1 percent, such as Wall Street deregulation scams and free trade schemes.

Meanwhile, during the thirteen years under Obama and Bush, out of pocket health care costs soared 85 percent, tuition and fees at colleges and universities rocketed 86 percent, child care costs rose 37 percent, housing jumped 28 percent, and the median net worth of middle class families has fallen 17 percent since 2010.

Yes, 8 percent of all income going to the 1 percent sounds about right, for starters.

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