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There’s a coming economic storm the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. This disaster has been brought on by a government corrupted by the money of the 1 percent, and the legislation and international agreements they’ve bought in the political markets that make up the US senate, US house of representatives, and the White House.

Obviously, a New Deal for all Americans is coming within the next five years. As I’ve been predicting, the disaster will officially strike most likely between October 2016 and June 2017. The full impacts will not be felt for many months afterward. The corporate propaganda machine will, quite naturally, try to distract our attention from the economic tsunami by claiming that the victims were the perpetrators of this heinous mess. The American Enterprise Institute knowingly and falsely blamed the last disaster on the victims.

The question now is, “What should this new deal look like?”

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Obviously we want to halt the rise of income and wealth inequality that has been ongoing for the last thirty-five years. The first thing that needs to be done is stop the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is an international income and political power redistribution scam on steroids. Tens of millions of US jobs will be exported because of this Wall Street scheme. See The TPP-The Op-ed the Corporate Press Doesn’t Want You to See–JohnHively.wordpress.com

The difference between the higher US pay and the new lower overseas pay will go straight into the pockets of the rich via higher corporate profits, rising dividends and a stock market bubble.

The Economic Policy Institute also has some ideas.

* Use the levers of macroeconomic policy (monetary, fiscal, and exchange-rate policy) to target genuine full employment.
* Make investments that markets are not making—in early childhood education, infrastructure, school construction, energy efficiency, and public health care.
* Strengthen antitrust regulations and look for other opportunities to introduce competition to private markets, such as public options for health insurance and retirement savings. Why is this important? Check out The Big Banks are Manipulating the Housing Market–JohnHively.wordpress.com.
* Reregulate many activities of the financial sector to squeeze out the activities that don’t enhance productivity or create efficiency but simply enrich well-placed actors within finance. A financial transactions tax is the clearest example of a policy that can stop this income skimming.
* Enact climate-change mitigation measures—realizing that policies beyond simply increasing the market price of greenhouse gas emissions can play large and useful roles.
* Strengthen regulations and institutions that help shift bargaining leverage from capital-owners and corporate managers to low- and middle-income workers. Key examples include higher minimum wages and labor law reform that allows willing workers to join unions and bargain collectively.

We should also,

  • Strengthen laws making it easier for labor unions to form and negotiate.
  • Boost the maximum minimum wage to $15 an hour.
  • Put a progressively higher tax rate on income of up to 90 percent, end tax loop holes that allow individuals and corporations to hide money from the tax collector in overseas tax havens.
  • Pass legislation allowing for government funding of political campaigns rather than allowing the highest bidders determine the candidates we choose, or reenact campaign finance laws which stood for over a hundred years until the corrupt corporate wing of the US Supreme Court overturned them with Citizen’s United.
  • End the nonsense that corporations are somehow people via an honest Supreme Court or a Constitutional amendment.

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A well planned legal assault on public unions collapsed last Tuesday when the US Supreme Court deadlocked over a California woman’s lawsuit to strike down labor union mandatory fees, the strongest evidence yet that Justice Antonin Scalia’s death has stymied legal attacks against working people via the court’s conservative justices.

It is highly unlikely the controversial supreme court’s Citizen’s United decision that struck down 100 years of legal campaign finance precedence would occur if the case were brought today.

Lower courts struck down Citizen’s United, but the supporter’s plan was to quickly go through the lower courts, lose, lose, lose, and then overturn precedence with Scalia and the rest of the corporate wing of the supreme court.

As for the mandatory fees case above, the 4-4 split keeps in place a 1970’s era rule that authorizes labor unions to require municipal employee, teachers, college instructors and transit workers to pay a fair share fee to help cover the cost of collective bargaining.

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money2If money is free speech, then so too are cocaine, cigarettes, gold, silver, services of a prostitutes, and just about everything else you can think of.

If, as the US Supreme Court has ruled, the government is severely restricted in regulating money in politics because money is free speech, then the government also has to be severely restricted in how it regulates cocaine, cigarettes, child pornography, services of prostitutes, and just about everything else you can think of.

There is a simple reason why these assertions are true.

Money is not speech. Money is a medium of exchange. That’s the heart of the matter.

A medium of exchange is something that buyers will exchange with a seller when they want to purchase goods or services from the seller. While many things could be used as a medium of exchange in an economy, money is the most common and useful medium of exchange in our society.

In 1976, the US Supreme Court ruled in Buckley v. Valeo that spending money was speech. Thirty-four years later, the US Supreme Court rolled back 100 years of legal precedence in the Citizen’s United case and severely restricted the US government’s ability to regulate the expenditure of money in politics, since money was speech. Since then, the court has further rolled back the US government’s ability to regulate the money being spent in politics. Strange as it may seem to the court’s less honest jurors, the First  Amendment doesn’t mention money, but it does protect speech, not money.

If a medium of exchange such as money is free speech, then no government anyplace under the US Constitution can restrict your use of it to purchase anything, such as prostitutes and illegal drugs. Based on the logic of the US Supreme Court, the next time you’re arrested for using your free speech rights to purchase cocaine or prostitutes, you should defend yourself through the “spending money is free speech” legal illogic, and take it all the way to the US Supreme Court. The corrupt wing of that court (Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Anthony Kennedy) have no choice but to side with you if they desire to be consistent in their opinions.

Obviously, any medium of exchange has free speech rights. What about gold? What about bartering? What about cigarettes? Cigarettes and gold have been used as medium’s of exchange, and they too have free speech rights.

Dictionary.com defines barter as, “to exchange in trade, as one commodity for another; trade.”

People trade dollars for goods and services, and so anybody who uses money or any other medium of exchange to purchase anything is merely exercising his or her free speech rights.

Since money is a medium of exchange, and is now considered free speech (even if not one cent of US currency can speak a single syllable of English), it stands to reason that the equal protection clause of the US Constitution’s Fourteenth Amendment protects the free speech rights of other forms of medium of exchange–such as bartering.

Long before money was even an idea, people bartered in order to exchange goods and services.

Say that Short Fat Fanny wants to purchase political advertising on the local television station in Fargo, North Dakota. She doesn’t have any money, but she can offer services. And since Fanny is a prostitute and is willing to barter with William, the manager of the television station, for air time, Fanny’s services are clearly just as much free speech as say a Political Action Committee (PAC) using money to purchase air time on William’s station. Fanny’s services are a medium of exchange. Just like a PAC exchanges money for air time, Fanny exchanges services for air time, and maybe tosses in some crack heroin as part of the bargain. Crack heroin now becomes free speech and has First Amendment rights.

People have used cigarettes, gold, fish, crack heroin, sea shells and other things as medium of exchanges, and therefore anything that can be used as a medium of exchange in the purchase of goods and services should be protected First Amendment rights, according to the logic of the court.

In effect, although the corporate propaganda machine doesn’t want you to know this, the supreme court’s decision to give the action of spending money free speech rights, and the court’s later decisions in Citizen’s United and other cases that rolled back the government’s ability to regulate money in politics, extends beyond politics and into every area of government regulation, since spending money is protected as free speech by the First Amendment.

Citizen’s United and Buckley v. Valeo have opened a whole new ball game in the world of politics, and in everyday life.

One can only conclude that the corrupt corporate wing of the US Supreme Court has made some incredibly stupid decisions in these cases, or they made some deliberate political decisions in helping the 1 percent in their war against the middle class.

However, these are not stupid little boys on the court, we can be rest assured that the decisions made in equating spending money to free speech, and limiting the government’s abilities to regulate money in politics, was done in order to allow the 1 percent to use as much money as they could to purchase every iota of advertising space on the air waves and in print during election cycles. That way, the corrupt wing of the court no doubt reasoned, they can keep the 99 percent ill informed and confused as to where politicians actually stand on issues, and to confuse the voters on ballot issues, as well.

The justices made the above rulings in order to rig the economic and political games for the 1 percent and against the 99 percent. In other words, the justices mentioned above are avowed class warriors on behalf of the super rich.

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Anywhere in the world, a thing is a thing, a person is a person, and an idea is an idea, except in the United States, where an idea is a person with more constitutional rights and political power than citizens, thanks to the soundly corrupted legal logic of the Koch Brothers wing of the United States Supreme Court.

Anybody with half a brain can see that a business corporation is “an imaginary business model given the legal rules to exist and operate by legislative authorization under the legal fiction of being an “artificial person.”

Only in the good old USA can ideas own things like furniture, antiques, computers, I-phones, office buildings, and factories. Hell, ideas can also hire people, and use slave labor overseas, and it’s all because of something state legislatures created two hundred years ago called a corporate charter, which has been a hell of a good idea for a few organic persons such as shareholders, CEOs, politicians, rich investors, and most likely more than a few US supreme court justices along the way. Got that?

General Motor’s (GM) owns things, like factories, office buildings, and land, but GM is still only an idea, in this case “an imaginary business model given the legal rules to exist and operate by legislative authorization under the legal fiction of being an “artificial person.”

GM is a business model given the legal rules to exist and operate. It doesn’t actually do anything since it’s only an idea given legal sanction. The investors in GM vote for a brain to operate the company and this brain is called the board of directors, which is based on the “rules to exist and operate.”

Next, these people hire another brain called a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to actually make the decisions for General Motors, because GM is simply an idea without any parts, and without any tangible assets, until the CEO makes decisions on what to purchase, and what business strategies to follow, based on the “rules to exist and operate,” because the idea called GM can’t think for itself.

That’s how GM and Microsoft and Apple Inc. wind up owning tangible stuff. That could also be stated as, “That’s how intangible ideas wind up accumulating billions of dollars of tangible stuff, and distributing income and wealth to its investors and CEOs.”

Anyway, probably the closest thing you might be able to relate to this is a person born without a brain and without parents (Pretend they died an hour after birth). A court (board of directors) decides who is going to care for the baby (corporation that is an idea only so it doesn’t have a brain or a body), the caregivers (CEOs) are going to make decisions for the brain dead person (corporation) based on their judgments. They might buy the brain dead person stock in a corporation, but that brainless person is no more the stock in a corporation than a business corporation is the factory it owns. Got that?

So business corporations are still only ideas, not buildings or machines, and the wealth these ideas accumulate do not make them any different than when an organic person buys a new car. The new car is not the person that owns it, although this is something the corrupt supreme court hasn’t figured out yet, and given the corruption within the court, it isn’t likely to do so anytime soon.

That’s because there are trillions of dollars riding on the court’s decisions, and some of the justices are duck hunting buddies of the rich, or their wives earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from the rich that bring their cases to the court (like Citizen’s United), or the justices get to go on nice prepaid retreats and hobnob with the wealthy, etc…. You get the picture.

Okay, that’s not the only reason the Koch Brothers wing of the US court decides stuff the way they do. The primary job of the US Supreme Court is to rig the political and economic games for the 1 percent and against the 99 percent. That’s what the Citizen’s United decision was all about.

No where in the US constitution does it mention business corporations or ideas, but you know these original intent justices like to make stuff up whenever such stuff benefits their billionaire buddies.

Check out more below about why shareholders are not corporations and don’t deserve person hood rights.

the-easy-case-against-shareholders-being-corporations-and-deserving-corporate-personhood-part-3–Johnhively.wordpress.com

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Truth, justice, the Constitution and everything that comes before the US Supreme Court is all about money. If a case comes before it that will destroy 100 years of legal precedence but grant billionaires more political power and ways to steal money from the 99 percent, the corporate wing of the US Supreme Court will rule for it. It’s that simple.

A business corporation is “an imaginary business model given the legal rules to exist and operate by legislative authorization under the legal fiction of being an “artificial person.” Legislative authorization created a process for creating and awarding charters for incorporation.

In other words, the corrupt Koch Brothers wing of the US Supreme Court ruled in the Citizen’s United case that “an imaginary business model given the legal rules to exist and operate by legislative authorization” is a person.

Chief Justice John Roberts (a well known perjurer), Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito (another well known perjurer), Anthony Kennedy, and Antonin Scalia are either so stupid or so corrupt as to grant personhood rights to an idea. Corruption most likely played the key roll in this case because these are not stupid little boys still wetting their diapers.

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