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John Oliver asks the right question. “What does congress really do?” The answer is that every senator and ever congress person must spend several hours every day raising money, or what are called campaign contributions. Pay careful attention to Oliver’s presentation of Congresswoman Eleanor Norton Holmes call to a prospective campaign donor. Norton actually says she’s working in congress on behalf of the donor, and this might be against the interests of everybody else.

There’s one more thing quite interesting. Every member of the US congress that belongs to the Republican or Democratic Party must raise sizable amounts of cash to give to the party.

The whole process of congressional representatives having to raise millions of dollars a year, even when they are in safe districts, demonstrates how easily corrupted the US government has become since every politician is at the mercy of those campaign contributors.

Worse yet, many of these campaign contributors put out bait to political office holders, like swanky vacations, thousands of dollars of speaking fees while in office, and high paying jobs once they’re out of office, to US representatives. Overall, the US congress and the White House are pigsty’s of corruption.

 

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There’s a reason the United States is one of the most politically corrupt nations in the world. Stephan Colbert hits the head on the nail with his succinct analysis that wealth inequality will continue to grow in the United States so long as money in politics are at record levels.

The corruption, especially of the federal government, which is massive compared to the years from 1933 to 1980, began when President Ronald Reagan signed into law tax cuts for the rich. Supposedly, this trickle down economics, which had already been a complete failure during the first thirty years of the 1900s, was going to create jobs. Instead, the rich used their new found financial muscle to destroy jobs by pushing legislators for international income redistribution agreements, commonly marketed by those who benefited from these income redistribution scams as “free trade agreements.”

The result has been a progressively weaker US economy as tens of millions of jobs have been shipped overseas, thanks to these agreements. When a job is shipped overseas, the difference between the old, higher, US wages and the new, super low third world wages goes straight into the already fat wallets of the super rich via higher corporate earnings, rising dividends, and soaring share prices. The job losers get a few unemployment checks, if they’re lucky, and maybe a lower paying job, if they’re even luckier.

The proceeds of these treaties find their way into the campaign contributions and pockets of US politicians. And the cycle plays over and over again. More and more income redistributed via legislation from the 99 to the 1 percent, so that nowadays the rich and their legislative henchmen steal 37 percent of all income in the USA, compared to 8 percent before the Reagan tax cuts.

There are several other ways legislators help the super rich to steal from everybody else, such as passing legislation to privatize government services, force school districts to add more and more testing, and numerous other things.

Colbert is completely correct, except for one thing. Nothing will change unless a massive grassroots political movements overwhelms the money in politics, and then the money is taken out of politics. Go Bernie Sanders!

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A decade in the making, the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reached a climax two weeks ago when corporations paid enough money to politicians in the US Senate and the House of Representatives to give President Obama Fast Track Authority, which makes it easier to ramrod the TPP through congress against the wishes of the US public. The TPP is the largest income and political power redistribution scam in US history, but it’s being falsely being marketed as a free trade agreement. Congress must still pass the TPP, and that is not necessarily a done deal. However, big money talks louder, and is more important to politicians, than voters, as noted during the debate over fast track authority. Click on the link below for a reasonably good analysis by the Guardian UK. 54 percent of US voters were against giving Fast Track Authority to the president. This is proof enough democracy does not exist on the federal level in the USA.

Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill–The Guardian

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Like Republican Party politicians, politicians of the Democratic Party sell their legislative favors to the big money boys for campaign contributions, cushy jobs after they leave office, and millions of dollars in speaking fees. Unlike the Republican Party, the Democratic Party is rapidly fading away.

In fact, it’s reasonable to call the Democratic Party a cash raising machine rather than a political party. As a political party, the corrupt Democratic Party maybe a spent force in national and state elections. So what’s the problem with the Democrats? Let’s begin at the top.

Wall Street President Barack Obama is trying to deliver the biggest income redistribution scam to Wall Street and large corporate donors in time for the Democratic Party to maximize campaign donations just in time for the 2016 election, according to Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone. Even though Obama might deliver the goods, the beneficiaries of his largeness might not pony up the cash for a dying political party.

The scam is called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is falsely being marketed as a trade agreement.

The TPP will redistribute massive sums of cash to big corporate donors stolen from the 99 percent. Hundreds of thousands, and likely multiple millions, of jobs will be exported from the USA to lower wage nations due to the TPP. The difference between the old higher US wages will and the new lower foreign wages will go straight into the pockets of the uber rich via higher corporate earnings, share prices and dividends.

This will be a massive boon for the 1 percent, if it comes to pass, but the TPP is likely the death blow to the remains of the Democratic Party. The reason is simple.

In order for the Democratic Party to be relevant in national and state politics, the Party must be able to muster votes. However, the Democratic base is the thing income redistribution agreements, like the TPP, hurts the most. This isn’t lost on the base, so the base is quietly and quickly fading away. Look at the numbers.

In 2008, the base rallied to President Obama and the Democratic Party under the “Hope and Change” hype of candidate Obama. When Obama took office, the Democratic Party controlled 60 US senate seats for a short while and fifty-nine for many months afterward. The Democrats held 237 US House of Representative seats, compared to 178 Republican held seats.

When he became president, Obama did his best to enrich his Wall Street benefactors at the expense of the 99 percent. He began by letting Health Insurance executives write a health care law that compelled the taxpayers to guarantee their profits into infinity. No public option, however miniscule, was on the table. Obama was also desperate to give Wall Street the South Korea income redistribution agreement, which he falsely labeled a trade agreement. Obama was also willing to reduce social security payments to the elderly in order to continue the Bush tax cuts for the rich. And these were just a few things that smelled bad to the base. Obama was a bitter disappointment for many Democrats for this and other reasons during his first two years in office.

The result was simple; the Republicans took the US house in 2010, and reduced the Democrats majority in the US senate. The corporate press lied to us and said this was normal. In fact, it was anything but normal.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) was elected president in a landslide in 1932, as the Great Depression rolled along. The Democrats also enlarged their numbers in the US senate, from 48 in 1930 to 60 in 1932. And the Party took control of the US house that year, with a massive 313 members, compared to only 117 Republican representatives.

FDR took his job seriously, established the New Deal; he worked to end the Great Depression, but he also worked to curb the economic and political power of the wealthy. FDR came from a rich family, but then, he wasn’t called a “traitor to his class,” for nothing.

So what happened in the elections of 1934? With a president and congress working for all the people, rather than a tiny wealthy minority, as has been the case with Obama, the Democratic Party increased its numbers in the senate to 69, and 322 members in the US house.

What happened under President Obama? Well, many members of the political establishment, such as Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden, worked harder and harder to deliver more and more financial goods for the corporate establishment at the expense of the 99 percent.

In 2012, the Republicans gained more seats in the US house, 242 to 192. The Democrats, along with two independents who caucus with the Democrats, still held the US senate, but their majority was reduced to 53.

As the rich got richer under Obama and the Democrats, as their power and influence dwindled due to their obvious ties to Wall Street, and as the TPP became more well known through leaked documents, a larger section of the Democratic base stayed home during the 2014 elections.

In 2014, the Republicans swept to commanding majorities in the senate (with 54 seats) and the US house (247 seats compared to 188 Democratic representatives). The base stayed home, and most likely, permanently.

The Democratic leadership is rapidly becoming the leader of nothing, since the Democratic Party base is rapidly evaporating with every income redistribution scam the Party leadership can concoct.

Instead, the base is rallying to Bernie Sanders, while abandoning the latest Wall Street Democratic presidential candidate, Hilliary Clinton. She refuses to mention anything about the TPP lately, although she has publicly supported it in the past. Around election time it’s best to stay mum about her TPP position since getting their jobs sent overseas isn’t very popular with the Democratic base, what’s left of it anyway.

The Democratic leadership has only one thing to sell Wall Street; government power. The Democrats need to win elections in order to offer this product to Wall Street, and it needs votes in order to achieve these aims. But nowadays, votes are something in short supply for the Party the more they sell government favors to their Wall Street parasite friends.

The Trans Pacific Partnership has galvanized the base against the Party more than ever before. The base is rallying to independent presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who looks a lot like what Democrats once stood for.

The TPP most likely means permanent minority status for the Party, and likely extinction in the future.

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Educational reform is all about corporate profits, especially for the big publishing corporations, Pearson Limited and McGraw-Hill. These companies a lot of money on government; lobbyists, campaign contributions, etc…. McGraw-Hill, for example, donated $32,400 to the Republican National Committee in 2014. The corporation also gave $10,000 to the Democratic Party of New Hampshire. This company spreads its money, or rather your money, around. In return, their puppets in state houses around the nation and within the federal government push for more testing and higher standards.

School districts are then forced to allocate your hard earned tax dollars to tests and testing materials, which then fuels corporate profits, dividends and share prices. All the while, education for the young has gotten twisted into learning how to take tests, which for most students, makes education a non-learning experience, especially since standards are always raised.

Why are test standards always increased? Because it’s profitable. Raising the bar means more students will fail, and then they’ll need to take the test over and over again until they move up in grade, or drop out of school. The more tests they take, the more profits Pearson and McGraw-Hill rake in, and at your expense.

Every few years, testing standards are changed. That’s because it’s more profitable to change standards every few years than maintain the current standards. When standards are changed, school districts are forced to purchase new tests and new prepatory materials in accordence with the new standards, which is way more profitable than keeping prepatory materials that were purchased a year or two earlier.

In other words, mandatory standardized testing is an income redistribution scam. Income is redistributed from the 99 to the 1 percent, particularly to shareholders and major officers of the testing industry.

The testing industry then redistributes some of your redistributed money to politicians as campaign contributions, lobbying jobs after politicians leave office, vacations in Scotland, and other things.

To garner that cash, the politicians push more and more standardized tests for your students to take, as well as higher standards. That’s why US public school students are the most tested in the world, and by a wide margin. That also shows how corrupt your government has become.

And that’s why educational reform has absolutely nothing to do with education. It’s all about using public school students as profitable testing material. And because of that, such useful classes as automotive, wood shop, metal shop and other classes than might be applicable to real life are gone for the most part. That’s why your students have to take second year Algebra and Geometry, even though 99 percent will never use these things in real life. These tests are also why many schools have eliminated or shortened such social skill interactions as physical education and recess.

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This is how the corrupt US government works.

Is there a relationship between a company giving campaign contributions and receiving government handouts for their rich shareholders? You bet there is, and it’s called corruption to the core!

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